A simple lodge, but special because of its view. Amazing! We followed a large herd of elephants for kilometers down the valley while they were on their way to an unknown destination. Unfortunately, we didn't see any other wildlife. Only heard a hyena in the evening. Lots of tjilping wevers in front of the banda's. Lovely place as stay over during a safari. Aimed at the usual touroperators (the herd-mini busses). Room and sanitairy simple, but decorated with taste with local materials. Big carved wooden beds. Quite an experience with a thunderstorm as the "window" takes one whole wall in front of your bed! Staff and cook very friendly. The food was good, but adapted to Western taste. Unfortunatly, I probably got that chicken-bacteria there, which lasted till I started antibiotics back home (+/- 10 days later...). That's simply the risk with buffets (and chicken) and can happen anywhere.
Be aware that Ngulia lodge has 2 types of accomodation. A basic banda or more luxerious with terras. I also believe that there is another location. We stayed at a basic banda.
Amazing view and friendly staff.
Nothing special (for Africa). While we were there, some tents were under construction. Enough privacy. Camp is not fenced, so in the evening and morning a Masai will pick you up and bring you to your tent. That same Masai will enlight the Masai culture during the evening campfire after dinner. Rather touristic and aimed at the usual (mini-bus herds) tour operators. Staff and manager very friendly. Food was good. Our tent was pretty moldy, but since we came from an a more "down to earth / basic" accommodation, this was luxury for us. Huge wonderful wooden beds. Beautifully carved dressing table! Be careful in the shower: when its wet it gets dangereously slippery! Overal a normal stay over during safari.
Our team was based at Galla Camp, a tented camp in the privately owned Taita/Rukinga Wildlife Conservancy between Tsavo East and West National Parks. The camp consists of six twin tents, covered by a thatched roof and each with its own little terrace. Most of them are en-suite. It is perched ca. 25 m high on a rock with fantastic views over the endless plains and towards Mt. Kasigau. At the waterhole below a frog concert was staged every night free of charge, and we would sometimes be woken up by lions roaring in the bush.
For more photos and info on Galla Camp have a look my Galla-travelogue.
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