Wildlife in Kenya at a glance
Kenya is a world-renowned wildlife destination.
While animal populations are high, the large land areas and migratory patterns means certain times of year are better than others.
Many parks and conservancies focus on specific species through their conservation efforts, so talk to our specialists if there are certain species you are hoping to see.
We've never seen anyone travel to Kenya and come back disappointed. The country has a tendency to promise a lot, and still find a way to over-deliver.
Najin and Fatu, the last 2 northern white rhinos in the world
The Big Five
Where are the best places to see lions in Kenya?
Mara Naibosho Conservancy is one of the best places to see lions in Kenya. Around 100 lions live in the conservancy, making it one of the most densely populated areas for lions in the world. The largest pride of lions in the Greater Mara region are found here.
Meru National Park and Loisaba Conservancy are also great spots for lions. Loisaba has three lion prides, and the prides at Meru are some of the largest in the country.
Other places to see lions in Kenya
Lions are also found in Nairobi National Park, Amboseli National Park, the Maasai Mara and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Where are the best places to see leopards in Kenya?
Leopards are the most elusive of the Big Five.
Nairobi National Park and Amboseli National Park are the best places to find leopards as the parks are smaller.
The Maasai Mara, Loisaba Conservancy, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Meru National Park also have leopard populations, but chances of sightings are lower.
Cheetahs, lions, and leopards are all found at Loisaba Conservancy
Where are the best places to see elephants in Kenya?
Elephants are one of the easiest animals to find in Kenya, and certainly the easiest of the Big Five.
The best places to find elephants are at Amboseli National Park, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (home to 400 migratory elephants that can be viewed from the Elephant Underpass), and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant and Rhino Sanctuary.
Other places to see elephants in Kenya
Mara Naboisho Conservancy, the Maasai Mara, Loisaba Conservancy and Meru National Park all have elephant populations.
Rhinos are one of the most endangered species on our planet, and there is some extraordinary conservation work going on in Kenya to protect these animals.
Where are the best places to see rhinos in Kenya?
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the best place to see rhinos in Kenya. The conservancy is home to the last two remaining northern white rhinos in the world (both females). The conservancy also has the highest population of black rhinos, and a good population of southern white rhinos.
Nairobi National Park is another great spot for rhinos in Kenya. The park has 50 critically endangered black rhinos, the densest population in the world.
The Meru Rhino Sanctuary in Meru National Park has a good rhino population, and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has done incredible work to protect and grow the black rhino population in Kenya. The conservancy now has a total of 169 black rhinos.
Other places to see rhinos in Kenya
Amboseli National Park, the Maasai Mara, and Lake Nakuru all have rhino populations.
Over 170 black rhinos live in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Where are the best places to see buffaloes in Kenya?
Unlike most of the other Big Five, buffalo can be found at Lake Nakuru along with rhinos. Buffaloes are the only member of the Big Five found in Hell’s Gate National Park.
Buffalo can also be found in the Loisaba Conservancy, where the buffalo traverse the savannah in large migratory corridors.
Other places to see buffaloes in Kenya
Buffalo are also found in the Maasai Mara, Meru National Park, Nairobi National Park and Amboseli National Park.
Other notable animals in Kenya
There is a large flamingo population in Kenya, and the best places to find huge flocks of these birds is Lake Naivasha.
Both Lake Naivasha and the neighbouring Lake Oloiden have lesser and greater flamingos amidst other bird and marine life.
Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria also have impressive numbers of flamingos.
Where are the best places to see giraffes in Kenya?
The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Centre is one of the best places to see giraffes in Kenya. Home to the famous Giraffe Manor, the centre has done amazing work to preserve and repopulate the Rothschild giraffe species in Kenya.
Lake Naivasha, specifically Crescent Island, is another great place to see giraffes.
Other places to see giraffes in Kenya
The Maasai Mara, Hell’s Gate National Park and Mara Naboisho Conservancy all have good giraffe populations.
Where are the best places to see hippos in Kenya?
Nairobi National Park has amazing hippo pools, meaning they are easily spotted on safari walks or game drives.
Lake Naivasha is the best place in Kenya to see hippos. Home to about 1,500 hippos, sightings are almost guaranteed in this area.
Other places to see hippos in Kenya
The hippos of Kenya can be found in Meru National Park, and also the Maasai Mara.
Hippos popping up to say hello
Where are the best places to see zebras in Kenya?
The best place to see zebras in Kenya is the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Lewa is home to 12% of the entire Grevy's zebra species, and 90% of the species population lives in northern Kenya.
Lewa has been crucial to the protection of the species.
Other places to see zebras in Kenya
Zebras are also found in Amboseli National Park, Nairobi National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park, the Maasai Mara and Meru National Park.
You can often spot zebras cautiously approaching the waterways at Lake Naivasha and Lake Bogoria.
Popular Trips to Kenya
The tours below showcase just some of what is possible. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.
The elite of Kenya safari experiences, explore some of Kenya's most remarkable wilderness areas, and get well off the beaten track. Luxury tented camps will keep you comfortable at night, and the Kenyan countryside takes care of the rest. …
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A 9-day voyage across the best wildlife destinations in Kenya. As always, Kenya's beautiful tented camps will keep you comfortable, no matter how many miles from civilisation you find yourself.…
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The ultimate East African adventure. Starting in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, work your way south through the Serengeti towards Ruaha National Park in Tanzania. Close out your trip with a couple of days on the island paradise of Zanzibar.…
- 13 Days
Combine two of Kenya's most beautiful wilderness areas over 7 days. Meet Najin and Fatu, the last two remaining northern white rhinos in the world. Take to the skies over the Maasai Mara in a hot air balloon. Safari, but…
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A highlight reel of the very best that Kenya has to offer. A compact itinerary showcasing some of the best wildlife destinations, most beautiful landscapes, and most impressive lodges in the country.…
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4 days exploring the Naboisho Conservancy, hiking between fly camps in the Greater Maasai Mara region. A hark back to the early days of East African safari, before the 4x4's and luxe lodges. …
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