9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Comfortable, nice views
"Ngulia Lodge was the second lodge we stayed at in a series of three - Voi Lodge in Tsavo East being the first and Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge to follow. We approached Ngulia in our vehicle by climbing the track up the mountainside from the rhino sanctuary, which then looped around the large, grassy expanse that the lodge faces. This gave us a great view of it before we arrived. The lodge was built in the Sixtes and was apparently the first one built in the park. The rooms are comfortable and relatively simple - but let's face it, all you're going to do is sleep and shower there. Speaking of shower you won't want to use it on full whack - it's very powerful! All rooms overlook the aforementioned grassy plain so you'll never miss any animals that happen to wander up that way - which, while we were there, only happened to be a few storks, waterbuck and impala. The large bar and restarant area overlooks the watering hole and a large wooden frame, where a tidbit is hung out to try and attract a leopard at night. While we were there we were visited by a small family of elephants and, luckily, a leopard! If you want to try and take decent photos of the leopard take my advice - use a powerful lens and rest your camera on a beanbag to avoid camera shake. My wife was in our room when the leopard came to visit but luckily, and rather unexpectedly, it returned later on much to everybody's surprise. We were told that doesn't happen often. At the back of the restaurant there's an exit to access the pool area and a viewing area perched high on the mountainside overlooking the rhino sanctuary far below. The view from here is spectacular. A pair of very high powered binoculars, mounted on a sturdy base, is provided for guests to try to spot rhino from afar - a nice touch. In summary - a comfortable lodge with ample game viewing opportunities and definite leopard action!"
- Travel date: 15th October 2006
Great views from room
"We stayed at Ngulia lodge for 1 night in Aug. I have to say that you can't ever be prepared for what you will see there. The views were amazing with the elephants and buffalo at the water hole right in front of you. There is a nice pool overlooking Tsavo with a waiter who will bring all your drinks to you (be prepared to tip - you have to tip for everything in Kenya). The bar is okay - if not a bit small & there is a leopard baiting area in front of the restaraunt although it never came on our stay, never mind. The waiters are really nice & helpful. In Kenya we found that the rooms in all of our hotels were a bit basic but that just adds to the experience as you don't sit in your room all day, but I found that the rooms in Ngulia were probably the best we had been in - (we also stayed at voi & Severin sea lodge). All in all this was a fantastic holiday & one that we will never forget. It can be a bit hard work sometimes with the game drives but definately worth it!!!"
- Travel date: 15th September 2006
Great animal watching
"The Ngulia Safari Lodge is not the most modern of hotels, the food is good basic food and the staff are friendly, but that is not really why you come here. You come for the animalâs and we certainly saw lots. In fact so many came to the waterhole during the early afternoon that it is not possible to list them all here. We then went to the Rhino sanctuary for a game drive and saw a female and a male together â totally brilliant. On returning to the lodge they were putting out the meat to try and attract a leopard. We were told that non had been for the last few nights, so we had our fingers and toes crossed. Just on 7pm a male leopard appeared and stayed for about 15 minutes eating. I know all the arguments about feeding them changes their behaviour, but I am not sure about this as we think nothing of feeding ducks and garden birds back home. Also they tell us that it is rare for a male leopard to come in, so they do not appear to be attracting the same leopard each time. If you feel strongly about not feeding the leopards, then this is not the lodge for you. However we and the rest of the guests that night thought it was really special and allowed us to appreciate just how big and beautiful he was. I will try and attach a photo of the leopard and the hotel with the buffalo coming. This is a good lodge for watching animals and therefore in my opinion well worth a visit."
- Travel date: 3rd September 2006
"Stayed at Ngulia on the 2nd night of a 4 day safari - the rooms werent the nicest we had stayed in but clean - just lots of mossies around - we found that they were coming from the pipe under the sink so my husband blocked the hole up and we had no more bother. The main attraction of this hotel is the tree just outside the restaurent which they bait for a leopard at appox 6.30 every night he visits and sits in the tree watching you having your meal whilst munching away on his own - to sit and watch a leopard feed not more than 10-15 feet away from you is truly AMAZING!!! however at 3 oclock in the morning we were woken to an ear piercing scream which in the morning we found out was the leopard killing a waterbuck at the watering hole literally outside our window!!! so - dont forget to close the balcony door on an evening. You also overlook a Rhino sanctuary - we spotted some but not without the help of the local guide- who was amazing he could spot them no bother and guided you to where there were. Theres babboons all over this hotel so keep hold of your drink by the pool ha. enjoy"
- Travel date: 5th August 2006
Brilliant. Very good lodge
"We really enjoyed the safari and stayed at Ngulia lodge after having been to Voi Wildlife Lodge and Voi Safari Lodge. The rooms are laid out exactly the same as at Voi Safari but are slightly nicer. No hot water in the bathroom though for a shower!!!! At least we were refreshed! Great view. You feel a bit weird sitting in the restuarant and it being open plan while there's a leopard eating meat from the tree apparatus! In the picture I have attached you will see the (fuzzy) leopard on the floor looking for more food! There was also a porcupine by the restaurant and the spikes were huge and VERY sharp! Food here was good and the staff are very friendly. Tea and coffee seems to be available all afternoon when you arrive and you can just sit in the bar area and relax. I am not a fan of creepy crawlies and one of the waiters picked up a beetle so I took a photo - this is how big they really are!!!! Great lodge - you won't be disappointed."
- Travel date: 1st June 2006
Teeming with wildlife!
"Lovely Lodge teeming with wildlife! This was the 2nd night of our 4-day safari. Rooms slightly nicer than Voi Lodge, food lovely and exceptional views again! During meal times we saw - amazing coloured birds, gazelles, rock hyax, rhino from the lookout, zebra, porcupine, leopards, and the next morning stepped out on our balcony to see an elephant standing there!"
- Travel date: 1st February 2006
"We stayed at the lodge for one night. The staff were very friendly, food very good. The views were stunning, one direction overlooking a rhino sanctuary with telescope to look for wildlife, the other direction overlooking a plain with elephants etc. The waterhole was literally feet away from the dining area, which was visited by a leopard, gazelle and porcupine. Rooms basic but clean."
- Travel date: 21st November 2005
small but very friendly
"stayed here one night whilst on safari- small lodge but the staff went out of their way to look after us food was great also. very quiet location .only see one or two animals at the waterhole but see cheetahs and their cubs on the way out. rooms very large and exceptionally clean. would definitely reccommend."
- Travel date: 25th October 2005
BASIC LODGE WITH TOP CLASS VIEWING
"Situated in Tsavo West, Ngulia is a mid range safari lodge used by tour companires predominantly for overnight stops during 3 or 4 day safari excursions. Rooms are reasonably basic and have no air con !! ( No fans either ! ).However, this is the only main downside...Rooms were clean and food was reasonable if not exciting. Lodge has water hole frequented by animals in locality...treated to a family of elephants coming for a splash around just as we arrived and then again later. Also leopards and lions seen in area. Electric goes off 2pm to 5pm everyday...take a spare battery for camcorders & cameras. Hotel baits viewing area for leopards every evening..we were treated to a 25 minute display from no further than 20 yards away. Breath taking and memorable. Well worth a visit but would not recommend as a base for any longer than a couple of days."
- Travel date: 26th March 2005
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