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Big Five Safari

By Andy Fulker
Africa Travel Expert for Alfred&

Although relatively short in duration, there’s no shortage of wildlife action on this value-for-money safari. Discover the unique volcanic landscape of Tsavo West, where herds of magnificent elephants share the same vibrant hues as the rich red soil. In Amboseli, with its dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, enjoy game drives across a wide-open landscape where zebras, buffalo and wildebeest graze alongside a thousand-strong herd of elephants and prowling big cats.

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Length
6 days
Best months to go
January to March, June to October
Guide price range
£1,940 - £2,350pp
Small Group Safari including international flights

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Itinerary Highlights

Kenya

Seek out Africa's headlining wildlife on an escorted group safari

Share the experience of your safari adventure with a small group...

Tsavo

Visit Tsavo, Kenya’s largest national park

While Tsavo East is great for unobstructed wildlife viewing, the west offers everything from lava flows to crater lakes...

Amboseli and Chyulu Hills

Discover Amboseli, a photographer’s paradise

Bag that signature shot of tusked elephants parading across the savannah, with the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro in the background...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya. Upon arrival in Nairobi, a local representative will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your comfortable hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax ahead of your safari adventure. Overnight at Eka Hotel (or similar).

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2

Nairobi & Tsavo West

After breakfast, depart Nairobi on a 6.5-hour drive to Tsavo West National Park. Located in the Coast province in south-east Kenya, the landscape of Tsavo West is spectacularly varied, with semi-arid plains, open grasslands, dense woodlands, rocky outcrops and lava flows. The park is also home to an abundance of wildlife including rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, waterbuck, lesser kudu, giraffe and the rare gerenuk. But it is perhaps best known for its herds of magnificent ‘red’ elephants, whose unusual colouring actually stems from the rich red dust and soil that they cover themselves in. You’ll arrive in time for lunch at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp, situated on a private sanctuary at the western edge of Tsavo. The camp sits on a secluded dam on the Sante River, home to turtles, crocodile and hippo. Overnight at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp (or similar).

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3

Tsavo West

Head out for a full-day game drive in historic Tsavo West, to experience the impressive volcanic landscape and hopefully spot its dust red elephants. You’ll also visit the popular Mzima Springs, a series of sparkling pools fed by underground streams. An underwater viewing chamber offers the chance to observe hippos and crocodiles beneath the surface of these wildlife-rich pools. Back at camp there’ll be time to relax and admire the view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Overnight at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp (or similar).

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4

Tsavo West & Amboseli

Today, drive 5.5-hours to Amboseli National Park, located in the Rift Valley province at the foot of snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. Located close to the Tanzanian border, Amboseli is a photographer’s paradise boasting unparalleled views of Kilimanjaro and some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets you’re likely to see anywhere. You’ll arrive at Ol Tukai Lodge in time for lunch, with monkeys and baboons roaming the grounds while you eat. After refuelling and refreshing, enjoy an afternoon game drive in Amboseli. The park has a large concentration of wildlife, particularly in the dry season. There are over 1000 elephants, including some of the largest in Africa. As well as the huge herds, you may catch sight of buffalo and lions in the open savannah and rolling hills. Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge (or similar).

5

Amboseli

Make the most of Amboseli’s wildlife opportunities today, on early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives across the national park's often arid plains. You will hopefully see buffalo and some of the big cats. Though largely dry and dusty, Amboseli is also home to swamplands, fed by underwater springs from the meltwaters of Mount Kilimanjaro. These lush swamplands attract wallowing elephants and hippo, as well as buffalo and birdlife. More than 400 species of bird can be found, including the rare Taita falcon and the southern banded harrier eagle. There will also be plenty of time to enjoy the facilities at the lodge. Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge (or similar).

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6

Amboseli & Departure

Depart Amboseli after breakfast, driving for 6-hours back to Nairobi.

Another stop?

We recommend finishing your African adventure with a beach stay on the white sands of Diani or Mombasa on the Kenyan Coast. Zanzibar or its small sister island of Pemba in Tanzania, are also fantastic options only a short flight from Nairobi.

Extensions

Extensions

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

Small Group Safari
2022: 21 Jun, 15 Nov, 06 Dec
2023: 09 May, 06 Jun, 20 Jun, 14 Nov, 12 Dec

£1,940

Mid Season

Small Group Safari
2022: 15 Mar
2023: 10 Jan, 14 Feb

£2,075

High Season

Small Group Safari
2022: 26 Jul, 09 Aug, 13 Sep, 11 Oct
2023: 25 Jul, 15 Aug, 12 Sep, 26 Sep, 24 Oct

£2,350

Private Itinerary

This itinerary is also available as a private departure, on the dates of your choice. This option is ideal for families or groups of friends, as the price per person reduces as the size of your group increases.

£2,400

Alfred & Andy Fulker

Andy is a big fan of Africa and has spent the last seven years travelling there. He loves the variety on offer, from the history, gastronomy and adventure activities in South Africa, to the incredible wildlife and diverse cultures of East Africa. As an expert in South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Rwanda, and Tanzania, Andy has some great recommendations to share. The personal nature of his first sighting of a leopard cub in the wild is an experience that still lives particularly strong in his memory.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Paul, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.

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