The parks and reserves covered in my Kenya safari guide are only the best-known and most visited of the country's numerous protected and other natural areas.

For those who want to explore the natural history of this diverse nation in more detail the following parks and reserves are all well worth a visit.

But, even this list is far from complete and for every park listed here there are two or three other reserves, forest areas, parks or conservancies that all have something special to offer.

Buffalos grazing in a meadow at Aberdare Park in central Kenya

Buffalos grazing in Aberdare Park

Off the beaten path in Kenya

Some of Kenya's underrated hidden gems

  • Aberdare National Park

  • Kakamega Forest Reserve

  • Ruma National Park

  • Saiwa Swamp National Park

  • Chyulu Hills National Park

  • Lake Naivasha

  • Chalbi Desert

  • Lake Bogoria National Reserve

  • Watamu Marine National Park

  • Shimba Hills National Reserve

About the author

Kenya off the beaten track

Stuart Butler

Stuart is an award-winning travel journalist covering safari, trekking and conservation in Africa for the Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, BBC, Bradt Travel Guides, amongst many others. He is the author of Walking With The Maasai, a journey through some of Kenya's lesser-visited Maasai lands.

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