Kenya's West

National parks in Western Kenya

Masai Mara

Masai Mara is the conservation area with the most animal species in Kenya and is located at the border to Tanzania, as part of the Serengeti. Covering an area of 1510 km², this is the place to observe the Great Migration of gnus and zebras from September until November.


Hell's Gate

The Hell’s Gate National Park is situated south of Lake Naivasha and northwest of Nairobi. It covers 68 km² and is located in the Rift Valley. Here you can visit two volcanic columns: Fischer’s Tower and Central Tower. Altogether, Hell’s Gate has a very interesting landscape to discover. Hell’s Gate is one of two national parks in Kenya where hikes, biking and driving a motor bike is allowed. In the park, there is a Massai cultural centre informing about the culture and traditions of the Massai.


The Aberdare National Park is situated about 100 km north of Nairobi in Kenya’s central highland at an altitude of 2000 to 3999 m. It covers an area of 766 km² and comprises a mountain range of volcanic origin. Special attractions of the park are the waterfalls Karuru, Gura, Chania and Magura. Regarding the animal species, it is not very diverse – there are bongos, buffaloes, bush and water bucks. The elephants of the park are quite timid and only used to humans around the lodges Treetops and The Ark.


Lake Nakuru

The Lake Nakuru National Park is situated about 160 km northwest of the capital Nairobi at Lake Nakuru. This national park is famous especially for its flamingo population. Here you can also marvel at other mammals such as antelopes, waterbucks, monkeys, buffaloes and giraffes. The park is also a protected area for rhinos, featuring a population of more than 60 black and white rhinos.


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