Explore the stunning sceneries and endless terrain through wildlife viewing, bird watching, nature walks, sight-seeing, photography, rock climbing, hiking, cultural tours and much more in the Taita Taveta Wildlife Conservancies Association (TTWCA) landscape.
The TTWCA landscape not only provides livelihoods to many communities in the coastal region but significantly supports the Kenyan economy through tourism income. Currently, the landscape has 22 tourism facilities, comprising eight ecolodges, seven tented camps and seven campsites located in our member conservancies and ranches.
By visiting tourism facilities in the TTWCA landscape, you will be playing a big part in enabling us improve the livelihoods of the local communities and retain more land under wildlife conservation.
Some fast facts about tourism in the TTWCA landscape:
- 214 community members directly employed (22% of them women) as conservancy game scouts, naturalists, technicians and tour guides while the facilities offer employment opportunities as managers, waiters, cooks, cleaners, etc.
- Over 13,000 households derive their livelihoods directly or indirectly from tourism activities in our landscape
- Over KSh12 million (US$120,000) net revenue generated from tourism in 2020.
- Approximately 2,000 annual tourists visited the ranches and conservancies with an average of 547 tourist bed nights and bed occupancy of 2.6%.
Here are some of the most popular stay-over spots in the TTWCA landscape, easily accessible via air, road and even the standard gauge railway (SGR) from Nairobi or closer from the historic port city of Mombasa.
Grogan’s Castle Hotel
A historical hotel overlooking the Parre Mountains, Lake Jipe, Tsavo West National Park, and Mt Kilimanjaro, the Grogan Castle Hotel is one of the newest facilities in the TTWCA landscape, having opened its doors in October 2020. It is located in our member conservancy Lake Jipe Estate.
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Salt Lick Lodge
One of the most photographed lodges in the TTWCA landscape, Salt Lick Lodge is the oldest facility in the landscape and attracts the greatest number of tourists and earns the most revenues for our member conservancy Taita Hills.
Lions Bluff Lodge
Lions Bluff Lodge is a secluded eco lodge suspended above an ancient elephant migratory corridor, with stunning panoramic views extending across the Lumo Community Sanctuary and the Tsavo ecosystem to the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro.
A simple, comfortable Safari camp perched on the side of Mbulia Hills with delicious, fresh innovative cuisine and eight luxurious double tents built to take the best advantage of the beautiful expansive views of Tsavo West, Kipalo Camp is located in our member conservancy Mbulia Conservancy.
- To book or make enquiries, please contact Kipalo Camp
Located at the main entrance to Taita Hills Sanctuary nestled within the Eastern Arc Range of Mountains inscribed by UNESCO as a biodiversity hotspot hosting varied endemic wildlife species and a myriad of unique flora, Taita Hills Safari Resort & Spa offers a five-star experience in the wild and breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro, Pare and Uluguru mountains.
A tented camp located next to Tsavo West National Park with the snow-covered cone of the Kilimanjaro in the background, Lualenyi Camp (as the name suggests) is part of our member conservancy: Lualenyi Community Conservancy. It offers an ideal safari for spotting unique wildlife and is also close to both Lumo and Taita Hills Sanctuary hence gives you a golden chance to explore all the three TTWCA member conservancies during game drives.