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Adopt an orphan elephant through Care for the Wild. The orphanage in Tsavo teaches the young orphans to be elephants. See the stockade where they sleep with their dedicated keepers; and maybe give them a milk bottle. Permission must be sought first from CftW and a good safari companies will build a visit into your itinerary. The little dumbos are so sweet despite having a traumatic start. The success rate is very good. One of the original elephants, Emily, was re-introduced to the wild and is now living with a wild herd.
Tsavo East - only 2 hours drive to Buchuma Gate from Mombasa. So many game drives around the Reserve - Aruba Dam, Mudanda Rock (mini Ayres Rock which you can climb), Kanderi Swamp, and Pipeline Road to name a few. Favourite lodge is Voi Safari Lodge (see details below). Tsavo East is the size of Wales so huge! You can expect to see zebra, giraffe, warthog, elephants by the dozen, dik-diks, impala, ostrich, hippos (at Aruba), baboons, buffalo, lions, cheetahs and leopard if you are extremely lucky. The Reserve is made up of open savannah, bush and scrub, and swamp areas around the river. There are basic camps at Aruba and Kanderi and of course more up market camps. Tsavo gets fairly busy during the week, a little quieter at weekends but as its so big you can easily get lost. The drivers usually have radio and keep in contact with one another over things they see. Unfortunatley the downside of this is you can get loads of buses all crowding around one poor creature! We used Gamewatch - e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org - Fantastic!
Voi Safari Lodge was built in the 60s and had little done in the way of upgrade since! Having said that, its perfectly adequate as its the animals you've come to see, not the curtains!
The view across the savannah is breaktaking! You step out from the lodge to see a magnificent panoramic view, overlooking the watering holes below. All the bedrooms have low glass windows so that while you are in bed you can see what's happening outside. There is a swimming pool with terrace so you can wallow in the water watching the animals wallow below. Hyrax scamper around the lodge and the gardens have frequent visitors - baboons, ostrich, warthogs and elephants. There's a hide (down loads of steps) where you can safely get up close and personal with the animals visiting the watering hole.
A word of warning - don't leave your window open as the baboons will raid your room! It gets busy at lunchtime when the day guests arrive, but quietens down in the evening and you can relax with a cold Tusker watching the comings and goings at the watering hole. Bliss!
Newish, modern lodge which has added tents in recent months. Not in the reserve, on the perimiter overlooking a watering hole. Rooms spacious and modern. Family rooms available. Childrens playground and swimming pool. Spa for the adults offering different treatments. Food good - part buffet.