4 Days 3 Nights – Tsavo East, Tsavo West National Park & Amboseli National Park.
Tsavo East and West National Parks;
Tsavo East and National Parks form one of the world’s largest game reserves 13,000sq km nearly all of Kenya’s wildlife is represented in the two Tsavo parks. The park has a large number of elephant herds. Tsavo West National Park is situated 250kms south-east of Nairobi. Tsavo East is one of Kenya’s oldest and largest national parks and accounts for 40% of the total land area devoted to game parks in the whole of Kenya!
In spite of its arid countryside and savannah vegetation, about 60 species of mammals and 400 different species of birds are to be found here.
The Tsavo National Park is particularly famous because of the “red elephants” which owe their color to the dust prevalent in this area. The park is home to lions and cheetahs antelopes (oryx, kudus, and Grant’s gazelles and giraffe gazelles), Burchell’s zebras, Masai giraffes, baboons and velvet monkeys. Of the birds, the most impressive is the Masai ostrich. In areas such as Mzima springs, crocodiles and hippos can be seen wallowing in the waters.
Amboseli National Park;
Amboseli National park is one of the most visited parks in Kenya due to its proximity to the city of Nairobi. It is located about 250km from Nairobi the capital city of Kenya and occupies about 392sq km.
Amboseli is a Masai word meaning “salty dust” and is home to the largest herds of elephants, buffaloes and over 600 bird species.
The proximity to the tallest mountain in Africa (Mt Kilimanjaro) and its snowcapped peak clearly visible gives it a beautiful background for some of the best wildlife photographs
- Leaving early, we shall head to the amazing Tsavo East National Park.On the way, we shall drive along the scenic landscapes of Coastal Kenya, which are often patterned by baobab trees. The baobab tree is actually regarded as a sacred tree in most parts of East Africa and the local communities value this tree highly. There is an old folklore that describes the baobab tree as being planted upside down; because its branches often look like roots.
- Tsavo East National Park is bathed by the massive Athi-Galana-Sabaki River, which serves as the lifeline of this great park.
- This amazing park is often nick-named “Theatre of the Wild”. It is indeed an amazing place and the local wildlife is often easy to see because of the open nature of this savannah.
- We shall enjoy game drives here looking for mammals such as Cheetah, African Lion, Leopard, Savannah Elephant, Gerenuk, African Buffalo, Fringe-eared Oryx and Tana Gazelle.
- We shall exit Tsavo East National Park and drive to Tsavo West National Park of which the two parks are divided by the highway. Tsavo West National Park offers many activities and tourist attractions, as well as wildlife safaris.
- This safari is the best way to see Kenya’s wildlife up close in its natural environment. Tsavo West is home to the largest population of red-skinned elephants as well as to members of the rest of the “Big 5” African animals (buffalo, African lions, leopards and rhinos). There is also a host of Kenyan birds and other animals, both large and small, to see.
- Lake Jipe attracts a lot of wildlife and is a good place for bird watching. It is fed by the run-off from Mount Kilimanjaro and the North Pare Mountains. Take a boat excursion on the lake, or explore the swamps.
- Mzima Springs is at the north end of Tsavo West. Water from the Chyulu Hills runs from beneath the lava ridge and forms several natural pools. Fringed with palm trees, these pools are popular watering holes for birds and African wildlife. Bird watching safaris are best between October and January, it features many migratory birds including African skimmers, red and yellow bishops, goshawks, buffalo weavers and palm nut vultures, to name a few.
- Saving the best for last, we exit Tsavo East National Park and drive to all the way to Amboseli National park. A visiting to the observation Hill allows an overall view of the whole park where you will see the complete view and spectacular scenery filled with wild animals in the park. This is why Amboseli National park is favorite among many visitors.
You will be able to locate many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose, Contemporary Masai Culture and indigenous lifestyle.