Under The Snows of Kilimanjaro - Kenya
This is one of the most iconic safaris in Kenya taking you to Amboseli National Park which is tucked under the awesome Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania. Here you can easily find yourself in close range to a large herd of elephant with the majestic peak seemingly a stones throw away. Some of the park is swamp land which is fed underground, emerging on the plains as springs from the snow capped peak of the highest mountain in Africa. Located in Kajiado District, Rift Valley province, the park is 250 km from Nairobi and covers an area of 392km2 and home to the Maasai people.
We then pass from Amboseli National Park through to Tsavo West National Park which covers an area of 9065km2! Here you will be amazed by the Shetani flow, a black lava flow stretching 8 km long, 1.6 km wide and 5 meters deep, which is the remains of volcanic eruptions. The local communities named the flow "shetani" meaning evil in Kiswahili after it spewed from the earth just 240 years ago. The lava absorbs rain water which flows underground for 40km and emerges as The Mzima springs which is home for aquatic animals especially Hippos.
After exploring Tsavo West we finish up our journey with some sun and relaxation on the shores of the Indian Ocean! Here we visit many of the local sights such as Mombasa Old Town, Fort Jesus plus we will snorkle on the reefs of the Mombasa Marine Park which was created to protect the corals.
Parks and Animals
Amboseli National Park
The image of elephants wandering across the open grass plains with a backdrop of the snowy peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro epitomises the Amboseli National Park. Although smaller than other National Parks in Kenya, Amboseli is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-roaming elephants including the small and rarely seen elephant shrew to the huge bulk of the African Elephant.
Amboseli derives its name from the word 'em-posel' which is the salty dust found on the seasonally flooded Amboseli "lake" when it rains. Amboseli has an underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro's ice cap. A view of the park from Observation Hill allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and the elephants.
Amboseli's swamps, plains, woodlands and bush country support a diversity of wildlife ranging from the Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Plains Game, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine. The swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose. The swamps and lakes are also home to over 400 bird species making the park a paradise for bird watchers.
Tsavo West National Park
Is home to a large population of red skinned elephants, the big five and a magnificent bird colony with black heron and pygmy geese dominating the area. Tsavo West is a stunningly beautiful park, with a dramatic landscapes - open grasslands, scrublands, Acacia woodlands and thickets, belts of riverine vegetation, rocky ridges, rugged mountain, swamps and escarpments. Located in South Eastern Kenya, 240km from Nairobi along the western side of the Mombasa-Nairobi highway, the park is famous for the Mzima Springs, with a huge aquarium populated by hippos, and for the Shetani lava flows and Chaimu volcanic crater, which offer an opportunity to explore on foot. The park offers abundant wildlife including leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine.
The Tsavo Eco system is also famous for the man eating lions that were responsible for the deaths of the Kenya – Uganda Railway construction workers from March through December back in 1898.
Mombasa Island is a cosmopolitan city but with a deep rooted Arab history that gave birth to the Swahili culture. The streets are buzzing with women adorned in their traditional bui bui, coastal kangas and kikoys with the locals selling fresh sumptuous food and goods along the narrow streets, graced with an air, heavy with the odour of fresh spices. Fort Jesus is located along the coastline near the Old Town which was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. It of course also offers beautiful, silver sand beaches, excellent snorkeling, beautiful blue oceans and palm trees!
Activities and Highlights
- This Adventure gives you an opportunity to enjoy game drives in the parks while searching and spoting wildlife in their natural habitats, you will also be able to go on early morning amd late evening game drives when the animals tend to be very active feeding or chasing their dinner! You can also enjoy game viewing from the observation points in the parks.
- You will be able relax at the coast or enjoy water sport activities like snorkelling, jet skiing, boating and swimming at the coastal.
- Walks in Mombasa old town and Fort Jesus.
Dates and Itinerary
You can travel to the Parks and Reserves in Kenya at any time of the year. We have our own company in Kenya, full time and qualified staff, vehicles and equipment. Due to this we can organise a trip for you when it suits you! Do contact us for information!
Our tailor-made safaris give you the freedom to choose your program - tell us when you want to go and any preferences you have, and we will help you to design your safari holiday. For those who are budget travellers we have mid range lodges and permanent camps in and out Amboseli National Park.
This trip is 6 days long with accommodation comfortable safari tents. It is also possible to upgrade to a fixed tented camp or a lodge (please contact us for lodge prices). Transport will be in our safari minivans with pop-up roof and cool box, and the safari will be led by our experienced and friendly staff! The six-day safari includes three gamedrives in the Amboseli National Park, Tsavo National parks, activities at the coast and two days for travel.
|1||3.5 hours||We leave Nairobi and travel towards Tanzania on the Namanga Road through semi arid villages and homes of the maasai people dressed in their red colourful attire. We will have a lunch break/relax at border town of Namanga. On arrival at Amboseli National park we will enjoy a game drive beneath the snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro, highest mountain in Africa. We will then relax in the evening at the camp and enjoy dinner.|
|2||1-2 hours||We will go on an early morning game drive when the animals are most active returning to camp for breakfast. Afterwards we leave the park and head to Tsavo West enroute visiting the famous Mashetani (devil) lava flow. Entering Tsavo West we enjoy a picnic lunch then game drives to Mzima springs where clear waters sips from the ground forming an oasis. Dinner & overnight stay at the camp.|
|3||2-3 hours||We'll enjoy another game drive and then after breakfast we make our way to Mombasa. The journey enroute is a game drive through Tsavo until we meet the main Mombasa highway at lunchtime. We Arrive at the coast late afternoon where we get the time to relax at the camp on the shores of the Indian Ocean.|
|4-5||Over the next two days you have time to relax in the sun, explore the Old Town of Mombasa, visit Fort Jesus and go snorkelling and swimming. This is time to chill and enjoy the Indian Ocean and silver sands!|
|6||7-8 hours||Leave for Nairobi after breakfast. We drive north between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks with lunch enroute at Mtito Andei. Arrive Nairobi late afternoon for an evening flight or onward travel / accommodation.|
Under The Snows of Kilimanjaro cost: £845.00
- Safari Vehicle for 6 days (with pop up roof for game viewing) including fuel
- Driver & Guide
- Park entry fees as per the itinerary
- Food (3 meals per day) prepared by our staff and bottled water throughout the safari
- Camping accommodation in walk in safari tents (upgrades available)
- UK/Kenya Administration and Staff Support
- Any activities not mentioned in the inclusions
- Additional hard / soft drinks, or snacks
- personal expenses for souvenirs, laundry, phone calls, etc
- Safari Staff Tips
- Vaccinations/personal medication
- International Travel/Visa/Personal Trip Insurance
Cost of Add-Ons and Some Optional Extras
Upgrade to Fixed Tented Camp: £100.00
If you prefer a fixed tented camp, which has permanent tents, proper beds and ensuite facilities then it's worth selecting this option.
Type of Terrain
Amboseli National park terrain is mainly flat, dry, open pain and rugged, thorny bush and scattered rocks of lava
Tsavo west terrain is hilly and lean
Any safari takes you into the wild! This means that once entering the reserves / parks you are usually driving on dirt / sand tracks and not tarmac. If conditions are wet this can lead to adventurous driving but be assured that our drivers are well versed in safe and professional driving skills. If the weather is very dry then the terrain can be dusty so it's worth bringing a shawl or light scarf to cover your mouth and nose. The vehicles are well maintained and professional safari vehicles. It is important to remember that you are in the animals environments and you are not top of the food chain! Our staff will look after you very well and their knowledge will make your experience safe and enjoyable but do please take all their advice.
Adventure Alternative Support
Adventure Alternative Kenya is a fully registered and licensed tour company based in Nairobi. Our staff are professionally trained, experienced and speak excellent English. We organise all the staff, equipment, permits and hotel arrangements. We have many staff acting as organisers, translators, problem-solvers, advisors and the main link between you and the UK office. The Nairobi office talk to the guides every day on the mountain / on safari and can make any arrangements you may need.
- Short & Long Sleeve Shirts - Long sleeved is for protection from the sun and insects in the evenings.
- Shorts & Trousers - again, long trousers can protect from the sun & insects.
- Safari Hat - wide brimmed works best, but a cap is a good alternative!
- Jacket/Fleece - it can get colder in the evenings and early morning game drive
- Sleeping bag. We provide mattress, sheets and blanket but it is worth bringing your own sleeping bag or liner.
- Shoes - Comfortable trainers/shoes and a pair of sandals
- Personal first-aid kit
- A small day pack
- Kenya Guide Book
- Money belt
- Torch (important on camping safari)
- Water bottle
- Insect Repellent
- Adventure Alternative is a well run trusted company. We’ve been recognised by a number of industry awards for the work which we do, such as the Responsible Tourism Award and the Roger Diski award from Aito
- We are active members of industry bodies such as Fair Trade Volunteering and Tourism Concern, and we are bonded hence your money is protected.
- Adventure Alternative is an organically grown company which is fresh and inspirational. We really make a big difference and promote a type of tourism which is sustainable, developmental and fair.
- We don’t use third party ground suppliers or external sources; we have developed our own in-country comnpanies.
- Adventure Alternative runs its own company in Kenya called Adventure Alternative Kenya. This company is a registered tour operator. The company has a large set up in Nairobi with regional bases all over the country. It has qualified and experienced staff, vehicles and a large store of equipment and the expertise to ensure your trip runs smoothly, professionally and safely.
- All the staff have been with us for over a decade and have been trained to a very high standard. They are well used to working with Westerners and will enjoy showing you their country and making sure you have a great time.
- Adventure Alternative is the real deal! We do things the way they should be done and your safety and enjoyment is paramount