This is a list of top 10 best places to visit in Kajiado County. Kajiado County covers an area of 21,901 square kilometres, with an estimated population of 987, 070 people. Some of the county’s major towns include; Kitengela, Ngong, Kajiado, Ongata Rongai, Kiserian, Magadi, Isinya and Oloitokitok. The county is headed by Governor Joseph Ole Lenku.
In no particular order, here is a list of 10 best places to visit in Kajiado County.
1. Amboseli National Park
It is one of Kenya’s most popular parks and the best place to view large herds of elephants up close. The park size is 390.26 square kilometres. Key features include wildlife such as leopards, wild dogs, cheetahs, elephants, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, lions, crocodiles, dik-dik, nocturnal porcupine, lesser kudu and over 100 bird species.
It is a pre-historic site located along Magadi road, about 70 kilometres from Nairobi. The site features an accumulation of stone tools used by early men. Campsites are available within the site. It is also a bird-watchers paradise, with the highest number of migratory bird species in Kenya.
3. Ngong Hills
It is located about 25 kilometres from Nairobi, at the northern tip of Kajiado County. Points of interest include hiking sites, camping and picnic sites, nature trails, 30 wind energy power generation sites and religious retreat sites. There is an amazing walking trail within the hills that offers a great walking safari.
4. Selenkay Conservancy
It is one of the pioneers of community conservation in Kenya. It is established on about 15, 000 acres of land leased from the local Maasai community. It was established to protect the wildlife habitat and encourage wildlife conservation as an alternative to farming for the local community. Animals located within the conservancy include elephants, lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, gazelles, bat-eared fox, porcupine and the yellow baboons.
5. Lake Magadi
It is a saline lake with a surface area of 100 square kilometres. It is a serene and amazing destination for bird lovers, nature lovers and camping activities. The lake is endowed with a variety of wading birds such as flamingos and pelicans. Wildlife such as antelopes, giraffes, ostriches, zebras, wildebeests and hyenas can also be spotted around the lake.
6. Shompole Conservancy
It is a private conservation area located between two alkaline lakes, Lake Magadi to the north and Lake Natron to the south. The Conservancy features diverse birdlife and wildlife such as giraffes, buffalos, elephants, desert antelopes such as gerenuk and oryx.
7. Nyiri Desert
It is also called the Nyika/Taru desert. It is located east of Lake Magadi. The desert features thorny trees and bushes which provide shelter to wildlife such as elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions and impalas. You can visit the desert and have a glimpse of diverse wildlife in Kajiado County.
8. Ol Doinyo Orok Mountain
It is situated approximately 170 kilometres south of Nairobi, at the border town of Namanga. Its elevation is 2,548 meters above sea level. It contains a variety of plants, herbs and animal species. It is a perfect destination for hiking activities, nature walks, bird watching and game viewing.
9. Maasai Ostrich Farm
The farm is located on the outskirts of Kitengela town. It is a perfect place to get up close with ostriches and also learn various facts concerning the life cycle of ostriches. You can also enjoy ostrich rides at the farm.
10. Ole Polos
It is a hidden gem located in Kajiado County, renowned for its nyama Choma delicacy. You can visit the place to enjoy some nyama choma, have a glimpse of the Maasai culture and the beautiful sceneries of Ngong ranges. It is located about 10 kilometres from Kiserian town.