7 Days Bush and North Coast
Pick up from the airport, depart for Tsavo west arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. Dinner then spend the night.
TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
We call this national park the land of lava, springs, man eater and magical sunset.
The Mzima springs which is a sight of fifty million gallons of clear water coming out from the under parched lava rocks, creating a spectacular scenery hence called the land of spring.
A vibrant volcanic arena (shetani lava) 200 years ago a lava that formed the volcanic arena spewed from the ground and its fiery fury was thought by locals to be the devils doing.
The Park is called the land of the man eater because of the two lions that were said to have attacked the builders of the Ugandan railway that was in construction in 1898. Apart from the lion the park is known for being a home of the elephants, hippos, cheetahs, leopards, buffalos, diverse plants and bird species including the threatened corncrake and near threatened Basra reed warblers. Apart from that the Tsavo west has the Ngulia sanctuary this is where the growing population of highly endangered black rhinos are saved from extinction.
Most of all the tsavo west has a magical scene of the sun setting.
Breakfast checkout from your hotel, go for a morning game drive in Tsavo west. In the afternoon go to Tsavo east arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. Dinner and spend the night.
TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK
This Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, situated in a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru desert. It opened in April 1948 and is located near the town of voi in the Taita Taveta county. The Park has the following attractions.
The Mudanda rock. It’s a 1.6km inselberg rock that acts as a water catchment that supplies a natural dam below, where fauna in the park come for a drink during the dry season.
The Yatta plateau where the longest lava flow which runs along the western boundary of the park, its length was formed by lava from Ol Donyo Sabuk mountain.
Then it has the Lugard falls which is a series of white water rapid on the Galana river. Aruba dam which was build in 1952 across the river Voi. the reservoir created by the dam attracts many animals and water birds.
Tsavo west has variety of fauna that includes the aardwolf, buffalo, the tsavo lions a population whose adult male often lacks a mane, gazelles, duikers’ eland, the giraffe, spotted and striped hyena, wild dogs, impalas, leopard, different species of primates, the plain and the gravy’s zebra, hartebeest, and has 500 bird species recorded including ostriches, kestrels, buzzards, weaver birds, kingfishers, hornbills, secretary birds and herons.
Breakfast, go for a morning game drive, get back to your hotel for lunch then checkout. In the afternoon depart for the beach, check in have dinner then spend the night.
Attractions in the North Coast.
Fort Jesus. Was built in 1593 to 1596 by the Portuguese and is a world heritage site and one of Mombasa’s top tourist attractions. Its one of the finest examples of the 16th century Portuguese military architecture. The fort houses a museum that exhibits vast collections of ceramics and pottery reflecting the various cultures that traded along the coast.
Haller Park. This project started in 1971 by Dr Rene Heller, initially was known as the Bamburi nature trail, it is a wildlife park where each animal has a function within the flourishing ecosystem. Animals found here are giraffes, cape buffalo, zebras, waterbucks and hippos. The Park was also a home for a 130-year-old tortoise (mzee) and an orphaned hippo. Birds are also abundant in the park 160 species recoded.
Mombasa marine national park. The Park protects mangroves, seagrass beds, sandy beaches and coral reefs. Diving and snorkeling are popular things to do.
Bamburi beach is a tourist hub with wide range of accommodation, from luxury resorts to beach bungalows one of the most popular things to do here is riding the camels along the shores.
Shanzu beach is one of the top places to visit in Mtwapa, about 15km north of Mombasa. Scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and glass bottom boat trips are popular things to do here. .