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H12 Kipalo Hills

Convent Drive, Tsavo, Tsavo National Park West Kenya
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Kipalo Hills and it's eight rooms enjoy extensive views across Tsavo to the Ngulia Mountains and Mt Kilimanjaro in the distance. It is situated in the private 12,000 acre Mbulia Conservancy directly bordering the stunning Tsavo West National Park with easy access to Tsavo East National Park as well. Mbulia Conservancy is an important dry season dispersal area for elephant and other wildlife including buffalo, African wild dog and cheetah. It is a fabulous birding area and there are many fun activities to enjoy from bush walking and game driving to fly-camping in the Tsavo National Parks.
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This stop. This camp. Where do I begin. Glad to write this review while the memories are so fresh in my mind. Home for two weeks after having the rare opportunity to travel with a small group, fellow curious travelers with Wow Travel club. Stayed on #Secluded Africa properties exclusively, and although the different sceneries kept your jaw dropping from the surreal beauty all the way, this place was a sharp contrast from the other two green lush landscape. The color of the soil was a red, that can only compared to Mars. Not your typical red clay. Copper rich, and with the mostly brown landscape you feel like you are on a different planet. The consistency between the three lodges we visited was the well trained, professional staff. From the rangers, to the spotters, the Chef, the people who brought your water for your bucket showers, did their job with the biggest smiles you'll ever see in service. We have a lot to learn from them, here, in the US. Firsts: I chose to stay at their "fly camp". I have never camped before. Ever. The pull of nature, the open fire all night, the rustic setting were too tempting to say no to. It was adventurous, romantic, exhilarating. Sitting by the fire before turning in for the night, watching the blood red sunset, listening to the sounds of the savanna was both intimate and invaluable learning experience. I am more of a fine hotels person, this was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone. Go figure, that became one of the highlights of my visit. Felt safe, armed guards protect your sleep, and they ask what time would you like your morning wake up: They show up with your choice of hot beverage and delicate ginger cookies to wake you with. A mile away from camp. Take a bucket shower smiling at the Upside down tree (Baobab), listen to stories from your guides-hosts, and your soul is touched in a new way. Visiting the well trained ranger's station was eye opening. Sundowners overlooking the savanna with an occasional visit to the watering hole by elephants. Rustic beauty surrounds you everywhere, another eco chic lodge. Walk in safaris, driving safaris, check. Hyraxes will pop their little heads in, and the occasional visit by black face velvet monkeys will keep you in awe. Hardest goodbyes. Asante Sana beautiful Kipalo Hills. You are in for a rare treat staying here. #SecludedAfrica, you have created magic.
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Response from SecludedAfrica, Public Relations Manager at H12 Kipalo Hills
Responded Oct 3, 2019
Dear WanderlustGab, I cannot tell you how much we appreciate seeing yet another review from you. It is absolutely heartwarming, humbling and gives us a huge injection of passion and energy to keep creating moving experiences. Kipalo Hills (Kipalo in Taita means "to return again and again") is a magical place. Elephants return no matter what season it is as it is along the ancient elephant path. You have experienced its driest time. After the rains, it is a lush, green, scent-filled paradise with all animals making the conservancy come alive. I hope you could return one day to experience it's greener side. We wish you all the best! Kind regards, Robyn
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Property's Favorite Review
Kipalo Hills lodge has the most fantastic location with incredible views and an aspect that is remarkable. It was not only remarkable in daylight, but equally remarkable at night for the darkness and total lack of electric lights or fires anywhere in front of you – a rare situation in this modern world. Is it a camp or is it a lodge – I do not really know but it is both, and yet, it is neither. For this review, I will call it a lodge! It is situated on the side of a hill with 7 tents and a single magnificent suite surrounding a central public space that is rustic, thatched and completely open but contains all the necessaries for guests. There is space for dining, sitting, drinking and reading. There are different areas and spaces on different levels for privacy and yet everyone feels included. There is a lovely swimming pool which we used a lot and an adjoining area for watching the game come into the little watering hole below - a busy little area with elephant and different birds visiting regularly. The birds in and around the lodge were numerous in both number and in variety with an impressive chorus at dawn and dusk. I racked up a bird list of about 100 species without being allowed to stop and identify any “small brown jobs”. My wife and I were given the new suite that had been recently completed and it really was lovely. Well screened against insects, totally private but at the same time beautifully open and again with views that went on forever and our position allowed us to catch the evening breezes which was most welcome. The bed was comfortable, the solar hot water system worked really well and we had solar powered lighting available 24 hours per day. We had no problems recharging phones and cameras. I understand that the plan is to gradually change all the tents over to similar suites which will be really impressive. The food was excellent with no complaints at all. We loved it all, the chef was extremely competent and they were very accommodating of any requests. In fact all the staff were really good with an ability to leave you alone but also to be there when you needed something. Kipalo is surrounded by its own 12,000 acre conservancy with walking and game driving both offered. We did not do any walking due to the make-up of our group (included my 86 yo mother-in-law) but I wish we had been able to and I am sure we will be returning soon. We did do trips around and within the conservancy and also into Tsavo East NP which was very rewarding. Our mammal list for the weekend was as follows: 1. Elephant - lots and lots 2. Buffalo - a few in Tsavo East, droppings near the lodge 3. Giraffe - plenty 4. Eland - plenty in the park 5. Zebra 6. Lesser Kudu - great sightings in conservancy and park 7. Common Waterbuck 8. Cokes Hartebeest 9. Impala 10. Gerenuk - great sightings in the conservancy 11. Bushbuck - just one in the park 12. Kirk’s Dikdik - lots and lots 13. Klipspringer - one in the conservancy where we had sundowners 14. Spotted Hyena - just the one 15. Wild Dog - a lovely pack of 12 on Mudanda Rock 16. Ground squirrel - frequent sightings 17. Bush Squirrel - plenty 18. African Sheath-tailed bat - roosting on a tree 19. Warthog - not as many as I expected 20. Leopard - just one in the park 21. White-tailed mongoose - in the evening in the conservancy 22. Banded mongoose - plenty 23. Dwarf Mongoose - just one Whilst we did not see any lion, we heard them most evenings not too far from the lodge. We also saw 1. Leopard tortoise 2. Helmeted terrapin 3. Nile crocodile 4. Flat headed Mwanza Rock Agama I should finally mention that the Kipalo team in the office were so helpful and they even arranged for us to go down on the new SGR train line from Nairobi and we were met in Voi by their vehicle. It made for a very relaxing and easy journey (just over 4 hrs on the train) as opposed to the stressful drive on the Nairobi-Mombasa road or the expense of an airplane flight. A lovely little bonus to start and end our weekend. So H12 Kipalo gets a definite 5-stars and it is an easy place to recommend, especially if you like something different, enjoy walking, appreciate the dry country birding and generally need a break from the tourist circuit.
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Response from SecludedAfrica, Director of Sales at H12 Kipalo Hills
Responded Sep 16, 2019
Dear Ben A, Thank you for leaving the detailed review! I am happy to hear that you had a positive experience. Best regards, Robyn, Secluded Africa
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Outstanding experience. Staying in this lodge you have an area the size of switzerland for your own. Sensational cooking by chef Daniel. Early morning Safaris. Walking Safaris. Sundowner at the waterhole. Amazing!!! We loved it. Tents, shower, Pool top-quality. Service best you can imagine.
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Response from SecludedAfrica, Director of Sales at H12 Kipalo Hills
Responded Sep 16, 2019
Dear Vexx1030, Thank you for your lovely review. You are so right! The conservancy is rather large, 12000 acres to be exact. We hope to welcome you to Kipalo Hills or one of our other Secluded African properties again soon. Best wishes, Robyn, Secluded Africa
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Just spent 3 days in this lovely camp. It is about 1/2 hours drive along the Tsavo West fence line from the Nairobi/Mombasa road. We came from the Coast/Tsavo East. We were in tents, which had lighting a shower (bucket) loo and basin with adequate hanging and storage space. The staff bring tea or coffee early morning and hot water for the shower whenever you want. The communal dining/sitting room area is huge, and very airy with tables and chairs aplenty. There are books and magazines. There is a pool 15 yards long in the rocks just outside and a wooden viewing platform overlooking a small water hole. The views across the plains to Ngulia Hills are stunning and we had fabulous sunsets every night. The food is super especially after seeing the kitchen, the chef Daniel produced all manner of foods from 3 rings and an old munition box that served as an oven. Fresh bread and cakes every day, Ribs, Chicken, steak and fish curry were the evening meals. The staff were brilliant, very well looked after by Donald, Granton and Daniel, nothing was too much trouble, always smiling. Simon and Tisa were the guides, both qualified, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We had one game drive in the conservancy, 2 walks, and a full day in Tsavo West with a picnic lunch. We booked through Hemingways, 5 British and 2 Kenyan citizens. About £250 a night for us brits with conservancy fees. About £120 for the Kenyans. We paid the park fees for the trip to Tsavo. The conservancy has a variety of game but the bush is so thick it’s difficult to see, we saw 2 lions on the way to Tsavo, 1 Elephant and 3 wild dogs came to the waterhole one evening. There are birds, but we saw more in Tsavo. There is a fence around the conservancy, and the deal was KWS was supposed to remove the fence into Tsavo West once their fence was up. It’s still there and it will make such a difference to the game viewing if it was removed. We saw lots in Tsavo West, Leopard,Wild dogs with pups, Kudu, Lots of Elephants and lots of birds. It was a great day with a stop for coffee @ poachers lookout and lunch in Rhino Valley in a dry river bed, beautiful. Big thanks to the manager and Sandra in the booking office in Nairobi, both looked after us really well. In summary, I would recommend wholeheartedly, just don’t expect to see much game (unless you go to Tsavo East or West) you will probably have the place to yourselves and you will be looked after extremely well. Go now before it becomes too popular, which it deserves to be!
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Response from SecludedAfrica, Director of Sales at H12 Kipalo Hills
Responded Sep 16, 2019
Dear Stanley107, We are so grateful to have had you as our guest at Kipalo Hills in our 12000 acre private conservancy. Thank you for the detailed email review. We hope to welcome you again soon as our wildlife numbers constantly increase. Best regards, Robyn, Secluded Africa
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We only spent one night here while transiting to Mombassa. What an amazing place. The staff were attentive, the views incredible, the food was excellent, our "tent" was incredible. Basically we were blown away with absolutely everything at Kipalo. There are 7 standard safari tents built on the hillside, and because we were the only customers for the one night we spent at Kipalo, we were given the newly constructed suite. This is technically a tent because the walls and ceiling are mesh and canvas, but that is where the similarities end. Sitting area, subdued lighting, built- in clothes storage, queen size bed, open air bathroom with walk-in rain shower, double sinks, toilet. And the view! Wow. We spent a lovely afternoon enjoying drinks while sitting on cushions placed on the rock outcropping overlooking the surrounding Tsavo and conservancy. What do you think I saw while scanning the surrounding hills? A leopard! The staff were amazed that I had picked her out among the rocks and trees. There were also lots of birds, hyrax and a few shy monkeys around camp. Both dinner and then breakfast the following morning were sublime. Excellent service, beautiful setting and truly welcoming. We will definitely be back for a longer stay.
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$770 - $904 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
KenyaCoast ProvinceTsavo National Park WestTsavo
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Frequently Asked Questions about H12 Kipalo Hills
What are some of the property amenities at H12 Kipalo Hills?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at H12 Kipalo Hills?
Top room amenities include a dining area, a seating area, and a separate dining room.
What food & drink options are available at H12 Kipalo Hills?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at H12 Kipalo Hills?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does H12 Kipalo Hills have an airport shuttle?
Yes, H12 Kipalo Hills offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at H12 Kipalo Hills?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.