We stayed in a farm in Africa, on the foot of the Ngong Hills. However that isn’t actually the beginning of our journey. It actually began in Mombasa and getting picked up by our information/driver Sammy. He might be with us for the subsequent 6 days from Mombasa to Tsavo to Amboseli Nationwide Park after which onto Nairobi. Sammy is pleasant, simple to speak to and educated about not simply mammals however about all of the birds that we’re seeing. This was particularly vital to Kati who likes to photograph all of the birds in Africa. It took us a few hours to get to our lodge in Tsavo East and the time glided by rapidly.We stayed at Satao Camp and had been fortunate sufficient to get the tent closest and going through a very talked-about water gap. Like watching “Animal TV”, over the subsequent couple of days and nights we noticed herds of elephants, antelope, giraffes, hippos and warthogs stroll out of the bush and are available to this waterhole. This was the beginning of our journey, and we had been completely satisfied to be again in Africa. One of many many lions we came across watching, ready and having fun with the sundown.Why Tsavo?Tsavo is the place the place there have been two man-eating lions roamed and ate over 100 folks in 1898 as depicted within the film The Ghost and the Darkness starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas. Tsavo East is the biggest sport park in Kenya, and it was a alternative we needed to make: Tsavo East or Tsavo West. We selected Tsavo East primarily due to Satao Camp, and we’re completely satisfied we did. Over the subsequent four days we noticed lions after a kill, the purple elephants of Tsavo, hippos, giraffes, and a leopard in a tree with its kill. The panorama was surreal. Dusty and dry, Tsavo wanted the rains. However they by no means got here whereas we had been there. We additionally discovered The Actual Africa, just like the one described by Isak Dinesen’s guide Out of Africa. Set out in the midst of the bush, our camp and the water gap had been completely located for the sport drives and to see a mess of animals coming and going from miles away to drink. We may expertise the enjoyment of the elephants coming over a ridge and seeing the water gap. They began to trot and wave their ears. They had been completely satisfied and we had been completely satisfied watching. We even had a genet within the eating room that got here one night time searching for meals. With the hearth roaring, we ate scrumptious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner and had sport drives most mornings and evenings. We had a complete day sport drive on one of many days and it proved spectacular as we noticed 5 lions on a hunt, after which they got here and sat down. We had been so shut as they relaxed, slept and saved vigil. This was an unimaginable expertise and we actually felt that we discovered The Actual Africa. This was why we got here again to Africa. It didn’t have the multitude of animals like Masai Mara, nevertheless it had the appear and feel of an actual African journey. Don’t get me improper, if there was one place, I’d advocate seeing the Massive 5 it could be the Masai Mara or to expertise the Nice Migration. However we had been searching for one thing completely different. One thing that I had not skilled since I lived in Africa. One thing that was completely sudden. And Tsavo delivered. A herd of Zebras seeking to lastly get a drink within the dry and dusty savannah.An Unimaginable AdventureThis was the fourth time Kati and I’ve been to Kenya. We now have additionally explored Uganda and Egypt, and I’ve lived for over four years in Zimbabwe and virtually a yr in South Africa. We now have additionally traveled to Cape Verde, Botswana, and Morocco, so we’re not strangers to the African continent. However this time we needed one thing completely different. We needed an “Out of Africa” journey crammed with animals, tented camps and nice surroundings. And we obtained simply that.With our tent, superbly embellished with outdated Africa furnishings and overlooking the water gap, we had been in a position to view animals from a few kilometers away touring by means of the dusty bush. The plain pleasure that elephants expertise when lastly viewing the water maintain was unimaginable. They’d begin to trot, flapping their ears virtually with smiles on their faces. Massive Tuskers, moms with their younger, and single bulls all got here and went. We by no means uninterested in it.Within the evenings, Impala crammed the camp whereas jackals had been on the prowl. Hippos left the water gap and went to graze all night time returning within the morning and elephants took over. Zebra, water buck and giraffe all visited. And there was a genet who would come into the eating room searching for one thing to eat earlier than heading again into the bush.From our tent and across the camp we additionally noticed owls, eagles and oryx.This all occurred earlier than we even left for a sport drive. This was a nightly prevalence as we lie in mattress watching the animals come and go in entrance of us. It was superb.There have been many camps to select from in Tsavo, however we selected Satao Camp. It gave us that nice journey and “Out of Africa” feeling, and the associated fee was good. We discovered the Actual Africa and can return right here sooner or later.The view from our tent overlooking the water gap.Sport DrivesWe had two personal sport drives a day arrange. Each within the morning and night. Sammy our information recommended we take sooner or later and go additional into the park and spend the day. Satao Camp ready a lunch field for us and we set out on our journey. Tsavo was extremely dry and dusty. The purple earth crammed with air as we appeared for the long-lasting African animals. Sammy was excellent and educated about all of the animals, the park, birds and the place to go for the perfect views. The most effective elements of Tsavo is that it’s uncrowded, and we had been nearly alone more often than not we had been there.The ultimate day, as we had been virtually out of the park, searching for a cheetah, we heard that there was a leopard in a tree with its kill. Sammy requested if we needed to return. After all we did! A leopard in a tree? That was on my need record for a very long time. Having seen four leopards beforehand, they had been all on the bottom I actually needed to see a leopard with a kill up in a tree.We raced to the place it was and by the point we obtained there, the leopard left the tree. However as we obtained discouraged, Sammy stated he noticed it in one other tree. It had climbed as much as regulate his kill, and there he was. Sammy noticed it and we had been overjoyed as we snapped pictures. Sammy was a terrific information crammed with data and prepared to share. We liked spending our time with him and had been unhappy after we left him in Nairobi.Lastly we discovered the Leopard in a tree. He had his kill in a close-by tree and saved watch.Our Remaining WordAfter 4 unimaginable days, we needed to say goodbye to Tsavo. It was crammed with iconic African wildlife together with leopards, lions, elephants, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck, impala, zebra, oryx, owls, eagles and a complete lot extra. We continued our journey to Amboseli Nationwide Park which is legendary for its giant herds of elephants and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. We’ll cowl that a part of the journey in one other publish.We needed to seek out the Actual Africa and we did. We needed that true Out of Africa expertise, and we obtained it in Tsavo. We ate scrumptious meals underneath the African moon, watched animals on the water gap, had unimaginable sport drives with Sammy our information day-after-day and nonetheless had time to learn, write and chill out. This journey checked off all of the bins for us and we sit up for returning sometime.In case you are searching for a real, genuine African journey that isn’t overrun by vacationers then look to Tsavo and Satao Camp. We simply may see you there.Dennis would really like that.