Camping in Tsavo East National Park


Camping in Tsavo East National Park : Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 square kilometers, situated in a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru desert, the park was established in 1948 and is located near the town of Voi in the Taita Taveta county of the former coast province. It borders the Tsavo West National Park which was part of the Tsavo East national park before the construction of the A109 road along with the railway line that connects the interior of Kenya with the coastal areas. The park is located in the South East of the Kenya capital Nairobi, its 250 kilometres away from the city, it borders the Mkomazi Game reserve of Tanzania and the Chyulu hills national park.

Camping In Tsavo East National Park.

Camping is one of the main activities in Tsavo East National Park,

Tsavo East national park’s camping safaris in Africa are the best wildlife experience, camping in the middle of the wilderness with a small tent can be erected any time of the day, with extra ordinary good tents accompanied by the sleeping bags, the mobile chef provides food for the travellers and warm water. These are located in good animal viewing areas that gives the guests enjoy game viewing at the comfort of their tent balcony, some of them are placed on the wildlife tracks or routes and which makes animals to always be around the tent.

The safari tents are built with environmentally friendly materials which maintains conservation of the protected areas as well and both public and special campsites can be accessed, some of the public camping site are located near the park gates or park headquarters which are guarded by the park rangers and the local Maasai warriors.

1.Galdessa Safari Camp, the air and delightful tented camp 15 km west of Lugard falls, offers expansive views of River Galana and Yatta Plateau. The Bandas, rested on wooden platforms, are separately sited hence giving ultimate privacy. Tents have en-situ showers, flush toilets and solar heating. This eco-camp is near the rhino sanctuary, the camp offers day and night game drives and guided nature walks. It has 16 beds.

Camping in Tsavo East National Park
Galdessa Safari Camp

2.Satao Camp. Located 45 km from Bachuma gate, Satao is deal for visitors arriving from Mombasa next to Satao is a floodlit waterhole where animals come drink daily. The tent offers en situ showers and flush toilets its under budget category with 20 beds.

3.Patterson Safari Camp. Located 8km from Tsavo Gate and 9km from Manyani gate, Patterson’s sits at the place where Patterson managed to kill the famous man eaters of Tsavo. This budget property enjoys a relaxed setting under the doum palms, the tents are self-contained with en-situ showers and flush toilets.

4.Galana Crocodile Camp. Is a safari accommodation located on the shores of the Galana River, right at the Sala Gate of the Tsavo East National Park. The camp location right next to the Galana river, allows guests to safety watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and many other animals populating the waterside, the camp is the ideal place to start your safari by exploring the park to discover the Big 5 and jump right into the adventure of your time.

The crocodile camp itself offers both robust tents and bungalows, there are 22 tents ,14 cottages and 1 family house each tent has tea/coffee making facilitates, mirror, air conditioning, en-situ bathroom a veranda with wonderful view over either the river or the lush garden.

5.Epiya Chapeyu Tented Safari Camp. It lies in the heart of Tsavo East National Park on the banks of the Gaana River at the floor of the Yatta plateau, set amongst Doum Palms and acacia trees it is in perfect harmony with the local indigenous African landscape and vegetation. The camp has 15 spacious luxury tents spread across a large riverside area, offering each guest accommodation with optimum privacy, the tents are all fixe on local flagstones bases with typical Makati roofs, modern en-situ bathroom with double sinks, hot water, shower, flush toilets and all the necessary amenities. Each tent has its own veranda with view of the Galana River where the variety of animals come to drink.

Camping in Tsavo East National Park
Epiya Chapeyu Tented Safari Camp

Camping fees of Tsavo East National Park.

Category Citizens(Fees in Kshs) Non-residents (Fees I USD)
  Special campsite Public campsite
Adult 250 20
Children 200 15

Best time for camping in Tsavo East National Park.

The favourite time for camping in Tsavo East National Park is June to October and again during January to February and as well the conditions in the park can support other activities during your camping like wildlife watching.

How to get to Tsavo East National Park.

Tsavo East National park can be reached in three different ways that is railway, road and air means of transport.

By Air transport. There are several domestic flights that operate daily from Nairobi Wilson Airport and Mombasa, the guest can book the flight online or directly from the local reputable operators who give you the inclusive Tsavo East National park safari package. The park has a good number of airstrips that are located inside and some outside nut near the park gates and the airstrips includes the Voi, Sala airstrip, Satao airstrip, Cottars airstrip, Bachuma airstrip, Mopeo airstrip, Aruba airstrip, Ithumba airstrip and Sanganyaya airstrip.

By Road transport. The park can be accessed by road from Nairobi entering to the different gated of the park the distance from Nairobi to the park differs according to the location of the traveller from the city, its determined by the gate which the traveller would wish to enter to the park from.

The most common roads by the travellers are, the main road from Nairobi to Mombasa that covers 250 kilometres, if entering through the Mtito Anei gate its 233 kilometres, if in Mombasa through Voi its only 98 kilometres, you can also use the western road (C103) which enters into the park through Sala and this covers a total distance of 153 kilometres.

By Railway. Tsavo East national park is among the few protected areas in Africa that can be accessed by railway, the railway line passes through the middle of the park together with the highway.

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