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    • Summer Wilms recommended Samburu National Reserve
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      It'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 more
      there 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.
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    • Lake Nakuru National ParkFlamingo Road, Nakuru, Kenya
      Summer Wilms recommended Lake Nakuru National Park
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      Nakuru 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 more
      so 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.
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    • CarnivoreLangata Road, Near Wilson Airport, PO Box 56685, City Square 00200, Nairobi, Kenyan Regions, Kenya
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      Arlo Hemphill recommended Carnivore
      5
      Although 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 more
      meat 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.
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      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, Kenya
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      Arlo Hemphill recommended Nairobi National Park
      5
      You 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 more
      artifact 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.
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      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!

    • Baxter Jackson recommended Mombasa
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      Mombasa 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 more
      Portuguese 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.
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      Baxter Jackson

      And after you never want to see another zebra again as long as you live, hit the beach near Mombasa.

    • Baxter Jackson recommended Masai Mara National Reserve
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      Masai 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 more
      their 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.
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