Mombasas & Tsavo

DAY 1: MOMBASA → On arrival in Mombasa, transfer to the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa. Overnight in a Standard Room in preparation for your forthcoming safari early the next morning. D.

DAY 2: MOMBASA → TSAVO EAST → Board your safari vehicle and drive to Tsavo East, in the heart of elephant country. Enjoy game viewing in the park, where you are almost certain to encounter spectacular herds of elephants — often dust-red in colour from the region's dry earth. You may also spot zebra and other plains game. After lunch in the park, embark on an exciting afternoon game drive in search of big cats and more, including a myriad of birdlife. Dinner and overnight at the Voi Wildlife Lodge — a large lodge which boasts a natural waterhole that attracts big game, and a thatch restaurant with wonderful views across the plains of Tsavo East. B, L, D.

DAY 3: TSAVO EAST → TAITA HILLS → After breakfast depart for the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. A private conservancy, Taita Hills provides safe habitat for over 50 species of mammal and 300 species of bird. Enjoy a short game drive before lunch at the Sarova Taita Hills Lodge. The afternoon game drive gives you the opportunity to encounter resident cheetah and lion. Dinner and overnight is at the Sarova Saltlick Lodge, set high on stilts overlooking a floodlit waterhole offering an incredible view of the wildlife and game that often come to drink during the night. B, L, D.

DAY 4: TAITA HILLS → TSAVO WEST → Leave for Tsavo West National Park and a game drive en route to the Kilaguni Serena Lodge for lunch. During this or the afternoon game drive you will visit the renowned Mzima Springs, an oasis of crystal clear water that often attracts hippos and crocodiles. Dinner and overnight at Kilaguni Serena Lodge. One of the first lodges to be built in a Kenyan national park, Kilaguni's magnificent views include the snowy peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, weather permitting. B, L, D.

DAY 5: TSAVO WEST → MOMBASA → After breakfast, depart from Kilaguni Serena Lodge. We highly recommend that you extend your stay in Kenya on the coast for a beach break — the perfect way to relax after your adventurous safari. Either return to Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa where your tour began (if choosing this option then any excess luggage may be left here on Day 1 for your convenience) or any other featured beach hotel for any number of nights. Alternatively, return to Mombasa for your onward journey (to avoid what may be a long wait for your flight at Mombasa airport, a private road transfer to Nairobi airport can be arranged at extra cost — please call for details). B.