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Elephant Safari

This example of a mid-range Kenya safari and beach trip explores the wildlife of Tsavo west's volcanic plains and woodlands, Tsavo East's immense plains and the white sand beaches and lush environment of Diani Beach.

Elephant Safari: Summary

Elephant Safari in a nutshell

This sample Expert Africa itinerary that we have called the Elephant Safari incorporates two of Kenya's best loved national parks and one of the best beaches in Africa. You'll cross the country from Nairobi to the coast and back again, taking in rolling savannah and dense woodland, vast plains, streams and lakes, as well as the contrasting atmosphere of Diani Beach on the country's south coast.

You start with a light aircraft flight to Kilaguni Airstrip in the heart of Tsavo West National Park and a stay for three nights at the delightful Severin Safari Camp, set on the wooded plains near a seasonal waterhole. You can watch countless birds and many large mammals from the camp itself, and game drives and bush walks are built into your itinerary to enhance the experience, as is a trip to see the fabled hippos and crocs of Mzima Springs from an underwater hide. Along the way, lions, giraffes, zebras and buffalos, among many other species, will all be in your sights.

Driving east, you cross the Nairobi-Mombasa highway and the famous old Lunatic Line railway (a new railway line goes overhead) before reaching Satao Camp in a remote corner of Tsavo East National Park. This is your base for the next few days as you search the plains and rivers with eyes, ears and binoculars in the hunt for leopards and cheetahs, crocodiles and antelopes, to name just a few animals - as well as magnificent, big tusker elephants, coloured orange by the red earth.

Driving south from Tsavo East, the altitude drops and the temperature climbs as you approach the bright colours and completely different natural environment of the Indian Ocean coast, with its white sand beaches, warm, azure sea and offshore coral reef. Water Lovers is a charming, simple hotel, right on the beach, with great opportunities for water sports, including snorkelling, diving and windsurfing.

At a glance

Starts: JKI Airport Nairobi
3 nights Satao Camp - Tsavo East National Park, Kenya Full Board & Activities
3 nights Severin Safari Camp - Tsavo West National Park, Kenya Full Board & Activities
4 nights Water Lovers - Kenya Coast, Kenya Half Board
Ends: JKI Airport Nairobi

Satao Camp

Days 1-4

Spread out among tamarind and acacia trees near the seasonal Voi River, Satao Camp is the only camp in this area of Tsavo East National Park. Fairly large by safari standards, it is owned and managed by one of Kenya’s most respected safari companies, and is regularly visited by baboons, impalas, giraffe and hippo, while the central area is an oasis for birdlife and various nocturnal creatures, including genets: in the bar, one regular genet drapes himself on an overhead rafter.

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Severin Safari Camp

Days 4-7

Of the limited number of accommodation options in Tsavo West, Severin Safari Camp is one of just three tented camps and unusual in being built on a flat plain that usually teems with wildlife. German owned, and run with enthusiastic devotion by a German couple, it is very centrally located for Mzima Springs, the Tsavo River and Tsavo West’s spectacular volcanic landscapes. The camp has an Eco-Tourism Kenya Silver Award and our impression is that it’s run on strong eco-tourism principles.

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Water Lovers Beach Resort

Days 7-11

Water Lovers is a smaller, mid-range beach hotel close to the middle of Diani Beach, built and opened in 2008 and set on a lovely site shaded by baobabs, coconut palms and flamboyant.

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Satao Camp

Satao Camp

Tsavo East National Park, Kenya

Severin Safari Camp

Severin Safari Camp

Tsavo West National Park, Kenya

Water Lovers Beach Resort

Water Lovers

Kenya Coast, Kenya

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Elephant Safari.

  • Vist Mzima Springs to see hippos and crocodiles under water.
  • Track the vast spaces of Tsvo East in seach of big tuskers.
  • Combine light aircraft flights with privately guided travel.
  • Experience en-suite luxury camping in the bush.
  • Relax on the Indian Ocean coast with plenty of optional activities.

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Elephant Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Guided walking safari

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Key species to see on the Elephant Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Elephant Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Leopard

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Eland

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Gerenuk

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Oryx

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Cheetah

71% chance

Striped Hyena

37% chance

Wild dog

0% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Black Rhino

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

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