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National Parks and Reserves in Kenya
Aberdare National Park
aberdare_falls.jpgThe Aberdare National Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range of central Kenya. According to traditional Kikuyu folklore they are one of the homes of Ngai (God).

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Amboseli National Park
amboseli_kil.jpgNo Hollywood studio can make a so beautiful backdrop for a safari, as you can find it in the Amboseli National Park. Durring elephants, zebras and buffalos are graze in the flat savannah, the Kilimanscharo glitters in the background.

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Arabuko Sokoke National Park
seiden_schmetterling.jpgThe Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve is the largest surviving coastal dry forest in East Africa with a total area of 420sq km.
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Arawale National Reserve
HirolaThe Arawale National Park was set up with the primary motive of protecting a rare antelope species. It is near the Tana river.
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Bisanadi National Reserve
giraffen.jpgThe Bisanandi National Reserve was opened in 1979 with a total area of 606 sq km. It is located near the border to the Meru National Park.
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Boni National Reserve
TopiBoni National Reserve is a 1,339sq. km forest reserve. It was created as a sanctuary for elephants.


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Buffalo Springs National Reserve
OryxThe Buffalo Springs National Reserve is along with the reserves Samburu and Shaba one of the manifold  nature reserves with  more than 400sq km. 
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Central Island National Park
central_island.jpgThe park is within Lake Turkana and Central Island is only 5 km2. The major attractions are the three crater lakes - Crocodile Lake, Flamingo Lake & Tilapia Lake, Central Island also hosts an active volcano.
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Chyulu Hills National Park
zebra.jpgThe Chyulu Hills National Park was established in 1983 with a total area of 741sq km. The Chyulu Hills are the youngest vulcan mountains of africa. They are only 500 years old and covered with grass. The national park is situated 190km in the south east from Nairobi.
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Dodori National Reserve
Vogel - LamuThe reserve gets its name from the river ending in the Indian Ocean at Dodori Creek. It was established in 1976 and is situated on the northernmost corner of the Kenyan shoreline. It shares its border with the Boni National Reserve.
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Hells Gate National Park
fischerstower.jpgHells Gate is a small national park with only 68sq km, but with impressive scenery.
The area is 90km far away from the main capital Nairobi and near Lake Naivasha.
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Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Colobus MonkeyKakamega was declared as a national reserve in May, 1985. It is the only natural tropical rainforest left in Kenya today - quite a change from the olden times when dense rainforest covered West Africa and Central Africa, extending to the walls of the Great Rift Valley.
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Kamnarok National Reserve
BüffelThe Kamnarok National Reserve is located 260 kilometers from Nairobi and was set up 1983. It is about 25 kilometers from the Lake Baringo Airstrip and can be accessed through both road and air.
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Kerio Valley National Reserve
Tambach SteilstufeThe Kerio Valley National Reserve shares its border with the Kamnarok Reserve. Kerio Valley is a 4,000ft. deep valley and was opened as a w national reserve in 1983 for its bio-diverse importance.
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Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park
FischThe park is located in Kwale district at the southern most tip of the Kenyan coastline, near Shimoni and south of Wasani Island near the Tanzanian border. It was gazetted in 1978, covering an area of 28sq km and can be accessed via sea or road.
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Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
ImpalaThe Kisumu Impala Wildlife Sanctuary is Located near the Kisumu town. The Wildlife Sanctuary was opened in October 1992, to protect a herd of impala and provide safe grazing grounds for hippo from the lake. 
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Kiunga Marine National Reserve
BlowfishA group of 50 calcareous offshore islands and coral reefs, the Kiunga Marine National Reserve helps conserve the valuable coral reefs, sea grass meadows and the mangrove forests. This biodiversity also acts as a refugee for the almost extinct dugongs and sea turtles.
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Kora Nationalpark
hyenaThe Kora National Park, bounded by the Tana River is spread over 1700 sq km. The landscape is filled with vegetation of dense woodland and scrub interspersed with isolated rocky outcrops, known as Inselberts.
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Laikipia National Reserve
Rhino (Picture: Michael Nikolai)The Laikipia plateau in central Kenya is the last stronghold of romantic East Africa: vast open ranches, shadowed by snow-capped Mount Kenya, are home to ethnically diverse communities including the Mukogodo Maasai and Samburu.
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Lake Bogoria National Reserve
Lake Baringo (Picture: Michael Nikolai)The Lake Bogoria National Reserve is famed for its scenic beauty of the calm Lake Bogoria, framed by the bluish hills covered by riverine forests, dry bush and grassland. The alkaline lake attracts a huge number of flamingoes seasonally which further adds to its beauty.
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Lake Nakuru Nationalpark
PelikanNakuru is one of the alkaline Rift Valley lakes and a fantastic bird sanctuary, its shores populated at times by more than one million flamingoes. The famous ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson defined it as "the greatest bird spectacle on earth". It provides the visitor with one of Kenya’s best known images.
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Losai National Reserve
Gazelle (Bild: Michael Nikolai)Losai National Reserve was opened in January 1976. It is a wild, semi-desert landscape characterized by rocky hills, plains and river woodlands which snake along the seasonal rivers. The scenic beauty is breathtaking.
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Malindi / Watamu Marine National Park
giant clamIt is convenient to treat both these parks as one unit as they are incorporated in the same Marine National Reserve. Famous for their vast stretches of casuarina fringed white sandy beaches, the coastal resorts of Malindi and Watamu are also world leaders in the accessibility, beauty and diversity of marine life which lives just off-shore on Barracuda and North Reef coral reefs and Turtle and Whale Islands; which is the nesting ground for roseate and bridled terns from June to September when they should not be disturbed and are protected by razor sharp rocks and rough sea.
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Malka Mari National Park
Malka Mari is perhaps Kenya's most remote national park, located in the extreme north-east of the country on the Ethiopian frontier.
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Maralal Game Sanctuary
WarthogMaralal Game Sanctuary is established near Maralal town, the administrative centre of Samburu District: Accessibility is by direct road from Samburu National Reserve to Maralal town.
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Marsabit National Reserve
Zebra The Marasabit National Park, spread over 1500 sq km, comprises of a forested mountain that serves as the sole source of permanent water surface in the region because of the presence of three beautiful crater lakes.
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Maasai Mara National Reserve
Löwe (Bild: Michael Nikolai)The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve. The Mara Game Reserve comprises 200 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and riverine forest.
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Menengai Crater
Menengai CraterMenengai Crater is an extinct volcano with striking views of Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria as well as the crater itself.
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Meru National Park
EagleThe Meru National Park was opened to visitors in April 1968. The park's claim to international popularity stems from the book - and movie - "Born Free". Authored by Joy Adamson
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Mkogodo Forest Reserve
bushbuck (Picture: Michael Nikolai)Set against a rich and varied backdrop, the Mkogodo Forest Reserve is a stretch of riverine forest along the Ngare Ndare River and also the homeland of a small unique tribe known as the Laikipia Maasai.
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Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve
suesslippen.jpgThe park is 10km2 while the reserve is 200km2. Both the park and the reserve are the most highly utilized among marine protected areas. Their coastline is heavily developed with tourist facilities.
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Mount Elgon National Park
chimpanzeeMt. Elgon is Kenya's second highest mountain. It lies 140km North East of Lake Victoria and is bisected by the Kenya-Uganda border. It is an ancient eroded volcano with a huge caldera and, on its summit, the spectacular flat topped basalt column known as Kotiobos.
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Mount Kenya National Park
Mount KenyaMt Kenya is an imposing extinct volcano dominating the landscape of the Kenyan Highlands, East of the Rift Valley. Mt Kenya lies about 140km North, North-East of Nairobi with its Northern flanks across the equator. The mountain has two main peaks - Batian (5200m) and Nelion (5188m).
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Mount Longonot National Park
Mt LongonotThe name Longonot is derived from the Maasai word Oloonong'ot meaning mountains of many spurs or steep ridges. Longonot park covers 52 km2 most of it being occupied by Mt Longonot a young volcano rising to 2,776 meters above sea level.
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Mwea National Reserve
waterbuckThe south boundary of the reserve is bound by Tana River while East boundary conforms to Thiba River. North boundary is marked by an electric fence that protects animals from invading Makima settlement.
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Mwingi Nationalreservat
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Krokodil (Bild: Michael Nikolai)Das Mwingi Nationalreservat umfasst eine Fläche von 745 km2 und liegt nahe der Stadt Mwingi. Früher wurde das Reservat auch North Kitui genannt.
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Nairobi National Park
picknick.jpgThe 117 km2 Nairobi National Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city.
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Nasalot National Reserve
vervet monkeyThese reserves lie on either side of the main highway about halfway between Kitale and Lodwar.
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Ndere Island National Park
Ndere Island, a newly gazetted park, covering an area of 4.2 km2 is an island just off the north shore of Lake Victoria and was opened in November 1986.
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Ol Doinyo Sabuk National Park
jackalA rugged, hump-backed outcrop of ancient rock jutting high above the Athi Plains and hazily visible from Nairobi, Ol Donyo Sabuk is a densely forested mountain known to the local Kikuyu as ‘The Mountain of the Buffalo', and to the Maasai as ‘The Big Mountain'.
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Rahole National Reserve
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Unwegsames Gelände (Bild: Gabriele N.)Das Rahole Schutzgebiet liegt 150 km nordöstlich vom Mount Kenia und nordwestlich von Garissa. Innerhalb des Reservats gibt es keine Strassen und so ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass man hier auf unberührte Wildnis trifft.
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Ruma National Park
serval cat Ruma was first gazetted in 1966 as Lambwe valley game reserve and acquired national park status in 1983. The park was established mainly to protect the Roan antelope which does not occur anywhere else in the country.
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Saiwa Swamp National Park
de brazza vervet catSaiwa is the smallest park in Kenya, only 3km2. It was established to protect the semi-aquatic antelope, Sitatunga and encloses the swap fed by the Saiwa River together with its fringing bells of rain forest.
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Samburu National Reserve
nile monitorThe first thing you will notice on a Samburu Safari is that it is worlds apart from the other parks in Kenya. It's not particularly well known and as a result is less crowded than most Kenyan reserves.
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Shaba National Reserve
hornbillShaba is part of three small adjoining savanna national reserves that lie on either side of the Northern Ewaso Ngiro River, 340km North, North East of Nairobi (Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba).
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Shimba Hills National Reserve
elephant babyThe Shimba Hills were gazetted as a National Forest in 1903, grassland areas were incorporated in 1924 and several subsequent extensions took place to bring the Reserves to its present size.
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Sibiloi National Park
Prähistorischer ElefantSibiloi National Park, in Northern Kenya, is certainly one of East Africa's best-kept secrets. Mostly arid semi desert, commiphora woodland is prevalent.
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South Island National Park
crocodile South Island measures 11 x 4.5 km. 98% of the lake's water comes from Ethiopia via the Omo River, and most of the rest from two southern tributaries, the Kerio and the Turkwel, which is being dammed.
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South Turkana National Reserve
Not only is a traditional tourist circuit, this area relatively known. It has a number of permanent rivers with woodland fringes and salty springs.
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Sweetwaters Game Reserve
SweetwatersThe privately owned 22,000 acre Sweetwaters game reserve and chimpanzee sanctuary has an abundance of wildlife and beautiful vegetation and enjoys magnificent views across the bush to the peaks of Mt. Kenya. 
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Tana River Primate National Reserve
Tana Delta The Tana River National Primate Reserve was gazetted in 1976 to protect the lower Tana riverine forests and two highly endangered primates, the Mangabey and the Tana River Red Colobus. The reserve consists mainly of patches of riparian forests extending for 16km long the meandering course of the lower Tana River, 350km east of Nairobi and 240km north of Mombasa.
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Tsavo East National Park
elephantLocated 333 km from Nairobi, the Tsavo East National Park is one of the largest national parks in Kenya. It covers an area of about 11,747 square kilometers.
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Tsavo West National Park
african hunting dog (Picture: Sigurd Treske)Bordering the South Serengeti Plains in Tanzania lays the Tsavo West National Park in Kenya. Covering a large area consisting of diverse terrains, the park stretches 9,065 square kilometers at a distance of about 240 kms from Nairobi.
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