We had read in the guidebook that there was a nice safari lodge right inside the Tsavo National Park gate which would be a great spot to eat lunch and spot animals. We thought that a good spot to catch up on some work as well as plan how we would tackle a safari in Tsavo on the cheap. Turns out we had to pay the $40 entrance fee to gain access to that lunch option, so our cab driver suggested we try another place outside the gate that had a buffet lunch as well. The lodge was stunning, and gave us an amazing aerial view of Tsavo. The spunky innkeeper and her fluffy white pup showed us the grounds and, offering us a price we really couldn't beat for bed and breakfast, she convinced us to stay the evening. Sunset Safari in Tsavo East National Park. The weather was leaps and bounds better than our day at Nairobi National, and correspondingly, our matatu was a convertible!
All said and done, as expensive as the lodge and the safari were on LongJaunt's terms, we had to keep reminding ourselves of the absolute bargain basement price we were paying compared to the majority of safari-goers. We passed several people in four wheel drive vehicles who were seeing exactly what we were seeing for what we knew was a much higher price tag. All said and done, discluding laundry, we paid the following (prices per person) for a two day safari including food, lodging, transportation, and "tell me where you want to go and find the cheetahs" freedom: