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Kisite Marine Park and Wasini Island Private Tour

1. Kisite Marine Park and Wasini Island Private Tour

Get ready to board an exclusive private boat and sail for about one hour searching for dolphins, before snorkeling and swimming in the Kisite marine national park. Kisite Marine national park is the second most famous marine park in the world, after the Australian Marine Park. Explore 30 kilometers of turtles, marine tortoise, bearreeffs, coral reefs and different types of marine fishes. Next, sail to Wasisni Island where your lunch of sea food and Swahili dishes will be served. After lunch, you’ll have the option to stroll around the island and experience the local Swahili culture, visiting the beautiful coral garden, mangrove forest and fishing village to learn more about the Swahili people and their history. Your local guide will give you an in-depth explanation and background throughout the tour. Alternatively, you can relax at the restaurant, enjoying the sea view and the breeze.

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Mombasa: City Tour with Fort Jesus & Haller Park Entrance

2. Mombasa: City Tour with Fort Jesus & Haller Park Entrance

Begin the day trip with pick-up from your hotel or desired location in Mombasa at around 8 AM. Drive through the city center towards the historical old town of Kibokoni where you will find the famous Fort Jesus Museum. Find out how this building was designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Battista and was built between 1593 and 1596 by the order of King Philip of Portugal to guard the old port of Mombasa. Learn everything there is to be learned about Mombasa and how it evolved. After that, pass the Mombasa Club, Africa Hotel, Mandhry Mosque, Government Square, entering the Old Port and continuing towards the Old Spice Market. Walk past the old colonial houses and mosques as you discover the culture and origins of the city. Stop for lunch at one of the best restaurants in town, where you can enjoy 1 dish of seafood or biryani - a Swahili delicacy. After lunch, take a drive along Mama Ngina to admire the scenic views of where the Mombasa Island ends and the ocean begins. See the Likoni Ferry channel which connects the North to the South Coast, then stop at the famous Pembe za Ndovu Elephant Tusk sculpture which can be found on the back of the local currency. Find out how this sculpture represents how Mombasa historical symbolised the gateway to the Arab ivory trade. Stop here to take photos or do a little shopping. Later in the afternoon, head over to Haller Park in time to feed the giraffes. Discover how a barren landscape of disused limestone quarries was convereted into a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of forest, grasslands, and ponds. Currently, Haller Park plays host to a variety of wildlife including hippos, giraffes, buffalos, and antelopes as well as smaller mammals and birds. The Park consists of a Game Sanctuary, Reptile Park, small demonstration Fish Farm area, Palm Garden, Crocodile pens and a giraffe viewing platform.  Choose to explore Haller Park or continue on Akamba Handicraft market, which is the local association of handicraft artisans that manages the production and sale of wooden carvings and other souvenirs in Mombasa. Return to your accommodation by around 5 PM where the tour will end.

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Mombasa: Tsavo East National Park Day Tour

3. Mombasa: Tsavo East National Park Day Tour

Your day will start will a 5:00AM pick-up from your hotel, before your driver takes you on the approximately 2-hour journey to Tsavo East National Park. Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery after your early start. Upon arrival at Tsavo East, you’ll enter through the Bachuma Gate and begin your game drive. Your experienced driver and guide will take you to the best places for spotting lions, elephants, giraffes and all manner of bird species.  For lunch you will be taken to the lodge or camp of your choice. Your guide can offer tips on the camps closest to watering holes, where Africa’s most majestic animals stop to drink water. Afterwards you’ll embark on your second game drive to other sections of the park, before being driven back and dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

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Mombasa Airport Private Transfer to Diani Beach

4. Mombasa Airport Private Transfer to Diani Beach

Avoid the stress of finding a taxi or the hassle of a shared shuttle service when you arrive at Mombasa's busy Moi International Airport. Enjoy the convenience of a private transfer directly to or from your accommodation in the Diani Beach area. A professional driver will pick you up and drop you off either at the airport or at the doorstep of your hotel or private residence. Travel in a comfortable, spacious sedan for 3 passengers or minivan for up to 6 passengers. Sit back and enjoy the ride to your destination without worrying about taxi meters or traffic. This transfer service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Tsavo East National Park Day Trip From Mombasa

5. Tsavo East National Park Day Trip From Mombasa

This exciting tour begins with a complimentary hotel pickup either from the north or south coast hotels. After a brief introduction, you depart from your hotel to the Tsavo East National Park. You will drive for 3 hours and start your game drive as soon as you enter the main gate. You will enjoy a hot lunch in any of the lodges in the camp. Later, go on an afternoon game drive before leaving the park at around 3.pm and heading back to your coastal hotel with a lot of memories. The sight of dust-red elephants wallowing, rolling, and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300 kilomtere long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East. The park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk, and the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.

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From Mombasa: Watamu Marine Park & Sudi Island Excursion

6. From Mombasa: Watamu Marine Park & Sudi Island Excursion

Get picked up from your desired pick-up location along the Mombasa coast. Drive North towards Watamu and arrive at the Marine Park at around 9:30 AM. Board a glass-bottomed boat and begin an incredible tour over the coral reefs with the opportunity to see incredible marine life. Relax in the sun on the top deck and try to spot dolphins as you captain takes you to hot spots for seeing these incredible mammals. Once the dolphins stop moving around, put on your snorkeling equipment and jump into the water so you can get up close to these gentle creatures and perhaps even swim with them. Climb back onto the boat, and continue towards the Marine Park - one of the best-kept secrets in the world. Only the Great Barrier Reef itself has a bigger range of species list and the marine protected area in Watamu is also recognized internationally as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Stop to snorkel and shallow dive here, where it is virtually impossible to not see a few dozen species of fish inside the main reef. On the fringe, you'll have an excellent chance of viewing the magnificent whale shark or manta rays that are seasonal visitors (November is the best time to spot these animals). The park is also home to 3 species of sea turtles who nest on the beaches. After snorkeling, head over to the white sandy beaches where you will be allowed to step off the boat for a swim in the crystal clear blue waters for a while. Then set sail for Sudi Island where you can enjoy the views of the lush green mangroves along the creek side. At around 1 PM arrive on the island where you'll receive a warm welcome and little entertainment. Enjoy a seafood lunch then take a guided canoe ride into the mangrove forest. Depart from the island at around 4 PM and return to the marine park, where your driver will be waiting for you to return you back to your pick-up location. 

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Mombasa: Tamarind Dinner Dhow Cruise

7. Mombasa: Tamarind Dinner Dhow Cruise

After being picked up from your resort or hotel, drive to the pier to begin your ultimate romantic evening cruise. Climb aboard a traditional dhow, the Nawalilkher, a 23 m long boat which was built in 1977 for trading. Meet your traditionally dressed waiter who will show you to your table. Be served a delightful welcome cocktail made with vodka, lime, honey, sugar, and crushed ice to savor with the melting sun. Fruit juice or soda is available for those who don't drink alcohol.  Watch as a live band on board begins to play as the dhow sets sail. Marvel at the picturesque setting as the dhow cruises into the sunset as you soak up the atmosphere of the music and lively chatter. Cruise around Tudor Creek and admire the panoramic view of Mombasa's Old Town and Fort Jesus. The dhow is then moored in a sheltered bay at the head of the creek. Savor a 4-course gourmet meal of finely grilled lobster and steak onboard. After you finish your delicious meal, a waiter will serve Arabic coffee in an original brass pot. Once the meal is over, you will be returned safely to your hotel. A choice between evening and day trips are available.

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Mombasa Airport Private Transfer to Nyali, Bamburi & Shanzu

8. Mombasa Airport Private Transfer to Nyali, Bamburi & Shanzu

Skip the stress of finding a taxi or sharing a shuttle when you arrive at one of the busiest airports in Africa. Meet your professional driver at the airport Mombasa and enjoy the convenience of a private transfer directly to the doorstep of your hotel or private residence in Nyali, Bamburi, Shanzu, or Mtwapa. Travel in a comfortable, spacious Sedan for 3 passengers or a minivan for 5 passengers. Sit back and enjoy the ride to your destination without worrying about taxi meters or traffic.

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Mombasa: Discovery Day Tour and Haller Park

9. Mombasa: Discovery Day Tour and Haller Park

Get picked up from your hotel and proceed to Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. Hear about the long and fascinating history of the fort before it was converted into a prison in 1985, and later, into a historical landmark. The tour takes you through a maze of cobbled narrow streets, past ancient mosques and picturesque residential houses that evoke the island's medieval past. Wander under overhanging balconies and through mysterious doorways to bustling markets filled with exotic spices, fruit, and colorful fabrics.  Then, drive through the Elephant Tusks on Moi Avenue and call in at the Akamba woodcarvers, where you can see them at work and take the opportunity to purchase some of their wonderful crafts and other souvenirs. Take a break for lunch, maybe at the delicious Tamarind Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Dr. Rene Haller's Nature Park, a group of former quarries now reforested and home to many animals, including hippos, giraffes, buffalos, antelopes, and crocodiles.  The park offers a variety of attractions that educate and entertain the over 160,000 annual visitors, among them a game sanctuary, reptile park, a small demonstration fish farm area, palm garden, crocodile pens, and a giraffe-viewing platform. The diversity of vegetation is considerable, from mangrove palms and majestic indigenous shade trees to coastal forests where several of these plants are rare and endangered: a true haven for botanists. Later, return to your hotel in Mombasa.

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Tsavo East National Park: 2-Day Tour from Mombasa

10. Tsavo East National Park: 2-Day Tour from Mombasa

Day 1: Mombasa - Tsavo East Start your 2-day adventure with a pick-up from your Mombasa hotel or Airport in the morning and drive to Tsavo East National Park, a sanctuary famous for its abundance of elephants and man-eating lions, truly an animal lovers paradise. You will arrive via game en-route to Voi safari lodge in time for lunch. Later In the afternoon, you will also get to enjoy game drives in the park. After your drive you will return to your lodge for dinner and a relaxing overnight stay. Day 2: Tsavo East – Mombasa Start your day with a delicious, early morning breakfast. Once finished you will check out of your accommodation and set out on a morning game drive. Later in the day you will depart for Mombasa, stopping for a spot of lunch on the way. After lunch you will proceed to Mombasa arriving late in the evening at your hotel or Moi International Airport.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Our 2 day safari at Tsavo Parks was just perfect! We visited Tsavo East on the first day and then Tsavo West on the second. We got to see zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, antelopes, gazelles, baboons, ostriches up close and even a family of lions eating. We also saw cheetahs. Our guide, John for this experience, was very precise in his explanations during our game drives through the parks. He was very friendly and did his best to show us as many animals as possible! We loved staying at the Taita Salt Lick for the night. The panoramic view of a waterhole in the park makes the animal watching a short success and it was a memorable experience. The staff at the Lodge were friendly and very attentive. We recommend this stay!

it was a wonderful day and everything was perfectly organized. the guids on the ship were so friendly and warm that they made my day easier with their presence. the snorkeling was breathtakingly beautiful !!! the food on the island was also very tasty and on the way back the guides sang for us. made my day i can only say with your zest for life and your singing you made an already perfect day even more perfect !!! i can recommend this excursion to everyone! it was definitely worth every cheap one i paid for! well done and thanks for a wonderful day!

We had a wonderful day - it couldn't be better. Thanks to our guides Mackenzi & Fami We learned a lot about the country and its people - we got insights that you wouldn't otherwise have 1 it was the perfect start to the holiday We can only recommend it A thousand thanks for this great day & we wish you all the best Patrick and Julia in October 2021 ❤️❤️❤️

thank you harry from orange safari everything was perfect. the guide was amazing found all the animals i was intrested in seeing. the lodge we went for lunch had an amazing view of park.

Great adventure!

It was an amazing day. The driver Mackenzy is also great. Everything was taking care off. Sudi Island is also beautifull. I recommend this to anyone!