Lodging Type: Safari Camp
Dining: Full board
Safari: Game Drives, Game Walks, Night Drives, Bush Meals, 4WD Vehicles, Open-sided Vehicles, Self-drive Game Drive
Facilities: Laundry, Showers - Bucket / Bush
Eco & Green: Solar Power, Community Development Projects
On the southern banks of the Galana River, Galdessa Camp is in a cluster of doum palms. This riverside location gives plentiful sightings of the game that frequents the cool water in the heat of the day. The camp overlooks the Yatta Plateau, the world’s longest and oldest fossilized lava flow.
There are 11 en-suite semi-tented bandas, on raised wooden platforms with white canvas walls and thatched roofs. Each banda has a bathroom with safari shower and a large veranda. The bandas are well spaced, concealed from each other by foliage, and are designed in natural wood and earthy colours.
Activities are tailored to the requirements of each guest. Game drives, game walks, sundowners and meals in the bush are all on offer. Rare local species include lesser kudu, gerenuk, fringed-eared oryx, Hirola and Peter’s gazelle. Galdessa works closely with Kenya Wildlife Service’s black rhino reintroduction project, and visits to the conservation project are recommended. 50 black rhino live in the vicinity of the camp, Africa’s largest unfenced rhino population.
The camp has been built with as little impact on the environment as possible. It recycles its waste, uses solar power and has a water treatment plant. The camp is closed in May.
Sister camp, Galdessa Private Camp, is an exclusive private camp located a short distance from the main Galdessa Camp. The camp can be booked exclusively, giving guests their own dining room and lounge, and the freedom to plan days and meals as and when they wish.