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    Tsavo National Park Hostels, Accommodation, Self Drive, Camp Sites, Budget

    Sau Tsavo Camp provides camping ground and facilities at an affordable price; Sau Tsavo Camp is strategically located just outside the Voi gate of Tsavo East National Park, Kenya, it is ideal for budget travelers and backpackers, the Sau Camp Tsavo provides excellent camping grounds at a friendly price. The Tsavo National Park first came to the limelight in 1898 following an account of the infamous man eating lions, which are better known as the "man eaters of Tsavo". The lions devoured many workers who were working on a railway line. The park has, in the recent times, been associated with the uniquely red colored elephants. Covering an approximate surface area of 21,812 sq. kilometers, Tsavo National Park is by far the largest park, compared to all other parks in Kenya. Visitors to the park are able to get a good view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, which is on the boarder of Kenya and Tanzania. Tsavo presents breathtaking landscapes which are reason enough for one to visit the park. While on a tour in Tsavo, one gets the chance to see rare animals such as the lesser Kudu and fringe-eared Oryx. Other animals which can be seen in the Tsavo include Zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, yellow baboons and hyenas. Tsavo is also a bird watchers paradise, as it consists of a record 500 different species of birds. The birds are both resident and migratory. Attractions in the park include the Mzima springs, large elephant herds and the scenic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The Mzima springs which are found in Tsavo west National park are among the major attractions.


    The name Mzima is a Swahili term which means life. Water at the springs is emitted from the underground at a constant amount of 180 litres per day and is fresh, having been filtered by the underground volcanic rocks. The large volumes of water from the Mzima Springs meet the demand for water at the coastal town of Mombasa. The Tsavo National Park has quite a number of campsites, at least one at each main entry/gate, namely (Tsavo gate, Mtito Andei gate and Chyulu gate). Located on the park, the campsites in Tsavo National Park provide cold showers and flash toilets. There are campsites at the Voi gate, Kanderi swamp (Ndololo campsite), Aruba Lodge and the Mukwaju Campsite on the Voi River 50km in from the main gate. It's just in the middle of the park and unfenced and there are no showers, only a tank of water for cooking. There is only one long drop toilet. The Kitani camp on the northwest and Ngulia Safari Camps on the edge of the Ngulia Hills offers a magnificent view of the hills all providing alternative accommodation in this area of Tsavo West. Both camps consist of one-bedroom bandas with bedding, towels, mosquito nets, bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, and kerosene lanterns. Recommended to bring with you is your toiletries, Tsavo National Park is located Off Mombasa road the main access to Tsavo West is through the Mtito Andei Gate on the Mombasa-Nairobi road on the northern end of the park where there is also a campsite and the headquarters of the park. A further 48km along the main road away from Nairobi, is the Tsavo gate, where there's another campsite. There is also a road running west from the Chyulu gate, which connects Tsavo West with Amboseli.


    When you choose budget camping we assume you know what it means to go backpacking. This is a no frills trip, and you must come with an open mind. Budget Camping in Tsavo is very different from Europe and the West. You must have the zeal to rough it out and expect the unexpected. If you’re looking for an adventure and ready to take all the changes that may come about during the trip to tsavo this is the trip for you. There is no better way to see Africa then to feel the local pulse through Tsavo budget camping. The tsavo budget camping is a popular means of spending safaris to Tsavo in at reasonable rates. We offer budget tours to Tsavo and our trips are undertaken using safari minibuses with pop up roofs. In cases of extremely rough terrain overland trucks that are customized for these tsavo safaris are available although the costs are higher than those for the normal itineraries. The rates for camping safaris in Tsavo are favorable to the backpacker with value added incentives that include a free night's accommodation in a budget hotel for safaris that are 13 days and over. All resources are made available to ensure that the traveler enjoys his tour to Tsavo National Park and reasonable care is taken to ensure the smooth flow of the safari itinerary. The end result is a holiday of a lifetime.


    Choose a self-drive


    If you're confident about going off the beaten track, one of the cheapest and most exciting ways to explore is by hiring vehicle to Tsavo from Nairobi or Mombassa. You'll have the freedom to dictate your own itinerary and pull over if you see something interesting. In many areas there are lots of fixed camps which you can drop into for the night, plus numerous inexpensive lodges. Driving between a few campsites or lodges will work out much cheaper than spending a week in one full-service lodge. The main drawback is that you'll have to find the animals yourself and won't necessarily know what you're looking at. To get around this you could spend a couple of days at a Tsavo lodge at the beginning of your trip, where a guide will offer advice on how to spot them, and teach you something about animal species and behaviors before you venture off alone.


    Tsavo car hire are cheap and come with a 4x4 with a roof tent, including insurance, equipment, gas, camping table and a 24-hour emergency breakdown service. You will have to spend extra on food and supplies, park entry and camp site fees, you need to know what you're doing and be realistic about what you will see. You'll be restricted to the road network - you're not allowed to venture off road alone - and you should only get out of your vehicle at designated view points.


    Tsavo Camping Safari


    No, you won't get eaten by a lion in the middle of the night... probably. Camping in safari in Tsavo usually means pitching up in an official campsite with facilities and fences, or somewhere your guide can guarantee is safe. If you are in a Tsavo camping safari as part of a self-drive safari you can find a choice of campsites in Tsavo National Park, A campsite pitch costs as little as £18 a night if you take your own tent, permanent tents vary, and you can use the communal showers and toilets. Alternatively, choosing a group safari that has accommodation in tents instead of lodges ensures a bargain price. The benefit of staying in a Tsavo lodge, as opposed to doing a self-drive tour, is that you will be taken out on morning and evening game drives by the lodge's trackers. Trackers can take you off-road in pursuit of animals, which unescorted travelers are not allowed to do. Tsavo National park has a network of accommodations that are very affordable, but accommodation prices don't include game drives, escaping the protection of a luxury camp on a Tsavo holiday will ensure you immerse yourself in Africa and release your inner Livingstone. You'll have a guide on hand, excursions will be arranged and you can choose a tour with cheap accommodation in tents or hostels. There's one obvious solution to keeping the cost of your Tsavo safari holiday down: we recommend a two-week Mombassa holiday, interrupted by a brief three to four day safari to Tsavo. We currently have a two-week trip to Mombasa that includes a three-day safari in Tsavo,


    Tsavo National Park


    The Tsavo National Park forms one of the largest national green zones in Eastern Africa. It spans an extent of 4% of the total land area of Kenya. Lying in between Mombasa and Nairobi, this beautiful area of greenery is filled with arid bush amidst the wandering Galana River. It has lot of limitless lava and is dominated by one of the largest herds of elephants in Kenya. The dust red elephant is the main attraction here and as it wallows and rolls in fun here, the simple act of spraying each other with water is what makes enhances this trip . Enjoy the beauty of the River Galana and the Aruba dam, which looks beautiful, situated to the north of the Vol River. This is also a major visiting spot for the animals. Thus, it makes a perfect game viewing spot for all who come here with lot of faith. The Mudanda Rock is another natural rock backed with whales and is a huge attraction for more than thousand elephants. Here is a place where you have natural ambience and beautiful surrounding making up the fascination of the region. You also have a great way to enjoy the water bodies and heavenly pleasures. Go to the Lugards Falls which is named after Captain guard and who was the first person to come here. Wildlife in the park has most of the huge mammals, rhino, red elephant, buffalo, pods of hippos, leopard, waterbucks, crocodile and such beautiful creations of nature. More than 500 recorded species are found here amongst birds and it is a wonderful experience. There are innumerable options to stay and many more to enjoy. Visit the simple surroundings here and take back with you wonderful memories of a fascinating national park. Tsavo National Park lies in the southern part of the country and is bisected by the Nairobi-Mombasa rail and road link, making it easily accessible. The East, comprising of vast plains of scrubland bordering Tanzania, is the most unspoilt due to its general inaccessibility.


    The Aruba Dam and Mudanda Rocks are just some of the scenic attractions of this area. Tsavo West has good access roads and its environment is well-watered with volcanic soil supporting a vast quantity and diversity of plant and animal life. Here, the main attraction is the Mzima Springs, a favourite haunt for hippo and crocodile, with an under-water viewing chamber. Other game includes: leopard, cheetah, buffalo, black rhino, elephant, giraffe, lesser kudu, waterbuck, eland, gerenuk, impala, zebra, lion, crocodile and small mammals including mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and porcupine. There is an abundance of bird life and there is always something new to see. One of the most conspicuous birds is the white-headed buffalo weaver, brownish-black and white with a vivid red rump when it flies. Starlings are numerous including the rare but duller Fischer's starling, hornbills are also prevalent. Birds of prey include, bustards, sunbirds and weaver-birds are well represented. Whole nesting birds include parrots, barbets and rollers. It is an excellent park for visitors who enjoy walking, offering a number of nature trails and the opportunity to explore the Chaimu volcanic crater and guides are available.


    Tsavo East is one of Kenya's oldest and largest National Parks: covering about 40 per cent of the total area of all Kenya's National Parks. Its beautiful landscape and proximity to the coast make it a popular safari destination. It is accredited as one of the world's leading biodiversity strongholds, bushy grassland and open plains alternate with semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands. Green swathes cross the park where the river banks give raise to lush vegetation. North of Galana is a true wilderness. A number of leading tour guides offer private safaris across this area, camel safaris are a feature. Tsavo East is recommended for photographers with its fabulous light and unbelievable views, in particular the Mudanda Rock and the Yatta Plateau, the world's largest lava flow. Lugard Fall on the Galana River are remarkable for the shaped water-worn rocks. Game includes: elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, crocodile, waterbuck, kudu, gerenuk and zebra and Hunter's Hartebeest can be seen with its lyre-shaped horns. Home to some of the largest herds in Kenya, the elephants glow red after dust baths, blowing the vivid red dust through their trunks over their bodies. Some 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including ostrich and some migratory kestrels, while buzzards stop at Tsavo East during their long flight south.


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