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Tsavo East, Kenya

Satao Camp – Tsavo

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Welcome to Satao Camp Tsavo East for the Ultimate Safari Experience.

Enjoying a unique setting overlooking a watering hole in the heart of Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, Satao Camp delivers the ultimate safari experience: thrilling adventure and impeccable service. The Camp is a true oasis which attracts thousands of animals for their daily drink and bathing.

Tsavo East is Kenya’s largest protected area and the sheer abundance of wildlife is breathtaking. So whether enjoying game viewing from one of our open game viewing vehicles or watching herds of elephant bathe from the privacy of your verandah, your time at Satao Camp will create memories to last a lifetime.

Satao Camp is a luxury tented camp located in Tsavo East National Park, which is one of the largest wildlife reserves in Kenya. The camp is situated on the banks of the Athi River and offers stunning views of the surrounding wilderness.

The camp has 20 spacious tents, each with en-suite facilities, hot water showers, and a private veranda overlooking the river. The tents are decorated in an elegant and comfortable style, with hand-carved furniture and African-inspired decor.

Satao Camp offers a wide range of activities for guests, including game drives, guided nature walks, and birdwatching. Tsavo East National Park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, and buffalo, as well as over 500 species of birds.

In addition to game viewing, guests can also relax and unwind in the camp's swimming pool, which overlooks the river and provides a refreshing respite from the heat of the African sun. The camp also offers a range of spa treatments, including massages and facials, to help guests relax and rejuvenate.

Tsavo East covers an immense 11,750 square kilometres and yet is home to a few tourism properties which ensures a unique and exclusive experience. The Park is one of the world’s most biodiverse regions: bushy grassland and open plains alternate with semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands and the Galana River gives rise to lush vegetation.

There is an incredible variety of wildlife and birdlife to be seen in the Park: lion, leopard, cheetah, zebras, giraffes, serval cats, genet cats, antelopes, kongoni, lesser kudu, oryx, klipspringer, impala, striped hyena, gazelles, buffalos and elephants. Some 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including ostrich and migratory kestrels, while buzzards stop by during their long flight South.

Of course, Tsavo is world-famous for its vast herds of elephants, which often glow red after a dust bath, and Satao’s watering hole can attract up to 1,000 elephants a day. Large prides of lion are also sighted regularly. Satao Camp’s contributions to wildlife habitat is to ensure that our waterhole never dries up.

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  • Stunning Wild Location
  • Full Board accommodation
  • Luxury Tented Camp
  • Ideal for Families
  • Game Drives opportunities

What are the 2023 Prices for Satao Camp – Tsavo?

Here are Satao Camp – Tsavo Resident Rates:

Satao Camp – Tsavo Rates

Full Board Sharing Single
Sharing Single
1st Oct 2023 – 31st Oct 2023 KES 9,700/- PPS KES 14,550/- PP KES 12,610/- PPS KES 19,400/- PP
1st Nov 2023 – 15th Dec 2023 KES 8,730/- PPS KES 13,580/- PP KES 11,640/- PPS KES 17,460/- PP

Satao Camp Rates are in KES, Per Person, Per Night (Full Board Accommodation)
3rd Adult: 80% of PPS

KWS Tsavo East Park Fees

Child Policy:
0 – 1.9 years, Sharing with Adults: FREE
2 – 12 years, Sharing with Adults: 50% of PPS

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Which Hotel facilities are available for guests at Satao Camp – Tsavo?

Satao Camp offers a range of facilities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay for guests. Here are some of the main facilities available at the camp:

  1. Accommodation: Satao Camp has 20 spacious tents, each with en-suite facilities, hot water showers, and a private veranda overlooking the river. The tents are elegantly decorated with hand-carved furniture and African-inspired decor.
  2. Dining: The camp has a large dining area where guests can enjoy delicious meals, including local and international cuisine. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the accommodation rate, and the camp can cater to special dietary requirements upon request.
  3. Lounge and bonfire: There is a comfortable lounge area at the camp where guests can relax and socialize. The lounge is equipped with comfortable seating, a fireplace, and a bar.
  4. Game drives: Satao Camp offers game drives in open 4x4 vehicles with experienced guides. Guests can explore the vast wilderness of Tsavo East National Park and see a wide range of wildlife.
  5. Guided nature walks: Guests can also go on guided nature walks with experienced guides to learn more about the flora and fauna of the area.
  6. Birdwatching: Tsavo East National Park is home to over 500 species of birds, and guests can go on birdwatching walks with experienced guides.
  7. Cultural visits: Guests can visit nearby Maasai villages to learn more about the local culture and way of life.

Overall, Satao Camp offers a range of facilities and activities to ensure an unforgettable safari experience for guests.

Which Rooms Types are in Satao Camp – Tsavo?

Satao Camp – Accommodation

Satao Camp boasts 20 authentic safari style en-suite tents, each with private verandahs, nestled among the tamarind trees surrounding the camp’s very own watering hole. The tents are carefully positioned to allow uninterrupted views of the visiting wildlife whilst ensuring total privacy.

There are 16 tents and 4 suites at Satao Camp Tsavo. The tents interiors are simply exquisite. All are attractively furnished to a unique African design. The suites are larger and positioned closest to the water hole. Satao Camp tents are suitably designed & adapted to cater for guests with disabilities.

Satao Camp tents are large enough to accommodate extra beds.

What are the Foods & Drinks options at Satao Camp – Tsavo?

When it comes to wining and dining, you would never believe you are in the African bush. Satao Camp’s chefs prepare a tasty range of dishes all prepared with the freshest ingredients. After your early morning game drive, enjoy breakfast with eggs cooked to order. Lunch is served ‘al-fresco’ under a 200-year old Tamarind tree where you can enjoy watching the elephants at the watering hole. And dinner is served in the restaurant area, usually followed by nightcaps around the campfire. Private dining and bush dinners can also be arranged in Satao Camp Tsavo.

For guests with special dietary requirements, please let us know when booking and our chefs will ensure your needs are catered for.

Which Hotel Activities are available for guests at Satao Camp – Tsavo?

Game drives

Satao Camp offers morning and afternoon game drives within the Park. If you’re looking for the legendary Big Five, you won’t be disappointed.

All Satao Camp safari vehicles are open 4×4s equipped with everything you need for the perfect game drive. We provide binoculars, guide books about African birds and mammals and even a cool box with chilled drinks at the ready.

Satao Camp guides are qualified Professional Safari Guides and have worked for many years in Tsavo. Their passion and understanding of the environment and the rich biodiversity of Tsavo are unequalled and they will be delighted to share their knowledge with you.


Sunset over the Tsavo plains is a sight to behold and the ‘sundowner’ experience is a must for all our guests at Satao. At the end of a leisurely late-afternoon game drive, your driver/guide will take you to “our” special sundowner spot. The fire is lit, delicious bitings are served and the chilled sparkling wine or the famous ‘dawa’ cocktails are poured. Sit back and relax, watch the sun slip behind the Sagala Hills and listen to the sounds of the wild. It’s an experience you will treasure forever.

For aspiring photographers, the hour before the sun goes down is blessed with what the professionals call ‘magic light’ – a time of soft golden light that displays the Kenyan wilderness to optimum advantage.

To book your sundowner experience, please ask the camp manager on arrival.


Satao Camp’s oasis is a favourite habitat for a great variety of birds: over 300 different species have been identified. Birders can safely walk around the Camp’s grounds and watch the many beautiful birds coming to nest or take a bath in the waterhole. Hornbills, barbits, starlings, guinea fowls and pearl spotted owls are very common to see. Our resident flock of colorful guinea fowl are a pleasure to watch.

Nearby attractions

As well as teeming with wildlife, Tsavo East offers visitors some spectacular scenery. Some notable sights include:

The Mudanda Rock is a 1.6 km inselberg of stratified rock that acts as a water catchment that supplies a natural dam below. It offers an excellent vantage point for the hundreds of elephants and other wildlife that come to drink during the dry season.

On the Galana River, Lugard Falls is a series of white water rapids running between some remarkable rock formations. On request, clients can book a full day game drive with a picnic lunch to see both the falls and also Yatta Plateau, the world’s longest lava flow. Its incredible 290 km length was formed by lava from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain.

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