Mara-Amboseli – Tsavo – Malindi

3 DAYS - 2 NIGHTS
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Amboseli lies immediately north-west of Mount Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania. The Park covers 392 square km and forms part of the much larger 3,000 square km Amboseli ecosystem.

Large concentrations of wildlife occur here in the dry season, making Amboseli a popular tourist destination. It is surrounded by six communally owned group ranches.

The National Park embodies five main wildlife habitats (open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps, and marshland) and covers part of a Pleistocene lake basin, now dry. Within this basin is a temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, that floods during years of heavy rainfall.

Major Attractions: Mount Kilimanjaro; Observation Hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants; Swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of waterfowl like pelican; Egyptian goose; contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle; herds of elephants.

Wildlife: Amboseli has over 80 different mammals to be found ranging from the tiny (and rarely seen) spectacled elephant shrew to the huge bulk of the African elephant. Few visitors will go home without superb elephant pictures with Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. There are over 400 bird species.

Getting there – By Road: The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi-Arusha Road, via Meshanani Gate. The road is tarmacked up to Namanga but is murram from Namanga to Meshanani Gate (75km).

The other road is via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi- Mombasa Road. The road is tarmacked up to Emali and murram from Emali to Remito Gate (64 km) Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.

By Air: The Park has an airstrip at the Empusel gate. There is also an airstrip for light aircraft at the Park Headquarters (Olekelunyiet). Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town.

Where to stay – Amboseli has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, tastes, and interests. There are very basic campsites where one can pitch a tent and sleep under canvas in the wild, well-appointed safari lodges, luxury tented camps with large, fully furnished tents, small private camps for your exclusive use and much, much, more.

DAY 1: NAIROBI – MAASAI MARA NATIONAL PARK

Pick up from Nairobi hotel or Airport in the morning. Drive to Masai Mara, a 4-hour drive to the main gate, via The Great African Rift Valley escarpment and the famous Masai Town, Narok. Check-in at Mara Springs Camp and have lunch. Afternoon game drive through the park in search of the Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Buffalo and other members of the Big five plus other animals. Dinner and overnight at Mara Springs Camp.

DAY2: MAASAI MARA NATIONAL PARK

Early morning game drives and return to your camp for breakfast. After breakfast, a full day spent in the park with packed lunch looking for the famous Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. Lions are especially common here and have grown relatively accustomed to their two-legged visitors, which makes them easier to spot. The Mara Plains are teeming with wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, impala and Thomson’s gazelle. Cheetahs, hyenas, and jackals are also seen regularly in the Reserve. At the Mara River, large amounts of hippos and crocodiles are enjoying themselves – the crocodiles are especially happy in early July to end of September when thousands of wildebeest migrate across the river causing a sumptuous feast for the hungry crocodiles. Birdlife in Maasai Mara is abundant and diverse. Species such as eagles, ostriches, storks, and vultures are among the more than 50 different birds of prey. Dinner and overnight at Maara Springs Camp

DAY 3:  MAASAI MARA NATIONAL PARK – AMBOSELI

Early morning breakfast, check out and leave Masai Mara to Amboseli National Park. There will be a stop to view the Great Rift Valley scenery as you proceed for Amboseli National Park which lies at the floor of Mount Kilimanjaro. You will arrive with a short game drive, proceeding to your lodge for check-in and late lunch. Check-in at  Kibo Safari Camp has and a short rest. Later afternoon game drive to one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close, Cheetah, Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik-dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine Prolific birdlife features 600 species drive in the park. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp

DAY 4: AMBOSELI- TSAVO EAST.


Early morning breakfast. After breakfast check out with short game en-route drive to Tsavo East National Park. The park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk, and the prolific birdlife features 500 recorded species and the famous man-eating lions. You will arrive with Game en-route to Voi Safari Lodge. Check-in and have lunch. Later in the afternoon another game drive at the park followed by dinner and overnight at Voi Safari Lodge

DAY 5 TSAVO EAST- MALINDI.

Early morning game drive, return to your lodge for breakfast. After breakfast check out of the park then drive to Mombasa, a 4-hour drive to the old town of Malindi. Lunch on own arrangement. Drop off to Malindi/Watamu at your respective hotel.

TOUR PACKAGE PRICE -NETT PRICE PER PERSON IN A SINGLE ROOM-$ 1698-Landcruiser

                                                                                                                               $ 1296 -Minivan

 

NB: YOU WILL JOIN A GROUP ON 2 NIGHTS MASAI MARA CIRCUIT.

 

Safari inclusions   

  • Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary.
    • Transportation in a chauffeur-driven safari 4 x 4 Safari Landcruiser with a pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography.
    • Services of an English or French or Spanish speaking driver-guides, unlimited game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
    • All Government taxes and levies.
    • Complimentary 1.5 liters mineral water per person per day in the safari vehicle.
    • All meet and greet services.
    • All arrival and departure transfers.
    • 24 hours stand-by contact number.
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
    • Guaranteed window seat in each vehicle per passenger.
    • Two-way long-range high-frequency radio communication in each vehicle.
    • On safari accessories in each vehicle: – First-aid kit, wildlife books, a pair of binoculars, cool box and fire extinguisher.
    • Flying doctor’s coverage which covers you within East Africa for a period of 14 days. In the eventuality of a medical emergency, you will be airlifted to Nairobi where you will be taken to a good hospital. Hospital bills are born by the patient.

    Safari exclusions

    • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills, etc.
    • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver-guide(s).  Budget approx. $ 2.00 – $ 4.00 per person per day for lodge and hotel staff, $ 1.00 per bag for porters and $ 5.00 – $ 10.00 per person per day for driver-guides).
    • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
    • Any local or international flight and departure taxes.
    • Laundry services.
    • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.
    • Visa fees
  • TYPICAL DAY ON SAFARI
    Our professional guides are there to assist you every step of the way.  Even though there is a general outline of your safari, your guide will talk with you regarding each day’s plans.  He will tell you about the country you are visiting, its history, traditions, the area you are visiting, what you see; he will take you to the loveliest places, look after any formalities or negotiations with the local people, and take care of your safety and comfort. They all are proficient in bushcraft, and can also tell you about the local traditions, wildlife, identify the birds, and help you learn more about the world around you. All our guides speak English as well as their local language and some speak French and Spanish as well. Days will vary depending on your specific schedule, road conditions, and what you would like to do. A typical day may unfold like this: You will get up before dawn when hot coffee and tea are served.  The air is cold as the sun rises and shimmers on the open plains.  This is the best time to see wildlife.  Your camera is ready to go and you have layered your clothing to keep you warm.  Head into the bush and search for lions, elephant, giraffe and plains game.   Each turn will offer something unique – a lioness and her cubs, a herd of elephant moving to a waterhole, a cheetah stalking a gazelle.  Your morning game drive lasts about two hours, depending on what you see.  Return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast.  After breakfast, there is time to relax from being up at sunrise or now is the time to participate in any additional activities that the lodge may offer – such as walks, village visits, or bike rides. Lunch is usually served in camp/lodge, unless you are out for a full day’s game drive when they will have a picnic lunch.  You will head out again in the afternoon; searching for the special species that may have eluded you.  As the sun sets, return to camp for a hot shower. Then indulge in a delicious dinner and after-dinner drinks in the lounge. There may also be a chance to sit around the campfire exchanging tales of the bush. Everyone retires early with great anticipation of the next day’s adventure! When you are out on safari your schedule is flexible at most locations; however, some locations have set times for game drives or walks.  You can always talk with the hosts of the camps/lodge to adjust schedules and they will try to accommodate you.  The restriction will be to stay within park rules and travel times required to get you to your destination.  Your guides will always give their recommendations but are there to listen to your needs.

 

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