The Big Tusker Safari
Departs: Daily private departures based on a minimum of 2 passengers
Experience the ultimate authentic adventure in the wilds of Kenya's Tsavo National Park, a land teeming with wildlife and natural wonders. This park is a sight to behold, from the vast wilderness to the largest elephant population in the world, including the rare and elusive 'Big Tuskers'. Big tuskers are African elephants with tusks weighing over 45kg each. With only a few dozen left in the wild, catching a glimpse of them in the wild is a unique and unforgettable experience.
As you embark on your journey through Kenya's Tsavo National Park, you'll have the chance to experience two distinct areas: Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Firstly, in Tsavo East, witness the daily gathering of thousands of elephants at one of the busiest waterholes in Kenya, Satao Camp. Here, amidst the hustle and bustle of the camp, impalas leap, mongooses scurry, and hornbills chatter in the Acacia trees. Don't be surprised if you encounter a genet cat who has made the bar his home - all part of the magic of this awe-inspiring natural wonderland. Then you can sit back in the comfort of your safari camps in Tsavo West and marvel at the breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's highest free-standing mountain!
But this safari is more than just the thrill of spotting wildlife on game drives. Explore the area's history with a visit to the First World War battlefields at Taita Taveta or spend time with orphaned elephants at the Sheldrick Voi Reintegration Unit, an unforgettable and heart-warming experience. Visit the refreshing waters of Mzima Springs and observe hippos and crocodiles in their natural habitat, or enjoy a picnic on the banks of the picturesque Galana River.
Expert guides will accompany you on game drives and guided walks, sharing their extensive knowledge of the park and helping you maximise your chances of spotting the "Big Tuskers" and other wildlife. So, whether you're a seasoned safari enthusiast or embarking on your first-ever safari, this once-in-a-lifetime experience promises to create unforgettable memories in the heart of Kenya's awe-inspiring natural beauty. So, pack your bags and join us for an adventure like no other!
Day 1 - Nairobi
On arrival at Nairobi Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Located at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and designed to offer a luxurious and elegant experience with unmatched security within the most protected zone in Nairobi. The hotel offers 144 spacious, adaptable, contemporarily designed rooms, with a large ergonomic working area consisting of suites, interconnecting rooms, double and twin rooms, convenient for business, family and leisure travellers.
With its convenient location, less than 3 minutes from the terminals, the hotel caters to transiting international and domestic passengers adding tranquillity and comfort to your travel experience. No traffic, no delays and no hold ups thus guaranteeing seamless transition to your flight on time, every time.
Day 2 - Tsavo East National Park
Early breakfast and transfer to Nairobi Train station for 8:00am departure. Arrive at Voi Station at 12:05pm to be greeted by your camp driver ready to take you on your first game drive through Tsavo East National Park. (BLD)
Lunch at the camp will be followed by a fascinating elephant talk in the watch tower. The Satao Camp waterhole can be visited by thousands of elephants a day and is the best place to sit and observe the herds, learning more about these incredible animals from the camp guides. The Satao Camp waterhole is frequented by big tusker elephants and even the occasional super tusker. Guests will then enjoy an afternoon game drive followed by dinner.
Nestled amongst trees and surrounding a central water hole, the semicircular layout of the camp provides an excellent viewing point for each of the guests. Satao Camp has 20 tents, all en-suite, thoughtfully positioned to ensure a full view of the camps “own” watering hole. The 20 tents are made up of 16 family tents and 4 suites each tent is constructed of sisal and boroti poles topped with a makuti roof, only the front of the tent is visible as each tent has its own patio with table and chairs.
The tents are exquisite; all are attractively furnished with locally made beds and unique African designs. Each spacious tent has a private bathroom with running water. The shower however is in the true African style, whereby the camp staff bring hot water in the evening. The bathrooms are very spacious, slate floors with stunning wooden framework, the wash basins sunken into the structure, all fitted with flushing toilet.
Day 3 - Tsavo East National Park
After an early morning game drive and breakfast, guests can enjoy a guided bush walk around camp where they will learn more about the indigenous plant life and how to survive in the wild. (BLD)
After lunch, guests will enjoy a game drive to the Sheldrick’s Reintegration Unit for orphaned elephants, this is subject to availability. This very special trip provides guests with the rare opportunity to meet the adolescent elephants as they prepare to be released into the wilds of Tsavo National Park. Guests are able to learn more about the amazing Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and how they are protecting the elephants, and other wildlife of Kenya. Guests must adopt an elephant in advance to enjoy this visit.
Day 4 - Tsavo West National Park
An early morning game drive will take you to the palm-spotted banks of the Galana River with the opportunity to see the hippo pods and crocodiles. Lunch under the Tamarind Tree back at camp always provides excellent waterhole viewing time with plenty of elephants and their young coming to drink and bathe. (BLD)
The afternoon game drive will finish with a special Satao Camp sundowner where guests can enjoy a dawa (a Swahili cocktail which translates into medicine) and marvel at the burnt orange Tsavo sunset.
Day 5 - Tsavo West National Park
After breakfast guests will game drive to Tsavo West National Park, enjoying the dramatic changes in landscape. A visit to Mzima Springs to admire the crystal-clear waters, with potential hippo, crocodile and bird spotting, breaks up the journey. (BLD)
Guests will arrive at your next camp in time for Lunch followed by some relaxation at the pool and spa facility. The afternoon game drive will visit the Shetani Lava flows returning for dinner.
Being very close to the wonderful Kenyan nature, experiencing dawn and dusk with its astounding array of colours, listening to the voices of the wilderness, being one with yourself – the Severin Safari Camp offers all that and much more. In the heart of Tsavo West National Park they have created a place which reflects their deep bond with this country. In the camp amidst the African wilderness, the guests will experience a unique combination of adventure, recreation and wellness, a very individual service and culinary delicacies.
The Camp is constructed in an elegant natural design. The tents and suites are designed with wooden furniture in a traditional African style. Light and warm colours make for a cozy, familiar atmosphere. Each of the 27 tents and suites offer the view over the beautiful African landscape with its wild animals which all come to use the water holes without constraint both during the day and night.
Day 6 - Taita Taveta Battle Fields
After breakfast guests will game drive through Tsavo West to the Taita Hills. The Taita Hills offer an extraordinary variation of landscapes, with beautiful, forested slopes and incredible views over Tsavo below. The Taita Hills are famous for their role in World War I, with some of the bloodiest battles in East Africa taking place in this area. Guests are able to learn more about its fascinating history. (BLD)
Guests will then travel to the next camp, nestled in the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, to enjoy a breathtaking sundowner overlooking the East African plains with Kilimanjaro in the distance.
The 4 cottages are located on the Lions Bluff escarpment. Each is equipped with a double and single bed – complete with bedding, hot and cold showers, a lovely terrace overlooking the stunning Conservancy with endless views of the Savannah and mountains in the distance. A large, common dining area & fully functional kitchen, public toilet is also available. Most of the guests enjoy the delicious full board accommodation and Chef Philip takes great pride in his home cooked pastas, marinated steak and chicken lasagne as well as vegan and vegetarian meals.
Leopards Lair is fully staffed to take care of all your needs during your stay and is ideal for families or groups of friends. Bookings can be made on self-catering basis, full board accommodation or game package or exclusive use of the entire place. For those that opt for a game package, our team will help you plan your exciting activities, over the duration of your stay. Dine under the stars or indoors ! The fire place is simply great to hang out and tell stories and to soak up the atmosphere of being out in the bush with the wilderness below !
Day 7 - Tsavo East National Park
After breakfast guests will return to Tsavo East, stopping at Madando Rock on the way back to Satao Camp. Guests will be able to sit in the watchtower and check back in with the elephant herds and then an afternoon game drive which will be followed by dinner. (BLD)
Guests can then sit by the campfire and enjoy their last night in the wild, listening to the roars of the lions and the comforting rumbles of the elephant herds.
Day 8 - End of The Big Tusker Safari
After breakfast you will be transferred to Voi Train Station for your train journey departing at 09h30 to Nairobi. At 14h00 you will be collected from Nairobi Train Station and transferred to Nairobi Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 03 Jun 23 - 30 Jun 23 $4,295 $4,650
- 01 Jul 23 - 31 Oct 23 $5,150 $6,110
- 01 Nov 23 - 15 Dec 23 $5,015 $5,920
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.