Tips for Visiting National Parks

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Nairobi National Park.

Familiarize yourself by doing background research on the reservations you plan to visit. You can find this information from KWS, which manages the country’s national parks and game reserves. The Ministry of Tourism, individual parks and other institutions like the Kenya Tourism Board also have such information.

Stay in Designated Areas: While it may be tempting, don’t stray off the beaten path. Leaving designated areas such as walking paths, marked roads and paths, and trails could damage the park’s fragile ecosystem. The guidelines protect the parks, as well as the visitors.

Plan the time of your visit: You can plan to explore less-visited areas of a park or visit at a time when popular attractions are not at their peak or not being visited, such as Maasai Mara, which attracts thousands of visitors during the Great Migration. .

FOLLOW THE ‘LEAVE NO TRACE RULE’: The rule, also known as ‘Pack It In, Pack It Out’, is a philosophy followed by outdoor adventure enthusiasts to help preserve natural areas – it means that whatever you bring with you, you bring back with you, whether it’s garbage, food scraps or camping gear.

Pack only what you bring with you: Here, a visitor is encouraged to remove any trash you might find in the parks, but not to bring souvenirs from the natural areas. It would be a huge environmental disaster, for example, if Meru National Park received 500,000 visitors a year and each of them thought it was no big deal to pick a wildflower or pocket a stone. This would seriously affect the park’s ecosystem and future visitor experience.

Observe these principles when visiting national parks and reserves:

Plan ahead

Travel/camp on durable surfaces

Properly dispose of waste

leave what you find

Minimize the impacts of campfires

Respect wildlife

Be considerate of other visitors

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