Wildlife in Western Kenya

The Masai Mara National Reserve is arguably Kenya’s most famous park and positively groans with all manner of savannah-dwelling creatures. The annual migration sees the arrival of a million herbivores (principally wildebeest and zebras) from the Serengeti in search of grass, which in turn supports a large number of predators, including crocodiles, cheetahs, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, caracals, black-backed jackals and mongoose.

The dense rainforests of Kakamega Forest Reserve offer prolific birdlife, seven species of primates (including the rare de Brazza’s monkeys), nocturnal flying squirrels and a staggering array of butterflies and insects.

You might get lucky and spot one of Mt Elgon National Park’s famous mineral-loving elephants, which mine bat-infested caves for salt, although waterbucks and colobus monkeys are more readily seen.

More wildlife and unique surrounds can be found at Ruma National Park, home to Kenya’s only roan antelope population, a good number of endangered Rothschild’s giraffes and some relocated black and white rhinos, and at Saiwa Swamp National Park, which hosts the rare swamp-dwelling sitatunga antelope.