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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 Ngulia Escarpment, offering a vast panorama of Tsavo National Park sweeping plains. Ngulia 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 Ngulia lodge 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 lusher 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.

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.

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 West National Park

Although Tsavo West and Tsavo East were once a single mega-park, they were separated decades ago, along a line coinciding with the Mombasa highway – and they feel like quite distinct national parks with different eco-systems: the open, flat-to-undulating plains and scattered bush of Tsavo East National Park and the much more wooded, hilly landscapes, dotted with volcanic cones and dramatic, black lava flows, that characterise Tsavo West National Park. Just as Tsavo East has its core area in the far south, so Tsavo West safaris invariably concentrate on a core part of the park, in the north, known as the Developed Area – a relatively small, 1,000km² area north of the Tsavo River, with magnificent landscapes and a good network of sand and gravel park roads. This district’s well-watered, volcanic soil supports a good range of woodland and savannah habitats for the full panoply of Kenyan wildlife – although in the hilly bush, the animals can be hard to see. To the south of Tsavo West, the Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary, directly bordering the well-known Taita Hills Game Sanctuary, is one of Kenya’s most successful new community conservation initiatives. If you’re interested in Lumo safaris you’ll find there’s just one lodge on the conservancy and that it shares a common border with the Taita Hills Sanctuary. The majority of visitors to Tsavo West are on short road trips from the coast to the area’s lodges. A Tsavo West lodge safari would normally include two or three nights at one of the four main safari lodges in the Developed Area. Unlike Tsavo East safaris, however, you’re not restricted to road access (or flying in by quite expensive chartered light aircraft) as there are two main airstrips that are frequently used by the scheduled safari airlines, either as part of longer safari incorporating some of Kenya’s other parks, or as a stand-alone safari add-on, either from Nairobi or from the coast. The 500km² of Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary (LUMO is an association of the Lualenyi, Mramba and Ossa ranches whose communities have come together to promote wildlife tourism) is one of Kenya’s most successful new community conservation initiatives. Lumo shares an open boundary with the much smaller Taita Hills Sanctuary and visitors can do game drives in both areas. We’ve always enjoyed the Taita Hills Sanctuary, but the two lodges there are often very busy so the opening of Lion’s Bluff, which is already a big hit with Kenya residents, is an opportunity to explore a less well-trodden area. Both sanctuaries usually have plenty of elephants, and you’ll see many other species of plains game, including buffalo, giraffe and several species of antelope and gazelle. Predators can be rather more elusive, but the night drives here are always fun (look out for unusual sightings such as melanistic servals and aardwolves), and the birdlife, with 400-plus species, is terrific. Safarilink operates two daily flights to Tsavo West, landing at Kilaguni and Finch Hattons airstrips in Tsavo West, and at Ol Donyo Lodge airstrip in the Chyulu Hills. These early morning flights allow passengers to connect to Safarilink’s afternoon flights to the Maasai Mara, Nanyuki, Lewa, Loisaba and Samburu. The northern part of Tsavo West is fascinating geologically: the whole developed area is dotted with old and new volcanic hills, ranging from pimples to great pyramids on the plain. The district was ravaged as recently as 200 to 300 years ago by a series of violent volcanic eruptions that devastated the area, and evidently killed much of the human population – local people still speak of ghosts and noises at night. West of Chyulu Gate, en route to Amboseli National Park, the road passes for several kilometres across a huge expanse of black lava rock, still barely colonised by plant life. And north of this area, a dramatic route climbs into the Chyulu Hills, out of Tsavo West National Park altogether and into the neighboring Chyulu Hills National Park, Tsavo West National Park is just a few degrees south of the equator. The temperature remains the same throughout the year at 27-31°C (81-88°F) during the day and 22-24°C (72-75°F) during the night. Humidity is high from December through April. The rainfall defines the seasons. The long rainy season, or monsoon season, is from March to May. The shorter rains come in October through December. The most iconic attraction in the park is Mzima Springs. The crystal-clear water of this chain of lakes is filtered through the volcanic rocks of the Chyulu Hills just to the north. Shaded by majestic fig and acacia trees, the lakes swarm with fish, large crocodiles and some big pods of hippos. You can leave your vehicle and follow a pretty nature trail – though you need to keep an eye out for large animals, especially early in the morning or before dusk. If you’re lucky, the underwater viewing chamber, accessed by a pier, can provide unique photo opportunities – of a sinuous, gliding crocodile, or the delicate, tiptoe, swimming-walking style of a hippo. The Shetani Lava Flow is the largest of a whole series of lava flows in the park, with several places where you can get out of your vehicle and stretch your legs, including a series of lava caves below the surface. These caves used to be notorious for trapping prey animals that had stumbled inside in search of water, and then trapping predators that had followed them. At one time there was even a series of plaques identifying the bones on the cave floor. Over the last couple of decades the presence of visitors has gradually put off the wildlife from entering but the caves, and the all the lava flows still have a slightly spooky atmosphere – the Shetani Lava Flow is named after the Swahili for devil or malevolent ghost. The developed area of Tsavo West also has several steep, recent volcanic cones, one of which, Chaimu Crater, is a nature trail where, again, you can leave your safari vehicle and hike – though it’s best to do this early in the morning if you want to do the 30-minute hike to the summit as the heat on the cinder track becomes brutal as the sun rises. When you get to the top, you have superb

360-degree views of the Developed Area. Another spot for a good scan with the binoculars is the wooded Poacher’s Lookout, which you drive up on a steep, winding track. You can often seen lesser kudu in this area. Further east, the much bigger Rhodesian Hill, Kichwa Tembo and Ngulia have some dramatic steep slopes and cliffs, but there are no easy ways to get to the top of them, without organising a special bush hike accompanied by KWS rangers well in advance. Marking the southern boundary of the Developed Area is the Tsavo River. This is strongly seasonal river, whose flow is very much determined by rain and snowfall on Kilimanjaro and its eastern foothills. The sandy roads along the riverside are a good area for game drives, especially in the dry season. After heavy rain, however, the only bridge over the Tsavo, at road junction number 39, is prone to being damaged or washed away. When the Tsavo bridge is down, the whole of the rest of the park, south of the Developed Area, is inaccessible from the northern side. When you can get across, however, there’s a highly recommended long game drive to the southwest panhandle region of the park, through beautiful verdant woodland, following the east bank of the Tsavo River to its tributary, to its tributary, the Sainte Stream, in the Kilimanjaro foothills. Here, on the edge of the park, is the Ziwani Swamp. By Road: From Amboseli (52km), head for the Chyulu Gate. From Nairobi (272km), enter using the Mtito Andei Gate. From Mombasa (188km), use either the Tsavo Gate near Manyani, or the Mtito Andei Gate. There are also entrances at Maktau, Ziwani and Jipe, depending upon where you want to be within the national park. The hilly landscapes and woodland of Tsavo West mean that spotting wildlife can sometimes be tricky. There’s plenty of it, however, including large numbers of elephants and good lion prides. There’s also a good chance of seeing black rhinos in the secure rhino sanctuary. The experience of being on safari in Tsavo West is very different from a safari in Tsavo East or a Maasai Mara safari, where you often have views across wide-open country. Tsavo West safaris are more about unexpected sights as you turn a bend on a wooded track. Giraffe, impala, buffalo and Burchell’s zebra are all common species here. The birdlife in the park is outstanding – if you’re on a birdwatching safari you’ll be knocked out by the number of sightings you have. The white-headed buffalo weaver is a particularly noticeable species, with its prominent bright red rump, and there are at least eight recorded hornbill species here. If you have time for an all-day game drive to the southwest corner of the park, you could visit Lake Jipe, which is a real waterbird paradise. Until the time of the railway, the Tsavo West region had been inhabited for thousands of years by hunter-gatherers, with limited numbers of Kamba people moving through the region in the last thousand years or so, herding their livestock or looking for honey. Maasai cattle herders arrived in the eighteenth century from the Rift Valley further north, but the tsetse flies of the woodland that infected their herds with sleeping sickness put them off from spending long here: despite Tsavo West’s good water, the drier plains of Tsavo East were a safer grazing area. The Tsavo West region became a national park in 1948 and safaris in Tsavo West became popular in the late 1960s when the first charter flights began arriving in Mombasa, and really took off when the Mombasa-Nairobi road was first surfaced in 1969.

Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary

Ngulia rhino sanctuary located in the central part of Tsavo West National Park (NP) is completely fenced within an area of 88 km2 following its expansion from 62 km2 in May 2007. Ngulia rhino sanctuary has been one of the more successful areas for the protection and breeding of black rhinos in Kenya since its creation in 1986, and has succeeded in re-establishing a productive breeding nucleus of rhinos within a larger protected area with very considerable potential for further expansion to a large, genetically viable population. The sanctuary therefore plays a key role in the conservation of the eastern black rhinoceros; The black rhino population in Kenya’s Tsavo ecosystem was estimated at 6,000 to 8,000 in the 1970s. By 1989, there were no more than 50 remaining. Of all of Africa’s endangered species, the black rhino is unique because almost 100% of its decline can be attributed not to habitat loss or human-wildlife conflict but to outright poaching. Today, resurgence in poaching has left the black rhino more vulnerable than ever before. Rhino horn has been prized in many Asian countries where it is purported to cure cancer and other diseases, and although it is illegal—and any medicinal value has been disproven—the demand for rhino horn only continues to grow. Gulia Rhino Sanctuary remains a stronghold for black rhinos as well as a breeding ground to help bolster other rhino sanctuaries and wild populations. In 2007, the sanctuary was expanded from 24 square miles to 35 square miles, allowing rhinos more room to roam alongside a multitude of other wildlife, including elephants. Ngulia is a fenced sanctuary, protected by rangers and staff. African Wildlife Foundation has offered support to the sanctuary—operated by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)—since the beginning, helping with initial construction, providing ranger uniforms and equipment, giving funding to fix fencing and build ranger housing, and more. The security offered by fenced sanctuaries allows rhinos to live and reproduce without the constant threat of poaching and allows researchers to monitor vulnerable black rhino populations. What started off as a population of three rhinos has been so successful that as of late 2012, the sanctuary had an estimated 71 individuals. The Intensive Protection Zone, an unfenced but highly protected area just outside of Ngulia where many of the Ngulia rhinos have been relocated, held another another 19 rhinos (two of which were born in 2012). And, Ngulia support continues: African Wildlife Foundation recently donated 20 camera traps, along with metal casings, to KWS for rhino monitoring and surveillance in Ngulia and the Intensive Protection Zone. The camera traps are said to have taken a photo of poachers, which KWS submitted to police for suspect identification. This is the kind of place that captures one’s interest! It is everything that a national park should be. This is the Tsavo National Park. Established in 1948, it was once described as “Kenya’s chief national park …” The Tsavo National Park’s 20,000 square-kilometers had to be divided into two: Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Tsavo West is the smaller of the two Tsavo’s at 7,800 square-kilometers, lies west of the Nairobi-Mombasa Road, and plays host to the Kenya-Uganda railway. Though many describe Tsavo West National Park as a minor Kenya safari destination, the reality is that this park offers the visitor a chance to witness one of Africa’s most beautiful and diverse wildernesses with open plains, dense bush lands, hills, valleys, rivers, lakes and an array of wildlife. Tsavo West National Park’s Black Rhino population is protected in the fenced in, 70 square-kilometer, Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary. The visitor can also expect to see large numbers of giraffe, elephant and buffalo here as well too. Water holes- some near lodges and camps- around the Tsavo West National Park attract a constant procession of wildlife. Elephants leisurely enjoy themselves at these points, with Impala and other antelope hanging around for the relative safety of the night floodlights. Tsavo West National Park is home to big cats as well. Please note that these animals are not as accustomed to vehicles, as their counterparts in other National Parks and Game Reserves around the country. Chances for game drives in fully-open vehicles here are non-existent. The Park might also offer visitors a chance to see the African Wild Dog. However, these animals use the vastness of the Tsavo West National Park, to remain elusive. The Mzima Springs, found in the Park, offers a habitat to hippos, crocodiles, monkeys and a large variety of birdlife. The underwater viewing tank at the springs provides a unique view of hippos and crocodiles underwater. The Ngulia Hills, on the northern part of the Tsavo West National Park, offers a natural checklist for the visitors. It overlooks the Chaimu Crater, Rhino Valley, the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary and the Tsavo River. Game drives in this area are quite productive. Dik-diks, antelopes and the beautifully marked lesser kudu form part of the highlight of the drive. The Roaring Rocks Observation Point provides a wonderful view of this area. Breathtaking! The Ngulia Hill rise to a dizzying height, and conditions allowing, arrange can be made for rock climbing. The Tsavo River flows through the Tsavo West National Park. The river attracts wildlife, and game drives along the banks of this river, can be very rewarding. Towards Tanzania, the park takes up the landscape familiar to the Serengeti Plains and bushy vegetation. The main water source here is the Lake Jipe. This relatively long lake makes the area rich in birdlife. The Tsavo West National park needs patience and desire to know more about it, from the visitor. This part of the world is surely Africa’s most beautiful and diverse wilderness.

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