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Kenya Bush and Beach Safari

KENYA BUSH AND BEACH SAFARI

Trip duration

12 days/ 11 nights

The Kenya Bush and Beach Safari can be combined with our Masai Mara Wildlife Safari.

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KENYA – NAIROBI; THE AFRICAN SAFARI CAPITAL

Our Kenya Bush and Beach Safari will start in Kenya’s tourism capital, Nairobi. We shall arrive via the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where our Tour Leader will be ready to receive us and kick start our journey. We shall then head to our hotel in Nairobi, where we shall check in.

On this day, if we have an early arrival, we may explore local attractions around Nairobi. The city has a national park at its edge, making it one of the most special conservation cities globally. Otherwise, we can relax and enjoy the nice Nairobi weather from our lodge; preparing for the Kenya Bush and Beach Safari.

Night in Nairobi.

DAY 2 AND 3: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK – MT. KILIMANJARO

You will then head South to Amboseli National Park, where the Kenya Bush and Beach Safari continues. This amazing place is regarded as one of Kenya’s Premium Parks, and is located at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro – a popular site for our Kenya Bush and Beach Safaris.

The park is graced by mighty Savannah Elephants, and hosts the longest and most famous elephant research program in the entire World. The mammals here are great indeed including African Lions, Blue Wildebeest, Thompson’s Gazelle, Grant’s Gazelle, Yellow Baboon, Spotted Hyena, Silver-backed Jackal and Maasai Giraffe.

The local birds are great and we shall be hoping to enjoy many species such as African Fish Eagle, Lesser Flamingo and Hartlaub’s Bustard.

Nights in Amboseli.

DAY 4 AND 5: TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK – LAND OF LAVA AND SPRINGS

Our next destination on the Kenya Bush and Beach Safari will be the vast Tsavo West National Park. Here we shall enjoy game drives with our guide, seeking the local wildlife and learning about this spectacular destination. We shall enjoy the volcanic landforms here, including the scenic Shetani Lava- an ancient lava flow that originated from the nearby Chyulu Hills. We shall also visit the Mzima Springs, a superb wetland where game viewing can be done on foot.

There will be great mammals to look forward to, including African Lions, Nile Hippos, Leopards, Savannah Elephants, Lesser Kudu and Cheetah. Birds to expect include Golden-breasted Starling, Tawny Eagle and Eastern Paradise Whydah. We shall also visit the beautiful Ngulia Valley Rhino Sanctuary; where we shall get to search for Black Rhinos. The rhino experience is a highlight of our Kenya Bush and Beach Safaris. The local Baobab trees will illuminate our journey through this great place.

Nights in Tsavo West.

DAY 6 AND 7: TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK – THEATRE OF THE WILD

Our Kenya Bush and Beach Safari continues, as we head to the amazing Tsavo East National Park. This is the largest national park in Kenya, occupying an area of 13,747 square kilometres. The park is bathed by the massive Athi-Galana-Sabaki River, which serves as the lifeline of this great park. This amazing park is often nick-named “Theatre of the Wild”. It is indeed an amazing place and the local wildlife is often easy to see because of the open nature of this savannah.

We shall enjoy game drives here looking for mammals such as Cheetah, African Lion, Leopard, Savannah Elephant, Gerenuk, African Buffalo, Fringe-eared Oryx and Tana Gazelle. Due to the local geology, most parts of the park are covered in red soil. This often covers the fur of the local animals making them appear red. The local elephants are in fact nicknamed “red elephants’. Along the fringes of the local rivers and swampy ponds, we may be lucky to find Nile Hippos and Nile Crocodiles competing for wetland dominance.

The park is also amazing with its birdlife; and we can expect spectacular species such as Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Von der Decken’s Hornbill and Red-and-yellow Barbet. The local Baobab trees will illuminate our journey through this great place.

You will also visit the beautiful Lugard Falls, located within the park – a great site for Nile Crocodiles. This is a series of white water rapids, along the Galana River, named after Frederick Lugard. Another amazing feature of this great place is the 300 kilomtere long Yatta Plateau- the longest lava flow in the entire World.

Nights in Tsavo East.

DAY 8, 9, 10 AND 11: INDIAN OCEAN COAST – WATAMU AND MALINDI

For the next days of the Kenya Bush and Beach Safari, you will enjoy a relaxed holiday at the scenic Indian Ocean beach. You can enjoy water sports, diving, snorkeling, boat ride, sunbathing and swimming along the vast Indian Ocean. This is a highlight on our Kenya Bush and Beach Safari; and allows a perfect location to relax and unwind.

You can also choose to add some extra activities during your stay at the coast. Our safari team will work with you to help you choose the additional activities that best suit your hobbies. Optional activities that you can enjoy outside your hotel include:-

  1. A birding trip with a local expert at Mida Creek, Sabaki River or Arabuko Sokoke Forest
  2. A birding trip to the beautiful Whale Island
  3. A visit to the Gede Ruins Museum
  4. A visit to the Vasco-da-Gama Pillar
  5. A day trip to Watamu Marine Park and Reserve; inside a glass-bottomed boat
  6. A day trip to Malindi Marine Park and Reserve; inside a glass-bottomed boat
  7. A visit to the BioKen Snake Park
  8. A visit to the Kipepeo Butterfly House
  9. A town tour of the Watamu township
  10. A town tour of the Malindi township
  11. A visit to Magarini Cultural Centre

Nights in Watamu or Malindi.

DAY 12: TO NAIROBI

On this day, you will enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel. You will then be transferred to the local airport for a domestic flight to Nairobi.

On arrival, you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for the international flight home; marking the end to our Kenya Bush and Beach Safari.

 

 

Highlight mammals and others

Leopard, Cheetah, African Lion, Cape Buffalo, Maasai Giraffe, Savannah Elephant, Black Rhino, Nile Crocodile, Nile Hippo, Lesser Kudu

Habitats covered

Savannah, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland, Coastal Beach

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Indian Ocean Coast, African Big 5, Mt. Kilimanjaro views, Baobab Trees