Satao Elerai – Amboseli National Park
Wake up in the coolness of the early morning and watch the first few rays of the sun hit the blue Mt. Kilimanjaro
Satao Elerai – Amboseli National Park
Wake up in the coolness of the early morning and watch the first few rays of the sun hit the blue Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s greatest mountain. Satao Elerai is an eco friendly luxury camp tugged away in the corner of the famous Amboseli Ecosystem, close to the famous Amboseli National Park.
Satao Elerai represents 5 luxury suites and 9 charming canvas tents. The gorgeous lodge style suites feature gently sloping organic walls, built with natural rocks, acacia wood and a carefully constructed thatched roof; large sliding doors opens up to a private verandah overlooking the plains of Elerai Conservancy and the Amboseli National Park.
Each suite has a spacious bathroom with private view of the surroundings, hand crafted bathtub, shower, flush toilet and hand wash basin.
The large elegant canvas tents are set on raised wood platforms with a thatched roof, each completed with a balcony with a daybed for the prefect relaxation. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious and have shower, flush toilet and hand wash basin.
Water for both suites and tents is heated by solar whereas electricity powered by generator. To ensure the night is spent in absolute comfort our suites and tents are furnished with large comfortable beds and high quality duvets, pillows and linen.
Guests visiting Satao Elerai will enjoy their breakfasts, lunches and dinners in our dining room or at our outdoor terrace; enjoying the morning view to the Mt. Kilimanjaro. On clear and starlit nights the moon will cast its light on the mountain giving the perfect settings for a romantic dinner. Our chefs prepare a wide variety of international dishes to suit all tastes; using locally grown vegetables and fruits.
Dinners are served a la carte and we are always happy to meet any special requirements. For guests going on a long morning or a full day game drive picnic baskets are provided. Satao Elerai arranges bush dinners at carefully selected areas.
The camp has its own waterhole frequently visited by elephants, giraffes, zebra, lesser kudu, eland and the big cats.
Satao Elerai – Location
Satao Elerai is located on the Eastern side of Amboseli National Park in its own private conservancy, Satao Elerai Conservancy, that protects more than 5,000 Acres of natural wildlife area.
The Camp was built to ensure the local Masai community with the economic incentives to set aside their land for wildlife conservation. Whenever guests are staying with us we are indebted to put forward our revenue for the betterment of the Elerai Masai society.
The Satao Elerai Conservancy forms the critical wildlife corridor linking the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve in Tanzania and the Amboseli National Park.
The Conservancy is a project between the privately and community owned camp, the African Wildlife Foundation and the local Masai Elerai community.
The Conservancy is characterized by a dramatic hilly landscape which is cut through by a 30 meter deep ravine coming down from Mt. Kilimanjaro.
The general elevation of the conservancy is a couple of hundred meters above the Amboseli pan and therefore offers great view to the National Park.
Amboseli National Park is a rather flat, semi arid basin lying below the most famous symbol of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, rising dramatically out of the savannah to 5,895m (19,340 ft).
A large part of the park consists of the alluvial dried-up bed of the seasonal Lake Amboseli, which in the rainy season can transform into a shallow flood. Towards the centre of the park are a series of swamps, fed by the underground rivers running off the mountain.
It is here, closer to the water, that the concentration of wildlife intensifies, from the ever present herds of elephant to the colorful birdlife.
Satao Elerai – Activities
We recommend guests to go for game drives within our own conservancy area to ensure the outmost private and exclusive safari experience with an absolute low vehicle density and also in the Amboseli National Park to see the vast herds of elephants. Our guides are all certified Professional Safari Guides with great knowledge about the ecosystem and its rich biodiversity. Guests are able to go for early morning, afternoon and full day game drives.
Night game drives offer a whole different atmosphere and feel of the bush. Guests will have a chance to spot civet, serval and genet cats, bush baby, aardwolf and aardvark as we will teach you how to look for these nocturnal species and use the spotlight appropriately.
Walking through the African savannah on a foot gives a whole new dimension to game viewing. You are in the nature and come close to the different species of flora and fauna that are part of the Amboseli Ecosystem. Slowly we will try and approach plain game as zebra, impalas or even the great eland and catch a glimpse of a warthog running fast away on it small fat legs. Game walks are arranged within our conservancy area accompanied by two armed Masai guards.
Over 200 species of birds have been spotted around the premises of our camp. Birds visit our waterhole and small pond and the patient birder can easily watch the weavers build their nests in the acacia trees.
Elerai Masai cultural experience
Satao Elerai invites our guests to meet the people of our conservancy area, the Elerai Masai community. The Elerai Masais are proud to share their knowledge about how to light a fire, how to use local plants for medical purposes and how to survive in the middle of the bush.
One of the most wonderful experiences that takes you back to the early safari days are without any doubt sundowners, relax around the fireplace in the midst of the bush with the moon spreading its cool blue light while you enjoy a good and old fashion gin and tonic.
Satao Elerai – Eco Aspects
Satao Elerai is committed to safeguard the beautiful Elerai ecosystem. We use the latest green technologies as solar water heaters, wind mills and energy saving light sources.
Our ambition is to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible and thus contributing to the environmental targets of the UN Millennium Development Goal.
Satao Elerai has in partnership with the local Elerai Masai community established the Satao Elerai Community and Wildlife Trust with the objective to support the local Masai communities.
We focus on feeding programs for malnourished Masai children, basic and warm clothing, better educational facilities at the Etonet Primary School, improved access to safe water and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
Satao Elerai has sponsored the building of the Elerai Nursery School. Our wildlife program is committed to secure additional lands for conservation, anti poaching and reduce human-wildlife conflicts.
Satao Elerai is part of the African Wildlife Foundation’s Kilimanjaro Heartland; the local Elerai
community assisted building the camp and has an ownership in the camp.
Community members are trustees of the Satao Elerai Community and Wildlife Trust and thereby ensure that all funds are utilized solely for the benefit of community and wildlife in the area.