National Park in Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba National Reserves

Samburu National Reserve

The most popular park in northern Kenya, Samburu's dominant feature is the Ewaso Ngiro River, which slices through the otherwise bone-dry country. The river acts as a magnet for thirsty animals, and large numbers...

National Park in Loyangalani

South Island National Park

Designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1997, this 39-sq-km purplish volcanic island is completely barren (minus some rock art) and uninhabited, apart from large populations of crocodiles, venomous snakes...

National Park in Isiolo to Moyale

Marsabit National Park

This small park, nestled on Mt Marsabit’s upper slopes, is coated in thick forest and contains a wide variety of wildlife, including leopards, elephants (some with huge tusks) and buffaloes. The dense forest...

National Park in Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba National Reserves

Shaba National Reserve

Shaba, with its great rocky kopjes (isolated hills), natural springs and doum palms, is more physically beautiful than the nearby national reserves of Samburu and Buffalo Springs. It is also much less visited, so...

National Park in Maralal to Turkana's Eastern Shore

Sibiloi National Park

A Unesco World Heritage Site, Sibiloi is located up the eastern shore of Lake Turkana and covers 1570 sq km. It was here that Dr Richard Leakey discovered the skull of a Homo habilis believed to be 2.5 million...

Mountain in Loyangalani

Mt Kulal

Mt Kulal (2293m) dominates Lake Turkana’s eastern horizon and its forested volcanic flanks offer some serious hiking possibilities. This fertile lost world in the middle of the desert is home to some unique...

National Park in Marich to Turkana's Western Shore

Central Island National Park

Bursting from the depths of Lake Turkana, and home to thousands of living dinosaurs, is the Jurassic world of Central Island volcano, last seen belching molten sulphur and steam just over three decades ago. It's...

Wildlife Reserve in Isiolo to Moyale

Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy

Eight kilometres north of Archer’s Post, and abutting the northern boundary of Samburu National Reserve, is this 384-sq-km wildlife conservancy, which opened in 2004. Although the conservancy is home to Grevy’s...

Village in Archer’s Post

Umoja Village

There are a number of Samburu villages in the area that welcome paying visitors. Probably the best one is Umoja, which was originally founded as a refuge for abused women and has now budded into a viable village...

National Park in Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba National Reserves

Buffalo Springs National Reserve

The twin sister of Samburu National Reserve, which sits on the opposite, northern side of the river, Buffalo Springs has a wide variety of animals, including lots of elephants, but surprisingly few safari-goers,...

Wildlife Reserve in Maralal

Maralal National Sanctuary

This sanctuary, home to zebras, impalas and other wildlife, once completely surrounded the town. Today it only covers a small patch of land around what's left of the Maralal Safari Lodge. The lodge closed down...

Museum in Loyangalani

Loyangalani Desert Museum

Standing on a bluff above the lake several kilometres north of town, this museum covers the history and cultures of northern Kenya. The rooms contain lots of photo-heavy displays, but it’s seriously overpriced....

Wildlife Reserve in Marsabit

Shurr Community Conservancy

Established in 2013, and immediately to the east of Marsabit, this conservancy has a lot of potential and there's more wildlife around here than many people realise, though there are currently no visitor facilities.