Tsavo West National Park, Kenya
Just 1km off the main Nairobi-Mombasa highway, Man Eaters Camp , a luxury tented camp makes an ideal stopover enroute to the coast or a base from which to explore Tsavo West National Park (2km away from the camp) and Tsavo East National Park (10km away from the camp). Man Eaters Camp consists of 30 luxury en-suit tents, each with a private balcony overlooking the Tsavo River. There is a central lounge, restaurant and bar and a rock-built swimming pool.
One kilometre from Tsavo station and bridge, Man Eaters Camp is named after the two man-eating lions that devoured countless workers during the building of the famous ‘Lunatic Line'. One of the epic dramas of Victorian railway construction the so-called ‘Lunatic Line' climbs from sea level at Mombasa through desert, grass plain, mountain and forest to cross the Equator at 2,785 metres before descending to the humid shores of Lake Victoria at 1,520 m whilst traversing most of the geographic and climatic range of Africa in the course of its 1,000km length.
A miracle of engineering, all the rolling stock and labour for the railway was imported from India (1.2 million sleepers and more than 200,000 rails) and when complete it boasted 43 stations 35 viaducts and 1,280 bridges. As to cost, the Uganda Railway claimed the lives of 2,500 Indian workers and cost 5.5 million pounds sterling (annual British government expenditure at the time was around 113 million). That said it was one of the most staggering feats of engineering ever carried out in Africa and it remains one of the world's great railways.
Tented camp profile
When on safari in Tsavo West National Park, the traditional tented camp offers a selection of canvas-sided safari tents, usually with thatched roofs, often raised on a timber platform with private veranda. Usually, the tented camp accommodation features comfortable double or single beds with mosquito netting, electric lighting (generator or solar powered) and luxury en-suite safari bathrooms (flushed WC, hot and cold running water, shower and vanity unit).
Kenya tented camp guest services
Most Kenya national parks offer mobile phone connections and staff will be glad to point out optimum reception points.
Kenya tented camp location
Man Eaters Camp lies 1KM from Tsavo railway station on the main Nairobi-Mombasa highway, 232 km from Nairobi.
Kenya safari lodge: Tsavo West National Park information
The joint mass of Tsavo East and West national parks represent the largest national park in the world, covering a massive 4% of Kenya's total land area. Tsavo East, one of the last great wilderness landscapes on Earth, offers a vast arena of emerald-fringed meanderings of the Galana River, guarded by the limitless lava the world.
Tsavo West, land of lions and lava, is painted on a sprawling canvas of endless skies, emerald hills, liquid lava flows, palm-fringed rivers, teeming wildlife and sparkling oases, where rafts of hippo wallow, snort and blow in the crystal clear melt-waters of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Kenya's largest National Park supports all the members of the ‘Big Five' as well as the country's largest elephant population. Tsavo achieved notoriety in the 1900's when ‘the Man-eaters of Tsavo', a pair of rogue man-eating lions, preyed gruesomely on the builders of the Uganda Railway. Today the Park is more famous for the numerous prides of mane-less lion that patrol the plains and police the herbivore herds.
Safari wildlife highlights: Larger mammals include lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino, hippo, giraffe, lesser kudu, oryx, Cape buffalo, zebra, yellow baboon, waterbuck, gemsbok, Coke's hartebeest, gerenuk, and gazelle. Birds: The prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.
Kenya tented camp accommodation
Man Eaters Camp consists of 30 luxury en-suit tents, each with a private balcony overlooking the Tsavo River. Massage facilities are also offered.
Kenya tented camp dining and bar provision
The Man Eater's lounge displays memorabilia from the time of the building of the railway while the Tsavo River Restaurant serves a wide range of local and international cuisine. Overlooking the river, the Simba Mbili bar promises elephant and hippo viewing.
Meals are traditionally served buffet style and will include a broad selection of Kenya, international and local choices. Vegetarian options are always provided and children's mealtimes and menus can usually be arranged with prior notice.
Family and children on safari
Man Eaters Camp welcomes children and can arrange baby-sitting upon request. Cots and extra beds provided. No age-limit for children.
Kenya tented camp additional features at Man Eaters Camp
Safari game drives, nature walks and medicinal plant discovery
Experience the real safari - morning and afternoon game drives through the park with our trained driver-guides. Safari picnic lunches and sundowners can be provided. Tsavo West National Park offers some of the most magnificent wildlife viewing in the world - vast herds of dust-red elephant, fat pods of hippo, giant crocodile, teeming herds of wildlife, a fantasia of bird life and some magical flora.
Typical safari experiences and wildlife attractions
Safari bush lunches and dinners
Private ‘bush' lunches and safari dinners can be arranged in the bush, complete with waiters, private bar and private BBQ cooking station, campfires and safari hurricane lamps.
Also on offer are:
Champagne breakfasts in the bush
Authentic safari sundowners
Wildlife spotting and game tracking
What to see and do on your Kenya safari
Game Drives, nature walks and medicinal plant discovery
Experience the real safari - morning and afternoon game drives through the Tsavo West National Park with our trained safari driver-guides. Picnic lunches and sundowners can be provided. Tsavo West National Park offers some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world - vast herds of dust-red elephant, fat pods of hippo, giant crocodile, teeming herds of plains game, a fantasia of bird life and some magical flora.
Bush lunches and dinners
Private ‘bush' lunches and dinners can be arranged in the bush, complete with waiters, private bar and private BBQ cooking station, campfires and hurricane lamps.
Visits to the magic of Mzima Springs
The lush, hippo-inhabited pools of Mzima Springs, fed daily by 250 million litres of water gushing from the lava flows of the Chyulu hills, provide an oasis of green, an
Under-water hippo-viewing chamber, two nature trails and some unique picnic spots.
Around and about
Exploring the Shetani caves and lava flows
Tsavo West National Park is ideally situated for visits to the massive expanses of sister park, Tsavo East whilst the verdant Taita Hills and the volcanic eruptions of the Chyulu Hills are close by. World-renowned Amboseli National Park is also within easy reach.
Man Eaters Camp - Tsavo West • Kenya Safari Tented Camps
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