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    Kulalu Camp in Kulalu Ranch, Tsavo National Park, Galana Conservancy, Kenya

    Kulalu Camp is one of Kenya’s best kept secrets’ sits high on the banks of the Galana River, Just 110kms west of the coastal towns of Malindi and Watamu, only two hours drive away, are Galana and Kulalu Ranches deep in the heart of Kenya’s bush land on 1.4 million acres of pristine Africa. This huge ranch has an unfenced border with Tsavo East National Park. Kulalu safari camp sits high with amazing views up and down the river and the Lali hills in the distance. The Kulalu safari camp is powered by solar panels and consists of five large tents, two doubles (one which can also be used as a family tent with an adjoining section) and three twins each with en-suite toilet and safari shower. Kulalu tented camp has a large semi-permanent makuti (palm thatch) house that provides a safe and comfortable place to watch the game and bird activity along the river or to enjoy a cool drink in the hot afternoons. Food at Kulalu bush camp is simple but delicious and Justus will be your chef while you stay with us. Justus is an experienced bush chef who provides country house cooking using fresh produce that is bought in from Malindi. All the more incredible considering it is prepared in a traditionally styled mobile camp kitchen and food is prepared using a safari oven, a large metal box covered in a large pile of glowing embers. Game viewing on Kulalu Camp Tsavo can deliver an amazing Kenya safari experience providing an undeveloped wilderness that is home to some of Kenya’s most spectacular animal species. A wide variety of mammal species and birds can be spotted, with there being a good chance of seeing Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo, Lion and many different species of plains game. If you are lucky, Cheetah, Leopard and various species of nocturnal animals may be seen when returning to camp in the early evening. The views are stunning and provide a beautiful backdrop for memorable African sunsets. Watching the changes of color along the river while the sun goes down is magical and quite an unforgettable sight. Bird watching at Tsavo Kulalu camp is truly fantastic and 91 species of birds so far have been recorded in a 500 metres radius from camp. As camp is situated in close proximity to Tsavo East you have a choice of game drives, visiting either the Galana Ranch conservancy or the National Park. There are a number of ways Kulalu Camp Kenya can be booked, exclusively taking over the safari camp, book a fully guided Tsavo safari by an expert professional your safari guide who will host you in Kulalu Camp Kenia and take you on game drives. If you would rather not be hosted you can book a safari using just a driver or book accommodation only using your own four wheel drive vehicle. If you do prefer the last option, local spotters who know the area extremely well are available in camp. Bird shooting safaris are also available, shooting birds such as Grouse, Guinea Fowl and Doves. Kenya Wildlife Service applies strict licensing, seasons and bag limits. Kulalu Camp is easily accessible all year round via light aircraft or 4x4 safari vehicles, By Light aircraft: By air, camp is just over one hour from Nairobi and Kulalu camp has its own private airstrip for guest’s convenience. This small and exclusive camp was destroyed by a fire and Royjan was called in to clear up the debris and rebuild the camp, improving the quality of the previous structures. The public area and surrounding grounds were redone in a rock and rustic wood style using many materials found in the area. Rustix made all the new furniture for the dining room, lounge/veranda furniture and bar complete with bar stools. The complete service area, staff housing, stores and kitchens were rebuilt and the office and main store complete with guest bathroom was renovated. Royjan particularly enjoyed this project as, being a Professional Safari Guide (KPSGA), it gave him a chance to create a camp in his favorite style.

     

    Kulalu Camp Accommodation

     

    The Kalalu camp consists of 5 spacious tents, two doubles (one which can also be used as a family tent with a bunk bed) and three twins each with en-suite, flushing toilet and a safari shower. Each tent is thoughtfully positioned to ensure a breathtaking view of the Galana River. The Camp is environmentally friendly, being powered by solar panels. Safaris are a great way to see and learn about Africa’s fabulous wildlife. Game viewing on Galana Ranch can deliver an unforgettable safari experience providing a un developed wilderness that is home to some of Kenya’s most spectacular animal species. A wide variety of mammal species, some considered endangered can be seen; these include elephants, lions, the rare gerenuk, Peter’s gazelle and many different species of plains game. If you are lucky cheetah, leopard and various species of nocturnal animals can be seen with spot lights when returning to camp from the evening game drive. The Galana Conservancy was formed in May 2009 and totals some 65,000 acres of semi arid ground bordering Tsavo East National Park. The wildlife conservancy is in its very early stages but provides a unique opportunity to reverse the decline in animal numbers in this area and over time allow species to recover.

     

    Kulalu Tented Camp Meals

     

    The dining and lounge area is a semi permanent makuti (palm thatch) building. This provides a safe and comfortable place to quietly watch the game and bird activity along the river bank or to spend the hot afternoons with a cool drink and a book. The river location provides brilliant opportunities to be sitting relaxing on your veranda while watching the wildlife come and drink from the river in the morning and late afternoon. Food at Kulalu is absolutely delicious and the chef transforms the mess into a haven of culinary delight. The chef provides country house cooking using fresh produce that is bought in from Malindi. The kitchen is a traditionally styled mobile camp kitchen and food is prepared using a safari oven, a large metal box covered in a large pile of glowing embers. Feast on full English breakfast’s, light lunches and three course dinners as you look out over the Galana River.

     

    Kulalu Tented Camp safari dairy

     

    Include Game viewing on Galana Ranch that delivers an unforgettable safari experience where you can spot a wide variety of mammal species such as elephants, lions, the rare gerenuk, Peter’s gazelle and many different species of plains game. If you are lucky cheetah, leopard and various species of nocturnal animals can be seen with spot lights when returning to camp from the evening game drive. Bird watching at the camp is truly fantastic and watching the comings and goings along the river from your veranda can be most interesting and enjoyable. 91 species of birds so far have been recorded in a 500 meter radius from the camp. If you wish to venture out there are a number of hotspots on the Galana conservancy to have sundowners and enjoy the sunset. In the evening relax and enjoy drinks around the camp fire under the endless African sky. As Kulalu camp is situated in close proximity to Tsavo East you have a choice of game drives, visiting either the Galana conservancy or the National Park. Bird shooting safaris are also available, shooting birds such as Grouse, Guinea Fowl and Doves. Kenya Wildlife Service applies strict licensing, seasons and bag limits.

     

    Galana conservancy

     

    The Galana conservancy was set up to protect the wildlife of the area and of course its big tusked Elephants which are the flagship of Tsavo Nationa Park which the conservancy boarders. For this conservancy to continue we rely soley on local Kenyans as well as tourists from all over the world to come and visit. The fees that are received go towards the upkeep of the conservancy, to local community, to stopping poaching and most importantly to protect the wildlife. We have established a Conservation Partnership with key local experts to maintain a sustainable approach to solving the many challenges in this part of Kenya. We aim to promote solutions to wildlife conservation led by the Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Galana Wildlife Conservancy. We feel it is equally important to support local communities to establish livelihoods using natural resources sustainably in harmony with the wildlife around them. The Tsaka Foundation was set up for this purpose. Adjacent to Tsavo Buffalo Camp, facing the main road to the entrance of the National Park, you can find the Tsaka Information Centre (Tsaka in Giriama means the wild). This Centre provides information on park rules, wildlife conservation, volunteering projects and sells local products all with the goal of encouraging more responsible tourism whilst on safari to Tsavo.

     

    Tsavo National Park

     

    Tsavo’s massive area and wide range of landscapes make this an ideal place for a varied wildlife safari. The sheer space and freedom of Tsavo lets you really explore and feel at one with this awesome wilderness. Exploring both parks means that your safari will take you through several very different habitats in a single day, encountering many different species. The open plains are the best place to see the large herds of game. The region is well known for its herds of "Red Elephants", their skins stained by rich ochre dust. The plains are also ideal for finding Lion, Eland, Impala, Kudu and possibly Rhinoceros. In the forested hills, large herds of Buffalo and Giraffe are often found. The forests of Tsavo are ideal for birding, with a fantastic range of species recorded including a variety of weavers, hornbills, sunbirds, rollers, and raptors. Birders should definitely not miss the Mzima Springs, where the plentiful supply of fresh water has created a verdant oasis. the springs attract plenty of game, and there is an underwater observatory that gives the visitor a unique glimpse into an underwater world dominated by the presence of large pods of hippopotamus. The sight of these ungainly three tonne animals gliding gracefully through the crystal clear waters of Mzima is unforgettable. Water sources are always a lure for game, and the Aruba Dam is a popular watering hole. Many of Tsavo’s camps and lodges are situated beside waterholes that attract a procession of wildlife from the surrounding plains.In many of these lodges, there is spectacular game viewing available from the balconies and restaurants. The best time to see game is early morning and late afternoon. In the midday heat, most animals retreat to the cool of thick undergrowth and become invisible. Morning and afternoon game drives also allow you to witness the unforgettable African dawn and sunsets. The most common means of Game viewing here is in customized vehicles, specially designed for photography. In many parts of the Parks, guided walks are possible, and can be arranged through your safari operator, lodge or camp. This is a great way to get out and explore the park and experience the wilderness at ground level. If you have a particular wildlife or birding interest, look for tour safari operator who can offer you specialized guiding and services to suit your needs. Some lodges and camps in both Parks organize game walks and hikes. The wide open plains of Tsavo are ideal for game viewing on foot. Expert guides lead these walks, giving guests a fascinating insight into the Tsavo region, and a personal introduction to the local wildlife. A privately escorted foot safari is the best way to really experience the African bush at its best. Walking through the wilds let you explore the wild at its most pure and visceral. as you track big game, you become aware of every sight and sound, the smell of the earth and the touch of the wind. An expert tracker will teach you the signs to look for, tracks- the individual tracks and spoor, and show you how to use the wind to disguise your scent, and to move silently through thick cover and get up close and personal with the game. When you are at close range your senses are heightened, and you become increasingly aware of the animal you are watching, how it moves and feeds, how it reacts to its environment. If the animal reacts to your presence, it can be a real adrenaline rush. There are few experiences as exhilarating as a close encounter with an elephant, lion or buffalo. This is an experience that will make you feel more alive. You will, of course, want to stay alive so make sure that any foot safari is undertaken by a fully trained and responsible guide. At Mzima Springs, two nature trails have been established, which are especially good for birders. One of the wildest ways to explore Tsavo is by raft, on the waters of the Athi River. Three day rafting expeditions set out from the town of Kibwezi (a three hour drive from Nairobi). The river winds its way through Tsavo, and the 82 km rafting trip is the perfect combination of game viewing and white water adventure. The river is rich in birdlife, and rafters will encounter plenty of crocodiles and hippo along the way. Scenic drifts along clear stretches of water are interspersed with excellent white water action, through Class II-IV rapids of up to 6km in length. Nights are spent camped out on sandbanks, sleeping under the stars by the warmth of a campfire. For those looking for a real adventure, this is one of Tsavo's best safaris. High water season is May and December. This vast area is excellent Birding country, popular with specialist birding safaris. Notable species recorded include the rare Basra Reed Warbler, Friedmann’s Lark, Ostrich, Blue Quail, Violet Wood hoopoe, Martial and Crowned Eagle.

     

    Tsavo West National Park

     

    Tsavo West is one of the Largest National parks in Kenya covering an estimated 9000 kilometres. It is located on the south easterly part of Kenya and its climate and vegetation is of the Savannah type; with open grasslands, acacia woodlands and rocky ridges. The park is easily accessible by road and is 240kms from Nairobi and about 250kms from Mombasa. One can also access the park through any of its 3 airstrips. Some of the Key wildlife attractions in this park include the big five, Zebras, crocodiles, giraffes, dik-dik among others. It also has a variety of bird species. Within the park, one can explore the caves or do some hiking. The Mzima springs is also another key point in the park, underwater hippo and fish watching. There is in-park accommodation in the park from renowned players in the market including Severin, Serena and the Voyager group of hotels and lodges. Other available accommodation may be in form of guest houses, bandas and camp sites. There is definitely something for everyone in the Tsavo West in terms of accommodation. Activities within the park include exploration of the shetani caves, game viewing, bird watching and camping. MOMBASA AIR SAFARI lands only in TSAVO WEST at Finch Hatton's Luxury Camp

     

    Tsavo East National Park

     

    Located 333 km from Nairobi, the Tsavo East National Park is one of the largest national parks in Kenya. It covers an area of about 11,747 square kilometers. The park contains some fantastic terrain, including rivers, lakes, tarns, glaciers, and peaks with a wide variety of vegetation, including grasslands, acacia vegetation, open plains and savanna. It is therefore recognized as one of the world’s leading bio-diversity strongholds.

     

    The park is also one of Kenya’s oldest national parks – it was opened in April 1948. Covering an area of about 40% of all land covered by Kenyan National Parks, this park is a popular safari destination, especially due to easy accessibility from the coast.

     

    Camel safaris are a unique feature of the park. Spectacular views are yet another reason why groups of photographers frequent the park. Visitors can stay at different types of accommodation offered. There are also 16 airstrips in the area. Some of the popular destinations within the park include the Mudanda Rock and the Yatta Plateau, which is the world’s largest lava flow. Luggard’s Falls on the Galana River include shapely water-worn rocks. Visitors can view a variety of animals at the park, including elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, crocodile, waterbuck, kudu, gerenuk, zebra and Aruba Hunter’s hartebeest. They can try to observe the large herds of elephants after their dust baths – they glow red as they blow the red dust through the trunks. There are also about 500 species of birds, including the ostrich, and migratory birds like kestrels and buzzards.

     

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