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    Leopard Lodge Tsavo National Park Kenya

    Leopard Lodge Tsavo is a situated on the main road to the Tsavo East Game Park (entrance just 1 km away) and (2 km from Voi Town). It is a self-contained unit sitting within four acres of land (of which 2 acres are developed).

     

    Leopard Lodge Tsavo Accommodation

     

    It consists of Four Larger rooms, Twelve Standard rooms and Eight Budget rooms, twenty-four rooms in total. There is a camping site that allows those with camper-vans to come and camp on location with beautiful view of the Taita Hills.

     

    Leopard Lodge Tsavo Bar & Restaurant

     

    There is a Seventy Seat Restaurant, separate Bar (with satellite TV) and swimming pool. The lodge boasts of highly qualified chefs and catering staff, which allows us to offer outside catering.

     

    Leopard Lodge Conference venues

     

    The lodge has two large Conference venues one catering for up to 200 persons and the second caters for up to 100 persons. The lodge’s capacity makes it ideal for both Corporate and other events.

     

    Tsavo National Park

     

    Notoriously remembered as the scene of bloody massacre inflicted by the Hollywood-immortalized man-eating lions of Tsavo, it's hardly surprising that Kenya's largest wildlife preserve isn't the country's most popular destination. Occupying a whopping 3% of the country's land area, Tsavo is comparable in size to Michigan, Jamaica, Wales, or Israel, and large enough to have been split into two separately managed parks -- Tsavo East and Tsavo West -- sadly divided up by the country's busiest highway, an ill-considered deathtrap for animals instinctively roaming between the unfenced reserves. With the constant roar of traffic chasing between Nairobi and Mombasa, were it not for the frequent scenes of roadkill that includes rarely spotted animals, you'd hardly suspect that each of the adjacent parks shelters an overwhelming abundance of wildlife, including a third of Kenya's total elephant population -- just more than 11,000 of the beasts roam this ecosystem. If you have any say in the matter, ask your driver to slow down while driving between Nairobi and Mombasa.

     

    Transformed into a wildlife preserve by pioneering warden David Sheldrick, the arid Tsavo was, until the 1940s, unchartered, completely undeveloped, and known simply as the Taru Desert. As with so many officially protected parks, Tsavo became a protected area because of its unsuitability for agriculture -- a tsetse fly infestation and lack of water kept this great swath of land from human exploitation. Previously, it served as hunting grounds for the Waliangulu and Kamba tribes, and it also saw some Anglo-German conflict during World War I. More recently, its outer extremities and northern reaches have been sites of bitter conflict between poachers and conservationists too ill equipped and understaffed to adequately police such a vast terrain. Nevertheless, authorities claim that they're winning the war on elephant and rhino poachers, and game numbers are on the increase. There are only two permanent rivers in this vast area. The Tsavo begins its life as snowmelt on Kilimanjaro and is greatly supplemented by a huge underground river flowing toward the famed Mzima Springs, a veritable oasis in Tsavo West. Meanwhile, the Athi River, in Tsavo East, begins near Nairobi. With the exception of small pockets of oasislike vegetation -- doum palms and Tana poplars that line the rivers and shelter the springs -- Tsavo's terrain can be extremely dry, dusty, and inhospitable, its miragelike plains broken by volcanic remnants and immense lava flows. Still, it's a landscape of unusual beauty and distinctive contrasts; the type of vegetation, in fact, varies so markedly that you'll notice distinct changes in the microclimate -- the temperature, even -- as you move around. One minute you might be watching hippos and crocodiles on a wide beach along the river, and the next observing the Tsavo's famous "red elephants" stomping in the dust. And with so much space in which to maneuver, it's not much of a challenge to steer clear of fellow visitors.

     

    Tsavo West National Park

     

    Tsavo West National Park is a 9,000 sq km game park in southern Kenya, located about 200 km south-east of Nairobi. Separated only by the Mombasa/Nairobi road from Tsavo East, Tsavo West is part of the entire Tsavo eco-system. Tsavo is a model national park in both layout and its geophysical, animal amd plant diversity. Tsavo West has more than 2000 km of well maintained, all weather, roads. Good signposting leads the visitor from one natural wonder to another. Chief among these must rank the marvel of Mzima Springs, replenished with two hundred and twenty million litres of crystal clear water every day, from the underground streams stemming from the lava massif known as the Chyulu Hills, 40-50 km away. Mzima forms a haven for a rich wildlife pageant with elephant soaking half immersed in the waters, hippo, apparently weightless, tip-toeing across the bottom, crocodiles basking on the bank or swirling through the water; gazelles, zebra and giraffe wandering around the banks through the thick acacias and raffia palms together with hundreds of chattering monkeys and birds. There are well marked nature trails, an observation platform and an underwater glass tank which provides a special vantage point to view this remarkable oasis. Not far fron Mzima Springs, along a well-marked track, lies the precipitous magnificence of the Ngulia escarpment at the foot of the Ngulia Hills which rise to 1825 metres. Each year from late September to November, Ngulia has become the base of a unique phenomenon. Attracted by the lights of Ngulia Lodge, thousands of migrant birds descend through the mists which are prevalent at this time of the year to be netted, ringed and released. It has become one the the bird wonders of the world and provides vital information on the migratory routes and habits of many species common to the northern hemisphere.

     

    Reports of ringed birds have been received from as far north as St Petersburg, and from countries as widely seperated as Oman, Malawi, Iran and Germany. Apart from the elephant population there are many lion-some undoubtedly the descendants of the famous Maneaters of Tsavo! Among the less common animals to be found at the fringed-eared oryx, the gerenuk and lesser kudu. The carnivores in addition to lion include serval, hyena, leopard, cheetah and caracal. The landscape is dominated, especially off the hills by the giant baobab, a tree which is reputed to live a thousand years. After the rains the park is showered with white and pink ipomea, the morning glory family, and the acacia trees are festooned in feathery masses of white and pink blossoms. The desert rose, somewhat like a miniature baobab, produces fuschia-pink flowers of striking beauty at almost any time of the year. This feast of wildlife, flora and birds combines to make Tsavo of special interest - an interest perhaps made greater by geological activity evidenced by a mass of recently extinct volcanoes and massive lava flows. It is also possible to make an excursion to the Chyulu Hills National Park which abuts tsavo to the north west. The Chyulus are one of the world's newest mountain ranges; the most recent volcanic peak was formed only 500 years ago. A four wheel drive track leads to this peak - Shaitani - from the Chyulu gate and it is simpkle to walk to the caves on the side of the volcano. It is a breathtaking landscape of rampant ferocity and the vistas to Kilimanjaro are unbeatable. At the other end of Tsavo West, in the south west corner, lies Lake Jipe. Bisected by the border with Tanzania it is a favourite haunt of bird watchers and boats are available for ardent ornithologists.

     

    Tsavo East National Park

     

    Tsavo-East is one of Kenya's oldest and largest National Parks covering almost 40% of the total area of Kenya's National Parks. The combined area of Tsavo East and West form one of the world's largest game reserves- 13,000 sq.km. practically all of Kenya's wildlife is represented in the two Tsavo parks, with generous portions of elephant herds.

     

    Its beautiful landscape and proximity to the coast make it a popular safari destination. It is accredited as one of the world's leading biodiversity strongholds, bushy grassland and open plains alternate with semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands. Green swathes cross the park where the river banks give raise to lush vegetation. North of Galana is a true wilderness. A number of leading tour guides offers private safaris across this area, camel safaris are a feature. Tsavo-East is recommended for photographers with its fabulous light and unbelievable views, in particular the Mudanda Rock and the Yatta Plateau, the world's largest lava flow. Lugard Fall on the Galana River are remarkable for the shaped water-worn rocks. Game includes: elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, crocodile, waterbuck, kudu, gerenuk and zebra and Hunter's Hartebeest can be seen with its lyre-shaped horns. Home to some of the largest herds in Kenya, the elephants glow red after dust baths, blowing the vivid red dust through their trunks over their bodies. Some 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including ostrich and some migratory kestrels, while buzzards stop at Tsavo-East during their long flight south.

     

    The vegetation around Tsavo East National Park is savannah grassland with thorny bushes and some swampy marshland near Voi River. The landscape is unique because of the Yatta Plateau formed from the lava that oozed from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain. The main river that passes through this park is the River Galana. A variety of animals can be seen: lions, leopard, cheetah, zebras, giraffes, serval, antelopes, kongoni, lesser kudu, oryx, klipspringer, impala, stripped hyena, gazelles, buffalos, and elephants. A variety of migratory and native birds are seen. The birds are viewed between late October and early January, and come from as far as Eastern and Western Europe. Commonly seen birds are African skimmers, goshawks, red and yellow bishops, palm nut vultures and the white-headed buffalo weavers. Some places of interest near the park are: Lugard Falls named after Lord Lugard, who volunteered for the British Diplomatic Services in East Africa.

     

    Crocodile Point on the Galana River. Mudanda Rock, a 2 mile stretch of an Ayers type of rock, which acts as a water catchment area supplying water to the dam below. Large numbers of elephants congregate there during the dry season.

     

    How to get to Tsavo

     

    The Tsavo Parks are bisected by the main Nairobi- Mombasa Highway. The most central town for access to the parks is Voi, although the smaller town of Mtito Andei is the headquarters of Tsavo West. Accessing Tsavo National Park is difficult without private transport. Most visitors come to here as part of a Safari package from Nairobi or in a Hire Car. Both parks have well established internal roads and tracks.

     

    Where to Stay in Tsavo

     

    Tsavo East and West both have a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, tastes and interests. There are very basic campsites where you can pitch a tent and sleep under canvas in the wild, well appointed safari lodges, luxury tented camps with large, fully furnished tents, small private camps for your exclusive use and much, much, more.

     

    Dining in Tsavo

     

    Most of the Tsavo’s lodges and camps offer full board accommodation with meals, serving a wide range of cuisines. For those camping out under the stars, most safari companies provide an excellent camp cook, who can produce culinary wonders from a campfire. Many lodges and camps also organize special bush dinners or breakfasts, with meals served in the wild. For campers wanting to cook for themselves, the nearest towns for supplies are Mtito Andei and Voi.

     

    What to do in Tsavo

     

    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. Chyulu Hills National Park is an extension of Tsavo West National Park. It was opened in January 1983 to protect its unique habitat and role as a vital water catchment area. The Chyulus are a volcanic mountain range with a mix of volcanic cones and barren lava flows, of which the most interesting is Shetani, meaning "Devil" in Swahili. Game includes: buffalo, zebra, giraffe, oryx, lion, leopard and many species of bird and plant. The Park allows a number of activities: horse riding, hiking, camping, archeological and geological safaris with caves to explore and fantstic views accross Amboseli and Tsavo Plains. Only one small tented lodge with 8 beds.

     

    Tsavo Safaris

     

    The perfect Tsavo safari should involve plenty of up-close-and-personal encounters--ideally involving wild animals and not the strangers in the tent next door. Many high-end safari companies are responding to the yearning for even more exclusivity in what is already one of the world's most elite travel experiences, offering private excursions that allow guests to choose their travel companions, customize their itineraries and witness plenty of once-in-a-lifetime moments. A safari to Tsavo definitely doesn’t mean compromising on comfort. With a vast range of accommodation offering fine dining, lavish rooms and suites and excellent hospitality, and fly-in safaris reducing hours spent travelling from one game reserve to another; we’ve got luxury safaris covered. Exciting and time efficient, a fly-in safari consists of light aircraft flights between locations. Ideal as a more accessible way of reaching remote parks or simply for travelling in style, it’s a wonderful way to get around Tsavo National Park. And with world class fly-in safaris offering the ultimate in comfort, a luxury safari doesn’t necessarily need to be tailor-made. Whether it’s an once-in-a-lifetime blow-the-budget holiday or you like to travel in style; if you enjoy the freedom of selecting your favorite Tsavo luxury lodges to create a bespoke safari or prefer to choose from a range of carefully-chosen deluxe itineraries, there are numerous options for a luxury safari in Tsavo. Of course, you’ll still encounter adventure in abundance, with wonderful wildlife-viewing locations and thrilling safari experiences – it’s just perfectly honed to suit your requirements. Private guides and exclusive upgrades to private vehicles are just some of the optional extras available.

     

    The real reason to go on a safari though is not for the accommodations—it’s for the wildlife-spotting. But as safari travel has become more abundant, so has access to game, and many trackers find themselves in line with a mob of other ranger trucks filled with visitors all after the same experience: an intimate view of the world’s most illusory animals. This can be avoided, however, if you stay at the right camp. That’s why we chose exceptional properties based on their fancy lodging, exclusivity of game drives and unique access in the bush (truffle hunts anyone?). These safaris come with some strings attached, though—namely good behavior. Being so close to lions, rhinos and zebras (oh my!) might be exhilarating, but make sure that excitement doesn’t get the best of you. Observe the animals silently and with a minimum of disturbance to their natural activities. “Loud talking on game drives may frighten the animals away. Never attempt to approach a wild animal on foot, especially near your lodge or campsite where the animals have become accustomed to humans. Do not try to attract the animals’ attention by imitating their sounds, clapping, throwing objects or making any other disruptive noises. This could cause the animals to be unpredictable.

     

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