Amboseli Game Reserve is located in the south of Kenya, lying below Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Amboseli is a land of giants. It is renowned for its large herds of elephants, which include some impressively tusked bulls. To experience the sight of these herds of pachyderms crossing the wide dry plains, with a backdrop of the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro, is, quite simply, unforgettable.
The park is approximately 400 square kilometres, with its southern boundary on the Tanzanian border. Streams from Kilimanjaro create swamps in the centre of Amboseli, which attract and sustain an impressive array of wildlife, including wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, impala, zebra, lion and cheetah. Hippos are plentiful in the channels of the swamps, and birding is excellent both in the swamp and forest areas. The open country is excellent for walking safaris – provided by many of the camps and lodges found here.
Amboseli is easily accessible, and a popular safari destination. Many visitors combine Amboseli Game Reserve with another safari destination and beach holiday.
Tsavo is one of Africa’s largest reserves - 10 million acres of pure wilderness, dominated on the western horizon by Mount Kilimanjaro.
Larger than the island of Jamaica, the reserve incorporates savannah, ranges and hills, acacia and montane forest, and an extensive river system. The sheer scale of Tsavo makes it an attractive destination for visitors seeking solitude and privacy. Lodges and camps are remote and accessible by long drives or air transfer. Many of these can organize game walks and other activities within the park.
On a Tsavo safari here you will see large herds of elephant, their hides often red with dust, as well as lion, buffalo, hippos, eland, impale, kudu, giraffe and possibly rhinos. Tsavo is also a birdwatcher's paradise with numerous species of weavers, hornbills, sunbirds, rollers, and raptors commonly seen.
Tsavo has a number of interesting geographical features, including Lugard Falls, where white water rages through a series of spectacular rock formations. The volcanic Mzima springs produce 50 million gallons of fresh water each day. An underwater observatory allows you to view crocodiles, hippos and shoals of barbell in this wetland paradise.
With its proximity to the coast, a Tsavo safari combines well with a Kenya beach holiday.
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