Big Five Safari

6nights Safari 4x4
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The Big Five Safari is a short, value-for-money itinerary ideal for first timers or those with time constraints. You’ll get to visit the wilderness of Tsavo West on a full-day game drive followed by Amboseli, with its dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Add on a gorilla safari in Uganda for the ultimate Africa wildlife trip.

• Nairobi: 1 night
• Tsavo West: 2 nights
• Amboseli: 2 nights\

6nights Safari 4x4
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Stay longer

**Uganda gorilla trekking 3 nights **

Day 1: Entebbe Fly from Nairobi to Entebbe and transfer to your hotel for the night. Stay: The Boma Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park There’s an early start this morning as you are picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Kisoro airstrip in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The dramatic landscape of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of the best places in the world for gorilla sightings. This 32,000-hectare national park in south-eastern Uganda has a remarkable biodiversity, with more than 160 species of tree and over 100 types of fern. It’s home to many endangered species, from rare birds and butterflies to the majestic mountain gorilla. Your base here is the peaceful Chameleon Hill Lodge – a quirky and bright boutique hotel with 10 en-suite rooms. Stay: Chameleon Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park After an energising breakfast, head out on your gorilla trek. Register at the ranger station for a briefing before heading out into the undergrowth in search of mountain gorillas. Your permit to enter the park is one of a limited number and a non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. After being assigned a gorilla family to visit, you’ll enter the park’s dense rainforest in search of these magnificent creatures, accompanied by experienced guides. Your trek could last anywhere from half an hour to seven hours, depending on the location of the gorillas. You might spot young gorillas climbing and playing, or a mother with a tiny wide-eyed baby. And just being close to a huge silverback is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. All precautions are taken to protect the gorillas. Viewing times are limited to one hour, there’s a maximum of eight people per group, and only one visit to each gorilla family per day. This makes the experience not only exclusive; it offers peace of mind too. This afternoon you'll visit a Batwa pygmy community and learn about the ways they depend on the forest for survival, like harnessing honey, using shrubs for medicine and constructing huts from trees, leaves and climbing plants. Stay: Chameleon Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Fly to Entebbe for your return flight to the UK. B.

Zanzibar 3 nights

Just a short flight from Nairobi, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town is a mix of labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, historic buildings and vibrant markets, while the ‘stay longer’ reason is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, which are regularly voted among the world’s best beaches.

Mombasa 3 nights
Kenya's tranquil coast offers an affordable extension to a Kenya safari. The vibrant city of Mombasa is the gateway to the coast, where there are over 300 miles of palm-fringed beaches with glistening white sands and warm, clear waters excellent for snorkelling and diving.

Day 1: UK to Nairobi Depart the UK on your flight to Nairobi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
Stay: Eka Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Nairobi to Tsavo West Set off 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 soil is rich and red in colour and this creates the illusion of magnificent red elephants – which are actually covered in dust from the soil. The park is also home to wildlife including rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, waterbuck, lesser kudu, giraffe and gerenuk. Arrive in time for lunch with your group 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, which is home to crocodile and hippo. Stay in one of the 25 classic safari tents. Each canvas tent has a protective thatched roof, en-suite bathroom and deck overlooking the river. Approx. journey time: 6½ hours.
Stay: Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tsavo West Head out a full-day game drive with packed lunch in historic Tsavo West spotting its dust red elephants, and visit popular Mzima Springs – a series of pools fed by underground streams. You'll also have some time at leisure to relax and enjoy the camp.\ Stay: Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Tsavo West to Amboseli Leave Tsavo and head to Amboseli National Park at the foot of snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. Located in the Rift Valley province of southern Kenya, close to the Tanzanian border, Amboseli has some of the most dramatic views of ‘Kili’. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular in many national parks, but here, over Mount Kilimanjaro, are some of the best. 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, catch sight of buffalo and lions in the open savannah, rolling hills and swamplands. 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. You’ll arrive at Ol Tukai Lodge in time for lunch. Ol Tukai has one of the best spots inside Amboseli, backed by Mount Kilimanjaro. Monkeys and baboons roam the grounds and the rooms are chalet-style with wonderful views of the wetlands or Kilimanjaro. After refuelling and refreshing, enjoy an afternoon game drive in Amboseli. Approx. journey time: 5½ hours.
Stay: Ol Tukai Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Amboseli Today you’ll head out on early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli’s often arid plains. You will hopefully see buffalo and some of the big cats, with plenty of time to also enjoy the facilities at the lodge.
Stay: Ol Tukai Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Amboseli to Nairobi Depart Amboseli after breakfast and return to Nairobi. Approx. journey time: 6 hours.
Meals: Breakfast


Stay longer

**Uganda gorilla trekking 3 nights **

Day 1: Entebbe Fly from Nairobi to Entebbe and transfer to your hotel for the night. Stay: The Boma Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park There’s an early start this morning as you are picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Kisoro airstrip in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The dramatic landscape of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of the best places in the world for gorilla sightings. This 32,000-hectare national park in south-eastern Uganda has a remarkable biodiversity, with more than 160 species of tree and over 100 types of fern. It’s home to many endangered species, from rare birds and butterflies to the majestic mountain gorilla. Your base here is the peaceful Chameleon Hill Lodge – a quirky and bright boutique hotel with 10 en-suite rooms. Stay: Chameleon Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park After an energising breakfast, head out on your gorilla trek. Register at the ranger station for a briefing before heading out into the undergrowth in search of mountain gorillas. Your permit to enter the park is one of a limited number and a non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. After being assigned a gorilla family to visit, you’ll enter the park’s dense rainforest in search of these magnificent creatures, accompanied by experienced guides. Your trek could last anywhere from half an hour to seven hours, depending on the location of the gorillas. You might spot young gorillas climbing and playing, or a mother with a tiny wide-eyed baby. And just being close to a huge silverback is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. All precautions are taken to protect the gorillas. Viewing times are limited to one hour, there’s a maximum of eight people per group, and only one visit to each gorilla family per day. This makes the experience not only exclusive; it offers peace of mind too. This afternoon you'll visit a Batwa pygmy community and learn about the ways they depend on the forest for survival, like harnessing honey, using shrubs for medicine and constructing huts from trees, leaves and climbing plants. Stay: Chameleon Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Fly to Entebbe for your return flight to the UK. B.

Zanzibar 3 nights

Just a short flight from Nairobi, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town is a mix of labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, historic buildings and vibrant markets, while the ‘stay longer’ reason is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, which are regularly voted among the world’s best beaches.

Mombasa 3 nights
Kenya's tranquil coast offers an affordable extension to a Kenya safari. The vibrant city of Mombasa is the gateway to the coast, where there are over 300 miles of palm-fringed beaches with glistening white sands and warm, clear waters excellent for snorkelling and diving.

ABOUT THIS SAFARI

Is this for you?

Ideal if you’re short on time or looking to combine Kenya with other destinations to create a longer tailor-made itinerary.

Good to know

• For guests over 7 years old
• A maximum of 6 guests per vehicle
• Luggage must be in soft bags – try to pack lightly.

What to expect

• A short safari experience that can be customised to create a longer holiday
• Some long drives of 5½-6½ hours, but you will see wildlife along the way
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings
• Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve chosen a traditional lodge and a tented camp to make sure you still get the full safari experience on this shorter itinerary. In Tsavo West, you’ll stay at the tranquil Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp in a private conservancy with an interesting history at the edge of the national park. In Amboseli, Ol Tukai Lodge has chalet-style rooms, a lovely pool, rooftop bar and wonderful views of Kilimanjaro.

Solo travellers

Sole-use room from £2145

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2021 Feb 16; Apr 06; Jun 22; Jul 27; Aug 10; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12
2022 Feb 15; Apr 05; Jun 21; Jul 26; Aug 09; Sep 13, 27; Oct 11

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local driver/guides
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• 4x4 safari vehicles exclusively for Kuoni customers, with guaranteed window seats
• Park fees
• Guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £2532 per person

Excursions

Day 3: Optional sundowner & guided walk at Voyager Ziwani Camp
Day-use room Pre-book a day-room on arrival or before your return flight from £74 per person.\

Kuoni highlights

The Big Five Safari is a popular itinerary, offering a manageable duration without compromising on the full safari experience. Watching the sun rise over Mount Kilimanjaro from your lodge in Amboseli is one of the most special experiences in Africa, and a full-day game drive in Tsavo West with a picnic lunch will allow you to venture into a real wilderness. We've also upgraded your vehicle to a 4x4.

Kuoni highlights

The Big Five Safari is a popular itinerary, offering a manageable duration without compromising on the full safari experience. Watching the sun rise over Mount Kilimanjaro from your lodge in Amboseli is one of the most special experiences in Africa, and a full-day game drive in Tsavo West with a picnic lunch will allow you to venture into a real wilderness. We've also upgraded your vehicle to a 4x4.