How to Choose a Kenya Tour that Fits Your Interests

Couple on a safari in Africa
A Kenya safari ignites the imagination. Elephants walking beneath the towering Mount Kilimanjaro; leopards yawning on tree branches in the Mara; the epic plains of Tsavo — it is definitely something that everyone should experience at least once. The diversity of Kenya’s wildlife and other natural wonders are represented in the country’s many national parks and game reserves and the best part is that when it comes to choosing your Kenya tours, you have a lot of options, so you can easily opt for those that best suit your interests.

Choose Your Destination

The first step to booking a Kenya safari is to choose the destination. The top Kenya parks and reserves are easily accessible and several tour operators offer custom itineraries based on your travel preferences, so it’s a simple matter of knowing where to go. Here are our top picks based on the most popular travel interests:

ADVENTURE TRAVEL:

Tsavo National Park

A family of elephants covered in red mud in Tsavo
Adventures abound in Tsavo. Go on game drives and spot diverse wildlife, enjoy sundowners and gaze upon the magnificent plains, take guided walks, climb large rocks — it’s an adventure of a lifetime! Located in southeastern Kenya, east of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tsavo National Park is the largest (8.036 square miles) of Kenya’s national parks. It was established in 1948 and was later divided into the smaller units of “Tsavo East and Tsavo West” for administrative purposes.

Tsavo East National Park is located near the town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta county of the former coast province. This region houses one of the world’s biodiversity strongholds and its renowned for the various wildlife that can be spotted, including the famous big five. It is also home to a great variety of birdlife such as the crowned crane, the black kite, lovebirds and the sacred ibis. Tsavo West National Park is a more popular destination thanks to its magnificent scenery including Mzima springs, good road systems, rich and varied wildlife, rhino reserve, rock climbing potential, and guided walks along the Tsavo River.

If you’re looking for an adventure in Tsavo, check out this tour:

10 Days Kenya Honeymoon Safari

DESTINATION WEDDINGS, HONEYMOONS, AND ROMANCE:

Maasai Mara National Park

A leopard running after its prey in Masai Mara
Stretching northeast from a shared border with the famous Serengeti national park in Tanzania, the Maasai Mara National Park is the most popular safari destination in Kenya. It is an astonishing combination of mosaic rolling hills, open grasslands, and acacia woodlands, all of which support an incredible profusion of wildlife. These scenic landscapes make for some pretty romantic settings for your dream wedding and honeymoon. Large predators such as the lion, leopards, cheetah, and hyena are easily seen at close proximity all year round and the reserve blossoms between June and October when the great wildebeest migration crosses into Kenya from Tanzania. If you’d prefer, you can take hot air balloon trips with your spouse for a truly romantic moment in the skies. No wonder it is often regarded as the best safari in Kenya.

If you’re looking for an adventure in Maasai Mara National Park, check out this tour:

6 Days Masai Mara Honeymoon Package

GROUP TRAVEL:

Samburu National Reserve

Two young elephants playing in Samburu
Small group safaris in Kenya will benefit from a trip to Samburu since it doesn’t usually receive as many visitors as its counterparts down south. As such, you and your group can enjoy your safari without the experience feeling too crowded. This reserve is located in northern Kenya and is set against a backdrop of jagged mountains, sun-parched hills, and arid plains. The Uaso Nyiro River runs through the Samburu National Reserve, attracting predators and prey alike, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, buffalos, hippos, and elephants, as well as some pretty rare species, such as the blue-legged Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, and Gerenuk. You can also spot large numbers of Nile crocodile lazying about in the river.

If you’re looking for an adventure in Samburu National Reserve, check out this tour:

11 Days Explore Kenya Safari

SOLO/BACKPACKER:

Mount Kenya National Park

Falls in Mount Kenya
Towering at an altitude of over 5000 meters and capped with glaciers, Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. If you are looking for a solo adventure, then conquering this amazing natural monument should definitely be on your list. The national park was established as conservation to protect the endangered wildlife of the surrounding areas and has since developed into a full-fledged tourist attraction that became known for its exhilarating wildlife safari tours. The area is ideal for game viewing, including elephant, buffalo, monkeys, antelope, and giant forest hog.

Of course, there are several other national parks and reserves worth including in your itineraries, such as Amboseli, Aberdare, Lake Nakuru, and Lake Naivasha national parks. If you still got some time to explore Kenya, head on to the coast at Diani or Watamu to enjoy the relaxing breeze, fine powdery sands, and blue waters of the Indian Ocean. In any case, you can be sure of having the time of your life in Kenya. Get in touch with your tour operator and start planning your safari trip today!

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