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Sourthern Circuit

Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.
The huge dry plains-acacia woodland – marshes & ironic swamplands of the international biosphere reserve that is Amboseli National Park are habitat to large herds of elephants, wildebeest, zebra and impala and over 400 species of birds including the bee-eater, African fish eagle and pygmy falcon. Amboseli’s bull elephants have some of the major tusks in Africa, and the sight of these wonderful beasts is quite simply awe-inspiring.
At the center of the park lies Observation Hill, from the top of which there are outstanding views over Amboseli’s 400 sq kms of natural beauty. And towering above everything, just across the border in Tanzania, is the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro. The unrivalled backdrop of the highest mountain in Africa gives a very special quality to Amboseli, and has made it one of the most popular parks in Kenya.
It is the faultless location to capture those quintessential images and memories of Africa -elephants and lions crossing the plains, cheetah sprinting across great expanses of sparse wilderness, vibrant birdsong in lush acacia forests, and the ever-changing natural light playing on the snow-capped peak
“The Volcano Hills”
Verdant rolling hills of endless green, great blue skies and spectacular landscape views are what the Chyulu Hills provide to nature lovers. Large mammals include buffalo, bushbucks, elands, elephants, leopards, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, reedbucks and giraffes along with various reptiles and insects. Horse riding, camping, mountain climbing and bird watching can be enjoyed in this hidden part of paradise. The Chyulu Hills are a volcanic mountain range situated between Amboseli and Tsavo West. This is a great place for horse riding and walking safaris, plus magnificent views across to Kilimanjaro.
The Chyulus were allocated national park starus in 1983 and are made up of distinctive rounded hills, volcanic outlets and black lava flows. They are considered to be the youngest hills in Kenya at less than 500 years old.
Horse riding – walking safaris & fly camping are all popular activities here and there are a couple of luxury permanent camps too. Caving is an unusual activity here, of particular interest is the Leviathan Cave which has the world’s fourth longest lava tube system with 12.5km of passages.
The wildlife here is part of the Amboseli eco-system, so plenty of elephants, giraffe and perfect country for leopard various antelope are common and the birdlife is great.

Welcome the Complete Big Cate Wilderness”
The Masai Mara National Reserve is perhaps one of the most well-known wildlife regions in the world and delivers the most diverse game viewing within Kenya. Such a reputation is with good cause as the Masai Mara plays host to the world’s largest mass land migration, with around 2 million animals making the long and arduous journey from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Around this time the reserve is awash with wildebeest, zebra and the big cat predators that they attract.
Even outside of the migration season wildlife watching is still magnificent, with the Mara supporting substantial resident wildlife populations including the Big Five. A fascinating array of around 550 species of resident and migratory birds is also present within the Masai Mara.
On the Western borders of the park the Siria Escarpment named Oloololo-marks the edge of the Great Rift Valley within Kenya while the Mara River provides this area of the park with luxurious forests and marshlands -giraffe, buffalo and elephants are particularly prevalent in these areas along with prides of lion. In addition the Sand and Talek Rivers water the east and the south of the reserve providing havens for thirsty wildlife during the dry seasons consequently also offering great game viewing chances.
The Masai Mara is a remote part of south western Kenya and welfares from a surprisingly varied landscape. The Eastern Ngama Hills are covered with acacia bush and numerous forested riverines. Valley and plains bushland is one of the few remaining black rhino habitats within the reserve. Vast grassy savannah plains dominate the central region and are interspersed with the odd thicket and bushland. It is this scattered cover of trees and shrubs that gave the Masai Mara its name -mara meaning spotted.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is indissolubly connected with its traditional inhabitants, the cattle herding Maasai people. Factually cattle once provided all their daily needs -milk and blood for food, hides for leather and meat for ritual occasions. Now locally-owned conservation areas surrounding the National Reserve attempt to enable the communities to maintain their traditional way of life while also appreciating the positive impact that their environment can bring

The Tsavo National Parks of East and West combine to form one of the biggest reserves in Africa, cover an area of 10 million estates. The sheer size of the region {it is larger than the island of Jamaica} means that travelers here can enjoy game viewing without encountering many other people.
This massive landscape incorporates hills, acacia forests, rivers and wide open savannah. Great herds of elephant make their home range here – pride of lion – territories of kudu – rhino – buffalo & giraffe. Birdlife is equally ironic, with weavers, hornbills, sunbirds, rollers, and raptors just a fraction of the very many different species frequently seen.
Tsavo is also habitat of an African fable – that of the Maneaters of Tsavo. The story is based on a grim part of history “over the course of a year- 120 workers were killed by two large lions while building a railway bridge over the river Tsavo at the end of the 19th century.
Mzima Springs – volcanic springs which produce 50 million gallons of water a day, should be seen by every visitor to Tsavo. The subsurface observatory gives a remarkable sight of the silent underwater world where hippos swim amongst barbell. Around the springs is a great wetland, with Raphia palms and rich waterfowl life
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