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The Best Places to Visit for Wildlife Viewing in Kenya

Kenya is one of the best places in Africa when it comes to safaris and wildlife. You can see a wide diversity of wildlife and explore the unique landscapes in one of the many parks and reserves in the country. In addition to the parks and reserves that aim to preserve the nature, there is an organization called the Kenya Wildlife Trust that gives importance to the decreasing number of predators and the protection of such animals from illegal hunting. Here are the best places in Kenya for wildlife viewing:

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo is Kenya’s largest game park,and is divided into Tsavo West and Tsavo East, totalling an area of 22,800 square kilometers. Tsavo East has attractions like Mudanda Rock, Yatta Plateau, Lugard Falls, and Aruba Dam, and is one of the reserves with a largest number of animals in the world. Animals found here include herbivores, big cats, wild dogs, rodents, and monkeys. It is also home to 500 species of birds.

Tsavo National Park

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Tsavo West, on the other hand, is more mountainous and is wetter than the East. It is well known for having dramatic scenery, varied wildlife, impressive rock formations, scenic walks, and the well-known Mzima Springs. Tsavo West is popular with animals like buffalo, black rhino, lion, leopard, lesser kudu, elephant, hippo, giraffe, hartebeest, and other beautiful wildlife species.

Visiting this game park will require you to have a 4WD vehicle to cover all the interesting places of the reserve. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the tour operators require a higher feefor tour services and admissions. It will cost you $550 for a one-day tour in this wildlife park.

Masai Mara National Reserve

This reserve is in southwestern part of Kenya,and is globally known for its annual migration of zebras, wildebeests, and gazelles. Masai Mara has an area of 1,510 square kilometers and is home to leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino. This reserve also has a significant population of hippo, cheetah, jackal, hyena, and crocodile, which makes it one of Kenya’s best places for safaris.

Masai Mara National Reserve

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Furthermore, it is also home to various species of birds like vultures, eagles, horn bills, ostriches, storks, and falcons. Considering this place as a big animal reserve, you must stay in the area for a time in order to explore the whole area. Fortunately, there are a number of excellent lodges, and other great accommodations, so you wouldn’t have troubles settling in. This is also the best place to go camping because of its amazing campsites. You will spend approximately $450 a day for its tour packages and entrance fees.

Nairobi National Park

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Nairobi National Park

This is in the south of Nairobi CBD with a distance of 7 kilometers and is home to a wide variety of wildlife. It has an area of 117 square kilometers, and it has wild animals like cheetah, leopard, lion, buffalo, zebra, and other exotic species. Nairobi National Park is one of the most beautiful tourist attractiveness includes because it is within easy reach of the city, so the area provides a lot of tour rangers the monument of Ivory Burning Site, Nairobi Safari Walk, and an orphanage for animals. This place is ideal for safari beginners as there are tour guides to help you around.

Lake Nakuru

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Lake Nakuru

This game park is in Nakuru Town where there are multiple numbers of flamingos. Its area of 188 square kilometers has fences that protect white and black rhinos and giraffes. You will also encounter all kinds of birds here as a result of the cool weather. However, this park is a premium destination,so there’s a need to invest a large amount of cash.

Conclusion

These are just some of the best wildlife and safari places in Kenya. You will be given a chance to see animals up close and interact with some of them. Your stay in this amazing country will definitely be a trip to remember..

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