At 12km in total length, the aptly named Leviathan is one of the longest lava tubes in the world, and the longest in Africa. This type of cave is created by a cooling crust forming on a moving flow of lava – when molten rock has drained from the inside just the solidified shell remains. Try organising an expedition through Savage Wilderness. Otherwise, you’re only allowed to enter the cave in the company of a KWS ranger, with full caving equipment and with prior permission from the warden.

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1. Chyulu Hills National Park

3.89 MILES

One of Kenya’s least-visited parks, Chyulu Hills National Park is a line of pretty green hills that rise above the arid plains between Amboseli and Tsavo…

2. Shetani Caves

19.61 MILES

Close to (and geologically part of) the Shetani Lava Flows, Shetani Caves are a result of volcanic activity. You’ll need a torch (flashlight) if you want…

3. Shetani Lava Flows

19.91 MILES

About 4km west of the Chyulu gate of Tsavo West National Park, on the road to Amboseli, are the spectacular Shetani lava flows. ‘Shetani’ means ‘devil’ in…

4. Poacher's Lookout

25.5 MILES

A short distance northwest of Severin Safari Camp, this hilltop vantage point offers fine views out over the park, and especially fine views west to the…

5. Chaimu Crater & Roaring Rocks

27.43 MILES

Southeast of Kilaguni Serena Lodge, these two natural features offer stunning views of the Chyulu Hills and birds of prey circling high above the plains…

6. Mzima Springs

27.59 MILES

Mzima Springs is an oasis of green in the west of the park that produces an incredible 250 million litres of fresh water a day. The springs, whose source…

7. Maasai Cattle Market

29.75 MILES

If you're in the Amboseli area on a Tuesday, consider stopping in the town of Kimana (along the paved road between Emali and Oloitokitok) for its weekly…