This is an excellent safari that offers an enchanting bush and beach experience on a budget. Taking to the south eastern parks of Kenya, city carefully blends in the relaxation of the magnificent southern beaches. Setting out from Nairobi, this safari ventures into Amboseli National Park which offers unique game viewing opportunities against the backdrop of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. From here, the safari courses farther southeast into rugged Tsavo East National Park, home of the famed man-eaters. After 4 nights in the wild, the safari heads down to Diani Beach in the south coast 5 night to enjoy some sun, sand and sea.
Wildlife Highlights: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeest, zebra, antelope, gazelle, impala, waterbuck, topi, eland, plains game, giraffe, black and white rhino.
Accommodation: Hotel Boulevard, Sentrim Amboseli, Ashnil Aruba lodge, Southern Palm beach resort
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Hotel Boulevard, a popular mid-range option in a good, secure location, only 500 m from the city centre and near the national museum. Overnight at Hotel Boulevard BB
Day 2: Amboseli
After breakfast depart and drive to Amboseli. Arrive in time for lunch at your camp. After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive before returning to the camp for a swim then dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight at Sentrim Amboseli Camp LDBB
About Amboseli National Park
Towered over by the magnificent bulk of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,896 m), Africa’s highest mountain, Amboseli is one of Kenya’s oldest, famous and most-visited parks. Endlessly panoramic, yet comparatively compact, it is dotted with emerald green swamps in which great herds of elephant wallow; half submerged in the papyrus grasses. The permanent marshlands also provide a potent draw to hippos and buffaloes, while offering a haven for the abundant water birds. An International Biosphere Reserve, the park largely constitutes the usually dried-out lakebed of Lake Amboseli, which is surrounded by flat grasslands relieved by very few trees. On the plains are numerous antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons and vervet monkeys. Lions are rare. Observation Hill, a conical peak, which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Distance/drive time: 260km / 4 ½ hours
Day 3: On Safari in Amboseli
After breakfast, enjoy the day exploring the Amboseli National Park. Spend the entire day game-driving in the park, which is an International Biosphere Reserve featuring the dried-out lakebed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah and lush green swamps. The plains offer numerous antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and the chance of spotting a lion, leopard or cheetah.
Observation Hill, a conical peak, which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Lunch and dinner will be taken at the lodge, whose grounds also offer the opportunity of optional nature walk with bird-spotting (150 species in the grounds alone). Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp
Day 4: Tsavo East
After breakfast, depart Amboseli and drive to Tsavo East National Park and check-in to Ashnil Aruba Lodge. The lodge takes its name from the Aruba Dam (constructed on the Voi River in 1952), an oasis of limpid brown water that forms an irresistible attraction to both man and beast in this otherwise dry dusty Tsavo. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive then return to the lodge for perhaps an evening sundowner (at extra cost). Dinner and overnight at Ashnil Aruba Lodge – LDBB
Day 5: On safari in Tsavo East
Spend all day on safari in the Tsavo East National park. With a full day in the park, both morning and afternoon game drives are offered. Tsavo offers some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world – vast herds of dust-red elephant, fat pods of hippo, giant crocodile, teeming herds of plains game, a fantasia of bird life and some magical flora.
The joint mass of Tsavo East and West National Parks forms one of the largest national parks in the world and covers a massive 4% of Kenya’s total land area. Tsavo East, the larger of the two, lies equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa and is one of the last great wilderness safari landscapes on Earth. A dramatically presented theatre of the wild, this safari destination offers a vast arena of parched scrub and heat-shimmering bush which is washed by the azure waters and emerald-fringed meanderings of the Galana River, guarded by the limitless lava reaches of the Yatta Plateau and patrolled by some of the largest safari elephant herds in the world.
For those who love birding, Tsavo East’s prolific bird life features 500 recorded species. Commonly seen birds are African skimmer, goshawk, red and yellow bishop, palm nut vulture and the white-headed buffalo weaver. Around Aruba Dam there is also a profusion of woodpecker, sunbird, starling and pigeon whilst along the Galana River both Maasai and Somali ostrich abound along with kori bustard, bateleur, carmine bee-eater and an East African speciality, the vulturine guinea fowl. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp
Day 6: Mombasa Diani
Breakfast and drive to Mombasa, then cross the ferry into South Coast where the sun, sand and sea awaits. Check in to the Southern Palm Beach Resort, situated on the beautiful white sandy shores of the Indian Ocean, at Diani Beach, 35 km south of Mombasa. A 4-star beach resort, it features a unique blend of traditional Swahili and Arabic architecture. The resort is surrounded by over 10 acres of mature tropical gardens and coconut palms. Here you will be for the next 5 nights.
Spend the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Southern Palm Beach Resort – DBB
Day 7 to 10: At leisure
Four days spent at leisure on the beach. Activities at the hotel include (some are available at an extra cost) swimming, snorkelling, a PADI diving school, nature walks, floodlit tennis court, volley ball, squash court, fitness centre, pool games, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, Petanque, tables tennis, water aerobics, windsurfing, pool tables, bird watching. Also available nearby are: the Wasini/Kisite Island Marine National Park, 18 Holes Golf Course, Shops/supermarkets, Casinos, Nightclubs.
Dinners and overnights at Southern Palm Beach Resort DBB
Day 11: Departure
Breakfast and transfer Moi Airport for your onward services (Flights not included)