We will leave Mombasa early in the morning and drive to the thornbush savannah of Tsavo East, the land of the "red elephants". Their colour is due to the red soil that is typical for the area.
On our game drive through the 1.1 mn hectare park, we will pass Aruba dam and, depending on the local situation, the Lugard Falls in Tsavo River. At this point, the river changes its name: up to Malindi it is called Galana River; from there to the Ocean it is known as Sabaki River. The park's animal kingdom includes various gazelles, kudus, waterbucks, zebras, giraffes and a variety of birds. Rhinos have become extremely rare. We may also see the famous lions of Tsavo, the so-called "man eaters". The name goes back to Lt. Col. Patterson, whose men suffered under the lions while building Tsavo Bridge and the railway line to Uganda.
In good weather, we will have a view of the 90 km long Yatta plateau, one of the world's longest lava streams. The plateau is intersected by Athi River, which comes down from Nairobi and merges with Tsavo River just before the Lugard Falls.
Then we will leave Kenya's largest national park and drive to Tsavo West (9 065 km²), stopping on the way for lunch. We will have dinner and spend the night at Ngulia Lodge, which is located on a hill and offers a splendid view - e.g. as far as Voi Hills. Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary is located nearby.
After breakfast we will go to Mzima Springs, where we can watch crocodiles and hippos. The springs are fed mainly by underground streams from Chyulu Hills, one of Kenya's youngest national parks. 20,000 litres of crystal clear water come to the surface each day and serve as a fresh water reservoir for the region of Mombasa. The Chyulu Hills are said to be haunted - there are many stories about strange things going on there.
Before leaving Tsavo West, we will pass the Shaitani lava fields. They were formed more than 4000 years ago by the eruption of a volcano that must have been higher than Mount Kilimanjaro.
We will stop at a scenic spot to eat our packed lunch and then continue our journey through Masai country and past manyattas (Masai huts) to Amboseli, where we will start a game drive right away. Despite its size of "only" 390 km² Amboseli, which means "place of water" in Masai language, has probably the most diverse wildlife of all parks in Kenya. Authors like Ernest Hemingway have made this park famous.
In the evening we will reach our lodge, where we will have dinner and spend the night. Depending on the lodge, you will be able to watch game coming to nearby waterholes in the cool night, or enjoy the evening at a big camp fire.
If desired, we will go on an early-morning game drive through Amboseli. This scenic national park at the bottom of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), the highest mountain in Africa, has a huge elephant population as well as a great variety of gazelles, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, rhinos, lions and cheetahs. New lakes have also attracted flamingoes and many other water fowl.
After breakfast, we will have another game drive and then head back through Masai country in the rough direction of Taita Hills. As the route is very close to the Tanzanian border, we may be asked to produce identification (a photocopy of your passport should be sufficient). The alternative route is through Emali to the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, passing between Tsavo East and West.
We will have a picknick lunch on the way and arrive in Mombasa in the evening.