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Witness extraordinary Kenyan creatures like these red soil-dusted elephants when you take a tailor-made holiday with Alfred&.

Big Five Safari

By Mayur Khanna
Travel Expert for Alfred&

Although relatively short in duration, there’s no shortage of wildlife action on this value-for-money safari. Discover the unique volcanic landscape of Tsavo West, where herds of magnificent elephants share the same vibrant hues as the rich red soil. In Amboseli, with its dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, enjoy game drives across a wide-open landscape where zebras, buffalo and wildebeest graze alongside a thousand-strong herd of elephants and prowling big cats.

Places

Length
6 days
Group tour
Max group size 12
All departures guaranteed
Guide price range
£2,525 - £3,375pp
Including international flights. Also available on a private basis, see guide pricing below.
Included meals
5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Best months to go
January to March, June to October
Special Offer

2025 EARLY BOOKING OFFER.  SAVING OF £150 PER PERSON ON ANY 2025 SMALL GROUP SAFARI DEPARTURE.  BOOK BY 1st JULY 2024.

From £2,375 per person for 20 May 2025 departures - includes 2025 Early Booking Offer, a saving of up to £300 per couple.  Book by 1 July 2024.

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Itinerary Highlights

Kenya

Seek out Africa's headlining wildlife on an escorted group safari

Share the experience of your safari adventure with a small group...

Tsavo

Visit Tsavo, Kenya’s largest national park

While Tsavo East is great for unobstructed wildlife viewing, the west offers everything from lava flows to crater lakes...

Amboseli and Chyulu Hills

Discover Amboseli, a photographer’s paradise

Bag that signature shot of tusked elephants parading across the savannah, with the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro in the background...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya. Upon arrival in Nairobi, a local representative will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your comfortable hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax ahead of your safari adventure. Overnight at Eka Hotel (or similar).

Things to do:

2

Nairobi & Tsavo West

After breakfast, depart Nairobi on a 6.5-hour drive to Tsavo West National Park. Located in the Coast province in south-east Kenya, the landscape of Tsavo West is spectacularly varied, with semi-arid plains, open grasslands, dense woodlands, rocky outcrops and lava flows. The park is also home to an abundance of wildlife including rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, waterbuck, lesser kudu, giraffe and the rare gerenuk. But it is perhaps best known for its herds of magnificent ‘red’ elephants, whose unusual colouring actually stems from the rich red dust and soil that they cover themselves in. You’ll arrive in time for lunch at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp, situated on a private sanctuary at the western edge of Tsavo. The camp sits on a secluded dam on the Sante River, home to turtles, crocodile and hippo. Overnight at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp (or similar).

Things to do:

3

Tsavo West

Head out on morning and afternoon game drives in historic Tsavo West, to experience the impressive volcanic landscape and hopefully spot its dust red elephants. You’ll also visit the popular Mzima Springs, a series of sparkling pools fed by underground streams. An underwater viewing chamber offers the chance to observe hippos and crocodiles beneath the surface of these wildlife-rich pools. Back at camp there’ll be time to relax and admire the view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Overnight at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp (or similar).

Things to do:

4

Tsavo West & Amboseli

Today, drive 5.5-hours to Amboseli National Park, located in the Rift Valley province at the foot of snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. Located close to the Tanzanian border, Amboseli is a photographer’s paradise boasting unparalleled views of Kilimanjaro and some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets you’re likely to see anywhere. You’ll arrive at Ol Tukai Lodge in time for lunch, with monkeys and baboons roaming the grounds while you eat. After refuelling and refreshing, enjoy an afternoon game drive in Amboseli. The park has a large concentration of wildlife, particularly in the dry season. There are over 1000 elephants, including some of the largest in Africa. As well as the huge herds, you may catch sight of buffalo and lions in the open savannah and rolling hills. Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge (or similar).

5

Amboseli

Make the most of Amboseli’s wildlife opportunities today, on early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives across the national park's often arid plains. You will hopefully see buffalo and some of the big cats. Though largely dry and dusty, Amboseli is also home to swamplands, fed by underwater springs from the meltwaters of Mount Kilimanjaro. These lush swamplands attract wallowing elephants and hippo, as well as buffalo and birdlife. More than 400 species of bird can be found, including the rare Taita falcon and the southern banded harrier eagle. There will also be plenty of time to enjoy the facilities at the lodge. Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge (or similar).

Things to do:

6

Amboseli & Departure

Depart Amboseli after breakfast, driving for 6-hours back to Nairobi.

Another stop?

We recommend finishing your African adventure with a beach stay on the white sands of Diani or Mombasa on the Kenyan Coast. Zanzibar or its small sister island of Pemba in Tanzania, are also fantastic options only a short flight from Nairobi.

Extensions

Extensions

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

Small Group Safari
2024: 04 Jun, 18 Jun, 12 Nov, 10 Dec

2025: 20 May, 17 Jun, 25 Nov

£2,525p

Mid Season

Small Group Safari
2024: n/a

2025: 14 Jan, 11 Feb, 25 Mar

£2,775

High Season

Small Group Safari
2024: 10 Sep, 24 Sep, 22 Oct

2025: 09 Sep, 16 Sep, 07 Oct, 21 Oct

£2,850

Peak Season

Small Group Safari:
2024: 13 Aug

2025: 01 Jul, 22 Jul, 05 Aug, 19 Aug

£3,375

Private Itinerary

This itinerary is also available as a private departure, on the dates of your choice. This option is ideal for families or groups of friends, as the price per person reduces as the size of your group increases.

£3,060
Special Offer

2025 EARLY BOOKING OFFER.  SAVING OF £150 PER PERSON ON ANY 2025 SMALL GROUP SAFARI DEPARTURE.  BOOK BY 1st JULY 2024.

From £2,375 per person for 20 May 2025 departures - includes 2025 Early Booking Offer, a saving of up to £300 per couple.  Book by 1 July 2024.

Price for 20 May 2025 small group safari departures based on flights with British Airways from London Heathrow.

Please ask about these offers when you contact us. You can find full terms and conditions for all our offers here.

Alfred & Mayur Khanna

Growing up in India, Mayur travelled extensively throughout the country including Rajasthan where he lapped up its vibrant culture and enjoyed camel riding from desert camps. He swept through Vietnam favouring Hoi An’s lantern-lit streets, ventured to teetering heights in Nepal, and travelled across Japan falling in love with Kyoto during the cherry blossom season. One of his most memorable moments though was cruising the backwaters of Kerala on a coir woven houseboat, local toddy in hand.
Mayur Khanna

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Becky, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the safari rangers, local village chiefs and camp managers you'll be talking about for years to come. Start planning today, call us, email an enquiry or arrange a phone or video appointment for ideas and advice.

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