Tsavo west, Mombasa getaway!
Welcome to the wilderness. Tsavo West is one of Kenya’s larger national parks covering a huge variety of landscapes from swamps, natural springs and rocky peaks to extinct volcanic cones, rolling plains and sharp outcrops dusted with greenery.This is a park with a whiff of legend about it, first for its famous man-eating lions in the late 19th century and then for its devastating levels of poaching in the 1980s. Despite the latter, there’s still plenty of wildlife here, although you’ll have to work harder and be much more patient than in Amboseli or the Masai Mara to see them all; the foliage is generally denser and higher here. Put all of these things together, along with its dramatic scenery, fine lodges and sense of space and this is one of Kenya’s most rewarding parks. If possible, come here with some time to spare to make the most of it
Mombasa: city of salt and of spice, of dreams and of battles, of poetry, of seafaring stories and of wave upon wave of traders from faraway lands. ‘It does not reveal the great secret it holds,’ wrote the classical Swahili poet Muyaka about his hometown. ‘Even those who are well-informed do not comprehend it.’
Mombasa has more in common with Dakar or Dar es Salaam than Nairobi – its blend of India, Arabia and Africa can be intoxicating. But it’s also grimy and sleazy, with deep ethnic tensions and security concerns that threaten to boil over. But what would you expect from East Africa’s largest port? Cities by the docks always attract mad characters, and Mombasa’s come from all over the world.
below is a fully customisable itinerary of the trip.
Day 1: Nairobi to Tsavo West
Early morning pick up and safari briefing by our representative. Board the van and drive south towards Tsavo West National Park. Arrive at your pre booked camp/lodge check in and rest. Later go for an evening game drive in search for the wildlife found in the park. Dinner and overnight
Day 2 & 3: Tsavo west
After breakfast, game drive looking for animals, in the park. The northern part of Tsavo West is fascinating geologically: the whole developed area is dotted with old and new volcanic hills, ranging from pimples to great pyramids on the plain. The most iconic attraction in the park is Mzima Springs. The crystal-clear water of this chain of lakes is filtered through the volcanic rocks of the Chyulu Hills just to the north. Shaded by majestic fig and acacia trees, the lakes swarm with fish, large crocodiles and some big pods of hippos. You can leave your vehicle and follow a pretty nature trail – though you need to keep an eye out for large animals, especially early in the morning or before dusk. If you’re lucky, the underwater viewing chamber, accessed by a pier, can provide unique photo opportunities – of a sinuous, gliding crocodile, or the delicate, tiptoe, swimming-walking style of a hippo.
Later you proceed to the Shetani Lava Flow, the largest whole series of lava flows in the park, with several places where you can get out of your vehicle and stretch your legs, including a series of lava caves below the surface. These caves used to be notorious for trapping prey animals that had stumbled inside in search of water, and then trapping predators that had followed them. At one time there was even a series of plaques identifying the bones on the cave floor. Over the last couple of decades the presence of visitors has gradually put off the wildlife from entering the caves, but all the lava flows still have a slightly spooky atmosphere, the Shetani Lava Flow is named after the Swahili for devil or malevolent ghost. Dinner and overnight
Day 4: Tsavo West – Mombasa
After breakfast, you will have a game drive en-route as you leave the park and drive south to the beautiful coast of Kenya. Upon arrival at your hotel, you will check in and spend the afternoon sun bathing by the white sandy beaches.Dinner and overnight
Day 5 – 7: Mombasa
The days will be spent at leisure in the hotel, by the beach or shopping.
Day 8: Nairobi
After breakfast you will proceed to check out and drive back to Nairobi.
The cost includes:
- Transport throughout the safari on a safari mini-van
- Accommodation on full board basis for 2 nights
- Game drives in the park as stated in the itinerary
- Services of a professional English speaking driver guide
- Park entrance fees
The cost excludes:
- Personal items like telephone, laundry etc.
- Any other service not stated above as inclusive.