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Tsavo East Day Safari from Mombasa, Mtwapa, Diani & Tiwi

1. Tsavo East Day Safari from Mombasa, Mtwapa, Diani & Tiwi

Embark on an exhilarating Tsavo East Day Safari departing from Mombasa, Diani, Kilifi, or Malindi. Immerse yourself in the untamed wilderness of Tsavo East, one of Kenya's iconic national parks. Experience thrilling game drives, encounter extraordinary wildlife, and discover the diverse landscapes and rich biodiversity of this captivating destination. Your adventure begins with an early morning departure from your accommodation in Mombasa, Diani, Kilifi, or Malindi. Sit back and relax as we journey towards Tsavo East, a sprawling wilderness spanning over 13,000 square kilometres. As we enter the park, prepare yourself for an unforgettable game drive, where each moment holds the potential for remarkable wildlife encounters. Tsavo East is renowned for its diverse wildlife population, including the famous "Red Elephants" known for their distinctive rust-coloured dust baths. Keep your camera ready as we traverse the park, capturing stunning images of lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, zebras, buffalo herds, and an array of bird species. Accompanied by our knowledgeable guide, you'll gain fascinating insights into the park's ecosystem, the behaviours of its inhabitants, and the ongoing conservation efforts to protect Tsavo East's delicate balance. Deepen your understanding of the significance of this incredible natural habitat. Midway through the day, we'll make a stop for a delightful picnic lunch amidst the wilderness, allowing you to savor the flavors while surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. Take a moment to recharge and reflect on the morning's adventures, as you soak in the serene ambiance of the African bush. Continuing our exploration, we'll venture into different sections of the park, each offering its own distinct landscapes and wildlife sightings. From vast open plains to acacia-dotted savannahs, Tsavo East's ever-changing scenery provides ample opportunities for breathtaking photographs. As the day winds down, we'll commence our return journey to Mombasa, Diani, Kilifi, or Malindi, filled with unforgettable memories and stories to share. Reflect on the wonders you've witnessed and the profound connection you've formed with nature during this immersive Tsavo East Day Safari.

Shimba Hills Day Safari & Sheldrick Falls Hike Private Tour

2. Shimba Hills Day Safari & Sheldrick Falls Hike Private Tour

The day safari to Shimba Hills National Reserve and hike to Sheldrick Falls, followed by lunch and swimming at Shimba Green Lodge, offers an exciting and adventurous experience in the beautiful wilderness of Kenya. Here's the itinerary of what you can expect on this excursion: Morning: You start your day early, departing from your accommodation in a comfortable safari vehicle. The drive to Shimba Hills National Reserve takes you through scenic landscapes, including rolling hills, lush vegetation, and glimpses of local villages. Arrival at Shimba Hills National Reserve: Upon reaching the entrance of the reserve, you will be greeted by the park rangers who will issue you with the entry tickets. Shimba Hills National Reserve is known for its diverse flora and fauna, including the endangered Sable Antelopes, buffaloes, warthogs, and a wide variety of bird species. Game Drive: The first part of your adventure involves a game drive through the reserve. The experienced driver/guide will navigate the vehicle along the designated trails, providing information about the wildlife and their habitats. Keep your camera ready to capture stunning photographs of the animals in their natural habitat. Hike to Sheldrick Falls: After the game drive, it's time to stretch your legs and embark on a hike to Sheldrick Falls. The trail takes you through the enchanting forested landscape of Shimba Hills, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness. The hike is moderate in difficulty, and along the way, you may encounter monkeys, colourful birds, and other small wildlife. Sheldrick Falls: As you reach Sheldrick Falls, you'll be greeted by the sight of a magnificent waterfall cascading down the rocks. The water plunges into a clear pool at the base, creating a refreshing oasis in the midst of the forest. Take your time to relax, enjoy the natural beauty, and take a dip in the cool, rejuvenating waters. Lunch at Shimba Green Lodge: After the hike and waterfall experience, you'll head to Shimba Green Lodge for a delicious lunch. The lodge offers a serene and picturesque setting, surrounded by lush greenery. You can savour a variety of local and international cuisines while taking in the tranquil ambiance of the lodge. Swimming and Relaxation: After lunch, you have the opportunity to unwind and enjoy the lodge's swimming pool. Take a refreshing swim, lounge by the poolside, or simply relax amidst the natural beauty of the lodge surroundings. The lodge staff will ensure your comfort and provide any additional services you may require. Return Journey: As the day comes to a close, you will bid farewell to Shimba Hills National Reserve and make your way back to your accommodation. Reflect on the wonderful experiences and memories created during your day safari, surrounded by Kenya's captivating wildlife and natural wonders.

Mombasa:Dhow Cruise With Dinner Or Lunch Tours.

3. Mombasa:Dhow Cruise With Dinner Or Lunch Tours.

Tour Highlights. After being picked up from your resort or hotel, drive to the pier to begin your ultimate romantic evening cruise. Climb aboard a traditional dhow, the Nawalilkher, a 23 m long boat which was built in 1977 for trading. Meet your traditionally dressed waiter who will show you to your table. Be served a delightful welcome cocktail made with vodka, lime, honey, sugar, and crushed ice to savor with the melting sun. Fruit juice or soda is available for those who don't drink alcohol. Watch as a live band on board begins to play as the dhow sets sail. Marvel at the picturesque setting as the dhow cruises into the sunset as you soak up the atmosphere of the music and lively chatter. Cruise around Tudor Creek and admire the panoramic view of Mombasa's Old Town and Fort Jesus. The dhow is then moored in a sheltered bay at the head of the creek. Savor a 4-course gourmet meal of finely grilled lobster and steak onboard. After you finish your delicious meal, a waiter will serve Arabic coffee in an original brass pot. Once the meal is over, you will be returned safely to your hotel. A choice between evening and day trips are available. Dhow Safaris Full Description. Tamarind Dhows "Nawalilkher" and "Babulkher" offering you and your guests a magical experience together with the finest of Tamarind cuisine. Nawalilkher, with a capacity for 70 pax for dinner and 100 for cocktails, is the main dhow available for individual bookings. Babulkher, with a capacity of 60 pax for dinner and 80 pax for cocktails, will also be available for exclusive hire. We will, of course, remain flexible to your requirements at all times depending on your numbers - if you have incentive groups that require both dhows please let us know in good time. Schedule for both Dhows is as follows: Lunch consists of a delicious Tamarind seafood platter, or a prime Kenyan fillet steak followed by fresh tropical fruit salad, and rounded off with Kenya coffee and halwa. The dhow returns to the jetty at 3.00 pm. The lunchtime cruise departs from the Tamarind jetty at 1.00 pm. Cruise gently up the Tudor creek to a quiet spot where the dhow moors. The dinner cruise commencing at 6.30 pm, begins with a welcome "Dawa" cocktail as the dhow sails smoothly towards Fort Jesus. The twinkling lights of Mombasa and the starlit skies provide idyllic surroundings for a delicious seafood dinner. The resident dj offers a wide choice of dance music, from the latest hits to the golden oldies. Dance to the beat as you gently glide back to the Tamarind Jetty by 10.30 pm. Charges. ✓Lunch cruise: Kshs 5,000 (usd 50) per person. ✓Dinner Cruise: Kshs 7,500 (usd 75) per person. Children between 2 - 11 years are entitled to 50% discount. NB: Same rate applies for residents and non residents.

Nairobi national Park, Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center

4. Nairobi national Park, Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center

Nairobi National Park: Embark on an unforgettable adventure at Nairobi National Park, a unique wildlife sanctuary located just outside the city. Prepare to be amazed as you enjoy a 4-hour game drive through the park's vast landscapes. Marvel at the diverse array of wildlife that roams freely here, including cheetahs, hyenas, lions, leopards, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, and a multitude of bird species. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive black rhino, a rare and majestic creature that finds sanctuary within the park's boundaries. David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage: Next, we'll visit the renowned David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, a sanctuary dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants. Witness the incredible work being done to protect these gentle giants as you get up close and personal with the baby elephants. Learn about their stories, the challenges they face, and the efforts being made to reintroduce them to the wild. You will feel heartwarming connection with these magnificent creatures. Kobe Beads Factory: To add a touch of cultural immersion to your itinerary, we'll visit the Kobe Beads Factory. Delve into the world of traditional bead making, an art form deeply rooted in Kenyan heritage. Witness skilled artisans as they transform simple materials into exquisite beadwork, reflecting the vibrant colors and patterns of African culture. Take the opportunity to purchase unique souvenirs, supporting local craftsmanship and taking a piece of Kenya's artistic legacy with you. Giraffe Center: Continue your wildlife exploration with a visit to the Giraffe Center, a conservation center focused on the preservation of the endangered Rothschild's giraffe. Encounter these graceful animals up close as you learn about their behavior, habitat, and the conservation efforts being made to ensure their survival. Experience the thrill of feeding the giraffes from an elevated platform, creating a unique and unforgettable connection with these iconic creatures.

Wasini Island: Dolphin Spotting & Snorkel at Kisite Mpunguti

5. Wasini Island: Dolphin Spotting & Snorkel at Kisite Mpunguti

Embark on an adventurous day trip with a dhow cruise along the Kenyan coast. Benefit from hotel transfers from Diani Beach, Tiwi, Mombasa, Shanzu, or Mtwapa. Enjoy a blend of natural beauty, marine life encounters, seafood flavors, cultural experiences, and historical insights. Begin your day with a dhow cruise, a traditional Arabian sailing vessel, to the waters of the Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park. As you glide through the azure waters, keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins leaping alongside the boat, providing an exhilarating display of their aquatic prowess. Upon arrival at the marine park, be greeted by a vibrant underwater world teeming with marine life and coral formations. Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, experiencing the wonders beneath the surface. Swim among tropical fish and turtles, and encounter rays or reef sharks if you’re lucky. After your aquatic adventures, sail to Wasini Island. Savor a seafood lunch featuring the fresh catch of the day. Relish in the flavors of succulent seafood delicacies, prepared with local spices and culinary expertise, while enjoying the island’s tranquil ambiance and scenic views. Following lunch, take a stroll through the village on Wasini Island, interacting with the friendly residents and gaining insight into the local culture and way of life. You can also choose to take a tour of the Shimoni slave caves, a historical site offering a glimpse into the region's dark past. As the day draws to a close, board the dhow once again. On the cruise back to the mainland, relish the picturesque coastal scenery one last time, cherishing the beauty of the Kenyan coastline as the sun sets. Finally, get dropped off at your hotel.

Wasini Island: Dolphin spotting & Snorkel at Kisite Marine

6. Wasini Island: Dolphin spotting & Snorkel at Kisite Marine

Pick up from Mombasa hotels is usually between 5.30 am and 06:00 am. Pick up from Diani hotels is usually between 07:00 am and 07:30 am Drive to Wasini Island along Mombasa – Lunga Lunga highway, a distance of 45 km to the south of Diani, arriving at around 8.30 am at the Shimoni KWS for ticketing then we start the boat ride for one hour searching for dolphins. We have a light breakfast, fruit, and some soft drinks onboard. Sail to Kisite Marine National Park where you will snorkel and swim for 1 to 2 hrs. Afterward, we sail back to Wasini Island for lunch mainly seafood and Swahili dishes (we have an option for the non-seafood that is vegetarian/ chicken). After lunch, you can have a village walk for about 30 Minutes on the Island, and then sail back to Shimoni jetty arriving at around 1530 hrs. We then proceed to Shimoni Slave caves just 200m from Shimoni jetty. Here, you will have all history of slavery. The slave cave visit takes between 20 and 30 minutes. Then you drive back to your hotel arriving at around 1700 hrs.

Tsavo East National Park Day Trip From Mombasa

7. Tsavo East National Park Day Trip From Mombasa

This exciting tour begins with a complimentary hotel pickup either from the north or south coast hotels. After a brief introduction, you depart from your hotel to the Tsavo East National Park. You will drive for 3 hours and start your game drive as soon as you enter the main gate. You will enjoy a hot lunch in any of the lodges in the camp. Later, go on an afternoon game drive before leaving the park at around 3.pm and heading back to your coastal hotel with a lot of memories. The sight of dust-red elephants wallowing, rolling, and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300 kilomtere long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East. The park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk, and the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.

Mombasa City Heritage Walking Tours.

8. Mombasa City Heritage Walking Tours.

Tour Description. Mombasa, the coastal city of Kenya is best explored on foot. Mombasa is the country’s oldest and second largest city. The city’s charm can clearly be seen in the old style architecture of its buildings. A real melting pot of languages and cultures from different sides of the Indian Ocean Like an exotic desert waits for travelers the city is waiting to be explored. Modern Mombasa is a city of great diversity and life. Let loose and immerse yourself in the past and in the everyday life of the local friendly people who just smile at you and make you feel welcome, be prepared for the overcrowded spaces especially in the markets and on streets. Tour Highlights. ✓Likoni channel. ✓Mama Ngina waterfront ✓Fort Jesus. ✓Government Square. ✓Mackinnon Market. ✓Tuk Tuk ride. ✓Old Mombasa Town. ✓Moi avenue elephants tusks. ✓World war cemetery. Itinerary. 0900hrs:Meeting point near the Elephant tusks along Moi Avenue Mombasa. Our guide will be there waiting for you in an Orange Shirt. You will be given a brief history of the garden and the Tusks. Thereafter proceed to the Second World War cemetery. The walk will take you to Mama Ngina Drive where you will be shown one of the oldest Baobab Trees and you will be given a brief history why the Baobabs were planted there. Proceed to Likoni Channel that separates the Mombasa Island and the Mainland South. You will walk towards Fort Jesus and for those who will be interested to get inside will do so at an additional cost. The Fort was built by the Portuguese and it was a very important facility. The fort is a testament to how western powers of the time tried to control the Indian Ocean trade routes and wrest them away from Middle East and Asian influence. After visit to Fort Jesus you will pass by the Mombasa Club built in 1897 and you will learn the history behind it. From there you will take NTHIA KUU meaning highway and this was the first main road to be built in Kenya. You will visit the first Government square, the first British Governors house, Old Post Office, Old Prison and the Portuguese Cemetery. The walk will take you to the Portuguese Chapel which was built by the Portuguese. After the Chapel you will see the oldest mosque in Mombasa . You will meander in the narrow streets of the Old Town. The guide will give you a detailed History of the Swahili people and how they came about. You will as well learn about their culture, food etc. You will proceed to the Eleven Steps and this is where the first Christian Missionary Dr Ludwig Kraph lived and later it was a Germany Consulate. Our guide will tell you more about this. You will as well see the old or first American, Austrian and Italian Consulates in the Old town. The Old Town will not complete without seeing the Mackinnon Market where they sell Fruits, Vegetables, Spices and Meat. We will finish the tour by visiting the Slave Market and the Free Town Bell of Freedom. This Tour will take four hours and we will be having lots of walking.

Mombasa: Guided Nature Walk Amongst Giraffes

9. Mombasa: Guided Nature Walk Amongst Giraffes

The sanctuary is off the beaten track and most tourists are unaware of this animal haven! The guide will brief you on the sanctuary and how to respect the animals and safety measures. As you walk around the sanctuary, enjoy the company of the free animals in a responsible manner and learn a lot of about wildlife conservation in Africa. You'll literally be inches away from the giraffes, ostriches, antelopes and other animals. The guide will provide fun facts and walks around the sanctuary, to visit all the types of animals. Then you'll have time to settle down at a benches and admire the landscape. Weather and group dependent there is also a sanctuary wildlife tuk tuk that can be used to take guests from place to place. Get ready to enter an activity of a lifetime, shared with Giraffes! Other things to note: Wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing.

Mombasa: Discovery Day Tour and Haller Park

10. Mombasa: Discovery Day Tour and Haller Park

Get picked up from your hotel and proceed to Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. Hear about the long and fascinating history of the fort before it was converted into a prison in 1985, and later, into a historical landmark. The tour takes you through a maze of cobbled narrow streets, past ancient mosques and picturesque residential houses that evoke the island's medieval past. Wander under overhanging balconies and through mysterious doorways to bustling markets filled with exotic spices, fruit, and colorful fabrics.  Then, drive through the Elephant Tusks on Moi Avenue and call in at the Akamba woodcarvers, where you can see them at work and take the opportunity to purchase some of their wonderful crafts and other souvenirs. Take a break for lunch, maybe at the delicious Tamarind Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Dr. Rene Haller's Nature Park, a group of former quarries now reforested and home to many animals, including hippos, giraffes, buffalos, antelopes, and crocodiles.  The park offers a variety of attractions that educate and entertain the over 160,000 annual visitors, among them a game sanctuary, reptile park, a small demonstration fish farm area, palm garden, crocodile pens, and a giraffe-viewing platform. The diversity of vegetation is considerable, from mangrove palms and majestic indigenous shade trees to coastal forests where several of these plants are rare and endangered: a true haven for botanists. Later, return to your hotel in Mombasa.

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There is only one word for this activity that sums it all up: Breathtaking. We were picked up from our hotel at 5 a.m. & had a good three hour drive (which was due to our hotel location). The driver & guide Ismail told us a lot about his country on the outward and return journey and answered countless questions. The trip alone was worth the money. Arrived at the destination we met our captain who also has an incredible knowledge of the waters and the animals that live there, so we had the chance to see dolphins and even whales which have been sighted off the island the last few days. We are one Followed the animals for a while and observed them well before we drove to the dive spot, where we experienced a breathtaking underwater life that will stay in our memories forever. After the insights we went to the wonderful food, followed by the island & cave visit. Book & be enchanted!Asante sana

Great friendly service from the airport to the beach from our driver, Ismail. Ismail was very friendly, kind, and gave a lot of useful information about the Mombassa area while on our travel. Fantastic service.

Our driver was amazing and our boat driver was great. They showed us everything the list of activities and including a tour of the local village.

This was really fun. Our guide was excellent. We felt welcomed and we got some incredible memories. I would really recommend

Easy booking process, great value and very friendly driver. Would definitely use this service again