Departs: Daily private departures based on a minimum of 2 passengers
For an authentic tented safari experience in Kenya, venture into wildly charming Tsavo East National Park, affectionately named ‘Land of Giants’ due to the big tusker elephants that live within its borders. Nestled in an oasis lies Satao Camp – 20 tents surrounding a significantly productive waterhole, which at key times of year attracts thousands of elephants daily. A view that’s hard to beat! Varied excursions include game drives, Mzima Springs, the Galana River and the First World War battlefields at Taita Taveta.
This safari explores the wild beauty of Tsavo National Park, the largest national park in Kenya. Staying in the heart of the wilderness with minimal travel, this safari is perfect for travellers who wish to settle into an authentic safari experience It is also a fantastic opportunity for seasoned safari enthusiasts, budding photographers and (of course) elephant lovers, surrounded by some of the largest elephant herds in Africa With a variety of historical and cultural day trips to choose from this is the safari experience of a life time.
Guests will enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Satao Camp. The camp is set in the midst of the wilderness with amazing scenery situated around a busy water hole which attracts an abundance of wildlife and is home to our resident hippo who can be spotted from the game viewing tower. Satao Camp is home to a wide variety of wildlife and fauna so you don’t even need to leave camp to enjoy the wilderness with impala leaping through camp to the hornbills chatting away in the Acacia trees There are plenty of sights to enjoy right from the comfort of your own veranda. Satao Camp is one of the only camps in Tsavo that remains unfenced, allowing the wildlife to pass through the camp creating an authentic African safari experience.
Satao Camp is proud of their silver eco camp status and are committed to helping preserve the beautiful natural environment surrounding them and it has also recently been awarded the Travellers’ Choice Award based on the fantastic reviews made by guests on Trip Advisor.
Day 1 - Nairobi
On arrival at Nairobi Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Tamarind Tree Hotel is ideally located just 5 kms to the southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city, its national park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighbouring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants.
Day 2 - Tsavo East National Park
Enjoy an early breakfast before your transfer to Nairobi Train Station for your train journey to Tsavo East departing at 08h00 to Voi Train Station. At 12h05 you will be collected from Voi Train Station by a Satao Camp vehicle and drive with game drive enroute within Tsavo East National Park. After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive. (BLD)
Nestled amongst trees and surrounding a central water hole, the semicircular layout of the camp provides an excellent viewing point for each of the guests. Satao Camp has 20 tents, all en-suite, thoughtfully positioned to ensure a full view of the camps “own” watering hole. The 20 tents are made up of 16 family tents and 4 suites 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.
Day 3 - Tsavo East National Park
Enjoy a full day of game drives exploring the fantastic surroundings of Tsavo East National Park with your expert guide. (BLD)
Day 4 - Kasigau Corridor
Today you will enjoy a Wildlife Works conservation day trip. The amazing project – Wildlife Works is a pioneering wildlife conservation company. Wildlife protection, job creation and forest protection are the three pillars of Wildlife Work’s holistic approach to conservation. They are funded by the development and sales of REDD+ carbon offset credits that stop deforestation, protect wildlife and uplift communities. Situated between Tsavo East and West in an area known as the Kasigau Corridor, this day trip allows guests to understand conservation and how challenges between wildlife and communities can be overcome. Southern Cross Safaris is a supporter of the Kasigau Corridor project and has now completely offset their carbon footprint. (BLD)
Day 5 - Tsavo West National Park
After breakfast you will drive to Tsavo West National Park with a game drive enroute to Mzima Springs. This day trip allows guests to enjoy the unique landscapes of Tsavo West. From the sight of fifty million gallons of crystal clear water gushing out from the under parched lava rock that is the Mzima Springs to the Shetani lava flows, Tsavo West is a beautiful, rugged wilderness. Guests will enjoy the incredible diversity of these landscapes. Enoy lunch at Kiliguni Lodge with fantastic views over the Chyulu Hills. (BLD)
Day 6 - Taita Taveta Battle Fields
After breakfast you will depart for a full day in Taia Taveta region. This fascinating outing takes guests on a journey through history visiting World War I battlegrounds and learning the stories of the brave soldiers who fought, such as Lt. William Dartnell; a brave young Australian who made the ultimate sacrifice for his brothers in arms. This interesting day trip brings a historical element into this safari with game drives along the way and a delicious lunch at served at Taita Hill Lodge. (BLD)
Day 7 - Tsavo East National Park
Today you will travel through Tsavo East National Park, with excellent game spotting opportunities throughout, all the way to the Galana River where you may spot crocodiles and hippos. You will have the opportunity to walk out onto the natural rock formations at Lugard Falls to enjoy some breathtaking scenery as well as a picnic lunch by the river. (BLD)
Day 8 - End of The Big Tusker Safari
After breakfast you will be transferred to Voi Train Station for your train journey departing at 09h30 to Nairobi. At 14h00 you will be collected from Nairobi Train Station and transferred to Nairobi Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 28 May 22 - 25 Jun 22 $4,170 $4,250
- 26 Jun 22 - 31 Oct 22 $4,875 $5,710
- 01 Nov 22 - 15 Dec 22 $4,745 $5,540
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.