Tours that take the strain out of enjoying the World’s flora and fauna! Tours under this banner will be based in just a couple good quality hotels, and will have direct flights. And most importantly, field trips will be kept to a maximum of six or so hours – giving you plenty of time to relax before and after.
Perhaps one of the finest game viewing reserves in the world, famous Tsavo East National Park will give us five days prime game-watching in a majestic Baobab-dotted savannah-scape. You need do nothing more than sit above the waterhole and watch as herds of Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Zebra, Warthog, Giraffe and Eland come in to drink. On our last visit Lions, Black‑backed Jackals, Rusty-spotted Genet, Bat-eared Fox and five species of mongoose were all admired as we relaxed by the pool and looked out over the savannah! We’ll have twice daily trips out into Tsavo’s stunning savannah where we will show you an astonishing variety of bird species, including Bateleur, Secretary Bird, Kori Bustard, hornbills and many beautiful species of starling. Magnificent Martial Eagles seem to be too large for their acacia-top lookouts whilst Hartlaub’s Bustards display by herds of gazelle and both Ostrich species, Maasai and Somali can be seen with creches in tow. We’ve every chance of seeing five cat species during our visit including Leopard, Cheetah, the lovely Serval, and the elegant ear-tufted Caracal. Other mammals we’ll see include Coke’s Hartebeest, Hippos, Gerenuk, Oryx and the beautiful Lesser Kudu.
Lying south of Nairobi on the border with Tanzania, Amboseli’s wildlife-rich habitats are dominated by the huge cone of Kilimanjaro which rises steadily into the skies just to the south. Impressive herds of Elephants browse the architectural trees through the swamp that forms the beating heart of the national park and photographing these with Kilimanjaro as a backdrop will keep us busy. Giraffe, Impala and a suite of antelope species are abundant and therefore so are Lions and particularly noteworthy here are the numbers of Spotted Hyenas. In Ol Tukai’s grounds we can relax with Taveta Golden Weavers, African Paradise Flycatchers and Lilac-breasted Rollers whilst avian highlights in the savannahs and marshes will include Saddle-billed Stork, Yellow-faced Sandgrouse, Crowned Cranes and flocks of Lesser Flamingos.
Dates and Prices
22nd October - 1st November 2024 (11 days)
* doesn't apply if you're willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged
Birds and Mammals.
The minimum group size is 4 and the maximum is 12. Only one leader will accompany a group of 6 or less.
All flights. Accommodation and all meals in Kenya. Services of your leaders. Entrance to National Parks. Please note: Drinks, tips, Kenyan Visas, any optional night drives, and items of a personal nature such as travel insurance, are not included. Bird, mammal and butterfly checklists are available.
In Amboseli we’ll stay at the excellent Ol Tukai Lodge whose very comfortable rooms have amazing views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The wonderful fare on offer at the buffets is legend. In Tsavo East National Park we will be staying in the Voi Safari Lodge where the panoramic views over the game-filled savannah are second to none. The rooms are of a high standard and all have views over those plains! Whilst you can sit and relax around the property and watch the goings on at the water hole below there is a covered hide right by the waterside that allows great photographic opportunities. Both lodges have a richly varied birdlife within the grounds and lots of mammals visible from them too! All rooms on this holiday are en-suite and have air-conditioning or fans.
Very easy. Always at a relaxed pace and never more than two or three miles each day.
Throughout the tour we will be using safari-converted stretch 4×4 Land Cruisers and everyone is guaranteed a window seat.
UK return flights are direct from London Heathrow to Nairobi. Add-ons are available from various UK airports*. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* are available. Bird, mammal and butterfly checklists are available.
*These routes may incur a supplement.
Average maximum daily temperatures are around 29°C. We should expect occasional thunderstorms.
Contact us to check if there is availability for the number of places you require. Click on the ‘Book this Tour’ button on this page to be taken to the online booking form or contact us and we will send one to you which you can complete and send back to us. You will receive confirmation of your place, and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information.