Going on an African wildlife safari is a dream that kicks in during childhood and stays with us long after we outgrow our toy animal friends. We've got ten good reasons why you should finally make that dream a reality and guess what?

All these incredible animals are part of the magic of Kenya! We kick off with the ten for good measure. Plus, we'll fill you with the best places to spot them on your tour.

The iconic African lion is often referred to as the "king of the jungle." Kenya's national parks and reserves, such as the Maasai Mara, are prime locations to spot these majestic creatures. 

1. Lion

Kenya is home to both African bush elephants and forest elephants. Amboseli National Park is particularly famous for its large herds against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. 

2. Elephant

The Rothschild's giraffe, one of the endangered giraffe species, can be found in Kenya. Giraffe Manor in Nairobi and Giraffe Centre in Karen provide unique opportunities for close encounters. 

3. Giraffe

The open plains of the Maasai Mara offer an ideal habitat for cheetahs. Known for their incredible speed, cheetahs are often spotted hunting or resting in the grasslands. 

4. Cheetah

Both black and white rhinoceroses inhabit Kenyan wildlife reserves. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is known for its successful rhino conservation efforts. 

5. Rhino

These elusive big cats are present in various Kenyan reserves. The Samburu National Reserve and Maasai Mara are good places to try and spot leopards. 

6. Leopard

The African buffalo, often found in large herds, can be seen in many national parks, such as Tsavo and Amboseli. 

7. Buffalo

Rivers and lakes in Kenya, like Lake Naivasha and the Mara River, are home to hippos. They are often seen lounging in the water during the day. 

8. Hippopotamus

The plains zebra, with its distinctive black and white stripes, is a common sight in Kenya. They often mingle with other herbivores, creating stunning scenes in the savannah. 

9. Zebra

The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the most spectacular wildlife events, involving vast herds moving between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. 

10. Wildebeest

These are just a few examples of the incredible wildlife that Kenya has to offer. A safari in this country provides an unforgettable experience for nature and animal enthusiasts.