Camp Life

Treehouse at the camp

Campbell Bridges in new luxury treehouse.

The famous ‘Scorpion Mine’ was so named because of the presence of extremely large scorpions that are often encountered during the short and the long rainy seasons.

Scorpion camp is a peaceful green oasis lying within the semi-arid thorn tree acacia savannah. Apart from the existing indigenous trees, many other trees, including Neem and Makau, as well as brightly coloured bougainvillea bushes and myriad bird species make the Scorpion camp area a haven of enchantment.

For many years the camp mascot was a graceful female Impala antelope, called ‘Friday’. She earned this name because we rescued her on a Friday, just after she had been born and was still in her birthing sac, from a pride of lions that had scared off the impala herd of which her mother was a member.

Ibek wandering past newly blooming flowers

Impala antelope, 'Friday', wanders past newly blooming bougainvillea.

There are two rustic mud/stone bush huts and an attractive tree house, which nestles amongst the branches of a large Gambol Flam tree. It has a verandah from which one can watch the sun’s golden rays streaming over the great block mountain of Kasigau to the east, as it rises to start a new day in Tsavorite country.

Towards sunset, if one is lucky, you may catch a glimpse of ‘Turbo Bird’ as he zooms at high speed two or three times circling the camp before disappearing into the dusk. And as the day closes a flying saucer shaped cloud will often settle on the summit of Kasigau like a hat.

Ibek wandering past newly blooming flowers

Enjoying the veranda at camp.

The nights are filled with the sounds of Africa and the dark velvet sky is ablaze with stars. The Southern Cross is prominent and the mighty Scorpion Constellation stretches across the southern sky. Relaxation around the campfire brings a satisfying end to the evening meal.