PARKS AND RESERVES
Parks and reserves managed by KWS
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KWS Parks: Adventure Haven/Explosive Adventure
Kenya is ranked among the leading countries with 1090 species of birds. Not surprisingly, more and more Kenyans are becoming keen birders, and all over the world bird-watching is a fast-growing hobby. The country is endowed with over 62 bird watching locations that are globally recognized as Important Bird Areas.
A night under the cover of countless stars and the feeling of morning dew on your feet as you take in the crisp clean air of the morning is a reality that awaits you in our parks. The beauty of camping is that you’re in charge, sleeping times, meal times, even bath times!
If you’re operating on limited time, picnicking will work excellently for you. Picnic at Nairobi National Park, Aberdare National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park, Mt. Kenya National Park, Mt. Elgon National Park, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, and Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park. Facilities include adequate shelter, benches, water and latrines.
Our campsites are found in: Mwea National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park, Tsavo West National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Mt. Elgon National Park, Mt. Kenya National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Amboseli National Park, Aberdare National Park, Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, Sibiloi National Park and Ruma National Park amongst others.
Hells gate National Park offers a rewarding experience for both novice and expert cyclists. As you cycle, you’ll get to view one of the most magnificent sceneries in Africa as you embark on this invigorating experience. Cleft deep into the Rift Valley floor, bear witness to the towering Cliffs, Water Gouged gorges, stark rock towers, and belching geothermal steam. Welcome to one of the most atmospheric parks in Africa.
Calling all fishing junkies! Excellent fishing activity awaits you at one among the many cool mountain streams that flow through the Aberdare forest. With its clear, tumbling streams, shaded river bends, mossy overhangs and meandering reaches Aberdare National Park offers some brown and rainbow trout fishing.
It is possible to have a game drive in any of our parks in Kenya. Usually, the best times to go for game drives are early mornings and late afternoons. In the midday heat, most animals retreat to the cool of thick undergrowth and disappear from view. Morning and afternoon game drives also allow you to witness the unforgettable African dawn and dusk.
Tsavo offers some of the most magnificent game drives in the world - vast herds of dust-red elephants, fat pods of hippo, giant crocodile and a kaleidoscope of bird life are set against a blazing backdrop of endless bush.
For those who love challenges, test your limits as you take on hiking and rock climbing. Tourist hot spots for hiking, rock climbing, and biking are Hell’s Gate National Park, Mt. Longonot and Mt. Kenya, and Tsavo East parks.
Set off your journey in a car and finish with a horse ride. Drive to Hell’s Gate and watch wildlife from the back of a horse. Horse riding is offered in; Tsavo East, Chyulu Hills, Aberdares, Mt. Elgon National Park and Hell’s Gate National Park.
Climb the slopes of Mt. Kenya and enjoy the changing flora as you ascend. Walk through an alpine meadow in the clouds as you brace yourself against the frigid winds that swoop down to where the land becomes rocky and desolate. Conquer the continent's second highest mountain and feel what it’s like to stand almost on the "roof of Africa."
Another mountain to climb is Mt. Elgon, which requires no technical climbing skills to get to the top. There are several routes to the peaks accessible to any moderately experienced hiker. If you prefer a gentler stroll, a number of well-marked nature trails lead around the Elkony Caves.
Always full of options, Kenya offers yet another fantastic climbing location: The Aberdare Ranges. The summits can be reached with little more than a strenuous high-altitude trek. Centrally located in Kenya, Aberdare National Park is accessible by road and air, making it a pleasant single-safari destination.
Escape the constraints of a vehicle and lose yourself in Kenya's stunning wilds. Having worked none-stop for sometime, there is nothing as refreshing as a walk in our cool quiet nature trails where the only interruptions are birds singing and trees whistling. You deserve it, we offer it. Don’t deny yourself.
Snorkelling and scuba diving offer unique, once in a lifetime experiences within our marine parks. Refresh yourself as you play with the dolphins and admire the coral gardens. KWS ensures your underwater adventure is equally breathtaking.
Other adventure activities are: diving, wind surfing, water skiing, and glass bottom rides. To relax after rigorous activity, visitors can then enjoy fantastic Kenyan weather as they sun-bathe.
Kiunga Marine National Park (situated in Lamu) is the only marine park that offers wind surfing and water skiing.
Forget “normal” think “exceptional” Give yourself and your guests a once-in-a lifetime experience in the park. Have anything from birthday parties, weddings, anniversary celebrations, team-building activities, company launches, and the list goes on in a serene, natural environment.
In addition to having a fantastic location, you get to exercise your creativitity as you landscape the event sites however you please. The possibilities are endless as one could begin with a game drive, then a sundowner where you watch the sun go down and eventually see the city lights come on, it’s like Christmas all over again, finally top it all with your event. Set in especially beautiful or scenic spots, there are also some designated campsites that are for use by private parties. They usually offer no facilities- just pure natural beauty and can be used for bush dinners or bush breakfasts, brand launches and weddings.
To fully appreciate the unique range of natural beauty, wilderness and wildlife on offer in Kenya’s National Parks and Reserves, why not stay over and see more? Choose from our wide range of scenically located, attractively presented, and economically priced self-catering accommodation in most of our parks.