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Kenya Southeast
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Kenya Southeast


... is a region of vast open plains, dotted with patches of scenic hills and rugged granite mountains, much of which is under conservation.

Amboseli ... is a very well-known reserve which is best known for that iconic view of elephants and giraffes ranging across broad open savannah against a backdrop of the snows of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Chyulu Hills ... is a wonderfully scenic and peaceful upland area which offers similar views of Kilimanjaro, but often with lower wildlife densities.

Tsavo West ... is a very large reserve of broad open plains, which also offers distant views of Kilimanjaro, but where the wildlife can also be less intense.

Tsavo East ... is another huge tract of land a little further to the north, also largely comprised of vast arid plains, but with wildlife concentrating along three scenic rivers.

The volume and tonality of safari traffic in this region is a major issue and the main reason why we tend to recommend it for inclusion in trips relatively rarely.

Amboseli is simply too popular for its own good and suffers greatly from being a regular stop on the mass-market minibus tours around the country. However there are some decent lodges to consider.

Tsavo West and Tsavo East, being situated closer to the coast, suffer from a different flood of minibuses that come up-country for short safaris from the mass-market resorts along the coast.

The only area which we tend to recommend with any real frequency is Chyulu Hills, although the lodges here are pricey and therefore only really suitable for high-end flying safaris.

The most common way for our guests to visit the area is simply to fly into one of the top lodges and stay for 2 to 4 nights, usually in combination with other popular Kenyan safari area such as Maasai Mara, Meru, Samburu, as well as time down on the Kenya Coast.
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Lenny Franklin, Senior Safari Consultant
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