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Convent Drive, Tsavo, Tsavo National Park West Kenya
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 06/19/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 9 Specialty lodging in Tsavo
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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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Free private parking nearby
Free internet
Pool
Bar / lounge
Archery
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Archery offsite
Walking tours
Manicure
Massage
24-hour security
Concierge
Convenience store
Gift shop
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Separate dining area
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Sofa
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Mountain view
Bridal suite
Family rooms
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English, Arabic, German, Italian and 1 more

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kisukali2015 wrote a review Sep 2020
Mombasa, Kenya4 contributions2 helpful votes
I stayed here recently for three nights and enjoyed the superb hospitality and location so much that I extended my stay by a day. Located in the Mbulia conservancy adjacent to Tsavo West national park the lodge has wonderful views across Tsavo West to Kilimanjaro. Aside from the very impressive conservation work being done by the owners, the team at the Lodge and the very hard working team of Conservancy rangers the Lodge itself is extremely well managed, very comfortable and the food produced by the kitchen is very impressive. I am in the process of planning my next trip to Kipalo Hills and would highly recommend it to anyone and to those seeking an alternative to the usual stops in Tsavo West or East.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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sdmmb wrote a review Aug 2020
Nairobi, Kenya1,108 contributions309 helpful votes
We only had one night as an overnight stop to the coast here. I think it warrants more than that to discover its beauty and active options. We enjoyed a short bush walk with sundowner and the food was good. Tent simple but correct. Our friends had the family tent which was beautiful and spacious.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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#GabH wrote a review Oct 2019
Topanga, California28 contributions
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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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Date of stay: September 2019
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Room Tip: Want the real adventure? Go fly camping.
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Response from SecludedAfrica, Public Relations Manager at Kipalo Hills
Responded Oct 4, 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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Christina wrote a review Feb 2019
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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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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from SecludedAfrica, Director of Sales at Kipalo Hills
Responded Sep 17, 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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Stanley107 wrote a review Feb 2019
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom215 contributions72 helpful votes
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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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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from SecludedAfrica, Director of Sales at Kipalo Hills
Responded Sep 17, 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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$795 - $907 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
KenyaCoast ProvinceTsavo National Park WestTsavo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kipalo Hills
What are some of the property amenities at 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 Kipalo Hills?
Top room amenities include a dining area, a view of the mountains, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Kipalo Hills?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Kipalo Hills?
Yes, free private parking nearby is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kipalo Hills?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Kipalo Hills have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kipalo Hills offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kipalo Hills?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Italian, Arabic, and Swahili.