Embark on a scenic rail journey as you’re whisked through the countryside from Kenya’s tropical coast to the heart of its wildlife-rich national parks. See hundreds-strong elephant herds in Amboseli and discover the wilds of Tsavo West, then return to the beach where you can unwind on soft white sands. This innovative itinerary offers a real Out of Africa experience.

• Mombasa beach: 1 night
• Amboseli: 2 nights
• Tsavo West: 2 nights
• Mombasa beach: 1 night

7nights Safari

Embark on a scenic rail journey as you’re whisked through the countryside from Kenya’s tropical coast to the heart of its wildlife-rich national parks. See hundreds-strong elephant herds in Amboseli and discover the wilds of Tsavo West, then return to the beach where you can unwind on soft white sands. This innovative itinerary offers a real Out of Africa experience.

• Mombasa beach: 1 night
• Amboseli: 2 nights
• Tsavo West: 2 nights
• Mombasa beach: 1 night

7nights Safari
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Mombasa Depart the UK on your flight to Mombasa. On arrival, transfer to your beach hotel for a relaxing overnight stay. The Serena Beach Resort & Spa is an elegant blend of Swahili simplicity and sultan splendour, replicating the winding lanes and colourful market places of a traditional 13th-Century Swahili town. It sits in tropical gardens housing coconut palms and colourful bougainvillea that lead down to the beautiful beachfront, with a large pool that has its own swim-up bar. Stay: Serena Beach Resort & Spa. D.

Day 2: Mombasa to Amboseli Today there’s an early start for your journey to Amboseli. You’ll be picked up from your beach hotel and transferred to Mombasa rail station to board the 7.15am Madaraka Express to Emali town via the Tsavo West National Park. The Madaraka Express is a modern train travelling along the new Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway line, which was completed in 2017. Travelling by train gives a real throwback to the Out of Africa era, allowing you to sit back and relax as you pass through the Kenyan countryside and take in the views. You’ll travel in first class, in a comfortable carriage with plenty of storage space for your luggage. Depart the train around 11.30am and be met by your driver/guide to continue on to Amboseli National Park by road. In the Rift Valley province of southern Kenya, close to the Tanzanian border, Amboseli has some of the most dramatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch, followed by an afternoon game drive in the park. Your accommodation in Amboseli is the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, nestled in an acacia grove by a mountain spring, with a Maasai-inspired design and glorious views of Kilimanjaro. Approx. journey time: 4-hour train ride and 1½-hour drive. Stay: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 3: Amboseli Today you’ll explore the park on morning and late afternoon game drives. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular in many national parks, but here, over Mount Kilimanjaro, are some of the best. Amboseli 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. Other wildlife inhabiting the grasslands includes cheetah, rhino, waterbuck, zebra and warthog. Though largely dry and dusty, Amboseli is fed by underwater springs from the meltwaters of Mount Kilimanjaro. These lush green 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, the southern banded harrier eagle and the secretary bird. Stay: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D

Day 4: Amboseli to Tsavo West Head out on an early morning game drive before breakfast. After breakfast, leave Amboseli and drive on to Tsavo West, where you’ll arrive at your lodge in time for lunch and head out on a late afternoon game drive until sunset. Tonight you’ll stay at the Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge. One of the first lodges ever to be built in a Kenyan national park, Kilaguni is cool and quiet, with uninterrupted views of Kilimanjaro from every corner. This beautiful lodge has been designed to blend chameleon-like into the rugged savannah, encircled by rocky outcrops and lying next to a teeming waterhole that’s visited daily by herds of elephant, buffalo and other plains game. The lodge even has an optional night time 'on-call' service to alert guests if wildlife visits the waterhole when you’re asleep – perfect for game viewing from your balcony! Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 5: Tsavo West Today you’ll discover Tsavo on two further game drives. The landscape here 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. Stay: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 6: Tsavo West to Mombasa After an early breakfast at your lodge, you’ll transfer to Mtito Andei railway station for your 10.50am train journey back to Mombasa. On arrival in Mombasa at around 2pm, return to the Serena Beach for a chilled-out evening by the beach. Approx. journey time: 45-minute drive and 3-hour train ride. Stay: Serena Beach Resort & Spa. B, D.

Day 7: Mombasa Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B.


Stay longer

Mombasa beach (pre or post tour) 3 nights
Extend your stay on the beach in Mombasa. Kenya's tranquil coast offers an affordable beach extension to any Kenya safari. The vibrant city of Mombasa is the gateway to the coast, where over 300 miles of palm-fringed beaches have glistening white sands, and where the warm, clear waters are excellent for snorkelling and diving.

Day 1: UK to Mombasa Depart the UK on your flight to Mombasa. On arrival, transfer to your beach hotel for a relaxing overnight stay. The Serena Beach Resort & Spa is an elegant blend of Swahili simplicity and sultan splendour, replicating the winding lanes and colourful market places of a traditional 13th-Century Swahili town. It sits in tropical gardens housing coconut palms and colourful bougainvillea that lead down to the beautiful beachfront, with a large pool that has its own swim-up bar. Stay: Serena Beach Resort & Spa. D.

Day 2: Mombasa to Amboseli Today there’s an early start for your journey to Amboseli. You’ll be picked up from your beach hotel and transferred to Mombasa rail station to board the 7.15am Madaraka Express to Emali town via the Tsavo West National Park. The Madaraka Express is a modern train travelling along the new Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway line, which was completed in 2017. Travelling by train gives a real throwback to the Out of Africa era, allowing you to sit back and relax as you pass through the Kenyan countryside and take in the views. You’ll travel in first class, in a comfortable carriage with plenty of storage space for your luggage. Depart the train around 11.30am and be met by your driver/guide to continue on to Amboseli National Park by road. In the Rift Valley province of southern Kenya, close to the Tanzanian border, Amboseli has some of the most dramatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch, followed by an afternoon game drive in the park. Your accommodation in Amboseli is the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, nestled in an acacia grove by a mountain spring, with a Maasai-inspired design and glorious views of Kilimanjaro. Approx. journey time: 4-hour train ride and 1½-hour drive. Stay: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 3: Amboseli Today you’ll explore the park on morning and late afternoon game drives. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular in many national parks, but here, over Mount Kilimanjaro, are some of the best. Amboseli 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. Other wildlife inhabiting the grasslands includes cheetah, rhino, waterbuck, zebra and warthog. Though largely dry and dusty, Amboseli is fed by underwater springs from the meltwaters of Mount Kilimanjaro. These lush green 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, the southern banded harrier eagle and the secretary bird. Today you might also like to take part in the lodge's reforestation programme and plant your own tree. Stay: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D

Day 4: Amboseli to Tsavo West Head out on an early morning game drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, leave Amboseli and drive on to Tsavo West, where you’ll arrive at your lodge in time for lunch and head out on a late afternoon game drive until sunset. Tonight you’ll stay at the Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge. One of the first lodges ever to be built in a Kenyan national park, Kilaguni is cool and quiet, with uninterrupted views of Kilimanjaro from every corner. This beautiful lodge has been designed to blend chameleon-like into the rugged savannah, encircled by rocky outcrops and lying next to a teeming waterhole that’s visited daily by herds of elephant, buffalo and other plains game. The lodge even has an optional night time 'on-call' service to alert guests if wildlife visits the waterhole when you’re asleep – perfect for game viewing from your balcony! Kilaguni also has its own solar power plant that has the capacity to supply its total energy requirements during normal weather conditions. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 5: Tsavo West Today you’ll discover Tsavo on two further game drives. The landscape here 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. Stay: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 6: Tsavo West to Mombasa After an early breakfast at your lodge, you’ll transfer to Mtito Andei railway station for your 10.50am train journey back to Mombasa. On arrival in Mombasa at around 2pm, return to the Serena Beach for a chilled-out evening by the beach. If you're extending your stay at Serena Beach, you could visit the butterfly farm, head out on optional nature walks or book a spa treatment (extra cost). Approx. journey time: 45-minute drive and 3-hour train ride. Stay: Serena Beach Resort & Spa. B, D.

Day 7: Mombasa Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B.


Stay longer

Mombasa beach (pre or post tour) 3 nights
Extend your stay on the beach in Mombasa. Kenya's tranquil coast offers an affordable beach extension to any Kenya safari. The vibrant city of Mombasa is the gateway to the coast, where over 300 miles of palm-fringed beaches have glistening white sands, and where the warm, clear waters are excellent for snorkelling and diving.

ABOUT THIS SAFARI

Is this for you?

This comfortable rail journey offers something a little different to a traditional safari. It’s a more independent way to travel, while still offering the security and sociability of a small group safari. Travelling to and from Mombasa makes it easy to extend your time on the beach, too.

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

• Approx. 1½-hour check-in process at the train station
• An early start on day 2
• You will be travelling independently on the train, with local representatives meeting you on arrival
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings
• Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Accommodation on tour

The Serena group is one of East Africa’s most recognised hotel groups, and their premium hotels and lodges all have local touches. On the coast, Serena Beach Resort & Spa replicates a traditional 13th Century Swahili town. In the national parks, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge has a Maasai-inspired design and views of Kilimanjaro, while Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is a classic stone-built lodge with a bar that overlooks a waterhole.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £150

Is this for you?

This comfortable rail journey offers something a little different to a traditional safari. It’s a more independent way to travel, while still offering the security and sociability of a small group safari. Travelling to and from Mombasa makes it easy to extend your time on the beach, too.

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

• Time to get to know your group and guide
• Approx. 1½-hour check-in process at the train station
• You will be travelling independently on the train, with local representatives meeting you on arrival
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings

• Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Accommodation on tour

The Serena group is one of East Africa’s most recognised hotel groups, and their premium hotels and lodges all have local touches. On the coast, Serena Beach Resort & Spa replicates a traditional 13th Century Swahili town. In the national parks, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge has a Maasai-inspired design and views of Kilimanjaro, while Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is a classic stone-built lodge with a bar that overlooks a waterhole.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £2425

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Jan 14; Feb 11; Mar 18; Apr 15; May 06; Jun 17; Jul 08; Aug 05; Sep 09; Oct 21; Nov 18     

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 safari Upgrade to a private safari with a driver/guide on the same ititnerary, departing on the day of your choice for a supplement from £432 per person.

Tour dates

2020 Jan 14; Feb 11; Mar 17; Apr 14; May 05; Jun 16; Jul 07; Aug 04; Sep 08; Oct 20; Nov 17
2021 Jan 17; Feb 21; Mar 14; Apr 11; Many 02, 30; Jun 13, 27; Jul 18, Aug 15, Sep 05; Oct 10, 24; Nov 14

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 £2249 per person

Kenya Beach & Safari

Kuoni highlights

We’re the first UK tour operator to offer this innovative beach and safari by rail itinerary. The Madaraka Express is a modern train travelling along the new Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway line, which was completed in 2017. It offers a comfortable and efficient way to get to Kenya’s national parks; you’ll reach your destinations in just a couple of hours versus longer and bumpier road journeys, relaxing as you watch the countryside pass by.

Kuoni highlights

We’re the first UK tour operator to offer this innovative beach and safari by rail itinerary. The Madaraka Express is a modern train travelling along the new Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway line, which was completed in 2017. It offers a comfortable and efficient way to get to Kenya’s national parks; you’ll reach your destinations in just a couple of hours versus longer and bumpier road journeys, relaxing as you watch the countryside pass by.