Tsavo Fly-In Express Featuring Galdessa Camp

Number of Days:      3 Days
Days of operation:     Daily

Fly-in safaris are perfect for visitors to Kenya who have limited time to spare, or would simply like to add on a few nights to an existing trip. Flights depart daily from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport and the package include return flights, all transfers, meals, an English speaking driver-guide and 4x4 vehicles with a guaranteed window seat. Dates for any of these trips can be tailored to suit clients’ itinerary.

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Famous for its man-eating lions and ‘red’ elephants, this is a flat picturesque landscape that is dotted with hills and baobab trees. With a few permanent rivers and springs, game is found year round, though in better concentrations during the dry season.

Day 1

Early pick from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or a city hotel and transfer to Wilson Airport for the scheduled flight to Tsavo National Park. Upon arrival, you will be met by a guide from lodge and enjoy a game drive to the camp. Following lunch, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the camp as the sun sets.
Overnight at a Galdessa Camp on a full board basis

Day 2

Full day game viewing in the park.
Overnight at a Galdessa Camp on a full board basis

Day 3

Following breakfast, there will be a game drive transfer back to the airstrip for the scheduled flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to a city centre hotel where your safari ends.


Tsavo East is wilder and much less frequented by visitors than Tsavo West, therefore fewer lodges. Strung out along the Galana River under doum palms, Galdessa overlooks both the river and the Yatta Plateau. Constant breezes off river and plateau refresh travellers in the day and cool the evening air. Galdessa works very closely with the Kenyan Wildlife Service on their hirola and black rhino re-introduction project and has an excellent conservation record. The riverbed that runs along the camp is where the rhino come to drink, so you may not have to leave the camp in order to see them. The camp's immediate area is home to thirty-six rare black rhino. The area is renowned for elephant, particularly in the dry season - the 1999 count recorded eight thousand, one hundred. The game can be shy here but there is great bio-diversity. Uncommon species to be seen include lesser kudu, gerenuk, fringe eared oryx, hirola and Peter's gazelle. Tsavo is also rich in birdlife. The camp itself is quite beautiful. Eight thatched, semi-tented bungalows, called bandas, are well spaced out to provide privacy. Fallen wood provides the raw material for much of the furniture, the floors are cypress, and ostrich eggshells provide milkily-translucent lamp shades for the solar powered lighting. Natural stone harmonises with ochre washed walls and the lovely traditional fabrics used as throws. The bathrooms are large and have traditional bucket showers (which allow you to have your water heated to your preferred temperature), flush loos and basins with running water. The high thatch and open sides of the main living banda allow visitors to admire the views and make the most of the breezes off the river while they enjoy the delicious meals. Tsavo East is a wilderness area and Galdessa allows you to experience the savage landscape from a haven of tranquillity.

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