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Rhino Valley Lodge
, previously known as Ngulia Safari Camp
, is located in the Tsavo West
area of Southeast Kenya
At 9,065 square kilometres, Tsavo West is a this very substantial conservation area is best know for its broad red plains, whose endless acacia scrub and open plains sustain dispersed populations of wildlife, which clusters around the few sources of permanent water, especially during the Jul/Oct dry season.
Set on the lower slopes of a significant mountain in the heart of the reserve, this relatively simple lodge has open-sided public areas and guest accommodation in around 12 stone and thatch cabins, some of which have an excellent view down over a productive waterhole. The lodge presentation, food and service are all rather modest.
Activities are centred on vehicle safari in the local area and further afield. The landscape in this northern sector of the park is impressive, with distant mountains and volcanoes providing the backdrop for undulating acacia covered hills and open plains, with a good range of wildlife, notably including lions and leopards along the ephemeral Tsavo River. Two particular sights of interest are the well known Mzima Spring, where an underwater hide sometimes provides views of swimming hippos and the world's longest continuous lava flow at Shetani, formed millions of years ago by outflow from the Ol Doinyo Sabuk volcano.
The main potential downsides are that the lodge is rather rather simple and mainly appeals to lower cost overland safaris. There is also the potential for encountering high volumes of budget safari traffic out in the main reserve and the wildlife during the Nov/Jun green season can become very dispersed and difficult to find.