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The sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300 kilomtere long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East.
From the sight of fifty million gallons of crystal clear water gushing out of from the under parched lava rock that is the Mzima Springs to the Shetani lava flows, Tsavo West is a beautiful, rugged wilderness.
Your driver/guide will pick you up from your Nairobi hotel, residence, or Nairobi airport.
We’ll head out in our 4 x 4 Jeep for Tsavo East on the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway also known as the early explorer’s route.
We’ll arrive at Tsavo’s gate where the immense sweep of the park’s great expanse will fill our horizon. Take a break if you’d like but then we’ll fire up the 4 x 4 and head off on our first game drive.
This is big savannah country and we’ll be looking for lions and the great elephants that populate these red-dust plains. Punctuating the arid sweep of the park, it’s refreshing watering holes are a natural draw for the reserve’s thirsty inhabitants.
We may visit Aruba Dam and Mudanda Rock to watch the elephants and lesser creatures gather for sustenance at these watering spots.
We’ll enjoy lunch and then jump into the 4 x 4 for more afternoon game drives. Throughout your safari, your driver/guide is your expert advisor on all manner of wildlife and the wondrous scenes of nature before you.
You’ll spend your first safari night at Tsavo East at the lodge or tented camp of your choice.
When in Tsavo East, we rise with the birds, that is, before the sun. Our early morning game drive will afford us exquisite views of the park emerging in the dawning light. In this special atmosphere, we will observe the animals as they come into the new day.
Breakfast follows at our lodge or tented camp and then we’re off again on another game drive to discover buffalo, impala, eland, and some of the park’s 500 species of birds.
But soon it’s time to journey to the other Tsavo… Tsavo West. The short drive there will give us more opportunities to spot wildlife.
The look and feel of this park are different – more color, more foliage and some very green surprises like Mzima Springs. The crystal waters feeding this haven and the palm shrouded banks impart the feeling of a lush oasis. We’ll look for hippo, crocodile, exotic fish, and migratory birdlife.
The park also is home to the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, protecting at least 80 of these endangered animals. We’ll drive through and perhaps spot some of the magnificent rhinos.
Our final safari night will be in Tsavo West at your choice of accommodation.
It’s another early morning for safari-goers! Let’s add more animal sightings to our list.
A delicious safari breakfast follows and then one more bonus game drive over the striking plains of Tsavo West. Look for bush baby, hartebeest, impala, and scampering in the park’s many acacia trees – monkeys! But now it’s time to exit the park on our way back to Nairobi.
We should have you back to your hotel, residence, or the airport in the late afternoon.