Tsavo & Chyulu Hills

Tsavo is one of Africa’s largest reserves, a haven for elephants. Nearby Chyulu Hills is great for horse riding and walking safaris, all the while enjoying iconic views across to Kilimanjaro.

  • Elephants in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya © EKyslynskyy,Shutterstock

    Elephants in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya

  • Landscape of Tsavo East National Park, Kenya © wiwsphotos,Shutterstock

    Landscape of Tsavo East National Park, Kenya

  • Landscape of Tsavo, Kenya © kyslynskahal,Shutterstock

    Landscape of Tsavo, Kenya

  • Landscape around Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya © AndrewHoward

    Landscape around Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

  • Old Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya © AndrewHoward,GreatPlains

    Old Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

  • Watching elephants with Great Plains from Old Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya © GreatPlains

    Watching elephants with Great Plains from Old Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

  • Elephants at Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya © GreatPlains

    Elephants at Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

  • Maasai inspecting photography, Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya © GreatPlains

    Maasai inspecting photography, Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

  • Exploring lava tubes near Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya © AndrewHoward

    Exploring lava tubes near Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

  • Lunch at Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya © AndrewHoward

    Lunch at Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

  • Ready for sundowners, Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya © AndrewHoward

    Ready for sundowners, Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

  • Horse riding with cheetahs, Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya © GreatPlains

    Horse riding with cheetahs, Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

  • Sunset horse riding with giraffes, Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya © DanaAllen

    Sunset horse riding with giraffes, Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

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Tsavo East and Tsavo West combine to form one of the biggest reserves in Africa, covering an area of over 4 million hectares, which is larger than the island of Jamaica. This means visitors can enjoy game viewing without encountering the crowds of the more popular parks yet still having a decent choice of places to stay.

The Chyulu Hills lie between Amboseli and Tsavo West. This volcanic mountain range is a wonderful place to connect with your surroundings on a walking safari or on horseback. Chyulu has two incredible luxury camps (Ol Donyo and Campi ya Kanzi)

  • Wildlife in Tsavo and the Chyulu Hills:  This is elephant country, great herds make this terrain their home, there is ample space for them. It’s also popular for lion, kudu, rhino, buffalo and giraffe.
  • Birdlife of Tsavo: Tsavo has a healthy bird population with weavers, hornbills, sunbirds, rollers and raptors just a fraction of what you might see.
  • Tsavo and Chyulu landscapes:  The landscapes in Tsavo go on for miles, quite literally. It incorporates hills, acacia forests and wide-open savannah, simply stunning. Chyulu offers distinctive rounded hills, volcanic vents and black lava flows with magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.
  • Additional experiences:  Horse riding and walking safaris are popular in the Chyulu Hills, it makes for a nice change from game driving. Fly camping is also an option, chat with us about this exciting activity. For those interested in reptiles, there is an underwater observatory at Mzima Springs where you can watch crocodiles swimming from a safe distance.
  • When to visit the Tsavo and the Chyulu Hills:  See our When to Go page for more detail, but as a rough guide we’d recommend avoiding the rainier months of April and May.
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Tsavo & Chyulu Hills

Sunset horse riding with giraffes, Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

Tsavo is one of Africa’s largest reserves, a haven for elephants. Nearby Chyulu Hills is great for horse riding and walking safaris, all the while enjoying iconic views across to Kilimanjaro.

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