recommended Samburu National ReserveIt's not the easiest park to get to but you'll find it less popular than the Masai Mara - not to say it isn't well populated with wildlife - just that the dearth of the famous migration means that ... read morethere are fewer tourists here. Plus, the Samburu, who are a lot like the Masai, don't strike me as being quite as corrupted by the tourist exposure as their neighbors to the south so if you opt for a village experience, it feels more genuine. The thing I like best about Samburu is that there are animals here that you won't see in most of the other famous parks - vulturine guinea fowl, Grevy's zebra, the odd-looking gerenuk. All the time's I've gone I've had good luck with seeing the big predators and plenty of elephants, too.
- Lake Nakuru National ParkFlamingo Road, Nakuru, Kenyarecommended Lake Nakuru National ParkNakuru often gets overlooked because it's so close to the city and it's so small. I love this park and almost always have good luck with the wildlife. No other park I've been to in Kenya has shown me ... read moreso many leopards or rhino. I'm also really into taking photos and the ones from here usually turn out great - lots of color and great light in the morning.
- CarnivoreLangata Road, Near Wilson Airport, PO Box 56685, City Square 00200, Nairobi, Kenyan Regions, Kenyarecommended CarnivoreAlthough It's been a decade since I ate here, Carnivore will always stand out as one of the most memorable dining experiences of my life. In a style similar to Brazilian churrascarias, freshly grilled ... read moremeat is constantly carved onto your plate until you say "when". However, at Carnivore these are no ordinary cuts of meat, but rather fresh crocodile, ostrich, antelope and other wild game culled sustainably from the adjacent Nairobi National Park. Each type of meat has a particular sauce that suits it best, and you'll be washing it all down with a 'dawa', the now ubiquitous Kenyan cocktail which actually originated here. I'd recommend going light on the zebra, as I over-indulged and ended up not feeling so hot on my flight back to London later the same evening. Otherwise, a meal here is an absolute "must do" on any visit to Nairobi.Arlo Hemphill
And here's a place where you can EAT African wildlife! Don't worry, it's totally sustainable. All the meat here comes from populations of animals that are growing too large within Nairobi National Park, so they cull a number of them back and grill them here - Brazilian churrasceria style! It's an amazing experience - a really cool restaurant. And where else can you say you've had all-you-eat zebra?!
- Nairobi National ParkLangata Road, Nairobi, Kenyarecommended Nairobi National ParkYou might not expect to find one of Kenya's most spectacular wilderness reserves located just on the outskirts of the capital city - but it is. Nairobi National Park is often overlooked simply as an ... read moreartifact of it's location - people want to get in, out and away from Nairobi for a safari outing. But if you give it a chance, this park will surprise. Abundant animal populations, including one of the highest densities of lions in the country, make this a non-stop thrill ride of a wilderness excursion. Very good park.Arlo Hemphill
Kenya has so much wildlife you may have wanted to rephrase your question as to where is there NOT wildlife in Kenya. Seriously, the game reserves start just outside the city limit of Nairobi - with Nairobi National Park being one of the best spots to see lions. It's amazing - you're in your wildest African fantasy, yet can see the highrises of Nairobi off in the distance!
recommended MombasaMombasa may sound like the evil lion from the Lion King but it's actually a sultry, steamy seaport full of Graham Greenish characters and echoes of the now defunct slave trade - narrow alleyways, ... read morePortuguese forts and crumbling colonial villas. Raucous nightlife and the nearby postcard beaches of Tiwi make Mombasa a most beckoning port of call in East Africa.Baxter Jackson
And after you never want to see another zebra again as long as you live, hit the beach near Mombasa.
recommended Masai Mara National ReserveMasai Mara is where your African safari fantasies come true. The big five, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion all hang out here seemingly in the open just waiting for photogs to come snap ... read moretheir picture. You'll definitely spot zebras, giraffes, maybe a black rhino - ostrich, hyena, hippos for sure and cheetahs even if you're there at the right time 'cause you're definitely in the right place when you're in the Masai Mara.