8 Days The Red Elephants Safari.
Nairobi/ Amboseli-Chyullu Hills/ Tsavo West N.P and Tsavo East N.P, Mkurunji,Mwalugannje Elephant Santuary & Shimba Hills N.P. Tsavo East is part of the Greater Tsavo National Park that includes Tsavo East and West National Parks and the Chyulu Hills and consists mostly of miles and miles of dry flat thorn-bush, semi-arid acacia scrub and narrow woodland dominated by acacia. Before the 1970’s mass poaching in Tsavo park it had the biggest population of huge Red elephants. The red colour was from the soil found in the region. Today elephants from Tsavo are distinguished from those from Amboseli N/P by their red colour.
Arrive -Nairobi Nairobi Safari Club Hotel (BB).
Day 1. Arrive this morning or in the evening in the city of Nairobi and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
Chyulu Hills G/Re /Caves Severin Safari Camp (FB)
Day2. Depart Nairobi around 0800hrs, for the 3 hour drive down the Mombasa road to Kibwezi. Here we will leave the tarmac, and take a dirt road for the 30 km to where we start walking to Chyullu hills caves First though, lunch of cold cuts, salads, bread and cheese, cold beer or soft drink, and then walk to the entrance of the caves. Afternoon spent exploring sections of one of the longest "Lava Tube" caves in the world - Leviathan.
These caves, which world-wide, are relatively rare, are thought to have been formed when molten lava, of specific type and viscosity flowed down a slope of a specific angle. The surface layer cooled and solidified, but the lower part, still molten, continued to flow on down.
At this point, somewhere up the hillside a collapse of the surface crust occurred through which air enters, and so a tube evacuated itself just below the surface, fascinating formations found therein - Sink holes, lava ropes, stalagmites and stalactites, benches and of course the secondary, water formed features. Later drive to your camp check in for dinner and overnight.
Tsavo East N/P Galdessa Camp (FB)
Day 3 & 4. Depart to Tsavo East N/P with savannah grassland thorny bushes , swampy marshland unique landscape because of the Yatta Plateau formed from the lava that oozed from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain. A variety of animals can be seen: lions, leopard, cheetah, zebras, giraffes, serval, antelopes, kongoni, lesser kudu, oryx, klipspringer, impala, stripped hyena, ostriches, gazelles, buffalos, elephants and many more. Lugard Falls gush through a small fissure, narrow enough for the foolhardy to leap across, before dropping to Crocodile Point below, where the river changes its name to the Galana.
Also visit what is sometimes referred to as the miniature of Ayers rock in Australia - Mudanda rock, almost 2 kilometers long it juts out of the surrounding landscape. On the western side of Mudanda rock there is a pathway which you can take to climb it, from the top there are some excellent views across the park from which you can sometimes see elephant as well as other game that gather at the natural small dam / water hole below the rock, especially during the dry season.
Kwale –Mukurumuji Mukurumuji camp (FB)
Day 5.Transfer to Mukurumuji camp situated within the Sable Valley. Enjoy a guided bush walk, learning how to identify wildlife tracks and the local fauna. If we are lucky we may even see elephant and buffalo roaming in the hills. Relax in this tranquil camp and enjoy the magnificent views of the rainforest. We explore the local village and there is the opportunity to take part in a river walk.
Mukurumuji Mukurumuji camp (FB) (Bushwalk and Community Service)
Day 6. We start the day with a wildlife safety briefing after which we enjoy a guided Bushwalk to spot elephants (which roam freely in the area) and learn more about the natural use of local bushes, shrubs & trees. In the afternoon you will visit the local community and school and participate in school and community development programmes.
In the afternoon you will visit a traditional local homestead of the coastal Swahili people, led by a specialist guide for a 'hands on' cultural experience. This could include basket weaving, roof thatching, and local food harvesting, preparation and cooking techniques. In the afternoon you & your children will learn all about goat herding skills and assist the local community in their techniques, this is one of those simple 'life moments' we mentioned earlier! . Return to the camp late afternoon.
Shimba Hills G/ Reserve & Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary Shimba Hills Lodge (FB)
Day 7. This beautiful Reserve of lush scenery has a unique and botanically rich coastal rainforest. It is most famous for its Sable Antelope that are found nowhere else in Kenya and is also a haven for the endangered Angolan Black and White Colobus Monkey.
We enjoy a Game drive and a picnic lunch before transferring to Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary . The Sanctuary boasts the highest density (per km 2 ) of elephants in Africa. You will learn during game drives about elephant behavior and the threats they face.
Day 8. Depart to Nairobi after morning game drives or drive to Mombasa for a beach holiday.