Three Day Family Safari in Kenya

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Table of contents

  1. Story of John and Jane
  2. Wildlife Safari in Tsavo East National Park
  3. Big five attrations in Tsavo East National Park
  4. Common birds of Tsavo East National Park
  5. Wildlife Safari in Tsavo West National Park
  6. Wildlife Safari in Amboseli National Park

John and Jane were born and raised in the United States, John had been to Africa when he was eleven years old,   two years having a family safari in Kenya Africa, Johns’s parents died. His hopes of coming to Africa again were lost. However, he still remembered the wonderful time they had on a family safari in Kenya. After completing high school he joined college. It is in college when he met Jane who became his girlfriend. They had quality time together and after college, they decided to live together as husband and wife. Jane had not travelled to Africa but wished that one day she could come to Africa and see the historic site where a lion ate 135 railways construction workers in Tsavo West National park. She had learned about man-eaters After watching the movie Ghost in the dark.

A boy and girlfriend

After marriage they had not done any travel in or out of the United States because they did not have a lot of money, they had been saving money to buy for themselves a house and keep some for the children.

Jane’s Fathers was very concerned about how her daughter and her husband were doing, he travelled to their matrimonial home to visit them, when he arrived he was welcomed by her daughter and her son-in-law, he found that they had a very happy family together. Jane’s father had saved some money so he decided to give her daughter and a son-in-law a gift they will remember all days of their lives.  He asked them if they could travel to another country after three months during their wedding anniversary.   He told them to research the beautiful places in the world before he left the town.

Jane and John thought about it for a while, they researched online and they could find a place where the two could go.  Back in John’s mind, he could remember    Kenya and the red dust elephants so he told his wife about having a wildlife safari in Africa.    Jane formed her Dad that they would visit Kenya during their wedding anniversary.   Janes’s Dad was very pleased, he gave them the money for a safari in Africa. 

A plane belonging to Kenya Airways in Mombasa international airport

Jane and John arrived at Mombasa International Airport and spend about one week in a beach hotel on the coast of Kenya. After the week was over they informed the hotel manager that they would like to see the red dust elephants in the wilderness and so the manager decided to call Jimmy a tour driver who lives in Voi, a town near the Tsavo conservation area.   Finally, Jimmy decided to pick them the following morning in Mombasa.

Day one   Family safari in Tsavo East National Park

I picked the two couples from Mombasa to Voi which is in the Tsavo East national park. It took us two hours to drive from Mombasa to Voi. However, it could have taken us a lot of time if there was a traffic jam on the Mombasa- Nairobi highway. 

On day one, I drove them to a lodge in Voi, for check-in; the hotel is located in the Tsavo East national park, most of the lodges in the Tsavo East national park are good and very secure for tourists around the globe.   The lodge had a good shower, swimming pool, a water hole where you can see the wild animals at night or during the day at the comfort of the lodge. After checking in we went for a game drive in the Tsavo East National Park. 

Attractions In Tsavo East National Park

When we left for a game drive we saw the big five wildlife, the big five wildlife are the red dust elephants, lions cape buffalos, rhinos, and leopards.  However sometimes it is not very easy to see the leopards during the day, leopards spend most of the time on trees and only come out to prey on gazelles and antelopes, sometimes they feed on snakes.

Herds of elephants were very many, we could see them as we continued to drive in the national park. Most of the elephants in this national park are very red in color because of the red soil. Elephants can be seen easily as seen you enter the gate of the Tsavo East National Park, these elephants are not special, they are red because they love to dust themselves with the red soil, they protect themselves from insects-like tsetse flies.  We also saw a pride of lions in the Tsavo East National Park.  Lions live in families, a family of lions is called a pride. They are very social animals however during feeding time they are not so friendly because they are ranking animals however after eating you can see them spend most of the time under acacia trees.

As we drove to Galana River we saw a lot of water animals, like hippopotamus, and crocodiles, the hippopotamuses are the big nine wildlife animals. 

Common birds of Tsavo East National Park

The Tsavo East national park is also home to many birds, the common birds that we saw easily see in this national park are the Somali Ostriches, they have a characteristic of a very long neck with a blue head. The black-headed lapwing can be seen on the grasses, they love to feed on insects found on the grass. The Eastern chanting goshawk is a common bird here. The people who live around the national park say these types of hawks love to feed on ingenious chicken, you can easily see them on tall trees. They love to stop on trees so that they can see birds and crawling insects on the ground, they feed on smaller birds species and snakes. The Vulturine guinea fowl are also found here. They have the characteristics of black-coloured feathers with sharp-pointed beaks, they have these kinds of beaks so that they can easily pick seeds, insects, and fallen fruits. They are good at scraping the soil just like the indigenous chickens.

In the evening we returned to the lodge, we had a nice dinner, traditional dancers were at the lodge to entertain us. At night we could hear sounds of roaring lions, hyenas.

Day Two Family Safari in Tsavo West National Park

After taking our breakfast we went to our safari van, Our first place to visit on the second day of our safari was the maneaters cave-in Tsavo West National park and the campsite where the Indian construction workers were staying. We saw the railway line, the railway line is still operating, during the day and night you can see it carrying heavy loads, these days it does not carry passengers. If one was to travel from Mombasa to Voi via railways one will use the standard gauge railways.

Two lions ate about 135 railways construction workers when the British government was building the railway. You can read man-eaters and lions here

Mzima spring was our next attraction point on this safari.

Mzima Springs in Tsavo West National Park

Mzima Springs is a natural water catchment area in the Tsavo West National park, the water in this natural dam supports a lot of wildlife in the Tsavo west national park. Crocodiles and hippopotamuses can be seen in this water catchment area. In one day millions of water come from the springs. We learned that Mombasa the second city and a tourist destination depend on Mzima spings for survival. You are advised to be careful when you are at this attraction point as you enter the underground chambers. You can see water creatures in the inside chamber.

Hippopotamuses in Mzima Springs: Tsavo West

When we had finished visiting Mzima springs we went to see endangered wildlife species in the Ngulia wildlife sanctuary, which is home to the black rhinos. Here black rhinos are conserved before they are released back to the wild. This sanctuary started in the late ’70s when poaching was very high in Africa. Many rhinos have been saved in this wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary started with only a few rhinos but it now has a total of about 80 Rhinocerous.

Black Rhinos in Ngulia wildlife sanctuary.

Before the end of the day, we managed to visit the Shetani lava flow, this attraction is where a volcanic took place about two hundred years ago. It might be the people were not familiar with Christianity when the eruption happen here. Shetani means Devil. When the eruption happened people thought that it is an act of the Devil, hence the name Shetani lava flow.

At Shetani Lava flow

After a game drive, we headed to the lodge located in Tsavo West National park, it is a very good hotel with delicious food and a good swimming pool.

Kilaguni pool.

Day three: Family Safari in Amboseli National Park

A view on Mt Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park during a safari

Wildlife animals in Amboseli National Park

On the third day, we headed to Amboseli National Park, Amboseli means salt dust in Masai Langauge, on this national park we had a view of Mount Kilimanjaro on Kenyan soil. The national park has a lot of big five wildlife. As we had our game drive, we saw herds of elephants, a female elephant called the matriarch leads other elephants every time they are on migration. Other animals which are very common in Amboseli National Park are the laughing hyenas, Masai giraffes, lions, zebras and the wildebeests.

After a busy day, we headed to Nairobi where they took a plane to the United States.

If you would like to book a three-day safari with us, don’t hesitate to talk to us today. We promise the safari will be a good that you can remember all days of your life.

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