Explore the multifaceted Kenyan wilderness on this week-long tour through the most famous regions. Early days in the remote and volcanic Tsavo West National Park are perfectly complemented by the tranquility and serenity of Amboseli. Watch as elephants and zebra roam in the shadow of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, before venturing onwards to the famed plains of the Masai Mara, in search of the Great Wildebeest Migration (migration dependent on month you are visiting). Allow the enormity and...
Welcome to Kenya! Travel to the Remote Tsavo West National Park, Arriving for a Game Drive
Touch down in Nairobi, only to quickly leave the metropolis behind you. Upon clearing customs and collecting your baggage, you will depart from the city immediately with a guide, traveling east towards Tsavo West National Park. Landscapes progress from urban to farmland to volcanic as you approach this remote corner of Kenya, where your African adventure will excitedly begin! Crossing into the park, you will drive towards the Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, a stunning stone-built lodge that blends seamlessly into the volcanic surroundings. This park is home to the world’s youngest volcanic range – the Chyulu Hills – and it will be a fascinating first site of exploration. Though the park does not evoke images of that quintessential African landscape, your day here will reveal some of the continent’s diversity in ecosystems and species.
You will be welcomed to Tsavo West and Kilaguni with a fresh lunch served in the open air-dining room, with Kilimanjaro looming in the distance. Take a few moments to relax and unwind poolside, or with a massage, before setting out with a guide on your first African game drive! While this park is a Big Five destination, it is most famous for its thriving hippo population, best viewed at Mzima Springs. Here, four shallow pools are connected by rushing rapids fed by the Chyulu Hills. Frozen lava ledges and jagged peaks surround the area, with a shade forest perfect for hiking. Waters here are perfectly clear, allowing you to peer beneath the surface watching as hippos bob and crocodiles swim. The pools even have an underwater viewing chamber for a better perspective on this underwater landscape. As the sun begins to sink over the serrated horizon, drive back towards the lodge arriving in time for cocktails, appetizers, and a freshly made dinner. Today will have been a long and adrenaline filled day, and you will likely be keen to retire to your luxury suite early, in preparation for the days ahead.
Drive Towards Amboseli National Park, Arriving in Time for a Safari in the Shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro
Drive North Into the Shadow of Mount Kenya and Relax Amongst the Lush Forested Slopes
Carry on by Road to the Floor of the Great Rift Valley, Exploring the Shores of Lake Nakuru National Park
Travel Through Masai Warrior Land to the Famed Plains of the Masai Mara
Spend an Entire Day on Safari in the Masai Mara, Traveling Alongside the Great Wildebeest Migration
Return to Nairobi, Stopping for Lunch Before Catching Your International Flight Home
- Wander alongside the volcanic-fed springs of Tsavo West, watching hippos and crocodiles bob in the crystal clear waters
- Daydream while being drifted away watching elephants gracefully walk the plains of Amboseli, with Kilimanjaro towering in the background
- Find yourself at the epicenter of the Great Wildebeest Migration (month dependent) on the Masai Mara, surrounded by two million grazing ungulates
- Search the savanna for the Big Five: lions, leopards, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros
- Wander amidst a sea of pink flamingos feasting on the algae-filled shores of Lake Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley
This tour begins in the eastern corner of Kenya, amidst the planet’s newest volcano range. Explore the jagged peaks of Tsavo West and the Chyulu Hills, pausing to sit beside a bubbling spring filled with hippos and crocodiles. From here, journey into the shadow of the highest peak in Africa as you enter Amboseli National Park. With Mount Kilimanjaro acting as a picturesque backdrop for safaris, seek out close encounters with some of Africa’s largest elephants on the expansive and tranquil plains.
From Amboseli, drive into the shadow of the continent’s second highest peak: Mount Kenya. Spend a day quietly walking the forested slopes from a wooded mountain retreat. Elephants and buffalo frequently come within feet of the lodge deck, in search of salt and water at the resident watering hole. From here, descend from the highlands to the floor of the Great Rift Valley to explore the flamingo-fringed shores of Lake Nakuru. Drive along the floodplains and through the woodlands in search of one of the continent’s surviving rhino populations.
The adventure concludes on the infamous and majestic plains of the Masai Mara. The final days of this tour will be spent in pursuit of intimate wildlife encounters as you follow dusty trails across the savanna. If timed correctly, you will easily find yourself within the heart of the Great Wildebeest Migration, one of the world’s most remarkable natural spectacles. Carnivores often escort the two million ungulates, creating a number of thrilling and unbelievable wildlife spotting. Days amidst it all will make for the ultimate climax to this Kenyan safari vacation.
Ideal Travel Months
This tour through Kenya covers a number of different parks in hopes of providing you with the best wildlife viewing opportunities possible. Wildlife is most easily seen between the months of August and November, as well as January and March, when the bush is less dense and wildlife tends to congregate around fewer watering holes.
The tour spends only a single full day in the Masai Mara, meaning that the Great Wildebeest Migration is not designed to be a focal point of the tour. If however you do wish to see this spectacle, aim to visit between the months of August and November. Be aware that crowds are highest during these months.
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