This is a list of all national parks in Kenya. Kenya has a total of 22 National parks which are all managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
Here is a list of all the National Parks in Kenya.
Mount Kenya National Park covers an area of 715 square kilometres. The park is surrounded by breath-taking sceneries such as lakes, glaciers, mineral springs and endangered species of animals. This is one of the perfect destinations for camping, cave exploration, game viewing and mountain climbing activities.
The park can be reached through the Nanyuki-Isiolo road, Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru or via Chogoria, on the Embu-Meru road.
It is one of Kenya’s most popular parks and the best place to view large herds of elephants. Nature lovers can also explore about five different habitats that range from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands.
3. South Island National Park
South Island National Park is home to a profusion of birdlife and one of the world’s largest concentration of crocodiles. It is an ideal destination for bird watchers, campers, hikers and game viewers. It is located on the shores of Lake Turkana.
4. Saiwa Swamp National Park
It is a forested paradise filled with exotic flowers, trees, birds and a veritable haven for nature lovers. It is also home to the rare and endangered semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope and the rare de brazza’s monkey.
The park is located approximately 22 kilometres from Kitale Town.
5. Sibiloi National Park
It is located on the rugged shores of Lake Turkana, which is commonly referred to as the cradle of mankind. The park serves as a stopover for the migrant waterfowl and a breeding ground for the Nile crocodile. Sibiloi is also home to important archaeological sites such as Koobi Fora.
6. Ruma National Park
The park lies on the flat floor of the seasonally watered Lambwe Valley, bordered by the Kanyamwa Escarpment to the South East and the volcanic plugs of the Ruri hills. It is Kenya’s last remaining sanctuary for the endangered roan antelope, and the only protected area where the globally threatened blue swallow is found.
7. Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
The Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is dominated by a small mountain covered in montane forest that forms a habitat for over 45 bird species, buffalos, bushbucks, leopards, olive baboons, aardvarks, porcupines, pythons and monitor lizards.
8. Ndere Island National Park
Ndere Island is located on Lake Victoria. The lake’s shores support a variety of wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, fish species, snakes, baboons, zebras, warthogs, antelopes, waterbucks and different species of birds.
Major attractions at the park include lions, leopards, buffaloes, bushbucks, zebras, giraffes and gazelles. One can also enjoy scenic views of the Rift Valley, from the crater rim of Mount Longonot.
10. Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon is the eighth highest mountain in Africa. The mountain is crowned by a vast caldera etched by glacial tarns, magical caves, fissured valleys and streams. The park is a favourite destination for hiking, game viewing, camping, biking and bird watching.
It features luxuriant jungles, coursing rivers, verdant swamps, gaunt termite cathedrals and khaki grasslands. Some of the wildlife to view at the park are; zebras, elephants, reedbucks, pythons, puff adders, buffalos and over 100 species of birds.
12. Marsabit National Park
Marsabit National Park is a refuge for huge tusked bull elephants, diverse wildlife and reptiles. It is a paradise for enjoying camel rides, bird watching, camping and hiking.
13. Kora National Park
The park offers a pristine wilderness dotted with tall inselbergs and magical falls such as Adamsons falls, Grand Falls and Kora rapids. It is also a paradise for bird watching and hiking.
14. Chyulu Hills National Park
Chyulu hills offers nature lovers spectacular landscape views, verdant rolling hills of endless green, great blue skies and wildlife such as bushbucks, buffalos, elands, elephants, leopards, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, reedbucks and giraffes.
15. Central Island National Park
Central Island emerges from the blue-green waters of Lake Turkana. It is made up of 3 active volcanoes that belch sulphurous smoke and steam. The Island has a campsite where local and international visitors can enjoy views of the luminous waters of Lake Turkana.
16. Tsavo West National Park
It is a beautiful rugged wilderness with a savannah ecosystem that comprises scrublands, open grasslands, acacia belts and rocky ridges. Some of the wildlife at the park include; lions, hippos, cheetah, buffalos, elephants, rhinos and different bird species.
The park lies on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. It is an ideal park for bird watching, hiking, picnics and game drives.
The park is Kenya’s largest protected area and home to most of the larger mammals, herds of dust-red elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions, leopards, pods of hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and over 500 species of birds.
19. Nairobi National Park
The park is located approximately 10-15 kilometres from Nairobi CBD. It hosts a wide variety of wildlife such as black rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and birdlife.
20. Arabuko Sokoke National Park
The park is located on the Kenyan Coast. It is an ideal destination for game viewers, bird watchers, campers, hikers, bikers and nature lovers.
21. Aberdare National Park
This park is characterized by steep forested ravines and open moorland. It provides a habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, hyenas, olive baboons, monkeys, buffalos, warthogs and bushbucks.
Hells Gate is one of the most atmospheric parks in Africa. It is characterized by towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam. It is an ideal destination for mountain biking, rock climbing, nature trails and wildlife viewing.