Easter Safari – Tsavo West and Lakes Jipe and Chala
18-21 April, 2014
This very exciting trip will cover Tsavo West, Lakes Jipe and Chala, Taveta and possiblyLoitokitok. The weekend will be spent in the remote south west corner of Tsavo West. This is also the area where most of the fighting between the British and Germans in the First World War took place. Grogan of the ‘Cape-to-Cairo’ fame owned extensive estates here.
We shall stay at Ziwani tented camp. Located on a 30,000 acre farm on the edge of Tsavo West, it is built next to a secluded dam on the Tsavo River and has a beautiful view of the peaks of Kilimanjaro. You can see crocodile and hippo in the dam and the area is famous for its birdlife. The tents are spacious, most meals are served outdoors and the food is good. Sitting by the log fire in the evening you see the dam and Mt Kilimanjaro.
Friday 18 April- Depart Nairobi at 6.30am. Enter Tsavo West through MtitoAndei gate. Spend the whole day in the park, visit Mzima Springs and climb a small volcano if there is time.
Saturday 19 April- Drive to Lake Jipe. The lake has hippo and a lot of bird species. Explore this very remote corner ofTsavo West which has a lot of game. Picnic lunch at the lake. We shall explore the historic town of Taveta, visit the British War cemetery. A possible visit to Grogan’s castle (there will be a small charge for this). In the evening there will be a 40 minute talk on Grogan.
Sunday 20 April- Visit mysterious Lake Chala on the Kenya – Tanzania border. A brief tour of Ziwani farm. A lot of the machinery on the farm is still from Grogan’s time.
Monday 21 April- Depart for Nairobi, possibly via Loitokitok.
Cost: 24,300 pp sharing
Included: 3 days FB
Not included: transport and park entry. Park entry will be needed for 2 days only. Carry your smartcard if you have one. You can load it at MtitoAndei gate. You can also get a temporary card there.
Recommended reading: Edward Paice ‘Lost Lion of Empire’
M.G. Vassanji ‘The Book of Secrets’
Book and pay now. Because of Easter there is great demand for places and I shall not be able to hold the rooms indefinitely. If you wish to stay an extra night it can be arranged.
Contact: Narinder Heyer – 0721 – 718 590 or firstname.lastname@example.org