Man Eaters Camp is a nice mid range tented accommodation facility that is found along the banks of the Tsavo River right in the middle of the Tsavo East National Park. The camp was named after the many man eaters that occupied the National Park. One can use either road or air transport to get to the camp which is 232 kilometers from Nairobi and if you prefer to use road transport, it will take you approximately 7 hours to get to the camp and 2 hours if you are flying from Nairobi international airport to the Tsavo airstrip from where you will be transferred to the camp. It is also 1 kilometre off the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.
The Man Eaters Camp which was set up at an old historical piece of land was re-opened in 2007. The man eaters (lions) used to hunt and kill the workers at the lunatic express in 1898. The two lions developed a taste for human blood and over a period of over 3 months, construction workers who were constructing the railway bridge over the Tsavo River were killed and there was an adaptation of the incident into a movie known as the Ghost and Darkness. It was reopened in 2007 and has been providing comfortable and luxurious accommodations to the different tourists who visit Tsavo East National Park. Over 140 workers were killed by the lions and the first killer lion was killed on the 9th. December.1989 during a hunt dead in the night.
Similar camps within TSavo East National Park include the fabulous Ashnil Aruba Camp which is close to the Aruba dam famous for huge Nile Crocodiles.
Facilities and services
The camp is adorned with memorable and authentic items that were used during the construction of the railway and most of the facilities here pay homage to the story that is behind the camp’s name and its location. The different facilities at the camp include the following:
Well-stocked bar: There are two bars at the camp that is the Two lions Bar and Simba Mbili bar which serve different types of drinks both local and international drinks including beers, bottled water, cocktails, whiskeys, spirits, soft drinks, and wine among others. The two bars have clear views of the Tsavo River where animals can easily be spotted as they take a drink to cool off.
The Tsavo River Restaurant: The restaurant is found in the main building where different meals are served both local and international cuisines. Three meals are served per day that is breakfast, lunch, and dinner and these are served by well-trained staff and prepared by chefs that have a lot of experience in preparing different cuisines. Bush meals (breakfast and dinners) are also available.
Health and fitness Centres: The health and fitness Centres at the camp are well-equipped with modern equipment and these include spas, steam baths, massage parlours, and a gym. These are open to all guests at the camp.
The Lion’s Den Boutique: The craft shop has several items on sale including shoes, bags, clothes, and other essential safari items.
WIFI is available in all the rooms and around the camp to help you keep in touch with your people back home since cell phone service is not stable.
The camp also offers honeymoon packages, business Centres, meeting places, and conferences depending on the number of guests planning on using the rooms. These are also equipped with the necessary equipment to help with the meetings like projectors, writing material, computers, and furniture among others.
If you are looking at booking luxurious rooms at the Man Eaters Camp, we advise that you book in advance especially during the peak season from June to October when there are large crowds of tourists who throng to the largest National Park in the country to check out the different wildlife species including the big five.
Accommodation at Man Eaters Camp, Tsavo East
Man Eaters camp has thirty one luxurious tents that were built in a way to match the African style with grass thatched roofs but still comfortable with a modern touch to suit the needs of the different guests that would wish to spend their safari days at the camp. The tents are furnished with an en-suite bathroom that has facilities like a bath/shower with hot and cold water, flushing toilets, private wooden balconies, mosquito nets, terraces, hair dryers, satellite TVs, fire extinguishers, king and queen-sized beds, ceiling fans and clean beddings.
There are 8 family tents that are fitted with one single bed for the children, and a double bed. Note that the single bed can easily accommodate an adult, and all the beds have a mosquito net. The camp also has a tent that is wheelchair friendly. The tents are well-furnished with locally made furniture to blend in with the traditional African setting and they are well-ventilated.
Tented rooms at the lodge go from $300 and more per person per night depending on the season of travel and the type of room booked. The different rooms at the camp are categorized into single, double, twin, and family rooms that can also act as triple rooms.
Room rates at the Man Eaters Camp
The rates can change at any time depending on the size of the room and the travel season. Rates tend to go double or triple during the peak season-June to October and a bit lower during the wet season also known as the low season due to the low number of tourists during this period. Below is a list of tentative room rates at the Man Eaters Camp valid till March 2023.
Type of room Half board Bed and breakfast
Double KES 7,700 per person per night KES 7,300 per person per night
Triple KES 7,700 per person per night KES 7,300 per person per night
Single KES 10, 900 per night KES 10,500 per person per night
Single 1 adult + 1 child=50% of the single KES 11,200 per person per night
Double 4 to 12 years (own room) =75% of adult rate KES 8,000 per person per night
Triple 4 to 12 years sharing = 50% of the adult rate KES 8,000 per person per night
Note that children from 0 to 4 years do not pay.
Manyatta Camp in the Tsavo East is a sister camp to this camp; Man Eaters Camp.