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    Sagala Lodge, Sagala Hill, Voi Town, Tsavo National Park Kenya

    Sagala Lodge is located off the main Nairobi and Mombasa highway close to Voi between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks and is a good location when traveling between the National parks. Sagala Lodge Tsavo is set in its own wildlife sanctuary; Sagala Lodge has comfortable accommodation, the romantic Sagala safari lodge is only a two hours drive from Mombasa and situated at the foothills of the Sagala mountain range, conveniently located within easy reach of the Tsavo East National Park and only a few kilometers away from the Tsavo West. The Sagala safari lodge Tsavo comprises of 26 Bandas scattered in the lush gardens of the lodge. A swimming pool, a souvenir shop, a lounge-bar and a quality restaurant add to the comfort of your stay, and our 5000 acres wildlife sanctuary is a special attraction, Sagala Safari Lodge Voi offers an array of attractive and inexpensive activities such as game drives in the Sagala safari lodge own private sanctuary, mountaineering in the Sagala escarpment, bird watching safaris, walking safaris, evening wildlife lectures, bush trekking, enduro motorbike safaris and more.

     

    Sagala Lodge Kenya also offer safari excursions to the nearby attractions such as the world largest baobab tree and the colonial train station where the true story of the famous "Maneaters of Tsavo" happened after which the Hollywood movie with Michael Douglas was made, Safari from the Sagala Lodge Tsavo Kenya include Tsavo-East and Tsavo-West game drives, Amboseli, Lake Jipee Lugard Falls, Aruba Dam and much more. Safari cars can be rented at the lodge at moderate rates charged per mile (reservations are advisable), or you can also use your own private car as most of the routes in Tsavo East- and West- National Parks are well maintained. You will find the food to be of good quality, at the rooftop terrace above the Oryx Suite you have a beautiful view of the Sagala hill and you can admire magnificent sunsets. In the Sagala Lodge Tsavo Kenia experience come Africa Alive, unforgettable sounds during the day and at night, you will never forget what you have experienced in the Sagala Lodge, The Sagala Lodge offers a swimming pool, a restaurant and an observation room, plus the luxury bungalows are very cozy. The bungalows with terrace, cozy furniture, the bungalow and the bathroom were very clean. The Sagala Lodge is really nicely laid out. The locations of the bungalows are designed so that no one disturbs the others. Paths and gardens are very well kept; the pool is clean and ideal for swimming. After dinner, you can end the evening at a cozy campfire. From the roof terrace of the suite from Oryx can make very interesting observations of birds. A small water point 300m from the Sagala Lodge, to which there is an observation platform, is visited by large animals daily. Again you can make unforgettable wildlife viewing. The restaurant area is comfortable and the prices are reasonable. Sagala Lodge Dining

     

    At the end of the day you can enjoy a drink at the bar or pool followed by an excellent dinner under the stars. You may wish to end your evening sitting by the fire, a great place to have a nightcap and meet other guests. It’s possible to bring your tent or campervan and stay overnight in this beautiful lodge. It’s safe and guarded throughout the night by Massais. Washrooms are available in an adjacent building. You can do your own cooking or order delicious meals from the restaurant and drinks from the bar. Do you need a memorable holiday? Sagala Lodge is the place to visit. Enjoy a wonderful meal served in the garden. We do our best to make your holiday dreams come true. We have spacious conference hall, where you can hold seminars, weddings, birthday parties and other events. Our conference hall has a capacity of up to 100 seats and Seating arrangement depends on the event

     

    Tsavo National Park

     

    Tsavo National Park is enormous. At 22,812 km2 it is roughly 3,000km2 larger than the Kruger National Park in South Africa and covers almost 4% of Kenya’s total land area. In truth, this is a little inaccurate and perhaps a slight overstatement for although it was initially created as a single reserve in 1948, the park is in fact managed (and most often thought of) as 2 separate entities: Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park, each with its own access control, attractions and, crucially, fees.

     

    ‘Tsavo’ means ‘place of slaughter’ in the local Kikamba language. Before the arrival of British colonialism and the scramble for Africa of the late 19thC, the area was the scene of many vicious and deadly attacks by the Maasai tribes to the west. These raided the local Wakamba for cattle and were infamous for leaving none alive when they departed.

     

    Further infamy surrounds Tsavo East’s remarkable maneless male lions which are unique in Africa (Although not in the world: small groups of Asian lions are also known to be maneless). Two in particular terrorized the area in 1898, killing and eating scores of railway workers as they attempted to complete a stretch of the Uganda Railway across the Tsavo River. It is not known exactly how many victims the lions claimed during their 9 month killing spree, but John Henry Patterson, the leader of the British railway expedition and the man who eventually shot and killed both lions, is said to have put it as high as 135, with a lower figure of 28 also commonly given. The 1996 film, ‘The Ghost and the Darkness,’ is based on these rather gruesome events (the heroic Val Kilmer playing Lt. Colonel Patterson). Between intertribal warfare and man-eating lions, ‘Tsavo’ has certainly lived up to its name, but it was perhaps over the course of the last century that ‘the place of slaughter’ really came into its own. Few epithets can have been so sadly appropriate.

     

    Over the centuries, thousands of elephants and rhino have been hunted and poached in and around Tsavo, but during the poaching wars or the 1970’s and 80’s their tuskless, hornless carcases littered the ground so profusely that it is a wonder that any have remained alive at all. Poaching is still a major problem in the Tsavo region, and although nowhere near as devastating as it was 30 or 40 years ago, this is perhaps more due to the decimated numbers of surviving animals than any other single factor. The black rhino population alone, which stood in the high thousands in and around Tsavo in 1970, is now down to around 65 individuals, most of which are located in the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Tsavo West. Until recently, much of the northern area of Tsavo East has been off-limits to visitors due to the dangers posed by poachers. Nevertheless, despite the terrible impact that poaching has had on Tsavo’s wildlife, tireless conservation efforts are slowly increasing the numbers of elephants, rhino and other species hunted for their ivory, horn, meat and hide. Both Tsavo East and Tsavo West are home to the ‘big 5’ and large herds of elephants, buffalo (up to 1000 strong!), zebra and eland are a common sight on the plains. The elephants themselves are famous for their sometimes startlingly ochre-red skin, a phenomenon caused by the region’s red clay soil which the elephants cover themselves in so enthusiastically that even a heavy downpour can fail to remove it.

     

    Crocodile, hippo and waterbuck are prolific along the main rivers and the Mzima Springs – one of the main attractions of Tsavo West – bubbles up approximately 225 million litres of water a day, forming a focal point for wildlife of all kinds. Cheetah, hyena, wild dogs, giraffe, impala, gazelle, kudu, gerenuk, hirola, giraffe and many others can also be seen. Between 500 and 600 bird species have also been recorded across both parks, with ‘ringed’ migrants cropping up as far north as St. Petersburg in Russia. Ngulia in West Tsavo is the site of one of the largest ‘catch-and-release’ bird ringing projects in the world. This winged spectacle takes place during September and November each year as thousands of birds (believed to be attracted by the lights of the Ngulia Lodge) descend down the Ngulia Hills and are duly netted, ringed and released. Over 30,000 individual birds across 93 species were recorded in this way during one 3 week season in recent years. Tsavo East and Tsavo West have no shortage of places to stay. Both have a selection of Tsavo tented camps and Tsavo lodges within the park boundaries. These range from the luxurious to the basic and there are also numerous public campsites and private ‘special campsites’ on offer. If you prefer to stay outside the parks and travel in for day excursions, this is also possible. A number of lodges in Tsavo, often positioned literally metres from the park gates, can provide well-run, friendly accommodation and all will be able to organize guided day tours into the parks either with their own vehicles or through a local safari service. This is especially true around the small market town of Voi town which serves as one of Tsavo East’s principle entry points, on the main Mombasa/Nairobi highway as it branches off towards Tanzania and Arusha to the west.

     

    Hiring a guide can be beneficial, especially if you have limited time and are desperate to see as many animals as possible. The ubiquitous Kenyan safari vehicle is never without a 2-way radio and the drivers keep in touch with each other, radioing in whenever an exciting animal is spotted. This means you’ll be very likely to see lions and any other big game that tends to hang around while hordes of camera snapping tourists descend, but this does have a way of detracting somewhat from the experience. Both parks are vast and beautiful and if you have your own vehicle, or can persuade your driver that you don’t in fact want to go tearing off to the latest big sighting, Tsavo can open up for you and it is possible to drive for hours without seeing a single car or sign of human habitation. Private walking tours can also be arranged. The network of roads through both parks is good, and the predominantly graded dirt surfaces are drivable even during the rainy season. The Kenyan Wildlife Service has recommended travel to Tsavo all year round, with both dry and wet seasons having something to offer. The wet months of March, April and May (as well as the ‘short rains’ in November) provide spectacular thunderstorms and the bush comes alive with fresh green growth against the rich red soil. That said, as with many safaris, the best time of year to see the smaller game (especially the predators) is often during the drier months when the less-dense plant cover and scarcity of water (which forces the wildlife to rivers and waterholes to drink) can make the animals easier to spot. The wettest months in Tsavo are also the hottest, so to avoid the heat and rain, and have a better chance of seeing the more reclusive animals; June to October may be your preferred months to visit.

     

    Tsavo West National Park

     

    In this park you will find mountains and hills for climbing, savanna bush and semi-arid desert scrub, acacia woodland, palm thickets, rivers and the tranquil Lake Jipe Kudu - one of Kenya's animals found in Tsavo. There are many tourist attractions at Tsavo West National Park, from safari tours to see the red-skinned elephants, to birdwatching and hill hiking, to caving and boating. There are many Kenyan animals in the park, including elephants, African lions, hippos, cheetahs, hartebeest and buffalo. Tsavo West National Park covers 7065km² but the terrain is much more varied than that of Tsavo East. It ranges from 200-1000m in altitude. The northern sector is bush land with scattered native baobab trees. The railway runs along the border separating Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park. In 1898, as many as 135 railway workers were attacked and killed by man-eating lions. The pair of male, maneless 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. A wildlife safari is the best way to see Kenya's wildlife close-up in its natural environment.

     

    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. From Lake Jipe, on the Tanzanian border, to the mountain forests of the Chyulu Hills, the wide range of landscape offers protection to many endangered African wildlife including the black rhinoceros, Cosen's gerbil, Hunter's hartebeest, several species of shrew and rat, Grevy's zebra and wild dogs. Mzima Springs is at the north end of Tsavo West. Water from the Chyulu Hills runs from beneath the lava ridge and forms several natural pools. Fringed with palm trees, these pools are popular watering holes for birds and African wildlife. You can also watch the hippos bathing underwater here. Visit the Lava Flows and Caves for geological interest; explore the caves or hike along the lava flow. Bird watching safaris are best between October and January, featuring many migratory birds including African skimmers, red and yellow bishops, goshawks, buffalo weavers and palm nut 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 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 some occasions. Chyulu Hills National Park is an extension of Tsavo West National Park. It was opened in January 1983 to protect its unique habitat and role as a vital water catchment area. The Chyulus are a volcanic mountain range with a mix of volcanic cones and barren lava flows, of which the most interesting is Shetani, meaning "Devil" in Kiswahili. Game include: buffalo, zebra, giraffe, oryx, lion, leopard and many bird and plant species

     

    Tsavo East National Park

     

    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.The southern part of Tsavo East National Park is a popular destination for short Tsavo East National Park safaris by minibus from the coast. Most of these 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 (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, for our travellers doing Tsavo East safari add-ons in.

     

    These include full board stays, with all activities, at two of the park’s best safari camps. 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 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 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

     

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