Tsavo National Park West Travel Guide
Inside the main lodge
Exact location of Kilaguni Lodge
The waterhole, Chuluya Hills behind
The main Restaurant
Place all to yourself, very wild, no baby-sitters!
In a nutshell
A place to learn from the animals
This is a crystal clear spring which runs all year round from the ice meltwater from the Great Rift Valley. It is easy to see why it is popular, you can get good views of the hippo both on top and underneath the water. There is a submarine viewing tank built by the British...
Man Eating Lions??
We leave our lodge at about 7 AM this morning and by 8:30AM we arrive at Mzima Springs . This is where the man-eating lions once roamed. Although human beings can be attacked by many kinds of animals, man-eaters are those that have incorporated human flesh into their usual...
An Elephant family near Msima Springs
Next we see some rather grubby looking elephants who cooled themselves by rolling in red mud. Samuwell points out the senior member of the group who he estimated to be in his 50’s . There was also a very young one with the group ,only a few weeks old.All is well in our...
We depart at 7AM this morning to game drive on our way to Mzima Springs. Excitement comes fast this morning when we spot a cheetah trying to cat nap near the road. His belly looks really full from last night’s kill.
Cheetah at the Lodge
In the end our best animal viewing today is from our lodge deck . We love watching the group of elephants strolling in from the dark of night for a drink at the pond . Just before dinner the staff at the lodge hand meat which never fails to attract cheetah . We waited quite...
The Rhini Sanctiary and Ostrich
At 4PM we take our second game drive to the rhino sanctuary. We are disappointed however as we see none. The whole area is extremely dry and the animals are not around much at all. We do get a good look at an eagle at work catching his evening meal.We alos have the best look...
Our First Giraffe Sighting
Our drive from Nairobi only took a couple of hours and we arrive at Tsavo West through the Manyani Gate. The animals prove to be a bit more elusive here than those in Tanzania . It is very dry but they manage to hide in the short shrubby trees . We are happy to see some...
Mzima Springs come "Alive"
"Mzima" also means "Alive", and why not? It is the source of water not just for the nearby areas but as far as Mombasa. The underground water gets filtered through the volcanic rocks of the Chyulu Hills and springs out into crystal clear pools favored by many hippopotamus &...
It's a Hyrax, not a rat
They're not easy to spot, but when you do, you'll think it's a giant rat or guinea pigs. This rock rodent is call a Hyrax and is a furry creature with a stumpy tail . It lives in the rocky outcrop and survives on leaves & grass.
A big group of baboons walked on the road and we had to stop our vehicle instead. These primates are daring creatures because they can be seen near the lodges without worrying about the human beings. They can be quite aggressive but they have a very close family unit,...
Voyager Ziwani, Tsavo West
1 Review and 92 Opinions Rooms: 10 King Size and 15 twin. All rooms are tents which stand on concrete plinths. Every tent has...
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge: Night Safari
You can't stay up late at night because the game drives start very early. However, from my balcony I spent the evening having a few drinks on my balcony and watching the animals coming to drink at the waterhole. This is when the real action comes alive because the animals...
Ngulia Lodge: Jaguar watching
With this being the African bush, nightlife is limited to what is laid on in the lodge. There are no local bars you can wander along to, or a promenade where you can go for an evening stroll. Most lodges have a bar, but as game drives tend to start very early in the morning,...
Sometimes pit stops are far between so drink water but plan accordingly when on safari.This isn't Disney World and animals have a way of hiding in plane view. Its not allowed for good reason to get out of the jeep anyway.
Mzima Springs : No Swimming!!
As tempting as it is to dip your weary feet or take a dip in the crystal clear waters in Mzima Springs, you have to remember that the cool calm water is rather deceptive. The pools are inhabitated not only by thousands of fishes but also huge hippopotamus & crocodiles, and...
Pack Light but take the essentials
Backpacks are the best. The luggage is thrown in the back of an open jeep between lodges and ends up beng covered in dust . You need something compact and durable.
We took lightweight travel pants, hats and shirts. No formal clothes needed here. Light jackets are good as...
I hate mozzies
A small to medium size bag is preferred because you'll have to lug the thing around from one safari park to the next. I also carried to backpack for extra stuff
Be prepared for all weather, be it extreme heat, cold mornings and wet seasons. A pair of comfortable walking...
For hours and hours and hours we drove through this lava flow. The sceneray was very stark, often with no vegetation and no animals. It was almost outer-worldly and most peculiar, but the novelty soon wore off! :-)
SCARED ELEPHANTS TRYING TO HIDE!
Not what I wanted to see! A tiny family veryscared we were near by. We stayed very quiettrying to see what they were doing! What we saw, how they were acting makes me SAD!!Also VERY ANGRY at what man has done here. They need a T-LOGUE! I will say: The little ones, would you...
Colors of Kenya
Game-drives ! The colors and landscape are so beautiful.Allthough the animals are a bit more "hard to find"in Tsavo, you get a feeling of beeing almost alone with the nature in Tsavo - There are not alot of safari veichles on the roads - and that makes your Game-drives more...
At Mzima Springs you can get out of your vehicle and walk about freely amonsgt some of the smaller animals in the park.
There is an underwater observation area where you can watch the hippos as they swim under water. Amazing!
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