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    Voi Safari Lodge, Tsavo East National Park, Kenya

    Voi safari lodge is a luxury safari lodge that prides itself to be a rugged and wild, yet tranquil and serene. Voi safari Lodge is strategically situated in one of the World’s Largest Game Park-the Tsavo East National Park; the Voi Safari Lodge Tsavo stands high above the plains of Tsavo East National Park with views of a vast expanse of the African Bush, You can simply watch the herds of wild animals roam beneath you or you can get closer by a network of access roads reaching into many corners of this 11,666 square kilometers Tsavo National Park. The Voi Safari Lodge is part of Kenya safari lodges and hotels chain, the idea for the safari lodge began in 1969 with a dream about an ideal safari location in the Kenya wilderness that offers a true bush safari experience like no Kenya safari lodge could offer. With the wildlife close environmental considerations were made in designing the luxury lodge. Voi Safari Lodge stands high above the Voi Town like a tower overlooking a vast expanse of the African Bush; it is 160km from Mombasa City. The Voi Safari lodge is a perfect silhouette on the top of a cliff-faced hill, and is uniquely and tastefully designed overlooking Tsavo East Park in wild Kenya plains extending as far as the undulating terrain of the Yatta Plateaus. This vantage positioning of the Voi Safari lodge Tsavo has made it a stop over for many Kenya safari adventures, nature lovers and holiday makers who are assured of sampling the Kenya wildlife attractions that continuously beat a track to the three water holes sunk by the lodge below the cliff.

    Voi Safari Lodge Voi is also an ideal safari stop over for exploring Taita Hills, including the fertile farmland secluded high in Taita hills surrounding Wundanyi, reached by excellent mountain road which affords splendid views as far as the Coast. During the dry season the waterholes are the convergence of a lot of wild animals moving almost in a trance as if urged on by some kind of telepathic communication, the sight is just fantastic. The location evokes a romantic inspiration that once moved a visiting British poet who now incorporated his experience at the lodge in most of his poems, to describe it as sample of wonder that is better than a dream. Voi Safari Lodge Kenya is located 160 kilometers from the Kenya Beach city of Mombasa and 370 kilometers from Nairobi city, the comfortable safari lodge, with its high standards of comfort and cuisine as found in all Kenya Safari Lodges & Hotels is easily reached by car from Voi. You may either enter the Park from Mombasa at the Bachuma gate through Aruba Dam or Voi Gate. The visitors coming by charter flights there is also a convenient airstrip, four (4) kilometers away from the Voi Safari Lodge Tsavo Kenya. The Voi safari Lodge is ideally placed for visitors wishing to combine a Kenya lodge safari and Mombassa beach safaris with its accessibility to Tsavo National Park and its close proximity to Mombasa and Malindi. With temperatures in the day average 25 degrees Celsius and cooler nights, Tsavo East National offers an ideal climate in which to relax, indulge in the many safari facilities on offer at the Voi Safari Lodge Kenia and enjoy one of the world's leading biodiversity strongholds. The luxury and exclusive Voi Safari Lodge is one of the oldest safari lodges in Tsavo and offers 52 rooms designed to blend with the rocky surroundings game viewing terrace and tunnel, two restaurants and two bars plus a dug up rock swimming pool.

    Voi Safari Lodge Accommodation

    Voi Safari Lodge has 52 rooms. All rooms are en-suite and have spacious bathrooms and are furnished in African decor that is replicated throughout the lodge. From the Voi Safari Lodge, you can look out onto the three water holes and see the ever-changing Panorama of Africa unfold right before your eyes and at the same time enjoy the luxury of waiters’ service. There is a special “Hide” for the camera enthusiasts affording close-up and candid pictures of the wild animals which do not suspect any human presence. Voi Safari Lodge surroundings are an ideal spot from which to go out in search of the “BIG FIVE” – Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. From Voi you have speedy and easy access to either the Tsavo East or Tsavo West portions of this National Park. Voi is also an ideal for exploring Taita Hills, including the fertile farmland secluded high in Taita hills surrounding Wundanyi, reached by excellent mountain road which affords splendid views.

    Dinning at the Voi Safari Lodge

    The Lodge offers the Main Bar which is situated at the terrace of the main building near the Restaurant overlooking the water holes and opens from 7.00am until midnight, the Hyrax Bar which is situated below the main restaurant, drinks on offer at competitive prices. The bar opens from 9.00am to midnight. Voi safari Lodge is 160 Kilometres from Mombasa, 360 kilometres from Nairobi. The comfortable Voi Safari Lodge is easily reached by car from Voi. You may either enter the Park from Mombasa at the Bachuma gate through Aruba Dam or Voi Gate. You can access from Nairobi through Voi Gate or Manyani Gate. It is about 360 km from Nairobi City.

    Voi Safari Lodge Conferencing

    The Voi safari lodge Conference Centre can accommodate 50 guests’ classroom style and 90 guest’s theatre style. It also offers a smaller boardroom which will accommodate 40 guests boardroom style. State of-the-art presentation facilities include: A full selection of overhead and slide projector, screen, TV-video equipment, audio-visual equipment and PA system/podium, wireless internet access in room and conference rooms.

    Tsavo National Park

    Ruggedly beautiful Tsavo National Park (East and West) is among Africa’s largest wildlife reserves—some 8,000 square miles (21,283 km2) where, in Tsavo East, renowned elephant herds sometimes estimated upward of 6,000 are a unique red color different from anyplace else, due to iron-rich lateritic soil in which they take mud or dust baths. Hippopotami walk on the bottom of clear aqua-blue Mzima Springs, supplied by water which originates on Mt. Kilimanjaro snowy peak and flows underground until it gushes out here at a peak rate of 110 million gallons (500 million liters) a day. Habitat ranges from savannah to riverine forest to mountains up to 7,000 feet (2,150 m) and includes huge baobab “upside-down” trees which themselves are habitat to hornbills and dozens of other winged and four-footed creatures. All the carnivores are here—lions, cheetahs, leopards, and both spotted and striped hyenas— keeping an eye on the grazers and browsers: zebras, giraffes, gazelles, elands, and, in Tsavo East, the only in-situ population of rare hirola or Hunter’s hartebeest, the most threatened large antelope in Africa. Aardwolves are here, but despite their menacing name, these miniature hyenas subsist mainly on harvester termites. Dainty goat-like klipspringers bound over rocky outcrops on tiny rubbery hooves which cling to the steepest incline, getting what water they need from succulent forage. So do gerenuks, standing on hind legs to get leaves unavailable to others. Fringe-eared oryx, which can regulate their body temperature, are also present. Lesser kudus with elegant spiraled horns find 118 kinds of nutritious browse plants in the Tsavo East Galana area. Miniature dik-dik antelopes skitter through busy woodland tracts. Savannah monitors, formidable dragonlike lizards, prowl the plains for small animal prey. Many species and large numbers can be accommodated on these vast parks—more than 70 mammal and more than 1,000 plant species, more than 400 kinds of birds—but they are so spread out the population in any one place may not be dense.

    Shrubby woodlands hold an extraordinary array of brightly plumaged birds including yellowbilled hornbills, orange-breasted parrots, metallic-feathered sunbirds on flowering trees, superb and golden-breasted starlings—altogether there are 12 species of starling, including uncommonFischer’s—as well as fish eagles, bustards, scops owls, sacred ibis, open-billed storks, and black herons or “umbrella birds” which shade their heads with their wings while hunting. Migrating palearctic birds sometimes funnel through the gap between the Ngulia and Kichwa mountains in flocks of thousands. At mid-century there were an estimated 60,000 elephants here, too many for the scrub woodland which their foraging reduced to grasslands. Large-scale poaching in the 1970s and ’80s reduced herds by 90 percent. Now, with international ivory trade suspended and intense antipoaching efforts, numbers have stabilized at around 6,000 and they roam in family herds of up to 100 individuals, from 60-year-old matriarchs to lively newborns. Their distinctive red hue sometimes causes them to be mistaken at a distance for castle-like earthen termite mounds which dot the landscape. The mounds in turn can be mistaken for elephants (except when cheetahs use them as lookout perches). Tsavo’s lions became world-famous when two males began killing workers employed to build the Uganda railroad in the 1890s. The man-eaters were shot and the trait fortunately was not passed on to others (the man-eaters were stuffed and are now on display at the Field Museum in Chicago). Like many wildlife reserves, Tsavo was set aside for wildlife because it seemed unsuitable for any other purpose—too dry for farming, infested with tsetse flies, now a glorious natural haven.

    Tsavo East National Park

    Tsavo East National Park is located about 260km south east of Nairobi, on the main Nairobi to Mombasa road and 140 Kilometers from Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa. Tsavo East is part of the Greater Tsavo National Park that includes Tsavo East and West National Parks and the Chyulu Hills and consists mostly of miles and miles of dry flat thorn-bush, semi-arid acacia scrub and narrow woodland dominated by acacia. The wonderful Baobab trees are also a common sight in the Park. Whilst Tsavo East is huge (over 4500sq miles), most of the park north of the Galana river is closed to the general public with only a few private safari operations permitted to enter. Tsavo National Park massive area and wide range of landscapes make this an ideal place for varied wildlife safaris. The sheer space and freedom of Tsavo National Park lets you really explore and Feel at one with this awesome wilderness. Exploring both parks means that your safari to Tsavo will take you through several very different habitats in a single day, encountering many different species. The open plains are the best place to see the large herds of game. Tsavo is well known as home of Red Elephants which are friendly. The plains of Tsavo are also home to Lions, Elands, Impalas, Kudus and possibly Rhinoceros. In the forested hills, large herds of Buffalo and Giraffe are often found.

    The forests of Tsavo is home of birds, with a fantastic range of species recorded including a variety of weavers, hornbills, sunbirds, rollers, raptors,owls,eagles and many more. An Mzima spring is among the attractions in Tsavo, 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. The sight of these ungainly three tone animals gliding gracefully through the crystal clear waters of Mzima is unforgettable. Tsavo East National Park safari from Mombasa takes you to Tsavo East National Park where you get an opportunity to spend 6 quality hours of game and scenery viewing with a lunch and accommodation Voi Safari Lodge with park entrance fees, road transportation, drivers allowances, hot lunch, mineral bottled waters, fly doctors fees and a professional safari guide/driver is all included as part of our Tsavo safaris from Mombasa. Before sun rise, you will be picked up from your Mombasa hotel and depart by road safari to Tsavo National Park. Road safari from Mombasa to Tsavo East National Park, Kenya largest National Park, chances of good game viewing are very high as Tsavo is home to Elephant, Lion Buffaloes, Cheetahs and other plains game. To be enjoyed are the Great Plains and open skies which are a photographer's haven. Tsavo National Park tour from Mombasa takes you to Tsavo East National

    Main Attractions in Tsavo East National Park

    • Yatta Plateau - one the world's largest and longest lava flow (300 km long).
    • Lugard's Falls and the Galana River - Easy access to the rapids and possibility to spot majestic landscapes along the river.
    • Mudanda Rock is an outcrop rock of 1.6 km long with a large dam at its base. There is possibility to walk at the top of the rock, enjoy the cool breeze and watch wildlife drinking in the dam.
    • Aruba Dam - built in 1952 across the Voi river, this dam attracts many bird species and migratory species.
    • Wildlife: Tsavo East National Park is home to all of the Big 5 including large amounts of "red" elephants, black rhinoceros, buffalo and Lions.
    • Camel safaris and river fishing
    • Kandara swamp: With all the lush vegetation along the Voi river and in the swamp, there is plenty of game to see in this area and is a good area to visit within Tsavo East. Look out for the fantastic Voi safari lodge that sits up on a hill and makes a great place to stay if you are visiting Tsavo East National Park.
    • The Sheldrick's Orphaned Elephants: Between 1955 and 1976 Daphne & David Sheldrick were co-wardens of Tsavo (David was the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park) and it was during this time that they rehabilitated back into the wild not only elephants, but also a whole host of other animals that had for one reason or another needed help. This foundation exist in Nairobi and Tsavo East National Park
    • Galana River: The Tsavo and Athi rivers join together to form the Galana river, a permanent river which flows eastwards to the Indian Ocean and Malindi. Follow the road within the park that goes from the Voi gate to Sala gate and follows the Galana River as it must be one of the best drives within the park. Along the way you will also come across the Lugard's falls and the Crocodile point.

    Tsavo East National Park Wildlife

    You can see all of the Big 5 as well as a huge range of other species in Tsavo East National Park including Aardwolf, Caracal, African Wild Cat, Cheetah, African Wild Dog Bat eared fox, Spotted and Stripped Hyena, Black-backed, side-striped and common Jackal, Cape Buffalo, African Elephant, Giraffe Bushbuck, Guenther’s Dik-dik, Kirk's Dik-dik, Blue Duiker, Common Duiker, Eland, Grant's Gazelle, Coke's Hartebeest, Hunter's Hartebeest, Impala Klipspringer, Lesser Kudu Fringe-eared Oryx, Steinbok, Suni, Waterbuck, Hyrax (Eastern Tree), Hyrax (Rock), Hyrax (Southern Tree), Civet (African and Palm), Genet (Large-spotted), Genet (Small-spotted), Mongoose: Many species including the Nanded, Bushy-tailed, Dwarf, Grey, Marsh, Slender, White-tailed Otter (Clawless), Honey Badger (Ratel), Baboon (Savannah), Bushbaby (Lesser), Galago (Large-eared greater), Galago (Small-eared greater), Monkey (Blue/Sykes/Diademed), Monkey (Green Vervet).

    How to Get to Tsavo East National Park

    From Nairobi: Take the main Nairobi to Mombasa road (A109) via Voi through the Voi gate or Manyani gate. Distance about 200km From Mombasa: Take the main Nairobi to Mombasa road (A109) and enter Tsavo East National Park through the Bachuma gate. Distance is about 150km From Malindi: Go to the Sala gate on the (C103) from Malindi, this road was recently graded and is the shortest way from North Coast. There are six airstrips in the southern part of the park and thirteen in the Northern part. There are no scheduled flights to the Park but chartered light planes can be used.

    Tsavo West National Park

    The combined area of Tsavo East and West National Parks makes Tsavo one of the world's largest game sanctuaries, larger than Wales in Great Britain or Jamaica in the Caribbean. Lying about halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa it covers 20, 812 square kilometers. Tsavo East is larger and more arid than Tsavo West and is less frequented. In 1948, Tsavo was gazetted as Kenya's second national park, two years after Nairobi National Park was so declared. A combination of tsetse fly and lack of water had kept this great tract of land from being occupied by humans. There are only two permanent rivers in this vast area, the Tsavo, which begins its life on Mount Kilimanjaro and is greatly supplemented by a huge underground river flowing from Mzima Springs and the Athi in Tsavo East, which begins near Nairobi. Poachers and drought caused tremendous devastation among the park's elephant and rhino populations but both species are now recovering. Tsavo is a model national park in both layout and its geophysical, animal and plant diversity.

    Tsavo West has more than 2000 kilometers of well maintained, all weather, roads. Good signposting leads the visitor from one natural wonder to another. Chief among Tsavo West National Park's must rank the marvel of Mzima Springs, replenished with two hundred and twenty million liters of crystal-clear water every day, from the underground streams stemming from the lava massif known as the Chyulu Hills, 40-50 kilometers away. Mzima forms a haven for a rich wildlife pageant with elephant soaking half immersed in the waters, light footed but ponderous looking hippo, apparently weightless, tip-toeing across the bottom, crocodiles basking on the bank or swirling through the water; gazelles, zebra and giraffe wandering around the banks through the thick acacias and raffia palms together with hundreds of chattering monkeys and birds. Mzima is also the main source of Mombasa's water supply. There are well-marked nature trails, an observation platform and an underwater glass tank, which provides a special vantage point to view this remarkable oasis. Not far from Mzima Springs, along a well-marked track, lies the precipitous magnificence of the Ngulia escarpment at the foot of the Ngulia Hills, which rise to 1825 meters. Each year from late September to November, Ngulia has become the base of a unique phenomenon. Attracted by the lights of Ngulia Lodge, thousands of migrant birds descend through the mists, which are prevalent at this time of the year to be netted, ringed and released. It has become one of the bird wonders of the world and provides vital information on the migratory routes and the habits of many species common to the northern hemisphere.

    Tsavo West National Park's reports of ringed birds have been received from as far north as Saint Petersburg and from countries as widely separated as Oman. Apart from the elephant population there are many lions - some undoubtedly the descendants of the famous Man-eaters of Tsavo. Among the less common animals to be found are the fringed-eared Oryx, the gerenuk and lesser kudu. The carnivores in addition to lion include serval car, hyena, leopard cheetah and caracal. Tsavo West National Park's landscape is dominated, especially off the hills by the giant baobab, a tree that is reputed to live a thousand years. After the rains, Tsavo West National Park is showered with white and pink ipomea, the morning glory family, and the acacia trees are festooned in feathery masses of white and pink blossom. The desert rose, somewhat like a miniature baobab, produces fuschia-pink flowers of striking beauty at almost any time of the year.

    The first lodge inside Tsavo West National Park was Kilaguni, opened by Britain's Duke of Gloucester in 1962. It stands at the canter of Tsavo West and affords excellent game runs in all direction ns. The lodge and its waterhole have an almost permanent population of ground squirrels, warthog, hyrax, mongooses and masses of impudent birds. Elephant are nearly always to be seen, with many other animals at the waterhole. This feast of wildlife, flora and birds combines to make Tsavo West of special interest - an interest perhaps made greater by geological activity evidenced by a mass of recently extinct volcanoes and massive lava flows. It is also possible to make an excursion to the Chyulu Hills National Park, which about Tsavo West to the northwest. The Chyulu Hills are one of the world's newest mountain ranges; the most recent volcanic peak was formed only 500 years ago. A four-wheel drive track leads to this peak -Shaitani- from the Chyulu gate near Kilaguni Lodge and it is simple to walk to the caves on the side of the volcano. It is a breathtaking landscape of rampant ferocity and the vistas to Kilimanjaro are unbeatable. At the other end of Tsavo West, in the south-west corner, lies Lake Jipe. Bisected by the border with Tanzania; it is a favorite haunt of bird watchers and boats are available for ardent ornithologists. In the lake area is a small herd of Grevy's zebra, translocated from northern Kenya in 1977.

    Voi Town

    Voi is the largest town in Taita-Taveta County in southern Kenya, Coast Province. It lies at the western edge of the Taru Desert, south and west of the Tsavo East National Park. The Sagala Hills are to the south. Voi town is also a municipality. Voi is a marketplace for the agricultural and meat products from the fertile Taita Hills as well as other surrounding areas. Voi town centre consists of mostly general stores, shops, markets, kiosks and a few hotels. Most lodges that service tourists for the national park are located in the suburbs at the edge of town. The Voi Sisal Estates are located to the west of the town. A large squatter community exists in the Mwatate Sisal Estates, also to the west of town; Voi is the junction of the feeder railway line to Taveta, Kenya and Arusha, Tanzania with the main line between Nairobi and Mombasa and thus has a major railway station. Taxi Taxis can be found in the town centre. Fares are negotiated, not regulated. Matatu Matatus (Minibus/Sharetaxis) run between the town centre and surrounding areas. There are also matatus traveling to Nairobi, Mombasa, Wundanyi, Taveta and other places. Bus Akamba, Coast and Mash are among many bus companies that run day and night buses to Mombasa and Nairobi. All booking offices are located in the town center. Air The Ikanga Voi Airport is a small airport that serves the town of Voi and the adjacent Tsavo National Park. Situated 580 metres (1,900 ft) above sea level, the airport has a single unpaved runway that measures 1,280 metres (4,200 ft) in length.

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