The National Parks of Tsavo East and West combine to form one of the biggest reserves in Africa, covering an area of 10 million acres. The sheer size of the region - it is larger than the island of Jamaica - means that travellers can enjoy game viewing without encountering many other people. The Chyulu Hills are a volcanic mountain range situated between Amboseli and Tsavo West, and a great place for horse riding and walking safaris.
Reasons to visit Tsavo & the Chyulu Hills include:
Tsavo National Park and Chyulu are best visited from May to October. This is when the humidity is lower and the temperature pleasant, the lack of rain makes for ideal game viewing conditions.
The easiest and quickest way to get to Tsavo and Chyulu Hills is to fly. There are regular flights from Nairobi. Driving is also possible, depending on where you are staying it can take over 5 hours to get there.
One of our favourite lodges in Tsavo East is Satao Camp, overlooking a waterhole. If you are in Tsavo West, then Kilaguni Serena Lodge is a good choice with captivating views of Kilimanjaro.
Campi ya Kanzi has excellent responsible tourism credentials and set in a beautiful remote area overlooking Kilimanjaro.
Safari Lodge in Tsavo West with views of Kilimanjaro, perfectly sited for game viewing in the national park.
Ol Donyo Lodge is in the Chyulu Hills between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks in southern Kenya.
The camp is set under shady trees in Tsavo East and overlooks a waterhole which often attracts lots of elephants and other wildlife.
Time: GMT +3 hours
Flights from Europe to Nairobi take about 9 hours direct.
Language: Kiswahili and English are the official languages.
Visas are required for European passport holders.
Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory, except yellow fever if coming from an infected area.