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Ngutuni Lodge, Tsavo National Park, Kenya

Ngutuni Lodgeis a luxury safari lodgelocated in the heart of a 10,000 acre private Ngutuni Game Sanctuary, surrounded on three sides by Tsavo East National Park. Ngutuni Lodge is 5 kilometers south of Voi and 5 kilometers off Ngutuni Game Sanctuary that borders Tsavo East National park, Ngutuni Lodge is conveniently situated, some 15 minutes from the Tsavo National Park main gate and about half an hour from Tsavo West National Park and the Taita Hills, Ngutuni Safari Lodge overlooks a water hole and is set against the spectacular backdrop of the Sagala Hills, only 2.5 hours drive from Mombasa and its international airport. A bold departure from stereotypical safari lodges, stylish and contemporary Ngutuni Lodge has won the hearts of many travelers over the years, Ngutuni Lodge celebrates the most inventive, inspiring and unexpected design that has changed the face of safaris to Tsavo, there are few lodges with a view quite like Ngutuni Lodge, High up on the edge of the valley, Ngutuni Lodge sits alone with miles and miles of nothing but Africa and the great Tsavo National Park before it, as the sun sets, the still, tranquil atmosphere is unperturbed by the sounds of traffic and noise that usually accompany other lodges in Tsavo. All that’s left to do is soak it all in while you lie in our own private pool and marvel at the wildlife on display before you. If seeing the wildlife from our lodge is not enough, Ngutuni Lodge offers the chance to enjoy fantastic game drives and dine right by the wildlife under a sea of stars. Everything done at Ngutuni Lodge is to a 5-star hotel level, so whether it’s the food you eat or the game drives you take, your service is exceptional, taking away all the distractions so that all you have left to do is enjoy your safari in Tsavo. Ngutuni Lodge is a retreat resides that not only relaxes the soul through sheer luxury, but through unprecedented 180 degree views of the Savanah; it’s true seductive beauty! Gutuni Lodge was designed to make the best of the view and while you rest in the shade of its many trees, you can look forward to stretches of untouched Kenyan wilderness ahead of you. Ngutuni Lodge makes a lasting impression on every guest. You feel it the moment the staff greet you for the first time and it stays with you throughout your Kenya safari until you return home. When you arrive at Ngutuni Lodge, you are taken to a breath-taking sunset which sets the tone for the safari vacation with sundowners in hand. Each day you will arise in your lavish tented lodge and greet the morning from your private shower which overlooks the savannah. After breakfast, you’ll step out of your gown and slippers to enter the wildlife filled Tsavo outdoors only to return to the warm colours and solid wood furnishings of the luxury Ngutuni Lodge. As you sit by the fire, enjoying an exquisite meal and glass of wine, there’s nothing left to do but smile. Today was incredible, what will tomorrow bring. Built on its own concession, renowned for its Big 5 sightings, Ngutuni Lodge immerses each guest in the world of African wildlife through its list of activities, with multiple observation areas; guests can sit a handful of meters away from the wildlife without being spotted… The perfect place for the perfect photo! Ngutuni Lodge also offers the chance to walking safaris, a unique and unforgettable way to experience face-to-face encounters with African wildlife. It’s truly a unique experience, one which extends from the Africa outside into the spacious erudite suites. Decorated with classy African décor in an area remote from the other lodges, one feels the serenity that the African bush provides and with multiple beds, a lounge and an extra bed… the entire family can enjoy the serenity to. Guests can truly let-go as they take in the tranquility of Africa through the game viewing and scenic landscape of the Tsavo National Park. Whether it’s from their room or on a game drive, guests feel like they are in the thick of the African experience. day complements this further by offering activities such as night drives and guided game walks. Game drives are conducted by our professional and experienced safari guides in 4x4 land cruiser vehicles or safari vans. Choices of early morning, afternoon and night drives are on offer and safari packages may include transport from Nairobi or Mombasa and return, affording you the opportunity to explore this beautiful park area well-known for sightings of elephants and lions. Occasional sightings of leopard, cheetah and perhaps the rare opportunity of spotting the elusive stripped Hyena that frequents the area are the order of the day. The area also allows for excellent bird watching, with over 250 bird species positively identified. Ngutuni Lodge overlooks a water hole and is set against the spectacular backdrop of the Sagala Hills, only 2.5 hours drive from Mombasa and its international airport. Ngutuni Lodge has 48 guest rooms, each sleeping up to three people in one single and one double bed. Many of the guest rooms have interconnecting doors, making the Lodge ideal for families and larger parties. All of the rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished, with en-suite shower rooms. Private balconies overlook the large water hole, which is illuminated at night for evening game viewing. There is a small flight of steps at the entrance to the property (approx 6 steps), thereafter the ground floor of the lodge is on a single level accept for one small step between the main restaurant / bar area and guest bedrooms. All rooms are the same size and have ample room for wheel chair use, though bathrooms have shower only. The entire safari lodge is built with timber poles and thatched roofs with a warm, eco-friendly ambience that surprisingly combines all the basic comforts you may need. The main lounge and dining room is located in a central structure with wide verandas that serve as excellent vantage points to view the wildlife activity in the plain outside. After a warm welcome with cool drinks and warm, fragrant towels, you will be shown to your room. The 48 guest rooms are housed on either side of four of the two-story buildings that have 12 rooms each. Every room includes a double bed and an added single bed that can comfortably sleep up to three guests traveling to Tsavo East Park with a maximum capacity of a massive 144 guests. Families will find the 8 interconnecting rooms very convenient. Natural-tone curtains and rugs on the floor lend a homely feel to the rooms that also has a simple dresser and seat. The ceiling fan keeps you cool and the lodge also provides a room phone for your use while the attached bathroom has a shower and hairdryer. The wooden balcony also has a seating arrangement and faces the watering hole. This area light up at night so you can continue to view animals even in the dim light.

The trees in the savannah beside the lodge have many resident weaverbirds and as you dine, you can watch the avian-life in them. Ngutuni Lodge Kenya offers you wholesome, modest meals that are cooked with locally sourced ingredients. You can order lunch off the menu from a choice of three courses while dinners are four-course meals with salad, soup, main dish and dessert. The lodge requests that you dress in standard dinner attire. If you have kids’ family vacationing in magical East Africa with you, you can request that dinner be served a little earlier for them. Spend time on your non-frill trip in Kenya on the deck of the lodge or exploring Tsavo East or Ngutuni’s private sanctuary in custom rigged safari vehicles. Ngutuni lodge welcomes disabled guests and will do everything possible to ensure you have a comfortable & enjoyable stay.

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. Ngutuni sanctuary is a 10,000 acre private game sanctuary, surrounded on three sides by Tsavo East National Park.with view of the Sagala Hills and others nearby, only 2.5 hours drive from Mombasa and its international airport. Ngutuni sanctuary and the surrounding national park is best known today for their fantastic variety of wildlife including lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo as well as a huge variety of plains game and bird life. It is only in Ngutuni Sanctuary, in the whole of Tsavo East National Park, where one can do a night game drive conveniently and spot a lot of animals including many big cats at very close range.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 East National Park

Tsavo East National Park is by far the biggest of Kenya’s parks. At more than 13,700km², Tsavo East Tsavo East National Park is nine times bigger than the Masai 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 National Park 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 safari vehicle. There are very few safari camps and tented 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 to Tsavo East take place in the south of the Tsavo East National 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 characterize Tsavo East National Park. The southern part of Tsavo East National Park is a popular destination for short Tsavo East National Park safaris by minibus or 4x4 land cruisers from the Mombassa, Malindi, Watamu, Diani or Lamu Island. 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 a flight for your trip (usually from Nairobi or Mombasa) 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 travelers doing safari in Tsavo East add-ons in. These include full board stays, with all activities, at two of the park’s best safari camps.

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 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 Mombasa’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.

Booking Ngutuni Lodge

There is no denying that staying at a Tsavo safari lodge is not cheap. However, as specialists in Tsavo safaris, we are able to offer a wide range of budget safari lodges to help you find the Tsavo safari you want at a price that fits. So what's the catch? Well, there really isn’t one; however it is worth considering a couple of things when deciding if a cheap safari lodge is right for you. The Tsavo accommodation at all of these Tsavo lodges is clean and comfortable, although you will not be surrounded by as many luxuries that the more expensive safari lodge in Tsavo will offer. The rooms at any lodge in Tsavo usually have en-suite bathrooms, and most of them have plenty of charm and African character. When looking at the prices of the Tsavo national park lodges, please keep in mind that all meals and game drives are included in the rates. It is probably fair to say that the food will tend to be simplier than in some of the more expensive safari lodges, but a good buffet, served with a salad and eaten under the stars on a warm night can sometimes be the most perfect meal imaginable. Keep in mind that smaller reserves cannot hold a vast population of animals, and so you may not see huge herds of elephants or other large animals. This will not necessarily mean that they do not offer a worthwhile safari experience, as you can still get very close to lions, elephants and other animals even at these smaller reserves. Nothing can compare with waking up to hear a lion roar in the distance or getting a close up view of elephant herds wandering through the bush, so it’s hard to put a price tag on such an unforgettable experience. The reality is that going on a Tsavo safaris in a private lodge will probably take up a significant chunk of your holiday budget. And yet, we are 100% certain that you’ll leave your safari thinking that it was completely worth the cost, for more information kindly contact us through our email address or telephone numbers provided on this website