Top 8 Safaris from Nairobi & Where Should You Stay Top 8 Safaris from Nairobi & Where Should You Stay

safaris from Nairobi

Top 8 Safaris from Nairobi & Where Should You Stay

Black Rhino
Black Rhino at Nairobi National Park.

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The safaris in Kenya are filled with thrill, excitement, and delightful moments. This captivating nation provides the allure of lush forests, the ferocity of wild animals, and the serenity of pristine landscapes. It is a complete gift of nature to the world. Volcanoes covered with forests, lakes filled with flamingos, and shady gorges packed with baboons are all only a few hours away. No wonder Nairobi city is the safari capital of East Africa.

Most of the safaris begin in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. You can go on long safaris from Nairobi and stay at Emara Ole Sereni hotel or you can explore short safaris inside the city just 40 minutes away or less. Our favorite spots are the Giraffe Center located on the grounds of the Giraffe Manor, and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphanage for elephants on the edge of Nairobi National Park – one of the best wildlife parks in the world.

Best Safaris from Nairobi You Have to Go On

Now, let’s take a look at the best National Parks and Reserves for safaris from Nairobi that will make all your wildlife dreams come true.

1. Nairobi National Park

Searching for staycation hotels in Nairobi? The Nairobi National Park is only a short drive from Nairobi CBD and just 40 minutes from Emara Ole Sereni hotel. A diversity of wildlife like lions, leopards, giraffes, hyenas, etc., and over 400 species of rich birdlife can be seen among the open grass plains and backdrop of the city landscape. This 117 sq. km big park welcomes visitors who can enjoy picnics and camps. 

It is the best safari park in Nairobi if you want to see rhinos, cheetahs, and buffaloes as well. You can also see wildebeest and zebra migration here. Elephants are one thing the park doesn’t have and never did. It is the only wildlife park in the world that is located close to the city and is an obvious choice for anyone with only a few hours to go on safaris from Nairobi.

Safari Walk at Nairobi National Park.
Safari Walk at Nairobi National Park.

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The main attractions of safari in Nairobi national park are Ivory Burning Site Monument, Walking trails at hippo pools, Nairobi Safari Walk & the Orphanage.

2. Hell’s Gate National Park

Gate National Park
Gate National Park

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Want to go on safaris in Kenya and Tanzania? The Hell’s Gate National Park is a unique part of the Great Rift Valley and is named after the geothermal activity that occurs within its borders. It has towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, volcanoes, and geothermal steam. 

You can see raptors, baboons, zebras, and more, and over 100 species of birds like vultures, swifts, and more. But there aren’t many predators. Visitors to Hell’s Gate can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, and a natural spa while on one of the top safaris from Nairobi. 

Lake Naivasha safari
Lake Naivasha safari in Kenya.

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The fact that you can cycle or walk in the park makes it unique. If pedaling through a herd of buffalos isn’t thrilling enough, it offers some rock climbing options. This is the perfect place for those who want to go on foot safaris from Nairobi. Lake Naivasha nearby offers boat safari in Nairobi and unusual bird watching – it is one of the top Kenya safaris. Enjoy this safari park while staying at the best 5 star hotel in Nairobi – Emara Ole Sereni.

3. Mt Longonot National Park

Mount Longonot safari
Breathtaking Mount Longonot safari in Kenya.

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Where is Mount Longonot located? As you drive west out of Nairobi, you leave the city behind and see endless green fields and dense forests. Beyond that, you will see Mount Longonot, an extinct volcano that rises from the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The dense forest that fills the mountain’s crater is a prominent feature. The crater rim offers wonderful views of the stunning Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha. 

This park isn’t offering classic safaris from Nairobi and is one of the best safaris in Kenya. Buffalos, giraffes, impalas, and gazelles are among Mount Longonot’s top attractions and it is one of the most exciting wildlife safaris in Kenya. It is a paradise for birds of prey. 

4. Lake Nakuru National Park

The stunning Lake Nakuru National Park is located on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, covered by bushy grasslands. This popular safari Nairobi park packs a lot of adventure into a relatively small 188 sq. km. Visitors can see black and white rhinos, baboons, and lions which are known for their tree climbing skills and more.  

It has about 450 species of birds and the stars of the park are flamingos. Thousands of these enchanting birds cover the surface of the lake when the conditions are favorable. Out of all the safaris from Nairobi, this is the most exciting one because it boasts 550 unique plant species and the most giant euphorbia forest in Africa.  

Imagine hiking and bird watching through the picturesque landscape, cycling with rhinos, indulging in game drives and picnics, or just enjoying the view from the Baboon cliff, Lion hill, waterfall, etc. The Nairobi Nakuru distance is of 3 hours. 

5. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

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Being one of the oldest wildlife charities and safaris in Africa, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is all about the preservation and protection of wildlife. Best known for the most successful elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation – Orphans Project, they don’t work only to protect elephants and rhinos but also ecosystems and flora and fauna.

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Former First Lady Melanie Trump visited the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in 2018.

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Whether you want to hear the rumble of an elephant or the roar of a lion, this is one of the most special safaris from Nairobi where you can meet orphan animals. You will have a wonderful learning experience as you watch humans and wildlife live in harmony. And if that’s not enough, you can adopt an orphan! And the best part is that it is only 15 minutes away from Emara Ole Sereni Nairobi. 

You can also visit the Giraffe Center which is just 15 minutes away. It is known as a Nature Education Centre around the world, proud to educate thousands of Kenyan school kids every year. Visitors can take a stroll or hike through the exquisite nature trails to get up close with giraffes and bird species. 

6. Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park
Aberdare National Park is a remarkable Kenya safari destination famous for Kenya mountain climbing safaris and spectacular scenery.

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The Aberdare National Park is a 765 sq. km paradise of dense forest, open moorland, and steep ravines where ice rivers crash in beautiful cascades and waterfalls like the Gura (791 ft) or Karura Falls (894ft). Elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, and olive baboons are just a few of the animals that call the park home. Stay at Emara Ole Sereni – one of the top five-star hotels in Nairobi and explore this safari park.

Aberdare National Park in Kenya
Giant Forest hog at the Aberdare National Park in Kenya.

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You can spot rare animals at the park from Giant Forest hog, and bongo, to the golden cats, and more. With more than 250 bird species in the park like Sparrow Hawks, Eagles, Sunbirds, and Plovers, bird watching is rewarding. This park is at the top of the list of most tourists who go on safaris from Nairobi for picnics, trout fishing in the rivers, and camping in the moorlands.

7. Maasai Mara National Reserve

If you can take out 4.5 hours and go on one of the top safaris from Nairobi, the best place in the world to see wildlife is the Masai Mara National Reserve. You need about 2 days to explore this park. The acacia-dotted plains of the Mara offer beautiful scenery and a great wealth of wildlife. Elephants, buffalos, giraffes, hartebeest, cats, foxes, black-maned lions, rare birds, etc. are found in the park. 

It is well-known for the ‘Great Migration’ during which large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and other species move from Serengeti National Park into the Mara in the north. Their annual journey from July to September involves crossings through rivers flooded with crocodiles. Visitors can enjoy a visit to hippo pools or a hot air balloon safari in Nairobi Kenya or explore Maasai villages on foot. Stay at Emara Ole Sereni – one of the top boutique hotels in Nairobi and explore this national treasure. 

8. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Compared to the other parks, this one is a little far away (4.5 hours) if you are thinking of going on safaris from Nairobi. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy fulfills every notion you have about the beauty of East Africa. It is a visually gorgeous park with Mt. Kenya in its backdrop, the traditional savannah grasslands, and clusters of fever trees are home to so much wildlife. 

It is the best safari in Kenya and you will find plenty of rhinos, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and more. The best part is that every dollar you spend here will go to the conservation of wildlife and community. Jeep safaris in Nairobi Kenya are the main activity, but you can go for thrilling bush walks through areas where you can see huge mammals. 

Why Should You Stay at Emara Ole Sereni Hotel & Experience Safaris from Nairobi?

Emara Ole Sereni Hotel & Experience Safaris from Nairobi

The best hotel in Nairobi Kenya – Emara Ole Sereni is a great option for travelers looking for a place to rest up in between flights and safaris from Nairobi because it is located close to the JKIA and Wilson Airport Nairobi and the City Center. This 5-star property is packed with lavish amenities, unmatched services, and breathtaking views of the Nairobi National Park to improve the quality and joy of your stay.

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Besides safari booking, do you want to book the best hotel in Nairobi? Make yourself at home in one of the opulent 148 air-conditioned rooms at the Emara Ole Sereni for an overnight stay before your safari. It has a desk, television, telephone, minibar, safe, king-size bed, and free Wi-Fi access. Amenities at the hotel include room service, a 24-hour business center, laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, a concierge, a gift shop, and more.

This hotel puts you close to attractions and unique dining options. Grab a bite at Acacia – the best restaurant in Nairobi featuring global cuisines 24/7, relax and sit back at the Oasis bar with your favorite cocktail or savor freshly brewed coffee, tea, sandwiches, and more at Karibu Cafe in Nairobi. And Don’t forget to chill at the Emara Ole Sereni rooftop – Sky Lounge Nairobi with stunning views of the Nairobi National Park and a vibrant vibe. View Emara Ole Sereni Menu for Acacia Restaurant here – one of the best fine dining restaurants in Nairobi.

event venues in Nairobi

Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the best spa in Nairobi or sweat at the fitness center or enjoy the amazing views at one of the most exciting rooftop swimming pools in Nairobi. Planning an event or looking for event venues in Nairobi? This hotel has facilities like meeting rooms, ballrooms, and banquet halls measuring 31194 ft. (2900 m2) in total. Host an exquisite wedding or a business meeting or any special occasion with the latest tech, modern conference facilities in Nairobi, and perfect lighting.

It’s our top choice whether you’re staying a few nights in Nairobi or just one night before or after a safari.

The Future of Safaris from Nairobi

Safaris from Nairobi are no longer about hunting big game or a trip where you have to take cameras or be toured by male guides, thanks to growing wildlife parks and crusades led by women. The future of Nairobi safaris has arrived.  

Local villagers evolved from being porters and cooks to being partners and leaders in conserving wildlife. The national parks and reserves in Kenya now have more than 15 million acres of land and protect some of the world’s rarest species like the black rhino. It may have once been about hunting when going on a safari. Today’s safaris in Nairobi focus on conservation, which is vital for the planet and local communities. 

And if you don’t want to get close to wildlife, you can take in the breathtaking views of the Nairobi National Park from Emara Ole Sereni – the best hotel in Nairobi. Looking for a luxury hotel in Nairobi? Get in touch with us for Special Offers and unmatched services.