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    Manyatta Camp Tsavo East National Park, Kenya & Tsavo Budget Camps

    Manyatta Camp is a budget safari camp located a short driving distance within the grounds of Voi Wildlife Lodge and is a new tented camp on the border of Tsavo East National Park. The Manyatta safari Camp Tsavo is located along Voi River. Manyatta Camp is easily accessible by road, a mere 4-hour drive from Nairobi and 2-hour drive from Mombasa, located 5km off the main Highway and only 1km away from Tsavo East airstrip. Nestled on the edge of the park it provides a peaceful and tranquil refuge in which to escape from every day’s hustle and bustle, making it perfect for a romantic holiday, a weekend getaway, a special break or a spontaneous trip out of town. Tsavo East is home to the largest herds of elephants in Kenya. Other game includes the, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, cheetah, crocodile, giraffe, waterbuck and zebra, 500-bird species have also been recorded in the area. Accommodation in Manyatta Camp consists of 24 well appointed luxurious tented rooms, exuding excellent rustic African theme. 13 tented rooms’ looks out to the Voi River, and 11 tents face the Tsavo National Park. Each Manyatta Camp Tsavo tent is spacious with bathroom, shower and toilet located separately within the tent, 4 poster beds covered with mosquito nets. Other facilities within Manyatta Camp compound include; restaurant overlooking the Voi River, bar facilities, gym, yoga room, steam room, Jacuzzi and massage parlor, swimming pool in each luxurious tent. Holiday themed activities while at the Manyatta Camp includes; photography, swimming, day and night-game drives, sun-downers, bush-meals, bird watching safaris, fishing, guided walking safaris, picnics and hiking mount Kilimanjaro.

     

    Tsavo Manyatta Camp is the luxury sister camp to Voi Wildlife Lodge and the tents offer the height of luxury, each having its own individual dip pool on the veranda - so if you want that extra “WOW” factor at a reasonable price, this is the Manyatta Tsavo Camp for you. Manyatta Camp surroundings are protected by the banks of the Tsavo River. Animals get close to the Manyatta Camp. The pool area, overlooking the river is gorgeous and there is nothing nicer than sitting there sipping a cocktail watching the elephants come by to quench their African savanna thirst. The climate at Manyatta Camp Kenya is generally warm 22° C - 34°C with a low humidity especially outside the rainy season which is mainly April to June. The evenings and early mornings can be cool especially when it is windy, so a jersey or light anorak is necessary.

     

    Manyatta Camp Accommodation

     

    13 tents are on the river side, while 11 tents face the Tsavo National Park. Each tent at Manyatta camp is spacious with the bathroom, shower and toilet located separately within the tent. The bathrooms are supplied with towels, shampoo, soap and shower Gel. Beds are large, beautiful, 4 postered and covered with mosquito nets. At the rear of our each tent is private swimming pool with a seating area and sun lounger's, all this over looking the Voi River where there were many elephants and Baboon's and other wild animals. You will be totally marveled by everything at Manyatta Camp. Take a walk on the wild side, a unique opportunity to combine the incredible wildlife of Tsavo National Park with the traditions and culture of the fascinating Maasai people, Enjoy a full day game viewing in the Tsavo National Park, Spend time walking in the bush accompanied by Maasai Moran, Learn about the many uses of plants for daily use and medicine, have the option of bush camping or staying in a traditional hut, Join one of these Tsavo budget safaris and you will experience a little of the real Africa, meeting real Kenyans in everyday life in the untamed beauty of the African bush… an experience never to be forgotten! These tours depart from Nairobi and Mombasa

     

    Manyatta Camp Dining & Staff

     

    The Manyatta camp restaurant overlooks the Voi River and you can view the animal come to drink or eat at the nearby lush.

     

    Manyatta Safari Camp - Tsavo East National Park

     

    For those looking for the ultimate safari experience, Voi Wildlife Lodge offers the following activities, Game drives to Tsavo East national Park, Guided walks around the lodge are led by a Professional Safari Guide and accompanied by a Ranger.A tour of Voi town including a visit to the common wealth World War 2 Graveyard which is located in Voi town

     

    Tsavo National Park

     

    Northeast of the highway, the railway, and the apparent natural divide that separates Kenya’s northern and Southern environments, lies Tsavo East National Park. Although it is the larger part of the combined Tsavo parks, the sector north of the Galana River has few tracks and is much less visited .South of the river, the great triangle of the flat wilderness, with Aruba Dam in the middle, has become popular with safaris operated from the coast, since it offers a pretty sure chance of seeing plenty of animals, in a very open environment. Apart from some tumbled crags and scarps near Voi, and the rocky cleft of the Galana River (fed by the Tsavo and the Athi), Tsavo East is an uninter-forbiddingly enormous reserve and at times over the last three decades has seemed an odd folly, especially since its northern area was closed to the public for many years due o the long war against elephant and rhino poachers. Since the 1990s, this campaign has been largely won and the elephants are once again on the increase, their numbers swelled by a major KWS trans-location operation that moved three hundred elephants from Shimba Hills. Rhinos are still very rare in Tsavo East and numbers exceedingly hard to estimate but it’s believed there may be about fifty individuals, mostly in the north .With the northern sector secure and rangers in place, the whole of Tsavo East was opened for tourism in 2006 ,though infrastructure north of the Galana is still basic. There are scheduled flights to Tsavo East at the time of writing, but access via the gates along the Mombasa highway is relatively straight forward. From north to south, these are: Mtito Andei Gate East, which gives access to the northern sector; Voi Gate, near Mudanda Rock: and Buchuma Gate at the southern tip little more than an hours drive from Mombasa. On the east side of the park, Sala Gate offers access from Malindi.Its 105km due west of the coastal resort, and there is a small cluster of camps and lodges just outside the park boundary. If you’re driving from Malindi, you’ll find the first 40km over coral rock quite jarring, but the views across the Sabaki plain are good. The remaining 65km over red murram and gravel are mostly fairly smooth, though heavy rain can cause delays. Allow three hours to reach the gate, and be prepared to make a fixed 7am start from the police barrier outside Malindi. You have to travel in convoy-although as with the convoy between Amboseli and Tsavo West, there no longer appears to be any security threat. If you try this route by public transport, you’ll find few matatus venture west of Kakoneni, 30km from Malindi.

     

    Hotel Accommodation Tsavo East

     

    Tsavo cheap and budget safari camps options are more numerous and varied than you might expect. The following listings include most of those inside the park itself, but outside the park you’ll find cheaper options, as well as one or two good Tsavo East safari lodges and Tsavo East tented camps. Those outside the park, around Voi and off the Mombasa Highway, are covered , while just outside Sala Gate, on the road between the park and Malindi, is small cluster of fairly basic safari camps where you might find yourself booked on a safari to Tsavo, or need to call in for lunch or a last-minute overnight stay. Just 200m east of Sala Gate, Tsavo Buffalo Camp and Tsavo River Hill are two sides of the same Italian-run operation, where you can get lunch .River Hill is the slightly more up market choice, with gold taps and ornate furnishings in large rondaval (FB) while Buffalo has basic, small cottages with nets (FB) .Some 3km further east is Tsavo Crocodile Camp, no children under 8; FB which offers small, air-conditioned tents, and much preferable cottages ,also air-conditioned but without nets, all set along the river .Casual visitors are welcome for lunch .Its in a good spot and you enter reception across a small pond, whose bridge is festooned with fat monitor lizards. There’s only one public campsite in the park, Ndololo Camp, run by KWS which is 7km from Voi gate, at the western edge of Kanderi Swamp and off junction #173 .This has showers, toilets and free firewood, but no other facilities, Epiya Chapeyu Camp 5km east of junction #163 on the south bank of the Galana River .Unstuffy, Italian-run camp in a lovely location. The fourteen tents are closely spaced, the better ones in the front row facing the river, but they don’t have nets or front decks. You are, however, down close to the river. Not fancy, but very good value, and casual visitors are welcome for lunch .FB.

     

    Galdesa Camp 4km north of junction #111 on the south bank of the Galana. This spectacular, Italian-owned luxury camp is stunningly conceived and located above the river. With wonderful staff and ambience, lavish and comfortably furnished banda-tents, superb, hairy, Italian cooking and extraordinary attention to detail, it’s by far Tsavo Easts best camp. It’s situated in one of the few areas of Tsavo East where you have a chance of spotting black rhino and elephants are nearly always seen crossing here. Closed May .FB. Satao Camp Tsavo Off junction #144 .Engagingly managed by its experienced safari host, Satao has a fine, low-key ambience, with its thatch-covered, slightly old-fashioned tents, ranged beneath big trees. The atmosphere suits visitors who want to relax in the bush and enjoy the wildlife –elephants ,occasional lions and plains game attracted to the waterhole .As well as the ordinary tents, there are larger “suite “ tents ,for a thirty percent surcharge, with fridges and large beds. Solar-heated hot water is only available in the evening’s .FB. Voi Safari Lodge 3km north of Voi Gate on the rocky crag. Not to be confused with the brashly over sized Voi Wildlife Lodge (just outside the park but on the south side of town, this fifty-room lodge is quite busy enough, and similar in many respects to its sister established, Ngulia Safari Lodge in Tsavo West. Admittedly, the rooms are huge and it’s actually a rather fun 1970s glam-kitsch: look out for the photo of Miss World 1972), this is a perennial favourite for its near-guaranteed game-viewing from the terrace, and the magnificent panorama plunging to the horizon. FB. With minibus safaris increasingly taking in Tsavo East, the emptiness of the park ,is no longer as overwhelming as it was, but the parks vastness means that for much of the time, you will still have the pleasure of exploring the wilderness completely alone. It’s easy to get away off the two or three beaten tracks, and you may find something special- a serval perhaps, or a striped hyena. You’re also very likely to see some of Tsavo elephants.

     

    Tsavo East Elephant Orphans

     

    Until a few years ago, the scarcity of mature bull and matriarch elephants was still noticeable after so many had been killed by poacher’s .These days, good-sized herds and large tuskers are increasingly common. As well as the KWS relocation of elephants from the coast, much of the hard work in re-establishing elephants in Tsavo East has been done by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust based in Nairobi. If you “adopt “an orphan (minimum $50; www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org) ,you can make arrangements to visit the release facilities ,either at the stockade near Voi Gate or the one near the Ithumba park headquarters in the far north. The trust has an exclusive –use self-catering camp at Ithumba,with three twin tents under thatched roofs, a communal area, and three staff, though its expensive for a DIY place. These visits are only available to sponsors by pre-arrangement.

     

    Game Drives Tsavo East National Park

     

    Most game drives from the camps near the Galana River use the main dirt road along the south bank of the river, and then strike south along the roads following tributary lug gas, up into the higher bush country between the Galana and Voi rivers. Lions, and occasionally cheetahs, can be seen along these water courses. The Galana River itself, with its fringing cordon of branching doum palms, creates a captivating backdrop, the sandy river bed often dotted with wildlife in the dry season. West of junction, above the confluence of the Tsavo and Athi Rivers and the start of the Galana, is Observation Hill, while downstream, east of junction, are the gently spectacular Lugard Falls, where you’re allowed to park and clamber around the bizarrely eroded rocks. Even in relatively dry conditions, the falls, progressing from foaming rapids to narrow cascades gouged deep into the rock, are quite impressive. A kilometer east of the falls, another short diversion takes you top Crocodile Point, something of a let-down as the crocs are extraordinarily hard to see unless you get up close, which you’re no longer allowed to do. Hippos are easier to spot from the vantage point. Heading south from the Galana, any of the park roads from junction #150 ,#111,#110,#161,#163,#198 or #174 can yield good results .Buffalo wallows Lugga (junction #110 ,then #159) ,is often rewarding, with the chance of seeing a leopard ,and plenty of birdlife .Some 2okm further southwest ,just north of junction #158 ,Mudanda Rock is particularly recommended .It resembles a scaled-down version of Australia’s Uluru, and towers above a natural dam, which ,during the dry season ,draws elephants in their hundreds. Starting out from the relatively busy Voi area, the wooden margins of the Voi River often hide a profusion of wildlife, and this area is one of the most promising in the park. Try Ndololo Campsite at junction #173 and the pretty Kanderi Swamp loop at #174.Keep your windows up when driving through the tall grass and undergrowth, not only for security against large animals, but as a defense against the tsetse flies that may mistake your vehicle for a large animal. Until 2007, the most obvious focus in Tsavo East was the formerly beautiful Aruba Dam on the Voi River, the marshy fringes of which were an excellent spot for bird-and animal-watching, and where decrepit Aruba Lodge nestled in the trees on the north shore. Sadly, a large tour operator has ruined the area with an obtrusive new mass-market lodge constructed inside a large fenced compound, and it will be years, if ever, before the area recovers. As of 2009, the lake was dry. The parks northern sector is most easily accessed from Mtito Andei Gate East, but in the dry season it’s also possible to cross into the northern sector over the Galana river bed at junction #160, the only crossing point. Beware of mistaking mud for the smooth rock bed: unwitting drivers sometimes get stuck. On the western side of the northern sector lies a huge, ancient lava flow, in the shape of the Yatta Plateau, stretching from Mtito Andei towards the Galana River, above the East bank Athi River. There are Tsavo safari packages segmented to Tsavo East National park, Tsavo road safaris tour packages, air safari flights tour packages, private air charter tour and packages. Accommodation is tailor-made to meet individual and incentive group’s needs and we have budget, luxury, camping and self-service catering. The safaris to Tsavo East can be done from Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Ukunda, Nairobi, Masai Mara, Samburu, Mt Kenya, Nanyuki, Meru, Lake Baringo, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha national parks and game reserves.

     

    Tsavo West National Park

     

    In 1948 Tsavo was gazetted as Kenya's second national park, two years after Nairobi was so declared. A combination of tsetse fly and lack of water had kept this great tract of land from being occupied by humans. There are only two permanent rivers in this vast area, the Tsavo which begins its life on Kilimanjaro and is greatly supplemented by a huge underground river flowing from Mzima Springs and the Athi in Tsavo East which begins near Nairobi. Poachers and drought caused tremendous devastation among the Park's elephant and rhino populations but both species are now recovering. An aerial count of elephant in Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park in 1991 revealed nearly 7000 elephant - by far the largest population in any Kenyan park. Poaching has all but ended - in 1991 there were no elephant poached in Tsavo and only 18 in the whole of the Republic. This figure compares with an average of 5000 elephant killed by poachers every year in the period 1973 - 1989. Tsavo is a model national park in both layout and its geophysical, animal and plant diversity.

     

    Tsavo West National Park has more than 2000 km of well maintained, all weather, roads. Good signposting leads the visitor from one natural wonder to another. Chief among these must rank the marvel of Mzima Springs, replenished with two hundred and twenty million liters of crystal-clear water every day, from the underground streams stemming from the lava massif known as the Chyulu Hills, 40-50 km away. Mzima forms a haven for a rich wildlife pageant with elephant soaking half immersed in the waters, light footed but ponderous looking hippo, apparently weightless, tip-toeing across the bottom, crocodiles basking on the bank or swirling through the water; gazelles, zebra and giraffe wandering around the banks through the thick acacias and raffia palms together with hundreds of chattering monkeys and birds. Mzima is also the main source of Mombassa’s water supply. There are well marked nature trails, an observation platform and an underwater glass tank which provides a special vantage point to view this remarkable oasis. Not far from Mzima Springs, along a well-marked track, lies the precipitous magnificence of the Ngulia escarpment at the foot of the Ngulia Hills which rise to 1825 m. Each year from late September to November, Ngulia has become the base of a unique phenomenon.

     

    Attracted by the lights of Ngulia Lodge, thousands of migrant birds descend through the mists which are prevalent at this time of the year to be netted, ringed and released. It has become one of the bird wonders of the world and provides vital information on the migratory routes and the habits of many species common to the northern hemisphere. Reports of ringed birds have been received from as far north as St. Petersburg, and from countries as widely separated as Oman, Malawi, Iran and Germany. Apart from the elephant population there are many lion - some undoubtedly the descendants of the famous Man eaters of Tsavo! Among the less common animals to be found are the fringed-eared oryx, the gerenuk and lesser kudu. The carnivores in addition to lion include serval, hyena, leopard cheetah and caracal. The landscape is dominated, especially off the hills by the giant baobab, a tree which is reputed to live a 1000 years. After the rains the Park is showered with white and pink ipomea, the morning glory family, and the acacia trees are festooned in feathery masses of white and pink blossom. The desert rose, somewhat like a miniature baobab, produces fuchsia-pink flowers of striking beauty at almost any time of the year. The first lodge inside any national park was Kilaguni, opened by Britain's Duke of Gloucester in 1962. It stands at the centre of Tsavo West and affords excellent game runs in all directions. The lodge and its waterhole have an almost permanent population of ground squirrels, warthog, hyrax, mongooses and masses of impudent birds. Elephant are nearly always td be seen, with many other animals at the waterhole.

     

    This feast of wildlife, flora and birds combines to make Tsavo of special interest - an interest perhaps made greater by geological activity evidenced by a mass of recently extinct volcanoes and massive lava flows. It is also possible to make an excursion to the Chyulu Hills National Park which abuts Tsavo to the north west. The Chyulus are one of the world's newest mountain ranges; the most recent volcanic peak was formed only 500 years ago. A four wheel drive track leads to this peak -Shaitani- from the Chyulu gate near Kilaguni Lodge and it is simple to walk to the caves on the side of the volcano. It is a breathtaking landscape of rampant ferocity and the vistas to Kilimanjaro are unbeatable. At the other end of Tsavo West National Park in the south west corner, lies Lake Jipe. Bisected by the border with Tanzania it is a favorite haunt of bird watchers and boats are available for ardent ornithologists. In the lake area is a small herd of Grevy's zebra, translocated from northern Kenya in 1977.

     

    Tsavo Safari Information

     

    An African safari is a true adventure -- a journey crafted in the tradition of wealthy 13th-century traders who first hunted the plains of Africa for wild game trophies to hang on their walls. Today, travelers hunt for photo opportunities instead of occasions to kill, but they encounter the same scenes that have fascinated explorers throughout history: thousands of zebras migrating across emerald grasslands, flocks of florescent flamingos creating a field of color across a shining soda lake, lions feasting on a hard-earned kill. Many travelers trek to Africa in search of the "big five": buffalo, lions, leopards, elephants and rhinoceroses. The chance to get close to these animals in their natural habitats is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but your trip to the Africa is anything but a trip to the zoo. Safaris can be physically taxing and strenuous, and you may not see all the animals you expected. Since most safari destinations are in developing sub-Saharan nations, travelers must take certain safety and health precautions. If you're planning a safari (or just dreaming about it), be as prepared as possible. Get some good guidebooks, talk to friends who've been to Africa and research, research, research. We've outlined some important safari basics, from choosing a destination to getting vaccinated, to help you start planning a successful African adventure.

     

    For the most part, safaris are a costly kind of vacation. But as with any other type of travel, you can tailor your safari to suit your personal budget. The length of your safari will affect its cost -- although you may want to cut your trip short to save cash, the longer you stay, the less you will probably pay on a per-night basis. If you're looking for luxury digs on your safari (or even just hot water and a comfy bed), prepare to pay more. Budget-minded adventurers should seek self-drive as opposed to all-inclusive package tours -- but be prepared to camp in tents or navigate a 4x4 through the African bush. If you're traveling alone, you will probably have to pay a single supplement, as most package pricing is based on double occupancy.

     

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