Kenya as a major tour destination is divided into smaller tourism destinations which are called tourism circuits or regions.A tourist circuit is defined as a route on which at least three major tourist destinations are located such that none of these are in the same town, village or city; with well defined entry and exit points. The objective of having a tourist circuit is to increase the total number of visits to all the destinations on the circuit as well as provide tourist with a mix of attractions and activities in a destinations. With the New Constitution (enacted in August 2010) the focus is now on counties, and Community Based Tourism Enterprises (CBTE’s) have a real opportunity to speak as one voice. They include:
Central Kenya Region
The Central Kenya Safari Circuit Region is offers High Hill Country; a paradise for Daredevils. This is Kenya’s high hill country above Nairobi – a land of mountain peaks, spectacular waterfalls and remote alpine moors that provide a unique and breath taking African Landscape. It is also an area of coffee plantations and small farms that make up the region’s thriving agricultural sector. Parks and attractions to visit while on the Central Kenya Safari Circuit include;
- Aberdares National Park
- Mount Kenya National Park
- Mount Longonot National Park
Activities while on safari to this region include; game viewing – high chances of seeing all the big five and rare forest antelopes like the bongo, the endangered black rhino, history of Kenya – settlers, scenic views of hills and waterfalls, mountain hiking and trekking.
The Kenyan coast consists of sun drenched beaches with soft sand, warm waters and refreshing sea breezes. The Kenya Coast has attractive creeks, sleepy rivers and shady inlets – The Kenya coast is an ideal place for big game fishing, diving, water sports – or just lazing around on the beach.
Parks and attractions to visit while on the Coastline Region of Kenya Safari Circuit include;
- Arabuko Sokoke National Reserve
- Kisite Mpunguti, Kiunga, Malindi and Mombasa Marine National Parks and Reserves
- Shimba Hills National Reserve
- Tana River Primate Reserve
Activities while on safari to the coastal region include; a visit to the last major remnant of tropical rain forest – Arabuko Sokoke and a chance of seeing some of it’s rare bird species, the Tana river rare and endangered primates like the mangebey and red colobus monkeys, the Shimba hills reserve – the only abode of the sable antelope in Kenya, water sports in Mombasa including, jet ski, scuba diving, snorkeling and much more.
Kenya’s Southern region safari circuit is dominated by Tsavo (Tsavo East and Tsavo West) Kenya’s largest national park. Further is Amboseli – Kilimanjaro’s home and Chyulu hills rocky volcanic outcrops harboring a huge amount of game and Lake Jipe – a lake fed by Mount Kilimanjaro’s run-off.Parks in the southern region safari circuit are close to the Kenya Coast
Parks and attraction in this safari circuit region include;
- Amboseli National Park
- Chyulu Hills National Park
- Tsavo East National Park
- Tsavo West National Park
The Eastern Region Safari circuit is just outside Nairobi and it includes Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs which form contagious parks separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River.
Further out is the Meru National reserve consisting of open savannahs and is also adjacent to Bisanadi, Mwingi, Kora and Rahole National reserves and parks.
- Bisanadi National Reserve
- Buffalo Springs National Reserve
- Shaba National Reserve
- Kora National Park
- Meru National Park
- Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
- Mwea National Reserve
- Mwingi National Reserve
- Samburu Game Reserve
South Rift Region
The Southern Rift comprises of the best known attractions including Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha. Activities here include game watching with chances of spotting all of the Big Five game, bird watching, Ballooning, Hiking and rock climbing
- Hells Gate National Park
- Lake Nakuru National Park
- Masai Mara National Reserve(Mara Triangle)
- Masai Mara National Reserve
- Lake Naivasha National Park