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5 Days Safari tour itinerary for Nairobi, Tsavo East National Park & Tsavo West National Park: Track The Big Five In Kenya

Nairobi, Tsavo East National Park, Tsavo West National Park

Safari Tour
Photography Tour
Wildlife Tour

Indulge in game viewing in Tsavo East and West which are one of the largest and most popular parks in Kenya. You will also be visiting Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, a wildlife corridor between the two national parks, for its animals and birdlife. 

DAY 01

Nairobi -Tsavo East National Park

  • Upon arrival at JKIAirport (NBO), meet for a tour briefing as your Kenya tour guide finalise all underlying issue. Also, a time to get clarification of any problem that may haven't been clearly understood, so you can proceed as one team, with everyone involved and fully aware of what to do.

  • After settling all outstanding issues, set off on a 3 to 4 hrs journey to Voi Town. 

  • Drive along Mombasa- Nairobi highway for 320 km with stopovers for coffee along the busy highway. 

  • Upon arrival at Voi town, proceed for a short drive to the Park to Tsavo East Park gate (the largest park in Kenya which covers an area of 13,747 km2) to where you would have access to the Tsavo east park gate at dawn. 

  • With a requested early check-in, you will catch up some sleep, afterwards wake up for full a breakfast at 0900hrs. Alternatively, depending with you, after a long flight and a long drive, you will advise if you can embark for a 6 am morning game drive, an ideal moment for introductory game watching, when the animals are active, and easy to spot the big game hunting.

  • Return to the lodge for full breakfast and to have a much-needed sleep and rest from fatigue after a long hours drive and flight. You will have time to have an uninterrupted sleep and wake up in time for lunch at 13:30hrs. 

  • After some rest, embark for an extensive exploration of Tsavo East National Park, with its abundant wildlife t natural scenery, even to the Aruba Dam (a water hole where animals come to drink water). Physical attractions include Tsavo River, Yatta Plateau which is 300 sq km, Mdanda Rock, Lugard Falls, Voi seasonal River and Aruba Dam. You also have a chance to see animals like red elephants, rhinos, leopards, cheetah, and giraffes, among others. 

  • Proceed with the game drive till 6.30 pm when you are back to the lodge for dinner and overnight with an opportunity to watch animals at the comfort of your cosy room and at restaurants or over a campfire to sit back, dine and unwind as you take stock of the days moments. 

Dinner and overnight to Voi Safari Lodge Or Voi Wildlife Lodge 

Meal Plan. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 02

Tsavo East - Taita Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.

Taita Hills Game Lodge includes Big Cats, the Big Five (buffalo, lion, elephant, leopard and rhino) and just about everything in between. 

  • After an early breakfast, drive to Tsavo East National Park. The park covers approximately 40 per cent of the total of Kenya’s national parks. Its dramatic view of the Mudanda rock and Yatta plateau, the world’s largest lava flow makes it a popular destination. Tsavo and Athi river unite to form the remarkably Lugard’s falls. The park is home of the Red Elephant and other wildlife and birdlife. 

  • Have game en-route as you head for exit through Buchuma Gate, for a short drive to Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Arrive in time for lunch and check-in at Taita Hills Game Lodge, where you will reside for the lest of your stay in this Magnificent wildlife haven. This Sanctuary forms a vital wildlife corridor between the two major national parks Tsavo East, and Tsavo West; it's a major migration route for the more than 12 000 elephants that live in the two national parks. The parks form one of the largest conservation areas on Earth and are home to the Big Five, namely Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. This Sanctuary is a privately owned located in Taita-Taveta in the south-west region of Kenya. 

  • After lunch and restful moments in this Game Lodge, one of the Kenya flagship lodge, you will embark on an introductory game drive around the conservancy, exploring extensively as you familiarise yourself with the surrounding. The game search will take you, till sun-downer, where you will drive back, to dine and unwind, having now settled in this sanctuary and the lodge, becoming part of it as you enjoy.

Enjoy dinner and silent night sleep. 

Meal Plan. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 03

Taita Hill wildlife Sanctuary

  • After a hearty breakfast at your lodge, depart for a day-long game searching in the heart of Taita Hills Game Sanctuary with lunch breaks at Taita Hills Game Lodge or its partner Sarova Salt-lick Game Lodge. Both lodges have spectacular open views as you enjoy your lunchtime meal. 

  • After lunch, continue to explore the Wildlife Sanctuary on a game drive. Scenic sights include landscape while wildlife includes Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, cheetah, Masai giraffe, zebra, etc. The sanctuary also has a great diversity of birdlife as it borders Tsavo West National Park. It is majorly savanna with some few areas covered with bushes and thicket. As the name suggests, the sanctuary offers panoramic views of the neighbouring Taita hills, an ideal location for a photographic tour for nature lovers, including guided walks and a visit to a local and authentic tribal village. 

  • After lunch, proceed for a game drive in the sanctuary until sunset.

  • During the afternoon game drive, you have high chances of spotting the lions, cheetah, baboons, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffalo and other games etc.that roam wild and free in this park.

  • Return at sunset, for dinner and overnight stay at Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge. 

Meal Plan. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 04

Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary - Tsavo west

  • Early in the morning served with a cup of tea or coffee, embark on a dawn game drive in search of wild games, with chances to witness Lions, Cheetah, leopards hunting their prey. An excellent game watching moment that will take the better part of early hours, then return to the lodge for a full breakfast.

  • Check out from the lodge, with en-route game watching, exit Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary for neighbouring Tsavo West National Park. Tsavo West lies on the West of the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway, equidistant from Mombasa and Nairobi. The emerald hills, liquid lava flows, palm-fringed rivers, teeming wildlife and sparkling oases set against the unforgettable cloud –shadowed African Savannah. Cutting across the Vast park or accessing it through Voi Or Mtitu Andei Gates, that will depend on nature of the Road, with an en-route game drive.

  • Arrive at the lodge for lunch and check-in. 

  • Sit back and relax at this magnificent lodges overlooking wildlife watering and salt-lick area. 

  • Depart at 1400.hrs, and you will cross dramatic volcanic formations at Shaitani Lava flow, after the visit at this picturesque scene of lava formations. Emerald hills, liquid lava flows, palm-fringed rivers, teeming wildlife and sparkling oases set against the unforgettable cloud –shadowed African Savannah.

  • At the north of the park, water that has filtered underground from the Chyulu Hills gushes from below a lava ridge into a series of clear pools. You have an opportunity to view animals underwater through a glasshouse.  The scenic volcanic arena from the ‘Shetani’ Lava flow which is Swahili for ‘Devil’ and the Chaimu Crater, Lake Jipe, ridges, volcanic ash cones and rocky outcrops forms scenery like no other. Game viewing here is magnificent with herds of dust-red elephants, fat pods of hippo, giant crocodile, and teeming herds of plain game, a fantasia of birdlife and some magical flora. 

  • Proceed for an afternoon game viewing till evening. 

Dinner and Overnight at Kilaguni Lodge Or Ngulia Safari Lodged, where you can watch animals coming at the watering point at the comfort of your room and from the restaurant.

DAY 05

Tsavo West - Nairobi

  • Early morning breakfast in search of wild games until 0900.hrs.

  • Return to the lodge for full breakfast. 

  • Prepare for Check-out from the Lodge; then proceed on with your last game drive in Tsavo West. 

  • At the north of the park, visit the Mzima water springs; water that has filtered underground from the Chyulu Hills gushes from below a lava ridge into a series of clear pools. You have an opportunity to view animals underwater through a glass.

  • As you prepare to exit Tsavo West, the tour shall not be complete without being taken on an elevated point to see Mount Kilimanjaro from a distance. Chyulu hills are clearly seen nearby and other scenic valleys. 

  • At midday, begin a 3 hrs journey to Nairobi with the lunch served en-route or in Nairobi depending with time. 

  • Arrival in Nairobi mid-afternoon 1500.hrs. A time that's ideal for some shopping of handicrafts and others, to take with you back home. 

  • At 1830.hrs, have your farewell dinner at one of the restaurants in Nairobi, of your choice. 

  • Later, be transferred to JKI Airpot for your flight to home or your next destination, having successfully completed your 5 Days Tour in Kenya. 

  • 1647 USD Per Adult (* All inclusive Game Lodges Packages)
  • Extensive game drives in the park.

  • Pre-tour itinerary document.

  • All meals included while on safari (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) and on full board basis.

  • All applicable game park entrance fees and taxes. 

  • All transport by use of the medium 4x4 off-road vehicle.

  • Safari vehicles equipped with a cooling box to carry cold drinks and mineral water.

  • Finest accommodations in Game Lodge as per the agreed list of 5 Lodges.

  • Round trip transport from Nairobi to Game Reserves and transfer to the airports.

  • Guaranteed departures for all persons booking this Safari.

  • Professional Kenya safari guide/driver.

  • International Airfare and domestic flight not factored on the itinerary.

  • Meals and beverages, not part of the main three 3 Course Meal per day.

  • A visit to local villages and communities, what gifts one-way desire to give. 

  • Other activities and excursions deviating for the main itinerary.

  • Accommodations in Nairobi if applicable.

  • Cost of obtaining a passport and visas

  • Gratuity for your professional driver guide and other supporting staffs.

  • Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner

  • Gratuity for Porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps and airports

  • Membership of Flying Doctors Society 

  • Emergency air rescue

  • Optional Hot Air Ballooning flight (cost per person is 470 US Dollars),

  • Nature walks, Night Game Drives etc-Personal expenses such travelling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated.

  • All-inclusive package, with no hidden cost or surprise charges. One time payment for the entire duration as detailed in the itinerary.

  • Tracking the Big Game adventure at Tsavo East, Taita hills wildlife sanctuary, Tsavo West, wildlife safari, tracking the Big fives, the big cats tour. 

Nairobi, Tsavo East National Park, Tsavo West National Park

Safari Tour
Photography Tour
Wildlife Tour

Contributed By

Nicholas Ndegwa

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