From ZumZum Beachhouse to Tsavo West
You will be picked up early in the morning from the Zum Zum Beachhouse to depart for Tsavo West, located around 220 km away.
What can you expect during the drive?
This trip will be everything but dull, because the four-hour drive will take you through fascinating villages inhabited by the local Mijikenda tribe, as well as Masai and Taita tribes.
You will be astonished by the local flora that changes the closer you get to Tsavo East.
The Taita Hills will appear as you approach Tsavo West, located on the Yatta Plateau, the world’s longest lava flow.
Before you enter the nature reserve to start on a wildlife safari, there is time for a short break.
Lunch will be served upon arrival at the accommodation of your choice.
Dreaming of the big 5...
Get out your binoculars and cameras for a unique opportunity to spot elephants, hippos, lions, leopards, buffaloes and various species of plants and birds, including the endangered corncrake and the almost endangered Basra reed warbler.
Bron van Mzima in Tsavo West
Apart from stunning views of the fascinating steppe you will also encounter volcanoes and lava flows in Tsavo West. A brief safari on foot at the source of Mzima with an armed ranger is also included in the programme. This walk takes you to the hippos and an aquarium where you can admire Nile crocodiles as well as various species of fish, including the tilapia and the black sea bass.
This is also where part of the film Out of Africa was shot.
At 6.30 PM we will return to the lodge for dinner and a breath-taking overnight stay.
From Tsavo West National Park to Amboseli National Park
After an early breakfast, you will depart on a wildlife safari. We will leave Tsavo West for a trip to Amboseli that will take around 3 hours, with a brief stop at Shetani lava – the most recent lava flow in the area!
Lunch will be waiting for your chosen accommodation in Amboseli. After lunch you will have a few hours to unwind before the evening safari which starts at 3:30 PM.
On the top of...
The observation hill offers a magnificent view over the entire nature reserve.
Many elephants, buffalo, hippos and numerous species of water birds, such as pelicans and Egyptian geese, all live at the foot of the hill.
Leopards, wild dogs, giraffes, zebras, lions, crocodiles, mongeese, hyraxes, dik-diks, lesser kudus and more than 600 species of birds often show themselves here as well.
What's in a name?
Amboseli is the Masai word for ‘salt dust’.
During the dry season, the Amboseli lake dries up and when the wind blows and the dust whirls up it leaves a salty taste behind.
Amboseli National Park spans approximately 390 square kilometres and consists mainly of swamps. Large herds of elephants live here. These elephants migrate between the swamps and the highest mountain in Africa, the Kilimanjaro (5894m).
At around 6:30 PM you will return to the lodge for dinner and to spend the night.
Amboseli National Parc to Tsavo East National Parc
After breakfast you will depart on another wildlife safari, after which you will leave Amboseli National Park for a four-hour journey to Tsavo East.
The Big 5 in Tsavo East
Here too, you will have a wonderful opportunity to admire a wide range of wildlife: lions, leopards, zebras, giraffes, Savannah cats, antelopes, kudus, oryxes, impalas, hyenas, gazelles, buffaloes and elephants whose hide has been reddened from the dust.
Birds, birds and more birds: did you know that you can spot more than 500 species of birds here, even ostriches? Many migratory species of birds also stop here.
Not only that, Tsavo East is also home to the largest elephant herds in Kenya. The hide of the elephants (and that of many other animals in the park) is red because of the red dust with which they cover themselves to protect themselves from insects.
"Maneaters" of Tsavo
The lions of Tsavo owe their name to the book and film The Maneaters of Tsavo, in which several railway workers in the last century were devoured by lions. The lions, who only attacked humans because the poor condition of their teeth made it impossible for them to eat buffalo or gazelles, ended up being shot. Otherwise, man would never have become their prey.
Lunch will be served at the safari lodge or camp of your choice.
After this, you will be able to rest until 4 PM, when the evening safari starts until 6:30 PM. Dinner will be served at your accommodation, where you will enjoy a good night’s rest.
Tsavo East National Parc to ZumZum beachhouse
Your day will start immediately with another wildlife safari.
It is then that you will have a good chance of spotting nocturnal animals before they return to their hiding places.
This will be followed by breakfast before you return to the ZumZum Beachhouse.
- Safari in an exclusive private safari 4×4 Land Cruiser
- Driver/guide with at least eight years of experience
- Unlimited water, Coca-Cola, Fanta or Sprite in the safari 4×4
- Safari checklist
- Overnight accommodations according to the programme
- All meals while you are on safari, starting with lunch on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day
- Tickets to the wildlife reserves
- Tourist tax
- Drinks at the lodges and camps during your safari
- Optional activities (not included in the programme as a standard)
- Visit to a Masai village: $15 per person