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For a true “Out of Africa” experience, head to Tsavo – LFT

We stayed in a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.  But that isn’t seriously the start out of our experience.  It genuinely begun in Mombasa and receiving picked up by our manual/driver Sammy.  He will be with us for the subsequent 6 days from Mombasa to Tsavo to Amboseli National Park and then onto Nairobi.  Sammy is friendly, uncomplicated to talk to and educated about not just mammals but about all the birds that we are observing.  This was especially crucial to Kati who loves to photograph all the birds in Africa.  It took us a few of hours to get to our lodge in Tsavo East and the time went by immediately.

We stayed at Satao Camp and were lucky sufficient to get the tent closest and dealing with a very preferred h2o gap.  Like viewing “Animal TV”, around the upcoming few of times and evenings we noticed herds of elephants, antelope, giraffes, hippos and warthogs wander out of the bush and occur to this waterhole.  This was the get started of our journey, and we were being pleased to be back again in Africa.


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One particular of the many lions we arrived on seeing, waiting around and savoring the sunset.

Why Tsavo?

Tsavo is the put exactly where there have been two gentleman-eating lions roamed and ate around 100 people today in 1898 as depicted in the film The Ghost and the Darkness starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas.  Tsavo East is the largest game park in Kenya, and it was a preference we experienced to make: Tsavo East or Tsavo West.  We selected Tsavo East mostly since of Satao Camp, and we are content we did.  Above the next 4 times we noticed lions soon after a get rid of, 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 never ever arrived though we ended up there.  We also discovered The Serious Africa, like the one described by Isak Dinesen’s e-book Out of Africa.


Set out in the center of the bush, our camp and the water gap have been correctly located for the sport drives and to see a multitude of animals coming and going from miles absent to consume. We could practical experience the pleasure of the elephants coming over a ridge and viewing the drinking water gap.  Herds of zebra and antelope.  We even had a genet in the dining space that came one particular evening looking for foodstuff.  With the fireplace roaring, we ate delectable food stuff for breakfast, lunch and evening meal and had video game drives most mornings and evenings.  We had a full working day match drive on one particular of the days and it proved stunning as we observed 5 lions on a hunt, and then they arrived and sat down.  We ended up so shut as they calm, slept and saved vigil.  This was an incredible experience and we genuinely felt that we observed The True Africa.



This was why we arrived back again to Africa.  It did not have the multitude of animals like Masai Mara, but it experienced the glance and sense of a true African adventure.  Really do not get me mistaken, if there was just one put, I would suggest viewing the Big 5 it would be the Masai Mara or to knowledge the Terrific Migration.  But we have been seeking for a little something different.  Something that I experienced not experienced given that I lived in Africa. Some thing that was absolutely surprising.  And Tsavo sent.



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A herd of Zebras on the lookout to ultimately get a drink in the dry and dusty savannah.

An Extraordinary Experience

This was the fourth time Kati and I have been to Kenya.  We have also explored Uganda and Egypt, and I have lived for above 4 years in Zimbabwe and almost 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 required something different.  We needed an “Out of Africa” journey crammed with animals, tented camps and good surroundings.  And we got just that.

With our tent, fantastically adorned with outdated Africa furnishings and overlooking the drinking water hole, we ended up capable to view animals from a few of kilometers away traveling as a result of the dusty bush.  The apparent pleasure that elephants experience when eventually viewing the drinking water keep was outstanding.  They would commence to trot, flapping their ears nearly with smiles on their faces.  Big Tuskers, mothers with their young, and one bulls all arrived and went. We in no way exhausted of it.

In the evenings, Impala filled the camp while jackals had been on the prowl.  Hippos left the h2o hole and went to graze all evening returning in the early morning and elephants took about.  Zebra, water buck and giraffe all frequented.  And there was a genet who would appear into the dining place seeking for some thing to take in prior to heading back into the bush.

From our tent and all-around the camp we also observed owls, eagles and oryx.

This all transpired right before we even remaining for a activity drive.  This was a nightly prevalence as we lie in bed seeing the animals occur and go in front of us.  It was wonderful.

There had been lots of camps to pick from in Tsavo, but we selected Satao Camp.  It gave us that great journey and “Out of Africa” emotion, and the price tag was great.  We observed the Serious Africa and will return below in the long term.

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The perspective from our tent overlooking the drinking water gap.

Recreation Drives

We experienced two non-public recreation drives a day set up.  Both of those in the morning and night.  Sammy our tutorial instructed we get a single working day and go further into the park and commit the day.  Satao Camp organized a lunch box for us and we established out on our journey.  Tsavo was incredibly dry and dusty.  The purple earth filled with air as we seemed for the legendary African animals.  Sammy was remarkable and professional about all the animals, the park, birds and in which to go for the finest sights.  A single of the ideal areas of Tsavo is that it is uncrowded, and we have been pretty much alone most of the time we have been there.

The remaining day, as we were being almost out of the park, searching for a cheetah, we listened to that there was a leopard in a tree with its get rid of.  Sammy requested if we needed to go again.  Of program we did!  A leopard in a tree?  That was on my want listing for a prolonged time.  Owning found 4 leopards previously, they were being all on the floor I really needed to see a leopard with a eliminate up in a tree.

We raced to wherever it was and by the time we bought there, the leopard still left the tree.  But as we got discouraged, Sammy mentioned he spotted it in a further tree.  It had climbed up to hold an eye on his kill, and there he was.  Sammy noticed it and we had been overjoyed as we snapped shots. Sammy was a fantastic tutorial filled with awareness and keen to share.  We loved shelling out our time with him and have been unhappy when we still left him in Nairobi.

For a true "Out of Africa" experience, head to Tsavo

Lastly we uncovered the Leopard in a tree. He had his destroy in a close by tree and saved check out.

Our Final Phrase

Just after four outstanding times, we had to say goodbye to Tsavo.  It was filled with legendary African wildlife like leopards, lions, elephants, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck, impala, zebra, oryx, owls, eagles and a total whole lot more.  We continued our adventure to Amboseli Countrywide Park which is well-known for its large herds of elephants and impressive views of Mount Kilimanjaro.  We will deal with that component of the adventure in an additional article.

We needed to obtain the True Africa and we did.  We required that real Out of Africa experience, and we obtained it in Tsavo.  We ate mouth watering foods beneath the African moon, viewed animals at the drinking water gap, experienced outstanding match drives with Sammy our guidebook each and every day and nonetheless had time to examine, publish and rest.  This adventure checked off all the containers for us and we search forward to returning someday.

If you are searching for a accurate, reliable African journey that is not overrun by visitors then glimpse to Tsavo and Satao Camp.  We just might see you there.

Dennis would like that.





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