Satao Camp takes you back to the classical Out of Africa safari with green canvas tents, bush style showers and personal and friendly service; evoking a feeling of the true ‘Old African’ experience. The semi-circular layout of the camp provides an excellent viewing point for each of the 20 guest tents. Nestled beneath the shade of the old Tamarind trees, just in front of a very favored water-hole, guests are ensured breathtaking view to the many elephants coming daily for a drink and a refreshing wash.
Tsavo is one of Kenya’s oldest and largest National Parks. Its beautiful landscape and proximity to the coast make it a popular safari destination. It is accredited as one of the world’s leading biodiversity strongholds, with endless bushy grassland and open plains alternate with semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands, the Galana river banks give rise to lush vegetation. There is a wide variety of animals to be seen: lion, leopard, cheetah, zebras, giraffes, serval cats, antelopes, kongoni, lesser kudu, oryx, klipspringer, impala, stripped hyena, gazelles, buffalos and elephants. Some 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including ostrich and some migratory kestrels, while buzzards stop at Tsavo-East during their long flight South. Famous and home to some of the largest herds of elephant in Kenya, the elephants glow red after dust baths, blowing the vivid red dust through their trunks over their bodies, large prides of lion are sighted regularly and another great sight is the spectacular herds of up to 1000 buffalo.
Each tent is constructed of sisal and boroti poles topped with a makuti roof, only the front of the tent is visible as each tent has its own patio with table and chairs. The tents are exquisite; all are attractively furnished with locally made beds and unique African designs. Each spacious tent has a private bathroom with running water. The shower however is in the true African style, whereby the camp staff bring hot water in the evening. The bathrooms are very spacious, slate floors with stunning wooden framework, the wash basins sunken into the structure, all fitted with flushing toilet. The suites have authentic antique writing desks and beautiful African bed and cushion covers. All tents complete with own verandahs.
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You would never believe you are in the African Bush. The chef's ensurequality food at all times, for breakfast you may choose - continental - full English - pancakes - omelettes - fresh fruits in season. Lunch is served under a 200 Year old Tamarind tree where you may watch the elephants at the watering hole. Dinner is served in the restaurant lounge area, from 7-9 pm. After dinner you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of Tsavo by swapping stories of your days adventures around the camp fire or watch the animals by “night” from the observation tower.
Enjoy game drives in the park where you can spot the big five as well as the myriad of birds that live in Tsavo. Sundowners can be enjoyed by staying out in the bush in front of a campfire with a dawa cocktail or a glass of champagne in your hand, while the sun slowly drops over the horizon of the Sagala Hills; this is truly an unforgettable and revealing safari experience. Listening to the sounds of the bush with a feeling of the old Africa is cleansing for the mind and the soul and an experience you will never forget. For those who are interested in birding, the Satao Camp oasis is a very favored habitat for a great variety of birds. Over 300 different species of birds have been identified. Birders, and interested can walk around the premises of our camp and watch the many birds coming to nest or take a bath at the waterhole. Hornbills, barbits, starlings, guinea fowls, pearl spotted owls are very common to see.
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