8 Days Safari Tsavo Nairobi Mt.Kenya Samburu Mara
Price on requestDepending on the hotel, you will either have the opportunity to watch animals coming to the nearby waterhole in the cool night, or sit around a large campfire.
8 Days Tsavo, Mount Kenya, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo and Taita Hills
(DAY 1) Mombasa Tsavo East NairobiWe leave Mombasa early in the morning and drive into the thorn bush savannah of Tsavo Ost, to the land of the "red elephants". The color comes from the red earth that is typical of this area.
On the game drive we pass the Aruba Dam and possibly, depending on the external circumstances, the Lugard Falls in the Tsavo River. Here the river changes its name: It is called Galana until just before Malindi, then it flows into the sea under the name Sabaki. The wildlife in this area includes various types of gazelle, kudu, waterbuck, zebra, giraffe and various birds. Rhinos have become very rare. Perhaps we will also see the infamous lions of Tsavo, the so-called "maneaters". This designation goes back to Colonel Patterson, whose workers suffered from the lions during the construction of the Tsavo Bridge and the railway line to Uganda.
We have lunch at the Tsavo Inn (Mtito Andei) and then continue to Nairobi, where we have dinner and spend the night. Nairobi, approx. 1,700 m above sea level, is a very western-looking city by African standards, which was only founded at the turn of the century as a railway camp. Its main attraction is its many parks and green areas.
(DAY 2) Nairobi Mount KenyaAfter breakfast we go on a city tour of Nairobi. We will see the Parliament, the Kenyatta International Conference Center, various churches, temples and mosques, the National Museum and the famous New Stanley Hotel. There are many shopping opportunities in shopping streets, bazaars and markets.
We continue through the rainforest, where the Mau-Mau lived, towards Mount Kenya. For lunch we arrive at the mountain lodge made entirely of wood and located at a water point. In the afternoon we visit a tea / coffee plantation. While relaxing in the hotel in the evening, we can watch the animals in the area and enjoy the wonderful view of Mount Kenya. Here in the area there are forest elephants, rhinos, giant forest pigs, bush pigs, buffalos and antelopes. In higher-lying regions you can also find the hairy slate the size of a hare, which is closely related to the elephants. In addition, many rare plants grow here, and others grow up to 100 times larger than in the garden.
Mount Kenya, where Ngai, god of the Kikuyu tribe, is based, is the remains of a volcano that was once over 7,000 m high. Today's three peaks are Baitan (5,199 m), Nelion (5,188 m) and Point Lenana (4,995 m). A driveway is only half way up to the second highest mountain in Africa, but climbing to the summit is possible. When the weather is clear, you have a view from the summit to Kilimanjaro in the south, Marsabit in the north, Mount Elgon in the west and the Indian Ocean in the east.
(DAY 3) Mount Kenya SaburuAfter breakfast we drive north past Mount Kenya and cross the equator before arriving in Samburu for lunch. In the afternoon we go on a game drive through the hot semi-desert. In addition to Grevy zebras, which only occur here in northern Kenya, there are reticulated giraffes, giraffe gazelles, gemsboks, Somali ostriches and vulture guinea fowls in this 165 km² reserve. Crocodiles and hippos live in the Uaso-Nyiro River, which separates Samburu from the Buffalo Springs Reserve.
We return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
- (Day 4) Saburu Lake Nakuru
After an early morning game drive (if desired) we will have breakfast and make our way south-west to Nakuru. On the way we pass the Thomson or Nyahururu Falls and shortly afterwards again the Equator Line. Here we take a short break.
After lunch in Nakuru we go on a game drive through the 188 km² Lake Nakuru National Park in the late afternoon. The soda lake itself is world famous for its huge flamingo and pelican colonies. There are a total of around 450 different bird species. Waterbucks, red shield giraffes, black and white rhinos and leopards also live here. The lake is surrounded by savannah, marshland and euphorbienwarld.
We return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
- (Day 5) Lake Nakuru Masai Mara
The game drive after breakfast takes us to the Masai Mara, where there is the greatest diversity of animals in all of Kenya. It is not for nothing that the area is called "wild chaos" in the Masai language. Elephants, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, wildebeests, gazelles, waterbucks, warthogs, ostriches and many other animals live here.
Probably the most famous natural event here is the so-called Wildebeest Migration, the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles. Since the animals almost all have young at about the same time, food is scarce in the Serengeti and the animals move north, where there is still grass. Through the Mara River populated by crocodiles, the animals arrive in the Mara from June to July and move back south in October or November.
After lunch and a relaxing afternoon at the hotel, we take a game drive in the evening to the 1 510 km² Masai Mara, the Kenyan part of the Serengeti, before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
- (Day 6) Masai Mara Amboseli
After breakfast we leave the vast plains of the Masai Mara. Our game drive takes us to Amboseli in time for lunch. Amboseli, which means "place of water" in the Masai language, is one of the most wildlife-rich parks in Kenya and was made famous by writers like Ernest Hemingway.
In the afternoon we go on a game drive through the park at the foot of snow-covered Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), the highest mountain in Africa. Amboseli has the largest elephant population and e.g. various types of gazelle, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, rhinoceros, lion and cheetah. New lakes have also attracted a variety of flamingos and water birds.
We return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Depending on the hotel, you can either watch the animals coming to the nearby water points in the cool night or sit around a campfire in the evening.
- (Day 7) Amboseli Tsavo West Taita Hills
If desired, we go on a game drive early in the morning. After breakfast we drive again through Masai country to Tsavo West. We stop briefly at the Shaitani lava fields. They were formed more than 4000 years ago by the eruption of a volcano that was probably higher than the Kilimanjaro.
After lunch at Kilaguni Lodge we go on a game drive to the Mzima springs, where we watch crocodiles and hippos. The springs are mainly fed by underground tributaries from the Chyulu Hills, one of the youngest national parks in Kenya. The 20,000 liters of crystal-clear water that gush out here every day are partly also a drinking water reservoir for the Mombasa region. The Chyulu Hills are said to be "dealing with the devil" - strange events are reported there.
In Tsavo West there is also the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, a special protected area for rhinos.
We continue to the Taita Hills game reserve, where we arrive for a late dinner and spend the night. The private reserve is largely enclosed by the state parks Tsavo East and West.
- (Day 8) Taita Hills Mombasa
If desired, we go on a game drive in the early morning through Taita Hills, where there are giraffes, various antelope species, buffalo, cheetah and also some lions. After breakfast, the second game drive follows until lunch at the hotel.
After an extended lunch break with the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the hotel pool or to attend an African dance performance, we make our way back to Mombasa in the afternoon, where we arrive in the evening.
It is at the discretion of the safari manager or driver guide to change the course of the tour according to the external circumstances (e.g. due to bad weather).
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
+ What is included in this tour?
Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
- Transfers in both directions between the International Airport and Mombasa
- One night Hotel accommodation in Mombasa town on the day of arrival.
- Extended 4 x 4 luxury safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
- Professional safari English Speaking guide
- Entrance fees for the national parks
- Accommodation at mid range lodge and camps during the safari at full board
- Camping fees at all national park
- 18% VAT to our entrance fees
- Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals
-What is not included in this tour?
Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
- Optional Tours (balloon rides USD. 690 per person), should be booked in advance
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- A doctor for the group
- Tips and gratuities to your safari guide
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Single room accommodations
- Liquors, beers and bottled beverages
- Photography accessories like cameras etc.