Tsavo Safari - Day by Day Activities, Package Cost, and Booking Details

Imagine yourself on a 3-day Tsavo safari that takes you to both the Tsavo West National Park and the Tsavo East National Park. Allow your mind to wander, immerse yourself in the moment, and feel the rustling of grass in the wind while the sun’s warmness caresses your face.

Now, slowly drift back to reality, and let us explain why Tsavo National Park (a name used to refer to two separate parks – Tsavo West national Park and Tsavo east national park) is your best chance at a mind-blowing African safari

The Tsavo East National Park is beautiful, wild, and exciting. It is mostly the drier of the two Tsavo national parks. Its highlights include the breathtaking Galana River, Yatta Plateau, Aruba Dam, and the world’s largest lava flow in the world.

On the other hand, Tsavo West National Park is wetter and more mountainous. It brims with swamps and water bodies, case in point Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs. Both parks are home to a vast variety of wildlife species including cape buffalo, large herds of elephants, black rhinos, lions, and many other animals.

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Summarised, 3 Days Safari in Tsavo National Park - East & West

The Detailed 3 Days Safari to Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks

Nothing is so rewarding than a 3 Days Safari to Kenya whether it is Masai Mara National Reserve, Meru National Park, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, or Samburu National Reserve.  Here is the detailed itinerary of the three day safari to Tsavo West National Park and Tsavo East National Park.

Tsavo Safari - Warthog in Aruba dam
A photo taken by our client in Tsavo national Park.

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi, Transfer to Tsavo West, and Afternoon Game Drive

Your safari guide will pick you up when your flight lands at the airport. He will proceed to brief you on your safari, after which you begin your 6-hour drive to the Tsavo West National Park. Say you begin your road trip at 6 a.m.

This means you’ll get to the Tsavo West National Park at approximately noon. Your guide checks you into your Tsavo hotel of choice and leaves you to relax for an hour or two. Your evening game drive begins at 3 p.m. Evening game drives entrance us all, and you, dear reader, will not be an exception. 

Watch as the park comes to life with wildlife diverse and unique- from leopards to cheetahs, wild dogs, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, crocodiles, dik-dik, crocodiles, and lesser kudu. Your evening closes with an epic sundowner and a chilled glass of wine.

Giraffes in Tsavo West National Park
Giraffes in Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo Safari Day 2: Morning Game Drive from Tsavo West to Afternoon at Tsavo East

Watching the sunrise is always a good idea. But because we’re all about the good life, we take it a notch higher- a game drive at sunrise. Listen to the calming whooshing of the Mzima Springs and watch her waters find their way to the Shetani Lava Flow.

Take in the spectacular scenery, the open grasslands, woodlands, scrublands, riverine forests, and rocky ridges. Be in awe of the wildlife, from leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, wild dogs, zebras, lions, crocodiles, buffaloes, lesser kudu, porcupines, and elephants. 

Or watch the birds, all 600 species of them, and let them soothe your soul with their sweet melodies. 

The Tsavo West National Park safari turns to Tsavo East National Park safari as the day continues.  

The Tsavo East is the largest national park in Kenya, and as they say, the bigger, the better.  Your afternoon game drive begins after you’ve had lunch in the jungle. Now, the Tsavo East is different… Beautifully different. 

It’s home to large mammals like elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, hippos, waterbucks, and gerenuks. It houses over 500 bird species. And it is home to the Yatta Plateau, which is the world’s most enormous lava flow. No inch of the park is left unexplored on this afternoon game drive. 

We take you to the Galana River and introduce you to its crocodiles, hippos, and beautiful midnight-blue waters. To the Lugard Falls to view the rock patterns that resulted from cooled lava. And when it’s evening, the guide takes you for the hotel check-in and night rest.

The major attractions in Tsavo west National park include:

  • Shetani lava flows
  • Chaim volcanic crater and lava field
  • Mzima springs
  • Riverine vegetation along the Tsavo River
Tsavo Safari - Elephants crossing the road.
Elephants crossing the road in Tsavo

Day 3: Morning Game Drive in Tsavo East National Park, Transfer Back to Nairobi

Embark on another morning game drive to get a clearer picture of how deep the Tsavo East magnificence runs. This one is more special because it’s your last, so, by all means, do not bat that eyelid. Afterwards, the guide will transfer you to Nairobi.

Those with extra nights in Tsavo East national park can spend the night at Satao Camp or the lions bluff lodge. The major attractions in Tsavo East National Park include:

  • Wildlife species – Including all the members of the big 5.
  • Mudanda rock
  • Yatta plateau
  • Lugard falls 
  • Galana and Tsavo River

Items Included in the Safari Price:

  • Pickup and drop-off at Nairobi (airport)
  • Service of a professional safari guide
  • Mineral bottled drinking water during the safari
  • All applicable park fees and government taxes
  • Exclusive use of a 4×4 safari land cruiser 
  • Evening game drive on day 1
  • Full-day game drive on day 2
  • Morning game drive on day 3
  • Full-board accommodation

Items Excluded from the Safari Price:

  • Easter, Christmas, & other holiday Supplements of £20-£50 Per Person Per Night
  • Gratuities and tips to the safari guide 
  • Local and international flight tickets 
  • laundry services 
  • Extra meals or drinks in the hotel, except typical lunch, dinner, and breakfast
  • Transfer fee when sending the money

The Total Safari Price Per Person Sharing

Date/Month Price Per Person Sharing
1st Jan – 31st March GBP 870
1st Apr – 30th June GBP 770
1st July – 31st Oct GBP 969
1st Nov – 19th Dec GBP 870
20th Dec – 1st Jan GBP 1014

The price is based on two people traveling together and sharing the accommodation and safari vehicle. These prices are based on the 2023 seasons.

It will be more affordable when you travel as a group.

The accommodation often gets packed during the migration season and is only confirmed upon making a deposit. Kindly book early to ensure you don’t miss your preferred accommodation.

FAQ: Tsavo Safari FAQ

photo of a zebra taken during a 3 Day Tsavo National Park safari
3 days Tsavo National Park Safari tour - Photo by client

Can You See Mount Kilimanjaro from Tsavo West?

Yes, you can see Kilimanjaro from Tsavo West National Park. The park is located in the southern region of Kenya, and Kilimanjaro is visible on clear days from certain points within the park.

Additionally, some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Tsavo are at locations that offer excellent views of Kilimanjaro.

Which Gates Can You Use to Get to Tsavo National Park?

There are several gates that you can use to get to Tsavo National Park, including the Mtito Andei Gate, Voi Gate, Sala Gate, the Bachuma Gate, Chyulu Gate, and the Manyani Gate.

Depending on your location and travel preferences, you may want to choose a gate that is closest to where you are coming from or one that offers the most convenient route.

What Are The Man-Eaters of Tsavo?

The man-eaters of Tsavo were two lions that were known to have killed and eaten over a hundred railway workers. The two lions mostly preyed on the construction workers building the Kenya-Uganda Railway in the late 19th century.

These lions became notorious for their attacks, and several attempts were made to kill them, though none of these efforts was successful.

What is the Best Time to Visit Tsavo National Park?

The best time to visit Tsavo National Park depends on what you are hoping to see or do during your trip. Many visitors prefer to visit during the dry season which runs from June to October and December to March.

The dry season is the best time to see animals as they gather around the watering hole. If you are looking for a budget tour, plan your Africa safari to Tsavo during the short rains of October to December.

Which is Better: Tsavo West National Park or Tsavo East National Park ?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as both Tsavo East and Tsavo West offer unique wildlife viewing opportunities and breathtaking scenery.

Ultimately, the choice between them will depend on your personal preferences and what you hope to see during your trip to Tsavo. Some people may prefer one park over the other depending on their interests or the interests of their group. However, both Tsavo East and Tsavo West are excellent choices for your next safari adventure in Kenya.

Which Are the Best Hotels in Tsavo National Park?

There are many great hotels in Tsavo National Park, each with its own unique features and amenities.

Popular places to stay during a Tsavo National Park safari include the Tsavo Safari Lodge, Severin Safari camp, the Taita Hill Lodge, the Ashnil Aruba Lodge, and the Ngulia Safari Camp.