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East Africa National Parks

There are a number of beautiful national parks and reserves in Kenya and Tanzania, all of which have different attractions. Before deciding what package you are interested in, have you considered what exactly you want from your African safari experience? Do you want to go to a sparsely populated land and rough it in tents? Or do you want to see some of the continent's most famous areas and stay in luxe lodges?

Rest assured, no matter where you decide to go you will be in the capable hands of our on-ground team who have years of safari experience and only employ the best and most knowledgeable local guides. Our guides and team leaders are the best because they are:

  • Multi-lingual
  • Customer focused
  • Have strong interpersonal skills
  • Specialists
  • Best on the circuit
  • Dedicated to Conservation
  • Good depth of knowledge
  • Regularly trained

We've chatted with our expert on-ground team about each national park and what to expect.

Kenya's National Parks and Reserves

Masai Mara National Park

Home to the wildebeest migration, the Masai Mara National Park is 5 hours drive from Nairobi and one of the most famous safari parks in the world. There are over 300 species of birds, hot air balloon safaris, night time game drives to see various nocturnal predators and the opportunity to visit the Maasai village whilst there. The lodging available is varied and suitable to most budgets and travellers, whether individuals, couples or families.

Amboseli National Park

From Amboseli, Mt Kilimanjaro looms over in Tanzania, providing a scenic backdrop to the sweeping savannahs. Famous for herds of elephants, this is again a popular safari park, suitable for all travellers.

Lake Nakuru National Park & Lake Navaisha

Close to Nairobi at only 3 hours drive, these lakes are the best places to see flamingos and rhinos. Enjoy a boat ride out to Crescent Island where you can get up close and personal with the many water birds. Both luxury and affordable accommodation is available, with walking, boat or vehicle safaris on offer.

Samburu Game Reserve, Buffalo Springs & Shaba

The furthest out from Nairobi at 6 to 7 hours, this conservation area is worth the drive as it is the only part in the world that you will see four unique African animals - the reticulated giraffe, Grey's zebra, Gerenuks and Oryxs. As well as these unique animals, there is also the opportunity to see lions, leopards, crocodiles and cheetahs. The landscape is varied hills, rivers and plains while the springs are fed by the impressive Ewaso Nyiro River. This area is less frequented by safari tours, further off the beaten path and you can either fly or drive-in with a variety of accommodation available.

Tanzania's National Parks and Reserves

Tarangire National Park

Only two hours from Arusha, Tarangire is famous for the well known herds of elephants and prides of lions that live in the park. There are over 350 species of bird and the Siale Swamp is a great spot for viewing the elephants, cats and waterbirds. There are also daily flights from Arusha, although staying inside the park will give you the maximum opportunity to properly see the wildlife around you.

Lake Manyara National Park

At Lake Manyara see tree climbing lions, zebras, giraffes, hippos and flamingos! This park is relatively small compared to the others listed and so allows a great opportunity for great viewing of widlife. Enjoy a boutique luxury lodge stay and night time game drives, as well as a visit to Mto Wa Mbu Village, home to over 30 tribes. Again, this park is only two hours from Arusha.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is one of the larger parks in East Africa and is famous for the annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded wildebeest and 250,000 zebra. You can enjoy hot air balloon safaris over the park at dawn or night time game drives, as well as walking or vehicle safaris. You can also see the largest and oldest Nile crocodiles and over 300 species of birds in and around the open plains and savannahs. The park is 9 hours drive from Arusha or can be visited by plane, with three flights daily.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera on the continent and veritable paradise for wildlife. The area is well known for rhinos but you can also see many other animals including flamingos, elephants, lions, leopards and buffaloes. There are four lodges on the crater rim while boutique properties border the crater. An enjoyable hike is to the edge of Olmoti Crater or a descent of over 300 metres to the crater floor. This area is also the traditional home for the Maasai tribe.

Selous Game Reserve

This game reserve has a huge population of elephants and lions plus cheetahs, giraffes, hippos and over 300 bird species. Safaris can be via vehicle, walking or boat while there are fly in camping or  budget camping options available. The reserve is World Heritage listed and is accessed by a 45 minute flight from Dar el Salaam.

Ruaha National Park

Over 1000 squared kilometres, the Ruaha National Park is home of hot, desert like scenery and the Great Ruaha River. Here you can see a very well-known pride of lions and a growing population of wild dogs. There are over 450 recorded species of birds, but suspected more that are yet to be classified. Both walking safaris and game drives are available and the park is accessed by a two hour flight form Dar el Salaam or 3 hours from Arusha.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Located in the remote western part of Tanzania, the Mahale Mountains National Park has mountains, beaches and deep forests to explore. Here you can go snorkelling or fishing off the white sandy beaches, or trek into the mountains to see chimpanzees. Enjoy boat rides, nature walks and bird safaris in this incredibly varied national park.

Are you inspired to book your very own safari adventure through these incredible national parks? See what of safari types we offer in Kenya and Tanzania or our general Africa Travel Tips for more useful information.