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Tsavo NP and the Chyulu Hills

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Tsavo East and Tsavo West constitute the oldest and largest National Park in Kenya. This is one of the best places to see black rhino in their natural habitat, but Tsavo is most famous for its red elephants!

As with many places, Tsavo was badly hit by poaching in the 1970’s, but game numbers are recovering and it is now one of the best places to see black rhino in their natural habitat. Many rhino have been relocated back to Tsavo in recent years and here you can visit one of the projects sponsored by Save the Rhino International. Tsavo’s red elephants are the main draw for tourists, these elephants are not a freak of nature, but their colour is due to the redness of the soil, The Chyulu Hills, north of Tsavo, are some of the world's youngest volcanoes. The hills and the plains at their feet, with their ragged craters, rolling grassland and cedar forests, are very photogenic, and there are often stunning views of Mt Kilimanjaro from here. It is a beautiful unspoilt environment and in a prime game area between Tsavo and Amboseli. 

Did you know?

  • The area is great for birders with fantastic birdlife.
  • Tsavo and the Chyulu Hills are a good choice for photographers too, with great landscapes, the red elephants, rhinos and birdlife.
  • There are some wonderful lodges in the area, each with its own unique style.
  • “Star beds” are available allowing guests the thrill of sleeping under the stars.
  • Activities available in the area consist of horse riding, game walks and drives, which usually end with a bush breakfast or a sundowner or two!
  • Enjoy a candlelit dinner under a sky full of stars or for the more adventurous, spend a night ‘fly-camping’ in the bush, with a day each side exploring on foot or by horse.
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Area highlights

Red elephants and black rhino
Star beds
Horse riding

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