On the banks of the Galana, one of Kenya’s biggest rivers, Galdessa is an Italian-owned, makuti-roofed, designer lodge of 15 bandas, nestling under the doum palms in an isolated corner of Tsavo East National Park. The area is excellent for elephants and lions and has spectacular birdlife.
Our view of Galdessa
Tsavo East National Park is frequently viewed as a one-night safari destination for coast-based package tourists. Knowing Galdessa, this is a pity, as the park deserves more visits from real safari-lovers. We love the peaceful setting, the beautiful riverine landscape and the serene contentment that accompanies a stay here. The wildlife isn’t as prolific as it is in some parts of Kenya, but the strong character of the landscape – the river, the doum palms, the rocks and the red soil – has its own very memorable appeal. If we had a slight quibble, it might be that the banda showers are not open to the sky. Nevertheless, Galdessa really knows how to make its guests comfortable.
Galdessa is beautifully located on the south bank of the Galana River in Tsavo East National Park.