Kenya offers some of Africa’s best wildlife attractions making it famous as the original safari country. More than 80 national parks, reserves and private nature conservancies exist to protect this wildlife in its natural habitat. Comprising almost 10% of Kenya’s landmass and embracing various types of ecosystems including forests, wetlands, Savannah, marine, arid and semi-arid areas, they offer a glimpse of a totally un-spoilt pristine Africa.
The most well-known of these are the Masai Mara National Reserve, popular for it natural spectacle of the annual migration of two million wildebeest and zebras; Amboseli National Park with its many elephants against the picturesque backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro; Lake Nakuru National Park with its thousands of flamingoes, rated the greatest bird spectacle on earth and Kenya’s very first national park, the Nairobi National Park situated at the edge of the city.
Community ranches and conservancies such as those on the Laikipia plateau and at Lewa are highly recommended both for their conservation efforts and their prolific wildlife density, which is second to only the Masai Mara. Kenya can also boast of established marine national parks and reserves in the richest section of its Indian Ocean reefs.