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Join a wonderful 10-day safari tour through southeastern Kenya, to the National Parks of Amboseli, Tsavo West, the scenic wildlife sanctuary of Taita Hills, and the scrublands of Tsavo East, followed by a stay on the beautiful Swahili coastline with its tumbling mosques, white sandy beaches, and warm, blue waters. With plenty of opportunities to see many species of birds and animals, including huge herds of elephants and big cats, this route makes a wonderful safari experience.
You will be accommodated at this eco-camp on the first day of the safari. Wildebeest Eco Camp is a great base in Nairobi to travel within Kenya or East Africa. Conveniently positioned in beautiful Langata it is possible to enjoy the best of both worlds, being close to major tourist attractions like Nairobi National Park and Galleria Shopping Centre, with good transport links to the city centre as well as both the domestic and international airports.
But don't be too keen to move on, there are loads of great things to do if you want to spend a couple of days in Nairobi. You can visit the baby elephants at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, hand-feed or even kiss a giraffe, or visit the farm of Karen Blixen, famous from the book and movie Out of Africa. The National Museum has reopened after an extensive renovation and is well worth a visit.
Close to the camp, you can purchase souvenirs at the Masai Market, visit Kibera (the largest slum in Sub-Saharan Africa), or dine at one of the many great restaurants in Nairobi - including the world famous Carnivore.
If you want to be a little more adventurous, you can cycle in Hell's Gate National Park, or go white water rafting on the Tana River.
The camp has a restaurant, a bar, laundry service, guest lounge, internet access, on-site parking, library and games, luggage storage, tour desk, and a curio shop.
In Wildebeest Eco-Camp you will be hosted in single or double garden tents. If you like a bit of privacy, space and comfort, but don't mind sharing a bathroom with others, then a garden tent is the perfect option for you. These tents still have the convenience of electricity and regular furniture, and you still have the benefit of sharing the facilities at this great camp.
The accommodation consists of a large custom-built permanent-pitch tent with one double bed or two single beds, six foot six inch inner sprung mattress (Queen size), bedding included - cotton sheets, blanket, pillow, bath towel, luggage rack, bedside table, electronic safe, mosquito proof netting on windows and doors, shared flush toilets and hot showers.
You will be accommodated at Sentrim camp during the second and third day of your safari.
Amboseli National Park lies in the North West of Mount Kilimanjaro, on the Kenyan border with Tanzania. The park covers 392 square kilometers and forms part of the much larger 3,000 square kilometers Amboseli eco-system. Large concentrations and variety of wildlife inhabit this arid savanna, making Amboseli a popular tourist destination. Amboseli is the place where you can watch elephants with the snow-capped Kilimanjaro as the background.
Sentrim Amboseli offers luxury guest accommodation and services. It is located on the border of Amboseli National Park, three kilometers away from Kimana gate. The 60 luxurious and comfortable deluxe tents spread out across the plains and offer fantastic views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The tents are equipped with the following: mini bar, hot shower, safe deposit box at the reception, tea and coffee making facilities, and hair dryers.
Serena Kilaguni lodge is your accommodation venue for day four and five. Superbly situated in the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro and sheltered by the volcanic splendour of the Chyulu Hills, this classic stone-built safari lodge overlooks its own water hole, which is visited daily by elephants, buffalos, and a wide variety of plains game. One of the first safari lodges ever to be built in a park in Kenya, the lodge is cool, tranquil, and hushed for optimum game-viewing. It is also ideally placed for visits to all Tsavo West National Park’s prime attractions.
Faced in volcanic stone and utilising the natural rocky outcrops of a valley known as "the place of the young rhino", from which it takes its name, the lodge features a thatched central dining area and a rock-built bar, with a viewing terrace looking directly down to the waterhole.
The luxury accommodation includes a choice of spacious en-suite rooms, each with their own verandas, some overlooking the waterhole, some the Chyulu Hills, which are one of the world's youngest volcanic ranges. As for activities, the lodge offers numerous game drives, guided walks, bush breakfasts, volcano climbs, and trips to Mzima Springs, a set of crystal-clear ponds, fed by the melt waters of Mount Kilimanjaro, in which the many hippos can be viewed from a submerged chamber.
You will be hosted in this luxurious game lodge in the sixth day of your safari tour. For decades Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge has been one of Kenya’s flagship lodges, famed for its warmth, vibrancy, and legendary hospitality. A favourite amongst travelers in search of luxury accommodation, Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge is a luxurious safari escape set in the heart of the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary overlooking a waterhole and the vast Tsavo plains.
Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge’s charm is evident from the outset. Here you will savour uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency, and personalised attention.
Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge’s spacious, well-appointed double rooms are all en-suite and give you a chance to enjoy breath-taking views of wildlife from the comfort of your room. To add to the charm and intimacy, the soft, fine linen, huge beds and thick white towels quietly whisper romance. All bedrooms have mosquito netting and a ceiling fan. In addition, each room is equipped with electric current at 220 volts, 50 cycles AC, shaver outlets of 110 / 220 volts, 50 cycles AC. Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge offers luxurious accommodation and facilities and is the perfect place to start explore the surrounding natural environment.
Epiya Chapeyu will accommodate you on the seventh and eighth day. The camp lies in the heart of the Tsavo East National Park on the banks of the Galana River at the foot of the Yatta plateau.
The camp is situated at approximately four hours drive - with a four-wheel-drive vehicle - from Nairobi via Manyani Gate and from Malindi / Watamu via Sala Gate. If driving from Mombasa, the Buchuma Gate on the road to Voi is the nearest park entrance.
The camp was built more than 15 years ago by Walter Bigi, an experienced host with more than 40 years in the bush. He and his son Oscar, are actively involved in the day to day running of this oasis in the wilderness. The location of the camp has been selected as one of the most spectacular sites in the Tsavo East National Park and has been featured by the BBC. The camp offers visitors an unforgettable opportunity to see and photograph African fauna and flora in this eden. You can be a part of this real authentic and exciting African safari experience.
The 18 spacious and simple tents are spread across a large riverside area, offering each guest accommodation with optimum privacy. The tents are all fixed on local flagstone bases, with typical "makuti" roofs, modern en-suite bathroom, double sinks, hot water, shower, flush toilet, and all necessary amenities such as candles, matches, torches insect repellent and mosquito coils.
Each tent also has its own veranda with view of the Galana River, where a wide variety of animals come to drink. The furnishing is completed with two comfortable beds, wardrobe, safari chairs, and a coffee table. The venue also has to offer guarded parking, high frequency radio for communications, and emergency, bush airstrip at five kilometers for light aircraft, and flying doctors, power generators for electricity supply, battery charging facilities for video cameras, expert mechanics, tire repair facility, elevated game-viewing platform with bar service, room service for beverages, riverfront dining deck, and open barbecue lunch area.
Lugard`s Falls, Aruba Dam, Crocodile point, and other attractions are within a short distance from the camp.
From day nine to day 13, you will enjoy the Swahili Coast at Turtle Bay, in an all-inclusive regime. Turtle Bay, a great family resort, is located near the Watamu Marine Reserve, has an eco-responsible policy to the environment and community issues.
You can spend your time here just relaxing on the beach or alternatively there are numerous activities and worthwhile excursions such as: a visit to the Gedi ruins - a Swahili town inhabited from the 13th to 17th century and now deserted, bird watching at the stunning Mida Creek, renowned for its bird population and amazing sunsets, hiking at Hell’s Kitchen, dhow trips and dolphin watching, snorkelling and diving in the Watamu Marine Reserve. Turtle Bay has its own dive centre and dives are paid for locally.
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), you will be picked up and taken to the Wildebeest Eco Camp. The camp is located just on the outskirts of Nairobi, in Karen district, and is close to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and many other attractions such as the Giraffe Centre and the Karen Blixen Museum. The camp has a pool, restaurant, and games room and everything is set in a very attractive site with lots of trees and birdlife.
Spend the day sightseeing in Nairobi visiting the David Sheldrick elephant sanctuary in the morning and heading to either the Karen Blixen Museum or the Giraffe Centre in the afternoon. Alternatively, you could head over to the Nairobi National Park and take a nature walk before returning to camp for dinner.
Depart Nairobi early morning, on a five hours drive, to Amboseli National Park, a fantastic park that borders Tanzania, with great views of the imposing Mount Kilimanjaro, and abundant wildlife including herds of elephants, big cats, and bird life. This is a park not to be missed.
You will arrive in time for lunch at the Sentrim tented camp, which is a good value standard camp with semi-permanent heavy canvas tents erected on a tiled concrete base. Each tent has a comfy bed, an en-suite shower, and toilet. Meals are buffet style and vegetarians are catered for. After lunch, you will leave camp and head into Amboseli National Park, just a ten-minute drive away.
After your game drive, you will return to the camp for dinner and a relaxing evening spent around the fireplace. You can spend the next day exploring the park, with a picnic lunch, or venture out for an early morning and late afternoon game drive and spend the rest of the time relaxing at the camp - it is entirely up to you.
Wake up early to see the sunrise over the imposing Kilimanjaro, then, after breakfast, continue your safari into Tsavo West National Park, which is about a two-hour drive away. You will be staying at the stunning Serena Kilaguni Lodge situated inside the park. Here you will arrive in time for lunch at their restaurant, which has great views over the park.
After lunch, you will be taken on a late afternoon game drive and a visit to the Mzima Springs where you may see hippos, Nile crocodiles, and many different species of birds. You will return to Kilaguni for dinner and spend your evening relaxing and watching the wildlife arrive at the watering hole overlooked by the lodge’s restaurant, lounge, and bar. You can spend the next day taking game drives at your leisure, enjoying the facilities, or spend the whole day exploring the park with a picnic lunch.
After breakfast you will depart Kilaguni and head for the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, an area full of wildlife. There are more than fifty species of large mammals and three hundred species of birds here. It is not uncommon to spot two dozen species in a morning game drive. Among them one can see lions, cheetahs, large herds of elephants, and buffaloes. You will arrive in time for lunch at the Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge, where there is a water source which attracts a lot of wildlife. This water source can be viewed from the comfort of the lodge or from the very good ground-level hide. Later on, you will be taken out by your driver for a game drive in this very scenic park before heading back to the lodge for dinner.
After breakfast, you will leave Sarova Salt Lick and head out on a game drive through the sanctuary before entering Tsavo East, a plateau of open grassland with giant baobab trees where you'll get a great feeling of being out in the wilderness. You will arrive in time for lunch at the Epiya Chapeyu camp, situated on the Galana River, before taking an afternoon game drive and a visit to the Lugards Falls and Mudanda Rock.
Epiya Chapeyu is a small family run camp that lies in the heart of Tsavo East National Park. It has 20 en-suite semi-permanent tents spread across a large area, all with views of the river and they also have great Italian food on offer. Spend the following day exploring the wilderness of Tsavo and to visit to the Aruba Dam, which is an attraction for many species of birds and mammals.
After breakfast, you will head to Malindi, which is situated on a lovely stretch of the Indian Ocean coastline, with beautiful palm-lined beaches and tumbling mosques. Your accommodation here is Turtle Bay, a great family resort, located near the Watamu Marine Reserve.
Turtle Bay has an eco-responsible policy to the environment and community issues. It as a large hotel with a friendly atmosphere and very good facilities, and is excellent for families, couples, and those looking for good value. Turtle Bay is an all-inclusive resort. You can spend your time here just relaxing on the beach.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the local airport for your flight to Nairobi to connect with your international flight.
This safari will take place in different locations within Kenya. Kenya is home to the safari, the Great Wildebeest Migration and iconic parks such as Amboseli and the Masai Mara and is probably the most diverse country in Africa in terms of habitat: savannah to mountain regions, rainforests, and deserts. There are over 1,100 species of birds, 350 mammal species, and 21 endemic species, making it a real nature lovers paradise.
In Kenya you will also find the Great Rift Valley and the Great Lakes, the second highest mountain in Africa, and a beautiful coastline with blue waters, white sandy beaches, and fantastic marine life. The coastal region is steeped in culture and history, where you will find historical sites such as the Gedi ruins and Fort Jesus in addition to the natural wonders such as Mida Creek and Hell's Kitchen.
Activities include game drives, nature and bush walks, boat safaris, balloon flights, horse riding, white water rafting, hiking, mountain walks, mountain climbing, and of course water sports such as snorkelling, diving, and also sailing on the beautiful Swahili coastline.
You have included in the price all the meals of the day for the first eight days of your trip, while during your stay at Turtle Bay, you will beneficiate of an all-inclusive treatment.
Please book your flights to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transtrek Safaris will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the first accommodation place. The transfers to and from the airport are included in the price of the tour.