BY CORRESPONDENT,TSAVO,27TH APRIL 2018-Exclusive tourists’ safari camps have been destroyed in Tsavo National Park after they were washed away by raging floods on Thursday.The move has led to losses amounting to millions of shillings .Most of the camps are 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 tent camps, completely obliterating them.
WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE has established that efforts ere put in to evacuate Stranded tourists and panicky staff manning the camps who had to be airlifted by Kenya Wildlife Services personnel.
Evacuation through the ground routes had become impossible, as raging waters destroyed roads rendering 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, chairperson of hoteliers in the region, were unsuccessful as his phone went unanswered.
Tsavo Conservation Area Assistant Director George Osuri told reporters that he would respond to questions later.