NGULIA RHINO SANCTUARY IN TSAVO NATIONAL PARK
Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Tsavo National Park : Tsavo National Park is situated in the south eastern Kenya, the park covers 22,000km2 (13,671 miles) of Kenya’s national parks, one of the world’s largest game sanctuaries the Tsavo national park was established in 1948.The Tsavo National park is divided into Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. Tsavo National park is particularly well known for its large herds of elephants and captivating landscapes.
Tsavo West National Park.
Tsavo west national park is found along with the Kenyan coastal prince adjacent to the Indian ocean, it covers an area of 9,065 square kilometres. The A109 highway that runs from Nairobi to Mombasa together with the railway line that also runs from Nairobi to Mombasa cuts it away from Tsavo East National Park. Tsavo West National park is the most famous destination in the two Tsavo Parks due to its easy accessibility from the coastal province of Kenya as well as the great scenic beauty of the park, rich with the variety of wildlife and the Ngulia rhino sanctuary, rocks and others.
Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.
In 1940, there were an estimation 20,000 rhinos in Tsavo National Park, but by 1089, poaching decimated the rhinos and less than 20 individuals remained. The founding of Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary(NRS) and the Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) resulted in an increase in the rhino population, so much so that they have reached their carrying capacity in the sanctuary. With Rhino Recovery Sanctuary funding, Tsavo trusts main focus is on growing the rhino numbers in the western part of Tsavo National Park through boosting security and monitoring outside the sanctuary in anticipation of rhino releases. To achieve this, the Tsavo West Intensive Protection Zone needs to be at level where Kenya Wildlife Service is confident to further populate the Intensive Protection Zone with the translocated rhinos from Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, and this project will provide additional support to go there.
The Ngulia Sanctuary is a home of rare Rhinos, the sanctuary was opened to protect the lives of the rare black rhinos in the park it is a stronghold a bleeding place for black rhinos in Tsavo and Kenya as a nation. The sanctuary has seen a rampant increase in rhinos from the time they were introduced. The Ngulia rhino sanctuary is one of the key attractions that are found in the Tsavo West National Park which makes your African safari experience complete and leaves you with memories.
Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary is situated on the foothills of Ngulia hills covering an area of 80 square kilometres, this sanctuary is fenced with a 1 high electric fence and protected by the game rangers and the stuff, not only spotting the black rhinos in Ngulia National Reserve your able also to spot the rest of the animals within the sanctuary for example like the leopards and elephants. In the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary the rhinos are mainly nocturnal and the chances of seeing one are slim black rhinos, apart from being understandably shy and more active at night, are browsers, not grazers and prefer to pass their time in the thick undergrowth.
These archaic creatures are breeding successfully and around 15 have been released elsewhere in Tsavo West National Park. For all the security, one rhino was poached from inside the sanctuary in April 2014, with two more taken on 31 December 2016 amid reports of budget cuts and diminishing resources to fight poaching. Even so, there are plans to expand the boundaries of the sanctuary to the south.
In Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary the 80 rhino individuals can easily be spotted during your visit in the sanctuary though the number of the rhinos in the sanctuary are more than 80 rhinos, and the sanctuary comprises of 5b waterholes and currently supports about 70 black rhinos, Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary offers very good chances of spotting the collusive black rhinos.
Nguli Rhino Sanctuary is surrounded by the mountains; on a brighter day the silhouette of Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen in the west. The ground is on most places covered with bushes, including the ones the black rhinos prefer to brows. They are many natural waterholes, but during the dry season, the rhinos get fresh water at one of four artificial waterholes, where fresh water is pumped and disturbed in pipelines. The borderline of the sanctuary consists of a fence with five wires, of which three are electrified, the purpose is not only to keep the rhinos inside, but also to keep the elephants and buffalos, competitors of the same food, outside the sanctuary. Other animals can easily pass, onto the other side of the fence, there is a road, both for patrolling by car but also provide a firebreak.
There are number of stations inside the sanctuary where the rangers on duty are staying. The Ngulia headquarter is located outside the sanctuary, close to the main gate.
Kolmareden Wildlife Park.
Kolmarden is the test site and research laboratory. It is where the new technology and implement the research in a realistic environment. The wildlife park features the same four out of the big five as Ngulia (rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo, but not the hippo) The rhino density is much higher on the Kolmarden savannah, which is of course advantage for the test purposes. Kolmarden has many unique features as an outdoor research laboratory, with its large fenced enclosure, Information Communication Technology (internet through cable and Wifi,4G network), hotel with meeting facilities and among others. It is closed to visitors a large part of the year, and when there are no visitors, there are permission for visitors and came surveillance.
Where to stay in Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.
There are quite number of lodges, hotels and campsites where one can stay during the visit in Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary and these includes the Ngulia Safari Lodge, Rhino Valley Lodge, Kilahuni Serena Safari and among others in the park.
How to get to Tsavo West National Park.
The Tsavo West National Park can be reachable through the Air or Flight and the Road transport from Nairobi to the park.
By The Road Means.
Tsavo West National park is located 240ckilometers away from Nairobi along Nairobi-Mombasa Road. It takes 5 to 6 hours’ drive through different villages and small towns along the great tarmac road which is smooth. The park can also be accessed through the Southern gate of the Mtito gate that connects directly from Mombasa, so one can also extend your Amboseli trip to Tsavo West National park through the Chulus gate.
By The Air/Flight means.
One can book the domestic flight from Wilson airport or Mombasa or Jomo International Airport to different airstrips found in the park, like Kamboyo airstrip, Tsavo gate airstrip, Ziwani airstrip and others.
Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary is the greatest rhino destination in Tsavo West National Park with also a variety of other wildlife species like elephants, buffalos which one should not miss out during the visit to Tsavo West National Park for betterment during the visit and touring in Kenya while on Kenya Safaris Tours .