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Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Tsavo Safaris

These majestic parks of Kenya’s southwest offer three very different experiences: Amboseli harbours amazing Mt Kilimanjaro views and huge elephant herds, Chyulu Hills has a haunting isolation while Tsavo is big game country.

Staying on private concessions adjoining each of these stunning Kenyan national parks guarantees an authentic wildlife experience away from the crowds. Another clear advantage of staying outside public reserves is this: guests may undertake activities not normally permitted such as walking safaris, horseback riding and off-road open vehicle game drives.

On the border of Tanzania, Amboseli is one of Kenya’s finest game parks. This is where you’ll find lumbering bull elephants and lonely flat-topped acacias on the golden plains beneath snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro. The proud Maasai – often seen tending their cattle on the park’s outskirts – are also often employed as guides, for it is they who know this wilderness best.

The Chyulu Hills are an untouched mosaic of deep forests, dry open plains and rocky volcanic outcrops with views of Mt Kilimanjaro in the distance on a clear day. As game is much harder to find in this reserve, uncovering a leopard or a pride of lions is a richly rewarding exercise. Visitors to this park are also few and far between so your connection with the land is deeply personal.

Tsavo West comprises half of one of Africa’s largest parks and its varied terrain of woodland, scrub and savanna supports a multitude of species including all the ‘Big 5’, baboons, hyenas, giraffes, cheetahs and so much more. Game drives in this area can be intense, while walks allow you to take in the smaller inhabitants of the Kenyan bush. The crystalline Mzima Springs are also in this area – rich in hippo and Nile crocodile.

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Amboseli, Chyulu and Tsavo Highlights

  • Three distinct but equally amazing national parks
  • Breathtaking landscapes and beautiful scenery
  • Reliably good elephant viewing
  • Uncrowded and unspoilt corners of Kenya
  • The opportunity to walk and enjoy open vehicle game drives

When To Go

The dry season from July to October is the most pleasant time to visit as wildlife converges at remaining waterholes. Skies are clear and mosquitoes few during these months; however, this period coincides with the Great Migration in the Masai Mara so expect lodges to be busy and prices high. In the wetter months, you’re more likely to find better birdlife with plenty of feathered migrants from Europe, fresh green landscapes, animal births and no crowds. If heavy rains render roads impassable, all of our lodges are accessible by air.

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Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Tsavo West Accommodation

The following are some of the lodges and tented camps that we recommend in the Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Tsavo West regions. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

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Why Kenya: Since the early 19th century Kenya has captivated visitors with its astounding quantity and diversity of wildlife as well as with its majestic scenery. The country has well-established tourist infrastructure and a good standard of accommodation.

Game Viewing: Excellent game-viewing year round. Jul-Sep is popular when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara.

Culture: Maasai and Samburu pastoralists who continue their traditional way of life.

Climate: Temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to high altitude but hot in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). Hot and humid along the coast. “Long rains” take place in Apr/May, whilst “short rains” occur in mid-Oct to mid-Dec.

Combine With: Tanzania, which is situated on Kenya’s southern border and is easily reached by road or air from Nairobi. Mt Kilimanjaro straddles the two countries and Kenya’s Masai Mara is part of Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem, the arena for the wildebeest migration.

Getting There: The gateway to Kenya is Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Nairobi is linked by daily air services from Australia via the UAE or Qatar in the Middle East or via Johannesburg in South Africa.

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