June 5, 2023

Ensanta Catalina

Aventure et nature

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

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We stayed in a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.  But that is not genuinely the start of our journey.  It truly started off in Mombasa and having picked up by our information/driver Sammy.  He will be with us for the upcoming 6 days from Mombasa to Tsavo to Amboseli National Park and then on to Nairobi.  Sammy is friendly, straightforward to communicate to and well-informed about not just mammals but about all the birds that we are seeing.  This was particularly essential to Kati who loves to photograph all the birds in Africa.  It took us a pair of hours to get to our lodge in Tsavo East and the time went by quickly.

We stayed at Satao Camp and were being lucky enough to get the tent closest and going through a incredibly preferred water gap.  Like watching “Animal TV”, above the next few of days and evenings we observed herds of elephants, antelope, giraffes, hippos and warthogs walk out of the bush and arrive to this waterhole.  This was the get started of our journey, and we had been pleased to be back in Africa.


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One of the many lions we arrived upon viewing, waiting around and having fun with the sunset.

Why Tsavo?

Tsavo is the place wherever there have been two person-ingesting lions roamed and ate about 100 people in 1898 as depicted in the film The Ghost and the Darkness starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas.  Tsavo East is the premier recreation park in Kenya, and it was a decision we experienced to make: Tsavo East or Tsavo West.  We chose Tsavo East mostly because of Satao Camp, and we are happy we did.  About the next 4 days we observed lions just after a eliminate, the red elephants of Tsavo, hippos, giraffes, and a leopard in a tree with its eliminate.  The landscape was surreal.  Dusty and dry, Tsavo desired the rains.  But they in no way came when we were being there.  We also identified The Authentic Africa, like the a person described by Isak Dinesen’s e book Out of Africa.


Set out in the center of the bush, our camp and the drinking water gap ended up properly positioned for the match drives and to see a multitude of animals coming and likely from miles absent to consume. We could working experience the joy of the elephants coming above a ridge and observing the water hole.  Herds of zebra and antelope.  We even had a genet in the dining room that arrived 1 night time searching for foodstuff.  With the fireplace roaring, we ate tasty foods for breakfast, lunch and meal and had game drives most mornings and evenings.  We experienced a complete day match push on one particular of the times and it proved stunning as we saw 5 lions on a hunt, and then they arrived and sat down.  We ended up so shut as they peaceful, slept and retained vigil.  This was an extraordinary knowledge and we definitely felt that we identified The Actual Africa.



This was why we came back to Africa.  It did not have the multitude of animals like Masai Mara, but it experienced the glance and sense of a real African adventure.  Really do not get me incorrect, if there was a person place, I would advocate looking at the Big 5 it would be the Masai Mara or to practical experience the Good Migration.  But we had been hunting for some thing distinctive.  Some thing that I had not skilled considering the fact that I lived in Africa. A thing that was absolutely unpredicted.  And Tsavo shipped.



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A herd of Zebras hunting to finally get a consume in the dry and dusty savannah.

An Unbelievable 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 more than 4 years in Zimbabwe and pretty much a yr 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 wanted some thing various.  We preferred an “Out of Africa” adventure crammed with animals, tented camps and terrific landscapes.  And we obtained just that.

With our tent, fantastically decorated with previous Africa furnishings and overlooking the water hole, we were able to see animals from a couple of kilometers away touring via the dusty bush.  The apparent pleasure that elephants working experience when eventually viewing the water keep was extraordinary.  They would start to trot, flapping their ears just about with smiles on their faces.  Massive Tuskers, moms with their youthful, and one bulls all arrived and went. We hardly ever weary of it.

In the evenings, Impala crammed the camp even though jackals have been on the prowl.  Hippos left the water gap and went to graze all night time returning in the morning and elephants took about.  Zebra, h2o buck and giraffe all visited.  And there was a genet who would occur into the eating space seeking for some thing to eat before heading back again into the bush.

From our tent and all over the camp we also noticed owls, eagles and oryx.

This all occurred right before we even still left for a recreation drive.  This was a nightly prevalence as we lie in mattress seeing the animals occur and go in entrance of us.  It was incredible.

There have been many camps to choose from in Tsavo, but we chose Satao Camp.  It gave us that good adventure and “Out of Africa” emotion, and the expense was very good.  We observed the Serious Africa and will return right here in the long run.

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The perspective from our tent overlooking the water gap.

Recreation Drives

We experienced two private sport drives a day set up.  Equally in the early morning and evening.  Sammy our guide advised we get 1 day and go additional into the park and expend the working day.  Satao Camp ready a lunch box for us and we set out on our journey.  Tsavo was incredibly dry and dusty.  The crimson earth stuffed with air as we looked for the iconic African animals.  Sammy was superb and knowledgeable about all the animals, the park, birds and in which to go for the best views.  Just one of the best features of Tsavo is that it is uncrowded, and we were almost alone most of the time we had been there.

The closing working day, as we were being pretty much out of the park, seeking for a cheetah, we read that there was a leopard in a tree with its kill.  Sammy questioned if we required to go back again.  Of study course we did!  A leopard in a tree?  That was on my want listing for a long time.  Possessing noticed 4 leopards previously, they were being all on the ground I actually desired to see a leopard with a get rid of up in a tree.

We raced to where by it was and by the time we received there, the leopard remaining the tree.  But as we acquired discouraged, Sammy mentioned he spotted it in a further tree.  It experienced climbed up to preserve an eye on his kill, and there he was.  Sammy noticed it and we ended up overjoyed as we snapped pics. Sammy was a fantastic guidebook crammed with know-how and prepared to share.  We loved expending our time with him and were sad when we left him in Nairobi.

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

Lastly we uncovered the Leopard in a tree. He experienced his kill in a nearby tree and retained view.

Our Ultimate Term

Soon after four extraordinary days, we experienced to say goodbye to Tsavo.  It was filled with legendary African wildlife which includes leopards, lions, elephants, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck, impala, zebra, oryx, owls, eagles and a total ton much more.  We ongoing our journey to Amboseli National Park which is well known for its significant herds of elephants and breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro.  We will address that component of the journey in another submit.

We wanted to discover the Real Africa and we did.  We wished that accurate Out of Africa knowledge, and we acquired it in Tsavo.  We ate delicious foods beneath the African moon, watched animals at the h2o gap, had extraordinary sport drives with Sammy our tutorial every single day and however had time to browse, compose and unwind.  This experience checked off all the bins for us and we search ahead to returning someday.

If you are wanting for a correct, reliable African experience that is not overrun by visitors then look to Tsavo and Satao Camp.  We just may see you there.

Dennis would like that.