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Kenya's National Reserves and Parks

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With an abundance of national reserves and parks, conservation projects and animal orphanages, Kenya is the place to go to experience Africa’s most iconic wildlife and dramatic scenery.

Shaba National Reserve

Located close to the Samburu National Park, and used as a setting for the film Born Free, Shaba National Reserve offers remote wilderness with riverside forests, scattered woodlands and dry grasslands. The main attractions are the giraffe, zebra, oryx and ostrich but you'll also have the chance to spot elephants, leopards, cheetah and buffalo wandering the plains. For such a small area, the reserve also boasts a huge array of bird life including guinea fowl and sandgrouse. Enjoy panoramic views of the reserve, dominated by the Shaba Hill Volcano.

Nairobi National Park and the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Nairobi National Park offers open grassy plains and acacia bushes which play host to a variety of wildlife, from lions and leopards to hyena, giraffe and the endangered black rhino. The nearby Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is a safe haven for baby elephants who need rehabilitation and protection before they can be reintroduced into wild herds at Tsavo. Watching a baby elephant being exercised and bathed, and learning more about their life, is bound to touch your heart. The orphanage is also home to other hand-reared animals including rhino, antelope, zebra and buffalo.

Tsavo National Park

An unforgettable wilderness experience featuring wetlands, mountain peaks and extinct volcanoes, plus dust red plains visited by thousands of animals, including monitor lizards, hippos, rhino, elephants set within 2200sq kilometres of national park. West Tsavo National Park has over 600 species of birdlife alone and here you can witness the otherworldly Shaitani lava flows. The introduction of the railway and the Mombasa train separates West Tsavo National Park from East Tsavo National Park, a territory that sees less tourists; a vast plain dissected by the Galana River with the longest lava flow in the world, the Yatta Plateau. If you like elephants, then you should know there are over ten thousand of them to be spotted here in Tsavo National Park.

Amboseli National Park

If it’s views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro that you’re after, for iconic photo opportunities of wildlife bestriding the landscape of southern Kenya, then Amboseli National Park, 160 miles from Nairobi, will frame your safari adventure perfectly. Taken from the Masai word for 'salty dust' (and there are many Masai communities here) watch as large herds of elephants, zebra, giraffe and hundreds of bird species from pelican, flamingo, and ostrich, live out the circle of life in a national park encompassing five incredible wildlife areas: savannah, acacia forests, rocky thorn bush and wetland.

Mount Kenya National Park

You’ll feel at one with nature when you visit this breath-taking UNESCO World Heritage Site. With lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest and mineral springs, the park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including elephants, mongoose, suni antelope, mole rat and bush bucks – if you're lucky, you might also spot the elusive leopard, bongo and giant forest hog. With the imposing presence of Mount Kenya – the second tallest mountain in Africa – the park provides opportunities for mountain climbing as well as camping and caving.

Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve

The marine park is located in the Indian Ocean and lies at Malindi, about 120 kilometres north of Mombasa. With fringing reefs and coral gardens in the lagoons, in addition to sea grass beds, mangroves and mudflats, the park is home to fish, marine mammals and invertebrates, sea turtles, dolphins and various species of shore birds. You can also experience a glass bottom boat ride, snorkelling and beach walks.

Meru National Park

Welcome to a varied habitat of tangled jungles, pulsing rivers, and teeming swampland dotted with impressive termite hills – a beautiful park whose game viewing opportunities include black rhino, the tiny dik-dik, buffalo, hartebeests, gazelle, hippo and crocodile. Meru consists of three parks including Bisanadi, Kora, Rahole and Mwingi National Reserves, a bird-watching paradise containing kingfishers, weavers, ostrich, and bee-eaters. This is the vast landscape that was the inspiration behind the novel Born Free. Immerse yourself in a Kenyan wilderness of stunning opportunities, where you can find yourselves alone on the open savannah for days on end, gazing at the Big Five as snow-capped Mount Kenya dominates in the distance.