Nairobi National Park: This is an excellent starting point for a safari in Kenya and the Nairobi Tented Camp makes a good alternative to staying in a city hotel. The park is noted for having both the Black and the White Rhino as well as lions, leopards, and a wide range of plains animals including giraffe, zebra, eland, buffalo, impala, hartebeest, wildebeest, reedbuck as well as over 500 species of birds, all within a 28,000 acre park right on the doorstep of a capital city.
Amboseli: If you are looking to see big herds of elephants at close range along with the added potential of maybe seeing lions and cheetahs then visit Amboseli. This park is also very good for birdwatchers.
Selenkay: This Conservancy is within the Amboseli eco-system and a good place to visit to see giraffes and the less commonly seen animals like caracal, serval cat and the African wild cat, in addition to the lesser kudu, gerenuk and oryx which are not found in Amboseli or the Mara. The Conservancy is part of the territory of over 20 lions while leopards and cheetahs are also present.
Lake Nakuru: Home to both the white and black rhino, you will find that the black rhino are difficult to see however, the white rhino are often fairly visible. In addition, if you are on an early morning game drive it is often possible to see a leopard. Many other species are present including lion, buffalo, waterbuck, the rare Rothschild’s giraffe, impala and warthog. For bird-watching enthusiasts Lake Nakuru also offers a wide variety of birdlife and at some times of the year depending on the lake water levels there may be thousands of flamingos present.
Samburu: This Reserve is a good place to see elephants. Lions and cheetahs are also present with the leopard being seen fairly regularly as well as the less common Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra.
Mara and the Mara Conservancies: This is the best place for all the big cats, especially lions. The Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti to the Mara takes place from late June to early October when these animals move into the Mara from the Serengeti in big numbers. The Wildebeest Migration from the Loita Plains in Kenya to the Mara moves into Ol Kinyei Conservancy earlier, usually by January, and the calving takes place there during February and March when the plains of the conservancy are teeming with wildebeest before they move through Naboisho Conservancy and into Olare Motorogi.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia: The biggest rhino sanctuary in Kenya with over 90 rhinoceros, both black and white as well as the very rare Northern White Rhino. It also has lions, leopards, cheetahs as well as elephants and a wide range of plains game. Wild dogs are seen quite often and the rare Patas monkey is also found in the Conservancy.