KASIGAU BASE CAMP & ECO VILLAGE
OUR BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY IS SITUATED UNDER THE ROCKY PEAKS OF MT KASIGAU
(Just south of the Taita hills in Taita-Taveta County).
It is the ideal basecamp to hike on Mt Kasigau or to explore Tsavo East & West & Lake Jipe.
We offer two accommodation options:
Self-catering Cottages for those seeking a comfortable getaway.
Campsite for the outdoor enthusiasts & budget travellers.
The cottages have commanding views over the vast landscape towards Tsavo West, Mt Kilimanjaro and Tanzania. These cottages (rondavels) are double story ‘adobe’ style structures with ‘makuti’ thatch roofs. They are self-contained with a large bedroom upstairs which can sleep 4-5 adults and a living space with a fully equipped kitchen/dining/seating area on the ground floor. BBQ facilities are situated outside each cottage.
The property is very secure and the adjacent campsite is large with many sites for pitching tents. There are standpipes delivering gravity fed spring water from the mountain (suitable for drinking) and clean & tidy washrooms incorporating toilets and showers.
We do also cater for larger camping groups (corporate/university and schools groups - up to 60 pax) and provide tents + mattresses and offer a suitably large, fully equipped kitchen/dining area.
We also offer very experienced outdoor facilitators for abseiling/rock climbing on the towering cliffs above the property (leadership/team building programs). Please note that these activities have to be pre booked.
Kasigau Base Camp is ideal for all types of visitor from families, school children, university, and research students, hiking & cycling enthusiasts, leadership & corporate team building.
It’s a brand new experience (at a reasonable price) in a little known corner of southern Kenya.
Contact: 0721365768 or 0704776485. www.malewa.com Facebook: Malewa Trust, Kenya
Information about Kasigau Mountain & the surrounding area…
It’s certainly not talked about - because very few people know where it is!
BUT….it’s very unique and stunningly beautiful and is situated directly south of the Taita hills in Taita-Taveta County. Mt Kasigau rises 5,200ft out of the famous Tsavo ‘savannah’ where Elephants roam wild and free. This savannah is mostly dry and hot, but if you have the inclination to hike up Mt Kasigau you will experience a very different climate of cloud forest which is dripping with moisture and is home to many different bird, plant and tree species (some of which are endemic to this mountain). To hike under in the shadow of HUGE trees and eventually come out of the canopy to have distant views to Kilimanjaro and Tanzania is well worth the 2-3 hour ascent.
In the foothills and on the lower slopes of Kasigau are small scale subsistent farms and villages inhabited by the Taita people.
The landscape surrounding Kasigau comprises acacia and commifera woodland which is predominantly utilized for cattle ranching whilst also being a source for precious and semi-precious stones & minerals (Tsavorite, Tanzanite, red/green Garnet). Beyond the cattle ranches (about a 20 minute drive) is Tsavo West National Park which borders the Mukumazi National Park in Tanzania.
It’s well worth considering a day trip from our base camp to Tsavo West and Lake Jipe. The roads are excellent and the game viewing usually very rewarding - and it’s unlikely that you will see another vehicle all day.
Getting to Kasigau:
- By Car - 30k's south of Voi, turn off in the middle of Maungu town on the Nbi/Msa highway. Drive 30 kilometers on the red dusty road and when you reach Kiteghe village underneath Kasigau mountain ask for 'Chris's place'
- By Matatu - Get a Matatu to Maungu town, if you are coming from Mombasa direction on the highway, this is 30k's before Voi. In Maungu town ask anyone where you can get a Matatu to Kasigau. They stop at about 4pm so dont get to Maungu later than that! Get off near the 'Africana Cafe' in Kiteghe village (this is nothing more than a shack!) Ask for Newton and he will show you a short 5 min walk to 'Chris's Place' (aka Kasigau Base Camp)