Southern Kenya

Southern Kenya is one of the most visited regions of the country. The major game parks in the region are a big draw: Tsavo West and Tsavo East, on either side of the Nairobi-Mombasa road, make up the largest park in the country, and Amboseli National Park, which is also very popular. Amboseli is probably most famous for its photographs of elephants with snow-capped Kilimanjaro in the background; a picture that, above all, says 'come to Africa'. Another reason for their popularity are their closeness to the coast; visitors to this region can go on safari and also spend some time on the beach.

There are many points of interest off the Nairobi-Mombasa road leading to the coast. This is one of the most important thoroughfares in the East Africa region as it runs the length of the country to Nairobi and then to Uganda, where it continues on to Kampala. Hundreds of trucks ply this road each day carrying goods imported through the Mombasa port into the interior of the continent. The Masai Mara Game Reserve in southwest Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, is normally accessed via the town of Narok and is therefore included in the Rift Valley section.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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