Mzima forms a haven for a rich wildlife pageant with elephant soaking half immersed in the waters, hippo, apparently weightless, tip-toeing across the bottom, crocodiles basking on the bank or swirling through the water; gazelles, zebra and giraffe wandering around the banks through the thick acacias and raffia palms together with hundreds of chattering monkeys and birds. There are well marked nature trails, an observation platform and an underwater glass tank which provides a special vantage point to view this remarkable oasis.
Not far from Mzima Springs, along a well-marked track, lies the precipitous magnificence of the Ngulia escarpment at the foot of the Ngulia Hills which rise to 1825 metres. Each year from late September to November, Ngulia has become the base of a unique phenomenon. Attracted by the lights of Ngulia Lodge, thousands of migrant birds descend through the mists which are prevalent at this time of the year to be netted, ringed and released. It has become one the the bird wonders of the world and provides vital information on the migratory routes and habits of many species common to the northern hemisphere.
Reports of ringed birds have been received from as far north as St Petersburg, and from countries as widely seperated as Oman, Malawi, Iran and Germany. Apart from the elephant population there are many lion - some undoubtedly the descendants of the famous Maneaters of Tsavo! Among the less common animals to be found at the fringed-eared oryx, the gerenuk and lesser kudu. The carnivores in addition to lion include serval, hyena, leopard, cheetah and caracal. The landscape is dominated, especially off the hills by the giant baobab, a tree which is reputed to live a thousand years. After the rains the park is showered with white and pink ipomea, the morning glory family, and the acacia trees are festooned in feathery masses of white and pink blossoms.
The desert rose, somewhat like a miniature baobab, produces fuschia-pink flowers of striking beauty at almost any time of the year. This feast of wildlife, flora and birds combines to make Tsavo of special interest - an interest perhaps made greater by geological activity evidenced by a mass of recently extinct volcanoes and massive lava flows. It is also possible to make an excursion tot he Chyulu Hills National Park which abuts tsavo to the North West. The Chyulus are one of the world's newest mountain ranges; the most recent volcanic peak was formed only 500 years ago. A four wheel drive track leads to this peak - Shaitani - from the Chyulu gate and it is simple to walk to the caves on the side of the volcano. It is a breathtaking landscape of rampant ferocity and the vistas to Kilimanjaro are unbeatable. At the other end of Tsavo West, in the south west corner, lies Lake Jipe. bisected by the border with Tanzania it is a favourite haunt of bird watchers and boats are available for ardent ornithologists.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge Hotel Accomodation
The Kilagini Lodge comprises of 56 bedrooms and a fabulous veranda from which you can witness spectacular African sunsets. The magnificent views extend out over some of the most rugged scenery in the park with the snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro looming above the mountains as a backdrop. Each room has an en suite bathroom with hot water. The timber decked open dining area is cool and tranquil in decor as it overlooks the vast plains displaying awesome scenery and foliage. The restaurant serves both African and international cuisine. Kilaguni Lodge also boasts a sparkling swimming pool.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge Dining
The traditionally thatched, breeze-cooled dining room overlooks the Lodge’s action-packed water-hole where lumbering herds of elephant, roving buffalo and playful zebra collect to drink whilst the guest menu features a sensitive blend of ethnic cuisine, internationally-themed dishes and traditional safari favourites.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge Amenities:
Swimming pool, nature walks, bird watching and game drives
Extensively stocked Africana Gift Shop
Luxurious beauty treatments and toning massages
Full housekeeping services (laundry, valet, babysitting on request, childrens’ menus and dining facilities, shoeshine etc)
The option of a magical, lamp-lit, bush dinner looking out over the distant splendour of the Chyulu Hills and the floodlit ‘theatre of the wild’ happening just beyond the glow of the campfire.
'Sundowners’ at ‘Roaring Rocks’, a volcanic crag where hyrax scamper and the sun goes down amongst the lilac shoals of a living volcanic arena. Also at ‘Poachers’ Lookout’ a conical hill with show-stopping park vistas.
Picnics and Nature trails, accompanied by the resident naturalists – to the peak of the adjacent ‘Five Sisters’ volcanic hills, up the cindered paths of the Chaimu Crater or around the hippo-heaving pools and nature-trails of Mzima springs. There are also tours of the petrified lava flows and echoing caves of the famous Shetani Lava Flow.
An evocative bush breakfast uniquely staged atop the volcanic rust-red mass of Lion Rock, once a hunting haunt of lions, with sweeping views over the wilderness the Park
Akamba Tribal dancing and performances by local musicians
‘Wildlife and Wilderness’ talks by the resident naturalist
Visits to the local Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary
Catching up with the world via our communal satellite TV
There’s also just lazing by the pool, taking in some sun,
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge Conferencing
Imagine it, no more stuffy boardrooms, packed lifts, grid-locked traffic and turgid lunches. Instead your corporate itinerary can feature: al fresco savannah lunches, Maasai feasts, bush bars, poolside brain-storming sessions and wrap-up sundowners with a view over miles and miles of magnificent Kilimanjaro and the twin sister hills.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge Business/Conference Facilities
The Chyulu Conference Suite can accommodate:
- 90 guests - classroom style and:
- 103 guests - theatre style.
It also offers a smaller boardroom which will accommodate 36 guests boardroom style - the Conference Suite enjoys its own game viewing deck.
State-of-the-art presentation facilities
To include: A full selection of overhead, slide projector, screen, TV-video and video conference equipment, state of the art audio visual equipment, PA system/podium, wireless internet access in room and conference rooms.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge Full Conference organisation service
To include: badges, registration desks, delegate packs, delegate services, specialist delegate gifts, secretarial back up and communication links, tailor-made itineraries, private safaris and individually planned and themed menus.
A full range of imaginative incentive packages and fully tailored accommodation packages is also available.