Amboseli & Tsavo
See the famous Amboseli elephant herds move across the plains against the backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro...
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 link all of them in one safari. But each is different. And so you can treat each one as a stand-alone destination as well.
Amboseli National Park is generally flat savanna grassland dotted with acacia shrub and stands of fever trees. Game is plentiful with buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, giraffe, lion and cheetah all here. Plus you can see the smaller mammals such as the ever-present black backed jackals, spotted hyena and bat eared foxes.
Towards the centre of the park are a series of marshes fed by underground channels carrying melt water from the glaciers of Kilimanjaro. 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, 47 raptors have been identified, including the rare taita falcon and southern banded harrier eagle.
Safaris in Tsavo West & East
Travel further and you reach the Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks. Tsavo is so vast that it is separated into two separate parks. These are bisected by the Nairobi highway to the coast. And also the famous railway linking Nairobi with Mombasa
Madelyn NieuwoudtAfrica Travel Specialist
Why you may love it
- See the famous Amboseli elephant herds move across the plains against the backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro
- Best place from which to view Africa’s highest freestanding mountain (at 5985m or 19,340ft)
- One of the most popular game parks in Kenya - only one hour flight from Nairobi
- Game is abundant and wildlife eat the grasses so low that it’s easy to spot them
- Amboseli’s water source supports some 1500 elephants, plus the local Masai community and their livestock
- Marshland is home to a prolific number of bird species – perfect for birders
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When to visit Amboseli & Tsavo
Mid-December to mid-March
Summer in Amboseli & Tsavo
Mid-March to May
Autumn in Amboseli & Tsavo
June to mid-October
Winter in Amboseli & Tsavo
Mid-October to mid-December
Spring in Amboseli & Tsavo
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- Size39,206 hectares in size
- CultureThe local people are mainly Maasai