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    Impala Safari Lodge, Voi, Tsavo East National Park, Kenya, Africa

    Impala Safari Lodge is located in Voi only 5 kilometers from the entrance to Tsavo East National Park. Impala Lodge offer a stylish blend of African designed elements and modern luxuries paired with stunning ironworks, surrounded by beautiful ever green gardens, simple, elegant yet so unique. The Impala Safari Lodge offers cottages with a lounge and rooms ideally for groups, families or friends who want to stay together in a private seclusion away from crowds; the hotel rooms are designed in a chic African safari style, with tiled floors facing the swimming pool. All rooms are tastefully furnished to ensure you get maximum comfort during your stay. Impala Safari Lodge Voi is the ultimate hideaway, offering six 6 luxurious tents round the swimming pool and two 2 luxuriously appointed cottages, the Cottages have each three 3 rooms one ensuite with own bathtub & toilet, a common spacious shower & toilet for the other two rooms, a private lounge fully furnished with a TV connected to the DSTV, Comfortable leather sofas, Tea / Coffee making facilities and a Dining room to accommodate up to six 6 persons. Luxury toiletries, towels, a torch and umbrella are provided in all tents and cottages. The cottages and tents have private entrances and secure on-site parking. The Impala Safari Lodge Tsavo has a bush restaurant, pool health bar, swimming pool and a bush bar. Impala Safari Lodge is known as the most appropriate business and adventure centre in Voi from the comforts of its facilities wrapped up with activities such as bush barbeques, nature walks, game viewing drives, bird watching, splendid sundowners, weddings & honeymoon holidays.

     

    Impala Safari Lodge Accommodation & Room Types

     

    Impala Safari Lodge is the ultimate hideaway, offering six (6) luxurious tents round the swimming pool and two (2) luxuriously appointed cottages. Each Tent has toilet and shower ensuite designed in a chic African safari style; with tiled floors and Queen Size Beds dressed in fine warm linen. They are all fully furnished with Tea / Coffee making facilities. The Cottages have each three (3) rooms one ensuite with own bathtub & toilet, a common spacious shower & toilet for the other two rooms, a private lounge fully furnished with a TV connected to the DSTV, Comfortable leather sofas, Tea / Coffee making facilities and a Dining room to accommodate up to six (6) persons. We strive for guest satisfaction on all levels because a guest is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us, we are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work; he is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business, he is part of it.We are not doing him a favor by serving him, he is doing us a favour by giving us an opportunity to do so.

     

    Impala Safari Lodge Meals

     

    The “Bush Restaurant” can seat 50 diners in comfort at a go. The name comes from the nature of its settings, being surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden; the restaurant gives you a serene, private and a cool atmosphere during your meals. With expert Chefs delivering mouth watering dishes for all three meals of the day, you will definitely enjoy a delightful dish. The menu is a cosmopolitan combination of European, African and Indian cuisines made from fresh produce. Meals are served buffet-style or you can make your choice from the Ala carte menu. Catering for special dietary requirements and picnic lunch boxes are provided on request. The Bush Bar is positioned next to the restaurant and offers a variety of classic alcoholic drinks and cocktails with cool background music from the in-house entertainment. You have the opportunity to select your favourite music from what we have or bring along your favourite audio CD to enjoy with your friends as you have your drinks. The Pool Health Bar is specifically designed to suit customers with a keen interest in health drinks and foods. It serves a variety of herbal teas, coffees, whole fruit & vegetable juices, salads and snacks to satisfy your appetite.

     

    Impala Safari Lodge Facilities and Activities

     

    Includes the Swimming Pool which offers a welcome retreat after a long day of driving from Mombasa/Nairobi or exploring the many wonders and exciting attractions in Tsavo National Park and around Voi area in general. A team of friendly animators will keep you occupied at the pool with lots of fun games and activities. Impala Safari Lodge is known as the most appropriate Business and Adventure centre in Voi from the comforts of its facilities wrapped up with activities such as Bush Barbeques, Nature walks, Game viewing drives, Bird Watching & Nature Photography, Nature walks, Sundowners (a sunset walk up the Mwakingali hill and enjoy a glass of champagne and snacks as you watch the sunset in Tsavo), Weddings & Honeymoons that offer a variety of packages for you to choose from to make sure you have the best and most memories. Plan your wedding at Impala Safari Lodge and get two (2) days 1 Night accommodation for free in the luxurious rooms and tents for you and your guests.

     

    Tsavo National Park

     

    The two Tsavo National Parks and the adjoining Chyulu Hills National Park make up one of Africa's largest wildlife areas. Tsavo West has spectacular scenery with soaring mountains and the famous Mzima springs. Kilimanjaro is visible on a clear day. Tsavo East by contrast, is a plateau of open thorn bush country with wonderful gaint baobab trees, where Yatta Plateau, the world's longest lava flow, 300km long, dominates the skyline. In Tsavo you'll see large herds of red elephants, contrary to myth they are not a separate sub-species but are covered by the thin red dust found in Tsavo. There are many interesting geographical features in Tsavo, including the Lugard Falls and the Mzima Springs, where an underwater observatory allows you to view the hippo, barbels and crocodiles. Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the western horizon and is a spectacular sight from across the plains. Following recent (in the last ten thousand years or so) volcanic activity, Tsavo West National Park is covered in volcanic cones, rock outcrops and lava flows, the most spectacular being Shaitani. A Tsavo safari is the ideal destination for people who seek solitude and privacy as well as the chance to explore the wilderness. With its proximity to Mombasa it is also an ideal safari for those staying on the coast or wanting to visit the coast after their safari to Kenya. Tsavo National Parks draws a lot of visitors as it’s only a few hours drive from the Mombasa, Kenya’s second city located at the coast. The Mombasa coastal area is popular with tourists anyway, and often they combine a stay in a Mombasa beach resort with a safari here. The Tsavo Park is also popular for budget camping safaris. The Eastern and Western parks - divided by the railway and road from Nairobi to Mombasa – used to be one singly park, but were divided later for administrational reasons. You have to pay the entry fee separately for each park. Generally, flora is more abundant and scenery more versatile in West, but East gives better options for wildlife viewing – for many the main reason to go on a safari – as the park consists mainly of flat, open savannahs without dense vegetation. Typical of the Eastern Park is the magnificent red-brown color of the earth and roads, and the lonely baobab trees on the savannah plains. Other points of interest include the Yatta Plateau, with 290 kilometers the world’s longest lava flow, which runs along the western border of the park. The Lugard Falls, named after British colonial administrator Frederick Lugard, is actually a series of rapids on the Galana River. Two-thirds of the park was closed for a long time to tourists, but since January 2006 the whole park is open again. In general, a lot of animals gather around the waterhole at Voi Safari Lodge, at the Kanderi Swamp and at the Aruba Dam across the Voi River. Waterbucks, kudus and dik-diks are common along the banks of the Galana River, one of Kenya’s biggest rivers which flow through the park. At Crocodile Point, you can see hippos and crocodiles. Elephants are mainly present in the southern part, and during the dry season they often gather at Mudanda Rock. Pretty unique is the population of hirola antelopes, which has been decimated during the last decades by poachers. Tsavo East now harbors a quarter of the total Kenyan hirola antelope population of about 500. There are also some 50 black rhinos in Tsavo East. Elephants Furthermore, the area is home to over 500 bird species, among which are buzzards, kestrels, weaver birds, starlings, herons, secretary birds, kingfishers and ostriches. The park has no less than 19 airstrips. There are no scheduled flights but the airstrips can be used by (light) chartered planes. Many visitors, however, fly in through Mombasa (Moi International Airport), from there it’s about 2 hours driving. Park entry fees are for non-Kenyans $40 for adults and $20 for children. You can only pay with smartcards, which can be bought and charged at the park’s Voi gate. Totally there are 5 entry gates for tourists. The Buchama Gate is used most by tourists, and good for reaching the Aruba Dam, but far away from the Galana River. Park access is for vehicles only. Visitors can only leave their vehicles at certain designated areas. Off-road driving is strictly prohibited – this damages fragile ecosystems and disturbs animals.

     

    Tsavo East National Park

     

    Tsavo East National Park is by far the biggest of Kenya’s parks. At more than 13,700km², Tsavo East is nine times bigger than the Maasai Mara National Reserve: indeed you could fit the whole of the Mara reserve into the southern tip of Tsavo East National Park, south of the Voi River. Most famous for its huge herds of dust-red elephants, more than 10,000 of them bulldoze their way around this vast park. Tsavo East has another big draw: you can set off on a game drive across the seemingly empty wilderness and return to tented camp three hours later without having seen a single other vehicle. There are very few camps and lodges here and, relatively speaking, almost none, with the majority of them close to Voi in the west, near the Mombasa highway. You often have the park to yourself, watching the wildlife under a huge sky: no matter what you’re looking at, Tsavo East always feels like a big spectacle. When considering a Tsavo East safari, it's worth knowing that nearly all Tsavo safaris take place in the south of the park, south of the Galana River. The enormous northern region of Tsavo East was closed to the public for many years and, although it is now open again, distances are vast up here and there is virtually infrastructure. In practice, it's an area for adventurous explorers, not game drives. Incidentally, although Tsavo East and Tsavo West share a name – and a common border, coinciding with the Mombasa highway – they are two distinct national parks with different eco-systems: the wooded and hilly landscapes, dotted with volcanic cones and dramatic, black lava flows of Tsavo West National Park and the much flatter, more open plains and scattered bush that characterise Tsavo East National Park.

     

    Tsavo East Safaris

     

    The southern part of Tsavo East National Park is a popular safari destination for short Tsavo East National Park safaris by minibus from the Mombasa Beach Hotels. Most of these Tsavo trips take clients up to Voi, where they stay in one of the Tsavo East lodges, most of which are located only a few minutes drive from the highway. None of Tsavo East’s airstrips are currently used by scheduled flights. While chartering an exclusive flight for your trip to Tsavo (usually from Nairobi) is an option, chartering can be expensive for small parties or couples. We therefore offer high-quality road transfers, in fully equipped 4x4 safari vehicles, our clients booking Tsavo East safari add-ons in. These include full board stays, with all activities, at two of the park’s best safari camps in Tsavo.

     

    The geography and wildlife of Tsavo East

     

    Tsavo East is mostly a vast flat plain of sandy soil, split by the shallow trough of the Galana River. Nearly all visits take place south of the Galana, where seasonal streams form tributaries that run into the river, their banks lined by small areas of thicker bush. Another watercourse, the seasonal Voi River, runs east through this part of the park, feeding the shallow Aruba dam and then meandering to the coast. The Galana, which rises in the central highlands and whose upper reaches are known as the Athi, is one of Kenya’s biggest rivers. Its valley – rocky in much of its western course, sandy and doum-palm fringed further east – is one of Tsavo East National Park’s defining physical features.

     

    Tsavo East landmarks

     

    Mudanda Rock is an Ayer’s Rock-like sandstone inselberg whose bare flanks form a natural water catchment area that feeds into a large, seasonal lake, attracting large numbers of animals. The Yatta Plateau is a 300km ancient lava flow that stretches along the east and north bank of the Athi-Galana. Its geomagnetic qualities are believed to play a role in guiding migratory birds and large numbers of Palearctic migrants can be seen in the area. Lugard Falls are a series of short falls and steep rapids on the Galana River, where relatively harder rock has created a bottleneck in the valley and impedes the river’s progress. Crocodile Point, where the big reptiles can often be seen basking in the sun, is just downstream from here. At some point on most Tsavo East safaris, you're almost bound to stop here to stretch your legs and takes photos.

     

    Flora and fauna of Tsavo East National Park

     

    The plant communities of Tsavo East are dominated by short grasses, thorn bushes and two major species of tree. The baobab is the iconic tree of Tsavo West National Park, across the Mombasa highway, but you still find significant numbers of these compelling trees, with their enormous trunks and stumpy branches. They form important habitats for many species of birds and insects: you’ll often seen hornbills using holes in baobabs to nest in. The doum palm is a curious tree, a native of North Africa, with edible dates and kernels, whose southernmost territory is the Galana River. When young, the trees are a mass of bushy fronds, but as they mature and the trunks grow, they bifurcate, sometimes two or three times, to create an arresting visual image of forked palm trees. If wildlife densities are much lower here than in some parks, the numbers and variety can be surprisingly good. On our own recent Tsavo East safari we’ve usually seen the characteristically short-maned Tsavo lions; cheetahs appear often; all the plains grazers and bush browsers are much in evidence; and those elephants never let us down: droves of them – many with big tusks – surge across the river, wallow in the waterholes and file over the red earth roads in front of bulging baobab trees. Poaching has been on the increase in recent years, but it hasn’t reached the epidemic levels of the late 1980s and the park is now much better equipped to deal with it. Despite being in south-east Kenya, Tsavo East is zoologically associated with northern Kenya, meaning you’ll see long-necked gerenuk and Somali ostrich, the male of which has a blue neck and legs, and introduced herds of the handsome, fine-striped, Gravy’s zebra. There is also a breeding population of black rhinos, closely monitored by rangers who track them through the bush; though very few travellers on safaris to Tsavo East are lucky enough to see them.

     

    The prehistory of the Tsavo region

     

    What is now Tsavo East National Park was home, in prehistoric times, to scattered communities of hunter-gatherers. Pre-dating the arrival of all the present-day peoples of Kenya, these ancient communities, dating back 50,000 to 100,000 years or more, lived a precarious existence along the banks of the Galana River, where some of their cave shelters have been discovered. They scoured the land for wild fruit, seeds, edible flowers and leaves, nuts and berries, and dug the ground for roots and tubers, while catching any small animals they could grab, from locusts to frogs. With training and practice in adolescence, the men grew up to use the technology of their era – primarily simple bows, spears and clubs of wood and bone – and competed for four-legged meat across Tsavo East with the predators of the region: the lions, leopards, hyenas, crocodiles and related species now extinct, which in turn occasionally hunted them.

     

    The history of Tsavo East

     

    Thousands of years later, the ancestors of the Kamba moved off the slopes of Mount Kenya into the northwestern fringes of the Tsavo district – probably some time between 500AD and 1000AD – and gradually displaced, or culturally absorbed, most of the hunter-gatherers. The Kamba had first arrived in what is now Kenya from central Africa, with their iron-working technology, along with all the other peoples speaking Bantu languages, such as the Kikuyu and the Mijikenda, roughly between 1000BC–200BC. While still restricted, like the hunter-gatherers, to areas of Tsavo East with water, which effectively meant the valley of the Galana River, the Kamba began to herd their livestock across the savannah and seek out bees' nests in the baobab trees. They subsequently went on to become great bee-keepers, famous across Kenya for their honey. They also refined the ancient art of poison-tipping their arrows, and for centuries, Kamba hunting arrows were at the forefront of hunting technology.

     

    The exploration of Tsavo East

     

    By the time the Maasai arrived in the Tsavo area with their cattle, in the eighteenth century, Swahili traders from the coast had been trekking across the region for centuries, using the Kamba as middlemen to exchange foreign cloth, alcohol, gold and silver coins and gunpowder for animal skins, ivory, rhino horn and slaves from the far interior. It was Swahili and Kamba traders who led the earliest explorers and missionaries on the world’s first 'safaris'. In 1849, they showed the German Bible scholar Johann Krapf the snowy peaks of Kilimanjaro and Kirinyaga (later called Mount Kenya), and in the 1880s they guided the eco-conscious Scottish geologist Joseph Thomson – the world’s first explorer to practice something resembling responsible travel (nobody ever lost their life on a Thomson safari) – on his way through Maasai-land. The early Victorian colonists from Britain saw Tsavo East as a problem area to be fought against: they couldn’t farm there, but they were going to make sure their trains ran on time on the new railway line. Having dealt with two man-eating lions (the 'Man-Eaters of Tsavo') after losing dozens of labourers to the hungry pair during the railway’s construction, they were determined to avoid staff shortages over wildlife. Tsavo East’s dense population of black rhinos was considered to be a particular scourge, making footpaths and roads unsafe for pedestrians. As late as the years after World War II, the British employed the suitably named JA Hunter to cull the rhinos, and he quickly lived up to his name, killing 1088 rhinos over the course of a year in the area that is now Tsavo East National Park.

     

    Tsavo East becomes a National Park

     

    In 1948, there was a change of mind. The authorities declared that the area of Tsavo East would henceforth be protected as Tsavo East National Park. A decade after independence, the government of Jomo Kenyatta banned all hunting and tourists began to deliver an income to the region. Elephant and rhino poaching remained a serious problem however, spiking in the late 1970s as Middle East oil wealth began to purchase ivory and rhino horn dagger handles, and again in the late 1980s and early 1990s as Somalia’s economy disintegrated and refuges and weapons flooded the area. A third spike seems to be happening now, as China’s economy booms, though the park authorities, with private assistance, are better equipped to deal with poaching than in the past.

     

    Tsavo Safari Packages Information

     

    A safari to Tsavo National Park is one of the world's great travel adventures one would never want to miss, a true feeling of African life style, the romance of an open campfire under a magnificent sky full of stars is undeniable. Discounted group prices are available for students and organized travelers, IF you’ve ever dreamed of taking safaris to tsavo, the time is now, After lowering prices amid the recession, high-end safari camps and tour companies are still struggling to bring rates back in line, offering travelers an opportunity to take one of the most expensive vacations there is for as much as 10 percent off. Even with such significant price reductions, safaris in Tsavo are still not cheap. And don’t expect to find many bargains over the Christmas holiday week when camps are packed. We are experienced team of Kenya safari based in Tsavo National Park, through years spent bundu bashing up and down the savannah, we've tried every type of tour and safari under the sun and sorted the diamonds from the rough. With all this travel experience under our belts we can guarantee that all of the adventure travel tours, budget tours & safaris, camping safaris and self drive trips we carry are the best Tsavo budget travel packages available. Budget doesn't have to mean cheap and nasty! If you are looking for Tsavo National Park accommodation, we have a selection of Tented Camp, Safari Lodge, holiday accommodation in Tsavo East National Park and surrounds. With listings in Tsavo National Park, with great low prices, it's easy to book the perfect holiday accommodation for your Tsavo National Park visit. We also have some great special accommodation deals in Tsavo East National Park

     

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