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    Red Elephant Safari Lodge Tsavo National Park Kenya

    Red Elephant Safari Lodge is a luxury safari lodge situated at the Gate of the largest national park the Tsavo East National Park and offers the possibility for game drives and game walks without transfer times, Red Elephant Safari Lodge is situated just at the border of the Tsavo East National Park, only 700 meters from the Voi Gate and only 5 kilometers from Voi town. Come and experience the magic of the Tsavo safaris at our Red Elephant Lodge and enjoy the original and beautiful spirit of Tsavo National Park in our private get-away resort full of friendliness and hospitality. It’s just like Home away from Home. The Red Elephant Safari Lodge Tsavo is built with natural materials obtained from the area which allows the it to fit in with the environment in which it stands just right at the boundary of the largest National Park in Kenya; The Tsavo East.

     

    When building Red Elephant Safari Lodge Tsavo we did as much as possible not to distort the environment in which we are, thereby keeping it as natural as possible. Even at that, we still succeeded in offering a bush-typical Luxury and harmonized it with many traditional details nobody wants to miss while on Safari to Tsavo. Our staffs provide friendly services and our genuine cozy Safari Style accommodation provides the comfort you need while staying with us. Our 12double rooms and 2 triple rooms and 1 mini suite are located at the 2 permanent building wings. All our guest rooms are fully equipped with bathrooms with hot water, shower and toilet and the beds are all fitted with large mosquito nets. The walls are built by stone and the roof from Makuti, the floors are made from Galana-stones. All rooms at Red Elephant Lodge Tsavo have a wooden ceiling, each room is self-contained with bathroom with shower, flush WC and wash hand basin. The windows are covered by mosquito-wire to protect guests of insects while cool breeze is provided. The big beds are build from natural stones, and were set with comfortable mattresses.

     

    Every bed is covered by a mosquito net. Also chairs and tables in the rooms are built from natural stones to give the room a unique safari look Our Safari Bar offers a variety of international brands and classic cocktails as well as own creations after a dry and hot day in the bush. After a Tsavo game drive or whenever you please, or maybe you feel like relaxing the whole day, our junior pool is available for both adults and kids to take a refreshing break. Enjoy also our sundeck for tanning, reading; watch birds and you can also relax on our terrace. The Red Elephant Safari Lodge Kenya African Villag is transformed after dark to a traditional safari camp fire place. Sometimes in the evening and during lunch as well, we offer nice entertainment of live traditional music. The band performs nice soft background music from different traditional Kenyan tribes and our guest are also invited to perform with the band using the traditional instruments. For clients who are interested, you can join our tour guides on a Walking safari and learn about reading spoors, about vegetation and how it is used for preparing traditional medicine and from some hills around the area you could have a wonderful view of the National Park. The biggest adventure for everybody at Red Elephant Lodge Kenya is the Game Drive in the National Park. Encounter the herds of animals and see the famous Red Elephants. Their numbers have risen to more than 10,000 during the past years. The park is also home to many lions, cheetahs, antelopes, giraffes and other mammals. It also offers a large variety of bird-life. The visit of the Elephant Orphans is a very unique experience, this orphanage is just right in our neighborhood and they are taken care of by professional staff of the D. Sheldrick Wildlife trust. Please understand that only foster parents are allowed to visit the Orphans. Please contact the organization for further information. For all guests interested in original African Cuisine we do offer a morning of African Cooking. One of our Chefs will guide and assist you, preparing a mouthwatering African dish for your personal Lunch. Our Excursion “People and Landscape of Tsavo” offers a visit to the traditional Maasai Village (Manyatta) and also a drive into the farming area of the Taita tribe. On the way you will also be able to measure one of the largest Baobab trees in the area. On the way, we would make a short drive along the endless sisal plantation to complete this half-day-trip.

     

    Red Elephant Safari Lodge Accommodation

     

    There are 12 double-rooms, 2 triple-rooms and 1 Mini Suite located in the two wings of the building. The walls are built by stone and the roof from Makuti, the floors are made from Galana-stones. All rooms have a wooden ceiling. Each room is self-contained with bathroom with shower, flush WC and wash hand basin. Hot and cold water is available. The windows are covered by mosquito-wire to protect guests of insects while cool breeze is provided. The big beds are building from natural stones, and were set with comfortable mattresses. Every bed is covered by a mosquito net. Also chairs and tables in the rooms are built from natural stones to give the room a unique safari look, The design and equipment of rooms at the Red elephant safari lodge makes a traveler feeling comfortable and secured easy staying, a feeling of being at "Home away from Home'' in the African bush. Discover and enjoy a unique Class of Safari in Tsavo East: The Red Elephant Safari Lodge, enjoy the spirit of Africa, Our Bush Houses are spacious detached bungalows rooms located at the North wing of the Red Elephant Lodge and facing directly into the Tsavo East National Park. It could be booked as a Single, Double and can also be given out as a Triple Room. From the terrace of the Bush Houses you can have a good view into the park and also get to see our regular visitors: The Red Elephants of the Tsavo East. Every Bush House has it own theme and is decorated accordingly. Each room is equipped with a fan. The modern brightly lit bathroom completes the picture of this new adventure. The Safari rooms are divided into the East and West wings and equip with a terrace at the back. They are totally furnished with natural material got from the environment where the lodge is situated to give it an authentic feel to it. For example the bed, the tables and the tiles on the floor are made from rock stones around the Tsavo East The quartz” ( these stones are the natural resources used to make glass).Window nets are placed on the front and rear windows as well as mosquito nets placed at every bed in all our rooms

     

    Red Elephant Safaris Lodge Meals

     

    The main building is covered by a big makuti roof (Palm thatch roofs). The dining room has a setting capacity of 60, breakfast and lunches are served as buffet or by plate service and exclusive dinner is served by French cloche-service or as African Night at the camp fire. At our Maasai Bar we offer a variety of national and international drinks and cocktails of our own creation. Relax on our Bar chairs or on our Bar Tables and enjoy your drink. All meals prepared in our lodge are served at the restaurant of the main building of the Lodge for breakfast and lunch. At night if the weather permits, dinner is served around the camp fire at the African Village ground. We do however offer a Room Service for drinks at the Bush-Houses when requested. A well balanced mixture of European and African meals in fresh quality is offered. For all guests interested in original African Cuisine we do offer a morning of African Cooking. One of our Chefs will guide and assist you, preparing a mouthwatering African dish for your personal Lunch. With good weather, dinner is served around the campfire ground of the African village in the evening. In the evening, the campfire is lit and our guest can enjoy their dinner seated around the fire. Bar services are available at the campfire ground. Traditional musicians sometimes perform music of different Kenyan tribes during dinner.

     

    Red Elephant safari Lodge Activities

     

    Activities at the Red Elephant lodge include extended day and night game drives, sun-downers, bird watching safaris, mountain climbing, hiking, mountain biking, guided walking safaris, bush meals, picnics, photography and swimming. In areas situated outside the National Park we offer game walks to our guests. We provide trained guide and at a slow pace we explore the African bush and learn interesting things about the ecosystem of the habitat, foot-prints of the animals and about the traditional African life. Our Excursion “People and Landscape of Tsavo” offers a visit to the traditional Maasai Village (Manyatta) and also a drive into the farming area of the Taita tribe. On the way you will also be able to measure one of the largest Baobab trees in the area. On the way, we would make a short drive along the endless sisal plantation to complete this half-day-trip. There is a boutique built from sisal-sticks at the lobby of the main building, offering a variety of purchases from postcards to exotic African wood carvings and travel accessories. Here every traveler can find something of their taste and liking.

     

    Tsavo National Park

     

    Tsavo is the biggest national park in the country occupying approximately 22,000km², almost 4% of Kenya’s surface area, making it one of the largest in the world. The coupled national parks of Tsavo East and West as a whole form one of Africa’s greatest wilderness reserves which offer a myriad of wildlife in fresh unique mountain scenery and peerless geological attractions in the continent. Tsavo is a typically vibrant region will lush emerald hills, fascinating lava flows, effluent springs and voluminous permanent rivers located in south eastern Kenya about 240 km south-east of Nairobi and almost 200km north of Mombasa. The park‘s expanse extends along the western side of Mombasa-Nairobi highway and the Kenya-Uganda railway which divides the park into east and west. It covers 30 per cent of Kenya’s park area it is purported that the park was too big for people to exhaust hence the split into two. It is further estimated that the park’s entire area is larger than that of Wales in Great Britain or Jamaica in the Caribbean! The much more wooded Tsavo West covers an area comprising of hilly landscapes dotted with volcanic cones and dramatic black lava flows that characterize its 9,0ookm² range. The Tsavo East National park on the other hand covers over 13, ooo km² open, flat-to-undulating plains and scattered bush. The region was disrupted between 2-3 centuries ago by a series of violent volcanic eruptions in the area. Tsavo remained the homeland for Orma and Maasai pastoralists and Waata hunter-gatherers until 1948, when it was gazetted as a national park. Following Kenya’s independence in 1963, hunting was banned in the park and management of Tsavo was turned over to the authority that eventually became the Kenya Wildlife Service. This immense park stretches from the north eastern Athi River to the southwestern Tanzania border.

     

    The region consists of 10 million acres of pure wilderness in its entirety, combining savannah, ranges, hills, montage forest and an extensive river system with Tsavo West boasting more in diversity than its neighbor. The more favored safari destination between the two on account of its marvelous panorama; replete with diverse wildlife in the camouflage of lifted cliff faces which offer some of the best rock climbing opportunities in Kenya. The park is abounding in scenic features and natural fortunes from the mountain forests of Ngulia hills and the livid Chaimu crater to the tranquil Lake Jipe on the Tanzanian border. The Park’s many panoramic vantage points present you with moments to absorb the vast vistas of its savanna ecosystem which is comprised of open grasslands, scrub-lands, Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges. The park is refreshed by the Tsavo river and Mzima Springs surrounded by other geological particularities such as lava flows like the Shetani Flow caves and Shetani Caves.West of Chyulu Gate, en route to Amboseli National Park, the road passes for several kilometers across a huge expanse of black lava rock that is still barely colonised by plant life. Host to a wide variety of wildlife members from the ‘Big Five“; this green volcanic phenomenon is considered the best for topography fans who also want to view Kenya’s animals and birds; though the thick vegetation makes spotting animals more difficult than in some of the more open parks like the Masai Mara National Park, the Tsavo West National Park is home to the largest population of red-skinned elephants who are one of the outstanding features in this game sanctuary and the only red elephants in the world . These red elephants are actually the same colour as every other elephant though they just appear red due to constantly dust-bathing with the Park’s fine red volcanic soil.

     

    Thousands of them now inhabit the Park after the devastating effects of the widespread elephant poaching which occurred throughout the 1980s. The ivory trade ban almost a decade later completely halted the slaughter allowing wildlife-based photographic tourism to increase again, so the chances of seeing one are pretty high. Notable predators like the Masai lion, cheetah and leopard can be rather elusive added to the hilly landscapes and woodland of Tsavo West which makes spotting wildlife even more challenging. This is probably because they are not as accustomed to vehicles like their counterparts in other National Parks and Game Reserves around the country. Its other major wildlife attractions include, Black rhino, Hippos, Cape Buffalos, Masai giraffe and even monstrous crocodiles. The Park also has a variety of other smaller animals such as the bushbaby, hartebeest, lesser kudu, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, and Nocturnal Porcupine that can be spotted in the dark, its wildlife also played a significant part in history from March through December 1898 for its cruel ‘Man-Eaters of Tsavo’. As reported, a pair of notorious man-eating lions were responsible for the deaths of over 100 construction workers on the Kenya-Uganda Railway during the time when the British where building a railway bridge over the Tsavo River. According to eye-witnesses testimonies, two manes less male lions stalked the campsite, preying on the Indian workers in their tents during the night for the nine months the railway was being constructed. This events have also been dramatized in, The Ghost and the Darkness, a 1996 Academy Award winning historical adventure movie based on the accounts

     

    Tsavo West National Park attractions

     

    The Kenya-Uganda railway that divides Tsavo is another jewel in itself; although its construction was an exorbitantly expensive engagement by the ruling British Conservatives. The Imperialists anticipated that the line would allow them to control Lake Victoria thereby strengthening British command of its East African Protectorate and rivaling that of the German East Africa. The area later became the bloody venue for, The East African Campaign, a major battle between the British and the Germans during the First World War. It was caused after the agreement which regulated European colonization and trade in Africa was first broken by the British when they launched an attack on their German neighbors in August 1914. The campaign was effectively ended in November 1917 ensuing a series of military engagements from the beginning of 1915 where foreign troops battled for territory in East Africa. This war is another really an important part of Kenya’s pre-Independence history that many people still are unaware of until to date. One of the latest findings in the region that confirms this epic history is a German fort on what was called Hill 931. There are some forts that have been traced in the region which include— three on Tsavo Ranch at Mt Kasigau and Pika Pika and others located on the Tsavo River are the Mzima, Crater and Tembo Forts, at Tsavo River Bridge and one near Serena’s Kilaguni Lodge, in Tsavo West National Park. There are also interesting battle sites in the region covered by the park such as Salaita Hill, Challa, Mahoo, Latema and Reata Hills around Taveta. Back in 1978 Bill Woodley, the warden of Tsavo West then, invited the Mountain Club of Kenya to explore the terrains in the park which offers some of the best rock-climbing solid granite-gneiss walls in Kenya.The access the MCK has to climb and camp in the park is a special privilege and other climbers should initially contact the MCK for more information if they intend to climb here. Non MCK members are also advised to contact the MCK if they wish to climb in Tsavo.

     

    Tsavo West Safaris

     

    Tsavo West is an all year round exotic sensation which is ideal for those who want an exhilarating experience well away from the crowds. It is an excellent place for visitors who enjoy walking and who have time to spend days visiting its surroundings and the diverse habitats. The Park’s flora teems with beautiful wild flowers which appear mostly during the short rains which quickly dot the ground with dainty blossoms each with a distinctly alluring aura. It is also home to diverse bird species featuring nearly 600 species including ostriches, kestrels, buzzards, starlings, weavers, kingfishers, hornbills, secretary birds, herons, the threatened corncrake and Basra Reed Warbler. Reports of ringed birds have been received from as far as St.Peterburg in Russia and even in Oman; southwest Asia. Tsavo West being the Game viewing paradise that it is currently attracts photo-tourists from all over the world who are interested in experiencing the vastness of the wilderness and incredible terrains. Its recent volcanoes, lava flows and caves offer great opportunities for exciting geological excursions and cave exploration. There are numerous rocky outcrops and ridges in the park including the Shetani lava flow, another example of a recent volcano towards the Chyulu Hills,with its rich lava flows and ash cones. At Mzima Springs in the North of the park with its lively waters which are filtered underground from the Chyulu Hills as it gushes from below a lava ridge into a series of clear pools. Mzima produces 50 million gallons of fresh sparkling water daily making it the main source of Mombassa’s vital water supply. You still immersed yourself further in some underwater hippo and fish watching at a unique underwater observatory which has been built to give you an incredible view of this crystal clear underwater world, where the massive hippos glide silently through swirling shoals of barbell.

     

    The volcanic Mzima springs have created a sprawling wetland paradise of giant Raphia palms and oases alive with water birds.

     

    Tsavo West National Park Information

     

    Tsavo West National Park has more than 2,000 kilometers of well maintained, all weather, roads with good signposting which direct visitors from one attraction to the next wonder. Most safaris in Tsavo usually focus on a relatively small but essential 1,000km² areas in the park north of the Tsavo River known as the Developed Area.

     

    Most of the tourists to Tsavo West are Germans and Italians as it is come on short road trips from the Mombassa and Malindi Plus Lamu Island to the Tsavo Safari lodges. This is attributed to the relative proximity of Tsavo to the Kenya coast making it an ideal Kenia safari destination for those staying on the coast, or wishing to combine a Kenya safari and beach holiday, You are always advised to pack enough drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks which will enhance your visit during your excursions. The park is located on south eastern Kenya, 240km from Nairobi along the western side of Mombasa-Nairobi highway. The main access routes are through Chyulu Gate from Amboseli and Mtito Andei Gate from Nairobi. The Park can also be reached via Taveta –Voi road through Maktau, Ziwani and Jipe Gates. There are several good airstrips for chartered aircrafts at Chyulu, Mtito Andei, Tsavo, Jipe, Maktau, Kasigau and Ziwani gates. The northern part of Tsavo West is the most developed part of the park in terms of lodges and infrastructure and a Tsavo West lodge safari would normally include two or three nights at one of the four main safari lodges in the Developed Area. Entry in the Tsavo National Park as in other situations is by Safari Card only that may be loaded but unfortunately yet obtainable at Mtito Andei Gate. The lodges in the park cater to everyone from the medium budget visitor to the luxury seeking tourist. They vary from the open and wildly luxurious Finch Hattons Camp on the south western edge of Tsavo West with its spectacular bird life of over 200 locally recorded species.

     

    To the Voyager Ziwani Safari Camp often referred to as the “Jewel of Tsavo”; formerly known as Ziwani Hotel, it has simplistic beauty and charm making it a popular honeymoon destination due to its spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro and high level of privacy. There is the fairly priced Kilaguni Serena Lodge, one of the first lodges ever to be built in a national park, which is situated in the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro and sheltered by the volcanic splendor of the Chyulu Hills. This classic stone-built lodge overlooks its own water hole, which is visited daily by elephants, buffalos and a wide variety of plains game Severin Safari Camp which is hidden in the remote Kitani Wildlife area of Tsavo West National Park is another eco friendly luxury camp offering a unique combination of adventure, wellness and relaxation for the sophisticated traveler who loves romantic pampering and unique wildlife experiences. The Ngulia Lodge which is perched on the Ndawe Escarpment just below Ngulia Hills, overlooking the Rhino Sanctuary surrounded by Scenic Hills is also another good choice. There are 3 public campsites with water and latrines at the Kamboyo campsite around 8 kilometers from Mtito Andei Gate, there is the Chyulu Campsite about 1 kilometer from Chyulu Gate and Lake Jipe Campsite which is on Lake Jipe’s shore. A wide variety of ‘special campsites’ e.g. Royal Little Campsite, Simba campsite, Kenge and Kudud which have no facilities which are also available and must be booked in advance through the warden or KWS Headquarters. Have you ever spoilt yourself in one of the top hotels in Tsavo? It doesn't matter if your Tsavo hotel is on the list, or not. Just tell us the name and location,

     

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