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    Lions Bluff Lodge Tsavo, Chyulu Hills, Kenya Lion Rock Camp

    Lions Bluff Lodge is a small exclusive lodge which clings to the edge of a bluff suspended above Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary which lies at the heart of the Tsavo eco system, Lumo is an association of the Lualenyi, Mramba and Oza ranches whose communities have come together to benefit from wildlife tourism. In addition to opportunities for employment, community receives various fees from guests at the Lions Bluff Lodge and visitors to the sanctuary; it is surrounded by Tsavo East and West national parks and the Taita Hills Game Sanctuary. Have you ever dreamt of waking up, with the resonating sound of elephants trumpeting; or the grand roar of the king of the jungle~ situated beneath the cotton clouds, across a clear night sky? Can you imagine yourself being become one with the magnificent beings of the forest, in this tented paradise? Close your eyes and let your mind wander… to your own personal view which crosses the terrains of Mount Kilimanjaro to the plains of Lumo and finally the Pare Mountains, for miles and miles without any disturbance….. Just complete wilderness and a taste of purity. A place where day transcends into night, awakening life, and stimulating your drive for adventure and exploration…. Get accustomed to the heightened sounds and sights of nature at its best… A total of 125, 00 acres of prime forest land encapsulate this Majestic Beauty called Lion’s Bluff.

     

    The Lion’s Bluff Lodge is the former Lion Rock Tsavo Camp – is a mid-range safari lodge in Tsavo, spectacularly sited at the end of a ridge, and offering game drives, night drives and bush walks. Lions Bluff Safari Lodge is truly exceptional, A 360 degree view, the bush, the mountains, Mt Kilimanjaro, The wildlife almost at your doorstep, the journey from the airstrip up to Lion’s Bluff lodge – billed as ‘The View with a Lodge’ – is reassuringly rough and rugged. Driving south up the spine of the ridge, you finally reach the lodge at its southern tip, where a superb 270-degree panorama looks west, south and east from the bar, lounge, restaurant and other main areas, the rooms are on the west side, facing Mount Kilimanjaro and often stunning sunsets. From the reception and the Lions Bluff tented Lodge shop (where crafts made in the local community are sold), a pleasingly rustic bridge/walkway leads to the dining area under high thatched roofs, with the bar and lounge at the far end, this area is sheltered by floor-to-ceiling windows, to protect guests from sometimes gusty breezes, on the right, a little lower down the hill and facing west, is a sundowner terrace, scattered with chairs and tables and with a fire pit.

     

    Whenever possible, dinner is served out here, the Lions Bluff Lodge Tsavo is located only 6 km from one of the gates to The Tsavo West national park but you may enjoy equally great game viewing experience within boundaries of the local conservancy. The weird looking, red elephants are abundant; you can see them everyday without even leaving the Lions Bluff Lodge. Seeing big cats - lion, cheetah and leopard - requires a great deal of luck but that is not different from other parks, Buffalos and antelopes are less numerous than in Masai Mara, the Serengeti or Ngorongoro, however, in return you will also see much less tourists and safari vehicles, The Tsavo Lions Bluff Lodge as such is nicely designed with great dining area at the top of the hill, Self contained rooms, which in fact are something in between tents and Bungalows are spacious, offer a stunning view on the plains and Kilimanjaro. Lions Bluff eco lodge was conceived and built by the local Taita community, simply built from sustainable timber, the luxury lodge features a safari bar, viewing terrace and community handicrafts boutique. The central dining allows for long views across the plains onto Mt Kilimanjaro, an integral part of the surrounding community, the Lodge sources its organic produce from the local farmers, many of whom are shareholders in the conservancy, secluded and exclusive, Lions Bluff Lodge Voi features the smoke-grey peaks of the Pare Mountains, and towered over by the legendary snows of Mt Kilimanjaro, all the ensuite rooms enjoy huge panoramas, linked by timber bridges, they are simplicity incarnate; featuring hand-made four-poster beds, crisp white linen and locally-made wildwood furniture. A Lion Bluff lodge enjoys a very different climate compared to the Kenya coast of Mombassa as it is chilly in the evenings and hot in the day so bring plenty of layers of clothing, Lions Bluff features just twelve traditionally built ‘bandas’, whose wildwood verandahs are suspended over one of Kenya’s most stunning panoramas, Five of the rooms have double beds, six have twin beds, and one is an imaginative two-storey family unit that children adore. Both the single and double beds are four-posters, fully covered in mosquito netting. Room 1, closest to the main areas, has been converted to solid-wall construction built on a reclaimed-wood framework. This makes it feel larger than the tented rooms, as the walls are closer to the edge of the deck. The lodge is considering converting more rooms along the same lines, The bathrooms have solid, whitewashed walls and ceilings, flush toilets, single basins in a stone surface and walk-in showers with shower curtains. Many guests enjoy the environment around Lion’s Bluff Taita Hills so much that they do fewer activities than might otherwise be the case. Early-morning and late-afternoon game drives in the lodges soft-sided, soft-topped, 9-seater Nissan 4WD are the principal activity. The 500km² Lumo sanctuaries, which shares its conservation responsibilities and game-driving area with its neighbor, the Taita Hills Game Sanctuary, has good numbers of savannah animals, with as many as 1,000 buffaloes, and around 100 elephants. Predators are very common. There are at least two dozen lions, and leopards and cheetahs are commonly seen, The Lumo bird list stands at 360 species and there is an ornithologist based here to take care of tourists of bird watching safaris, the Tsavo East and West in Kenya are considered to be some of the world’s best safari locations in Africa and are Kenya’s largest ecosystem of wildlife conservancy, around the edges of these legendary national parks have been added many private conservancies to further protect the trail of the migratory wildlife.

     

    Lions Bluff is perfect for family safaris, unlike majority of Tsavo safari lodges, the Lions Bluff welcomes children of all ages to take part of the safari adventure and offers activities especially popular with children such as Bush walks in the proximity of the lodge where the staff introduces them to the wonders of the African nature. Children’s meals can be provided and baby sitters are available. Lions Bluff is also the ultimate wedding safari and honeymoon holiday venue in the wild, weddings can be staged on the edge of the bluff with breathtaking views onto the surrounding wilderness. Below the lodge runs an ancient elephant migratory corridor, which links Lake Jipe in Tsavo West with the Galana River in Tsavo East. Here large matriarchal herds of dust-red elephant lead their offspring to wallow in the lodge’s waterhole. Here too, descendants of the famous Tsavo lions breed amongst the rocky bluffs. No ordinary lions, these brave and highly intelligent lions are the descendants of a pair of notorious lions known as The Ghost and the Darkness. The killers of 130 workers on the so-called ‘Lunatic Express’ railway in 1898. Lions Bluff offers one of the widest choice of activities available in Africa. One of the most highly-rated bird areas in the world, it offers unrivalled ornithology. Adjacent to the cloud forests of the Taita Hills, the area offers superb walking safari and unique biological discovery of its many endemic treasures.

     

    There are also ‘World War I Battle field’ tours, visits to enigmatic Lake Jipe and Lake Challa, the unique Grogans Castle, guided nature walks and luxury breakfasts and sundowners in the bush. Immediately adjacent to Tsavo West, the Lodge also serves as a gateway to the Shetani Lava Flows, Mzima Springs Hippo Pools, the Chyulu Hills and the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary of one of the largest national parks in the world. The beautiful Taita Hills, known as Little Switzerland, offer skull caves, waterfalls, stunning scenery and trekking through natural rain forests, for tourists on flying safari, daily Flights arrive into Sarova Taita Hills Lodge airstrip, from where it’s a 30 to 40-minute transfer to the lodge, or Finch Hattons Camp airstrip in Tsavo West National Park (scheduled flights), from where it’s a 2-hour- drive, A stay at Lion’s Bluff is memorable and very worthwhile and the helpful and committed staff are a big asset. The views alone are worth the trip and you will love the west-facing tents on decks, with their fabulous views and pretty, four-poster beds.

     

    Lions Bluff Lodge Accommodation

     

    twelve traditionally-built ensuite bandas from whose verandahs you can literally overlook wildlife, going about their daily life undisturbed, Stunning panoramic views over the golden green savannah rolling away to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the North and South Pare mountains and the Taita Hills, Secluded in Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary amidst peace and quiet, yet easily accessible from Mombasa and Nairobi. Stay in a small, unique lodge of sustainable timber, canvas and traditional coconut thatch. Sip sundowners on an open terrace with Kilimanjaro as the back drop, followed by dinner overlooking a small water hole visited by a family of elephants. Sleep in a hand-made four poster bed in crisp cotton sheets and awake to Africa's incredible sunrise ready to enjoy a game drive or bush walk before a hearty breakfast...Perhaps in the bush. And you have begun to conjure up the magic that is Lions Bluff. The Lion’s Blaff lodge is fine for older children, but younger ones need to be under supervision, there’s good cell phone coverage, and internet access is available in the office on request, TVs in the office and staff mess can be watched during important sporting events, Lion’s Bluff Tsavo Kenya is a partner of Sarova Hotels, who have a qualified medical officer at Taita Hills Lodge, 20 minutes’ drive away. The lodge is registered with the Flying Doctors, who would land at the Sarova Airstrip. There is security staff at the lodge, day and night, and rangers both at the gate and at the neighboring Taita Hills Game Sanctuary. All are KWS-trained with firearms licenses pending. Every room has a fire extinguisher and there are more around the public areas. All staff does fire drills every three months.

     

    Lions Bluff Lodge Meals

     

    Meals at the Lions Bluf Lodge Kenya are served less than 80 metres from where wild animals drink water at the Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary. Lions, elephants, buffaloes and impalas are among the animals that quench their thirst at two water pans adjacent to the premise on a slope. The proximity to the Lion Rock – a rocky hill where lionesses deliver their cubs – is among the attractions of the restaurant. Your adoration of the National Geographic Channel will take a backseat as you enjoy your meals watching wild animals prey on their counterparts live! The cuisine here is prepared on order depending on the nationality or taste of the clientele following the array of guests occupying its tented camps. Here are also options of buffet Breakfast are creative — there are options of bush breakfast where a table is laid in the nearby bushes. Evening tea is served at the Santana area against the sunset with a view of Mt Kilimanjaro, Usambara and Pare mountains. Dinner entails laying the buffet tables next to a camp fire for the clientele to catch a glimpse of nocturnal wildlife quenching their thirst at the two water points. meals and array of hot and cold drinks. Meals here have their natural taste as the ingredients are bought within the community and spices are minimal. Assorted African dishes area also an attraction targeting local tourists and foreigners eager to adventure on meals from the continent. Most visitors here are either tourists on game drives at the Tsavo National Park, Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary or on transit to Mombasa or Tanzania. The premise, however, relies on water it buys about 30 kilometers away but the management has identified a place to sink a borehole.

     

    Lions Bluff Lodge Bush Breakfast

     

    Full English breakfasts freshly cooked and served to you in the bush, often accompanied by campfire and hurricane lamps full cooked breakfast or dinner served at a scenic location in the bush often accompanied by campfire and hurricane lamps nothing is quite so essentially Safari as the traditional bush breakfast or dinner. Located at an especially-chosen site close to the lodge, your breakfast site is chosen for its stunning location where you will experience a delicious freshly-cooked breakfast in the heart of Africa's bush. Lantern-lit dinner begins with cocktails around the campfire. Dinner is then prepared on a blazing BBQ, accompanied by a wide range of salads and vegetables. While dessert and coffee is served, our cultural entertainers may entertain you with songs, chants and dance displays. Dine in the wild and taste safari-life at its best.

     

    Lions Bluff Lodge Sundowner Cocktails

     

    Drinks served in scenic location as the sun goes down - typically between 6-7 pm The 'sun-downer' is an essential part of safari life and dates back to the time of the great 1920s 'white hunter' safaris of Bror Blixen and Denys Finch Hatton, when elegant cocktails were served while guests watched the magnificent spectacle of the African sunset. Timed to commence as the sun starts its descent, the Lions Bluff sun-downer begins with a gentle evening game drive, arriving at one of our special sundowner sites just as the evening sky turns lilac-pink. Drinks and snacks will be served and, as night falls, you will be driven back to the comfort of Lions Bluff. This is an experience not to be missed.

     

    Lions Bluff Lodge Night Game Drive

     

    A glimpse into the nocturnal theatre of the wild. A uniquely specialized activity, which is usually not permitted within the boundaries of the national parks and reserves, a night game drive is the ultimate safari luxury. Leaving the lions Lodge either before or after dinner, you will be provided with warm 'shukas' (Maasai wraps); before setting off to discover the creatures of the night. This is the exclusive domain of hunters such as lions and leopards, and the only time when you may catch a glimpse of such elusive nocturnal creatures as aardvark and Lumo's melanistic serval cat. Your vehicle will also be equipped with a powerful hand-held lamp, which can be used to sweep the bush for sightings. Children over 5 years of age are welcome and really enjoy this exciting glimpse of what happens when they are usually in bed.

     

    Lions Bluff Lodge Bush Walk

     

    The guided wilderness walk- a walk on the wild side to really appreciate all the Lions Bluff Lodge Africa has to offer, you have to leave the safari vehicle behind; and take a walk. Slow in pace, wide-ranging in scenery, led by one of our trained safari guides, our guided walks are designed to offer a fascinating insight into the world of African trees, flowers, insects, reptiles, birds and animals. Tickle up a baboon spider, or ant lion, learn the art of tracking and how to tell which animals were there before you, learn how to light a fire without the use of matches, fire an arrow using arrows poisoned with desert rose sap, which roots to use when you have diarrhoea..Our guides' knowledge is amazing and their enthusiasm infectious as always, because we are a small lodge, we can tailor- makes your bush walk to your desires. Early Morning Bush Walk, we usually leave from Lions Bluff after an early morning cup of coffee and do a game drive in the open-sided vehicle to where you will begin. The exact location depends on visibility, such as the length of the grass, and game movement. Once out of the vehicle, the rangers give you a quick brief; mostly to determine out your interests. They are all brought up in or around the Sanctuary and are conversant with birds, insects, tracks, signs, flowers and plants. They will tell you the local names and uses of each plant show you how to read the evidence of who has been there before you and can tell you about the local culture. The walk lasts about an hour and a half and, ideally, ends with a full English breakfast under a tree, You will need: hat, Dull colored clothing, Sun lotion, Comfortable shoes, Binoculars, Camera, Many clients want a different kind of walking safari experience As long as your safety is catered for we are happy to offer that.

     

    Cultural Safari

     

    As part of our extensive eco-interface, we offer cultural visits to local villages. If you are ready to go further field up into the Taita Hills there is much to see. skull caves, waterfalls, natural tropical forest, rock climbing Here, our visitors are invited to enter a typical ethnic home, watch a dance display, or beading and handicrafts being done. You will have the opportunity to see how the farmers manage diverse crops such as dry land beans, Aloe Vera plants and pastoral activity, such as cattle and goat maintenance. Often they will also be invited to purchase locally-made items- much more authentic than those available in the usual gift shops. Part of the eco-cultural revolution, cultural visits play a vital part both in ensuring that the people of East Africa benefit from the national tourism income, and that Africa's ancient cultural heritage is sustained and supported for the future. All the members of the visited village will receive a payment from the conservancy, which helps to provide benefits such as clean water, health, education, jobs etc. Village members are, therefore, more than happy to cooperate with the scheme.

     

    A naturally welcoming and friendly people, the East Africans are genuinely delighted to welcome guests and meet people from other countries. If you are ready to go further a field you can be driven to Wundanyi, about an hour and a half from Lions Bluff, have some refreshment at the Lavendar Hotel and acquire a guide to take you to the skull caves, 5 minutes drive away at Mwasungia. The caves are collapsing but the skulls remain. The youngest dates back to the 1920s. People traveled vast distances to these caves to commune with their god and offer sacrifices in return for their health. Their God was believed to be responsible for creating rain and taking the water back to the skies. This, it was believed, was where everyone went when they died. Nearby one can visit the small waterfalls and enjoy the beautiful landscape, once forested, now farmed in this area, dubbed ' little Switzerland' because of its stunning hilly terrain and breathtaking views. From there it is about half an hour's drive through more stunning scenery with some challenging driving to reach Ngang'ao forest. Untouched rainforest under the care of the Forestry Commission, one can be guided through thick, dripping vegetation in the hope of seeing rare birds and butterflies which only exist here. About 45 minutes drive from here one can climb Wesu Rock, either as a real rock climber where one will need ropes and equipment or a brisk stroll to the top to enjoy yet another panoramic view for miles over the Taitas.

     

    Lions Bluff Lodge Battlefield Tour

     

    Lions Bluff is surrounded by historic First World War sites. The campaign between German and British East Africa (sometimes referred to as The Ice Cream War because the troops melted in the sun) took place between 1914 and 1918. Peggy III' in front of Mwakitau Hill. This gun was on board the British ship, HMS Pegasus, when she was sunk in the harbour of Zanzibar by the German ship, Koenigsberg, in September 1914 She was salvaged and this photograph shows one of two guns which was used in the area. Another is mounted outside Fort Jesus. Mwakitau Hill is 10 km drive from Lions Bluff and is clearly visible from the Lodge. You can take a tour to the top of the hill where there is an old British encampment. The lower photograph shows Makitau HIll from Lions Bluff today.

     

    German forces presented a potential stranglehold to both British forces and the settlers in Kenya if they could capture the land through which the vital link of the railway linked Mombasa, Nairobi and Uganda. It was a difficult campaign, dominated by shortages of men, equipment, water, logistic problems and the higher priority action in Western Europe. Most of the troops died of malaria and dysentery before they engaged in battle. At the very beginning of the world war the British experienced a disastrous raid on Tanga by the German forces from the sea. Meanwhile, German forces made raids from their stronghold at Taveta (80 km from The Bluff) towards Voi to disrupt the railway line. In Feb 1915 the British War Office authorized the construction of the railway west from Voi towards Taveta to carry supplies to the front of battle in order to overcome the german forces. A large British force with considerable artillery and air support was based at Mwakitau ( 10 km from The Bluff) ,which covered the main German approaches from their bases towards the east and from where counter attacks could be launched to clear enemy positions at Salaita and elsewhere. The railway and water pipe line reached Mwakitau by June 1915. There is a fort to the side of the main road on the approach to Lions Bluff Lodge and Mwakitau Hill, where the remains of an encampment can be found, and Mwakitau war cemetery is 10km from Lions Bluff.

     

    Lions Bluff Lodge Ornithological Walk

     

    With over 1,070 species of birds, Kenya has the second-highest country bird list in Africa, while the area around Tsavo West boasts 600 recorded species. Ranging from giant herons to tiny sunbirds, the diversity of African birdlife is startling in its colour and vibrancy. Additionally, the Lions Bluff area boasts a number of endemic species, such as the globally threatened Taita Thrush, Taita White-eye, Taita Apalis, Abbott's starling and the Southern Banded Snake Eagle. Highlights of the birdlife include those of the semi-arid zone, such as ostrich and golden pipit, while perhaps the most conspicuous are the white-headed buffalo weaver and the brilliantly plumaged golden-breasted starling. Raucous hornbills are also prevalent as are such hole-nesting birds as parrot, barbet and roller. For the amateur and serious ornithologist alike, we offer a range of half or full day outings which can be custom-tailored to the interests of your ornithological party. The services of a professional ranger and up-to-date bird checklists are included, and picnics, bush lunches, camp suppers and sundowners can be scheduled to suit your needs.

     

    These birds have already been spotted in 2013 Jackson, the new birdman at Lions Bluff can show you this wide array of birdlife!

     

    Nature Trail in Lions Bluff

     

    Especially interesting to children, guided by a ranger and our resident Taita naturalist, meander around Lions Bluff and discover tracks and signs of the bush. Learn which roots and leaves are edible, which are used by the local people to treat tummy aches or put spells on your enemies. Examine spider nests, collect quartz rock, or leaves to make a refreshing tea. Identify birds by their call and watch them in the bush.

     

    The Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary

     

    In the 1960's Tsavo had the largest population of black rhinos in Africa (between 6,000 and 9,000) and they were a common sighted within the park. By 1981, however, Tsavo's rhino had been poached to the brink of extinction and only 100 animals remained. Today most of Tsavo's surviving rhino, plus numbers of re-located animals have been moved to the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, close to the Ngulia Lodge where a meter-high electric fence surrounds an area of 70 sq km now designated an official sanctuary for approximately 40 rhinos. The Sanctuary also offers shelter to a broad range of other threatened wildlife to include cheetah and leopard and the rare frog (Afrixalus pygmaeus septentrionalis), which occurs only in the area between Mtito Andei and Voi. The Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary is open 4pm to 6pm daily, entry free.

     

    The Ngulia Hills

     

    30 km from Mzima Springs, along a well-marked track, is the Ngulia escarpment, (upon which stands Ngulia Lodge). Behind it rear the jagged peaks of the Ngulia Hills, a range of sheer cliffs that rise out of the plains, 610m below, to a height of 1825 m above sea level. Not only do the Ngulia hills offer magnificent vistas over the volcanic shoals of Tsavo but also, every year between late September and November, the adjacent Ngulia Bird-ringing Station plays host to one of the greatest avian spectacles in the world.

     

    Exploring the Shetani Caves and Lava Flows

     

    The volcanic convulsions of Tsavo's landscape are riddled with lava flows, the most spectacular being the Shetani flow, a coalesced tide of tar-like lava that spewed down the Chyulu Hills as they burst out of the plains only a few hundred years ago. Shetani means 'devil' in Swahili and refers to the time, relatively recently, when the molten lava erupted from the bowels of the earth and engulfed the area. So terrifying was this event to the local people that they believed it to be the devil incarnate and tales are still rife of fire, hails of brimstone and evil spirits. The lava flow is also riddled by a series of caves, many of which can be explored, though caution is recommended.

     

    Tsavo National Park

     

    Open grassland, blue skies, running antelope and the "Big Five" attract tourists from around the world to the Tsavo National Park bushveld – and there's no better way to experience it than to spend some time in one of the many private game lodges around the Tsavo. Safari game lodges offer an unbeatable combination of game drives, walks with skilled trackers, and exclusive accommodation in pristine natural surroundings.

     

    Tsavo game lodges regularly win world travel awards and are renowned for a sophisticated elegance imbued with the spirit of the wilderness. Guests can see Africa's "Big Five" – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – while driving in an open vehicle, or simply enjoy the sounds of wildlife from a deck outside a luxurious camp. Lodges are also an excellent way to experience the latest in African earthy interior design. And many have a commitment to environmental enlistment and social responsibility programmes.

     

    Tsavo National Park is one of Kenya’s oldest and largest National Parks. 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, with endless bushy grassland and open plains alternate with semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands, the Galana river banks give rise to lush vegetation. There is a wide variety of animals to be seen in Tsavo East National Park: lion, leopard, cheetah, zebras, giraffes, serval cats, antelopes, kongoni, lesser kudu, oryx, klipspringer, impala, stripped hyena, gazelles, buffalos and elephants. 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. Famous and home to some of the largest herds of elephant in Kenya, the elephants glow red after dust baths, blowing the vivid red dust through their trunks over their bodies, large prides of lion are sighted regularly and another great sight is the spectacular herds of up to 1000 buffalo.

     

    Across the river is the incredible 300 kilometer long (186 mile) Yatta Plateau, one of the world’s largest lave flows. Midway the Galana river cascades down Lugard Falls, named after Lord Lugard, who volunteered for the British Diplomatic Services in East Africa, the falls are renowned for the remarkable shaped water-worn rocks. Tsavo’s massive area and wide range of landscapes make this an ideal place for a varied wildlife safari. 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.

     

    One 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. 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. 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. One of the wildest ways to explore Tsavo is by raft, on the waters of the Athi River. The river winds its way through Tsavo, and the 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. Nights are spent camped out on sandbanks, sleeping under the stars by the warmth of a campfire.

     

    Tsavo West National Park

     

    Tsavo West National Park was established in 1948 and forms part of the Greater Tsavo National Park that includes Tsavo east National Park and Tsavo West National Parks and the Chyulu Hills. It is situated about 240km south east of Nairobi and about 200km north of Mombasa on the main Nairobi to Mombasa road and covers 7065km² but the terrain is much more varied than that of Tsavo East. It ranges from 200-1000m in altitude. Tsavo West National Park encompasses mountains and hills for climbing, savanna bush and semi-arid desert scrub, acacia woodland, palm thickets, rivers and the tranquil Lake Jipe. In 1898, as many as 135 railway workers were attacked and killed by man-eating lions of Tsavo West National Park. The pair of male, mane-less lions that, unusually, hunted humans rather than livestock, evaded traps and capture for many months. The man-eaters were eventually shot by Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson, but the legend lives on.

     

    Game viewing Wildlife in Tsavo West National Park

     

    Tsavo West is home to the largest population of red-skinned elephants as well as to members of the rest of the "Big 5" African animals (buffalo, African lions, leopards and rhinos). There is also a host of Kenyan birds and other animals, both large and small to see.

     

    Tsavo Tsavo West National Park's Main Attractions:

     

    • Mzima Springs: a pool containing natural spring water with underwater viewing hides for observing hippos. Water from the Chyulu Hills runs from beneath the lava ridge and forms several natural pools, Mzima springs being the largest of them all. You can also watch the hippos bathing underwater here.
    • Chaimu Crater, the volcanic crater that is less than 200 years old which you can climb
    • Visit the Lava Flows and Caves for geological interest; explore the caves or hike along the lava flow.
    • Bird watching safaris to Tsavo West National Park are best between October and January, featuring many migratory birds including African skimmers, red and yellow bishops, goshawks, buffalo weavers and palmnut vultures, to name a few.
    • The swamps on Lake Jipe and the acacia woodlands also attract many birds. In fact, over 500 bird species have been recorded in the park, including ostriches, kestrels, buzzards, starlings, weavers, kingfishers, hornbills, secretary birds and herons.
    • The cliff faces in Tsavo West National Park offer some of the best rock climbing in Kenya. The views over the savanna plains are spectacular, and Mt Kilimanjaro can also be seen on occasion. Visit the 300m high, east side of Kichwa Tembo, the Great Tsavo Chimney and the Ivory Tower on Elephant Rock.
    Tsavo East National Park

     

    Only a small area of this vast nature reserve, larger by far than Tsavo West, is open to the public although new areas for human intrusion are now being added. The remainder provides a remote animal wilderness. There are many interesting aspects in the open areas of Tsavo East not least the spine of the Yatta Plateau, one of the world's longest lava flows. An additional attraction is the Athi river flanked by stately doum palms which, near the Manyani gate forms the Lugard Falls, a long stretch of rippling white water cataracts and a favorite haunt for sunbathing crocodiles. The Falls gush through a small fissure, narrow enough for the foolhardy to leap across, before dropping to Crocodile Point below, where the river changes its name to the Galana. Droughts are much more common in Tsavo East than West, and Aruba Dam built in 1952 has dried up completely at times although it covers an area of 85.4 hectares. This wilderness, seemingly so hostile, is nevertheless inhabited by a wide range of plains' game including zebra, several species of antelope among them lesser kudu and hartebeest, warthog and ostrich as well as elephant herds which plunder their way through bush and scrub to the permanent waters of the Athi.

     

    Tsavo Lodges

     

    Welcome to Exclusive Safari Lodges in Tsavo National Park. These lodges have been chosen to feature, because they showcase all that is best about Tsavo safari. They are what make your safari holiday in Tsavo a vacation to remember. Among all the safari lodges featured here, there is a style to suit you; colonial comfort, distinctively African, innovatively contemporary. Choose from silver service dinners, flame lit bush barbeques or intimate dining on your private terrace while staying in a luxury tented camp, thatched cottage or a suite the size of a small house. It goes without saying that they wouldn’t be included if they didn’t offer great game experiences too. All our Tsavo lodges are located in the heart of nature; as such, our first priority is to environmentally aware and conscious with our developments – ensuring that our lodges are designed and built to be eco friendly and environmentally sound; that they will be sustainable and responsible, in terms of the daily operations of the lodges; and that there will be a positive and productive impact for the local community.

     

    All luxury lodges are tranquil havens for discerning wildlife enthusiasts. Located in Tsavo premier game viewing areas and remote scenic gems, all luxury lodges blend naturally into pristine environments while offering the most elegant and elaborate facilities. Tsavo safari packages can take the form of exclusive or luxury fly-in safaris to some of the most luxurious lodges, accompanied by an experienced guide. We offer a multitude of different alternatives when planning your safari to Tsavo. Some of the safaris we offer also combine Tsavo National Park with the wildlife areas of Kenya. Whichever of the top safari areas in Tsavo you choose, you are sure to have an amazing experience.

     

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