Come with us to explore east Kenya’s most active national parks on this 4-day adventure. These are ancient landscapes filled with wildlife and stunning savannah. You’re guaranteed to see immense herds of elephants, but you’ll be on safari for lions, leopard, buffalo, zebra, and giraffe, all in their natural habitat.
The two Tsavo Parks are the largest and oldest in Kenya, hosting countless grazers, hunters, and birdlife. Amboseli Park, by comparison, is smaller but with a dense concentration of both large and small mammals.
(250 km: Approx.: 3.5-4 Hrs.)
Get ready for a busy day of adventure as Gichmak driver guide picks you up for the 3-4-hour drive to Amboseli National Park. Along your route, you’ll pass local farms, Maasai herders with their flocks and, weather permitting, the majestic presence of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
This massive summit surveys the plains of Amboseli and serves as a picturesque background for the vast herds of free-ranging elephants you’ll see throughout the park. Keep an eye out for other big game like lion, leopard, and Maasai giraffe as well.
The climate here is mild and dry, perfect for game drives, birding or just relaxing at your lodge or tented campground.
If you’d like to do a little more exploring, ask your guide about taking a visit to a local Maasai village. There you can meet the villagers, learn about their culture, and perhaps purchase some bright beaded jewelry – a lovely souvenir of your trip.
Overnight at your Amboseli safari lodge or tented camp accommodation of your choice
(100km: approx. 2 Hrs.)
We’ll maximize your time at Amboseli with an early morning game drive. And then after breakfast, another game drive as we depart for our next park, Tsavo West.
The look of the land is different here at Tsavo West National Park – varying between savannah, volcanic lava beds, wild ancient baobab trees and lush green oases.
Besides the larger game of lion, buffalo, and giraffe, you’ll be treated to sights of smaller neighbors like bush baby, dik-dik, hartebeest and impala. Also, lots of monkeys scampering through the acacia trees amongst their distant cousins.
You may also spot rhinos at the special enclave here. More than 80 live in this unique environment, called the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.
After a full day of game drives, dinner at the accommodation of your choice.
We’ll start the day with breakfast and a game drive, heading toward Mzima Springs. As we pass from the dry plains to the sudden green vegetation of the springs, you may be startled by the dramatic shift in landscape and wildlife.
This cool watering hole presents a new cast of wildlife – hippo, crocodile, and lots and lots of birds – skimmers, goshawks, ostriches, kingfishers, herons and more. This park never fails to amaze, but now it’s time to head to our next adventure, Tsavo East National Park.
As we traverse from park to park, you’ll have more opportunities for game watching.
This park is big – Kenya’s largest. And the red-dust soil lining the plains here is unique, not just in appearance but in how the inhabitants use it. The elephants love to roll in the soil, creating a dusky red coat on their hides. You’ll notice this colorful addition as you see them lumbering along.
Be sure to visit the Aruba Dam situated on the Voi River. This attractive man-made structure is a draw for the park’s wildlife, which take sustenance from its waters. It’s also a wonderful viewing spot for you.
Dinner and overnight at safari lodge or tented camp of your choice.
(170 KMS – Approx. 3 hours)
We’re up early with the rising sun and the first stirring of the animals! This is the best way to view the awakening savannah and wildlife as it emerges into the new day. Be ready for the adventure of the “hunt”.
After this first game drive, we’ll be hunting for a hearty safari breakfast at our accommodation.
Later, we’ll check out from our lodge, but the animal spotting isn’t over. We’ll go for a final game drive as we depart the park. We may see the Aruba Dam and Mudanda Rock, two well-known watering holes, where thousands of animals come to drink.
On our journey back to the coast, we’ll stop for lunch at an open-air, rustic restaurant with dramatic vistas of the Tsavo East plains.
In the late afternoon light, we’ll head back to the Kenya Coast