While Kenya is vast and well-known for the Maasai Mara region, there is another area in the country that boasts only the best of the African savannahs and diverse wildlife.
Tsavo is a massive wilderness area, located in Kenya’s southwest. Tsavo is divided into Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park and is the biggest national park in Kenya. It spreads across 22,000 km2 or 13,671 miles, making it one of the largest game sanctuaries in the world.
Tsavo is one of the least populated game areas in Kenya. It is an ideal place to visit for a quiet game viewing away from the tourists’ crowd and enjoy the safari experience without any disturbance.
Tsavo National Park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to a wide variety of wild animals. These include the big five, crocodiles, waterbucks, as well as 500 recorded species of birds. But, one of the most significant highlights of the park is its abundant population of red elephants that are sighted frequently.
Just like any other park, Tsavo holds exceptional accommodation options, ranging from camps to lodges. These are situated in the Tsavo wilderness area and allow uninterrupted views of animals in their natural habitats along with sweeping vistas of the park.
Here are the top 6 hotels to consider while travelling to Tsavo:
Ashnil Aruba Lodge
Located in the heart of Tsavo East National Park, Ashnil Aruba Lodge is known for its premier location. It is a couple of hours away from the coast of Mombasa and a 5-hour drive from Nairobi. The lodge lies on the banks of the Aruba dam.
Ashnil Aruba has 46 rooms and 6 tents, offering the most comfortable accommodations categorized into Deluxe twin, deluxe double, and deluxe triple rooms. Each unit is inspired by the traditional African décor and furnished with en-suite facilities.
The lodge’s lounge bar features modern décor while also having an African touch which makes it a relaxing place to spend time. At the lounge, guests can enjoy a variety of drinks while overlooking the park. For an incredible dining experience, the lodge has an open-seating restaurant that overlooks the dam. The restaurant serves set buffets, including traditional African, international as well as oriental cuisine.
For guests, the lodge arranges activities such as guided walks with experts, lectures on wildlife conservation, game drives, sunset cocktails, and more.
Man Eaters Lodge
Offering the best views of Tsavo, Man Eaters Lodge is set in Tsavo West National Park. The lodge’s unique name comes from two infamous man-eating lions who terrorized and killed a number of workers during the Mombasa-Kampala railway construction at the end of the 19th century.
Man Eaters Lodge is an exclusive lodge that has 31 fully furnished en-suite tents that face the Tsavo river and offer direct views from one’s private accommodation. All tents have modern amenities, remain spacious, and feature locally built furniture that blends seamlessly with the surrounding.
Moreover, the tents also have private balconies where guests can relax and spot the various animals that frequent the river such as elephants, gazelles, crocodiles, and more.
The Man Eaters lounge is rustically decorated and also displays vintage items of the bygone eras. The Tsavo River restaurant offers fine dining at its best. Set in a natural ambiance, guests can savor Nouvelle continental cuisine. By the rock pool, guests can enjoy the luxury of the camp through the Simba Mbili bar. The bar offers a great viewing point to spot animals while serving delicious drinks.
Salt Lick Safari Lodge
Salt Lick Safari Lodge is a luxurious lodge set in the middle of the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and overlooks a waterhole along with the stunning Tsavo plains. It is famed for being one of the most photographed lodges in the world due to its unique design.
The lodge has spacious and well-appointed rooms and suites, all elevated on stilts. This allows guests to appreciate the breathtaking views of the wildlife from the comfort of their room. The luxuriously built and fully equipped bungalows overlook the waterhole and offer a panoramic view of the vast plains of Tsavo.
The Bura restaurant of the lodge looks past beautiful vistas of the surrounding and has live cooking counters. Guests can enjoy specialty dishes as well as cuisines such as Pan African, Pan Asian, and Pan European.
Some of the famous activities of the lodge are game viewing, night game drives, walking safari, traditional dance, and music performances, and a reforestation program.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, located in Tsavo East National Park, is a tranquil and hushed refuge set against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Stunning beauty and exhilarating adventures surround the camp along with modern comfort. It is a classic stone volcano lodge that offers deep green landscape views of the Chyulu Hills.
The spacious accommodation of Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge features 56 guestrooms including five suites that overlook the waterhole or the hills. The units are beautifully appointed, decked with natural stone walls, and have locally inspired furnishings and artwork.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge provides an unforgettable dining experience through its beautifully decorated central dining room and alfresco rock-built bar. The lodge serves a wide range of international and local cuisines as well as typical safari-style meals.
Guests can embark on various activities such as daily game drives, visit Mzima Springs, bush BBQ dinner, bush breakfasts, hikes, and much more.
Satao Tented Camp
Situated in a setting that overlooks a waterhole in the middle of the Tsavo East National Park, this camp is a true oasis that attracts thousands of animals.
The camp has spacious tented accommodation which is further complemented by first-class hospitality. The 20 authentic safari-style en-suite tents are accompanied by private verandas and boast an exquisite African design. The tents are nestled among luscious trees and surround the camp’s own watering hole. The tents are strategically built to allow uninterrupted views of the waterhole and wildlife.
Satao Tented Camp prepares a range of tasty dishes and caters to every guest’s preference. While lunch is served al fresco under a 200-year-old tamarind tree, dinner takes place at the camp’s restaurant.
Along with game drives and sundowners, the camp takes guests to nearby attractions such as The Mudanda Rock and the Lugard Falls as well.
Voi Wildlife Lodge
Set right in the middle of elephant country, Voi Wildlife Lodge is situated in the savannah grasslands of Tsavo East. The lodge is adjacent to a watering hole that attracts various animals and birds, making it easier to spot wildlife. The lodge is ideally placed near the coast for travelers wanting to combine a safari experience with a beach holiday.
Voi Wildlife Lodge features 178 beautiful, locally decorated, and fully furnished rooms which are divided into Baobab and Acacia wings. Each unit offers stunning views of the Tsavo East National Park and the Tsavo Plains.
The Tembo restaurant of the lodge is constructed using local ‘makuti’ thatch and provides a unique dining experience with views of the East Tsavo plains in sight. Other facilities provided by the lodge include an outdoor pool, two bars, a spa, a gym, and activities like badminton, volleyball, and billiards.
So, whether you prefer tents, lodges, or bungalows, keep these hotels in mind the next you travel to Tsavo for an ultimate safari experience.
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