Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks - Three-day safari from Nairobi
Whether a bird lover, predator fan, or grazers admirer, Amboseli National park at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro won’t let you short of awe! Amboseli is considered Kenya‘s biosphere reserve. The name Amboseli in Maa (Masai language) means place of water, and it reveals its true nature. In its swamps live massive herds of elephants and are likely to pose a show for you. Much other wildlife will reveal themselves - observe hippos, zebras, giraffes, waterbucks, warthogs, buffaloes, wildebeest, and gazelles. Not to forget all the predators lurking around - lions, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas are likely to be seen. And more than 350 bird species, among them flamingoes, cormorants, storks, and ostriches.
Named after the river Tsavo, flowing from west to east through the national park, and divided by road and rail from Tsavo East, Tsavo West national park covers a good 9.000 kilometres and offers a variety of landscapes, vegetation, and wildlife. It is quite mountainous and wet, with swamps, Lake Jipe, the four enchanting natural Mzima springs, and Shetani lava flows.
Within the abundance of wildlife, there’s a black rhino sanctuary. So you are likely to see the critically endangered eastern black rhinoceros and the rest of the big five - the maneating maneless lions, giant elephants, cape buffalos, and leopards. Tall necks of the biggest giraffes in Africa, cute bushbabies, herds of hartebeest, cheetah, wild dogs, crocodiles, and much more are just waiting for you to admire! Thanks to its topography, Tsavo West offers also excellent rock climbing opportunities.
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- DAY 1 - NAIROBI - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
- DAY 2 - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK - TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
- DAY 3 - TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK - NAIROBI
DAY 1 - NAIROBI - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
We’ll pick you up at your hotel in Nairobi. In the comfort of our vehicle, you will drive for about four hours. Be sure to keep your eyes open, although the drive can lull you to sleep. You’ll be passing through picturesque indigenous villages dotting the Athi plains, and there’s quite a chance to spot some unexpected wildlife on the way.
After entering the park’s gates your game drive starts.
Surely elephants will impress you - their playing, bathing, caring for each other, feeding, and just being - it is a guaranteed lifetime memory! Lions, cheetahs, and other predators praying in a stakeout while unsuspecting peaceful herbivores graze in the immediate vicinity could catch their dinner just in front of you. Countless birds above and around, flamingoes, ostriches, and hippos just there - what a treat! There’s so much to see, and you are likely to see it all!
All the admiring will surely make you hungry - a delicious lunch will be served at the observation point. Well-fed, we’ll go on with the afternoon game drive, before retreating to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 2 - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK - TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you’ll climb the vehicles and head for the Tsavo West National Park. The way will lead you through a visibly changing landscape, overlooked by all those tall mountains - the Kilimanjaro amongst. Passing land of natural parks and reserves, be sure to be observant all along, not only upon entering the Tsavo West! After entering the park, get ready to see the red elephants, large prides of lions, some of them hanging in the acacias, small mammals all around, with tall giraffes and buffalos easily grazing - some on the floor, some in the treetops.
You’ll check your photos at your lodge and get ready for tomorrow’s early start.
DAY 3 - TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK - NAIROBI
Knowing that the early bird catches a worm, rise before the shine, and head for an early morning game drive at the Tsavo West National Park!
You will visit the enchanting Mzima springs and surely marvel at all the greenery surrounding these underground sources of clear water. You will see hippos, crocodiles, birds, many of them exotic migratory ones, and fish. We will round up the experience by visiting the famous Shetani lava flow and enjoying the breathtaking views of the snow-peaked Kilimanjaro in the distance.
In the afternoon, we’ll drive you back to your hotel in Nairobi in time for dinner.