Southern Kenya Safari

Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the skyline of southern Kenya whether displayed in all its glory, or shrouded in its table cloth. This itinerary highlights the best of southern Kenya. 

Summary

Southern Kenya Safari

Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the skyline of southern Kenya whether displayed in all its glory, or shrouded in its table cloth.  This itinerary highlights the best of southern Kenya. 

Day 1: Amboseli National Park
Day 3: Tsavo West
Day 5: Tsavo East
Day 7: Nairobi

Description

Description

 

Using Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop for your photos (providing it is playing ball and not covered in cloud!), this trip takes in some of the largest Parks in Africa and places that often feature in films and animal documentaries.

This trip can be added to and by including the Northern Kenya safari route it would give you a more extensive tour of this fascinating country. Your budget will determine how exclusive your experience will be. It is possible to stay in small, well appointed camps or lodges were numbers of clients are limited to 20 or less but Kenya has the whole range of accommodation types and prices to match.

Day 1: Amboseli National Park
Begin with a drive from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park. Amboseli is the second most popular Park in Kenya after the Masai Mara and is at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro making it the perfect backdrop for your animal photos. The rain and snow melt from the Mountain, and then permeate down to Amboseli into 5 swamps, two of which are now protected in the National Park. This reliable water is relied upon by the wild animals of the Park. All of the Big 5 are found here (although the number of rhino is much depleted due to poaching) as are good numbers of the plains animals.

Take morning and late afternoon game drives out over the plains, through the Acacia forests and in to the swamps looking for those animals that are high on the wish list. Drive to the top of Observation Hill for an excellent view of the Park. Take time to look at the bird life here which is prolific, colourful and in abundance. As the Park is within the Masai homeland, take the opportunity to visit them in their manyata and learn about their nomadic way of living.

Two nights stay Amboseli

Day 3: Tsavo West
Head in to Tsavo West National Park and you will be able to see wildlife along most of the journey. Tsavo East and West National Parks account for 4% of Kenya’s landmass and are not as busy as some of the other Parks in Kenya. However the amount and diversity of wildlife and birds (over 500 species have been recorded here) are second to none.

Tsavo West is a mixture of plains, wooded grassland, mountains and riverine forests. There is also the spectacular volcanic mountain range of the Chyulu Hills which are well worth a visit. The Park is huge and your game drives will take you to these different areas. All of the Big 5 are represented here and the elephants are renowned for their red/brown colour. This is from their taking dust baths in the very red soil.

Certainly drive to the top of Poacher’s Lookout for an all round viewpoint and ensure that you see the crystal clear water at Mzima Springs. Here you have the opportunity to go in to an underwater viewing chamber to see the tilapia fish and, if you are lucky, hippo walking along the bottom of the spring.

Two nights Tsavo West

Day 5: Tsavo East
Move across to Tsavo East, which is a mixture of bush, plains and rivers crossing the Park. The Galana River runs all year whereas the Voi and Tiva rivers are seasonal. There are good size herds of elephants here and watching them coming down to drink and bathe from the top of Mudana Rock is a must. This side of Tsavo is quieter than the West giving you the feel of having an exceptional and individual experience. Again all the Big 5 are here as are all the plains animals and over 500 species of birds being recorded here.

Two nights Tsavo East

Day 7: Nairobi
Today either return to Nairobi for the onward or homeward journey, or extend your holiday with a few days of relaxation on the coast with its silver sands, clear water and beautiful corals and fish.

Giraffe

Credit Peter Ellis


hippo2

Credit Kenya Tourism


Hot Air Balloon

Credit Kenya Tourism

            

 

Wildebeast Crossing River

Credit Kenya Tourism


lions

Credit Peter Ellis

      

Little Gems

Little Gems

Tsavo East is home to the infamous ‘man-eater’ lions – grizzly looking beasts, larger in size than regular lions and having more of the appearance of Scar in the Lion King than Simba! The original “man eaters” are to be found in the Nairobi Museum.

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