Kenya Budget Camping Safari Over View
Both Tsavo West & Tsavo East are the biggest parks in Kenya separated by the Nairobi - Mombasa highway. Both parks have plenty of wildlife and abundant bird life. Other attractions include mzima springs, five sister hills, shetan lava flow, luggard falls, Aruba Dam, Yatta Plateau and Mudanda Rock.
Amboseli is commonly reffered to as "Kilimanjaro royal court". The Park is famous for its big game, such as lions, cheetahs, baboons and large elephant herds that traverse the savannahs in search of watering holes or feeding grounds. The park also offers amazing view of Mt Kilimanjaro peaks which are visible early morning on a clear day.
The wildlife tour starts from Mombassa and takes a duration of five days spending the nights in a public campsite, banda or a budget hotel. The tour can be done in a group(joining safaris) subject to availability or a private tour. The safari may start from Mombasa City, Nyali beach, Malindi beach, Tiwi beach, Mombasa Port, Shanzu beach, Kilifi beach, Galu beach, Bamburi beach, Msambweni beach or Diani beach.
Five Days Tsavo West, Amboseli & Tsavo East Camping Safari
Day One: Mombassa - Tsavo West N/P
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will introduoce you to your safari guide and other members of the tour. You will be driven to Tsavo West breakfast en route arriving camp in time for lunch. You will be assisted to pitch tent while the cook prepeares lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure and later go for the evening game drive. Tsavo west which is also known as "Land of lava, Man eaters & Springs" is famous for the man eating lions that preyed on workers building the railway line to Uganda. Tsavo is equivalent in size to Israel covering 4% of Kenya land mass. Mzima springs a wet land is so lush and green and serves as a water tower that gushes out 450 million litres of clean water every day. The walk around the banks springs of mzima offers the opportunity to marvel at schools of hippos lazing around. The observation Chamber sank below the waters enable tourist to view marine life. The game drive includes visit to the shetani lava flow and the five sister hills. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day Two: Tsavo West N/P - Amboseli N/P
An early morning game drive after breakfast is well worth while, depart depart following a convoy and head to Amboseli arriving in time for lunch. On arrival you will be assisted to check into your respective tents. Spend the afternoon at leisure and afterwards head out for the evening game drive. Amboseli has a wide variety of wildlife ranging from the Big five, cats, plains game and birdlife. Dinner and overnight at Kimana Camp.
Day Three: Amboseli N/P
Wake up early enough to the most intoxicating view of Mt. Kilimanjaro which seats majestically as the back drop of this amazing park, on a clear day the snow peaks are visible. After breakfast head out for the morning game drive which provides the opportunity to see the most since wild game come out to hunt or browse/graze very early before the sun becomes to hot. Amboseli has the highest population of elephants and has been the centre for elephant research for the last thirty years with each individual known by name. The game drive will include a visit to the outlook post which gives you the opportunity to have an aerial view of the Amboseli plains. Return to the campsite for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure or take a walk around the camp making friends. Head out for the evening game drive; large herds of elephants can be encountered. Amboseli has a variety of bird life both migratory and terrestrial. All meals and overnight at Kimana Camp.
Day Four: Amboseli N/P - Tsavo East N/P
An early breakfast followed by a game drive. Depart and head to Tsavo East N/P arriving in time for lunch. Tsavo west and Tsavo east combined are the biggest parks in Kenya. Tsavo East is also known as the "Theatre of Wild". Spend the afternoon at leisure and later go for the evening game drive. Visit the Galana River and Rhino sanctuary created to protect rhinos from poachers. Tsavo is a vast flat plain broken by the long length of the galana river. This is one of the areas elephants have been able to follow ancient migratory route as they have for a millennium. Elephants of tsavo have a distinctive brick red colour shade of dust that elephants like to wallow and bath in. Tsavo East has vast amounts of diverse wildlife that can be seen, including the famous 'big five' consisting of lion, black rhino, cape buffalo, elephant and leopard. The park also is also home to a great variety of bird life such as the black kite, crowned crane, lovebird and the sacred bird. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day Five: Tsavo East N/P - Mombassa
Pre breakfast game drive; depart the lodge by 6:30 A.M and this will give you the opportunity to view the African sun rise and you will also get the chance to spot any game species you might have missed on our previous game drives. Return to the camp around mid morning; your full breakfast will be served and afterwards depart and drive to Mombasa, lunch en route arriving early evening. Transfer to your hotel or drop off at the airport.
Safari Pricing Includes:
- Transport in a custom safari minibus with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Meals as described in the itinerary.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
Safari Pricing Excludes:
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Tsavo West accommodation includes self catering bandas, guest houses, public campsites or budget hotels near the Mtito Andei Gate. Public campsite include Kamboyo campsite 8 km from Mtito Andei Gate, Chyulu Campsite 1 km from Chyulu Gate and Lake Jipe Campsite on the lake shore.
Amboseli accommodation is in form of budget campsites or guest houses. The tents are permanently erected and are furnished, they have beds with flush toilets and hot showers. Kindly note that some campsites have toilets and bathrooms outside the tent. The campsite has a common dinning area where guest take their meals.
Most campsites use generators as the source of lighting and the generators are turned off at 1000 - 1100 hrs. Some of the camps are located right outside the boundary of the Amboseli though there isn't a clear demarcation or fence of the park. Animals some time wonder in the camps but the camps are very safe and Masai warriors are always on the lookout. In the evening there is a bonfire and the Masai warriors entertain you as you relax. Fresh foods are prepared by our cook. We also cater for special dietaries.
Tsavo East accommodation includes ndololo public campsites or budget hotels near Voi Gate.
Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo West National Park covers an area of 9065 Km2 and is located South Eastern Kenya, 240 km from Nairobi or 250km from Mombasa to Mtito Andei Gate. The park has magnificent scenery, Mzima Springs, rich and varied wildlife, good road system, rhino reserve, rock climbing at Kichwa Tembo Cliffs and guided walks along the Tsavo River. Tsavo West National Park has a variety of wildlife, such as black rhino, cape buffalo, elephant, leopard and masai lion. There are also other smaller animals that can be spotted in the park, such as the bushbaby, hippo, hartebeast, lesser kudu and masai giraffe.
Mzima springs is a natural reservoir under the chyulu hills to the north. The Chyulu range is composed of volcanic lava rock and ash, which is too porous to allow rivers to flow. Instead, rain water percolates through the rock, and may spend 25 years underground before emerging 50 kilometres away at Mzima Springs. The spring produces 450 million liters of water in a day that serves the Tsavo eco system and some of the water serves the coastal region through a pipe. At the spring you will find schools of hippos, crocodiles, fish and water birds like cormorants. During the night hippos come out to grave and during the day they just laze in the fully or half submerged.
The Shetani Lava flow, a black lava flow of 8 km long, 1.6 km wide and 5 meters deep, is the remain of volcanic eruptions which were subject of tales among local communities who named the flow "shetani" meaning evil in Kiswahili after it spewed from the earth 240 years ago. Climbing the flow is not an easy task as the thick black soil is composed of uneven chunks of solid magma. The cave, located near the center of the outflow, has two large opening and one ancient tree is growing between them. Although the cave is only few meters long, the exit is not accessible (although it can be seen) as the place is too narrow.
The Roaring Rocks will give you magnificent panoramic views, usually only seen by the eagles and buzzards that fly around these cliffs, over the plain called Rhino valley and the Ngulia Hills (1,821 m - 5,975 ft.). The Roaring rocks, located near the Rhino Sanctuary, has been for long an observation point for the protection of black rhinoceros and the fight against poaching. The eerie Roaring Rocks are named after the buzz of cicadas that inhabit them and the howl of wind that hits the bare rocks by producing a roaring sound.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is located south of Nairobi 140 kilometers which is a four hours drive from Nairobi. The park occupies an area of 392 km2. The ecosystem is made up of a seasonal lake called Lake Amboseli where the park derives its name from, swamps, open plains, acacia woodland, rocky out crops, thorn bushes and marches. The landscape is dominated by the backdrop of the majestic snow-cap of Mount Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa. The snow capes are visible when the clouds are clear mainly early morning and late evenings and this scene gives one the opportunity to capture wonderful memories on camera for friends and loved ones back at home.
Amboseli national park is considered Kenya second best after Masai Mara game reserve by many tourist and is the only national park in Kenya that has the highest population of elephants. The ecosystem of Amboseli though small compared to other parks sustain a large number of bird species and game. Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African animals because its vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months. The park is considered most ideal for writers, filmmakers and researchers.
The Masai are the local habitant of this area, which they call Empusel meaning "Dusty place". Other community tribes have moved to Amboseli in search of greener pastures. Beside game viewing and the ecstatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro one can visit a local Masai village to learn their way of life and to interact with the locals.
Tsavo East National park
Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya covering an area of 11,747 square kilometers. The park is located near the village of Voi in the Taita-Taveta District of Coast Province and is divided into east and west sections by the A109 road and a railway. The park borders the Chyulu Hills National Park, and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania. The climate in this area is warm and dry. One requires a smart card to access the park and the card can be topped up at Voi gate.
Attractions of Tsavo East National Park include "The Red Elephants". This effect is achieved from the wallowing and rolling in the galena river and spraying of the red soils of tsavo.
The beautiful Aruba dam located on the north bank of the seasonal Voi River, is visited by thousands of animals and a great game viewing point.
The Mudanda Rock
The Mudanda Rock is a 1.6 km inselberg of stratified rock that acts as a water catchment that supplies a natural dam below. It offers an excellent vantage point for the hundreds of elephants and other wildlife that come to drink during the dry season.
The Yatta Plateau, the world's longest lava flow, runs along the western boundary of the park above the Athi River. Its 290 km length was formed by lava from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain.
Lugard Falls, named after Frederick Lugard, is actually a series of white water rapids on the Galana River
Tsavo East has vast amounts of diverse wildlife that can be seen, including the famous 'big five' consisting of lion, black rhino, cape buffalo, elephant and leopard. The park also is also home to a great variety of bird life such as the black kite, crowned crane, lovebird and the sacred bird.
Do's And Don'ts In The Game Reserves & National Park.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.