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Ukame - Rukinga Ranch
On the 64,000 acre Rukinga Ranch, Savannah Camps under Steve Turner has helped to construct the Taita Discovery Centre - a 40 bed Study Centre where foreign and local students undertake a variety of wildlife and conservation based studies in exchange for a fee, as well as examining alternative uses for this semi arid land abutting the giant Tsavo National Park. Running alongside the main Nairobi - Mombasa road which passes through this Ranch is the Mombasa pipeline, whose source is 60 miles distant, at Mzima Springs in Tsavo West National Park. This pipeline was constructed during the Colonial era in the early fifties, the contract given to a French firm assisted by Italian engineers. Crystal clear water is taken from beneath the lava to serve the city of Mombasa and its environs, but today, fifty years later, many parts of the pipeline has fallen into disrepair, leaking at many places along its length. Two of our orphaned elephants, "Maungu" and "Ndara" are victims of such places, both having fallen into one of the deep leaking manholes on this decaying pipeline where it passes through Rukinga Ranch.