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Red Elephant Safari

10 Days from $ 3,365  / person sharing

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Embark on a thrilling 10-day adventure with the Red Elephant Safari in Kenya, starting from Nairobi. This safari takes you to the Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks, which are famous for their rare red elephants. You will also visit Amboseli, Lake Naivasha, and the iconic Masai Mara Game Reserve, where you can indulge in exciting activities like game drives, bush walks, cultural visits, and more. Get a chance to witness the Big Five and experience the breathtaking Great Migration of wild animals. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Maasai people and discover their way of life. This adventure promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the beauty and diversity of Kenya’s wildlife and people.

Itinerary highlights:

1. Mzima Springs & underwater hippo and fish watching
2. Herds of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling or simply foraging
3. Very comfortable accommodation throughout
4. Full-day game drive in Masai Mara

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel

Itinerary Details:

Day 1: Drive to Tsavo West National Park (Appx 6Hrs)

An early start sees you leaving Nairobi after breakfast, embarking on a scenic drive to Tsavo West National Park which is a less 6-hour drive. Tsavo West beckons with its remarkable scenery, abundant wildlife, and diverse attractions, including the renowned Mzima Springs. You will arrive with a short Game en-route to Kilanguni Serena Safari Lodge. Check in and have lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a game drive Tsavo West offers some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world and attractions include elephants, rhinos, Hippos, lions, cheetahs, leopards, Buffalos, and diverse plant and bird species. Later Dinner and overnight at the Kilanguni Serena safari lodge.
MEAL PLAN:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
ACTIVITIES:
Afternoon Game Drive.

Hotel Options at Tsavo West:

Days 2: Drive to Tsavo East National Park (Appx 3Hrs)

Early morning breakfast, after breakfast check out with a game drive with a Visit to Mzima Springs where you can see hippos and fish in crystalline clear water. There are possibilities of seeing crocodiles and monkeys sight of fifty million gallons of crystal clear water gushing out from the under-parched lava rock that is the Mzima Springs, to the Shetani lava flows after you depart Tsavo West for Tsavo East (the drive will be 3 hours to the main gate ) which is renowned for its large numbers of elephants and the famous man-eating lions. You will arrive at Tsavo East with Game en-route proceeding to your lodge for lunch and check-in. Check-in at Ashnil Aruba Lodge. Later afternoon more game drive in the park with a visit to Aruba dam. later dinner and overnight at Ashnil Aruba lodge
MEAL PLAN:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
ACTIVITIES:
Morning & Afternoon Game Drive.

Days 3: Full Day at Tsavo East National Park.

Early morning game drive returns to Lodge for breakfast. After breakfast Full day spend in the park with a packed lunch. The sight of dust-red elephants wallowing, rolling, and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of the palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300-kilometer-long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, makes for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East. Its popular residents like the well-known predators and their opponents like the Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe, and Hippo, and a visit to Aruba Dam. Later dinner and overnight at your lodge.
MEAL PLAN:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
ACTIVITIES:
Morning & Afternoon Game Drive.

Hotel Options at Tsavo East:

Day 4: Drive to Amboseli National Park (Appx 3Hrs)

After enjoying your early morning breakfast at your hodge, check out and embark on a journey to Amboseli, renowned for its breathtaking scenery adorned with the majestic snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro as a picturesque backdrop. Upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed and assisted with the check-in process at your tented camp in Amboseli. Take a moment to savor a delicious lunch and relax briefly. In the afternoon, prepare for an exciting game drive, all while enjoying panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro. As the day winds down, indulge in a delectable dinner and spend a peaceful night at your camp, immersing yourself in the tranquil ambiance of Amboseli National Park.
MEAL PLAN:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
ACTIVITIES:
Afternoon Game Drive.

Day 5: Full Day at Amboseli National Park.

As the sun rises, you’ll set out on an early morning game drive, an opportune time to witness the enchanting sunrise over Mount Kilimanjaro while observing the park’s diverse wildlife. Returning to the lodge, a satisfying breakfast awaits. With the morning activities behind you, the choice is yours for the afternoon. You may choose to unwind at the lodge, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings. Alternatively, you might opt to bask in the warm African sun by the inviting swimming pool, a perfect oasis to refresh and rejuvenate. As the sun reaches its zenith, lunch is served, offering a culinary journey that complements the day’s adventures. The afternoon holds another promise of excitement as you embark on a second game drive. The expert guides, well-versed in the park’s ecosystems, lead you through hidden trails and open plains, revealing the secrets of Amboseli’s captivating wildlife. The thrill of encountering elephants, lions, zebras, and countless other species against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro is a testament to the richness of the park’s biodiversity. As the day transitions to evening, you’ll return to the lodge, where a sumptuous dinner awaits. The dining experience is a celebration of flavors, blending local ingredients with culinary expertise, creating a feast for the senses. The day’s stories and sightings are shared under the starlit African sky, fostering a sense of camaraderie among fellow travelers. With the night settling in, you retire to your comfortable accommodations, falling asleep to the symphony of the African night – the distant calls of wildlife and the rustle of leaves in the gentle breeze.
MEAL PLAN:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
ACTIVITIES:
Morning & Afternoon Game Drive.

Hotel Options in Amboseli:

Days 6: Drive to Lake Naivasha (Appx 5Hrs)

Following breakfast, it will be time for you to check out of your accommodation in Amboseli and begin your journey to Lake Naivasha, situated on the floors of the Great Rift Valley. The drive to the lake will take approximately five hours, offering picturesque views along the way. Upon arrival, you will promptly check in at your lodge, typically around lunchtime, allowing for a seamless transition. Once you have settled in and enjoyed a satisfying lunch, take a moment to relax before embarking on an exciting afternoon boat safari. This unique experience will provide you with a spectacular opportunity to witness the diverse and captivating birdlife, as well as observe the graceful presence of hippos, all amidst the tranquil ambiance of this freshwater rift valley lake. Following the boat safari, you will proceed to enjoy a guided walking safari at the renowned Crescent Island, further enriching your connection with nature. The island offers a remarkable chance to explore on foot and encounter wildlife up close. Afterward, return to your lodge, where you can indulge in the delightful tradition of High Tea, followed by a delicious dinner. Spend the evening at your leisure, appreciating the serene surroundings and reflecting on the day’s adventures in anticipation of what lies ahead.
MEAL PLAN:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
ACTIVITIES:
Boat Rides & Nature Walks.

Hotel Options Near Lake Naivasha:

Days 7: Drive To Masai Mara (Appx 4 Hrs)

After savoring a leisurely breakfast in the morning, it will be time to check out from your lodge and embark on a captivating journey to Masai Mara. The drive to this renowned game reserve will last approximately four hours, offering glimpses of breathtaking landscapes along the way. Upon arrival, you will check in at your camp, immersing yourself in the wild beauty that awaits. Lunch will be served at the open restaurant, providing a remarkable vantage point overlooking the vast plains of the Masai Mara. You will have the opportunity to relish your meal while marveling at the scenic surroundings. Afterward, take some time to unwind and recharge. In the afternoon, around 4:00 pm, prepare for an exhilarating game drive, venturing into the enchanting realm of the Mara. Keep a keen eye out for lions, cheetahs as well as other fascinating wildlife encounters, such as leopards, hyenas, and hippos. Around 6:00 pm, return to your camp, where you can freshen up or choose to join one of the camp’s captivating bonfires or lounges. Engage in lively conversations and share safari stories with our hospitable hosts or experienced guides, immersing yourself in the magical atmosphere of the African wilderness. Indulge in a delectable dinner, savoring the flavors of the region. As the night unfolds, you can either choose to retire to your camp for restful sleep or continue to relish the camaraderie and ambiance of the camp’s inviting spaces.
MEAL PLAN:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
ACTIVITIES:
Afternoon Game Drive.

Days 8: Full Day at Masai Mara National Reserve

On the morning of your seventh day, your safari adventure continues with an exhilarating full-day game drive that promises to be a highlight of your journey. With your picnic lunch in tow, you’ll set out on your safari, ready to uncover the wonders that this iconic wilderness has to offer. Throughout the day, your expert guide will navigate the diverse landscapes of Masai Mara, guiding you in search of the renowned “Big Five” – lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinoceroses. The Mara’s rich ecosystem also presents opportunities to spot other fascinating creatures, such as hippos lounging by the water’s edge and Nile crocodiles stealthily gliding through the river. As the sun climbs higher in the sky, you’ll find the perfect spot to enjoy your picnic lunch. Nestled under the shade of a Croton tree, you’ll have the chance to relax and dine while surrounded by the breathtaking panorama of the reserve. This serene moment allows you to absorb the natural beauty surrounding you, creating memories that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. Masai Mara’s allure extends beyond its resident wildlife. The reserve will captivate you with its diverse animal interactions and breathtaking vistas. It’s a realm where predators and prey engage in an ongoing battle for survival, creating a dynamic and captivating spectacle. As the day begins to wane, you’ll slowly return to your camp, your heart, and camera filled with the day’s awe-inspiring encounters.
MEAL PLAN:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
ACTIVITIES:
Full Day Game Drive

Days 9: Full Day at Masai Mara National Reserve

Begin the day with a hearty breakfast that fuels you for a day filled with immersive cultural experiences. Venture to a local Maasai community, an iconic indigenous group in Kenya. As you enter the village guided by your expert, villagers clad in vibrant red Shuka attire will gather, initiating joyful songs and spirited jumps. Feel welcomed to join this celebration, where Maasai men leap energetically to attract women, complemented by the melodious voices of women. Following this exhilarating start, delve into personal interactions with the Maasai. Villagers will guide you to their Manyattas, inviting conversations and questions, fostering genuine cultural exchange. Translations by your guide bridge language barriers. You can even try spear throwing and long jumps, traditional warrior practices showcasing their skill. Step inside houses to witness daily life, though you may find them cozy yet dim. After the village tour, explore shops offering Maasai jewelry and handicrafts. Prices might start high, but view these purchases as contributions to the Maasai community, supporting their livelihood disrupted by national parks and reserve. You will head back to the camp for lunch and afternoon rest. Your afternoon safaris start after high tea and head out on a thrilling afternoon safari as you look for what you will not have seen the previous day as the day comes to an end you will proceed to your camp for African bush stories at our campfire.
MEAL PLAN:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
ACTIVITIES:
Maasai Cultural Tour & Afternoon Game Drive.

Hotel Options at Masai Mara:

Zebra River Camp Zebra River Camp
Zebra Mara Plains Camp Zebra Mara Plains Camp

Days 10: Departure

Following your leisurely breakfast, it will be time to check out of your camp and journey back to Nairobi, a drive of approximately 5 to 6 hours. A farewell lunch at a local restaurant in Nairobi allows for a final taste of Kenyan cuisine and culture. Depending on your departure time, you might have the chance for some last-minute shopping or additional sightseeing. Finally, you’ll be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure, marking the end of an unforgettable Kenyan safari adventure.

Kwaheri (Goodbye)

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