Galdessa Camp Tsavo East National Park
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"What an experience only had one night so could not take it all in.Completely at one with nature and so peaceful. Tessa and Frederick such friendly people you felt like you were at home.
Will be visiting again,however will stay longer."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of July 2007
A Wonderful Place!
"This was our first stop on a 9 day safari. British Airways lost our luggage so we arrived with the clothes on our back and a small carry-on. Manager Tessa and her companion Frederick actually loaned us their own clothes to wear to dinner. This was very generous and gracious of them and way beyond the call of duty.
Galdessa is beautiful. You feel you are on a Hollywood movie set. We
were assigned a sort of butler that took care of our every need including supplying hot water for our shower. It was wonderful to sit
on our own little private patio and watch the Hippos in the river and the monkeys playing in the trees.
Food was good and served very elegantly by waiters dressed in all white, save a red cumberbund. The Tents were dominated by a huge bed on a hardwood floor with ensuite bathroom. Furniture was made with local wood. We stayed only 1 night but would have loved to have stayed longer. Our favorite place even though we never got to see Tusker, their resident elephant."
- Travel date: Thu 12th of July 2007
Quiet, romantic, and extra special
"If you don't want to be herded round with other tourists, this is the place for you. The animals walk around within the small camp, so you deffinately feel like you are in the thick of it. The whole camp is very natural, we had swifts nesting in our bathroom, and bats fly through the restaurant at night. The huts/rooms are beautiful, and we sat on our terrace over looking the river with the hippos and crocs with our own personal butler to bring us drinks in the evening. The food was lovely, the staff could not do enough for you (including washing clothes), they took us for walks along the river, and we had a sunset drink out on leopard point, just me and my husband and a staff of five to look after us. If you love nature and are not freaked out by being close to it then you will love galdessa."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of June 2007
Once in a life time
Stayed in early July for 1 night as part of a 3 day Safari. Stunning camp with luxurious facilities. Although it is really a grown-up camp we stayed with my six year old son and he was made most welcome, so don't be put off.
Saw hippos and Mr Tusker the slightly grumpy Elephant.
Did the evening walking safari and it is truly magical and indescribable.
Would stay again.
We also stayed the following night at Finch Hatton and although the facilities there are better ( choice of food and a swimming pool) I much prefered Galdessa's location and the quality of the rooms. They are stylish and because they are not raised you get a wonderful feeling of being close to the passing hippos."
- Travel date: Wed 13th of June 2007
"Stayed In January 07 as part of our 2 night safari.
Stunning place, worth every penny.
No choice for dinner, which was rather odd, but I'm sure if you give them prior warning they can see to all your need; after all there is no Sainsbury's around the corner!
Loved every second; even though the elephants had gone off!"
- Travel date: Tue 13th of March 2007
"Wow this something with a difference. Masai Warriors escorting to & from your accomadation with spears.
On the food side you had no choice which was a shame as i not a veg lover, drinks slighlty pricey at around Â£1.50 for bottle of coke. Went on a walk about safari with 2 armed men from the game park & they took us within 10 meters of crocs. Hippos were at a distance though. Because the rain had just finished the insect growth was unberleavable millions of them attracive to the tinyist of light.
I would recommend this place as our safari guide informed us that this was one of the best around, on our safari we visited some other lodges which were not a patch on ours. Book this though African Dreams Safari & you will get a massive land Cruiser all to yourself."
- Travel date: Wed 20th of December 2006
"We stayed at Galdessa for one night but wish we had stayed longer. It was a surreal experience and seemed like something out of a James Bond movie - staff dressed top to toe in white with red cumberbunds and they spoke with perfect Oxbridge accents.
The service and food were excellent with a good wine list.
We got great pics of Tusker the elephant who lives on the camp as he walked passed 2 feet from the restaurant window. We stayed in Banda 7 (no extra charge) as this has a private viewing platform.
On the drive to the camp we seen loads of elephants, baboons and crocs in the sml pools. The guided evening walk took us to see larger crocs on the river bank and hippos in the river (remember to take a sml tip for your guides (KS500). On the way back to the camp we were charged by a bull elephant which was a scary but incredible experience - I got great pics as the elephant came within one foot of our jeep.
Our driver Nassoro from DM new exactly what he was doing - and made sure he could get a clear getaway when then elephant charged.
Great camp - highlight of our safari."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of December 2006
An amazing place!
"I agree with the other review - WOW!!! Stayed for 1 night as part of a 3 day Tsavo East and West safari booked with DM Tours, Diani. Wished we could have stayed another night!!
Our room/tent/hut/banda was amazing! To lie on a huge bed and see the river running past, a family of hippos bathing on the other side, 20 or so baboons playing in a nearby tree and 1 of the 2 resident bull elephants eating metres away has to be experienced to be believed! We loved this place and would definitely go back.
Our banda boy, Elvis, looked after us and escorted us to the main reception & restaurant when necessary. The camp isn't fenced off so wildlife can roam around!
There were no choices of food for lunch or the evening meal but we found it to be very nice. 3 courses for both including soup, grilled chicken and fruit salad. They quickly rustled up a vegetarian for one of our safari group. There was a choice for breakfast including full English.
We visited Voi Safari Lodge and, although it looked very nice, we were glad to have booked Galdessa and Severin (see other review). They both had a real feel of being in the wild whereas Voi could have been any large hotel thrown in the middle of the park. The view of the herds of buffalo from Voi was fantastic though!
We would highly recommend Galdessa to anyone. It was the highlight of our holiday!"
- Travel date: Sun 17th of September 2006
A little piece of paradise
"Wow! Well my wife an I spent a night at Galdessa in early April and I have to say it is fantastic. At the time of our stay the Galena River was in full flood so it was not quite the 'tranquil' location we'd been expecting, but the place itself, and the Banda that was our 'room' for the night was superb. After a refreshing cool flannel and fruit cocktail on arrival, our 'Banda Boy' Paul showed us to Banda 10 and left us to aclimatise. The beautiful hand-crafted bed (7ft x 7ft) dominates the main room of the banda, with rustic bedside tables and lamps either side and an enormous mosquito net that somehow adds to the romance of the setting. Behind this is the huge washroom with what is effectively a wet-room style shower, albeit fed from a huge water bag that your banda boy fills with warm water in time for a shower when you returm from your game drive. A stone basin, rustic wardrobe, and a seperate 'toilet' (yes it does flush too) complete the facilities. Outside there's a viewing deck overlooking the river with a couple of comfortable chairs and tables.
You have to be escorted everywhere at Galdessa because two bull Elephants treat the camp as their home too, and hippos come out of the river at night to graze around and beyond the camp. Unfortunately, the elephants were off somewhere in the bush at the time of our stay. We were collected and escorted back to the main buiding for lunch. The food and service were excellent. Due to the remote location, and the very few guests that Galdessa can accommodate, the menu is fixed (so if you have special dietary needs you'll have to let them know in advance).
After an afternoon drive, and a walk along the river with a local 'ranger' as our guide, we watched the sun set from a viewpoint above the river before returning to camp for that shower, and an excellent dinner. This location really is stunning, and we spent another hour or so sipping drinks in the huge furniture of the lounge area as we watched (and listened) to the raging torrent flowing past just feet away. All too soon it was time to be escorted back to Banda 10 for a night in the biggest bed I've ever seen. After a hearty breakfast (full English if you want it) it was time to leave, and our only regret is that we stayed just the one night."
- Travel date: Sun 16th of April 2006
Lovely location, extremley poor service- Galdessa, Kenya
"We have just returned from this camp. The location was fantastic with excellent views and tranquility.
We were however extremely disappointed with the service especially in such an up market camp. It seemed like the camp could not cope with a large group (17 of us) and food was poor especially for the vegeterians.
Overall an excellent location but be cautious if you are travelling in a large group and are vegeterian, you may be disappointed."
- Travel date: Sun 6th of November 2005