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Tsavo & the Chyulu Hills

Why visit Tsavo & the Chyulu Hills?

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

  • Fantastic game viewing. Great herds of elephant make their home in Tsavo, along with lion, kudu, rhino, buffalo and giraffe, and game viewing is also excellent in the Chyulu Hills. 
  • Birding ”“ Tsavo is rich in birdlife, weavers, hornbills, sunbirds, rollers, and raptors just a fraction of the very many different species frequently seen. 
  • Safely watch crocodiles swimming underwater, from the underwater observatory at Mzima Springs. 
  • Marvel at Tsavo’s massive landscape, incorporating hills, acacia forests and wide-open savannah, and the distinctive rounded hills, volcanic vents and black lava flows of the Chyulus and take in the magnificent views across to Kilimanjaro. 
  • Go horse riding, fly camping or on a walking safari in the Chyulu Hills. 
  • Explore the world’s fourth longest lava tube system in the 12.5km of passages of Chyulu’s Leviathan Cave.

When to go to

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. 

How to do it

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.

Accommodation in 

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.

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Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory, except yellow fever if coming from an infected area.



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