Tsavo National Park East, Makueni, Kenya
This beautiful, remote camp is on the south bank of the Galana River. Overlooking the Yatta Plateau upstream from the Lugard Falls, it's actually two camps; the main lodge has 12 spacious bandas, including one honeymoon banda; the other, private camp (exclusive use only) has three bandas, also including a honeymoon one. Each lodge has its own lounge, dining area, and bar overlooking the river. The elegant and imaginatively decorated bandas are built on wooden platforms with an A-frame thatch roof and a private veranda that has breathtaking river views. The furnishings are African themed with huge hand-carved beds, wooden chests, deep-cushioned armchairs, hand-woven rugs, and wall hangings. There's an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and bucket shower. If you want total privacy, then opt for the honeymoon bandas, which have separate verandas on stilts—perfect for canoodling to your heart's content under the stars. Don't be surprised if you see a herd of elephant strolling along the riverbank or crocodiles and hippos right in front of your banda, as during the dry season many animals come to the river to drink.
- bush walks are excellent
- the quality and standard of the food is superb
- credit cards are not accepted
- dinners are off a set menu
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