Tsavo West in Tsavo N.P.

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Most of the sights in Tsavo West center around the watering holes near the Kilaguni and Ngulia lodges. Mzima springs, next to Kilaguni Lodge has plenty of hippos and crocodiles, and even an underwater viewing chamber, where you can check out the aquatic life in the springs. North of the lodges is Shetani lava flow and caves. There's also the Chaimu Crater just south of Kilaguni Lodge, which you can climb. Lastly, not far from Ngulia Lodge lies the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, where you have a chance to see one of up to 30 black rhinos inside a 70 aq km fence.

If you're traveling on a budget, Tsavo West has several normal camp sites near its 3 main gates. It also has some cheap accommodations near the lodges. You can get a fully equipped banda for Ksh 500 per person (minimum Ksh 2000 per banda) at the Ngulia Safari Camp or the Kitani Safari Camp. The bandas have a bathroom, kitchen with supplies, and lanterns. Bring your own personal supplies, food, and drinking water.

There are also several lodges to choose from . The Ngulia Lodge (# (02) 336858) offers singles/doubles with full board for US$ 120/150 in the high season and US$ 60/120 in the low season. There's a watering hole outside the lodge which attracts wildlife every night.

The Kilaguni Lodge is owned by the same company, and prices are exactly the same. It too has a watering hole. Other lodges include the Lake Jibe Lodge by itself in the southern tip of the park, and the Tsavo Inn, just outside of the Mtito Andei Gate.

Update: the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary is open only for a limited period daily, all visitors have to be out by 16.30hrs. The rangers carry out a census every full moon, where they stay out overnight to count the Rhinos when they visit the waterholes. They were part way through the count during my visit in June 2004, and we were told that they had counted 58 on the last census. So they are obviously doing a great job for conservation, by the way on 2 visits now I have failed to see one whilst in the Sanctuary. Though was fortunate enough to spot one from the viewing point at Ngulia Lodge in 1999. A site that almost made up for the dissapointment was a pair of Cape Hunting Dogs, one of the rarest species left in Africa. http://www.szgdocent.org/aa/a-wildog.htm

 

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October 26, 2004 change by jabow

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