Begin in Nairobi
Best national parks and reserves in Africa
First explore the coastal gateway of Mombasa
Kenya's Rift Valley ranks among Africa’s defining geological marvels.
This adventurous trail winds through the barren
Begin in Nairobi. Kenya’s (in)famous capital is not without charm – track down endangered giraffes, orphaned elephants and four of the Big Five set against a backdrop of not-so-distant skyscrapers. Plan on one full day, then fly from the capital’s Wilson Airport to the Masai Mara National Reserve or by road. Between July and October, the Mara hosts the annual wildebeest migration, one of the greatest wildlife concentrations on earth, but it’s worth visiting any time. Three days is a minimum; spend four if you can.
From Masai, fly/ travel by road possibly via Nairobi, to Amboseli National Park, where you can get closer to elephants than almost anywhere else in Africa. From here, the views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, are without rival. After two nights, you’ll return back to Nairobi, or proceed to Tsavo National park and also you can enjoy the coastal region
Big Five & the Best of the Parks
Kenya has some of the best national parks and reserves in Africa and seeing the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo) is something of a mantra for many first-time visitors to Africa. With three weeks to cover all this territory, you could easily get around in your own rented vehicle.