Explore Southern Kenya
Two national parks dominate southern Kenya – Tsavo, one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries anywhere in the world, and Amboseli, one of the oldest protected areas in East Africa. Split into its separately administered western and eastern components by the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway, Tsavo is Kenya’s largest and second-oldest national park, gazetted in 1948 to protect a wilderness area larger than Wales. Although the two parks form one contiguous 21,812-sq-km (8,425-sq-mile) ecological unit, they are quite different in character and are seldom visited in conjunction. The smaller and hillier Tsavo West is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries anywhere in the world. Once famous for its man-eating lions is generally incorporated into a southeastern safari circuit that also includes nearby Amboseli, while the flatter and more arid Tsavo East tends to function in isolation as a popular target for short safaris out of the coastal resorts.