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.
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.
Other places to see lions in Kenya
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Kenya and Tanzania Combined
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
Ol Pejeta & Maasai Mara
The quintessential Kenya safari. Combine the incredible Ol Pejeta Conservancy with the Maasai Mara. There's enough wildlife experiences here to last a lifetime.…
- 7 Days
The Very Best of Kenya
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.…
- 7 Days
Walking Safari in the Naboisho Conservancy
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. …
- 4 Days