This safari is rich in contrasts and focuses on the discovery of off-the-beaten track, traversing unspoiled wild places in southern Kenya, combining animal safaris and encounters with the local population to the wild coast of the Indian Ocean.
Programme and Itinerary
If the driving time appears long, we take into account the frequent stops, passage through villages and different terrains. Please note that the landscape is extremely varied and changing.
Day 1 : Nairobi – Selenkay
(2 ½ hours’ drive)
Meet & Greet at Nairobi International Airport in the morning hours and depart heading in the direction of Selenkay which is in the real heart of Maasai Amboseli country. Arrive and check-in for lunch at Selenkay Camp, a small permanent tented camp. The camp is tucked away from all touristic areas and is fully managed by the local Maasai community, they thus benefit directly from the tourism revenue. It features a clean drinking water supply, employs and trains the local Maasai who didn’t have a chance to have a formal education. The camp comprises of two spacious, very well equipped family tents featuring solar lighting, mosquito net draped beds and a bathroom. At Selenkay Camp, you are hosted on an exclusive basis thus enjoying a serene and tranquil atmosphere of freshness right in the middle of a semi-arid wooded savanna. Embark on a walk in the afternoon guided by the Maasai in the surrounding savanna all the while tracking animals, you will be introduced to Maasai herbal medicine, Maasai traditional huts… Make your way back at sunset, enjoy dinner and thereafter have a discussion around the campfire on the subject of Maasai culture with Leonard, the camps founder.
Kenya safari Taita Tsavo
Kenya Safari Selenkay Maasai Camp
Mbuyu Beach Cottage Kenya
Day 2: Selenkay - Amboseli
(2 hours' drive)
Depart after breakfast heading in the direction of Mount Kilimanjaro, taking a beautiful murram road, criss-crossing hills punctuated with acacia trees and termite hills. You can already make out the imposing form of Mount Kilimanjaro in the horizon, whose summit at 5896 m altitude seems to be hung in the clouds. The animals are increasingly numerous on the trail leading to Amboseli. Arrive at Amboseli National Park that extends to the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro as vast marshy plains fed continuously by underground seepage from Kilimanjaro’s snowmelt where vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo, antelopes and elephants gather. Check in and enjoy lunch in one of the guest houses in the park. The guest house faces Mount Kilimanjaro. In the afternoon, depart for a safari in the park driving along the winding Enkongo marsh that is permanently fed by underground seepage from the snowmelt of Mount Kilimanjaro where herds of elephants concentrate, crossing to the edge of the Ol Tukai palm forest, a lions’ hide-out, where they bait for prey. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Amboseli -Tsavo West National Park
(2 hours' drive)
After breakfast, drive to Tsavo West National Park. Arrive in Tsavo West for a leisurely walk lasting around 2 and a half hours on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills, a chain of volcanic hills that were formed after a recent eruption that dates only 500 years ago. From the excursion, depart for the "Shetani lava flow” at about 1000 meters of altitude all the way to the summit of a small volcano bearing the same name culminating at 1500 meters. Enjoy a picnic lunch then return to the vehicle for an exploration of the park all afternoon, doing a game drive in search of the park’s wildlife. Arrive at Kitani just before sunset, an area tucked away from the park to settle in your cottage. Dinner with the team and overnight.
Day 4: Tsavo West National Park
This day is dedicated to the exploration of Tsavo West National Park, one of the wildest parks in Kenya. Visit the famous Mzima Springs; a resurgence of crystal clear waters, filtered by Tsavo’s volcanic rocks, forming pools inhabited by hippos and crocodiles, then explore the Poacher's Look out site on foot to admire the panoramic views and the sun setting over the Chyulu Hills and Mount Kilimanjaro. Return to Kitani cottage for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Tsavo West- Lake Jipe
(2 hours' drive)
Embark on a game drive at sunrise on board the vehicle in search for Tsavo West animals. Depart after breakfast for Lake Jipe, a wild and little-visited area extending to Tanzania with the Pare Mountains as a backdrop. Arrive and check in for lunch at the parks’ hut bungalows on the very shores of the lake. The shores of Lake Jipe team up with birds of all kinds and colors and elephant herds have the habit of coming here to drink water. Depart to the park for a game drive in search of animals at the end of the afternoon. Drive back to the bungalows for dinner around a campfire. Overnight spent in the middle of nowhere.
Day 6: Lake Jipe -Taita Hills Sanctuary
(3 hours’ drive)
Depart at dawn for a game drive in search of animals by vehicle on the shores of the lake. Return for breakfast and then depart again for a one-hour canoe trip on the lake in search of hippos. Depart at the end of the morning for Kasigau hill, crossing the southern part of Tsavo West National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way to arrive at the foot of the Kasigau rock in the late afternoon, in a thorny semi-arid savanna. The summit of the rock is covered with a primary forest and is part of the Taita Hills, a remnant of an ancient escarpment resulting from the formation of the Great Rift Valley, dating about 20 million years ago. Arrive and check in at Kivuli Camp in the evening, a hut camp in the heart of the Rukinga sanctuary which is inhabited by elephants, buffalos, antelopes, lions, cheetahs. The Camp is part of the Taita Discovery Center, an organization helping local people manage conflicts with wildlife. Dinner and overnight at Camp.
Day 7: Taita- Chalani Coastal Village
(3 hours' drive)
Depart after breakfast for the coast on a trail that passes through the Taita savanna, an animal migration corridor (elephants, buffaloes and antelopes) between the Tsavo National Park and Tanzania. This vast territory is also inhabited by Taita pastoralists, who are obliged to cohabit with some sort of difficulty with an ever present wildlife. The track leads to the main road from Nairobi to Mombasa, heading in direction of Kaloleni, which presents a radical change of scenery; hills planted with coconut trees, enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. Arrival at the Chalani Giriama village, welcomed by the local people who showcase to us the local customs and their ceremonial dances under the rhythm of traditional music. Visit of the school and enjoy an encounter with the kids of the village. A traditional dinner under the coconut trees is served in the company of the villagers, around the fire and under the coconut trees. You then retire to the camp to sleep under the African starry night.
Day 8: Chalani- Mombasa South Coast
(3 hours' drive)
Depart after breakfast in the direction of Mombasa coastal hinterland passing through the Shimba hills tropical forest which is home to a large population of elephants. Arrive at Diani beach for a lunch that includes fish with the whole team. Transfer in the late afternoon to Mbuyu Beach Bungalows, a small paradise tucked out of reach of mass tourism on a beautiful white sandy beach on the south coast of Mombasa.
Day 9 & 10: Mombasa South Coast
Days spent at leisure at Mbuyu Beach Bungalows on Half Board basis.
Day 11: Beach and Return
(1 hour transfer duration and 1 hour flight)
Transfer to Ukunda in the afternoon for a direct connecting flight to Nairobi International Airport. Check in for your overnight return flight.
|Base 2 people||2700 USD per person|
|Base 4 people||2090 USD per person|
|Base 6 people||1830 USD per person|
- Meet & Greet and transfers at airports
- Private and personalized services
- All park entry fees for unlimited guided game drives in the parks and reserves
- Full Board in cottage, guest accommodation, dome camping tents with mattress and sleeping bags at Chalani
- Professional cook
- Bottled mineral water
- “Flying Doctors" Evacuation insurance in case of accident or illness
- The International Flight to Nairobi
- Beverages other than mineral water
- Your personal medical and repatriation insurance
- Visa Fees 40 Euros
- The flight from the Coast to Nairobi if needed. (We can arrange this)