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Walking with Giants in Tsavo


Tsavo East National Park, Kenya

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Walking with Giants in Tsavo

Indication Price (from): $8,950 per person sharing * View all prices.
Length: 13 days
Group Size: 8
Location: Tsavo East National Park, Kenya
Departure Dates: Set departure dates
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INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

We do not charge you for our services. We generate revenue from our lodge suppliers, based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

Join us for 13 days in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park as we follow the wise old elephant herds over an 80km walking route along the Galana River as it winds through the park, from Tabangunji Camp to the park boundary and then onwards by vehicle to the Indian Ocean shore of Malindi.

Sharing the elephants’ home on equal footing surely supersedes any previous game viewing experience you may have had, and of course we’ll also encounter other wildlife such as the famous maneless lions of Tsavo, rare hirola, range-restricted fringe-eared oryx, the long-necked gerenuk and many of the over 500 bird species.

Lead by Kenya’s top walking guides, and an expert camp team that will work tirelessly to set up three beautiful colonial camps along the way, plus the support of specially-designed 4×4 vehicles to explore our surroundings in the afternoons, this walking expedition ensures the perfect balance between comfort and adventure.

This is a true safari from a bygone era!

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Detailed Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by our local representatives as you step off from the plane. You will be escorted through immigration, baggage and customs and thereon transferred to the beautiful Hemingways Hotel in Karen (yip you guessed right….on Karen Blixen’s original farm).

No walking today.
Catching the first flight out, you will be collected and transferred to Wilson Airport for your charter flight into Tsavo (1hr). Upon arrival you will have breakfast at Kilaguni Lodge, followed by a two hour game drive as we transfer you to Kudu Camp. Lunch awaits as you arrive and you have the entire afternoon in camp at your leisure, acclimatising and taking in the raw beauty of Tsavo.
You rise with first light, and after breakfast start your foot safari across the vast 8,000 square mile wilderness that is Tsavo. The route you will follow closely traces the Tsavo River, flanked by lush riverine vegetation, as you walk along hippo trails winding their way through thickets of fig and tamarind trees, doum and raffia palms. The craggy, sharp-rising Ngulia Mountains offer a dramatic backdrop to this section of the river.

As the morning wanes towards noon, the leads to a point beneath the spectacular Kichwa Tembo (elephant’s head) peak. This dramatic 3,000 foot spire soars above the banks of the river. You will reach your camp in time for lunch, followed by a well-earned siesta (the animals insist on this too).

The afternoon will be spent relaxing, soaking in the beauty of this place, birdwatching and learning a bit about the history of this enclave during the First World War.

Today you will cover a distance of 11 miles (18 kms) along the Tsavo River, as it winds across magical country under the impressive Ngulia range.
Downstream from Kichwa Tembo, lies Maji Ya Chumvi (salt water) our next camp, now in the dry heart of Tsavo. Wildlife is ubiquitous and you can expect to encounter Impala, Grant’s gazelle, zebra and giraffe frequently. Tsavo hosts the largest elephant ecosystem in the world, and the Tsavo River is a vital lifeline for them. After lunch and siesta, you will have a game-drive in search of rarer quarry such as Gerenuk, Dik-dik, Striped Hyaena and per chance Lion, you will be back at camp at dusk.

Today you walk 10 miles (16 km)

Afternoon game drive.
Today the Tsavo River leads one into the area of the famous “Maneaters of Tsavo”. You morning walk covers about 8 miles (13 km) and takes you into the region where in 1896 two lions ruthlessly halted the advance of the British Empire in its tracks.

During a three month period, that it took the British to build the railway bridge across the Tsavo River, using imported labourers from India, these two lions ate over 130 men. Eventually, after a rather extensive effort, Col. John Paterson hunted them down.

You will reach camp in time for lunch, and after a short siesta, you continue your foot safari in the late afternoon for a further 6 miles (10 km) to Tsavo Bridge, which still stands proudly and in pristine condition.

Later you are met by the vehicles and driven back to camp. Interestingly, this region still sports a large lion population, and there are good chances that you will see them as they take advantage of the shade offered by doum palms on the banks of the river, or hear them at night from camp.
This mooring you will drive a short distance to Tsavo Bridge, and from the drop off point, you will continue walking down river. Today you enter Tsavo East National Park (owing to the immensity of Tsavo, for administrative purposes, it has been divided into two separate regions: Tsavo West and Tsavo East).

At this point the Tsavo River makes its way down towards the confluence of the Athi River, beneath the prominent Yatta Plateau, where it forms the Galana River at a place called Tabagunji. The walk today is about 5 miles (8 km), across country dominated by many rock kopjes (outcrops).

You reach a “posey” of waiting vehicles in the late morning, that will collect you and drive you to the next camp.

After lunch and siesta, another game drive has been planned for those eager to explore the Galana River.
After breakfast you will walk down the Galana River. This, Kenya’s most beautiful river, is very different in atmosphere to where you have been in previous days. It is wider, palm-fringed, and excellent predator country.

Today’s walk is 6 miles (10 km) and ends at Lugard Falls. A game drive has been planned for the afternoon.
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Today you will soon notice that you have entered a totally different ecosystem. The dense undergrowth of Tsavo West has given way to semi-desert country, bordered to the north by the Yatta Plateau (the longest lava flow on earth – 260 miles in length). The Galana River here is wide, and characterised by wide sandy beaches, and lush palm tree groves.

Game is plentiful and easier to see and approach, sporting one of the largest lion populations in East Africa, the very rare Peter’s gazelle, big herds of zebra, hartebeest, impala and Fringe-eared oryx frequently seen along the Galana River.

This are also holds Tsavo’s biggest elephant population. The walk today is 10 miles (16 km) and reaches a new camp located at the point of the Yatta Plateau.

An optional game drive in the afternoon has been arranged.
To see a herd of elephants, silently loping across the sand to the river’s edge, then wading through the blue water to the distant shore, is a sight that can’t be described with simple words.

At this point of the safari, one can easily, and naturally, feel as much a part of the wilderness as the wildlife you are meeting. Without doubt your senses will have awakened to a state where you can instinctively hear, see, and feel things, that no amount of concentration at the beginning of your walk could ever have produced.

After a 10 mile (16 km) walk, you return back to camp for lunch and a well-earned rest. As per usual, a game-drive along the river awaits for the latter part of the day.
Today you get a distinct feeling that you are the only people walking in this region. Your guides’ vast experience in this area and great understanding of the wildlife that can be encountered on foot along the Galana becomes crucial and evident. Your exploration of the Galana River banks continues and it is quite likely that you will encounter tracks or lions themselves, as well as Elephant and Buffalo. Trusting your guides directions and instructions is key, and the experience is invariably singular, safe and unforgettable.

Lunches are served at camp on both days, followed by late afternoon game drives.

You will walk 6 miles (10 km) on Day 10 and 10 miles (16 km) on Day 11.
This is a two-part walking day as you move down river into ever increasing elephant and lion country. Lunch today is a picnic in an atmospheric grove of palm trees. You begin the second section of your walk in the mid-afternoon, arriving at Sala Gate by 6.00 pm.

This is the end of the walk, and todays final distance is 14 miles (23 km walk).
Today you will drive from Durusirkale Camp to the Indian Ocean. From here you will board a scheduled afternoon flight to Nairobi. Day rooms in Nairobi are at a hotel close to the international airport. Our vehicles will transfer you back to the airport for your home bound flight.

Add an additional four night beach break to your safari – check out our beach bliss break in Kenya here or spend some time in Zanzibar.

Indication Price (from):

$8,950

  per person sharing

Departure Dates: Set departure dates

 

2019 Departure dates
 June 02 – 15spaces still available
 June 16 – 29fully booked
 June 30 – July 134 spaces remaining
 July 14 – 276 spaces remaining
 July 28 – August 10fully booked
 August 11 – 244 spaces still available
 August 25 – September 07spaces still available
 September 08 – 21spaces still available
September 22 – October 05spaces still available


Price Includes:

Internal flights to Tsavo East and back to Nairobi from the coast, all transfers to airports, on safari accommodation with fully equipped private camps, game drives on 4×4s whilst on safari, professional walking guide meals, a complimentary camp bar of sodas, mineral water, beers and evening wines, snacks, access to all parks and reserves as well as park, camping and permit fees, and 24/7 office support.

Price Excludes:
International flights, accommodation in Nairobi prior to the start of the trip, visas, excess baggage charges, telephone calls, laundry, items of personal nature, travel and medical insurance, tips (ca.100 USD for camp staff) and any activities not specified in the itinerary.

Suggested itineraries: We offer safaris to most accredited lodges in sub-Saharan Africa. Those appearing below are some of those on offer. Contact us to adapt these itineraries to your needs.
INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

We do not charge you for our services. We generate revenue from our lodge suppliers, based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

Climate: June through October is Kenya’s long dry season, it generally does not rain, and when it does it may just be a mere thunderstorm that will not last long or disrupt our activities. It is cloudy and cool with daytime temperatures ranging between the 16° and 27° excellent for walking, cooling down to 10° or lower at night time.

Difficulty: This is a walking safari, and we will hike on average seven to ten miles (11 – 16 kilometres) each day across country that is generally flat. An average to good level of fitness is required. We recommend that you undertake some moderate aerobic activities (hiking, jogging, fast-walking, bicycling) for at least 30 minutes a session three or four times a week for at least a month before you come.

Accommodation: For your night’s accommodation in Nairobi we can suggest quaint, small, family-run hotels outside the city centre, to avoid the traffic, hustle and bustle of Nairobi. On safari, we sleep on beds in well-ventilated, fully netted, bug-proof, two-person tents that are tall enough to walk in and out of. Foam mattresses and comfortable bedding are provided. The food served at the safari camps is abundant, fresh, and delicious. The staff will bring you hot water basins for daily washing. Toilet and shower tents are set up close to your sleeping tent, the water for the showers is heated and the toilet tent has a sit-down pit toilet.

Booking and payment details: Once you have decided to join this safari, you will need to contact us for a booking form, which will include details relating to deposit and final payments etc. As our groups are small they fill up quickly.

See this blog post to find out what others have had to say about this trip or read our blog from guide, Iain Allan here.
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