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Ndolwa House - Tsavo West, Kenya

Maktau, Voi - Adjacent to Tsavo West National Park, Kenya

Ndolwa House is a small private homestay bordering Tsavo West National Park catering for the discerning client wishing to experience an unspoilt wilderness in the African bush. Based on a private community owned conservation area, Ndolwa House offers great accessibility to both the southern and northern regions of the Park for an exciting mix of wildlife viewing opportunities and wonderfully diverse and breathtaking scenery.

Set on Ndolwa Hill the lodge overlooks a vast panoramic expanse unlike any other in Tsavo West, including spectacular views of Mt Kilimanjaro, the Chyulu Hills, Tsavo West National Park, the Yatta Plateau and the Taita Hills.
Ndolwa House, Maktau,

Ndolwa House is an eco-friendly lodge built using natural materials to blend with the environment. Each cottage/tent has its own unique style with custom made beds, personal Africana collections, beadwork and art decoration. The cottages, tents and mess/dining areas overlook spectacular panoramic views of Mt Kilimanjaro, the Chyulu Hills, Tsavo West National Park, Ngulia Hill, the Yatta Plateau, and the Taita Hills.

Comfortable, spacious and relaxed areas are central to Ndolwa House's style with a homely and down to earth atmosphere that is particularly child friendly.

Kenya safari lodge location
Air Charters & Commercial Flights
The closest airstrip is the Maktau airstrip at the National Park gate, 7 km away, which may be used for private charters. The next closest are at Kilaguni and Finch Hattons in Tsavo West National Park, which are serviced by Safarilink from Wilson Airport, Nairobi.

Kenya hotels and accommodation
Amongst the wide range of Kenya hotels, some make the ideal Kenya safari destination. Choose a safari lodge, safari hotel, bush camp, luxury lodge, safari camp, tented camp or bush lodge. National park accommodation usually takes the form of a traditional safari lodge or tented camp, but numerous other options exist on the park boundaries. Luxury lodges and luxury camp options are also offered in the private wildlife conservancies.

From Nairobi by Road
Travel to Mitito Andei town (approximately 3 hrs from Nairobi.) Turn right at Mitito Andei into Main Gate Tsavo West National Park. KWS smart cards may be loaded at the main gate. Once through the gate travel for 14 kms to sign No 4. Turn left. Travel to sign No 15. Go straight across. Travel to sign No 16. Go straight across. Carry on straight and do not take any right turns to reach the Tsavo River bridge for approximately 15 kms. Cross the bridge and travel for approximately 3 kms to a T-junction. This is the Mizima Springs pipeline road. At the T-junction turn left and travel for approximately 4.5 kms to reach sign No 66. At this sign turn right and travel straight for approximately 38 km to Maktau Gate. Please call us from Mitito Andei with an approximate time of arrival into Maktau so that we can arrange for a member of staff to meet you there to guide you to Ndolwa House.

The drive through the Park from the main gate at Mitito Andei to Ndolwa House takes approximately 2 - 2 ½ hours game viewing through one of the most spectacular scenic game parks in Kenya.

From Mombasa by Road
Drive down the main Nairobi-Mombasa road to Voi (approximately 1½ - 2 hours). Just before the Caltex petrol station on the main road turn left and take this main Voi - Taveta road. Travel 20 kms to Mwatate town. Carry straight on. When the tarmac ends proceed on the murram road and pass the next town called Bura and carry on. Pass Taita Hills and Salt Lick Lodges on the left. Proceed to next town called Maktau. The road from Voi to Maktau is 55 kms (approximately 1 hour drive). Please call us from Voi with an approximate time of arrival into Maktau so that we can arrange for a member of our staff to meet you there to guide you the last few kilometers to Ndolwa House.

Kenya Safari Information - Tsavo National Park
Tsavo West National Park lies 250 kms south of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. The park covers 10,500 sq kms of pristine wilderness and hosts one of the largest diversities of animals and plant life in Africa. This includes Kenya's largest elephant population, which stands at approximately 10,000 individuals (both Tsavo West and East). The Park's variety of species is impressive: over 60 species of mammal (including the "Big Five"), 400 bird species and over 1,000 plant species.

The Northern part of the park features beautiful picturesque mountains, valleys, the Rhino Sanctuary and Tsavo River, spectacular lava flows and marginal - densely thick bush that provides excellent food and protection for animals while allowing visitors unique wildlife viewing opportunities.

The Southern region of the park, also known as the Serengeti plains features wide open areas and medium bushland that is prime habitat for plains game such as oryx, impala, eland, kongoni (Coke's hartebeest), dik dik, zebra, Grant's gazelle, gerenuk, and lesser kudu. In addition, there is a spectacular variety of birds that can be seen at Lake Jipe.

Vast areas of Tsavo West are one of the few untouched and really wild ecosystems left in Kenya today that is not tainted by mass tourism.

Safari wildlife highlights: Larger mammals include lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino, hippo, giraffe, lesser kudu, oryx, Cape buffalo, zebra, yellow baboon, waterbuck, gemsbok, Coke's hartebeest, gerenuk, and gazelle.
Birds: The prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.

Accommodation  - A Kenya Safari Eco- Lodge
Ndolwa House is an eco-friendly lodge built using natural materials to blend with the environment. Each cottage/tent has its own unique style with custom made beds, personal Africana collections, beadwork and art decoration. The cottages, tents and mess/dining areas overlook spectacular panoramic views of Mt Kilimanjaro, the Chyulu Hills, Tsavo West National Park, Ngulia Hill, the Yatta Plateau, and the Taita Hills.

Comfortable, spacious and relaxed areas are central to Ndolwa House's style with a homely and down to earth atmosphere that is particularly child friendly.

Cottages
Ndolwa House has four private en suite cottages with a private verandah, two with double beds, one with twin beds, and one with a double and twin beds that can accommodate a family group.

Tents
There are two spacious tents measuring 44 sq meters each with makuti thatch roofs on a natural stone plinth, both with en suite bathrooms and private verandahs, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds.

On request extra beds can be placed in the cottages or tents to accommodate more people or young children where there are several family groups.

Guide Accommodation
There are also two rooms to accommodate guides, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds attached to the central mess/dining area. Extra guide tents can be arranged if necessary.

Dining and bars
The cuisine is of a high standard and consists of good quality home cooking with a mix of continental and local dishes. Vegetarians and those with special dietary requests can be catered for.

On Safari with Children at Ndolwa House
Ndolwa House is child friendly and children of all ages are welcome. Early dinners and special menus can be arranged upon request.

Experience the wilderness and wildlife of Tsavo West National Park with Ndolwa House
At Ndolwa House, clients wishing to have exclusivity and privacy in a relaxed atmosphere are well catered for. The day can be tailor made to suit your requirements by indulging in one or combining the following activities:
• Game drives into Tsavo West National Park Northern region, including sights of the Tsavo River; Ngulia Mountain; Rhino Valley and Shetani lava flow.
• Game drives in Tsavo West National Park Southern region including game and bird viewing on the Serengeti Plains and Lake Jipe.
• Guided educational bush walks.
• Night drives within the sanctuary.
Days spent out in the park usually combine picnic lunches in incredible settings; by Lake Jipe, on the Tsavo River or amongst the wildlife under a wonderfully shady Acacia tree.

What to see and do on your Kenya safari
Game Drives, nature walks and medicinal plant discovery
Experience the real safari - morning and afternoon game drives through the Tsavo West National Park with our trained safari driver-guides. Picnic lunches and sundowners can be provided. Tsavo West National Park offers some of the most magnificent wildlife viewing in the world - vast herds of dust-red elephant, fat pods of hippo, giant crocodile, teeming herds of plains game, a fantasia of bird life and some magical flora.

Bush lunches and dinners
Private ‘bush' lunches and dinners can be arranged in the bush, complete with waiters, private bar and private BBQ cooking station, campfires and hurricane lamps.

Visits to the magic of Mzima Springs
The lush, hippo-inhabited pools of Mzima Springs, fed daily by 250 million litres of water gushing from the lava flows of the Chyulu hills, provide an oasis of green, an
Under-water hippo-viewing chamber, two nature trails and some unique picnic spots.

Around and about
Exploring the Shetani caves and lava flows
Tsavo West National Park is ideally situated for visits to the massive expanses of sister park, Tsavo East whilst the verdant Taita Hills and the volcanic eruptions of the Chyulu Hills are close by. World-renowned Amboseli National Park is also within easy reach.


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