- The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) was founded through an act of the Kenyan Parliament in 1989. It is established under an Act of Parliament Cap 376 (The Wildlife Conservation and Management (Amendment 1989) Act), Its role is to conserve and manage the biodiversity of Kenya, protecting and conserving the flora and fauna.
2. KWS oversees over 39 National Parks and Reserves. Some of the most Famous Parks are Maasai Mara, Nyandarua (Abadares) National Park. To some of the less know reserves like Ndere Island National Reserve, Arawale National Reserve.
3. Looking for affordable accommodation while int the parks? Well, KWS manages its own Camps and Bandas where you can get very cheap accommodation within the heart of most of the parks and reserves. Some of the hidden gems are Lake Jipe Guest Houses located in Tsavo West National Park, Fishing Lodge Abadares located in the Abadares National Park, Tree Top Hut located at Saiwa Swamp National Park.
4. KWS Activities also help protect wetlands Land and Kenya’s water towers. Keeping the rivers flowing which in turns help support Kenya’s agricultural sector. The most famous one is the Mau Forest Complex which is the source of the famous Maasai Mara River.
5. The world famous paleontologist Dr. Richard Leaky is the current Chairman for the KWS Board of Trustees. He was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2015