I stayed three nights at Ithumba Camp, June 2010. I found the experience unforgettable. The camp is extremely isolated. Tents are on the slightly modest side (not for me, just compared to some of the over-the-top contraptions that seem to be required by people going on safari) but functional and very, very comfortable. Bathrooms are lovely with open-air showers. The staff, Kimwele, Josephat and Njage, are top-notch and go above and beyond in every thinkable way.
The camp is self-catering.
The draw here of course is the elephant experience available to guests of the camp. The other posts here on TA have described it better than I could, but suffice it to say that if you are interested in the reintroduction of orphan elephants back into the wild from the Sheldrick nursery in Nairobi, Ithumba is for you. Quiet, peaceful and far from the madding crowds of other parks, here the focus is on the orphans, their committed keepers and the impressive Tsavo sky.
Traditional game is unpredictable/scarce and skittish, though I was more than satisfied with what we saw. Many dik diks, some kudu, baboons, a cheetah from very far away, lion tracks, leopard sounds at night, bat-eared foxes, terrific! birding, and more. Don't come here expecting the Mara, Nogorongoro Crater, etc. But come, recalibrate your expectations, and enjoy the peace, the quiet and the elephants.
- Also Known As:
- Ithumba Camp Hotel Tsavo National Park East
- Ithumba Camp Kenya/Tsavo National Park East