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Kenya.Mombasa.Nov.East FATA is it worth to go on safari

Dima321 ” 25 May 2013, 07:37

Flying to Mombasa in November, does it make sense to take a safari to the East FACE.Anything-anyone we will see there from the wildlife? Thank you.

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kachevnik ” 26 may 2013, 21:24

Dima321 wrote (a) May 25, 2013, 07:37: We are flying to Mombasa in November, does it make sense to take a safari to the East FATA.Anything-what will we see there from the wildlife?

Been to this park. Very beautiful nature, the animals seen there all but cheetahs. There are a lot of animals and the scenery is beautiful. I would love to go there again. So I recommend it.

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Dima321 ” May 27, 2013, 04:11

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Broner ” 13 Jun 2013, 16:12

Had a family vacation last November, though a slightly different itinerary: Masai Mara 2 nights, Lake Nakuru 1 night, Kilimanjaro 1 night. After 5 days ocean Mombasa. The fact that you can see the entire “African Five” is almost certain. The weather at this time is excellent: not hot, but warm +23 – +25. For this was the most vivid trip, this is the vacation where you feel like a kid. You catch yourself smiling all the time, tired of smiling. The animals are fascinating. Definitely go!

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Dima321 ” 13 Jun 2013, 21:28

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wildafrica ” 23 Jun 2013, 13:43

East Tsavo is the best option for a short safari from Mombasa: classic African landscapes with red earth, baobabs and umbrella acacia trees, lots of red in color local clay elephants, huge herds of buffalo, rare antelope kudu and gerenuk, and good chances to see lions and other predators. But it is almost impossible to see the entire African five there: rhinos are either completely gone or just a couple and, as Tsavo is one of the largest parks in Africa, it is harder to find them there than a needle in a haystack. Therefore, a trip there is often combined with a visit to West Tsavo. The scenery there is very different and the vegetation is thicker, which makes it difficult to see the animals. But there is a special rhinoceros reserve and the chances of seeing a leopard are also higher.

But wherever you go, be sure to go overnight. The best time to watch the animals is a few hours in the morning after sunrise or before sunset. If you come to Tsavo on a day tour, these valuable hours are spent on the road, and you will be in the park in the middle of the day when the animals are hiding from the sun in the shade of the trees.

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Capella ” 30 Jun 2013, 16:52

Planning to be in Tsavo in very early January. Looked at the Australken website for safari options, they have 1-2 night options in Tsavo East or West, there are 3-4 day safaris in Tsavo + Amboseli. Sent them a request for cost. I was originally thinking of visiting only Tsavo, but after reading the forum and online reviews, I came to the conclusion that Amboseli is kind of a must see. Who has some advice?) Is it possible to be limited to Tzavo and a two-day safari or Amboseli is still worth a visit? And another question, is it possible to see the famous view of Kili only from Amboseli, or from Tzavo too? Thank you.

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Shwed ” 30 Jun 2013, 17:03

Capella wrote(a) 30 Jun 2013, 16:52: And another question, is the famous view of Kili only from Amboseli or can you see it from Tsavo too?

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wildafrica ” 30 Jun 2013, 17:24

You can see Kilimanjaro from Amboseli and sometimes, not from a very good angle, from a private reserve near Tsavo West (west). If you go for only two days, go to Tsavo East (east) because the animals, and the chances of seeing them, are greater there. If the budget allows 4 days, it is worth to go on the route Tsavo West, Amboseli, Tsavo East.

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Capella ” 30 Jun 2013, 19:10

Wildafrica thank you! we have not yet figured out the budget as i just sent in a request today. But the thing is that we only have 10 days for the trip, (from 12/30 – 9/1/14), of which a week on the coast booked lodging (until Jan. 6). I was thinking to go to Tsavo on January 3-4 for 2 days, go back to Mombasa, a day to spend in town, go to Haller Park + sights, then take the train to Nairobi and the last day of insurance before flying home (just in case the train will be late, etc.) in the capital (carnivore, zoo, etc.). Now there is a second option: to go on safari January 3-4 for 4 days (including Amboseli), not to get back in Mombasa, and immediately arrange that we were taken to Nairobi, and then on the scheme – the last day in Nairobi and home. What do you advise? what is the best option?

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Wildafrica ” 30 Jun 2013, 20:35

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Capella , I will try to discourage the train right away – it often breaks down and gets stuck. We love trains ourselves, but it’s far from the best option. Better to fly from the coast, sit on the left side and try to see Kilimanjaro. Besides there’s nothing to do in Nairobi Zoo after visiting Holer Park and safari, and you can get to Karnivor from the airport.

First a safari and then a beach program is better – but if you arrive in Mombasa, have already booked your hotel, and must return from Nairobi, the route from Mombasa to Nairobi, through Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks (3d/2n) is suitable for you. This is a three-day itinerary that allows you to see everything you want to see, but if you want a four-day itinerary ending in Nairobi, this is also quite possible, and the sequence of parks should be: Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Amboseli. And yes – the longer the safari, the more chances to see the most interesting things – the longer the route, the better option

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Capella ” 01 Jul 2013, 07:14

wildafrica Thank you so much for the tips and information!) We are flying in and out of Nairobi. My husband just wanted to spend New Year’s Eve at the beach, so we are going to have a coastal vacation first and then a safari. So lodging and one Nairobi-Mombasa flight are already booked. I’m waiting to hear from Australken about the itinerary and prices. What does it mean to fly from the coast and land on the left side?) And wouldn’t it be too tiring to return to Nairobi by car? Or do you recommend flying from Amboseli? One more thing ( just don’t throw it in the thorn bush ): this is our first time going on safari, we love animals but not fanaticism, so wouldn’t 2 days in Tsavo + haller park be enough to enjoy the animals?) I understand that people spend 10 days on safari and that it is interesting, etc., but still? We don’t want to see all the animals, we just want them to be close enough to have a good view and take pictures, but from the reviews, I realized that Tzavo is not Mara, it might be deserted for miles around( And if you want to jump on a train or a plane early, go to Nairobi, and then to Mara for 2 days, and then go home? Is there more to see there than in Tsavo? Or is January not really the right time for Mara?

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ilgel ” 01 Jul 2013, 07:49

And maybe still for the first time in Masai Maru + Nakuru (almost 100% big 5 + rhinos in Nakuru and saw a leopard there)? Of the several parks we visited in terms of animal concentration it is the best. Although in terms of scenery, I liked Samburu better. When you fly from Mombasa to Nairobi you will see Kili, we flew on Kenyans and the stewardess warned you about it long beforehand. Got to take a few pictures.

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Capella ” 01 Jul 2013, 08:59

ilgel thank you for your response. Also originally considered this option, but with Nakuru will be a minimum of 4 days, unfortunately, the time will not fit. Either one Mara – 2-3 days, or Tsavo + Amboseli (and see Kili) – 3 days. Perhaps, still more logical, since we will be on the coast, to go to Tzavo + Amboseli, then quietly return to Mombasa and train or take a plane to Nairobi. and really on the last day of safari from Tzavo to get to Mombasa and catch the train to 19:00? or better not to risk and fly the next day? The price is +- the same, but I really want to take the African train, but am confused by the experience of seasoned travelers

wildafrica wrote(a) 30 Jun 2013, 20:35: I’ll try to discourage the train right away – it often breaks down and gets stuck. We’re big fans of trains ourselves, but it’s far from the best option.

Although on youtube the Mombasa-Nairobi train looks pretty decent))) Or don’t go back to Mombasa, but go straight from Amboseli to Nairobi (make an appointment to go to Nairobi as a safari destination), it’s a bit overwhelming.

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Bonacon ” 01 Jul 2013, 09:31

Tsavo “Lava field in western Tsavo” “Hippos in the Galana River” “Varan” “Galana River” “Waterfall on the Galana River”

Swimming in the river next to the waterfall. In 40 degree heat is just bliss! Just before you get into the water, throw a couple of pebbles to make the fauna disappear, and then get in.

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Capella ” 01 Jul 2013, 09:47

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ilgel ” 01 Jul 2013, 19:14

Not much off topic, but www.1-2fly.com , africapoint.com for hotel reservations at sea. Used both of them all OK! And have a great experience! And we will be moving after you at the end of January.

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Agent00x ” 19 Sep 2013, 20:48

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Ladies and gentlemen. Does it make sense, while in Mombasa, to go to Tsavo after the safari (Nakuru-Naiwasha-Masai-Ambosseli)? Or is it the same Faberge, only in profile? If it does, would it be better to take Ambosseli from Mombasa? How much do Mombasa firms charge for a day in campsites with a group? With trade in place.

Loose shoulder line, shoestring pantaloons. You could be an example to our young people. They need it so much, after all!

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IraF ” 16 Jul 2018, 16:17

Can you advise me on the CAHE. Going to end of November or early December. I want to start from Malindi. Or is it better to go from Mombasa?

You can book the lodgings now via bucking and other sites. I don’t know about the transfers there. And they have their own program. Something like the lodges on Amazon, as I understand it.

Or should I take a driver/guide and go on my own? Help me navigate

Kenya’s National Parks and Safari Tours in Africa

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We describe the main national parks of Kenya and tell you about safari tours: what to take with you and how to behave on safari in Africa.

If you plan to include not only safari tours, but also beach vacations into your Kenya trip program, then you might want to read our article about the best Kenyan resorts.

Kenya’s National Parks

It seems that all of Kenya consists of national parks and reserves – no less than 60 of them! Of course, we will not enumerate all of them and describe the peculiarities of national parks in Kenya.

Nairobi National Park

One of the main national parks in Kenya (and the first – opened in 1946). It is noteworthy because it begins 7 km from the center of Kenya’s capital – you can see wild animals walking in the background of the stone jungle. In Nairobi Park tourists observe the migration of gnu and zebra antelope in July and August.

Tsavo National Park

East Tsavo, together with West Tsavo, is the largest national park not only in Africa but in the world – it covers 4% of Kenya’s land area! The landscape of East Tsavo is interesting thanks to the Yatta Plateau, which was formed by frozen lava. Also notable is the Mudanda cliff. Western Tsavo is not like Eastern Tsavo – the landscape of the reserve is more hilly and rocky, there are more plants. The park is notable for the red color of the land and the so-called red elephants – animals lying in the red dust.

Who can be seen in this national park in Kenya on African safari tours? Elephants and Maasai giraffes, black rhinos, antelopes, monkeys and a variety of predators. The park is home to more than 500 species of birds.

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Maasai Mara National Reserve

This African reserve is home to the Maasai tribe. It is one of the most famous national parks and is noted for observing the migration of wildebeest on safari in September and October. There are many lions, leopards and cheetahs in the Masai Mara.

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Lake Nakuru National Park

People go to Lake Nakuru for a safari tour to see flocks of pink flamingos and pelicans. During peak season, about 1.5 million flamingos flock to the lake! The park is also home to rare white and black rhinos, Ugandan giraffes, and a variety of feathered animals.

Amboseli National Park

The Amboseli National Park attracts tourists mainly because it offers a beautiful backdrop for wildlife viewing and photography against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. In addition, you can get up close to herds of elephants grazing in the park.

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Safari tours in Kenya: tips

What to take on safari in Africa

  • Food and water;
  • Personal belongings and hygiene products;
  • clothing according to the weather and season (it can be very cold at night), headgear and sunglasses;
  • camera with good zoom (300 mm lens is recommended);
  • binoculars.

On a safari tour in Kenya, take a minimum of belongings: there is not much room for suitcases in the car. It’s better if your personal belongings will fit into a sizeless sport bag or backpack no larger than 65 x 46 cm (weight – no more than 12 kg). You should also have a sleeping bag and pad, a backpack or purse for documents, money, notepad and pen, first aid kit, camera, etc. – what you will take with you in the passenger compartment of the car.

If you have poor eyesight, it is better to refuse lenses and wear regular glasses, because it can be dusty.

Clothing for African safari tours should be light, soft colors (olive, gray, sandy), except for white – it can cause irritation to animals. It is desirable to leave as few exposed areas of the body as possible. Give preference to high light shoes, in which you can tuck your pants.

How to behave on safari in Africa

  1. Leave your vehicle only in designated areas. You must not drive off certain routes.
  2. Do not make any sudden movements and stick out your hands while watching the animals.
  3. Do not feed animals or birds.
  4. Do not shout or talk loudly so as not to frighten the animals.
  5. If you spend the night in the tent, close it.
  6. Do not leave windows open without nets.
  7. Don’t store food in your tent, and on a picnic, it’s better to take your food in the car – remember that wild animals may come to smell it.
  8. Try to get back to the campsite before dark.

You can read about the cost of safaris in Africa, using Kenya as an example, in this article. Read also about the sights of Kenya and Nairobi.

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