Kenya safari circuits
Kenya safari circuits: Kenya is a very distinctive and impressive tourist destination in East Africa and the world, Kenya as a country is the 48th largest country by area in the world with Nairobi as the capital city. Kenya is bordered by South Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Uganda to the west, Tanzania to the south, and the Indian Ocean to the southeast.
Tourism in Kenya is the second largest source for foreign exchange revenue coming next to agriculture, Kenya offers various forms of tourism such as Beach tourism, eco-tourism, cultural tourism, and sports tourism. Kenya’s tourism and tourism destinations are categories into circuits that is central Kenya circuit, south rift circuit, coastline circuit, Nairobi circuit, north rift circuit, eastern circuit, southern circuit and western circuit. safari circuits in Kenya are as explained below.
CENTRAL KENYA CIRCUIT
Central safari circuit of Kenya is an ultimate safari circuit with many excellent tourist destinations situated in the central region of Kenya, central safari circuit is the safari circuit to embark on while on a safari in Kenya for nature lovers, scenery addicts and those looking for perfect pictures. Central Kenya safari circuit is made up tourist destinations like Mount Kenya national park, Mount Longonot national park and Aberdare national park. The circuit’s highlight activities include hiking, kayaking and mountain climbing which are both thrilling and adventurous to participate in.
Tourist destinations/national parks in central Kenya safari circuit are as explained below
- Mount Kenya national park
- Mount Longonot national park
- Aberdare national park
SOUTH RIFT CIRCUIT
South rift circuit is the most popular south rift circuit in Kenya’s safaris, the circuit is situated in the great rift valley of Kenya and consisting of the top ranked best destinations on Kenya. South rift circuit is a region filled with breathtaking sceneries, a huge population of animals and natural physical features thus being the perfect circuit for nature lovers, wildlife safaris and photography. The circuit consists of national parks like hell’s gate national park, Lake Nakuru national park, masa mara national reserve and mara triangle with high light safari activities such as hot air ballooning, sundowners, bush dinners, bush breakfast, guided nature walks, birding safaris and camping.
Tourist destinations/ national parks in South rift circuit include
- Hell’s Gate National Park
- Lake Nakuru National Park
- Maasai Mara National Reserve
- The Mara Triangle
Coastline circuit in Kenya offers charming luxury safaris in the country, the circuit consists of dazzling, fascinating and historical tours in marine parks, stunning beaches, reserves and historical sites. Coastline circuit consists of many marvelous sites which are visited on while on this circuit such as historical sites like Vasco da Gama Pillar, Gede Ruins, Hell’s Kitchen and Malindi Museum, marine parks and reserves such as Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve, Kisite Mpunguti National Park and Reserve, Marine National Reserve, Malindi Marine Park and Reserve, Mombasa Marine National Park, Shimba Hills National Reserve, Tana River Primate Reserve and Watamu Marine Park and Reserve.
Tourist destinations in coastline circuit include
- Marine parks and reserves
- Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve
- Kisite Mpunguti National Park & Reserve
- Marine National Reserve
- Malindi Marine Park & Reserve
- Mombasa Marine National Park
- Shimba Hills National Reserve
- Tana River Primate Reserve
- Watamu Marine Park & Reserve
- Vasco da Gama Pillar
- Gede Ruins
- Hell’s Kitchen
- Malindi Museum
Nairobi circuit rotates around visiting tour destinations and sites situated in Nairobi town, Nairobi town is not only the capital city of Kenya and one of the most developed town in Kenya it is also an important tourist destination in Kenya. Nairobi city offers both safari and city life to its visitors through numerous amazing and breathtaking destinations and sites, the city consists of destinations like Giraffe Centre, Nairobi National Park, Nairobi Safari Walk, and National Museums of Kenya, Karen Blixen Museum, Kitengela Glass and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. As you are on a safari in Nairobi circuit you can also visit trading centers like Masai market famous for its enormous beautiful carvings and beadwork, the Masai market is held in numerous parts of Nairobi city such as High Court parking lot, Yaya Centre and the Village Market and on different days. Nairobi circuit offers quite a number of activities such as hiking and guided nature walks in Ngongo hills, wildlife viewing, bird watching and many more.
National parks and sites in Nairobi circuit include
- Giraffe Centre
- Nairobi National Park
- Nairobi Safari Walk
- National Museums of Kenya
- Karen Blixen Museum
- Kitengela Glass
- David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
NORTH RIFT CIRCUIT
North rift circuit of Kenya is an amazing safari circuit situated in the north section of the great rift valley and loved by many wildlife and water lovers, this circuit stretches through the northern towns of Kenya starting from Laikipia covering up to Marsabit and Turkana. North rift circuit consists of many excellent wildlife protected areas and lakes which habit many animals like hippopotamus, crocodiles and many more.
National parks in north rift circuit include
- Chalbi Desert,
- Sibiloi National Park
- Nasolot National Reserve
- South Turkana National Reserve
Lakes in north rift circuit
- Lake Baringo
- Lake Bogoria
- Lake Turkana.
Eastern circuit stretches through tourist destinations/ protected area situated in the dry area of eastern Kenya, the circuit covers the dry country of the Samburu and the eastern foothills of Mount . The circuit is made up of picturesque sceneries, wide range of wildlife such as elephant, white rhino, Gerenuk, eland, reticulated Beisa, Oryx, Grevy’s Zebra, grants gazelle, Giraffe, and their predators lion, leopard, cheetah and the hyena and many iconic physical features such as slopes of mount Meru. the most fascinating site to visit is in the eastern circuit is the banks of Ewaso Nyiro river the only permanent source of water in the area, the banks are always crowded with many animals which come to drink water.
National parks in East circuit include
- Samburu National Reserve
- Shaba National Reserve
- Buffalo Springs
- Meru National Park
- Mwea National Reserve
- Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
- Mwingi National Reserve
- Kora International Reserve
Historical sites/ locations in eastern circuit include
- Home of Elsa the Lioness in Meru National Park.
Southern circuit of Kenya hosts most of the popular and vast national parks in Kenya including Tsavo national park the biggest protected area in Africa, southern circuit is a best circuit to take while on a safari for scenic view lovers and wildlife addicts. The circuit consists of national parks like Tsavo national park (Tsavo east and Tsavo west national park) with attractions like Mzima Springs and Shetani Lava Flow, Amboseli national park famous for the huge population of elephants and the back drop of mountain Kilimanjaro. Other national park in the southern circuit is Chyulu hills national park, the highlight activities in the southern circuit are game viewing, guided nature walks, fly camping , birding safaris.
National parks in southern circuit include
- Chyulu Hills National Park
- Amboseli National Park
- Tsavo national park (both Tsavo west and Tsavo east national park)
Western circuit is the less crowded safari circuit in Kenya with less polluted water sources (lakes), the main fascinating attraction in the west circuit is Lake Victoria the biggest lake in East Africa. Western circuit is an ideal safari circuit for nature lovers as it is naturally gifted.
National parks in western circuit include
- Kakamega Forest National Reserve
- Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
- Ndere Island National Park
- Ruma National Park
- Saiwa Swamp National Park