The largest national park in Kenya is perceived to be Masai Mara National Reserve. However this is not true. When it comes to size the largest national park in Kenya is Tsavo National Park. Masai Mara is about 1500km2 while Tsavo National Park is 22,000km2.
The problem though is that Tsavo National Park is split into 2; Tsavo east and Tsavo west. This was a necessity when the railway was being built early in the colonial period. Also Masai Mara seems smaller but when combined with the Serengeti National Park the total ecosystem is about 25,000km2 So it all depends on the way you look at it. The Masai Mara is located in Kenya while Serengeti borders it in Tanzania.
Tsavo east (about 13,000km) is bigger than Tsavo west (about 9,000km) and this directly means it has more animals. Serengeti is bigger than Masai Mara and also has more animals than Masai Mara. Tsavo though being the largest national park in Kenya it is not very popular with tourists compares to other national parks. While Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya, Masai Mara is the most famous. This majorly due to the wildebeest migration that occurs annually between July and October. The 2nd most famous national park in Kenya is the Amboseli National Park. Simply because of its scenic views of wildlife with the majestic Kilimanjaro in the back drop. Picture perfect it is really.
In the three Kenyan national parks mentioned there is plenty of wildlife. The big five are easy to spot and they are perfectly suitable for the classic safaris. Although with Tsavo the wildlife density is slightly lower than other parks.
Kenya while home to some of the largest national parks it also boasts big private ranches, most are owned by foreigners, used for conservation of wildlife and animal rearing. Some notable ones are
- Laikipia Nature Conservancy – Located in Laikipia county almost 100,000 acres
- Ol-Pejeta-Ranch – Not too far away from Nyanyuki town it sits at about 90,000 acres
- Ol-Jogi Ranch – Also in Nyanyuki and sits at about 60,000 acres
- Loisaba Conservancy – Located in Laikipia county with about 56,000 acres of wilderness
- Segera Ranch – Another big ranch in Laikipia it is about 48,000 acres