Patterson’s Camp has been set up in an area of historical significance and the site of one of Africa’s most celebrated adventure stories. This is where two nine-foot long lions, known by the locals as Ghost and Darkness, used to roam around at the end of the Nineteenth Century looking for human prey, devouring up to 140 railway workers in the process until they were shot by the camps namesake the courageous Colonel John Patterson, who was in charge of building the railroad bridge across the Tsavo river.

Far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Patterson's Safari Camp is nestled on the banks of the Athi River in Tsavo East.

Located in an area seeped in history and teeming with wildlife, the camp is the perfect place to get away from it all and explore one of the world's largest game sanctuaries.

While The Ghost and the darkness has made Tsavo famous for Elephant its lion population, the diverse vegetation and extensive river system attract a multitude of other wildlife. The Tsavo ecosystem harbors Kenya's largest and most important single population of elephants.

While driving to the camp, you will pass the railway track and bridge that feature prominently in the box office hit: The Ghost and the Darkness descendants of the man-eating lions of Tsavo continue to inspire fear and awe.

Getting to Patterson’s Safari Camp
Patterson’s Safari Camp is situated along the Nairobi- Mombasa Railway line. The camp is easily accessible by road, a mere 300 kilometers - 4-hour drive from Nairobi and 2-hour drive from Mombasa, located 5km off the main Highway and only 1km away from Mombasa – Nairobi higway – slightly past the Tsavo Railway station.

Accommodation and Room features
The camp comprises 20 spacious tents, some of which accommodate up to 4 people, all with verandas overlooking the Athi River. All tents are en suite with hot running water and the décor is traditional Swahili architecture.

Meals are served in the dining hall where our internationally-trained chef prepares a variety of freshly-cooked, mouth watering cuisine and delicious vegetarian options.

Enjoy a sundowner along the banks of the Athi River and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. Let the sounds of Africa take over as you listen to the therapeutic waters gurgling past and the punctuating rhythms of insects and tree frogs.

Just a short drive from the camp is Yatta Plateau, the biggest lava flow on earth created over 11 million years ago- an idyllic spot offering panoramic views across one of the worlds largest game parks.

Mudanda Rock is an incredible 1.6 km long geological spectacle well worth visiting it provides the perfect vantage point to watch numerous mammals refreshing themselves in surrounding ponds.

Lugard Falls is one of Tsavos most interesting geographical features - along stretch of rippling white water cataracts and a favorite haunt for sunbathing crocodiles.

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