Tsavo West – Amboseli National Park – 3 Days Tour

Why choose Amboseli National Park? This amazing park provides some of the highest mountain peaks and some of the most breath taking animal sightings in Kenya. Providing five different habitats making it an agricultural diamond.

INTRODUCTION

“Home of the African Elephant”

Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands.  They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.

The Amboseli National Park covers 392 square kilometres or 151 square miles of an 8 000 square kilometres (3 100 square mile) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.

Although the local people are mainly Maasai, people from other parts of the country that were attracted by the tourist-driven economy and intensive agriculture along the system of swamps, have also settled there.

The area along the swamps is conducive to intensive agriculture and one of the best wildlife-viewing venues in the world with hundreds of bird species, including more than 40 raptor species and water birds like pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, and Hamerkop.

 

 

Wildlife of the park

The Amboseli National Park protected area is home to several species of animals, like the African bush elephant, Cape buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, spotted hyena, Masai giraffe, Grant’s zebra, and blue wildebeest. Many large and smaller bird species occur here too.

The park is famous for being one of the best places in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants. Other attractions of the park include views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world as well as the opportunity to get acquainted with the Maasai people by visiting a Maasai village.

Amboseli was the home of Echo, possibly the most researched elephant in the world, and the subject of many documentaries and books. She was followed by American conservationist Dr Cynthia Moss for almost four decades until she (Echo) died in 2009 when she was about 60 years old.

The Amboseli vegetation is sparse due to the long and dry months, hence offering some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife. Due to its popularity as game viewing venue, the park has imposed several strict rules to protect its wildlife.

Visitors may not leave their vehicles, except at designated spots and they may not harass the animals in any way. Vehicles should always keep to the tracks and no off-road driving is allowed. Animals must always be given the right of way.

 

Overview of Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park is the largest park in Kenya and consists of two separate parks, Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Altogether, Tsavo measures 21,000 square kilometers. The park is located between the cities of Mombasa and Nairobi and straddles the highway used to travel from one to the other. Tsavo National Park is known for its abundance of wildlife as well as a variety of geological features such as Mudanda Rock and Lugard Falls. Because Mudanda Rock towers over a natural dam, it is a good place to see elephants and other park inhabitants in the dry season. Other important features include the Yatta Plateau and the Aruba Dam.

Tsavo is a Maasai word, which means ‘river’ and is the largest game reserve in Kenya. The park is divided into two main national parks, namely Tsavo West and Tsavo East and it stretches all the way to the Tanzanian border. This is one of the largest parks in the world as it is estimated to be 2.5 times larger than the Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Tsavo covers a cast land that is approximately 12,000 square kilometers. This is believed to be one of the prehistoric sites, as there have been fossils that have been found and used as evidence of the existence of human beings in the Stone Age.

Tsavo Wildlife

Both Tsavo West and Tsavo East provide park guests with the opportunity to view a diverse collection of wildlife. Tsavo East is many times larger than the Maasai mara National Reserve. This park is famous for its huge herds of elephants covered in red dust. You will also have the opportunity to see crocodiles, Cape buffalo, and lions. The park is home to a heavily monitored breeding population of black rhinos. Rangers monitor the rhinos and track them through the bush to keep them safe from poachers. Bird enthusiasts should note that Tsavo East is home to over 500 species including hornbills.

Tsavo West is about half the size of its sister park but offers much more variation in its terrain. Its grasslands, shrublands, and woodlands are home to some of the same species found in Tsavo East like lions, Cape buffalo and elephants, but guests can also get views of cheetahs and hartebeest. It is not unusual to see tortoises plodding along the roadside or giraffes nibbling at treetops. The varied landscape provides protection to several different endangered species such as Cosen’s gerbil. Bird species in Tsavo West include the corncrake and the Basra Reed Warblers, both of which are threatened.

Tsavo National park is home to the Tsavo Lions. Tsavo lions look slightly different from the ordinary Masai lions. The males have smaller manes. This might be because the weather in Tsavo is hot and huge manes like those of the Maasai Mara lions would only bring unnecessary warmth to the animals.

The Tsavo lions came to light after two male lions terrorized railway workers in the late 1890s. The two Tsavo lions later came to be known as the man-eaters of Tsavo.

Many species of wildlife are found in this national reserve since it is quite vast and has the ability to accommodate a wide variety of animals. All the common animals like the big five and the small five are found in the reserve. There are other unusual animals also found in this area like white-tailed mongoose, Aardwolf, and the large spotted Genet among others. There are over 500 different species of birds that have been recorded in this game reserve. Anyone who is interested in enjoying the rich diversity of Kenya should ensure that they visit these two national park

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Tsavo National park is home to the Tsavo Lions. Tsavo lions look slightly different from the ordinary Masai lions. The males have smaller manes. This might be because the weather in Tsavo is hot and huge manes like those of the Masai Mara lions would only bring unnecessary warmth to the animals.

The Tsavo lions came to light after two male lions terrorized railway workers in the late 1890s. The two Tsavo lions later came to be known as the man-eaters of Tsavo.

in the United States. Tsavo covers a cast land that is approximately 12,000 square kilometers. This is believed to be one of the prehistoric sites, as there have been fossils that have been found and used as evidence of the existence of human beings in the Stone Age.

Tsavo National park is home to the Tsavo Lions. Tsavo lions look slightly different from the ordinary Masai lions. The males have smaller manes. This might be because the weather in Tsavo is hot and huge manes like those of the Masai Mara lions would only bring unnecessary warmth to the animals.

The Tsavo lions came to light after two male lions terrorized railway workers in the late 1890s. The two Tsavo lions later came to be known as the man-eaters of Tsavo.

BRIEF ITINERARY -TSAVO WEST -AMBOSELI -03 DAYS TOUR

Day 1-Pick up from the hotel at 0600hrs and drive straight on the Mombasa -Nairobi high way.

Explore the Giriama villages on the outskirts of Mombasa with school going children darting from One side of the road to the other.

Arrive at the Tsavo River main gate (right opposite the man eaters point)- at 1000hrs  and check in ready for a first game drive.

 

Tsavo West and East are so named because of the High way and the Railway line constructed

by the British in the early 1890s.This line cuts the park right in the middle with the  Eastern part being the largest from the two.

Tsavo West is well known for the Red Elephants  and the beautiful sceneries including  Mzima springs and the famous shetani lava, a product of the volcanic activities  ranging back to over 3000 years ago.

 

Arrive at the Budget camp in the park for check in and lunch before you snooze out at the main bar.

 

Start your evening game drive at 1600hrs and explore the park intensively seeing lots of birds, antelopes,giraffes,elephants and Hyenas.

Get back to the camp for  dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2-After breakfast, get back to the safari van with your luggage and do a game enroute as you drive western towards Chyulu gate.

 

Check out at 0900hrs and drive through the  Maasai villages towards Kilimanjaro .

Arrive at your booked camp in the Amboseli at noon for  check in and lunch.

At 1600hrs jump back to the tour van and Enjoy the magical Amboseli with her Flora and Fauna.

Remember to catch a glimpse of the Biggest Elephant Herd with Kilimanjaro on the back ground.

Amboseli -means salty durst,here the Elephants patrol the streets undisturbed  by the  Thomson Gazelles and the black backed jackals.

As the sun sets, get a photograph of the Umbrella Acacia tree again with the Elephants  and

kilimanjaro on the back ground as you drive back to the camp for diner and overnight.

 

Day 3-Depart the camp after your breakfast, do a morning game drive before driving southern, first towards Kilimanjaro then

turn around to the Maasai villages .The locals grow lots of maize, tomatoes and potatoes.

Explore the villages and feel free to stop over and chit chat with the locals.

Drive via Taita Taveta -Voi road and connect with the Mombasa -Nairobi high way.

Stop over at Voi for a drink and lunch (LUNCH EXTRA)

Reach the beach hotel at 1800hrs.

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Package Inclusion

Park entry fees

All game drives. (Transport)

Water during the game drive-one bottle per person per day

Full board accommodation.

Package Exclusion

Tips

Extra lunch

Village visits fees