Kenya Wildlife Guide: Explore the Best of Kenya’s Natural Wonders

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara National Reserve is synonymous with Kenyan wildlife, including the Big Five, and is the stomping ground for a million wildebeest during the Great Migration.

  • Great Migration: Witness the iconic river crossings at the Mara Triangle in July and October. Watch as wildebeest brave the Mara River, facing crocodiles and big cats.
  • Calving Season: November brings calving season for topi, impala, and giraffe, attracting predators like cheetahs, leopards, and lions.
  • Mara Conservancies: Explore wildlife-rich conservancies with fewer tourists, allowing for off-road and night drives.

Amboseli and Tsavo

Located in southeastern Kenya, Amboseli and Tsavo are renowned for scenes of elephants roaming below Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Big Tuskers: Tsavo is home to some of the last ‘Big Tuskers,’ elephants with massive tusks weighing over 50kg.
  • Elephants and Big Cats: Amboseli features large herds of elephants and impressive numbers of lions, leopards, cheetahs, and servals.
  • Birdwatching: Amboseli and Chyulu Hills host over 300 bird species.

Laikipia and Lewa Downs

Laikipia, a conservation success story, is home to nearly half of Kenya’s black rhino population.

  • Ol Pejeta: Visit this sanctuary for the last two northern white rhinos on Earth.
  • Unique Species: Spot Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, bongo, and African painted dogs.
  • Lewa Downs: Explore this critical rhino haven on foot, game drives, and horseback.


Samburu is known for unique northern species and the ‘Samburu Special Five.’

  • Special Five: See Grevy’s zebra, long-necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, and reticulated giraffe.
  • Dry Season: July onwards brings wildlife to the Ewaso Nyiro River, including elephants and black rhinos.
  • Birthing Season: January is the birthing season for plains game, attracting hungry predators.


Meru National Park is an off-the-beaten-track gem with powerful wildlife conservation efforts.

  • Big Cats and Rhinos: Encounter lions, elephants, and rising numbers of black and white rhinos.
  • Birdlife: Home to over 420 bird species, including the rare Pel’s fishing owl and African finfoot.

The Lakes

Kenya’s lakes, such as Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru, are birdwatching paradises.

  • Lake Naivasha: Famous for flamingos and over 400 bird species. Take a boat ride to Crescent Island.
  • Lake Nakuru: Attracts thousands of pelicans, cranes, and flamingos. Spot buffalo, elephants, and rhinos.
  • Lake Turkana: Known as the ‘Jade Sea,’ it’s the largest desert lake on Earth and a breeding ground for Nile crocodiles and hippos.

Matthews Range & Aberdare

Unique landscapes with diverse wildlife.

  • Matthews Range: Jagged mountains with oryx, Grevy’s zebra, elephants, and big cats.
  • Aberdare National Park: Highland landscape with waterfalls and forests. Spot colobus monkeys, rare bongo, and black rhinos.

Kenya’s Coast

An idyllic post-safari escape with underwater wonders.

  • Diving and Snorkeling: January offers clear waters up to 30 meters. Explore Watamu National Park and Diani reefs.
  • Marine Life: Spot Hawksbill and green sea turtles, whale sharks (November to February), and dolphins year-round.

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