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Tsavo National Park East Kenya
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Satao Camp is arguably one of the best locations in Africa for observing elephants from your tent. The atmosphere in the evenings with the Impala and Waterbuck sitting all around you is something quite unique and special. With only 20 tents Satao Camp is small and private. It is located away from the main congested areas of Tsavo so one can enjoy the privacy of being at one with nature. This is a true Safari Experience.
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Free parking
Free breakfast
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Outdoor fireplace
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Laundry service
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Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
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Ben A wrote a review May 2021
Nairobi, Kenya184 contributions107 helpful votes
We were a party of 4 who wanted a safe break from lockdown in Nairobi and decided to go to Tsavo East National Park and stay at the Satao Tented Camp for 3 nights. There were good bits and poor bits to our experience but the camp itself and the wildlife on display were simply awesome. We left our Rosslyn home at 05.15 am and had uneventful drive to Voi, where we refuelled before reaching the park gate at 11.10 – a distance of 350km. It took us about 20 minutes to process our entry into the park and then headed for Satao camp – about 42 km on surprisingly good dirt roads. We were stopping regularly for animal and bird sightings but still managed to get into camp by 12.45pm – in time for lunch and cold tusker lager. We had booked three suites which were on the far-left hand side of the camp as you look out towards the waterhole. When we arrived, we were immediately impressed by the number of big bull elephants with surprisingly large tusks that were using the watering hole. Over the next four days we were to find that Satao offers the best elephant viewing of large tusked elephants that I have ever witnessed – there was simply a non-stop stream of traffic with elephants coming and going all day and all night. Our package was full board and included the exclusive use of a safari vehicle and driver for game drives. This was the major disappointment of our stay as the vehicle provided was badly designed and simply not fit for purpose in my view. It was quite odd as it had clearly been an expensive exercise to set it up but who ever designed and paid for the changes had clearly not gone out on a game drive in it. It was very irritating as you could not see properly out the front and so you ended up simply looking out the sides as you drive along which is most unsatisfactory and really makes it almost impossible to spot any thing remotely cryptic or small. Our driver was very nice and capable but he could not compensate for the frustration felt in not being able to see properly. Unless the camp has a new vehicle, I would strongly advise against any package they offer that relies on them taking you out on game drives. We stayed for three nights and I think we only went on two game drives when I think we had anticipated about five game drives. However, that disappointment aside, the rest of the Satao experience was excellent. I think it is one of the nicest camps that I have had the privilege of staying in from the point of view of wildlife activity in and around camp. Quite apart from the non-stop stream of elephants that came in and left the waterhole in front of the camp, there was a very impressive variety of habituated birds and animals in and around the camp that gave a never-ending opportunity for photos and close-up views. We saw over 90 different birds and 32 mammals during out stay. Mammals include: 1. Olive Baboon 2. Yellow Baboon (in camp) 3. Bush Elephant (in camp) 4. Kirk’s Dikdik 5. Common Zebra (in camp) 6. Ochre Bush squirrel 7. Vervet Monkey 8. Slender mongoose 9. Fringe Eared Oryx 10. Warthog Common (in camp) 11. Dwarf mongoose (in camp) 12. Kongoni - Coke’s hartebeest (in camp) 13. Grants Gazelle 14. Maasai Giraffe (in camp) 15. Common Eland 16. Gerenuk 17. Common Waterbuck (in camp) 18. Impala (in camp) 19. Black-backed Jackal 20. Common Hippopotamus (in camp) 21. Lion (in camp) 22. Scrub hare 23. Yellow-winged bat (in camp) 24. Spotted Hyena 25. Steinbok 26. African Buffalo (in camp) 27. Hirola or Hunters hartebeest 28. Banded mongoose (in camp) 29. Grass mouse 30. Genet cat (in camp) 31. African dormouse (in camp) 32. Musk shrew (in camp) From a functional point of view, the camp was well laid out. The central facilities were basic but sufficient. The food was uncomplicated, wholesome and tasty without being pretentious – I thought it reflected the camp ethos perfectly. The staff were excellent and always trying to please. So if you have an excuse to visit Satao in Tsavo East, don’t hesitate – it really is a lovely experience.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Best rooms are at either end. we stayed in Sala and Neka and they were excellent
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Stephanie R wrote a review May 2021
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We had two wonderful overnight stays at Satao Camp. The staff were friendly, the tents spacious and comfortable, and the wildlife around camp amazing! From your tent you can watch the elephants at the waterhole and impala, waterbuck and vulturine guinea fowl wander around the camp. We went with our two children, aged 3 and 1, and the staff were very accommodating and welcoming. We will definitely return!
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Date of stay: May 2021
mermaid1981 wrote a review Mar 2021
Nairobi, Kenya42 contributions30 helpful votes
The camp is located quite deep in the park, it will take you about 6-7 hrs by car from Nairobi. We visited the park in the dry season and were lucky enough to have the animal show 24/7 at camps waterhole.The site is just amazing. Otherwise the camp looks a bit dry, but nicely decorated with plants that are supportive of the drought around. Since the camp is not fenced you have most of the time animals spend the day around you. The tents are big and tidy in african style(a few things are not matching though),the only missing thing thing would be a fridge, since in the heat everything gets warm within minutes.They can provide you with a baby feeding chair and a babycot(up to the age where your baby cannot stand up yet). The staff seems to be friendly, helpful and easygoing. The restaurant and the lounge(wifi) is nice and big with a view on the waterhole.The food is good. I love the idea of the camp to support the animals with water and shadow during this harsh dry season. On the request they will provide you with a guide and a game vehicle. Thank you for everything and stay safe!!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Meera183 wrote a review Mar 2021
Kisumu, Kenya24 contributions10 helpful votes
A frequent getaway for my family who lives in Mombasa. Lovely unfenced camp with helpful staff and big comfortable tents. Impalas walking freely on the camp grounds as they have beautifully placed little water holes, mongoose families running around, vulturine guinea fowls prancing away, colorful birdlife that just come and sit on the bench at breakfast/lunch, huge watering hole where you can spot elephants and a lookout tower. On our game drive, the driver spotted lions nd we decided to wait and see if we would get lucky to see any action. And how lucky did we get after an hour or so of watching them move in to make a zebra kill! We rushed to Ashnil Aruba camp who were really nice to let us run through their camp ground to see the lions make a kill! As soon as the kill was made near their fence the lionesses went to get their cubs which were hidden.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Sleep Quality
Natasha wrote a review Dec 2020
Guildford, United Kingdom91 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed here for a night in December and it was thr best of 3 camps we had stayed at in amboseli, tsavo west and east. The decor was perfect - very natural and rugged (reflective of the surroundings and giving you a more authentic safari experience) yet also clean and comfortable. Monkeys come up to the tent, there are impala that sleep in the main camp area overnight and guinea fowl that roam like chicken. There is a nearby watering hole with all sorts of animals including elephants which we could see while having dinner. Drivers are encouraged to sit with the guests at mealtime, which I love and according to our driver, the staff area was pleasant and close to the main camp (unlike other camps). Staff are super friendly and food is good. Love this place and would definitely go back!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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What are some of the property amenities at Satao Tented Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Satao Tented Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Satao Tented Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.