Here’s a detailed itinerary for a 4-day, 3-night Tsavo East, Tsavo West, and Amboseli safari:
Day 1: Nairobi to Tsavo East National Park
Depart from Nairobi in the morning and embark on a scenic drive to Tsavo East National Park, located approximately 330 kilometers (205 miles) southeast of Nairobi.
Arrive at the park and proceed with a game drive en route to your lodge.
Check-in at your chosen accommodation in Tsavo East and enjoy lunch.
In the afternoon, head out for an exciting game drive, exploring the diverse landscapes and searching for wildlife such as elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, and various bird species.
Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Tsavo East to Tsavo West National Park
After breakfast, depart from Tsavo East and transfer to Tsavo West National Park. The drive takes approximately 3-4 hours, depending on the route and game viewing opportunities along the way.
Arrive at Tsavo West and check-in at your selected lodge or camp. Enjoy lunch and relax for a bit before heading out for an afternoon game drive.
Explore the park’s diverse ecosystems, including the volcanic landscapes, vast savannahs, and the famous Mzima Springs, known for its crystal-clear waters and resident hippos and crocodiles.
Visit attractions such as the Shetani Lava Flows, Chaimu Crater, and the Rhino Sanctuary if time permits. Return to your lodge or camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Tsavo West to Amboseli National Park
After breakfast, depart from Tsavo West and drive to Amboseli National Park, which is approximately 240 kilometers (150 miles) northwest. Arrive at Amboseli and check-in at your chosen accommodation.
Enjoy a delicious lunch and relax before embarking on an afternoon game drive.
Explore the park’s vast plains, swamps, and woodlands, and keep an eye out for the large herds of elephants and other wildlife, with the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro serving as a stunning backdrop.
If time permits, you can also visit the Observation Hill, which offers panoramic views of the park. Return to your lodge or camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Amboseli to Nairobi
Wake up early to catch a glimpse of the sunrise over Mount Kilimanjaro and enjoy a final game drive in Amboseli. After the game drive, return to the lodge for breakfast.
Check out from the lodge and depart for Nairobi, bidding farewell to the beautiful Amboseli National Park.
Arrive in Nairobi in the afternoon, where you will be dropped off at your preferred location or transferred to the airport.
Please note that this itinerary is a general suggestion and can be customized according to your preferences.
Consult with us through the form below to tailor the itinerary to your specific needs and to ensure a smooth and enjoyable safari experience.
Tsavo East, West & Amboseli Safari Map
Q: How do I get to Tsavo East National Park?
Tsavo East National Park is located in southeastern Kenya, about a 4-5 hour drive from Nairobi. The most common way to reach Tsavo East is by road, either by private vehicle or through organized safari tours.
There are also domestic flights available from Nairobi to nearby airstrips for those who prefer to travel by air.
Can I visit both Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks in one trip?
Yes, it is possible to visit both Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks on a single safari trip. They are adjacent to each other, and the journey between the two parks takes approximately 3-4 hours by road.
What is the difference between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks?
Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks are part of the larger Tsavo Conservation Area and are divided by the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway.
Tsavo East is known for its vast open plains, bushy grasslands, and a diverse range of wildlife. Tsavo West, on the other hand, offers more varied landscapes, including volcanic hills, lava flows, and the stunning Mzima Springs. Both parks have their unique features and wildlife populations.
What is special about Amboseli National Park?
Amboseli National Park is renowned for its breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.
The park’s unique combination of savannah plains, swamps, and marshes creates a diverse habitat that supports a variety of wildlife, including large herds of elephants.
Amboseli is also a fantastic destination for birdwatching and offers excellent opportunities for wildlife photography.
Can I see elephants in Tsavo East, Tsavo West, and Amboseli National Parks?
Yes, all three parks are known for their elephant populations. Tsavo East and Tsavo West are particularly famous for their large elephant herds, while Amboseli is known for its iconic scenes of elephants with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.
Spotting elephants in their natural habitat is a highlight of any safari in these parks.
Is it safe to go on a safari in Tsavo East, Tsavo West, and Amboseli National Parks?
Yes, visiting these parks is generally considered safe for tourists. However, it’s important to follow the safety guidelines provided by your safari guide or accommodation staff. Stay inside designated safari vehicles, respect wildlife at a safe distance, and listen to the instructions of the professionals.
Q: What type of accommodation is available in Tsavo East, Tsavo West, and Amboseli National Parks?
These parks offer a range of accommodation options, including lodges, tented camps. The facilities cater to various budgets and preferences, offering comfortable accommodations amidst the wilderness.
There are options both inside the parks and in nearby areas, providing diverse choices for visitors.
What is the best time to visit Tsavo East, Tsavo West, and Amboseli National Parks?
The dry seasons, which are January to February and June to October, are generally considered the best time to visit these parks. During these periods, the wildlife is more concentrated around water sources, making it easier to spot animals.
However, Tsavo and Amboseli can be visited year-round, and each season has its unique attractions and experiences.