Shimba hills

  • Year gazetted: 1968
  • Size: 250 km²
  • Distance: 56 kms from Mombasa, 30 kms from Diani
  • Wildlife and other attractions: Coastal rain Forest, Grassland. Sable Antelope, Elephant, Buffalo, water buck, reedbuck, hyena, warthog and bush pig, giraffe, Angola colobus monkey, etc. Different types of birds. Flora and Fauna, Sheldrick Water falls, Scenic Landscape comprising hills and valleys, Coastal rainforest, Shimba Hills tree hotel.

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Taita Hills

  • Year gazetted: 1972
  • Size: 110 km²
  • Distance: 210 kms from Mombasa
  • Wildlife and other attractions: Bushes and Savannah Grassland. Lions, Buffalo, Leopard, Elephant, Impalas, Gazelle, Zebras. Built on Stilts, Saltlick offers a terrace game view for the animals that come to drink at the water hole.

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Tsavo East

  • Year gazetted: 1948
  • Size: 12,747 km²
  • Distance: 160 kms from Mombasa
  • Wildlife and other attractions: Lion, Cheetah, Buffalo, rhino, Leopard, Elephant, Giraffe, Antelope, Gazelle, Zebra, Lesser Kudu, waterbuck, hunter’s hartebeest, crocodile. River Galana, Luggard falls, Aruba dam, Mudanda rock ( 1.6 km long rock outcrop ), Bushes and Savannah Grassland.

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Tsavo West

  • Year gazetted: 1948
  • Size: 9,065 km²
  • Distance: About 250 kms from Mombasa or Nairobi
  • Wildlife and other attractions: Lion, Cheetah, Buffalo, rhino, Leopard, Elephant, Giraffe, Antelope, Gazelle, Zebra, Lesser Kudu, waterbuck, hunter’s hartebeest, crocodile. River Galana, Luggard falls, Aruba dam, Mudanda rock ( 1.6 km long rock outcrop ), Bushes and Savannah Grassland.

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Amboseli

  • Year gazetted: 1968
  • Size: 392 km²
  • Distance: About 240 kms from Nairobi
  • Wildlife and other attractions: Open grassland, Observation hill, the Pleistocene lake basin ( now dry ) popularly referred to as Lake Amboseli that floods during heavy rainfall, Scattered Acacia trees and Maasai cultural villages and indigenous lifestyle. Buffalo, Gnus, Elephants, Giraffe, Water buck, Warthogs, Antelope, Gazelle, Zebra, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hippos and variety of birds. At 5896 meters above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the tallest Mountain in Africa.

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Nakuru

  • Brief introduction: LakeNakuru is a shallow alkaline lake. Three rivers, the Njoro, Makalia and Enderit drain into it. The Lake supports a dense bloom of the blue-green cynophite Spirulina plantesis which is a food source for flamingos.
  • Year gazetted: 1968
  • Size: 188 km²
  • Distance: 160 kms from Nairobi
  • Wildlife and other attractions: Yellow Acacia, Rocky cliffs and outcrops, Bush land and Savannah. Lion, Rothschild’s giraffe, Leopard, Black and white rhino, Buffalo, Elephants, Antelope, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, long-eared leaf-nosed bat, rock hyrax, Zebras, Lesser Kudus, hippo, waterbuck, impala, striped hyena, bat-eared fox, wild cat, reed-buck, golden cat, Flamingos.

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Maasai Mara

  • Year gazetted: 1974
  • Size: 1,510 km²
  • Distance: 247 kms from Nairobi
  • Wildlife and other attractions: Savannah with light Acacia bushes, Hilly grassland, Mara river, Maasai Villages. Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Rhino, Elephants, Antelope, Gazelle, zebras, Hippos, Crocodile, etc. Practically all Wild animals and birds of East Africa. Ballon rides, Borders the world famous Serengeti NP. The wildebeest migration takes place between July to October each year where over 1.5 million animals migrate.

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Aberdare

  • Year gazetted: 1950
  • Size: 767 km²
  • Distance: 160 kms from Nairobi
  • Wildlife and other attractions: Bamboo Forest, Moor land, Giant lobelia, Groundsel, Waterfalls. Lion, Leopard, Serval cat, Large population of Black Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant, Bush buck and other endangered wildlife e.g. the rate bongo, giant forest hog, wild dogs, mole rat and mole shrew. The treetops hotel where Queen Elizabeth II learned of her accession to the British throne is also located here. The Mau mau caves.

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Buffalo Springs

  • Year gazetted: 1962
  • Size: 131 km²
  • Distance: 300 kms from Nairobi
  • Wildlife and other attractions: Volcanic hills, Tropical savannah Grassland, thorny bushes Elephants, Buffalos, Oryx, Gerenuk, Grants gazelle, Gravy Zebras, Lions, Somali-Ostrich, Crocodiles, Leopards, Hyena. Ewaso Nyiro river.

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Samburu

  • Year gazetted: 1962
  • Size: 165 km²
  • Distance: 345 kms from Nairobi
  • Wildlife and other attractions: Volcanic hills, granite outcrops, Ewaso Nyiro river, savannah Grassland, Elephants, Buffalos, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Bush bucks, Grants gazelle, Gravy’s Zebras, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyenas, wild dogs, Reticulated giraffe, Somali Ostrich and over 450 species of birds. The Lioness ( Kamunyak ) that adopted the baby oryx is a resident of this reserve. This reserve also became famous through the film Born Free.

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Shaba

  • Year gazetted: 1974
  • Size: 250 km²
  • Distance: 300 kms from Nairobi
  • Wildlife and other attractions: Savannah Grassland, Acacia and Thorny bushes, Elephants, Buffalos, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Bush bucks, Grants gazelle, Gravy’s Zebra, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyenas, Reticulated giraffe, Somali Ostrich. Shaba is home to the highly endangered Williamson’s lark.

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Meru

  • Year gazetted: 1968
  • Size: 870 km²
  • Distance: 348 kms from Nairobi
  • Wildlife and other attractions: Physical features: Bush land, Savannah Grassland, rivers and riverine habitats, Tana river and Adamson’s Falls. Elephants, Buffalos, Oryx, Eland, Gerenuk, Bush bucks, Grants gazelle, Gravy-und Burchels Zebras, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyenas. Became famous through the film Born Free. Former home of Joy and George Adamson and Elsa the Lioness.

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