A Camping Kenya safari implies a tented camp without any fence or wall, and is a better part of an in Kenya safari than sleeping in a lodge. Naturally in a camp with no fence the animals you have actually pertained to see, do enter the camp particularly during the night. Close encounters with an elephant browsing three feet from your tent is what a camping Kenya safari is everything about.
As a family our first experience of an in Kenya safari was at the popular Galdessa Camp in Tsavo East. With 2 kids and anxious parents we felt that a fixed camp was going to be about as near the wilderness as we might cope with, and so in the purest sense of the word it wasn’t a camping Kenya safari, however Galdessa is a camp with no fences or walls. The ‘tents’ were thatched bandas and a large amount more civilized than we expected with electrical energy, running water, and comfy beds. Essential of all we were sealed in, zipped up during the night with great well fitting mosquito webs.
On he way to Galdessa, and by the way we had our own family car and driver organized hrough the Manager at Hemingways. He carefully stated that for our very first in Kenya Safari it was the very best method, since we might stop when we desired and deem long as we wanted, and how ideal he was.
The few vehicles we saw were generally like mini buses stuffed with travelers, which looked no fun at all.
He aso stated that if a luxury african safari was our suitable, then to begin at Galdessa would be best, and how right he was once again.
On our six hour drive from Malindi we had actually already seen several giraffes, elephants, however a number of hundred backyards away, a lioness searching for her cubs, and an entire variety of bambi like creatures, water buffalo, and then really near to Galdessa two huge bull elephants, among whom we passed at about fifteen backyards, and exciting that was too.
We hardly passed a car, and whilst our journey was prior to the long rains arrived in April, the weather was clear and warm. The rains howver came a couple of days later, as well as over night this was seen by a significant rise in the water level in the river due to drizzle up country.
We duly reached Galdess for our opening night ever on a Kenya safari, nd were led to our banda, being revealed en route, elephant tracks, lion footprints, and hippo prints also, all on the path inside the camp. We were informed in no unsure terms that on an outdoor camping kenya safari website like Galdessa, we were not under any situations, even in daytime to leave our banda unless we were with a member of staff, because of the high opportunity of an encounter with an animal.
After dark, we needed to get into a safari vehicle to go the dining area, since there was a bull elephant in the camp, and undoubtedly on going back to our banda later on by car the bll elephant was browsing outside our back door, an we crept past about 10 feet away to the security of our camping tent.
A going to hippo in the middle of the night, right alongside the camping tent, and the morning evidence that a lion had been within touching distance of the tent actually made our stay at Galdessa.
The food at lunch and supper was spectacularly excellent, the views of the river from the central lounge/dining hut was excellent, and the remarkably hot shower in our ten all adde to make the first night of our very first in Kenya safari a remarkable one.
Galdessa is a need to on any Kenya safari trip, and a certain stop on a high-end african safari.