Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Tsavo are three separate and distinct game parks in the south-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 one as a stand-alone destination as well.
Safaris in Amboseli National Park
The Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya lies in the shadow of the towering, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is one of the most popular game parks in Kenya. As it is easy to reach from Nairobi with a one hour flight. The views of Africa’s highest freestanding mountain (at 5985m or 19,340ft) are incomparable from here.
Amboseli National Park is generally flat savanna grassland dotted with acacia shrub and stands of fever trees. Game on an Amboseli safari is abundant. Buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, giraffe, lion and cheetah are all here. Plus you can see the smaller mammals such as the ever-present black backed jackals, spotted hyena and bat eared foxes.The wildlife eat the grasses so low that it’s easy to spot the game.
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. So it supports some 1500 elephant as well as the local Masai community and their livestock. The Amboseli Elephant Research Project is the longest study of wild elephants in the world, starting in 1972.
An Amboseli safari is perfect for keen birders. As the marshland is home to a prolific number of bird species. These 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 both the Nairobi highway to the coast. And the famous railway linking Nairobi with Mombasa.