Millions lost as raging Galana River smashes tourist camps in Tsavo

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Voi: Friday, April 27, 2018

Property worth millions of shillings have been destroyed after ten exclusive tourists ‘Safari camps’ in Tsavo National Park were washed away by raging floods on Thursday, following heavy rainfall currently pounding the region.

Most of the camps were located deep in the heart of Tsavo East National Park, near the Galana River. After heavy rainfall that has lasted for weeks, Galana River broke its banks and flooded over nine posh tented camps completely obliterating them.

Stranded tourists and panicky staff manning the camps had to be airlifted by Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) personnel after they were marooned in their respective camps.

Evacuation through the ground routes had become impossible, as raging waters destroyed roads making the area inaccessible. There was also the threat of crocodiles floating in the waters after the banks burst.

Amongst the camps hardest hit by the floods include Doa Doa, Kulalu, Kiboko, Swara, Bufallo and Shoroa safari camps. Doa Doa camp and crocodile camps were washed away completely. Others affected include Galdessa Lodge and Bigi Camp that border Galana River.

Mr. Alex Njai, a tour driver, says he was forced to cancel his trip to Doa Doa after they were informed the camp was no more.

“The camps are now a flooded zone. It’s a big lose to tourism industry,” he said.

Efforts to get a comment from Wilson Mwadilo, Chair of Hoteliers in the region, were unsuccessful as his phone went unanswered. Tsavo Conservation Area Assistant Director George Osuri said he was in a meeting and would respond to questions later.

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