See the famous Amboseli elephant herds move across the plains against the backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro...
Year round - perhaps avoid the long rains in April
Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Tsavo are three separate and distinct game parks in the south-east of Kenya. All have fabulous views of Mount Kilimanjaro. And you can easily link them in one safari. But each area is different.
Amboseli is generally flat savanna grassland dotted with acacia shrub and stands of fever trees. Game is plentiful here with buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, giraffe, lion and cheetah. Plus you may well see the smaller predators such as the ever-present black backed jackals, spotted hyena and bat eared foxes.
Towards the centre of Amboseli are a series of marshes fed by underground channels. These carry melt water from the glaciers of Kilimanjaro. And these waters are the only permanent water source for miles around.
Marshland birds include pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, egrets, hammerkops and even the rare Madagascar squacco heron. So far, they have countered 47 raptors, including the rare taita falcon and southern banded harrier eagle.
Travel further and you reach the Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks. Yes, the Tsavo area is so vast that it is divided into two separate parks. The Nairobi highway bissects them on its way to the coast. As well as the famous railway linking Nairobi with Mombasa.
Nearby, in the Chyulu Hills, is one of the best safari experiences in Kenya, Ol Donyo Lodge. As well as the much-loved Camp Ya Kanzi.
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