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Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills
Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills

Amboseli's most famous icons are its elephants and the mass of Kilimanjaro.

The Chyulu Hills offer spectacular walks in the hilltop cloud forest.

Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills

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Amboseli lies sprawled beneath Kilimanjaro on the Kenya-Tanzania border…
…in the heart of traditional Maasai-land.
Towering over the park, "Kili" is spectacular when it shows itself after fresh snow…
…and especially when elephants are moving towards the swamps to drink.
The snow melts through the mountain and emerges in the swamps of Amboseli.
The wetlands are a huge draw for the wildlife of the region…
… especially elephants, which come to the swamps every day…
…moving in their hundreds out of the woodlands…
…and taking no notice of visitors while they drink…
…and play.
Many other species can also be watched with Kilimanjaro as a backdrop.
Early in the year, before the rains break, thousands of zebra foals are born ...
Zebras graze on Amboseli's rich grasses, …
…herbs and other vegetation.
Many zebra foals fall prey to Amboseli's hyenas – here cooling off after a hunt.
Amboseli is good impala country…
…as well as being Kenya's sounthernmost home of the long-necked, browsing gerenuk.
The grasslands are also home to large numbers of ostriches…
…and those opportunistic camp followers, black-backed jackals – usually seen in pairs.
Amboseli's birdlife is outstanding, and birders will recognise superb starlings…
…Taveta golden weavers…
…and impressive saddle-billed storks, among a list of nearly 400 species around the park.
Wildlife-viewing and bird-watching in Amboseli National Park is usually conducted in a 4x4…
… and your guide will often be a well-qualified Maasai warrior-turned-naturalist
East of Amboseli, the mossy cloud forests of the Chyulu Hills are a stunning contrast.
Their slopes are grazed by Coke's hartebeest, or kongoni.
Walking in the cloud forest, with guides from Ol Donyo Lodge or Campi ya Kanzi, is easy to do.
Below the Chyulus, on the plains of Kuku Group Ranch, you can watch Maasai herders…
… and meet the local community at home…
…before going back to camp at sunset.
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Amboseli lies sprawled beneath Kilimanjaro on the Kenya-Tanzania border…
Amboseli lies sprawled beneath Kilimanjaro on the Kenya-Tanzania border…
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…in the heart of traditional Maasai-land.
…in the heart of traditional Maasai-land.
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Towering over the park, "Kili" is spectacular when it shows itself after fresh snow…
Towering over the park, "Kili" is spectacular when it shows itself after fresh snow…
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…and especially when elephants are moving towards the swamps to drink.
…and especially when elephants are moving towards the swamps to drink.
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The snow melts through the mountain and emerges in the swamps of Amboseli.
The snow melts through the mountain and emerges in the swamps of Amboseli.
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The wetlands are a huge draw for the wildlife of the region…
The wetlands are a huge draw for the wildlife of the region…
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… especially elephants, which come to the swamps every day…
… especially elephants, which come to the swamps every day…
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…moving in their hundreds out of the woodlands…
…moving in their hundreds out of the woodlands…
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…and taking no notice of visitors while they drink…
…and taking no notice of visitors while they drink…
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…and play.
…and play.
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Many other species can also be watched with Kilimanjaro as a backdrop.
Many other species can also be watched with Kilimanjaro as a backdrop.
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Early in the year, before the rains break, thousands of zebra foals are born ...
Early in the year, before the rains break, thousands of zebra foals are born ...
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Zebras graze on Amboseli's rich grasses, …
Zebras graze on Amboseli's rich grasses, …
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…herbs and other vegetation.
…herbs and other vegetation.
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Many zebra foals fall prey to Amboseli's hyenas – here cooling off after a hunt.
Many zebra foals fall prey to Amboseli's hyenas – here cooling off after a hunt.
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Amboseli is good impala country…
Amboseli is good impala country…
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…as well as being Kenya's sounthernmost home of the long-necked, browsing gerenuk.
…as well as being Kenya's sounthernmost home of the long-necked, browsing gerenuk.
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The grasslands are also home to large numbers of ostriches…
The grasslands are also home to large numbers of ostriches…
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…and those opportunistic camp followers, black-backed jackals – usually seen in pairs.
…and those opportunistic camp followers, black-backed jackals – usually seen in pairs.
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Amboseli's birdlife is outstanding, and birders will recognise superb starlings…
Amboseli's birdlife is outstanding, and birders will recognise superb starlings…
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…Taveta golden weavers…
…Taveta golden weavers…
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…and impressive saddle-billed storks, among a list of nearly 400 species around the park.
…and impressive saddle-billed storks, among a list of nearly 400 species around the park.
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Wildlife-viewing and bird-watching in Amboseli National Park is usually conducted in a 4x4…
Wildlife-viewing and bird-watching in Amboseli National Park is usually conducted in a 4x4…
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… and your guide will often be a well-qualified Maasai warrior-turned-naturalist
… and your guide will often be a well-qualified Maasai warrior-turned-naturalist
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East of Amboseli, the mossy cloud forests of the Chyulu Hills are a stunning contrast.
East of Amboseli, the mossy cloud forests of the Chyulu Hills are a stunning contrast.
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Their slopes are grazed by Coke's hartebeest, or kongoni.
Their slopes are grazed by Coke's hartebeest, or kongoni.
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Walking in the cloud forest, with guides from Ol Donyo Lodge or Campi ya Kanzi, is easy to do.
Walking in the cloud forest, with guides from Ol Donyo Lodge or Campi ya Kanzi, is easy to do.
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Below the Chyulus, on the plains of Kuku Group Ranch, you can watch Maasai herders…
Below the Chyulus, on the plains of Kuku Group Ranch, you can watch Maasai herders…
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… and meet the local community at home…
… and meet the local community at home…
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…before going back to camp at sunset.
…before going back to camp at sunset.

Safaris visiting Amboseli & Chyulu Hills

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Black Kite Fly-in Safari

10 days • 4 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

Explore Kenya in-depth with visits to Nairobi and Meru National Parks, the Mara Conservancies and Amboseli. Nestled in remoter regions, four camps provide fantastic access to rich game, a range of activities and beautifully diverse landscapes.

US$8,380 - US$9,630 per person

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Gabar Goshawk Fly-in Safari

10 days • 4 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

Experience Amboseli, the Maasai Mara ecosystem and Laikipia during this economically priced safari. Two simple camps offer adventure before a stopover in Nairobi and a final stay in the charming, wildlife-rich Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge.

US$4,790 - US$4,790 per person

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Golden Weaver Fly-In Safari

5 days • 2 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

A rustic, adventurous week on safari with great community involvement that offers incredible value for money in two very different locations – the Amboseli and Maasai Mara ecosystems.

US$2,830 - US$2,830 per person

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Where to stay in Amboseli & Chyulu Hills

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Tortilis Camp

Tortilis Camp

Tortilis is a finely situated and well built safari camp located in the private Kitirua Consarvancy just outside Amboseli National Park and with wonderful views of Kilimanjaro.


94% (14 reviews)
Porini Amboseli Camp

Porini Amboseli Camp

Porini Amboseli is a small and homely community-staffed eco-camp located in the Selankay Conservancy.


93% (11 reviews)
Selenkay Adventure Camp

Selenkay Adventure

Selenkay Adventure Camp is the dome-tent satellite camp of Porini Amboseli Camp, located in the Maasai-owned Selenkay Conservancy, one of the oldest community wildlife conservancies in Kenya.


100% (4 reviews)
Campi ya Kanzi

Campi ya Kanzi

Campi ya Kanzi is a very well integrated, eco-friendly bush lodge and tented camp on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills in its own, 1000-square-kilometre Maasai conservancy.


90% (4 reviews)
Satao Elerai

Satao Elerai

The closest camp in Kenya to Mount Kilimanjaro, Satao Elerai is located in its own, private conservancy, the Elerai Conservation Area, just outside Amboseli National Park.


80% (2 reviews)
Ol Donyo Lodge

Ol Donyo Lodge

Ol Donyo is a luxurious and innovative designer safari lodge with magnificent views and excellent walking, riding and wildlife country in its own private conservancy.


100% (1 review)
Tawi Lodge

Tawi Lodge

Tawi Lodge is modern, luxury safari lodge on a private wildlife conservancy in the Amboseli ecosystem in southern Kenya.


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