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    Ngulia Safari Lodge, Tsavo West National Park, Kenya

    Ngulia Safari lodge is situated inside Tsavo West National Park, spectacularly atop on the edge of the Ndewe Escarpment, offering a vast panorama of Tsavo National Park sweeping plains. Ngulia Safari lodge overlooks the famous rhino protected reserve which is the largest in the world, hence guaranteeing encounter with this rare African animal, 20 Black Rhinos have been released from the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in the Lodge’s neighborhood; this implies enhanced security and rhinos at our water holes. The Ngulia Safari lodge Tsavo is an ideal base from which to explore Tsavo Wildlife Park, one of the world's largest national parks, boasting more than sixty mammal species within its borders, after the dark the waterloo by the lodge is floodlit allowing guests to see the nocturnal animals coming in from the bush to quench their thirst including the illusive leopard. The Ngulia lodge is more internationally re-known as a haven for bird lovers - who converge at the safari lodge every year between October and December to "ring " migrating birds escaping the harsh winter conditions of the northern hemisphere (The only bird ringing station in Kenya). Ngulia Lodge Tsavo no doubt has one of the most breathtaking views in Kenya, guests take guided safari expeditions to Mzima Springs ( a living Oasis inhabited with fish, crocodiles and hippos), Hippo Point ( inhabited with hippos and crocodiles), Shetani Caves, Chaimu Lava flows, Kichwa Tembo and Roaring Rocks among others.

     

    Ngulia lodge Tsavo was constructed in 1969 can be accessed from Nairobi (260 km away), through Mtito Andei Gate or from Mombasa (250km away) through Tsavo River Gate. The Ngulia lodge Tsavo has 52 standard rooms, all with bath and shower and a balcony with a view of the vast wilderness and floodlit water holes, the rooms are being given a gradual face–lift, Thatch and wood bandas raised just above ground level, each with its own veranda, blend in aesthetically with the bush environment. Inside they have tiled floors and snazzy brightly colored soft furnishings. There is an inviting pool surrounded by flowering shrubs and trees, two inviting bars, and a restaurant with good home-cooked food. Because the lodge is in the park, you don't have to travel far to see lots of big game: lions, cheetahs, a leopard if you're lucky, elephants, buffalos, and hundreds of pretty little gazelles, It has two restaurants: The main restaurant - built in an open-air style, has a view of floodlit water holes and the Leopard dinning tree. There is also the Leopard view bar open in the evenings before the arrival of leopard from the wilderness, A second bar, the Leopard View Point Bar, has been opened at a strategic point where guests can wait for the leopard’s arrival while taking their drink served by customer friendly waiters. Guests can enjoy their meals as they watch the leopard feast, other animals drink water and make love, and the birds compete in their melodies. A new borehole has been sunk at Ngulia Safari Hotel providing more than enough supply of water to the water holes within the Lodge and also for watering of the gardens. Tour vans staying over night will usually leave Ngulia sparkling.

     

    Accommodation at the Ngulia Safari Lodge

     

    Ngulia Safari Lodge has fifty two rooms, all with a bath and shower and a balcony facing the vast wilderness; a swimming pool, a strategically located restaurant, two bars and a viewing bay for the wildlife it is built in a more lush sector of Tsavo to blend with the natural surrounding flora. When in the heat, guests can swim in the lodge's pool. You can take a drive to Mzima Springs. Here, the special viewing facility allows the observer to view hippo wallowing with surprising grace from below the water line. After the dark, the water hole by the lodge is floodlit allowing guests to see the nocturnal animals coming in from the bush to quench their thirst including the illusive leopard. Thatch and wood bandas (thatch and canvas bungalows) raised just above ground level, each with its own veranda, blend in aesthetically with the bush environment. Inside they have tiled floors and brightly colored soft furnishings. There's a pool surrounded by flowering shrubs and trees, two bars, and a restaurant with good home-cooked food. Because the lodge is in the park, you don't have to travel far to see lots of big game: lions, cheetahs, a leopard if you're lucky, elephants, buffalos, and hundreds of pretty little gazelles.

     

    Dinning at the Ngulia Safari Lodge

     

    The main restaurant – built in an open-air style, has a view of floodlit water holes and the Leopard bait meat. Guests can enjoy their meals as they watch the leopard feast. Buffet is served at all meals. Ngulia safari lodges offer the Leopard Cocktail Bar which is situated at the Lounge and specializes in unique cocktail creations and other drinks to quench you thirst after a busy day in the bush. In addition to the Leopard Cocktail bar, the lodge has a Main Bar set in a way that guests can enjoy their drinks and still view game at the water hole perched on the bar stool. You will enjoy dining in the open-air style restaurant and snacks are available from the bars. The restaurant, bars and swimming pool are all situated to make the most of the wonderful views across the plains to the far distant horizon. You can glimpse views of the snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro over the border in neighboring Tanzania. Carefully positioned lighting enables guests to watch wildlife visiting the water-hole after dark. Occasionally, you may be treated to the sight of a leopard among these nocturnal visitors.

     

    Ngulia Safari Lodge bar The Leopard Cocktail Bar

     

    Ngulia Safari Lodge Main Bar Set in a way that guests can enjoy their drinks and still view game at the water hole perched on the bar stool.

     

    Activities at the Ngulia Safari Lodge

     

    Ngulia Safari Lodge is renown as a haven for bird lovers who come every year between October and December to watch migrating birds escaping the harsh winter conditions of the northern hemisphere. At the Ngulia Safari Lodge guests have a rare chance of coming close to the leopard in its natural environment as it comes for the baited meat at the floodlit viewpoint, thus making Gulia Safari Lodge synonymous with leopard viewing. Other activities include game drives in Tsavo West and night game drives with prior arrangements.

     

    Ngulia Safari Lodge Gift Shop Well stocked with selected souvenir pieces which guests can take back home to friends.

     

    Ngulia Safari Lodge Recreational Facilities Swimming Pool: After a long drive guests can take a well deserved dip into the cool clear waters and savour the spectacular view of the rhino valley and Taita hills further down, while basking in the warmth of the tropical sun.

     

    Ngulia Safari Lodge Conference & Workshop Packages Think of having well managed conference/seminar/retreat/team building in the Middle of African Savannah Grasslands with the Big Five. Your corporate itinerary can feature: Savannah Grassland lunches, Taita feasts, bush bars, poolside brain-storming sessions and wrap-up sundowners with a view over miles of magnificent Yatta Plateau. Voi Safari Lodge Business/Conference Facilities The Voi Conference Centre can accommodate: - 50 guests - classroom style and: - 90 guests - theatre style. It also offers a smaller boardroom which will accommodate 36 guests boardroom style. State-of-the-art presentation facilities, To include: A full selection of overhead, slide projector, screen, TV-video equipment, state of the art audio visual equipment and PA system/podium, wireless internet access in room and conference rooms.

     

    Full Conference organization service To include: badges, registration desks, delegate packs, delegate services, specialist delegate gifts, secretarial back up and communication links, tailor-made itineraries, private safaris and individually planned and themed menu.

     

    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 mirage like 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. The first thing you notice when you approach Tsavo National Park is a vast plain, covered with dry vegetation, which is covered special deep red loam. It should be noted first that this is probably one of the wildest places in the world. And how else, after the area it is situated in is huge - 20 812 sq. km. With these dimensions Park Tsavo ranks first in size in Kenya. It is also one of the largest in the world. Its territory covers an area greater than countries like Jamaica. Excursion to the protected locality offers you to watch different herds of wild animals while dining comfortably in a hotel. Nairobi- Mombasa highway passes through the park, and divides the territory in east and west. The western part is smaller in size and offers great opportunities for tourism. In Tsavo is the waterfall Lugard, whose turbulent waters fall from picturesque rocks. About 200 liters of fresh carbonated water does flow from the volcanic Mzima springs. This is another animal paradise Africa. It holds more than 60 species of large mammals and over 1000 plant species, who survive in its inhospitable volcanic areas. Different types of geologic soil, mountains, rivers, absolutely pristine nature and hot springs fill Mzima with crystal clear water and have turned it into an international treasure - a paradise for all kinds of animals, especially elephants and lions. Among other local residents are hippos, crocodiles, gazelles, zebras, giraffes and monkeys. Thousands of birds enjoy the water, as well as acacia and palm trees. Rocky fragments and the cooled- rock lava rivers give a natural sense of cherishing wild territory for centuries. Here the elephants are pink, not because they are a special type, but because of the thin layer of red dust, which covers Tsavo National Park. To the delight of tourists, an underwater glass observation platform was built, where you can safely enjoy a variety of the underwater world. Desert roses, much like a small baobab, bloom almost year round and are very beautiful pink color. In Tsavo National Park, in June and September 1962, all the elephants were counted from an airplane. Due to the large size of elephants and almost open field census was pretty accurate. In June they counted 6825 elephants, and in September - 10, 799, to which should be added another 4, 804 animals from areas bordering the park.

     

    Tsavo West National Park

     

    Tsavo West National Park is a game park situated in southern Kenya, located about 200km south-east of Nairobi. Combined with Tsavo East this park forms the world's largest game sanctuary. The two parks are separated by the Mombasa/Nairobi road. Tsavo West covers a huge variety of landscapes, from swamps and natural springs to rocky peaks, extinct volcanic cones to rolling plains and sharp reddish outcrops. Wildlife can be difficult to spot because of the dense scrubs. In May 1948, a month after its conception Tsavo National Park was divided into East and West for administrative purposes. At 21 812 square km, Tsavo National Park is the largest park in Kenya. Named after the Tsavo River which flows from west to east, the park is considered one of the world's biodiversity strongholds. It is the only Kenyan park that permits night drives and also allows off road driving so one can see the wildlife close up. Tsavo West National Park offers a variety of wildlife and birdlife. More than 600 species of birds have been recorded. Animals include the leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, duiker, waterbuck, lion, crocodile, mongoose, warthog, hyrax, dik dik and porcupine. Another attraction is the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary at the base of Ngulia Hills. The sanctuary is part of the Rhino Ark Programme which protects Tsavo West's 49 black rhinos. The Shetani flow, a black lave flow of 8km long, 1.6km wide and 5m deep, is the remain of volcanic eruptions. There is a cave located near the centre of the outflow. Although the cave is only a few meters long, the exit is not accessible as the place is too narrow. In the far south western corner of the park is Lake Jipe. This attractive lake is fed by runoff from Mount Kilimanjaro and the northern Pare mountains. Tsavo West is only a few hours from Mombasa and is quite a popular National Park for many beach-safari tourists. It can get a lot of minibus traffic and is home to a lot of larger motel style accommodation.

     

    Tsavo East National Park

     

    Located app. 333 km from Nairobi, this savannah National Park lies in low, semi-arid country at the eastern edge of the inland plateau, north of the main Mombasa– Nairobi road and railway. This has made it a very popular safari destination world over. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest National Parks in Kenya after being established in April 1948 and yet together with Tsavo West, makes the biggest game reserve in the world with 40% of the total area of all Kenyan National Parks. Much of the park is level, open country, with scattered rocky outcrops. The Yatta Plateau (world's largest lava flow), a long, flat-topped lava ridge, runs along the western boundary, and beneath it flows the Athi river; this joins the Tsavo river to become the Galana river, a permanent stream that cuts right across the park. The seasonal Tiva and Voi rivers are important features of the northern and southern sectors, respectively. Along the rivers is a narrow fringe of woodland and thicket, dominated by Acacia elatior, the Doum palm Hyphaene compressa and the shrub Suaeda monoica. The northern part of the park is predominantly more-or-less dense Acacia–Commiphora woodland. South of the Galana, common shrubs include species of Premna, Bauhinia and Sericocomopsis, and scattered trees such as Delonix elata and Melia volkensii.

     

    The Yatta Plateau has a cover of dense bushland, with stands of baobab Adansonia digitata. There are scattered seasonal pools, swamps and dams, but relatively few sources of permanent water. Tsavo East National Park has a prolific birdlife with an astounding checklist of up 500 species on record. The Park lies within the migratory routes of palearctic migrants which qualifies it an important spot for these species especially the rarely seen Sooty and Eleonora’s Falcons. The park is home to 61 of the 94 species of the Somali-Masai biome that occur in Kenya. Four globally threatened species namely; Taita Thrush, Friedmann’s Lark, Lesser Kestrel and Basra Reed Warbler along with seven regionally threatened species namely; African Finfoot, African Darter, Great egret, Saddle-billed Stork, White-headed Vulture, Martial Eagle, and Violet Wood Hoopoe have been recorded at this site. Tsavo East National Park holds substantial populations of a diversity of other wildlife, from large and small mammals to amphibians, reptiles, rich flora, to insects just to mention but a few.

     

    A two hour drive from Watamu would normally take you to the Sala Gate. However, in October 2011, the track was in poor condition after heavy rains so allow at least another hour while the track is in that state. Once through the Gate, the roof on the safari van goes up and your safari begins in earnest. Elephants, zebra, different species of antelope and big birds such as Bustards, Storks and Birds of Prey await your arrival. There are several places to stay within the park and more details can be found on the "Links" page. In terms of time, it takes about two more hours to travel from the Sala Gate to Voi. Allow at least twice that amount of time as you will want to stop regularly along the way to get close-up views of the wildlife. Like everywhere in Africa, rain is so important to the area. It can be very dry in Tsavo East. This will affect the number of animals and birds on show. That said, Jonathan will know where to look even in the driest of conditions. To get to Tsavo West, allow at least two hours from Voi. The landscape is very different to that at Tsavo East. There are a couple of specialist sites where you can catch up with Hippo, Crocodiles and if you are lucky, Black Rhino at the Sanctuary.

     

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