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5-day Kenya: In Between Mombasa and Nairobi – Diamond

Smaller distances and lots of wildlife. In this 5-day safari you visit the national parks nestled in between Kenya’s coastal town Mombasa and its capital Nairobi.

This is a route for elephant lovers! First at Amboseli National Park you find many herds with the Kili in the background. On the wide savannahs of Tsavo West National Park you see them again, together with the rest of the Big Five. And last but not least, on the green mountain range of Taita Hills you might find bush elephants, as well as elephants on the plains below.

This is an exclusive, private safari that allows you to travel at your own pace. This has a few advantages. First of all: you have a private safari vehicle and a personal guide. This allows you to decide what time to leave in the morning and what time to come back, with the advice of your guide. Also, once you are in a national park, you can observe a specific animal or herd for as long as you like. No one will push you to move along. And lastly, your personal guide knows your wishes and will advise accordingly, turning your trip into an unforgettable experience… which begins tomorrow morning!

The hotels shown below are our Diamond Class, which is the most luxurious Kenya has to offer…! They usually have amazing locations, serve the most exquisite food and offer the best possible service.

Day 1: Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

‘Jambo!’ As you walk out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, your personal Africa Safari Trips guide greets you with a big smile on his face. ‘Karibu Kenya – welcome to Kenya!’

Our Africa Safari Trips guide takes you straight from the airport to your hotel, which gives you the first impressions of the vibrant city of Nairobi. You take in the skyscrapers, the traffic with the motortaxis and colourful matatu’s (local public transport), and the hussle and bussle of people living their every day life…

Ask your guide anything that comes to mind, because he knows all about Kenyan life and culture. But not only that; he also gladly tells you everything about the beautiful national parks you are about to visit. So ask whatever you want – he will do his utmost best to answer all your questions…!

Diamond hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Hemingways Nairobi

Day 2: Afternoon safari Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park lies on the border between Kenya and Tanzania at a four hour drive from Nairobi. You arrive here just in time for lunch and an afternoon gamedrive at sunset…!

Amboseli is almost 400 square kilometers in size and offers a magnificent view of the beautifully snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is home to many animals but foremost famous for its large groups of free-roaming elephants. Here you will have the chance to take some iconic pictures of elephants in front of the Africa’s highest lone-standing mountain.

Up until 2020 the park was a safe haven to an incredible bull elephant named Tim (see picture). This mighty leviathan quickly became one of Amboseli’s major attractions because of his size and iconic tusks that reached the ground. He was around 50 years old at the time of his death in February 2020.

Diamond hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Tawi Lodge

Day 3: Full day safari in Amboseli National Park

Today we advise you to get up early, and take the chance to do a gamedrive at sunrise – the time when animals are most active.

This day is reserved completely for game drives, which allows you to explore Amboseli to the fullest. It stretches over an area of 392 square kilometers and is dominated by acacia woodland, rocky thorny bush, swamps marshland and a Pleistocene lake. The usual safari suspects roam around here in good numbers: giraffes, zebras, buffalos, elephants of course and big cats like lions, cheetahs and leopards.

The Masai live close here and are actually the ones who gave the park its name: Kioko Lake is a lake in the middle of the park that often completely dries up during the dry season. The ashy earth that remains is called amboseli by the Masai people. This is where the park’s name came from. During your time to Amboseli, you can also discover Masai culture by visiting one of their villages.

 

Diamond hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Tawi Lodge

Day 4: Tsavo West National Park

With green hills, savannah, water and lavarocks from nearby volcanos, the landscape of Tsavo West National Park is very diverse. With its 9,065 square kilometers it is huge and home to all of the Big Five. They roam the land together with giraffes, zebras, antilopes and many different birds.

Tsavo West is famous for the Shetani Lava Flows, where fifty square kilometers of volcanic black rock spread over the land. Also the Mzima Springs are worth a visit; a series of four natural springs with fifty million gallons of crystal clear water that gushes out of from under parched lava rock. Hippos and crocs love the clear, fresh water of Mzima Springs, which means they are easy to spot…!

Founded in 1948, the Tsavo brothers are two of the oldest parks in Kenya. They are separated from each other by the high- and railway that connect the coastal town of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi. From Amboseli it’s a mere three hour drive to Tsavo West, which you then cross en route to Tsavo East.

Diamond hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Voyager Ziwani

Day 5: Taita Hills & Lumo Conservancy

Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and the Lumo Conservancy area privately owned parks close to each other, on the edge of Tsavo West National Park.

A green mountain range and open grassy plains full of wildlife make Taita Hills definitely worth a visit. Part of the beautiful Eastern Arc Mountain Range, Taita Hills is among the oldest mountain ranges of Africa with many endemic species on its 110 square kilometers. Kenya’s most threatened birds live here: the Taita Apalis and Taita Thrush. But also the Taita Hills Purple-glossed Snake, the Taita Blade-horned Chameleon, the Taita Falcon, the Taita White-eye and the Southern Banded Snake-eagle have their home here. The usual suspects of the African wildlife are also present: African bush elephants, lions, cheetahs, buffalos, leopards, hyenas, giraffes and zebras.

Also Lumo Conservancy is great for game drives and in one day you can drive through both parks. In Lumo it’s also possible to do an exciting night gamedrive for an additional fee.

Diamond hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Lions Bluff Lodge

Day 6: Ready for your flight back home...?

Take in the beauty of Taita Hills one last time, because this is the last day of your safari…! If you still want more, it is possible to add some national parks to your safari. Otherwise you can drive back to Nairobi for your flight back home.

However, we advise to hop on for an adventurous train ride to Mombasa to catch your flight there. Or to continue your holiday… on the beach!

Kenya has some amazing tropical beaches to help you unwind after your safari. We at Africa Safari Trips especially like the stunning stretches of beach in the south of Kenya. There is the beautiful Diani Beach 20 kilometers south of Mombasa, and lively Bamburi Beach north of the city. Think crystal blue oceans, sandy white beaches, endless pools and colourful cocktails. As a plus, historical Mombasa is just around the corner…!

How to book this safari?

  1. Make your choice of Gold, Platinum or Diamond Class lodges at the top of this page.
  2. Click on the price button on the bottom of this page.
  3. Fill your departure date (approximately).
  4. Send…! We will respond with a personal travel offer as soon as possible.

Our prices

5-day Kenya: In Between Mombasa and Nairobi - Diamond 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons
Low season
(March + April + May + November 1st - December 19th)
Mid Season
(the rest of the year)
High season
(July + August + 20 dec – 10 jan)

* Prices mentioned above are per person.
* Minors (below 16 years of age) travel at a discount. This discount is calculated when you request a personal travel offer.

 

Prices above include:

 

  • Pickup from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer to the lodge.
  • Transfer from the lodge to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when departing.
  • All accommodations.
  • Game drives in the national parks.
  • Park fees for all national parks.
  • Luxurious, private 4×4 safari Jeep with pop-up roof and big windows, designed specifically for high-end safari game drives.
  • Private, English speaking guide for the duration of your safari.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your safari (Full Board).
  • Drinking water in our safari jeeps.
  • 24/7 service from our local office in Kenya.
  • Reservation costs.
  • Fully accredited and bonded under SGR.

 

Prices above exclude:

 

  • International flight tickets and visa.
  • Insurances such as a travel- or cancellation insurance or the Flying Doctors insurance.
from $1713 p.p. *