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    Kiwanjani Eco Lodge, Tsavo National Park, Kenya Africa

    Kiwanjani Eco Lodge is a luxury exclusive safari lodge located in Kasigau Ranch bordering Tsavo West National Park, and is slightly over an hour's drive from Voi through Maungu or the sisal plantation in Mwatate. Kasigau Conservancy lies in the foothills of the towering 3000 feet Mt. Kasigau; itself saddled in the ecologically significant elephant migratory corridor between Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Parks) in Kenya and Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania. It is in the heart of the 52,000 acres community owned Kasigau Ranch;- a swathing wilderness of a dry bush and scrubland patrolled by the majestic African Elephants, buffaloes, zebras, gazelles, lions, hyenas among other plains game. The Kiwanjani lodge sits elegantly in the middle of the two Tsavo National Park evoking an incredible sense of familiarity - a true home in the wilderness. Kiwanjani Lodge is the perfect choice for any visitor looking for an authentic bush experience in a remote off the beaten path, right in the middle of wilderness, away from the town of Voi, which is one of the gateways to Tsavo West, Kiwanjani Eco Lodge Tsavo offers luxury pristine nature and authentic safari experience of coexistence with wildlife and communities, The concept of the Kiwanjani Safari Lodge is built on the idea of ​​harmonious coexistence with nature. Investors with this exceptional project were allowed to keep the idea as little interference with the landscape and the local ecosystem, used exclusively in the construction of local natural materials, energy derived from alternative sources and to think and to support employment and training local community. The uniqueness of the Kiwanjani Lodge Tsavo lies in its position as it is built directly on the natural water waterhole, building concept was designed so that Kiwanjani Lodge guests do not disturb The local wildlife that regularly go to the feeder and that they can be observed undisturbed, and so every day can enjoy the view of a herd of elephants, giraffes, zebras, various antelopes and lions all from the restaurant terrace which forms the central areas of the Kiwanjani Safari Lodge Tsavo. Built on wooden stilts allows undisturbed nature observation at breakfast or sunset, the terrace restaurant at the wooden bridge crosses directly to individual cabins, which are exhibition in a semi-circle around the lake, Residential bungalows are built in traditional style inspired by local folk dwellings, Plant and equipment rooms but fully meets the expectations of even the most demanding clients. Like the restaurant terrace wildlife of Kiwanjani Eco Lodge can also be found directly from the room, thanks to the generously dimensioned glass walls. For those who decide to spend a few days in the lap of unspoiled nature of Tsavo National park, Kiwanjani Eco Lodge Kenya offers more than just a standard Tsavo hotel service, for guests are individually taken for safari trips, visits to local communities, tourist treks to nearby mountains or a romantic picnic associated with observing the peak of Kilimanjaro at sunset because Kiwanjani lodge kenia is no mass tourist attraction, thanks to the intent of this exceptional project implementers will make your stay at this eco hotel also beneficial for the development of the local community and the fight against poachers who constantly threaten the local herd of elephants, exactly in the spirit of responsible travel 21 century. One of natures’ bundles of surprises is a waterhole next to Kiwanjani Eco-lodge; the mid day heat is solid, but morning and evening is cooler; a cool breeze permeates the land, this is when it is hard to tell the difference between the sound from the dominant acacia whistling thorn tree from a singing cisticola or the melodious robin chat, at one time they merge into one harmonious orchestra- then you see a bunch of red elephants striding to the waterhole, the cape buffaloes give way at the sight of big brothers, and over the yonder, hundreds of elands patiently waiting for their turn to take a dip. This is the magic of the land. Your best moment is nightfall, when you spend your night by the waterhole atop Kiwajani lodge balcony; almost too near for comfort but where else could you soak in the sights and sounds better? Kiwanjani Eco-Lodge Tsavo Driving Times are as follows, Mombasa - Kiwanjani safari lodge 2 ½ hours, Nairobi - Voi 4 hours & Voi - Kiwanjani luxury lodge 1 hour, Scheduled flights available from Nairobi to Mombasa with Air Kenya and Safarilink, Private air charter from Nairobi (1 Hour) to Kiwanjani Airstrip or from Mombasa (30 minutes) to Kiwanjani private airstrip,

     

    Kiwanjani Eco-Lodge Tsavo offers the ultimate safari experience, a 4 wheel drive customized and comfortable range rover is available for guests who wish to go for a game drive either within the conservancy, Tsavo East (1 hour drive), West National Parks (20 minutes drive) or Lake Jipe National Park (1 hour drive). Kiwanjani Eco-Lodge Tsavo can arrange morning and afternoon game drives into the parks. Guided walks are led by a professional safari guide. Game includes: Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Waterbuck, Kudu, Gerenuk, Zebra and Hunter's Hartebeest.

     

    At Kiwanjani Exclusivity becomes apparent: You and the few other privileged guests are alone with the animals - no other tourists; no fleets of noisy mini buses are there to disturb the magic of your experiences. Night drives are a feature for those who would like to better the opportunity to view the nocturnal wildlife. Other activities including bush breakfasts, sundowners in Gae Rock, hiking Mt. Kasigau for the adventurous and visiting some of the community projects that the hotel supports.

     

    Kiwanjani Eco Lodge Accommodation

     

    The secluded and spacious thatched cottages are a reflection of contemporary Africa combining the traditional African building style with the modern luxuries to create a true eco lodge in all aspects. At Kiwanjani, it’s not unusual to see elephant, gazelles or buffaloes grazing only meters away. Perhaps, you couldn’t even get a better place for an “armchair safari’ All the bedrooms are complete with en-suite bathroom and private veranda all overlooking an animal waterhole where elephant and buffaloes jostle for watering rights with kudu, zebra, dikdik, hyenas and even the cats. The bathrooms are large, spacious with proper overhead showers, flush toilets and wash basins with running water. The guest cottages are tastefully designed using traditional local knowledge and materials. They are all interconnected with a boardwalk that leads to the restaurant, the lounge and bar. The small exclusive lodge can only accommodate 12 guests at any one time Our chef whips all manner of finger licking cuisines from Italian to Oriental and will make sure you are well looked after.

     

    Kiwanjani Safari Lodge Safaris Activities

     

    If you are looking for the ultimate safari experience, a 4 wheel drive customized and comfortable range rover is available for guests who wish to go for a game drive either within the conservancy, Tsavo East (1 hour drive), West National Parks (20 minutes drive) or Lake Jipe National Park (1 hour drive). The lodge can arrange morning and afternoon game drives into the parks. Guided walks are led by a Professional Safari Guide, Game includes, Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Waterbuck, Kudu, Gerenuk, Zebra and Hunter's Hartebeest. At Kiwanjani Exclusivity becomes apparent, you and the few other privileged guests are alone with the animals - no other tourists; no fleets of noisy mini buses are there to disturb the magic of your experiences. Night drives are a feature for those who would like to better opportunity to view the shyer nocturnal wildlife. Other activities including bush breakfasts, sundowners in Gae Rock or hiking Mt. Kasigau for the adventurous. Kasigau Wildlife Trust is a community led enterprise founded by Tsavo National Park and the over 2,500 shareholders of Kasigau ranch in an ecotourism venture. Kasigau ranch and conservancy is located in a 52,000 acres elephant migratory corridor between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National parks. The trust was established by the communities and other stakeholders in 2009 in order to create an umbrella body that would coordinate biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization to support livelihoods. KWT has over the years

     

    Tsavo National Park

     

    Tsavo contains four rivers and is abundant with watering holes which ensure fabulous game viewing opportunities throughout the year. It is divided in two, by the Nairobi-Mombasa road and railway, into what we commonly know today as Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. Tsavo’s landscape is diverse with majestic volcanic hills, rolling plains and bushy grassland. The two parks are geologically very different; Tsavo East is the larger of the two, extending over of vast open plains and savannah11, 747km and arid bush. Tsavo West, which offers a more varied topography, spreads and is across 9,045km hillier, greener and more vegetated with open grasslands, scrublands and acacia woodlands.

     

    Animals of Tsavo National Park

     

    Tsavo National Park contains a huge variety of game; including all of the Big Five, although only very few Rhino still roam free. Inhabitants include Kenya’s largest single elephant population, lion, leopard, cheetah, crocodile, hippo, waterbuck, hyena, impala, gazelle, Kudu, Gerenuk, giraffe and zebra. Tsavo is also well known for the spectacular herds of up to 1000 buffalo which reside in the Parks. Furthermore, over five hundred species of bird have been recorded, including ostrich, African skimmers, goshawks, red and yellow bishops and some migratory kestrels and buzzards stop in Tsavo during their flight south. In the past, Tsavo was home to the largest herds of elephants still left in Africa, with counts of up to 20,000 at a time spotters reported that elephants would cover the entire surface of the land as far as the eye could see. Naturally, such large herds of elephants caused a rapid depletion of Tsavo’s vegetation and eventually nature took its course so now such concentrations are unheard of, although Tsavo still remains famous for its large herds and visitors are often treated to sights of herds of 50 or more elephants. Elephants in Tsavo are often referred to as’ Red Elephants’, and although their skin is in fact no different than that of other elephants, they do appear a vivid red colour, as they cover themselves with the red soil which covers much of Tsavo, during their dust baths.

     

    Tsavo West National Park

     

    Not to be missed is Mzima Springs, one of Tsavo West’s main attractions. The springs gush out 225 million litres of water per day into two large fresh water pools, which are connected by a series of small rapids. The pools not only serve as a waterhole for many animals including elephants, gazelles, zebra, giraffe and lion, they also contain a huge variety of wildlife, and the upper pool has become a well populated hippo wallow and the lower pool is home to many crocodile. A circular underwater viewing tank has been built in the upper pool, where visitors can descend into the partially submerged observation chamber to view the inhabitants of the Mzima Springs and their submarine activities. From this unique perspective you can watch the many species of fish, as well as keeping a look out for hippo. The best time for viewing is early in the morning when the animals are at their most active. One third of Mzima’s flow has been diverted, by pipeline, to Mombasa, providing the bulk of Mombassa’s fresh water.

     

    Tsavo East National Park

     

    Tsavo East National Park covers an area of about 12,000 square km, 40% of Kenya's parks' total area. This vast park lies in low semi arid country at the eastern edge of the inland plateau, north of the main Mombasa-Nairobi road and railway. Much of the park is level, open country with scattered rocky ridges and outcrops. Due to its size, the park is one of the world's wildlife and biodiversity strongholds. The Yatta plateau, a long, flat topped lava ridge, runs along the western boundary of the park. Beneath it flows the Athi river which joins the Tsavo river, just above the Lugard falls, to become the Galana river, a permanent river that cuts right across the park. The seasonal Tiva and Voi rivers are important features of the Northern and Southern sectors respectively. There are scattered seasonal pools, swamps and dams, but relatively few sources of permanent water. One of the great spectacles of the park is the Mudanda rock between Voi and Manyani. This 1 1/2 km long outcrop is a water catchments area which supplies a natural dam at its base. In the dry season, hundreds of elephants come to drink and bathe here

     

    Why Tsavo National Park?

     

    Generally the weather in Tsavo is warm and dry with the temperatures ranging from 20-40 Celsius and rainfall from 200-700mm per year. Most of the year the park is dry and dusty, and it has been said that there isn’t ‘a best time to visit Tsavo’ as the park is always abundant with wildlife, you will just see different things at different times of the year. However, after the rains the National Park is especially beautiful, transformed with new grasses and a fantastic array of lush vegetation and wild flowers. Coupled with impressive landscape, Tsavo’s close proximity to Mombasa means it is an ideal location for those wishing to combine an exciting Tsavo wildlife safari and Mombassa beach holiday with a relaxing stay on one of Kenya’s finest beaches. We offer a number of safaris which incorporate a visit to Tsavo, and our one night safaris to Tsavo are ideal for safari first-timers or those who are seeking a ‘taster’ safari experience.

     

    Galana River

     

    The Galana River is the only continuous source of water in the whole Park. It forms just outside the boundaries of the Park at the confluence of the Athi and Tsavo Rivers. Being the only permanent water supply, it is a haven for all sorts of wildlife, including some of the largest Nile Crocodiles we have ever seen and pods of Hippos. When photographing crocodiles, it is very easy to think that they are lumbering, slow creatures but it is not wise to let your guard down, as they can launch themselves out of the river with lightning speed with just one flick of their tails! On land they are much less mobile and they are quite thrilling to photograph. It is amazing to think you are photographing a creature that has outlived almost every other creature on this planet, as they are virtually unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs! Along the banks of the Galana we have also seen a multitude of birds, Masai Giraffe, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Impala, Grant's Gazelle and the delightful little Dik Dik. These tiny foot-tall antelope are unique in the antelope world, as they usually mate for life. Having such an attraction to all these animals, means that the Galana River is also prime hunting ground for predators and we have been fortunate to meet, not only several Lions in this area but also a pair of Cheetah. Tsavo actually has one of the largest populations of Cheetah outside of places like Etosha in Namibia but the often dense scrub can make them very hard to find. Shortly after the Galana River enters the Park, it reaches Luggard's fall. During a long day in the vehicle, searching for wildlife around the Park, it is refreshing to be able to take a break and get out at Luggard's fall to explore the fascinating patterns which have been carved into the sandstone over millennia.

     

    Mudanda Rock

     

    Mudanda Rock is a massive sandstone rock near the western border of Tsavo East National Park. Looking like a miniature version of Uluru, it forms a massive dam, creating an almost permanent waterhole at its base. The first time we visited Mudanda Rock, we did so on the recommendation of some South African friends we had met at the Ndololo Public Campsite. They suggested it would be wise to take our pangas (machetes) with us if we climbed the rock, as it is a prime Leopard or Lion lookout. We arrived at the bottom of the rock, grabbed our cameras and did not forget to take our pangas. The view from the top was breathtaking, as the Park spread out before us, as far as the eye could see. We had not been there long, when we heard a noise behind us. Spinning round and fearing the worst, we discovered that the distant growl belonged to a minibus. Within moments, a dozen women in flowery dresses and high heels were hiking up the rock towards us. Sheepishly we dropped the pangas! They turned out to be a group of school teachers from Nairobi on a staff day out and they a had a good few laughs as we explained how we had been duped by our South African friends. We shared our binoculars and long lenses with them so that they could get a better view of the animals below, then just for a change, we became the photographic subjects, as they proceeded to take photographs of the crazy Scottish people they found on top of Mudanda Rock!

     

    Cousins

     

    There are several primate species in Kenya but the two most common in Tsavo East National Park are the Yellow Baboon and the Vervet Monkey. The Vervets are pretty little monkeys, which generally don't bother humans, although they are not adverse to raiding tents or stealing unattended items. The Yellow Baboon, on the other hand, can be a pest! It only takes one irresponsible tourist to throw food to a Yellow Baboon and a whole troop can become a serious problem for other visitors! Baboons, like all primates, are intelligent opportunists; they can count and they know when they out-number you! During one safari at Ndololo Public Campsite, our staff had taken the dinner dishes to the stand-pipe to wash them, The Baboons immediately recognized that Karen was alone and began to crowd in closer and closer towards her. I grabbed my panga and walked towards her slapping the blade on my boot as I went, which quickly dispersed the baboons. However, they immediately recognized that Jason was now on his own and began to crowd around him, shuffling to within 18 inches as he packed up the food. Just when he was starting to worry, he dropped the retaining strap for his Trangia cooker and the Baboons immediately scampered, screaming in terror. Baboons are absolutely terrified of two things: Leopards and snakes. They obviously must have thought a snake had just emerged from Jason's cooker!

     

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