We stayed in a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. But that is not genuinely the begin of our journey. It genuinely begun in Mombasa and having picked up by our tutorial/driver Sammy. He will be with us for the subsequent 6 days from Mombasa to Tsavo to Amboseli National Park and then on to Nairobi. Sammy is pleasant, simple to converse to and educated about not just mammals but about all the birds that we are looking at. This was specifically crucial to Kati who loves to photograph all the birds in Africa. It took us a couple of several hours to get to our lodge in Tsavo East and the time went by rapidly.
We stayed at Satao Camp and were lucky ample to get the tent closest and struggling with a really well known water hole. Like viewing “Animal TV”, more than the up coming couple of times and evenings we observed herds of elephants, antelope, giraffes, hippos and warthogs walk out of the bush and come to this waterhole. This was the start out of our experience, and we had been delighted to be back in Africa.
Tsavo is the position where there were being two gentleman-having lions roamed and ate around 100 individuals in 1898 as depicted in the motion picture The Ghost and the Darkness starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas. Tsavo East is the biggest video game park in Kenya, and it was a decision we experienced to make: Tsavo East or Tsavo West. We chose Tsavo East mostly mainly because of Satao Camp, and we are satisfied we did. Around the subsequent 4 days we noticed lions after a destroy, the red elephants of Tsavo, hippos, giraffes, and a leopard in a tree with its get rid of. The landscape was surreal. Dusty and dry, Tsavo needed the rains. But they by no means arrived whilst we were being there. We also identified The Real Africa, like the one described by Isak Dinesen’s book Out of Africa.
Set out in the middle of the bush, our camp and the h2o gap had been beautifully located for the sport drives and to see a multitude of animals coming and going from miles absent to consume. We could working experience the joy of the elephants coming around a ridge and seeing the h2o gap. They started to trot and wave their ears. They ended up joyful and we had been happy watching. We even had a genet in the eating home that came just one night time wanting for food stuff. With the fire roaring, we ate delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and supper and experienced game drives most mornings and evenings. We had a complete working day activity drive on just one of the days and it proved breathtaking as we saw 5 lions on a hunt, and then they came and sat down. We had been so near as they comfortable, slept and kept vigil. This was an amazing practical experience and we definitely felt that we found The True Africa.
This was why we came back again to Africa (this is our 4th time to Kenya, and I lived in Zimbabwe and South Africa for 5 several years). It did not have the multitude of animals like Masai Mara, but it experienced the look and come to feel of a true African adventure. Do not get me improper, if there was a single position, I would advocate viewing the Big 5 it would be the Masai Mara or to experience the Great Migration. But we ended up hunting for something diverse. A little something that I had not knowledgeable considering that I lived in Zimbabwe. One thing that was completely unanticipated. And Tsavo delivered.
An Outstanding Adventure
This was the fourth time Kati and I have been to Kenya. We have also explored Uganda and Egypt, and I have lived for over 4 yrs in Zimbabwe and practically a year in South Africa. We have also traveled to Cape Verde, Botswana, and Morocco, so we are not strangers to the African continent. But this time we desired a little something various. We desired an “Out of Africa” adventure crammed with animals, tented camps and great landscapes. And we got just that.
With our tent, beautifully decorated with previous Africa furnishings and overlooking the drinking water gap, we were being able to see animals from a pair of kilometers absent touring by means of the dusty bush. The clear pleasure that elephants experience when ultimately viewing the water maintain was outstanding. They would start off to trot, flapping their ears just about with smiles on their faces. Massive Tuskers, mothers with their younger, and one bulls all arrived and went. We under no circumstances tired of it.
In the evenings, Impala filled the camp whilst jackals were being on the prowl. Hippos still left the h2o gap and went to graze all evening returning in the morning and elephants took in excess of. Zebra, drinking water buck and giraffe all visited. And there was a genet who would appear into the dining place seeking for something to eat just before heading back again into the bush.
This all took place in advance of we even left for a match travel. This was a nightly occurrence as we lied in bed seeing the animals come and go in entrance of us. It was awesome.
There had been lots of camps to pick out from in Tsavo, but we chose Satao Camp. It gave us that fantastic experience and “Out of Africa” feeling, and the selling price was fantastic. We identified the Genuine Africa and will return here in the upcoming.
We had two non-public video game drives a day established up. Both equally in the morning and evening. Sammy our information advised we get one particular day and go additional into the park and shell out the working day. Satao Camp ready a lunch box for us and we set out on our journey. Tsavo was unbelievably dry and dusty. The purple earth filled with air as we appeared for the iconic African animals. Sammy was fantastic and experienced about all the animals, the park, birds and the place to go for the ideal views. A person of the greatest factors of Tsavo is that it is uncrowded, and we ended up nearly alone most of the time we ended up there.
The final day, as we have been pretty much out of the park, looking for a cheetah, we read that there was a leopard in a tree with its destroy. Sammy requested if we wished to go back. Of course we did! A leopard in a tree? That was on my want list for a long time. Acquiring witnessed 4 leopards previously, they ended up all on the floor I genuinely preferred to see a leopard with a kill up in a tree.
We raced to the place it was and by the time we bought there, the leopard remaining the tree. But as we got discouraged, Sammy stated he spotted it in a different tree. It experienced climbed up to maintain an eye on his get rid of, and there he was. Sammy noticed it and we were being overjoyed as we snapped pics. Sammy was a fantastic guideline crammed with understanding and willing to share. We cherished paying our time with him and were being sad when we left him in Nairobi.
Our Final Word
Just after 4 extraordinary times, we experienced to say goodbye to Tsavo. It was crammed with iconic African wildlife such as leopards, lions, elephants, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck, impala, zebra and a total ton a lot more. We ongoing our experience to Amboseli Countrywide Park which is famed for its huge herds of elephants and amazing sights of Mount Kilimanjaro. We will go over that part of the adventure in another article.
We needed to uncover the Authentic Africa and we did. We wanted that genuine Out of Africa practical experience, and we bought it in Tsavo. We ate mouth watering food under the African moon, viewed animals at the drinking water gap, had amazing match drives with Sammy our information just about every day and nonetheless had time to browse, generate and loosen up. This journey checked off all the boxes for us and we glance ahead to returning sometime.
If you are seeking for a legitimate, reliable African experience that is not overrun by tourists then seem to Tsavo and Satao Camp. We just could see you there.