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Lake Manyara National Park Attractions | Activities | Safaris | Accommodation Lodges

June 26, 2020

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The Richness Of Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is a lovely scenic gem, a lush green paradise enjoying spectacular settings against the a back-drop of 600 m high rift-valley escarpments. Lake Manyara national park is famous for its tree climbing lions, profusion of birdlife with 390 speicies recorded, 670 species of flowering plants and ferns recorded some of which have evolved into a beautiful stands of ever green ground water forests, the largest troop of baboons anywhere in the world, hot water springs, large herds of elephants. The wildebeest migration spectacle comprising of over 1.7m gnus, 200,000 zebras and gazelles pass through the park in May. The park too has 180 species of butterflies.

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Lake Manyara National Park Location, Area, Climate
Location

Lake Manyara national park is located in Northern Tanzania, 126 Km from Arusha, about 180 km from Kilimanjaro Airport.

Area

Lake Manyara National Park occupies and area of 325Km².

History

Lake Manyara National Park is park of Lake Manyara Biosphere set up by UNESCO in 1981. It was established as a game reserve in 1957 and elevated to national park in 1960

Climate

Lake Manyara National Park experiences a modified tropical climate with two rainy seasons. Long rains between March and May; Short rains in November and December. April is the wettest month. June and July are the coldest and driest months with average temperatures of 25°C. January and February are the warmest months with temperatures averaging 30°C.

Lake Manyara National Park Attractions-A Summary

In summary attractions in Lake Manyara comprise of what visitors see (That is attractions or items of eye appeal), what visitors do (activities they undertake at the destination), the destination itself, annual events like the migration and the cultural tourism programs and encounters with the local people at the destination, . Below is a summary list of attractions:-

  • The location or destination Lake Manyara itself
  • What visitors see, attractions or objects of tourist gaze within and without the park like
    • Physical features-mountains/ hills, rivers, valleys, beautiful scenery, forests, lakes,
    • Wildlife-plants, animals, birds, insects
  • What visitors do / Activities they undretake like day/ night game drives, sight seeing. kayaking, sundowners, massage, hiking, cultural tours, bird watching/ bird walks, camping
  • The rich culture of the local people, the Maasai, the Iraqw, the Barabaig and the visitor experience at various points of contact with the locals and other visitors.
  • Events / festivals, natural phenomenon like the wildebeest migration
  • Cultural tourism programs of Karatu and Mto Wa Mbu towhships

Lake Manyara National Park Attractions And Activities

In summary tourist attractions in Lake Manyara National Park comprise of what people see, objects that attract the eyesight and what visitors do, activities at the destination

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Lake Manyara National Park Attractions

Tree climbing lions and Wildebeest Migration ranks among the top 10 attractions in Lake Manyara National Park which are:

    • Tree Climbing Lions

      Found in lake Manyara National Park are the tree climbing lions. Tree climbing lions are also to be found in Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Serengeti Parks. In Uganda, will find them in Isasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park. They climb up the trees to avoid the often painful bite of the tsetse flies.

    • Wildebeest migration

      The wildebeest migration spectacle is the never ending milling of over 2.5 million wild animals composed of a about 1.7 million wildebeests, and 800,000 common gazelles and zebras with predators-lions, hyenas, leopards, jackals in tow passes through Lake Manyara in May on its way to southern Ngorongoro and Serengeti. In this picture add thousands of vultures providing air cover the to migrating animals, the goggling human traffic; the hazardous crossing of crocodile invested Mara and Grumeti rivers and behold your magical wonder of nature.

    • Visitor Activities /What to do in Lake Manyara National Park

      Lake Manyara National Park activities, what to do in Lake Manyara, during the day (diurnal) or at night (nocturnal) are what attracts visitors to Lake Manyara. These includes Game drives, nature walks, night game drives, cultural tours, mice, sundowners, wining and dining, picnics, bush breakfasts and meals, etc

    • Physical Features
      • Lake Manyara
      • Njoro Hotsprings
      • RiftValley
      • Rivers
      • Underground water evergreen forest
      • Ngorongoro Crater

        Ngorongoro has an impressive animal sighting. The crater is home to 25000 to 30000 big mammals including rare black rhinos, the beautiful scenery, phenomenal photography opportunities and local communities. Cultural visits organized through cultural tourism programs at Karatu. Other attractions include archeological site of

    • Wildlife

Lake Manyara National Park is part of Lake Manyara UNESCO Biosphere Reserve established in 1981. Lake Manyara national park is famous for its tree climbing lions, profusion of birdlife with 390 speicies recorded, 670 species of flowering plants and ferns recorded some of which have evolved into a beautiful stands of ever green ground water forests, the largest troop of baboons anywhere in the world, hot water springs, large herds of elephants. The wildebeest migration spectacle comprising of over 1.7m gnus, 200,000 zebras and gazelles pass through the park in May. The park too has 180 species of butterflies.

      • Mammals

Lake Manyara National Park has an overwhelming presence of mammals in terms of species and numbers. Besides the tree climbing lions other big mammals in the park include buffaloes, zebra, giraffe, impala, waterbucks, klipspringer ( on the cliffs), leopards, warthogs, mongoose.

      • Profusion Of Birdlife

Over 390 species of birds have been recorded in Lake Manyara National Park is a perfect bird watcher’s paradise. The star of this afivauna are the large flocks of pink feathered flamingos on the lake shores. The availability of geothermal heated hot-springs makes it possible for the green algae, spiralina (food of flamingos) to thrive. Other wanders (water birds) to be found on the lake shores are pelicans, storks, jacanas, egrets, plovers, ducks and geese. Elephants and other mammals do visit the forest too.

  • Cultural Tourism Programs

    A another attraction in Lake Manyara is the Mto wa Mbu, a multi-ethnic with lively colourful markets and thriving cultural tourism programmes. The central market is quite impressive with all the local produce including the Masai beads and shukas. The cultural tourism programe includes visits to shambas (Farms). This visits the local farms where you will witness and even participate in making of banana beer (mbege). Other excursions from Mto wa Mbu includes hikes to Lake Miwaleni, Balaa Hill or Njoro hotsprings. Canoeing is also available on the west side of the lake when the water is high.

    Open Air Market

    If you happen to be around on 22 of any month, visit the mnada, the animal auction market which attracts buyers from all over the country.

What to do in Lake Manyara National Park?

Lake Manyara National Park activities, what to do in Lake Manyara National Park, during the day (diurnal) or at night (nocturnal) are what attracts them to Lake Manyara.

Lake Manyara National Park Activities

The most popular, top 10 activities in Lake Manyara National Park Are:-

  • Game drives. Game drives are best undertaken in the morning and evening. However you can go opt for a full day game drive with picnic lunches
  • Excursions to the hotsprings and lake shores
  • Nature walks. Nature walks are conducted by local guides from your lodges
  • Bird walks/ warching
  • Sundowners/ sunset watch meals and drinks – romantic samptous meals served with sparkling drinks in the most scenic locations as the sun sinks in the horizon is an experience never to be missed. Most of the facilities do offer these on request
  • Picnics
  • Night game drives
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Bush breakfasts/ dinners
  • Camping – camping is available in the public and special campsites. Unlike public campsites, there is nothing special in Special campsites. Special campsites are do it yourself and lack amenities like toilets, showers, kitchens
  • Swimming most of the lodges have fitness centers that feature swimming pools
  • Mice- Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibition facilities are available in the lodges
  • Cultural tourism programs to Mto wa Mbu and Karatu
  • Wildebeest migration
  • Campfires are meeting or gatherings open to all guests. At the campfire ground is a big fire to keep the guests warm as they dance, tell stories and jokes, drink and exchange contact. Yes most of the campfires feature campfire bar where guests can order drinks. It is a lovely experience never to be missed
  • Health and spa in massage parlours
  • Wining and dining with numerous avenues and opportunities to sample local cuisine
Wildebeest Migration

Every year, in the months of July August and September, over 1.7 million wildebeests accompanied by about 800,000 gazelles and Zebras migrate from Serengeti into Maasai (Masai) Mara and back. The river crossings are particularly dangerous as large crocodile lie in wait of unsuspecting animals, killing and maiming thousands of them. Besides predation, migrating herds have to contend with flooded rivers and disease outbreaks. The wildebeest mate in Maasai Mara and Calve in Serengeti.

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The annual wildebeest migration is not about wildebeests migrating per se but rather its influence on the movement patterns of the other animals including human beings. Picture a never ending milling of over 2.5 million wild animals composed of a about 1.7 million wildebeests, and 800,000 common gazelles and zebras with predators-lions, hyenas, leopards, jackals etc following closely. In this picture add thousands of vultures providing air cover the to migrating animals, the goggling human traffic; the hazardous crossing of crocodile invested Mara and Grumeti rivers and behold your magical wonder of nature.

Where are the Wildebeest? Maasai (Masai) Mara or Serengeti? The Migration Cycle:-

The migration follows a clockwise direction dictated by the rain patterns in the Mara/Serengeti ecosystem. The Migration has been going on for as long as our ancestors can remember and where it started is debatable. The best times to view migration in Serengeti is December to Jul. While in Maasai Mara, the best time is August to November. Between December and March, the herds congregate in Eastern Serengeti Plains where carving takes place. Births accounts for over half a million calves annually. April and May still in Serengeti the calves matures and gets ready for migration. June is the month of crossing Grumeti River along the Northern Corridor towards Maasai Mara. In July/August, the herds cross the Mara River into Maasai (Masai) Mara, where mating takes place. By November the succulent grass in Mara is finished and the migrating herds heads for Serengeti where curving will take place and the entire cycle starts all over again.

Lake Manyara National Park Getting There

Lake Manyara is accessible to visitors from all over the world. One can drive or fly to Lake Manyara from Kilimanjaro, Arusha or Dodoma.

Lake Manyara National Park Gates

Remember the rule is that you should enter the park through official gates.

Lake Manyara National Park Accommodation/ Lodges/ Tented Camps and Public Campsites:

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There are a variety of accommodation facilities in Serengeti varying from the luxury eco-lodges to basic campsites.-

  • Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC);USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC)

  • Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

    USD 161PP HS (01JAN-31MAR/01JUN- 31OCT/16-31DEC; USD 130PP LS (15MAR-31MAY/01NOV- 31DEC .

  • Kirurumu Tented Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Lake Manyara Hotel

    USD 271 PP HS (01Jan-31Mar/01JUN – 31Oct/16-31Dec; USD 174 PP LS (15Mar-31May/01Nov – 31Dec

  • Migunga Forest Camp

    USD 316 PP Ps (01Jan-28Feb/ 01Jul 31Oct /22-31Dec); USD 251 PP Ps1(01-30JUN); USD 184 PP HS(01MAR-31MAR/JUN/ 01NOV-21DEC);USD 130 PP LS(01APR – 31MAY)

  • Lulimac Lake Manyara Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 162 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Octagon Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Eileen’s Trees Inn

    USD PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Flamingo Safari Lodge Karatu

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 230 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Karatu Tented Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Burudika Manyara Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

Malindi Tourist Attractions, Activities, Things To Do, Safaris, Hotels, Car Hire

September 8, 2012

Malindi Tourist Attractions,  Activities, Things To Do | Safaris Beach Hotels, Car Rentals.

Malindi Tourist Attractions | Kenya Activities, Things To Do | Safaris Beach Hotels, Car Hire Rentals

Malindi is a popular tourist resort located 120 Km to the North-east of Mombasa.  The resort is accessible by road, air and sea.  Most of the visitors fly in directly by charter flights from Europe.  A flight from Nairobi will take 45 minutes.  Bus travel from Nairobi will take about 10 Hours.  

Malindi A Friendly City– From its humble beginnings in the 14th century, Malindi was noted for its friendly people.  After rebuttal in Mombasa, Malindi offered sanctuary to Vasco da Gama and even offered him a guide to take him across the seas to India.  The Vasco da Gama’s pillar and the little Portuguese Church are a testimony to this friendship.  Earlier, the sultan of Malindi had welcomed Chinese sailors and offered a giraffe as a present to their King.   The giraffe was presented to Yong Le Emperor of China in 1415 during the Ming Dynasty. To this day, the giraffe is the symbol of diplomatic relationship between China and African countries.  Due to its peaceful nature, Malindi continues to attract visitors from different corners of the world.  Notable is the large population of Italians which has earned the town the tag new Milano.

Tourist are attracted to Malindi by what they see and what they do (activities).  Two Marine Parks- Malindi Marine Park(In Malindi) and Watamu Marine Park( In Watamu) have colorful coral gardens with splendid display of marine life.  Visitors in glass bottomed boats flock into the parks for snorkeling and diving expeditions.  In the vicinity are other attractions like

  • Gedi Ruins

  • Kipepeo (butterfly) Project

  • Aqua ventures

  • Bio Ken snake park

  • The falconry

  • Takwa ruins

  • Vasco da gama’s pilar

  • The Portuguese church

  • Sawa Sawa dhow excursions

  • Tsavo East/ West National Parks

Watamu– The small village of Watamu has 8 Kms of pristine sandy beaches which has been rated one of the top ten beaches in the world.  A major plus of staying at Watamu is that you can swim both at low and high tides.  However the beach is clogged with seaweed from June to October.   Besides the beaches other attractions in Watamu are the Watamu Marine Park, the snake farm, Mida Creek and Whale Island.  At Watamu, you can while your day relaxing in the beach or on the various adventures within.  Activities at Watamu include:-

  • Deep sea fishing

  • Fitness and Yoga courses

  • Kite surfing-During the months of July and August and from January through March.

  • Visits to Watamu Snake Park-The snake park has the largest collection of snakes in East Africa with over 200 species.  The adjacent laboratory supplies hospitals with anti venom.

  • Visits to the Marindi and Watamu Marine Parks.

  • Superb snorkeling and bird watching at the Mida Creek

  • Visits to Tsavo East National Park

Getting to Malindi /Flights to Malindi

Several airlines operate daily flights to Malindi from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (Nairobi), Moi Airport (Mombasa) and Wilson Airport (Nairobi).  Several European Countries operate charter flights from Europe direct to Malindi.

Driving

You can drive from Nairobi or Mombasa to Malindi.  Several up country buses operate daily from Mombasa or Nairobi to Malindi.

Malindi Beach Hotels Resorts and Accommodation

Malindi is one of the premier beach resorts in Kenya.  The town located 120 Km north of Mombasa has witnessed unprecedented growth in the hotels  industry.  Malindi town has numerous high class hotels kissing the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.  Along Malindi’s Casuarina Road are numerous guest houses, resorts, private villas, self catering apartments and cottages all accepting paying guests on full time or temporally. Among the best of Malindi’s Beach Hotels are Ocean Beach Resort And Spar and Kilili  Baharini Resort popular with the creme de la creme of Kenya.  The Plan Hotel/ Sandies resorts include Africa Dream Village, Tropical Village,  Coconut Village and Malindi Beach. Among the memorable of  Malidni hotels are Coral Key, Drift wood, Africa Dream Village and Scorpio Villas.  In Malindi High Season Falls in January-March; July to October.  Mid Season -October to December. Low Season -April May and June. Most of the properties close during the low season.

Malindi Beach Hotels or Beach Resorts can be classified in terms of facilities and even the price range.  Depending on the rates, some properties will fall in the category of deluxe or super luxury. Some properties like Woburn Residence, Ocean Beach Resorts and Coral Key combine hotel services with apartments for long stay.  The apartments at Woburn  and Ocean Paradise are luxurious enjoying spacious grounds and swimming pools.  The Kilili Baharini resort is famous with the creme de la creme of Kenya noveu riche.  Coral Key, Driftwood, Lawford and Seaview Lodge have withstood the test of time and have impeccably served Malindi.  There are numerous budget properties in Malindi charging from KES 1500 (USD 20) to KES 3500 (USD 81) per night on double rooms.  A good example is the slightly hidden Bush Baby Lodge and the African Pearl.

Malindi Car Hire

Malindi Tourist Attractions | Kenya Activities, Things To Do | Safaris Beach Hotels, Car Hire Rentals

Our Car hire / rental locations (locations de voitures) in Malindi include-Malindi City Centre Office, Malindi International Airport (MYD) serving the whole of the Kenya Coast.  Other locations in  Kenya are Nairobi City, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) Mombasa, Mombasa Moi International Airport (MBA), Kisumu, Nakuru  They  open from 08:00to 18:00 hrs from Monday to Saturday.   In the rest of East Africa rental locations (locations des voiture)  are Dar Es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam Airport Coded (DAR) , Arusha, Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO),  Dodoma and Zanzibar (Tanzania) , Kigali (Rwanda),  Kampala , Jinja and Entebbe (Uganda),  Bujumbura (Burundi).

Samburu National Park Lodges | Reserve Accommodation Hotels, Tented Camps, Kenya Safaris

May 4, 2012

Samburu National Park Lodges | Reserve Accommodation Hotels, Tented Camps, Kenya Safaris.

Samburu National Par Insert an Imagek/ Reserve has a variety of accommodation facilities to suit different categories of travelers. Safari lodges, luxury tented camps and public camps caters for luxury, mid range and budget holiday makers.  Luxury safari lodges in Samburu National park include- Samburu Serena Lodge, Samburu Siba Lodge, Samburu Saruni Lodge, Sasaab Lodge and Samburu Sopa Lodge. Elephant bedroom is an exclusive tented camp for those interested in elephant and lion tracking.  Other tented camps include Samburu Intrepids, Bedouin Camp and Larsen’s Camp.  One can also stay at Joy’s Camp in the nearby Shaba National Reserve.

Samburu Serena Lodge

Samburu National Park accommodation-lodges, hotels, tented camps, serena lodge

Top on the list of properties found in Samburu is the Samburu Serena Lodge.  A property of Serena Lodges and Hotels, the samburu serena is currently under renovations.

Samburu Simba Lodge

Samburu Simba lodge is overlooks Buffalo springs and the Uaso Nyiro River. Guest rooms have a fantastic views over the plains teaming with elephants, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa orynx and long-necked gerunuk and other animals.  The comprise of Seven villas of ten rooms each – six on the ground floor and four on the first floor of which two rooms are interconnected. Lodge Facilities: 2 swimming pools, Pool side bar, Safes available at the reception, Telephone calls through the operator, Television – satellite TV: CNN, BBC Super Sport at Ibis Pub, Doctor on call, Health Club, Laundry Service

Attractions/ Activities Things to do in Samburu National Park

  • Day and night game drives

  • Visits to local Maasai, Samburu, Turkana and Boran homesteads

  • Camel and horse riding in the private ranches

  • Nature walks conducted by local Maasai/ Samburu warriors

  • River rafting when season permits in Ewaso Ng’iro river

  • Nature walks to the Ngare Ndare and Makogondo forest conducted by the local guides

  • Aerial safaris in some of the lodges.

  • Events like Lewa safaricom Marathon, Maralal Camel Derby

  • Swimming either in the lodges or numerous private houses.

  • Farm Tours

  • Game viewing on camel/ horse back in the ranches

  • Exploring Il lolokwe, Mathews Range (Nyiro Ndoto Mountains) mountains

  • Camping in open skies, bush meals and sundowners in the private/community ranches.

Samburu National Park Safaris:

Safaris can be organized to samburu alone or in combination with other parks.  Some good combination safaris include

Samburu can also be visiting in combination of the nearby ranches in Laikipia.

The vast Laikipia district of Kenya comprises of large community, group and private ranches all with Eco-tourism activities.  The ranches include Borana, Lewa, Ol Ari Nyiro, Lekurruki, Il Ngwsei, Ol Pejeta, Sweet Waters, El Karama,  Ole Lentille, Ol Malo, Loisaba, Mugie  etc.

The Eco-lodges in these ranches  include-Il Ngwesi, Borana and Tassia.  Other facilities include Lewa Safari Camp, Lewa House, Ol Pejeta Ranch House, Sweet Waters Tented Camp, Kitich Tented Camp, Elephant Watch, Laragai,  Mutamaiyu House, Loisaba Wilderness Lodge, Sabuk Lodge, Mukutan Retreat, Makena’s Hill, El Karama Bandas, Rutundu Log Cabins, Koija star beds, The Sanctuary at Ole Lentille and many others.


Meru National Park Attractions, Activities, Safaris, What to do

May 2, 2012

Often referred to as a complete wilderness,  Meru National Park is a perfect holiday retreat for wildlife safaris and adventures,  sight seeing, camping and relaxation. Meru National Park is often referred to as the Elsa’s Country.

Meru National Park Attractions, Activities, Safaris, Things to do.

Meru National Park Attractions

The Elsa story is the bait that draws visitors to the park.  It is an adventure fantasy of how two conservationist raised up the lion cabs, weaned them to maturity, the struggle and the suspense that follow as they try to introduce it to the wild.  While Adamson insists that Elsa is a tame domestic cat unlikely to survive in the wild, Joy insists that SHE was born free and must be allowed to live free, hence the name born free and living free.  By and by Joy prevails and the cat is released to the wild where she successfully is integrate into the wild prides and is able to bring up her own cabs.  We can positively argue that her descendants form some of the present day prides in Meru Park.  Upon her death, George buried Elsa in Meru National Park.  Her grave a monument not to be missed by any visitor to the park. Besides the lion cabs, Joy also brought up a cheetah cab named Pipa.  Pipa’s grave is also clearly marked attraction in Meru Park.


The tragic end of the two conservationists was an anti climax of sorts. Joy was murdered in Meru Park and her ashes were scattered within the park.  George was also murdered in Kora National Park is buried there. Adam’s home (Kampi Ya Simba) is an attraction on its own.

Wildlife Nirvana

In the earlier days, Meru was world famous for its large number of wildlife attributed to its agreeable climate.  With 14 permanent rivers, the park is a paradise compared to other parks in the region.  Receiving over 760mm of rainfall, the park is ever green and attracts large numbers of resident animals.  However the intensive poaching of late 70’s and early 80’s completely decimated the park’s herds of elephants, rhinos and other big mammals reducing it to a lifeless shell.  The devastation was so intense that lodges closed down.

Restocking and back to glory

The restocking of Meru NP has earned its place in the history of conservation.  It is the largest big mammal trans location in the human history in terms of intensity, the numbers  involved, the species and more so the size of animals.  It was a day and night affair that saw whole families of elephants were trans located from larger Laikipia region to Meru NP.  Besides elephants, rhinos have been re-introduced. Others translocated to the park were grevy Zebras and reticulated giraffes.

Today you are likely to see all the big five in Meru Park.  Elephants, Buffalos, Rhinos, zebras, giraffe, lions, hippos, reedbucks, hartebeests, gazelles, baboons, impalas.  In the rivers are crocodiles and hippos.  Reptiles are well represented with cobras, pythons.

472 species of bird have been recorded including Somali ostrich, weavers, starlings, mannikins, guinea fowls, rollers,

Another attractions is the beautiful landscape. Mt Kenya is clearly visible from the park.  Also one can go exploring Mt Kilimanjeru.

Things to do in Meru National Park

“Attractions determine what to do in any destination. Meru park  is about exclusivity.  Bird Watching, Picnics, Camping, Wildlife Safaris, Adventure and Cultural safaris can all be organized. Game and bird watching are best undertaken in the morning and evening.  Nature walks, rafting and fishing can be organized along Tana River.  Afternoons are best spent on cultural tours, fishing, rafting or just relaxing at the hotel swimming pools.”

Day break brings relieve to diurnals (day active) for its a privilege to be alive.  At that time you are also likely to see the nocturnal (night actives) going to their dens.  This is the best time to witness hunting.  Night game drives are not available in Meru Park. However these can be enjoyed in nearby private ranch of Sweet Waters.

Bird watching is a big attraction in Meru park. With over 427 species recorded, its a bird watcher’s paradise. Best time to watch is at dawn or at dusk.   Bring your binoculars and field guides.

The former home of the Adamsons-Joy and George and Elsa the lioness is a big crowd puller to the park.  Many visitors also visit the graves of Pipa ( the cheetah) and Elsa. 

Visits to the rhino sanctuary.

Canoeing and fishing in Tana River

Visit to the duo baobabs- the mau mau hideout.

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Rutundu Log Cabins Mt Kenya National Park

May 7, 2011

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge knows very well that in a marriage proposal, the where and when is very important. The location has to be special, a hide away in a special settingIt is no surprise that he found Rutundu Log Cabins worth that special honour.  Located higher up the slopes of Mt Kenya (10,000 feets above sea level), Rutundu Log Cabins enjoy a romantic location, a fairy-tales setting for happily ever after….The Rutundu log cabins are park of the famous Laikipia Tourism Circuit which comprises of private ranches, eco lodges and tented camps of Laikipia Kenya

Rutundu Log Cabins, Mt Kenya National Park, a luxury accommodation facility 10200 feet above sea level.  The cabins are self contained with log fires and en-suite bathrooms. To book the cabins email us rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

Rutundu log cabins also called Rutundu lodge enjoy a beautiful location overlooking Lake Rutundu in Mt Kenya National Park, surrounded by alpine country.  It is a private,  memorable hideaway,  a paradise for lovers away from public scrutiny.  Like Adam and Eve, in the Garden of  Eden, it you, your partner and nature.  Activities include trout fishing, fly fishing, horse riding, nature walks, Arial tours on Helicopters, hikes to nearby  lake Alice.

Lake Rutndu, Mt Kenya National Park.   The lake is small, deep and the waters not very clear.  However trout catch is superb with some weighing up to 6lbs. Averages of over 2 lbs are caught regularly.  There is a small boat to take you round the lake.

The Rutundu Log Cabins comprise of  two separate log cabins overlooking Lake Rutundu.  Each features en-suite bathroom  with open log fires.  The bigger or main cabin has a sitting and dining room, a verandah (which is perfect for breakfasts), and a kitchen.  The other cabin  has a bedroom and bathroom. All bedding, towels, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are provided.  For comfort only a group of 4 people should use the cabins.  Four extra beds can be fitted in to make a total of eight when privacy is not a big issue.  Just like the Alaskan log cabins, they are made of large cedar log with moss filling in the cracks to keep them warm.  Floors are wooden.

Rates/ Prices of Stay at Rutundu Log Cabins USD 548.00 for exclusive use of 4 pax of less on self catering basis.  An extra USD 110 per person per day is charged for full board accommodation.  That means USD 768 for two persons per day or USD 988.00 for 4 persons per day on full board basis.  Please seek clarification as prices are subject to change.

Getting to Rutundu Log Cabins

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You can fly from Nairobi Wilson to Rutundu Airstrip.   The airstrip is 1.5 km from the cabins.  The helipad is 100 meters from the cabins.  Scheduled flights are available from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Nanyuki.  From Nanyuki you drive for 3 hrs to the Cabins. Whether you drive from Nairobi or Nanyuki, your final destination is Kazita Gorge, 15-20 minutes walk to the cabins.  The cabin staff will meet and assist you with luggage.  To book your Helicopter flight to Rutundu contact Gorilla Safaris Rwanda , Tel +254 723 684 974 or email rnxploresafaris@gmail.com.  Also contact the same for Helicopter Safaris within Mt Kenya and Laikipia.  Alternative you can  horse ride  from nearby Lewa Wildlife Conservancy or Borana Ranch.

Helicopter Tours

This Bird will take you to fly fish in Mt Kenya. The cost is about USD 2700 per hour. The price is subject to confirmation

Helicopter tours are very popular with the rich and famous who frequent this destination.  A helicopter trip will cost you on average USD 2700 per hour.  The rate is subject to confirmation.  You can arrange for pick up from your lodge.   Trips up the mountain are subject to weather conditions.

Lake Rutundu & Lake Alice Fly Fishing Trout

Fly fishing is superb at Rutundu and Lake Alice (12, 5000 feet above sea level) only 2000 feet above Lake Rutundu.  Lake Rutundu is small, deep and the waters are not clear thus making it more difficult to catch trout.  However fishing at the lake is superb with trout averages over 2 lbs being caught regularly.   Some over 3 lbs have been caught.  The lake also has punt to paddle around and fishing platforms.

In contrast Lake Alice has crystal clear blue waters.  The scenery around is beautiful with three peaks of Lenana, Batian and Nelion casting a dramatic backdrop.  The presence exotic vegetation of senecio and giant lobelia around the lake gives the location a surreal atmosphere.  Hiking from Rutundu Log Cabins to Lake Alice will take you from 45 minutes to 75 minutes of hard hiking.  However the dramatic appearance of the blue waters of the lake will melt away any tiredness.  Take your time to enjoy the outstanding beauty of the country side and an occasional sighting of various animals.  Lake Alice is named after.

Getting to Rutundu Log Cabins.

Gorilla Safaris rWanda has organized several expeditions to Rutundu log Cabins.  From our offices in Meru Town, Rutundu log Cabins is approximately two hours driver away.

From Nairobi you can fly into Nanyuki Airstrip and we drive you from Nanyuki to Rutundu.  You can also drive from Nairobi to Rutundu.  You need to leave early.  Alternatively you can drive from Nairobi to Meru and drive further to Rutundu.

Another alternative is a helicopter ride to the the log Cabins.  What means you use, you will finally have to cross Kathita Gorge and walk to the cabins.  At Kathita Gorge is a cable car specifically for luggage.

To Book Rutundu Log Cabins Contact,

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda , Tel +254 723 684 974 or email rnxploresafaris@gmail.com, info@gorillasafarisrwanda.com

A visit to Rutundu can be combined with nearby Laikipia community and private ranches. These include Il Ngwesi Community Ranch, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sanctuary at Ol Lentille, Loisaba Wilderness.

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille | Ole Lentile Hotel Lodge

April 22, 2011

Colonel’s House Sanctuary Ole lentille

A guest who could not believe her eyes, mesmerized by the beautiful scenery, once asked in Kiswahili-”tumefika mbinguni?” translated into English, “have we arrived in paradise?”.  She might not have been far from the truth.  Laikipia is a paradise that has attracted the world attention for the last one thousand years.  . Laikipia is and has always been about Dynamism,  Romance, Adventure and discovery And to a bigger extent Missing in Action. This is the discovery that Prince William, the heir to the throne made the first time he landed at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.  On landing love was in the air.  He could not keep off the alluring Jecca Craig. Rumors of imminent wedding in the world press were spreading like a bushfire in hamatan.  Well! Well! well, today (22 April 2011), wedding bells of probably the greatest wedding of the 21st Century are ringing loud. Unless something happens, Prince William will wed Kate Middleton on 29th April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. Not only is the wedding big news but the mystery of Laikipia features prominently.  The Mystery where in Laikipia did the Prince propose to Kate? Was it at Lewa? Rutundu Log CabinsMukutan Retreat? The Sanctuary at Ol Lentil?, Ol Pejeta? Il Ngwesi?  To cut the long story short, today we bring to you the luxury and the breathing taking scenery at a paradise in Laikipia Kenya= The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille.

Getting to The Sanctuary of Ol Lentille, you can either drive or fly.

The sanctuary of Ole Lentille is located to the North West of Lewa Wildlife Sanctuary near Dol Dol.  The private sanctuary at Ole Lentille occupy an area of 20,000 acres, located 75 km from Nanyuki slightly north of Dol Dol town

 Ole Lentille is a name given to a hill in the centre of Laikipia Plateau with panoramic views of Mt Kenya, the Samburu sacred mountain Ol Olokwe, the Matthews Range and the Karisia Hills .

Ol Lentille Conservancy

The conservancy is 20,000 acres of grassy hills and deep valleys, heavily wooded with many acacia species and African olives. Its sandy laghas are bordered by great stands of fig and fever trees. The Conservancy is home to the endangered African wild dog, greater kudu, leopard, striped and spotted hyena, and klipspringer.

The conservancy is an initiative of the  Kijabe Group Ranch, on the far northern escarpment of the Laikipia Plateau with enormous views to the craggy peak of Mt Kenya, .

Accommodation at  Ol Lentille Conservancy

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille comprises of four fully furnished and staffed private houses perched on the flanks of a wooded rock kopje, in the heart of Ole Lentile Conservancy. The four houses are named, the Chief’s, The Sultan’s, The Colonel’s and the Eyrie ( Eagle Nest-so called because it’s perched up in the kopje)  The description your own place in the African bush befits both the houses and the sanctuary.  Besides own private compound, each of the four houses has a butler, a valet, a guide, a 4×4 vehicle and a guard (Askari).

The Chief’s House


The Chief’s House can accommodate a total of six Guests.  It is a reflection of contemporary Africa combining a sumptuously cool modern interior with the best of African art, fabrics and artefacts. It has three double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. The sitting room has a charming open fire, as well as a plunge-pool on the outdoor deck. Each bedroom has a dressing room and bathroom. The master bedroom has a large outdoor bath set in the rocks for candlelight bathing under the stars.

The Sultan’s House

Can Accommodate 2-4 guests.  This stone-built house is designed in “Lamu” style under a huge roof thatched with twisted papyrus. It has fine plaster carving, and lavish furnishings, including a four-poster bed. The House has one enormous double bedroom, a huge sitting/dining room and a kitchen. The space of this House is such that it can be converted to provide a second (children’s’) bedroom.

The Colonel’s House,

In “Campaign” style, this house seems truly to be the bush home of a well-traveled military man. With brass-bound furniture, oriental carpets, and a beautiful “Knole” sofa in front of an open fire you can feel a connection with a bygone era of comfort and style. The House has two double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. Each bedroom has a dressing room and a sunken bath. The courtyard has a plunge-pool.

The Eyrie House

This special house is perched at the top of our kopje in “African Retro” style. The Eyrie has one bedroom, a sitting and dining room with open fire and kitchen. It is seductively furnished. The circular bedroom has a gigantic round bed, and it is but a few steps to your own secluded outdoor double rock bath with views over our rugged hills to the deserts of the north. The Eyrie can sleep 2 guests.

Activities, What to do, Attractions at Ol Lentille Sanctuary

The Lodge has a gallery and shop  with art and necessities.  Also there is a common pool for swimming, lounging, sunbathing, dining.  There is a Library has books, games, relaxing, fireside.  A Deck – wildlife viewing, with GPS telescope, bar, central fireplace. Also available are Boules/Bocce/Petanque, Croquet,Good food and wine.

In the conservancy are Game drives – day and night,  Walking – day and night,   Abseiling and rock-climbing,   Horse riding,  Camel riding, Mountain biking,  Quad-bikes/ATVs,  Bush Skills course,  Fly camping.

To book  Sanctuary at Ol Lentille Contact

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda , Tel +254 723 684 974 or email rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

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Loisaba Wilderness Lodge / House Ranch Kenya

February 16, 2011

Loisaba Wilderness is amazingly beautiful with its diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife.  Loisaba wilderness is located on 61,000 Acres private ranch where guests are free to roam freely.   Accommodation in Loisaba is not only diverse but luxurious beyond imagination of seasoned travellers.  Each day in Loisaba is an adventure.  Nights bring in other delights in terms of sleeping arrangements.  Adventurous visitors have an options of  sleeping under the African night sky in one of the unique star beds. Daily activities include, guided nature and bird walks, day a night game drives, bush meals and sundowners, horse and camel riding, mountain and quad biking, helicopters tours, cultural visits and seasonal rafting down the majestic Ewaso Ngiro and Ng’are Narok Rivers.  Guests also can play tennis courts, boules an croquet or relax in the swimming pools.  A visit to Loisaba spa after a day’s work will revive your mind, rejuvenate your body and revitalize your soul. A visit to Loisaba is best combined with nearby attractions-Ol pejeta Ranch, Sweet Waters Game Sanctuary, Saruni Samburu, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Makena’s Hills, Mukutan Retreat, Il Ngwesi and Kitich

Accommodation in Loisaba

Accommodation at Loisaba is luxurious and authentically African. Whether you choose to stay at Loisaba LodgeLoisaba House or Loisaba Cottages, you are guaranteed of being pampered and well looked after while experiencing the atmosphere and energy of wild Africa. You also have the unique opportunity to try a night under the un-spoilt Kenyan stars on one of our Star Beds or a revitalizing treatment at the renowned Loisaba Spa. Your dream luxury getaway retreat awaits you in Kenya at Loisaba.

Loisaba Lodge –USD 595 pp sharing High season1st Jul-30Sep;21Dec-02Jan.), USD 370 pp sharing Green season(01May-31 May and USD  495 pp sharing mid season (03 Jan-30Apr; 01-30Jun; 01Oct-20DEc). Entry fee for adults is USD 70.00, USD 35 for under 16s.

Constructed from stone, local timber and thatch, the lodge is perched high on the edge of the plateau looking south towards Mount Kenya. Each room has large French windows that open onto a private deck cantilevered off the escarpment. The views are legendary, and a water hole a few hundred feet below draws continuous wildlife.

All the furniture in the lodge is handmade at Loisaba. The lodge has a swimming pool, tennis court, bocce court and croquet lawn. The spa offers massage and beauty treatment and a romantic open-air bubble bath, all with a tranquil view of the unspoilt Karissia Hills.

Loisaba House –Rates based on 5 Pax Exclusive Use USD 3280 High season 1st Jul-30Sep;21Dec-02Jan.), USD 2910 Green season(01May-31 May and USD  2910 mid season (03 Jan-30Apr; 01-30Jun; 01Oct-20DEc).  Rates are all inclusive.  Entry fee for adults is USD 70.00, USD 35 for under 16s.

Loisaba House Kenya

The House is truly exclusive, self-contained private house built on the edge of the escarpment entirely from local stone and thatch. The location and architecture of the house are breathtaking, as are the furnishings, most of which have been designed and made at Loisaba.

The house has its own staff, game-drive vehicle and a private, cliff-top swimming pool. The ultimate hideaway, for small groups. The house is a private house on Loisaba. Built entirely from local materials gathered on the ranch and thatched with Mombasa palm, the house commands a spectacular view over the Laikipia plains towards Mount Kenya.

Two large en-suite bedrooms surround a duplex sitting room, bar and dining room. An eye-level swimming pool on the lip of the thousand foot escarpment lies at the foot of the garden.

Guests at the house enjoy the service of its own staff, cars and drivers: it is completely independent of the lodge, allowing guests all the facilities of the ranch with absolute privacy and exclusivity.

2 Bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin (convertible to double) both with en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower.

Loisaba Cottage- Rates based on 4 Pax Exclusive Use USD 3640 High season 1st Jul-30Sep;21Dec-02Jan.), USD 1600 Green season(01May-31 May and USD  2100 mid season (03 Jan-30Apr; 01-30Jun; 01Oct-20Dec)

Loisaba Cottage is located 9kms from the main lodge.  The Cottage comprises of  three double en-suite rooms with shower and one double/twin room with access to large bathroom via an external staircase.  It is set back from the escarpment in beautifully landscaped gardens with a private swimming pool.

Loisaba Cottage- can accomodate a total of 10 pax (6 adults and four children)

Loisaba Cottage is fully self contained complete with its own staff.  Guests have their own guide and exclusive use of a custom game drive vehicle. The cottage is suitable for groups of up to 6 adults and 4 children or indeed 8 Adults and 2 children or even as an exclusive honeymoon getaway. Guests at both exclusive properties have full use of all the lodge facilities and activities, including the beauty spa, lodge shop, tennis courts, horse riding, camel treks, mountains bikes, river rafting, balloon safaris, and the lodge main pool.

The Loisaba Star Beds- USD 595 pp sharing High season1st Jul-30Sep;21Dec-02Jan.), USD 370 pp sharing Green season(01May-31 May and USD  495 pp sharing mid season (03 Jan-30Apr; 01-30Jun; 01Oct-20DEc). Entry fee for adults is USD 70.00, USD 35 for under 16s.

A unique attraction at Loisaba are the star beds, where guests have an opportunity to sleep under the stars. Two sets of Star Beds at Loisaba.  Kiboko Star Beds are  located on top of a kopje  overlooking the “Kiboko” waterhole.  Koija Star Beds are located about 8 Kilometres further on the banks of the Ewaso N’giro River.

“Koija” Star Beds and are a new joint venture undertaken in partnership of Loisaba and Laikipiak Maasai people from the Koija community.

Each Star Bed is set on an intricately designed, handcrafted wooden raised platform, and partially covered with a thatched roof.  Homemade “Mukokoteni Beds” (uniquely designed bed on wheels), can either be wheeled onto the open deck area for a night under the stars, or left under the shelter of the roof.All the beds have complete “four-poster” insect netting. The Star Beds are normally reached by one of many options; on foot, horse, camel or vehicle and with two sets now in place create a unique opportunity to travel between them both and the lodge as part of a Star Bed Expedition.
Guests are guided and hosted by a team of traditional Samburu and Laikipiak Maasai warriors. Food is prepared in traditional camp kitchen, Barbeque style.Both the Kiboko and Koija Star Beds comprise of 2 double sleeping platforms and one twin platform. Each double platform is designed for 1 or 2 people. The family platform accommodates 4 people (sharing bathroom facilities). Each platform is en-suite and has a large camp-style shower. The platforms are sited to ensure complete privacy.
The Loisaba Spa

Loisaba has further enhanced guests’ safari experience with the opening of the Loisaba Spa.

Loisaba Spa

Loisaba Spa offers the sheer indulgence of enjoying a soothing massage overlooking the vast Laikipia Plateau in between game viewing activities takes Kenyan safaris to a new level. Loisaba’s “Mind, Body & Soul” concept encompasses the enriching experience a stay in the wild can evoke, one which affects visitors not only visually but also spiritually and emotionally – vast tracts of wilderness alive with wildlife of every shape and form, local tribes continuing their traditional lifestyle little changed for centuries, and a majestic landscape sweeping down to the indomitable Mount Kenya. The Loisaba Spa offers guests the opportunity to relax and absorb this awakening of senses.

Together with our masseuse we have blended qualified knowledge with local traditions to provide a unique range of complementary treatments. As well as full body massages and delicious wraps in mineral-rich Dead Sea mud, the spa also offers facials, manicures and pedicures.

Getting to Loisaba

You can either fly or drive to Loisaba.  Daily flights are available from Wilson Nairobi.  You can fly to Nanyuki and drive to Loisaba.

To book Loisaba Contact

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda , Tel +254 723 684 974 or email rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

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Our car  Hire  services / Rental company locations include-Nairobi City Centre Office, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Coded NBO or JKIA) serving the whole of the country and Nairobi.  Other locations in Kenya include, Mombasa TownMoi Airport Mombasa (MBA), Malindi Airport (MYD), Kisumu, Nakuru, Nanyuki. They  open from 08:00to 18:00 hrs from Monday to Saturday.  Rental Cars can be returned at the point of pick up, at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) or at the hotels in Nairobi, Mombasa or Malindi. In the rest of East Africa rental locations (locations des voiture) are Kigali (Rwanda),  Kampala , Jinja and Entebbe (Uganda),  Bujumbura (Burundi) Dares salaam, Dar Es Salaam Airport (DAR), Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Arusha ( Tanzania) and Zanzibar.

Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge | Il Ngwesi Group Ranch / Community Lodge

May 5, 2010

Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge & Il Ngwesi Group / Community Ranch.

Il Ngwesi Group ranch (14, 500 Hac), is located at northwest edge of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and is owned by Il Ngwesi community of the Mukogodo division of Laikipia district. The local community often referred to as the Laikipiak (or Mukogodo) Maasai were hunter gatherer Ndorobo (Il dorobo) called the Yiaku untill the 1920′s when they slowly changed their traditional custom as hunters and bee keepers and got assimilated to the “superior”, cattle keeping tradition of the local Samburu. They also changed their language from cushitic to maa speakers. The “inferior” culture, coupled with intermarriages hasted the assimilation process. Their ladies would even prefer the rich men from the Maasai and the farming communities.

The Il Ngwesi Community Lodge (USD 400 pp sharing full board) comprises of 6 bandas all with adjoining open showers. It location on the banks of Ngare Ndare River on the edges of Mukogodo Hills commands panoramic views of Northern Kenya. IL Ngwesi is constructed local materials. Some of the bandas allow you to roll out your mattress on a platform and spend the night under the stars. An attraction in the lodge is a swimming pool, which appears to overflow into the wilderness below. All heating and lighting is provided by solar power.

Getting to Il Ngwesi

From Nairobi, you can either fly or drive to Il Ngwesi.  Il Ngwesi Lodge is reached using a 4WD from Borana Ranch or a short flight from Nanyuki. You can also drive from Lewa Conservancy to Il Ngwesi.  Il Ngwesi counts Prince William among its celebrity guest list.

Attractions, Activities/ What to do in Il NGwesi

Activities include, exploring the magnificent conservation area that adjoins Lewa, Borana and the Mukogodo Forest Reserve, visits to the cultural boma, excursions along the Ngare Ndare River with local guides, offers a special opportunity to get close to the wildlife, followed by a picnic breakfast, Game drive, followed by sun-downers on one the many different vantage points along the Mukogodo Hills and visits to troops of baboons and monkeys. A popular attraction is OMNI, the habituated orphan black rhino, trans-located from Lewa.

Book Il Ngwesi lodge
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Tel: +254 723 684 974

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