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4 Days Tsavo East, Taita Hills, and Amboseli Safari in Kenya

Voi Safari Lodge, Tsavo East Park Road, Voi, Taita-Taveta County, Kenya

Budget Safari in Kenya

Alibaba Tours and Safaris invites you to join and enjoy the very best experience of a safari holiday in Kenya. You will visit Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks as well as a salt lick in Taita Hills and see the wildlife that surrounds these amazing places. The wildlife and wild spaces, the birds, the countryside, and its breathtaking scenery will give you the most memorable and rewarding holiday experiences possible. Pack now and experience an adventure of a lifetime!

Key information

  • Starting point and ending point: Mombasa
  • Languages: English, French, Spanish
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 10 wonderful game drives
  • Explore Tsavo East, Taita Hills, and Amboseli
  • See the big cats, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, and more
  • Minibus transport and pickups from and to the hotel
  • The assistance of a well-trained safari driver guide
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and water
  • 3 nights' accommodation

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Spoken languages: French, Spanish, English
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Accommodation

You will be staying in various accommodations provided by Alibaba Tours and Safaris. You will overnight at Voi Safari Lodge on the first night and at Salt Lick Lodge on the second night of the safari. Meanwhile, on the third night, you will overnight at either Amboseli Kibo Safari Camp or Sentrim Amboseli Lodge.

Voi Safari Lodge

Perched on the top of a cliff-faced hill, Voi Safari Lodge is uniquely designed to be a hinge-like structure overlooking Kenya's Tsavo East plains extending as far as the undulating terrain of the Yatta Plateaus. This vantage positioning of the lodge has made it a stopover for many safari adventures, nature lovers, and holidaymakers who are assured of sampling Kenya's wildlife attractions that continuously beat a track to the three water holes sunk by the ledge below the cliff.

The lodge is also popular with the travelers who pass along the Mombasa - Nairobi highway. It is located 165 kilometers from Mombasa and has the advantage of being within a park that is served with a good infrastructure including communication facilities. Voi Safari Lodge has 52 en-suite standard rooms with three stories and stands in proud contrast to its rocky surroundings.

Voi Safari Lodge's swimming pool has a view of wildlife at the waterholes and the plains beyond. The unique dug up rock swimming pool has crystal clear water which invites to a refreshing dip after a dusty day on Kenya safari. Voi Safari Lodge also has a restaurant serving good food on a buffet basis and a well-stocked bar with smashing views. The surroundings of the lodge are dotted by wild and planted flora that stand out beautifully and liven up the rocky terrain.

Kibo Safari Camp

Kibo Safari Camp is set at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,896 meters) which is the highest freestanding mountain in the world and topped by one-fifth of all the ice in Africa in the famous Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Kibo Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp situated within the Amboseli National Park. The camp incorporates an open terraced restaurant and bar under acacia trees overlooking the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro and a beautiful swimming pool that has been landscaped within.

Each tent at the Kibo Safari Camp comes with a double bed or two single beds depending on your needs. There are family tents that can take a maximum party of eight in comfort. There is also a small porch / veranda with seats and a coffee table. All tents are electrically lighted by power supplied from a generator on site. Kibo Safari Camp's emphasis is placed on the experience of dining in the wild. Although meals are provided in a covered restaurant and drinks in a traditional bar, visitors are kept very close to the action by providing large open areas with seats and tables on them. In this way, you are always right there in the wild.

Sentrim Amboseli Lodge

Sentrim Amboseli Lodge is located 280 kilometers south of Nairobi, 260 kilometers north of Mombasa, and deep inside the Amboseli National Park, making access to the park's renowned elephants, buffaloes, wildebeest, zebra, giraffes, impalas, and several predators very easy. Sentrim Amboseli Lodge offers 60 modern tents with a private view of Mount Kilimanjaro. All tents at the Sentrim Amboseli Lodge feature soft beds, en-suite bathroom with a steaming hot shower, washbasin, and flush toilets. Other facilities include coffee and tea making facilities, fridge, fan, hair drier, and electronic safe deposit boxes.

Sentrim Amboseli Lodge's main dining room has a sitting capacity of 120 but meals can also be enjoyed at your private veranda as well as the spacious lounge and bar area. Surrounded by a shady sunbathing area is Sentrim Amboseli Lodge's swimming pool and Jacuzzi. They are a welcome sight in this arid land.

Program

Wildlife attractions

The wildlife that will likely to be seen while on Tsavo East and Amboseli safaris from Mombasa by road includes elephant, lion, leopard, crocodile, waterbuck, kudu, gerenuk, zebra, and Hunter’s hartebeest. Moreover, among other plains game, not forgetting is a variety of bird species including ostrich, migratory kestrels, buzzards, weaver birds, African fish eagle, etc.

Itinerary

Day 1: Mombasa - Tsavo East

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning then be driven along the Mombasa - Nairobi road to Tsavo East National Park. You will enter the park via Bachuma Gate and embark on game viewing drive with chances of encountering elephants, lions, buffaloes, cheetahs, zebras, giraffe, antelopes, etc.

You will visit the famous Aruba Dam where lots of game animals and bird species can be found especially during the dry spell. Then, you will proceed to Voi Safari Lodge, check-in, and have your buffet lunch. After lunch and a short rest, you will venture out for an afternoon game drive through the vast Tsavo East National Park in search for more game animals before returning back to Voi Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Tsavo East - Taita Hills' salt lick

You will wake up at around 05:30, have a cup of coffee, and start an early morning game drive before the main breakfast. This time, you will have a chance of seeing the big cats of Tsavo. You will be driven back to the lodge for the main breakfast at around 08:30 followed by the last game drive and you will depart to Taita Hills' salt lick by driving through the Mombasa - Nairobi road and past Voi Town.

You will arrive early in the afternoon and then check-in at Taita Hills Lodge where you will have your lunch. After that, you will depart at around 14:30 to Salt Lick Lodge where you will have a chance to see animals at the waterhole. Later, you will proceed for another game drive at 16:00 until 18:30. Dinner and overnight will be at the Salt Lick Lodge.

Day 3: Salt Lick - Amboseli

You will wake up at around 05:30, have a cup of coffee, and start an early morning game drive before the main breakfast. This time, you will have a chance of seeing the big cats of Taita Hills. You will be driven back to the lodge for the main breakfast at around 08:30 followed by the last game drive and then you will join the Mombasa - Nairobi road and be driven to Amboseli National Park. You will enter Amboseli through Iremito Gate and begin the game drive as you head towards the Sentrim Amboseli Lodge or Kibo Safari Camp for check-in and lunch. At 16:00, you will go for another game drive until 18:30. Dinner and overnight will be at Amboseli Kibo Safari Camp / Sentrim Amboseli Lodge.

Day 4: Amboseli - Mombasa

After an early morning game drive, you will return to the lodge for breakfast. Later, you will check out of the lodge with safari game drive en-route as you leave Amboseli National Park to join the Mombasa - Nairobi road and be driven to Mombasa with lunch en-route. Your arrival in Mombasa will be in the evening time.

Location

This safari will take place at various locations in Kenya including Tsavo East National Park, Amboseli National Park, and Taita Hills. While on this safari, you might also see some physical attractions of the national parks such as Tsavo River, Yatta Plateau, Mudanda Rock, Lugard's Falls, Voi's seasonal river and Aruba Dam, savannah plains, and the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park is part of the Greater Tsavo National Park that includes Tsavo East and West National Parks and the Chyulu Hills. This park consists mostly of miles and miles of dry flat thorn-bush, semi-arid acacia scrub, and narrow woodland dominated by acacia. Wonderful baobab trees are also a common sight in the park. Tsavo East is located about 200 kilometers southeast of Nairobi on the main Nairobi - Mombasa road.

Tsavo East has a wide diversity of habitats ranging from bushy grasslands, open plains, rocky outcrops, semi-arid acacia scrub, and woodlands. Swampy marshlands occur near the Voi River. This has made it possible to host a wide variety of wildlife. Though big in size, some parts of Tsavo East are not open to tourist over the years but today, restricted access is allowed. The north of Galana River is a true wilderness.

There are over 500 bird species that have been recorded in Tsavo East National Park including the ostrich and migratory birds like kestrels and buzzards. Tsavo East is also home to all of the Big Five including large amounts of "red" elephants, black rhinoceros, buffaloes, and lions. Plains game include giraffes, antelopes, zebras, buffaloes, waterbucks, etc.

Furthermore, the major attractions in Tsavo East National Park include Yatta Plateau (one the world's largest and longest lava flow which is 300 kilometers long), Lugard's Falls and the Galana River (easy access to the rapids with a possibility to spot majestic landscapes along the river), Mudanda Rock (an outcrop rock of 1.6 kilometers long with a large dam at its base wherein there is a possibility to walk on the top of the rock, enjoy the cool breeze, and watch wildlife drinking in the dam), and Aruba Dam (built in 1952 across the Voi River, this dam attracts many bird species and migratory species).

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is located 240 kilometers southeast of Nairobi near the border to Tanzania on the northwestern foot of the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro. This park is best known for the excellent views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park embodies five main wildlife habitats (open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps, and marshland). Amboseli is a place of stark contrast. The name "Amboseli" means "salty dust" in Maa which is the language of the Maasai.

The park provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa. Set in rolling savannah scenery, the park is dwarfed by the presence of the pink-tinged, snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli, despite its sometimes dry and dusty appearance, has an endless water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro's ice cap. Amboseli National Park covers 392 square kilometers and lies at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s’ highest mountain.

Amboseli National Park has over 50 species of large mammals including leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, buffaloes, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, plains game, crocodiles, mongooses, hyraxes, dik-diks, lesser kudus, and nocturnal porcupines. Most of all, Amboseli National Park is famous for its huge herds of elephant which roam the park freely. With its awesome view of Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa's highest mountain at 5,895 meters), Amboseli National Park offers a unique and breathtaking backdrop for viewing Africa's animals.

One of the major attractions in Amboseli National Park is the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa. Then, there is the Observation Hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants. The swamp below Observation Hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos, and a variety of water fowls like the pelican and Egyptian goose. Amboseli is home to the Maasai people, so a village tour will open you up to contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle.

Food

You will be served with three breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners. One liter of bottled of water per person will also be provided daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 game drives in Tsavo East National Park
  • 3 game drives in Taita Hills
  • 3 game drives in Amboseli National Park
  • A well-trained safari driver guide
  • Minibus transportation
  • Pickups from and to the hotel
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • 1-liter bottled water per person per day
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Park entry fees

What's not included

  • Drinks, sodas, beers, and wines
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal costs

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Moi International Airport (MBA).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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