4 Days Safari – Tsavo East, Amboseli & Taita Hills

Tour Tsavo East, Amboseli, Taita Hills
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This huge park is split into two by the main Nairobi to Mombasa highway and covers a total area of around 2,000 sq km. The park is quite arid with only two permanent rivers but its flat landscape is dotted with hills and baobab trees, making it extremely attractive. Tsavo is still famous for the legends of man-eating lion and its ‘red’ elephants, so called because of the red murrum earth with which they spray themselves. Most game congregates among the acacia and raphia palms, which line the riverine areas. Common spots include elephant, buffalo, ostrich, gazelle, giraffe, zebra and the accompanying predatory cats. Less frequent sightings are gerenuk, fringe-eared oryx and Hunters hartebeest. Popular attractions in the park are the Lugard Falls, Yatta Plateau (which is the world’s longest lava flow) and Mzima Springs. Here there is an underground viewing platform to observe crocodile, hippo and the various fish under water.

Amboseli lies immediately north-west of Mount Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania. The Park covers 392 square km, and forms part of the much larger 3,000 square km Amboseli ecosystem. Amboseli lies immediately north-west of Mount Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania. The Park covers 392 square km, and forms part of the much larger 3,000 square km Amboseli ecosystem. Large concentrations of wildlife occur here in the dry season, making Amboseli a popular tourist destination. It is surrounded by six communally owned group ranches. Amboseli is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty; the landscape is dominated by the towering Mount Kilimanjaro.

The National Park embodies five main wildlife habitats (open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshland) and covers part of a Pleistocene lake basin, now dry. Within this basin is a temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, that floods during years of heavy rainfall.

Major Attractions: Mount Kilimanjaro; Observation Hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants; Swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowl like pelican; Egyptian goose; contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle; herds of elephants.

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Drive North, along the main highway towards Nairobi, following the route of
the railway line built by the British late in the nineteenth century. The road passes
through the warehouses and workshops on the outskirts of Mombasa, climbing
steadily and soon the vast plains of Tsavo become visible in the distance, with the
rolling Taita Hills on the horizon. Enter Tsavo East National Park (12,000 sq kms) at
Buchuma Gate, with a game drive on route arriving at the lodge for lunch. Enjoy
time for relaxation or a swim before setting off back into the park for your afternoon
game drive. Return to the lodge as the sunsets.
Dinner and overnight – Aruba Ashnil Lodge.

After an early breakfast, depart for Amboseli National Park. Join the main
highway and continue northwards, passing Hunters Lodge, the sight of the
infamous ‘Man eaters of Tsavo’ incident where lions attacked the workers building
the railway.
You will leave the main road at Emali and head South towards Amboseli. If the
weather is clear you’ll catch sight of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro directly ahead,
arriving at Amboseli Sentrim Camp in time for lunch. Afternoon a game drive
through Amboseli (392 sq kms), takes you across this vast lakebed - often dry, but still
very swampy in areas. Amboseli is best known for its great herds of elephant – you
will often find many of them standing knee deep in the water, spraying themselves to
keep cool. But there's a lot of other game here too - cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, many
types of gazelle and other plains game. Return to your Camp as the sunsets.
Dinner and overnight – Amboseli Sentrim Camp.

Early morning game drive in the park returning to the Camp for breakfast and
depart via rombo route to Taita Hills arriving for lunch. Afternoon proceed to Salt Lick
Lodge built on stilts overlooking a waterhole which is floodlit at night to enable you to
see the animals coming to drink. Evening game drive in the Sanctuary returning to the
lodge at sunset.
Dinner and overnight at Salt Lick Lodge.

Early morning game drive in the Sanctuary returning to the lodge for
breakfast, check out and depart for Mombasa. You will arrive at your
hotel/residence in the afternoon.