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    Man Eaters Camp Tsavo Kenya Africa & Tsavo Man Eaters Safari

    Man Eaters Camp is a luxury exclusive safari camp nestled on the banks of the Tsavo River in the middle of Tsavo National Park and only 1km off the main Nairobi – Mombasa highway. Man Easter Camp Tsavo is located on the original site where in 1898 about 140 workers of the Kenya- Uganda railways were killed by 2 maneless male lions over a period of 9 months at the Tsavo River, it's now the Tsavo West National park. The Man Eater of Tsavo is a legend that continues to capture the imagination. The building of a railway line through deepest Africa would never be easy. The line from Nairobi to Mombasa passed through the great plains of Tsavo and a bridge would have to be built across the Tsavo River. Out of the wilderness a threat emerged which would take 9 months to quell. Two huge male Lions apparently began to attack and drag off many of the bridge workers while they slept at night in their tents. This continued from March through to December despite preventative measures being put in place and the setting of traps. Many workers actually fled at this time and the building process was halted. Lt. Col John Patterson, the leader of the building project eventually shot and killed the Lions after months of failed attempts. The reconstructed remains of this mane-less Lions are on permanent display in the Chicago Field Museum.


    Patterson published a book about it in 1907 called ‘The Man-Eaters of Tsavo’. Three movies were made about this story with the most recent being ‘The Ghost and the Darkness’ which starred Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas. It is not known for sure how many people died in the Lion attacks, conflicting numbers given by Patterson have not helped matters but it could be more than 130 or less than 40 depending on which report you follow. Man Eaters Tented Camp is an ideal stop over for travelers on Kenya safari from along the route with accessibility to both Tsavo East 10 kilometers and Tsavo West (2 kilometers) one can enjoy both parks on safari to Kenya from Nairobi or Mombasa. Man Eaters Camp is located a kilometer from Tsavo station, and Tsavo Bridge which became famous in Kenya's colonial history for the Man Eaters of Tsavo. The Man Eaters Camp is located a kilometre from Tsavo station, and Tsavo Bridge which became famous in Kenya’s colonial history for the Man Eaters of Tsavo. In this case specifically the story of two man eating maneless lions which terrorized the local and Indian railway workers during the construction of the Kenya Uganda railway, and killed up to 135 workers, inspiring many movies such as Bwana Devil and The Ghost and Darkness. The Man Eaters Tented Camp Tsavo consists of 31 luxury en-suit tents with a private balcony overlooking the Tsavo River; across the banks one can view the game coming to the river to quench their thirst from the dry heat of Tsavo National Park. Man Eaters Camp consists of 27 double tents + 4 triple tents which make a total of 31 total tents. The luxury en suite tents at Man Easters Safari Camp all enjoy a breath taking view of the Tsavo River. All the tents have been built along the river bank to afford all our guests a view like no other. The tents are spacious, cool and blend in magically with the environment. With spacious balconies, each with their very own sun bed, you can enjoy all that this natural paradise has to offer without leaving the comfort of your own tent. Privacy, luxury and romance are all under one roof in Man Easters Camp Tsavo Kenya. Beautifully decorated with all locally produced furniture and linen, Man Eaters will offer you an incomparable luxury accommodation experience. Man Eater Camp has great service and hospitality in the heart of the wilderness in one of Kenya's largest National Parks, Tsavo roughly the size of Wales (UK), around 20,000 square Kilometers. Come and see the famous mane less lions, the descendants of the man eaters of Tsavo and the big 5 game Kenya is so famous for. The tourist facility of a makuti roof and sparkling stone, forming part of the rich Tsavo heritage, has three magnificent swimming pools where visitors, including foreign and local tourists, may relax after game drives in the sweltering Tsavo heat.


    The Man Eaters Camp Tsavo is not only a historical development that will remind future generations of the difficulties encountered during the construction of the railway line in Kenya, but is also a major attraction due to its location. According to the hosts Jotham and pal, Man Eaters Camp Tsavo is built at the site where Patterson, the railway project's chief engineer, killed the lions. Unfortunately, visitors sipping wine and sampling pink gin at the camp may not visualise the sacrifices made by thousands of people to open up the East African hinterland through rail transport. The railway line which many saw as a dream that would never be realised and which in some quarters was derided as the "lunatic line," has a poignant history that few will remember. In fact, looking back at the past, nothing can be as heart-rending as the history behind the construction of the railway line from Mombasa to Kisumu. Besides the lions which spread terror to the railway builders, or coolies as they were called, many of them died of various diseases. Visitors at Man Eaters Camp Tsavo Africa also get the opportunity to view the scenic Yatta plateau and, further west, Mt Kilimanjaro, the Mzima springs, the Shetani Lava and the Roaring Rocks, among a host of spectacular sceneries. Currently the man-eaters saga is tickling international interest in which museum officials in Chicago are locked in a row with their Kenyan counterparts over the repatriation of the lions' remains. "Besides the history behind the man-eaters, visitors at Man Eaters Camp Tsavo derive satisfaction from watching lions since they comprise the famous, the other members of the Big Five that may be viewed in the area are the rhino, the buffalo, the giraffe and the elephant.


    The man-eaters lions were huge and one of the two measured nine feet six inches from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail, and stood three and a half feet tall. Apart from the poignant history behind the man-eaters of Tsavo, tourists to the Kenya Man Eaters Camp Tsavo derive great pleasure from sighting the surviving offspring of the maneless lions of Tsavo thereby completing their desire to see the famous Big Five," Currently, the Tsavo lions are being blamed for playing a role in the human-wildlife conflict as they occasionally move out of the park to terrorise the local residents, giving the Kenya Wildlife Service the onerous task of capturing them in cages and moving them deeper into the park.At the main reception of the newly opened Man Eaters Camp Tsavo Kenya at the Tsavo West national park, about 20km from Voi town, stands the picture of a white man in military fatigue and holding a gun. He exudes confidence and has an aura of victory. Although at first sight many visitors to the Man Eaters Lodge do not immediately recognize him, he is Lt-Col John Patterson who killed two lions that were later to be infamously referred to as the man-eaters of Tsavo. Before Patterson shot them dead in 1898, And for his heroic deed, Patterson was awarded a bowl of honour on which were engraved the following words: "Sir, we, your overseers, timekeepers, mistresses and workmen, present you with this bowl as a token of our gratitude for your bravery in killing two man-eating lions at great risk of your own life, thereby saving us from the fate of being devoured by these terrible monsters who, nightly, broke into our tents and took our fellow workers from our side. "In presenting you with this bowl, we all add our prayers for your long life, happiness and prosperity. We shall remain, sir, your faithful servants, Baboo Purshotam Hurjee Purmar, overseer and clerk of works, on behalf of your workmen. Dated at Tsavo this January 30, 1899."Patterson had always claimed the silver bowl from Tsavo as one of his most highly prized trophies, and the words on it are a testimony to the construction workers' relief when the terror lions were killed. Both Tsavo East and Tsavo West gates are very close by and you can go on a guided tour drive or a self drive. The parks are clearly marked and are easy to get around. You will need a 4WD vehicle though.


    Man Eaters Camp Tsavo Accommodation


    There are 31 luxury en suite tents each with a breath taking view of the Tsavo River. All the tents have been built along the river bank to afford all our guests a view like no other. The tents are spacious, cool and blend in magically with the environment. With spacious balconies, each with their very own sun bed, you can enjoy all that this natural paradise has to offer without leaving the comfort of your own tent. Privacy, luxury and romance all under one roof. Beautifully decorated with all locally produced furniture and linen, Man Eaters will offer you an incomparable luxury accommodation experience. When on safari in Tsavo West National Park, the traditional tented camp offers a selection of canvas-sided safari tents, usually with thatched roofs, often raised on a timber platform with private veranda. Usually, the tented camp accommodation features comfortable double or single beds with mosquito netting, electric lighting (generator or solar powered) and luxury en-suite safari bathrooms (flushed WC, hot and cold running water, shower and vanity unit). Man Eaters Camp welcomes children and can arrange baby-sitting upon request. Cots and extra beds provided. No age-limit for children.


    Man Eaters Camp Kenya Meals


    The Tsavo River Restaurant offers stunning views, romantic ambience and delectable food where every meal is an experience in itself. 5 course meals and intoxicating wines will leave you full to the brim but already anticipating your next dining experience at the restaurant. The Simba Mbili Bar on the river bank, by the pool, is the perfect place to cool off and wind down after a hot and dusty game drive or have an aperitif before dinner. With its unparalleled view of the Tsavo River, the Bar offers a great viewing point to see thirsty elephants coming down for a cool drink, playful antelopes splashing around and evens the lazy hippo curiously staring back a you wondering what cocktail you are sipping. Private ‘bush' lunches and dinners can be arranged in the bush, complete with waiters, private bar and private BBQ cooking station, campfires and hurricane lamps.


    Man Eaters Camp Kenya Simba Mbili Bar


    There is no better place to fully take in the raw beauty of the scenery, the luxury of the camp, sip on a cocktail and be awe inspired by your surroundings than the Simba Mbili Bar. On the river bank, by the pool, the bar is the perfect place to cool off and wind down after a hot and dusty game drive or have an aperitif before dinner. With it’s unparalleled view of the Tsavo River, the Simba Mbili Bar offers a great viewing point to see thirsty elephants coming down for a cool drink, playful antelopes splashing around and even the lazy hippo curiously staring back a you wondering what cocktail you are sipping! Simply breathe taking.


    Man Eaters Camp Kenya the Rock Pool


    If the tantalising cocktails have not done a good enough job of cooling you down, why not take a dip in the Rock Pool. Set in the very rocks on which the camp was built, the crystal blue waters are a refreshing oasis from which to sip a drink and watch the sights Tsavo West has to offer. A great place to get a tan and even some magical holiday photos to make everyone back home truly envious!


    Man Eaters Camp Kenya Massage Facilities


    For those of you who have the time and want to pamper yourselves, we offer massage services by fully trained and expert masseuses who will massage all your troubles away whilst you relish your experience in the wild. Contact the Reception for details and booking times.


    Man Eaters Camp Game Drives


    Game Drives, nature walks and medicinal plant discovery Experience the real Tsavo safari - morning and afternoon game drives through the Tsavo West National Park with our trained safari driver-guides. Picnic lunches and sundowners can be provided. Tsavo West National Park offers some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world - vast herds of dust-red elephant, fat pods of hippo, giant crocodile, teeming herds of plains game, a fantasia of bird life and some magical flora. Visits to the magic of Mzima Springs The lush, hippo-inhabited pools of Mzima Springs, fed daily by 250 million litres of water gushing from the lava flows of the Chyulu hills, provide an oasis of green, an, Exploring the Shetani caves and lava flows, Tsavo West National Park is ideally situated for visits to the massive expanses of sister park, Tsavo East whilst the verdant Taita Hills and the volcanic eruptions of the Chyulu Hills are close by. World-renowned Amboseli National Park is also within easy reach.


    Tsavo National Park


    Tsavo National Park is the largest park in Kenya and was established on 1st April, 1948. Tsavo National Park was split into East and West for administrative purposes. The two Parks are divided by Nairobi–Mombasa railway and road. The park has an interesting and diverse history including: the Waliangulu and Kamba tribes used the park as a hunting ground prior to gazettement; the first European to see Mount Kenya, Rev. Dr. L. Krapf, journeyed on foot through this area in 1848; during the construction of the railway bridge over the Tsavo River in 1898, lions (the famed maneaters of Tsavo) terrorised the workers, killing over 130 people before being killed by Col. J.H.Patterson. During World War I, British forces built fortresses along Tsavo River to counter threats from invading German soldiers from Tanganyika (now Tanzania); the European explorer Captain Lugards a European explorer passed through the area on his way to Uganda. Tsavo East is an easily accessible and very popular Park as is indicated by the high number of tourists. Some of the attractive scenic features include large herds of elephant and other wildlife and striking natural landscapes and structures. Climatic conditions - Hot and dry Major attractions - The park is a ‘catchment’ for visitors from coast resorts with large herds of elephants and other wildlife. Yatta plateau is about 290 km long and is one of the world’s longest lava flows. Lugards Falls on the Galana river – this is not a true falls but a series of rapids. Visitors can walk down to river to view rapids. Mudanda rock is a long rock outcrop that is about 1.6 km long. There is a dam at the base. Animals can be seen drinking. Visitors can walk along the rock and enjoy a cool breeze as well as view wildlife at the base. Aruba Dam was built in 1952 across the Voi River. The dam attracts many animals and water birds can be seen at this dam. Tsavo/Athi rivers confluence – when the two rivers join they form the Galana river. Wildlife: Elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, crocodile, waterbuck, kudu, gerenuk, zebra and Hunter’s hartebeest. Birds: The prolific bird life features 500 recorded bird species.


    Tsavo West National Park


    Tsavo West National Park is operated by the Kenya Wildlife Service. It encompasses mountains and hills for climbing, savanna bush and semi-arid desert scrub, acacia woodland, palm thickets, rivers and the tranquil Lake Jipe. There are many tourist attractions at Tsavo West National Park, from safari tours to see the red-skinned elephants, to bird watching and hill hiking, to caving and boating. There are many Kenyan animals in the park, including elephants, African lions, hippos, cheetahs, hartebeest and buffalo. Tsavo West National Park covers 7065km² but the terrain is much more varied than that of Tsavo East. It ranges from 200-1000m in altitude. The northern sector is bush land with scattered native baobab trees. The railway runs along the border separating Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park. In 1898, as many as 135 railway workers were attacked and killed by man-eating lions. The pair of male, maneless lions that, unusually, hunted humans rather than livestock, evaded traps and capture for many months. The man-eaters were eventually shot by Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson, but the legend lives on. A wildlife safari is the best way to see Kenya's wildlife close-up in its natural environment. Tsavo West is home to the largest population of red-skinned elephants as well as to members of the rest of the "Big 5" African animals (buffalo, African lions, leopards and rhinos). There is also a host of Kenyan birds and other animals, both large and small, to see. From Lake Jipe, on the Tanzanian border, to the mountain forests of the Chyulu Hills, the wide range of landscape offers protection to many endangered African wildlife including the black rhinoceros, Cosen's gerbil, Hunter's hartebeest, several species of shrew and rat, Grevy's zebra and wild dogs.


    Upon entering Tsavo West National Park, the park warden will give you several commonsense rules. For example: do not get out of your vehicle, except at designated spots; do not harass the animals in any way; keep to the tracks; no off-road driving; and remember that the animals always have the right of way. When driving along the red-earth tracks, keep your eyes open for movement and signs of African wildlife. The more you look, the more you will see, and it increases the camaraderie and excitement of the trip as you point out the wildlife, and pull to a halt. Don't forget to enjoy the sights in real-life, not just through the lens of your camera or video recorder! It is amazing to see Kenyan wildlife living in close proximity to one another. A bird may sit within a snap of being eaten, yet, unless it is hungry, the predator will ignore it completely. See the huge anthills, the sparse shrubs, and the tortoises plodding along the edge of the track.


    Keep your eyes open for giraffes - they are surprisingly well camouflaged as they nibble the tops of the trees. Look under the shady trees to find lions sleeping after lunch, and be ready to stop as gazelles or cheetahs stroll across the road in front of you.


    It is a long, hot day on a safari to Tsavo West, so wear cool, comfortable clothing, and a sunhat. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars, sunglasses and water to drink. Tsavo West National Park is just a few degrees south of the equator. The temperature remains the same throughout the year at 27-31°C (81-88°F) during the day and 22-24°C (72-75°F) during the night. Humidity is high from December through April. The rainfall defines the seasons. The long rainy season, or monsoon season, is from March to May. The shorter rains come in October through December. It is a long, hot day on a safari to Tsavo West, so wear cool, comfortable clothing, and a sunhat. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars, sunglasses and water to drink. By air: There are several good airstrips for chartered aircrafts at Chyulu, Mtito Andei, Tsavo, Jipe, Maktau, Kasigau and Ziwani gates. By Road: From Amboseli (52km), head for the Chyulu Gate. From Nairobi (272km), enter using the Mtito Andei Gate. From Mombasa (188km), use either the Tsavo Gate near Manyani, or the Mtito Andei Gate. There are also entrances at Maktau, Ziwani and Jipe, depending upon where you want to be within the national park. For a long time, wild dogs were considered vermin. Eradication programs drove them to the brink of extinction. No wild dogs had been sighted in Tsavo West National Park for the past 20 years or so. But now they are back. With protection, we hope they will thrive.


    In the past, wild dog packs were large. At times, aggregations of many hundreds were recorded. Nowadays, packs usually consist of only about six adult males and four adult females. Their favorite prey species are medium-sized antelopes, no larger than twice their own body weight. As specialized pack hunters, they prefer open country in which they can run down their prey, taking turns in a fast chase to rip and tear at their prey until it tires enough to be caught and killed. Sightings of wild dogs have always been recorded in the northern area of Tsavo East National Park along the seasonal Tiva River, but not in the south, and none within Tsavo West National Park. However, in the last three years, at least two different packs of wild dog have been seen around the Ngulia Mountains within Tsavo West. Each pack is no larger than ten animals including sub-adults, but there is no doubt they have returned. Since Tsavo West borders Tanzania -- Mkomazi Game Reserve in particular -- and is to some extent linked to the northern area of Tsavo East, there are hopes the Tsavo West wild dog population will be able to interact with the packs from Mkomazi and the Tiva River and increase their population once again.


    Tsavo East National Park


    Tsavo-East is one of Kenya’s oldest and largest Parks, covering approx. 40 per cent of the total area of all of Kenya’s National Parks combined. It is accredited as one of the world’s leading biodiversity strongholds, and is real game-safari territory - bushy grassland and open plains alternate with semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands. Green swathes cross the park where the river banks give rise to lush vegetation. North of Galana is a true wilderness; a number of leading tour guides offer private safaris across this area, and camel safaris are also a feature. Tsavo East National Park is located about 260km south east of Nairobi, on the main Nairobi to Mombasa road and 140 Kilometers from Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa.


    Tsavo East is part of the Greater Tsavo National Park that includes Tsavo East and West National Parks and the Chyulu Hills and consists mostly of miles and miles of dry flat thorn-bush, semi-arid acacia scrub and narrow woodland dominated by acacia. The wonderful Baobab trees are also a common sight in the Park. Whilst Tsavo East is huge (over 4500sq miles), most of the park north of the Galana river is closed to the general public with only a few private safari operations permitted to enter. You can see all of the Big 5 as well as a huge range of other species in Tsavo East National Park including Aardwolf, Caracal, African Wild Cat, Cheetah, African Wild Dog Bat eared fox, Spotted and Stripped Hyena, Black-backed, side-striped and common Jackal, Cape Buffalo, African Elephant, Giraffe Bushbuck, Guenther’s Dik-dik, Kirk's Dik-dik, Blue Duiker, Common Duiker, Eland, Grant's Gazelle, Coke's Hartebeest, Hunter's Hartebeest, Impala Klipspringer, Lesser Kudu Fringe-eared Oryx, Steinbok, Suni, Waterbuck, Hyrax (Eastern Tree), Hyrax (Rock), Hyrax (Southern Tree), Civet (African and Palm), Genet (Large-spotted), Genet (Small-spotted), Mongoose: Many species including the Nanded, Bushy-tailed, Dwarf, Grey, Marsh, Slender, White-tailed Otter (Clawless), Honey Badger (Ratel), Baboon (Savannah), Bushbaby (Lesser), Galago (Large-eared greater), Galago (Small-eared greater), Monkey Blue /Sykes /Diademed ), Monkey (Green Vervet). Chyulu Hills National Park was opened in January 1983 to protect its unique habitat and maintain its role as a vital catchment area. The Chyulus are a volcanic mountain range with a mix of volcanic cones, the most interesting of which is Shetani. Game includes: buffalo, zebra, giraffe, oryx, lion, leopard and many species of bird and plant.


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