Tsavo East National Park, Kenya
When hippos and impalas are your neighbours, a safari at Satao Camp is always going to be exciting. Baboons and giraffe are also regular visitors to the camp, attracted by a permanent waterhole that’s a favourite for nocturnal characters. In a remote and untouched national park, Satao manages to bring the wildlife to you.
Satao is a classic tented camp that’s camouflaged amongst wild groves of tamarind and acacia trees in Tsavo East. The central area stands over the seasonal Voi River while all the tented suites have views over the plains. Each of the 15 tents is comfortable rather than luxurious, with simple fittings and practical bathrooms. We find them very cosy and there’s something wonderful about opening the tent flaps to wildlife.
This is the only camp for an hour’s drive in any direction. On morning and afternoon game drives you wont’ see other vehicles, just dusty red elephants, lots of kudu and Grevy’s zebra, plus giraffe and buffalo that roam away from the continual threat of predators. With two or three nights you should be able to see all the Tsavo East residents, including lions with astonishing manes.
There’s nothing too fancy about Satao and that’s we like it so much. They allow the wildlife to take over and we’d highly recommend the camp to anyone on their first African safari. As baboons and giraffe roam freely around the camp, you get a real sense of the wild without even leaving the tent.
Our recommendation is spending two or three nights at Hemingway's Watamu before enjoying a two-night safari package at the Satao Camp and after, returning to the beach for another three or four nights of relaxation and serenity.
- Tents have a selection of one double or two twin beds
- All meals
- Game drives in a 4x4 purpose built safari vehicle
- Conservancy fees
Open all year round, children of all ages are welcome.
This camp can be booked as part of a tailor-made safari, with or without flights. Per person per night prices from £255 / €295 / $335