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Wildlife in Kenya: What Animals will you see on Safari?

Kenya is a beautiful gem in East Africa, adorned with some of the world's most breathtaking natural treasures. Kenya's scenery is unmatched, with mesmerising mountain ranges and remarkable rift valleys, as well as restorative hot springs, animal sanctuaries, and beautiful shores. It is a destination that provides tourists with a unique combination of peace, excitement, and interactions with the wonderful flora and animals that inhabit this land. 

You might be wondering which animals you’ll be able to see and while we can’t promise you’ll see every species on the planet, we can assure you’ll see the most in Kenya. So, let’s take a look at which animals we’re talking about. 

1. Lion

A safari in Kenya would be incomplete without seeing the majestic lions. The Maasai Mara and Tsavo National Park are excellent places to see these large cats in action. The lions' social dynamics and thundering roars provide safari travellers with an amazing experience.

2. Leopard

Spotting leopards in Kenya's untamed landscapes requires a keen eye and patience. Head to Maasai Mara National Reserve, Samburu National Reserve, or Tsavo National Park for prime leopard sightings. Scan the acacia trees and rocky outcrops during dawn or dusk as these solitary cats expertly blend into their surroundings, making the thrill of a leopard encounter a true safari highlight.

3. Buffalo 

The Cape buffalo is the most impatient member of the Big 5 and is usually recognised as one of Africa's most deadly animals. The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the best places to see these magnificent beasts. The immense grasslands of the Mara provide a great home for buffalo herds, and tourists can see these huge grazers in their native habitat.

4. Rhinoceros 

The rhino is a must-see because it is one of the most endangered creatures on African soil. Poaching has decimated their population, and it is thought that there are only approximately 27000 rhinos remaining on the planet, most of which live in South Africa.

However, thanks to essential conservation initiatives in locations like Lewa and Ol Pejeta, black rhino numbers have been recovering steadily, even though the animal remains severely endangered.

5. Crocodile

Kenya's waterways are teeming with life, and crocodiles are a fascinating part of the ecosystem. They are generalists, eating mostly fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. Every year in August, about a million wildebeest run the gauntlet of Nile crocodiles to make it to the Kenyan banks of the Mara River - an annual feast for these apex predators!

You can find crocodiles while on safaris in Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park and Meru National Park.

6. Elephant

Endlessly intelligent and iconic, African elephants continue to capture the hearts of travellers to Kenya. If you want to see some of the biggest herds in East Africa, you must visit Amboseli National Park. Massive herds of these gentle giants gather at Amboseli's perennial wetlands and lakes to feed and drink. You can also get a glimpse of them at Maasai Mara, Samburu National Reserve, Meru National Park, Laikipia, and Tsavo East National Park.

7. Giraffe

Giraffes are another African species that you'll see in abundance across Kenya, and they're a popular sighting. These delightful creatures are always peaceful and composed, and their towering stature and long necks make them easy to spot. To find them, you can visit Maasai Mara, Meru National Park, Samburu National Reserve or Lake Nakuru National Park.

8. Wildebeest 

Although you will find wildebeests throughout most of Kenya's wildlife parks, it's between July and November that you can see about a million of them in one place. The Great Wildebeest Migration, one of the last big terrestrial animal movements on the globe, arrives in the Masai Mara at this time. To witness and get awestruck by wildebeest, visit Maasai Mara, Amboseli National Park, and Meru National Park.

9. Zebra 

Zebras, with their unique black-and-white stripes, thrive in Kenya's grasslands. Nairobi National Park is a surprising oasis just outside the capital, where visitors can spot zebras grazing against the backdrop of the city skyline.

Ready to Start Planning Your Kenya Wildlife Safari?

Now that you’ve had a taste of the wildlife that awaits you in Kenya, it is time to start organising your safari vacation. Consider the season, and the style of safari trip that matches best with your needs and budget. Kenya has something for every wildlife lover, whether it is The Great Migration, a leisurely game drive, or a hike up a mountain to observe the rarest of wild species.


In conclusion, Kenya's wildlife offers a symphony of nature's wonders, from the majestic lions to the graceful giraffes. Consider the many experiences Kenya has to offer as you plan safari trips in Kenya

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