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6 Days Big Five Safari

Overview

The Big Five Safari is a short, value-for-money itinerary ideal for first timers or those with time constraints. You’ll get to visit the wilderness of Tsavo West followed by Amboseli, which is backed by Kilimanjaro. Then there’s the option to extend with a relaxing beach escape or further wildlife viewing – selected dates connect with our Taste of Tanzania itinerary to create an extensive Kenya & Tanzania Safari.

Itinerary (summary)

 Activities, Hotel & Meals
Day 1

Nairobi

  • On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a relaxing overnight stay
  • Overnight at Eka Hotel (or similar).
Day 2

Nairobi - Tsavo West National Park

  • Arrive in time for lunch with your group at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp
  • Dinner and overnight will be at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp or similar
Day 3
Tsavo West National Park
  • Head out on three game drives in historic Tsavo West
  • Dinner and overnight will be at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp or similar
Day 4

Tsavo West - Amboseli National Park

  • Leave Tsavo and head to Amboseli National Park
  • You’ll arrive at Ol Tukai Lodge in time for lunch
  • Dinner and overnight will be at Ol Tukai Lodge or similar
Day 5

Masai Mara Game Reserve

  • Head out on early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli
  • Dinner and overnight will be at Ol Tukai Lodge or similar
Day 6

Amboseli National Park - Nairobi

  • Depart Amboseli after breakfast and return to Nairobi
  • (End of tour)

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.

Dinner and overnight will be at Eka Hotel or similar.

Day 2: Nairobi - Tsavo West National Park

Set off to Tsavo West National Park, located in the Coast province in south-east Kenya. The landscape of Tsavo West is spectacularly varied, with semi-arid plains, open grasslands, dense woodlands, rocky outcrops and lava flows. The soil is rich and red in colour and this creates the illusion of magnificent red elephants – which are actually covered in dust from the soil. The park is also home to wildlife including rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, waterbuck, lesser kudu, giraffe and gerenuk. Arrive in time for lunch with your group at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp. Situated on a private sanctuary at the western edge of Tsavo, the camp sits on a secluded dam on the Sante River, which is home to crocodile and hippo. Stay in one of the 25 classic safari tents. Each canvas tent has a protective thatched roof, en-suite bathroom and deck overlooking the river. Tonight there’ll be a welcome dinner for you and your group. Approx. journey time: 6½ hours.

Dinner and overnight will be at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp or similar.

Day 3: Tsavo West National Park

Head out on three game drives in historic Tsavo West spotting its dust red elephants, and visit popular Mzima Springs – a series of pools fed by underground streams.

Dinner and overnight will be at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp or similar.

Day 4: Tsavo West - Amboseli National Park

Leave Tsavo and head to Amboseli National Park at the foot of snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. Located in the Rift Valley province of southern Kenya, close to the Tanzanian border, Amboseli has some of the most dramatic views of ‘Kili’ – more so even than in Tanzania. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular in many national parks, but here, over Mount Kilimanjaro, are some of the best. The park has a large concentration of wildlife, particularly in the dry season. There are over 1000 elephants, including some of the largest in Africa. As well as the huge herds, catch sight of buffalo and lions in the open savannah, rolling hills and swamplands. Other wildlife inhabiting the grasslands includes cheetah, rhino, waterbuck, zebra and warthog. Though largely dry and dusty, Amboseli is also home to swamplands, fed by underwater springs from the meltwaters of Mount Kilimanjaro. These lush green swamplands attract wallowing elephants and hippo, as well as buffalo and birdlife. More than 400 species of bird can be found, including the rare Taita falcon and the southern banded harrier eagle. You’ll arrive at Ol Tukai Lodge in time for lunch. Ol Tukai has one of the best spots inside Amboseli, backed by Mount Kilimanjaro. Monkeys and baboons roam the grounds and the rooms are chalet-style with wonderful views of the wetlands or Kilimanjaro. After refuelling and refreshing, enjoy an afternoon game drive in Amboseli, spotting some of its many elephants and perhaps catching sight of buffalo, lions and hippo in the open savannah and swamplands. Approx. journey time: 5½ hours.

Dinner and overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge or similar on full-board basis.

Day 5: Amboseli National Park

Today you’ll head out on early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli’s often arid plains. You will hopefully see buffalo and some of the big cats, with plenty of time to also enjoy the facilities at the lodge.

Dinner and overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge or similar on full-board basis.

Day 6: Amboseli National Park – Nairobi

Depart Amboseli after breakfast and return to Nairobi. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. In Nairobi you’ll have the option to enjoy the use of a day room until you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. Alternatively, we highly recommend that you extend your time in Africa.

(End of tour).

Included in tour:

  • Accommodation as per the above safari description
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary above
  • All transfers and transport, park fees, hotel accommodation
  • Game viewing activities as stated in the above tour/safari description
  • Service of an English speaking driver guide

Not included in tour:

  • Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • International flight
  • Visa entry into Kenya or Tanzania
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratitudes to safari staff

Accommodation for this Safari

  • Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp

    Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp

    Voyager Ziwani is located on a private sanctuary on the western edge of Tsavo, the camp sits on a secluded dam on the Sante River – home to turtles, crocodiles and hundreds of basking hippos.

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  • Ol Tukai Lodge

    Ol Tukai Lodge

    Ol Tukai Lodge is one of the best spots in the world to watch elephant with the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Enquirie about this safari

Destinations

Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West, Kenya

A herd of elephants at the Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West National Park is situated on Kenya's southern border with Tanzania, located about 200km south east of Nairobi. Combined with Tsavo East, this park forms one of the world's largest game sanctuaries. Tsavo West has a variety of landscapes, from swamps and natural springs to rocky peaks, extinct volcanic cones, to rolling plains and sharp reddish outcrops.

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Amboseli National Park

Amboseli, Kenya

A luxury lodge at Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is located in the south of Kenya, on the Tanzanian border, and is famous for its spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli has fantastic game viewing and is particularly well-known for its elephant population.

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