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Ancient Trails of World War 1 – Theatre of the Tsavo Battlefield

Tour Details

Taita Taveta County lays approximately 200kms North West of Mombasa and 360kms south east of Nairobi. The area enjoys tropical climate with an average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. It is a popular African wildlife sanctuary and also evokes memories of the World War 1. This county has rich history and has been a place of many firsts notably:

  • First inland church built at Mahoo by Church Missionary Society
  • Kenya’s first newspaper Taveta Chronicles started on the Easter of 1895.
  • The first airstrip at Maktau
  • It is here that the first shot WW1 East African Campaign was fired

Over a hundred years ago Taita Taveta County was a site of several important battles in the East African campaign of WW1. After war was declared in August 1914 the stage was set for what would become one of the bloodiest battlefields of the First World War pitting Kenya which was then a British colony against Tanzania which was German colony. The remains of many Forts, trenches, stone revetments, loop holes, and endless detritus are waiting to tell you their tale of struggle, hunger and disease during the little known East African Campaign of the First World War.

If you are a history buff this safari itinerary is best suited for you and anyone with a curiosity in the First World War and who wish to understand the circumstances surrounding the immense hardship made for the sake of future generations, while enjoying the bush lands of Tsavo.



  • Game viewing drives
  • German outpost on Salaita Hill
  • Mile 27 on the Voi – Maktau railway
  • Fortifications at Maktau
  • Snipers baobab
  • Mashoti Fort

All this give you a glimpse of a Kenyan WW1 Battlefield Safari, a unique mixture of historic facts, and the colorful wonders of Kenya’s amazing wildlife, flora and fauna.



  • All road transportation from Mombasa
  • Service of experienced English speaking driver/guide
  • Scheduled game viewing drives
  • Tours as per itinerary
  • Full board accommodation whilst on safari
  • All Inclusive accommodation at your beach resort
  • Emergency evacuation cover



  • International and domestic flights
  • Drinks while on safari
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Gratuities for guide
  • Items of personal nature
  • All items not listed above.

Day 1: ,Mombasa

Upon arrival we pick you up from the airport and proceed to Taita Taveta.
Check in. Lunch
Game viewing drive
Dinner and overnight at Sarova Salt Lick Lodge

Day 2:, Taveta, Latema Nek, Mahoo, Salaita Hill

After breakfast, depart from Taita and proceed to the border town of Taveta.
Your ranger guide will take you through the story of the battles and the activities that took place at each site.
Visit the Common Wealth War Grave Cemetery in Taveta; Old British East Africa Police
Station where first shot of WW1 East African Campaign was fired; Latema Nek the final battlefield in BEA; Mahoo CMS station and German HQ.
Crossing the Lumi River drive to Salaita Hill; scramble amongst the German fortification on Salaita Hill and Snipers Baobab.
Dinner and overnight at Voyager Ziwani Camp

Day 3: ,Crater Hill, Mzima Fort, Maktau Railway station

Early breakfast and proceed to Tsavo west national park. Game drive enroute visit the two main lines of communication forts, one at Crater Hill overlooking the Tsavo River, then continue to Mzima Fort (sometimes called Frosts Castle).
Dinner and overnight Voyager Ziwani Camp

Day 4:, Taita Hills, Bura Mission, Mile 27, Mashoti

After breakfast take a scenic drive up Taita Hills (the Switzerland of Kenya), to Bura Mission (built1892), a WW1 Hospital station, continue to Mile 27 Battlefield, Mashoti Fort.
Later proceed to Mombasa. Drop off at your beach resort to start your amazing beach holiday
Dinner and overnight Voyager Beach resort

Day 5: ,Voyager Beach Resort

Soak in the sun and have fun
Day at leisure.

Day 6: ,Voyager Beach Resort

Day at leisure

Day 7: ,Voyager Beach Resort

Morning at leisure. Check out and transfer to airport for your international flight

Additional Info

  • Duration : 7 Days, 6 Nights
  • Price : $

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