3 Days Amboseli and Tsavo West National Park
lodge safari holiday
Amboseli National Park is Kenya’s first established game park and the word ‘Amboseli’ is the Masai word for “salt dust”. It is situated on the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro very close to the Tanzanian border. With the majestic backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro, spectacular displays of wildlife (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, and buffalo) and various plains' game, postcard perfect pictures are almost always guaranteed. At nearly 22,000 sq km, Tsavo is the biggest national park in Kenya and has large populations of elephants, zebras,
hippos, leopards and birds.
Day 1 – Amboseli National Park
We depart Nairobi in the morning and drive south through Masai country to the plains below Mt. Kilimanjaro where Amboseli is situated. After a stopover lunch at the lodge we proceed into the scenic Amboseli National Park for a game drive returning to the lodge in the evening for a sun downer.
Despite its small size (392 sq km), this fragile ecosystem supports a wide range of mammals (well over 50 of the larger species) and birds (over 400 species).
The waters from Mt. Kilimanjaro drain down the mountain under lava flows and surface in Amboseli, creating a green belt of swampland amidst dusty plains. Amboseli lacks the profusion of animal species found in the Mara, but the landscape provides limited cover so we have better chances of seeing some of the larger predators.
Elephant, buffaloes, lions, gazelles, cheetahs, wildebeest, hyenas, jackals, warthogs, Masai Giraffes, zebra, baboon, and waterbuck are all present in the park.
Day 2 – Tsavo West National Park
We drive early to Tsavo West National Park and a stop-over is made at Mzima Springs, the source of most of Mombasa’s fresh water; you can walk down to an underwater observation chamber where it is literally possible to watch hippo or crocodile swim along the floor of this crystal clear spring. Tsavo is particularly famous for its large herds of elephants. Back at the lodge we enjoy a sun downer, dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Day 3 - Tsavo/Nairobi
An early morning game drive permits further exploration of this great park followed by breakfast. We then depart for Nairobi arriving in the afternoon