Tsavo West’s rolling hills, thick bush, and volcanic landscape are home to large lion prides, big elephant herds, and exotic birds. Tsavo West became infamous in 1898 when two man-eating lions preyed on and ate 145 Indian migrant workers who built the first railroad from Mombasa to Nairobi. In addition, the park contains the “Big 5”: elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhino.
Tsavo East’s open plains are scattered with trees, thick brush, and rivers, the hunting ground of lions. Lugard Falls, on the northern end of the park, is an unknown and unusual series of powerful waterfalls, home to crocodiles and hippos. We spotted this lion hunt not even 15 minutes into the park on the way to the lodge.
Your safari starts with a complimentary early morning pick-up in Nairobi and a thermos of Kenya coffee or tea. Our first stop is Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, adjacent to Tsavo West and home to lions, elephants, and massive Cape buffalo herds. Drive to Tsavo West in the afternoon.
The moderate package is Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge for 3 nights. This lovely old lodge was Kenya’s first lodge to open in a national park in 1962. They have Wi-Fi, full board, a bar and restaurant overlooking a busy water hole, and an outdoor pool. Many elephant herds visit the lit-up water hole during dinner for a truly delightfully dining experience, along with exceptional food.
The luxury package is Finch Hatton’s Luxury Tented Suites for 3 nights. If you saw Out of Africa, you’ll know who Denys Finch Hatton was (Robert Redford). This is a magical place located in a 35-acre concession of boundless African bush, complete with natural freshwater springs, rainforests, volcanoes, lava flows, and built around a wild hippo pond with resident elephants and crocodiles. They have stunning views, Wi-Fi, full board, a bar and restaurant, a pool, steam room, spa, deep soaking tubs, and a cigar lounge.
A Full day in Tsavo West includes Mzima Springs’s eco-system and hippo pools.
A full day exploring Tsavo West or perhaps hang out all day at your properties’ water hole to view the non-stop wildlife coming from all directions to slake their thirst while you’re quenching yours.
A morning game drive in Tsavo West, then off to Tsavo East.
The moderate package is Afrika Lodges Voi for 3 nights, with Wi-Fi, full board, a deluxe suite, laundry, and a private bath.
The luxury package is Ashnil Aruba Lodge for 3 nights. Its location is superb as it overlooks several water holes, and it’s one of the best places to see wildlife in all of Tsavo East. The deluxe tented suite has a deck that overlooks the park, and you can often see elephants coming to drink. The lodge offers Wi-Fi, full board, a bar and restaurant, and a swimming pool.
A full day in Tsavo East, includes the exploration of the incomparable Lugard Falls.
A full day in Tsavo East.
An early morning game drive and return to Nairobi. $140 extra for a Mombasa drop-off. To get back to Nairobi from Mombasa, catch one of two daily trains for $30 first-class one-way, per person, or fly back on Kenya Airways.
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Starting at $2,569 each –– $5,138 for 2 adults
Starting at $3,029 each –– $6,058 for 2 adults
*The lodges mentioned are not guaranteed as they may be sold out on the dates you require.
When this happens, we go with a comparable property in quality and price.