Stop and ponder at the little hamlet of Matkau, now a disused, dry, dusty railway station and dwell on the 20,000 troops, 15,000 porters and over 100,000 horses/mules who camped there during the build up to the 1915 Salita Hill battle; examine the bunker on top of Salaita while enjoy the vast African view; observe the Baobab tree used by a broken hearted lady to take pot shots at the enemy; re-enact a sentry crouched in a defensive position on the lip of Crater Fort and listen for the spine chilling roars of the 'Man Eaters of Tsavo’.
This is a glimpse of a Guided First World War Battlefield tour, a unique mixture of historic facts, and colourful wonders of Kenya’s amazing wildlife, flora and fauna. 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.
Spend a few days exploring the amazing landscape, biodiversity and little know history of of Kenya's Taita Taveta, Mombasa & Kwale Counties.
Below are some suggested itineraries. All our tours are bespoke and are designed around our clients requests and time available. Safaris can start in Nairobi, Mombasa or Voi.
1 Day / 2 Nights
Discover WW1 Maktau
Spend the day exploring WW1 Maktau, the site of a Camp for over 20,000 Empire troops and the first airfield in British East Africa.
2 Day / 3 Nights
Two days exploring the sites around Taveta and Maktau including Taveta WW1 Cemeteries and Salaita Hill
3 Day / 4 Nights
WW1 for Buffs
Visit the Tsavo River Forts in Tsavo West National Park, and the Cemeteries and WW1 sites around Taveta and Maktau