Kenya Safari Circuit Guide (National Parks and Game Reserve)
Kenya Safari Circuit Guide: Kenya is one impressive safari destination on the continent of Africa comprising of many tourism sites and destinations including national parks reserves, historical sites, beaches and many more. Tourist sites and protected areas in Kenya categorized basing on the circuit or region they are found in, there are 8 safari circuits in Kenya and these include
Central Kenya circuit
Central Kenya region circuit is a remarkable thrilling Kenya safari circuit consisting of numerous Kenya safari destinations situated in the central region of Kenya, the central circuit is also referred to a paradise of daredevils and offers high hill country above Nairobi. Central Kenya Region is a region of breathtaking African landscape consisting of mountain peaks, spectacular waterfalls and remote alpine moors. Central Kenya safari circuit also comprises of coffee plantations and small farms which are used for farming by the locals living in the region, central Kenya safari circuit offers a range of Kenya safari activities including hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking, game viewing, bird watching and many more.
Parks and tourist attractions found in the central Kenya safari circuit include
- Nairobi Animal Orphanage
- Nairobi national park
- Nairobi safari walk
- Aberdare national park
- Mount Kenya national park
- Mount Longonot national park
Nairobi circuit is an urban safari circuit of Kenya running through destinations and sites located in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi is the most developed city in Kenya and a great tourism destination comprising of many tourism sites. On Nairobi safari circuit expect to participate in safari activities such as wildlife viewing, bird watching, guided walking safaris and many more.
Attractions and sites found in Nairobi circuit include
- Giraffe centre
- Nairobi national park
- Nairobi safari walk
- National Museum of Kenya
- Karen Blixen Museum
- Kitengela glass
- David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Masai Market
Coastline circuit in Kenya is a refreshing safari circuit consisting of charming beaches with soft white sand, crystal clear waters and refreshing sea breezes, the coastline circuit runs along the coast of Indian Ocean and it is famous for Kenya beach safaris, marine safaris such as big game fishing, snorkeling and diving, water sports and many more. Apart from marine animals and beaches, coastline circuit hosts many historical sites representing the history of Kenya’s coast such as Vasco da Gama pillar, Gede Ruins, Hell’s Kitchen and Malindi Museum.
Parks and tourist attraction found in the central circuit include
- Watamu marine park and reserve
- Tana river primate reserve
- Mombasa Marine national park
- Kisite Munguti national park and reserve
- Malindi marine park and reserve
- Arabuko Sokoke forest reserve
- Shimba hills national reserve.
Southern circuit of Kenya runs through the southern region of the country and is dominated by some of Kenya’s most popular national parks and great animal habitats, the southern circuit is best for Kenya game viewing safaris and scenic viewing. Some of the notable national parks in Southern circuit include Tsavo national parks (Tsavo east and Tsavo west national park), Amboseli national park which is famous scenic backdrop of mountain Kilimanjaro and large herds of huge tusked elephants. Southern circuit offers a wide range of thrilling safari activities such as game viewing, bird watching, fly camping, guide nature walks and many more.
National parks and tourist attractions in southern circuit include
Eastern circuit of Kenya runs in the eastern region of the country just outside Nairobi in the dry Kenya region, eastern circuit consists of the famous Samburu Shaba and Buffalo Springs which are contagious parks separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River. Eastern Circuit is made up of impressive physical features such as mount Meru, Ewaso Nyiro River and many more, also many animals inhabit in this circuit such as gerenuk, elands, lions, cheetah, zebras, leopards, spotted hyenas and many more.
National parks found in the Eastern circuit include
- Samburu national reserve
- Shaba national reserve
- Buffalo springs national reserve
- Meru national park
- Kora national park
- Ol Donyo Sabuk national park
- Mwea national reserve
- Mwingi national reserve
Northern rift circuit
Northern rift circuit of Kenya runs along destinations found in the northern section of the Great Rift Valley, northern rift region is a rugged region and comprises of remote and inaccessible Kenya destinations and attractions. Northern rift circuit consists of features like lakes (Lake Bogoria, lake Baringo, Lake Turkana), chalbi desertand bird sanctuaries, northern safari circuit stretches from Laikipia covering up to Marsabit and Turkana. Safari activities one should expect to do in the northern rift circuit are game watching, walking safaris, birding, hot air balloon safaris, camel riding, fishing, horse riding and mountain biking.
Kenya National parks found in the Northern rift circuit include
- Laikipia National Reserve
- Marsabit National Reserve
- Nasalot National Reserve
- Sibiloi National Park
- South and Central Island National Park
- South Turkana National Reserve
South Rift circuit
South Rift circuit hosts some of the best destinations and attractions in Kenya, this circuit runs across the destination situated in the southern region of the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. Southern rift region of Kenya comprises of breathtaking sceneries created by escarpments, lakes and a variety of wildlife and bird species. Some of the notable wildlife species found in this circuit include lions, elephants, buffaloes, masai giraffes, buffaloes and notable birds include pink flamingoes, pelican, storks and many more. Safari activities tourists should expect to do in the south rift circuit include bird watching, game viewing, hot air balloon safaris, hiking and rock climbing.
Kenya national parks and reserves found in the south rift circuit include
- Hells Gate National Park
- Lake Nakuru National Park
- Mara Triangle (Masai Mara Conservancy)
- Masai Mara National Reserve
- Lake Naivasha National Park
Western circuit is a less visited safari circuit in Kenya though it comprises of some of the fascinating attractions in Kenya such as Lake Victoria the biggest lake in East Africa region, this circuit runs in the destination found in western region of Kenya. The western region of Kenya consists of rich forests, swamps and some of the rarest animal species in Kenya such as roan antelopes in Ruma national park , the endangered De-Brazza’s monkey in Kakamega forests, endangered semi-aquatic sitatunga antelopes and over 300 bird species.
Kenya’s national parks found in the western circuit include
- Kakamega Forest National Reserve
- Ndere Island National Park
- Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
- Mount Elgon National Reserve
- Ruma National Park
- Saiwa Swamp National Park