Big Five Safaris

3 Day Tours to Tsavo West & Amboseli - See Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalo & Rhino!

Starting from/returning to Nairobi area hotels, airport, or location of your choice.

We’ll pick you up in style – your own private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep.

Map showing route of an Africa Kenya Safaris 3 day safari tour from Nairobi to Amboseli and Tsavo West national parks

Between these two scenic parks, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot all of Africa’s famous “Big Five”. Amid the rolling hills of Tsavo West National Park and the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro vistas in Amboseli National Park, you’ll get a deep dive into the wildlife of Kenya’s thriving natural world.

Tsavo West is a vibrant canvas of green hills and even greener springs, where the watering holes offer views of big cats, elephants, and even crocodiles. Amboseli will fill your day with great elephant herds and the imposing form of Kilimanjaro towering over the park.

Over 3 days, Africa Kenya Safaris will introduce you to several outstanding landscapes offering some of the best wildlife viewing on the continent.

What’s Cool About Tsavo West & Amboseli?

Tsavo West holds all kinds of colorful surprises – from the cool green of Mzima Springs with its hippos, crocs, and exotic birds to the park’s bizarre towering baobab trees and unique rhino sanctuary, home to the endangered black rhino. Also punctuating this historic park are great lava beds from recent volcanic activity.

Two things are certain at Amboseli Park:

-The herds of free-ranging elephants are so dense you are guaranteed to see them as they march along family-style to their watering holes.

-It’s difficult to take a bad picture at Amboseli. The park’s southern vista is dominated by iconic Kilimanjaro which frames the abundant wildlife, giving you unlimited opportunities for great photos as well as great memories.

Adding to the rich visual experience, you can arrange an optional cultural encounter with the Maasai in their nearby village.

Elephants lying in long grass in Amboseli National Park in Kenya

Fast & Flexible

At AKS you write the rules. Travel and explore at your own pace in you own way. We’re fast, flexible, and always ready to respond to your requests. Book in advance or even the day before. We’ll get you out on safari – pronto!

Mara Sopa Swimming Pool

Big Five Safari Tour Extras

Depending on your choice of accommodation you can enjoy extra activities like guided walks, bush dinners, evening bonfires, babysitting, children’s pool, night game drives, evening sundowners, and views of wildlife at nearby watering holes.

Stay Connected or Not. Your Choice.

We realize you’re on safari to get away from the usual. Still, there are times you may want to go online… perhaps to share your photos and adventures with friends. Our safari vehicles connect with Wi-Fi, about 75% of the time so you can usually connect when you want.

The Details

No one is more important to the success of your safari than your guide. At Africa Kenya Safaris, we have the friendliest, most experienced driver/guides. They will guide, host, inform, and look after you like the special guest you are. That’s our guarantee.

You’ll safari in style out to the parks in your own private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep – the best way to experience Africa with its higher seating for better views and its rugged all-wheel drive.

We give you more at AKS – customization, flexibility, and lots of choices. Your safari includes park entrance fees, game drives, accommodations, and meals. Plus, we always offer economy, comfort, or luxury safari lodges or tented camps.

Please give us a shout at Africa Kenya Safaris to set up your personalized safari adventure for yourself, your family, and your friends.

Front of a safari jeep

Check Out Your Ride

Experience your Africa Kenya Safari in a customized pop-top roof 4x4x Safari Jeep that features: Portable fridge/Cooler Box, 4 Binoculars, long-range high-frequency radio, 4G/LTE broadband WIFI connectivity, AC 230 V Power Outlets, First Aid Kit, Safari Guide Books, Baby Seats (on request), Side steps (on request) and most importantly an expert multi-lingual safari guide who will ensure you have an incredible safari experience.

Day 1

Nairobi - Tsavo West National Park

4-Hour Drive

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

7:00 am. Your driver/guide will pick you up from your place of choice – hotel, residence, or the Nairobi airport.

Settling into your private 4 x 4 Landcruiser Jeep, we’ll make good time on the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway, viewing the passing local homesteads. We’ll be entering Masai country and you may see the herdsmen tending to their flocks.

Entering Tsavo West, you’ll be greeted with rolling hills and varied landscapes of bush, woodlands, and riverine forest.

We’ll take a lunch break at your accommodation and then set out for sightings of the park’s varied wildlife including lion, elephant, zebra, buffalo, cheetah, ostrich, and much more.

The birdlife here is rich in variety and color – your guide will be pointing out all kinds of migratory birds – goshawks, weavers, starlings, kingfishers, herons – the list goes on.

Another wonderful feature of the park is its protected area for black rhinos – the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary. We’ll visit this 70 sq. km (27 sq. mi) reserve and look for the more than 80 endangered and shy creatures.

Tonight, we’ll relax and have dinner at our safari lodge or tented camp.

Day 2

Tsavo West National Park - Amboseli National Park

2-Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

While on safari we like to reward ourselves with a dazzling African sunrise. So we’ll be up early with the birds and watch the light breaking upon the park. We’ll be ready as the wildlife emerges from the cover of night into the dawning new day.

Tsavo West shows us many colors and forms – one of the most vibrant is Mzima Springs, a natural oasis fed by an underground spring. The park’s wildlife is drawn to this vibrant waterhole for sustenance. The springs also host many of its own full-time inhabitants like hippos, crocodiles, birds, and exotic species of fish.

This is one of the few spots where we can jump out of our 4 x 4 Jeep and take a guided nature walk along the lush shores.

Now it’s time to head to neighboring Amboseli Park. The short drive will bring the towering form of Mt. Kilimanjaro ever closer as it looms over the reserve.

Amboseli is much smaller than Tsavo West but this just means the wildlife is that much denser and closer. Indeed, the elephant spotting here is said to be the best in the world.

It’s not uncommon to spot lion, buffalo, zebra, cheetah, and smaller game like hyena, fox, jackal, and even monkey and baboon.

With such active wildlife and the scenic form of Kilimanjaro dominating the land, your opportunities for great picture-taking are significant.

As the day edges on, the clouds sometimes obscuring the mountain’s peak may disperse, giving you still more photographic opportunities.

On this second evening of our safari, you’ll settle into your Amboseli safari lodge or tented camp for dinner and the night.

Day 3

Amboseli Park - Nairobi

4-Hour Drive

Meals: Breakast & Lunch

Once again, we’ll be up with or before the sun in anticipation of our final safari day. We may also enjoy a clear view of Kilimanjaro’s summit, weather permitting – a perfect way to begin our day. So, let’s start with a game drive and add checkmarks to our list of “seen” wildlife.

Then it’s back to our lodge or tented camp for breakfast as the sun rises over the park and we plan the mid-morning game drive with our driver/guide.

Grabbing our gear, we’ll bundle into the 4 x 4 for another chance to enjoy the sight of elephants on parade and perhaps lion or cheetah lurking nearby in the bush.

But finally, we must make our exit from the park with one last game drive and head back to Nairobi.

We should arrive in the city by late afternoon and we will bring you to your hotel, the airport or place of your choosing.

Three days – we saw and experienced so much. But perhaps this is only the first of your African safaris. There is so much more to see throughout Kenya’s wildlife parks. Just contact your travel advisor at Africa Kenya Safaris and we’ll happy to arrange your next adventure. We thank you so much for spending your holiday with us. See you soon!

Tour Highlights

– Tsavo West National Park
  • Rhino sanctuary
  • Recent volcanoes
  • Lava flows
  • Mzima Springs – underwater hippo and fish watching
  • Game viewing drives
– Amboseli National Park
  • Most of the Big Five
  • Large herds of elephants
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit (weather permitting)
  • Observation hill – views of the park – the wetlands and elephants
  • Marshes below Observation Hill host elephants, buffaloes, hippos, and waterfowl like pelican & Egyptian goose
  • Contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle
  • Masai village visit (please arrange with your driver/guide) – $20 per person – Optional


Tsavo West

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge in Tsavo West National Park

Comfort / Luxury

Lodge/tented Camp options

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, Voyager Ziwani Safari Camp, Severin Safari Camp, Salt Lick Safari Lodge.

Lounge area in Tsavo West luxury safari accommodation

Comfort / Luxury

Lodge/tented Camp options

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

Ngulia Safari Lodge in Tsavo West National Park
Lodge/tented camp options
Ngulia Safari Lodge


Elerai Camp Amboseli - Amboseli National park, Kenya
Lodge/tented Camp options

Oltukai lodge, Kibo Safari Camp, Amboseli Serena lodge, Kilima Safari Camp – Milima Tents, Tulia Amboseli Safari Camp, Elerai Camp*, Tawi lodge*, Tortilis Camp*, Porini Amboseli camp*

Amboseli Sopa Lodge - Amboseli National park, Kenya
Lodge/tented camp options

Sentrim Amboseli Camp, AA Amboseli Lodge

AA Lodge Amboseli - Amboseli National park, Kenya
Lodge/tented camp options

Amboseli Sopa


Please check out our prices for these private safaris – you’ll see they are the most reasonable anywhere for each tour. There are no hidden fees, plus you’ll travel in safari-style in a 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep.

Prices are in USD per person for a double/twin en-suite room.

To view our tour prices for the 3 Safari Seasons, please click High, Peak or Low

High Season (3rd Jan-31st Mar) (16th Oct-22nd Dec)

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Peak Season (1st Jul-15th Oct.) (23rd Dec-2nd Jan)
Xmas Supplement to apply on selected hotels on 24th -26th Dec & 31st Dec-1st Jan

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Low Season (1st Apr – 30th June Excluding Easter Weekend)

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*Easter Supplement: USD 35 Per Person Per Night.
*Christmas / New Year Supplement on Dec 25th, 26th, 31st and Jan 1st: USD 35 Per Person Per Night.

Your Tour Includes

  • Nairobi airport hotel pick up/ drop off transfers
  • Transport in a customized 4×4 pop up top Land Cruiser jeep
  • Services of a experienced English/other language speaking safari tour guide/driver
  • Stay in economy, comfort or luxury lodge/tented camps (your choice)
  • Private game viewing drives in a 4×4 pop up top land Cruiser jeep
  • Park entrance fees
  • All meals on safari
  • Bottled drinking water in safari vehicle
  • The flying doctors medical, emergency and rescue cover
  • Pick up/drop off at Nairobi airport, Nairobi hotel or residence
  • Government taxes and local levies
Not Included In the Tour Price:
– Bottled & Soft Drinks
– Items and services of a personal nature
– Tips & Gratuities

Lots of Ways To Stay

Safari Lodge or Tented Camp?
Economy, Comfort, or Luxury?

We offer lots of ways to settle into your safari evening. Some people like the familiar four walls of a traditional lodge. Others go for the outdoors feel of a tented camp. Either way, both lodge or tented camp come in economy, comfort, and lux editions. Choose the accommodation style that suits your needs. And then, which level of service works for you.

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