Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Tsavo

Travel to Kenya’s Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Tsavo regions with African Wildlife Safaris for a luxury safari.

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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Luxury accommodation in Kenya

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.

Ol Donyo Lodge

The Relais & Châteaux Ol Donyo Lodge is set in Kenya's Chyulu Hills between Tsavo East and Amboseli national parks, with views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Severin Safari Camp

Severin Safari Camp is one of just three camps in Kenya's remote Tsavo West National Park, wedged between Mzima Springs and the mighty Tsavo River.

Tortilis

Tortilis offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. This safari lodges sits by Kenya's Amboseli National Park, renowned for reliably good elephant viewing.

Kenya Overview

What are the best things to do in Kenya?
Kenya has so many exciting and wonderful experiences to enjoy that the options are endless. Top experiences include:

  • Witnessing the great wildebeest migration (September to October) in the Masai Mara.
  • Exploring Samburu Game Reserve with its big game as well as rare endemic species.
  • Breakfast with the Rothschild’s giraffes at Giraffe Manor.
  • Thousands of flamingos and pelicans on the Rift Valley lakes .
  • Getting close to rhino in Laikipia.
  • Meeting the Samburu or Maasai and learning about their culture.

What is the climate like in Kenya?
The highland areas have a temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to the high altitude, however  it is hotter in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). The coast is hot and humid most of the year. Kenya has two rainy seasons, the ‘short rains’ that take place over 5-6 weeks in November and December and the ‘long rains’ that occur during March to May.

How do I get to Kenya?
Kenya’s major capital Nairobi is the main entry point into the country. Major airlines that fly into Nairobi include British Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa and Air France. From Nairobi, Kenya Airways offers flights to other popular African destinations including South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

What can I combine Kenya with?
Kenya is often combined with neighbouring Tanzania, and with Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Kenyan safari.

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