Mombassa to Tsavo !
On this safari customers depart extremely early in the morning at 0500hrs/0600hrs from Diani or Mombasa Beach hotels. From Diani beach Hotels Guests will drive from Beach hotel drive through different authentic Swahili & MijiKenda villages, Mango and coconut plantations before getting to the ferry. Fortunately all tourists don’t have to queue at the ferry.
The ferry cruise will take approximately 10minutes to get to Mombasa Island. Mombasa is the second largest City in Kenya and the oldest city in Kenya, with rich historical sites like Fort Jesus, Old port and the old town which can be visited on a half day or full day city tour. From Diani Beach hotels you can request your driver to pass by the famous Mombasa Elephant Tusks which were built back in 1952 to commemorate a visit by Princes Margret. All the customers will leave the Mombasa island via Kibarani causeway proceed on the Mombasa Nairobi Highway.
The drive from Mombasa to Bachuma gate Tsavo east will be very fascinating you will slowly leave behind the busy Mombasa city activity and drive through different African villages. It is very normal to meet young Kids walking in Uniform to school, most of them will wave and greet you. The ecosystem will slowly change from the beautiful coconut plantations to shrubs that welcome you into the park and hilly Taita hills at the horizon. Most safari vehicles have a stopover before you get into the park.
Tsavo east is the largest park in Kenya, which is approximately 13,747 sq. Km. Due to being mostly warm and dry the park is semi arid covered with mostly shrubs. The park has permanent rivers and water holes for the animals.
Elephants –Boasts of the largest herds of red Elephants
Mudanda Rock – A Large Rock towers above a natural dam, which acts as a draw to thousands of Elephants. The driver can stop and allow you walk on the rock.
Aruba Dam - The beautiful Aruba dam is visited by thousands of animals and a great game viewing destination. Next to the dam you find the beautiful Ashnil Aruba lodge overlooking the water hole. Lugards Falls - Named after Captain Lugard, the first proconsul to East Africa, the falls feature bizarrely eroded rocks through which the waters of the Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile –infested pools
We always recommend ending your safari with a sun downer cocktail before being taken back to your safari lodge or safari camp of choice.
Going on a Morning game drive is a MUST because that is the time you have a chance of spotting animals trying to hunt after a night of rest. When it becomes hot most animals prefer to stay under shades in the bush.
After Breakfast you will leave Tsavo east For Taita Hills. It will take approximately 45 minutes on tarmac road to get to Taita hills.
The drive to Tiata hills is with much hilly scenery. Taita hills Located at the foots of Taita hills and Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary lies at the heart of the Tsavo ecosystem, surrounded by Tsavo East and West. It includes Lake Jipe and the Taita Game Sanctuary.
It is composed of three group ranches (Lualenyi, Mramba and Oza), all of whom have chosen to pool their natural resources in the interest of sustaining this unique wilderness area.
The area is a vital wildlife corridor for the animals of Tsavo East and West, an ancient elephant migratory route and an important breeding site for lions. It is home to abundant and diverse wildlife species, spectacular landscapes, and enjoys the rich cultural heritage of the Taita people.
The little known 125,000 acre Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary is situated between the Taita hills Sanctuary and West Tsavo , only 50 km from Voi on the Taveta road.
The three group ranches joined together to form the Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary as a way to use natural resources on their land.
By investing the earnings from tourist activities, the community plays an integral role in conserving the biodiversity of the area by fighting poaching and the bush meat trade and creating awareness of invaluable wildlife.
The sanctuary is a model of how local people benefit from the union of conservation and enterprise in a sustainable to help to alleviate poverty and conserve wildlife for this and future generations.
On your game drive you have a chance of spotting lion, leopard, cheetah, serval cat, civet, bat eared fox, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, baboon, waterbuck, Coke's hartebeest, eland, gazelle, zebra, mongoose, hyrax, dik dik, porcupine,andoryx, the unusual aard-wolf, and both striped and spotted hyena and the prolific bird life features 600 recorded species.