Parks & Reserves in Kenya

Kenya is famous as the original safari country. Within Kenya there are over 40 national parks and wildlife reserves which have been set aside for the conservation of wildlife and natural habitat.

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Maasai Mara Reserve & Conservancies

The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s finest game area and home to abundant wildlife. This vast ecosystem incorporates the Mara National Reserve as well as the neighbouring Naboisho, Olare Motorogi & Ol Kinyei Conservancies which form a stunning wilderness area where guests can not only enjoy game drives but also experience extra activities that are not allowed in the National Reserve (such as guided safari walks, game drives by night and meals in the bush).

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Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Maasai Mara

This award-winning conservancy is an 18,700 acre tranche of land that has been set aside for the purposes of wildlife conservation. Access is only permitted to guests staying at Porini Mara Camp, Porini Cheetah Camp and our seasonal Gamewatchers mobile camp – making this not only an exclusive experience but one that respects the principles of eco-tourism.

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Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Masai Mara

The Olare Motorogi Conservancy is 33000 acres of outstanding natural beauty and ecological importance. It directly borders the Maasai Mara National Reserve and it contains the lower valleys of the Olare Orok and Ntiakitiak rivers, riverine forest, the Ntiakitiak Gorge and a 12km escarpment below which are large areas of acacia woodland. The only visitors allowed on the land are those that are staying in the handful of camps within the conservancy.

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Mara Ripoi Conservancy, Maasai Mara

Located within the Mara-Serengeti eco-system, Mara Ripoi is renowned for its diverse landscapes and abundance of wildlife, including being excellent lion habitat.  The local Maasai make first class guides and are on hand to share their experience on what to see and do.

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Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara

This 50,000 acre wildlife conservation area in Kenya’s Greater Mara Region borders the Masai Mara National Reserve to the south west, the Olare Orok Conservancy to the west and the Ol Kinyei Conservancy to the east.

The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is now the second largest conservancy in the region and has a higher density of wildlife than the adjacent Masai Mara National Park.

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Amboseli & Selenkay

Amboseli National Park is situated at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and is one of Kenya’s most popular national parks. The Selenkay Conservancy can be found 10 miles north of Amboseli National Park and is an unspoilt wilderness with a limited number of visitors allowed.

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta is a 90,000 acre conservancy which is home to an amazing variety of wildlife including Africa’s only two remaining northern white rhino. It began life as the smaller Sweetwaters Game Reserve and was then enlarged to become the much bigger Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest sanctuary in East Africa for black rhino, and home to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

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Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is unique as the only protected area in the world with such a huge variety of animals and birds close to a capital city. As a successful rhino sanctuary, the park has an excellent record for supporting the species and it is one of the few parks where a visitor can be certain of seeing a black rhino in its natural environment.

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Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru can be reached easily by road from Nairobi. It is famous for its flamingos but is also home to other bird species including African fish eagles and pelicans. Surrounding the lake are woodlands and grassland areas which are home to a variety of animals including rhinos and lions.

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Samburu Reserve

Samburu Reserve is located in Kenya’s dry region and is home to some unusual species including the rare Grevy’s Zebra.

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Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare National Park is part of the Aberdare Mountain Range, a region of stunning and diverse landscape where jagged peaks soar up to 3,930m and deep ravines cut through the forested slopes. The area is ideal for game-viewing as the rainforest supports a broad range of wildlife.

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Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy hosts a wide variety of wildlife in some of Kenya’s most spectacular scenery.

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Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Kenya and in the world, offering a diverse range of habitats from mountains and rivers to plains and wooded grassland. The park is home to many different species including buffalo, cheetah, rhino and elephant.

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Meru National Park

Meru National Park, located on the equator, accommodates a wide variety of species from elephants to crocodiles due to its varied landscape. It is not visited as much as Kenya’s other reserves and therefore not busy with safari vehicles.

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