An Outdoor camping Kenya safari means 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 without any fence the animals you have actually come to see, do enter the camp especially in the evening. Close encounters with an elephant searching 3 feet from your tent is what a camping Kenya safari is all about.
As a family our first experience of an in Kenya safari was at the famous Galdessa Camp in Tsavo East. With two anxious moms and dads and small kids we felt that a repaired camp was going to be about as close to the wilderness as we might deal with, and so in the purest sense of the word it wasn’t a camping Kenya safari, but Galdessa is a camp without any walls or fences. The ‘camping tents’ were thatched bandas and a lot more civilized than we expected with electrical power, running water, and comfy beds. Most important of all we were sealed in, zipped up during the night with good well fitting mosquito internet.
On he way to Galdessa, and by the way we had our own family vehicle and motorist set up hrough the Manager at Hemingways. He sensibly said that for our very first in Kenya Safari it was the best way, due to the fact that we might stop when we wanted and deem long as we wanted, and how right he was.
The few cars we saw were primarily like mini buses packed with tourists, which looked no fun at all.
He aso stated that if a high-end african safari was our suitable, then to begin at Galdessa would be best, and how ideal he was again.
On our 6 hour drive from Malindi we had actually already seen numerous giraffes, elephants, however a number of hundred backyards away, a lioness searching for her cubs, and a whole variety of bambi like creatures, water buffalo, and after that really near to Galdessa 2 large bull elephants, one of whom we passed at about fifteen yards, and exciting that was too.
We hardly passed a car, and whilst our journey was right before the long rains gotten here in April, the weather was warm and clear. The rains howver came a few days later, as well as over night this was seen by a substantial increase in the water level in the river due to rain up country.
We appropriately arrived at Galdess for our first night ever on a Kenya safari, nd were led to our banda, being shown on the way, elephant tracks, lion footprints, and hippo prints too, all on the course inside the camp. We were told in no uncertain terms that on a camping kenya safari site like Galdessa, we were not under any scenarios, even in daytime to leave our banda unless we were with a member of personnel, because of the high opportunity of an encounter with an animal.
After dark, we had 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 by vehicle the bll elephant was searching outside our back entrance, an we crept previous about 10 feet away to the security of our camping tent.
A visiting hippo in the middle of the night, ideal beside the camping tent, and the early morning evidence that a lion had been within touching range of the camping tent really made our remain at Galdessa.
The food at lunch and supper was amazingly excellent, the views of the river from the main lounge/dining hut was exceptional, and the remarkably hot shower in our 10 all adde to make the first night of our first in Kenya safari an unforgettable one.
Galdessa is a must on any Kenya safari tour, and a guaranteed stop on a luxury african safari.