in Diani Beach, Kenya
You’ve just locked eyes with a sleepy lion. Lifting your camera, you realise there’s an elephant lumbering across the plain to your left. And, you can’t miss the sight of Mount Kilamanjaro towering above it all in the distance. On this safari, you’ll see why Kenya bewitches its visitors, and tick-off Africa’s big five.
Day 1-2 Beach hotel
Arrive in Kenya early and you’ll be taken to Baobab Beach Resort which is just steps from the white sands of Diani Beach. Right on the coast and surrounded by 80 acres of forest, this aptly-named hotel is in quite a spot. Swaying palms and native baobab trees stretch off into the distance, while a long ribbon of white sand gives way to the clear water of the Indian Ocean. The garden-view rooms here are set in tropical gardens, which give way to three swimming pools.
Day 3 Beach hotel - Tsavo East National Park
Many of the big boys of Africa’s animal kingdom call Tsavo East National Park home. Today, keep an eye out for lions, leopards and elephants on an afternoon game drive.
Day 4 Amboseli National Reserve
Set in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, elephants are the number one draw here – there’s a herd of about 650 of them. That said, during a couple of drives, you can also see antelopes, hippos and zebras. The area’s also known for its colourful birds.
Day 5 Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
Kick off with an early morning game drive then it’s off to the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary where, after lunch at the Sarova Taita Hills Lodge, its an afternoon drive and the chance to spot wandering lions, giraffes and cheetahs.
Day 6 Taita Hills – Beach hotel
Pack your bags, the safari’s over but, don’t worry, your beach days are just beginning. It's time for swimsuits and sun bathing back at the Baobab Beach Resort for the remaining 9 nights.
Tsavo East National Park
Covering an area of more than 20,000 square kilometres – which, to put into perspective, is bigger than Wales – the Tsavo National Park is Kenya’s biggest game park. In the grasslands and thick forests, you’ll find lions, leopards and cheetahs. But the real one to watch out for are the red native elephants. They get their name from rolling about in the red soil and enjoying a mud bath.
In the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park is possibly one of Kenya’s most impressive reserves. It’s considered Kenya’s second most popular after the Masai Mara Reserve. And, when you look away from the snow-dusted peak and corrugated slopes of the Mount Kilimanjaro, you’ll find come of Africa’s biggest and best beasts. We’re talking hippos, zebras and antelopes. But, what this place is really known for are its elephants. Usually spotted trumpeting about on the riverbed of Lake Amboseli, there’s as many of 650 of these giants spread out across the reserve.
A privately-owned reserve, Taita Hills has an impressive list of wild residents. Here, you’ll find laid-back lions, doe-eyed giraffes and fleet-footed cheetahs. And, because the park is smaller than some of the others, and more remote than most of the Kenya’s other reserves, you’re more likely to spot the animals. It’s also home to more than 300 types of bird including the Taita Falcon. This falcon, as twitchers might know, was recorded in Egyptian hieroglyphics, and is extremely rare.
At the Baobab Beach Resort:
Twin rooms sleep up to 3 adults with king-size or twin beds, bathroom with shower, air-condiitoning, phone, fridge, hairdryer and balcony or terrace and are located in the Baobab section of the hotel.
Direct flights from the UK to Mombasa, Kenya, are only available from the First Choice Group.Back to top
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