We were staying at a private house on Diani Beach and tried to book this lodge independently via internet...dont bother...it shows No Availability and although it gives a phone number this is a landline and they just dont work in Kenya...but no mobile number was available. We went to a local travel agent and they booked it for us...we were a party of four and there were two other couples staying at the lodge, so plenty of room. Welcome glass of fruit juice on arrival. Our rooms were twin bedded with the showers and loos opposite. All rooms look out over the water hole. Having lived in Kenya for many years, it did not bother any of us that we were not en suite....having said that, it would have proved useful for our companion at 1a.m. She made the unfortunate choice of fish as her main course at dinner and spent the whole night on the bathroom floor as she didnt dare move from the toilet! Notwithstanding the fish, the food was not bad. We were seated at a table overlooking the water hole and watched waterbuck browsing in the shallows and later a civet cat. At breakfast, a trio of fish eagles put on a magnificent aerial display, encouraged by the small breadrolls thrown out by the waiters. Red bush squirrels are also regular visitors around the dining area. An early morning call alerted us and after a quick cup of coffee/tea we headed off to the main park gate and an early morning game drive. Do not expect to see masses of game...it is a small park and the beauty lies in the scenery as much as anything. We did see sable antelope, impala, hartebeest, giraffe and buffalo but no elephant on this visit. There are plenty of leopard but they are well hidden in the dense forest and bush. The game tracks are well marked and being a small park there is no fear of getting lost if you are driving privately as we were. Back to the lodge for an indifferent breakfast...how do they manage to toast bread but it still remain soggy? Mystery! The 'butter' is marge, which is awful but fresh fruit and juices hit the spot. After breakfast, there is a guided walk down to Sheldrick Falls...wear a costume for a refreshing dip when you get there...it will have dried up by the time you stagger the 2km back up the hill in the heat of the day....NOT a walk for the unfit, one German chap nearly expired! Back to the lodge for a buffet lunch...this is usually well attended by the day trippers who are out to fill their plates but there was plenty for all. A tasty chicken stew and fresh rice with steamed veg were acceptable...there are three other dishes too including a vegetarian option. Pudding was pretty dire...dry chocolate cake sandwiched together with marge icing, some German chap helped himself to the entire fresh fruit option and there was no more available.
Staff are all willing, helpful and pleasant with smiles and jambos.
The good thing for our party was NO SMOKING in the lodge as it is a fire hazard...they have a smoking area at the entrance which is horrible to have to walk through if you arrive and there are people sitting smoking but at least you dont have any problems in the rest of the hotel. All in all, a good experience and yes, we would go again and recommend it to friends...as long as you avoid the fish!
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Your feedback on your stay at Shimba is much appreciated. We do regret that the fish meal did not go down well with one of the guest in party and have informed the team on the ground of the same and general food comments. Contact details are on our website www.aberdaresafarihotels.com and you can also book accommodation online through the site.
Shimba is known for its serene and quiet atmosphere and am glad that we did not disappoint on this area.
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