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Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Shaba National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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Vienna
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“Nice, well kept lodge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

This lodge is located directly on the river bank and the fat crocodiles that inhabit the river are fed every evening with what seems to be fried chicken. Also, monkeys of all sizes roam the grounds in search of an easy meal - guard your plates well. Monkey business is fun to watch. The food at the restaurant is decent and the wine is surprisingly good. In the evenings a guitarist at the restaurant will entertain you with international and local chart breakers.

Pool nice and large enough for swimming short laps. Rooms tasteful and comfortable; shower (and bath!) with good water pressure. Service was good, especially the lady at the aptly named service center. Minus: Internet KSH 250 for 15 minutes. Also sub-ideal: relatively long drive to see animals, as there is no game in the area around the lodge, apart from monkeys, birds and crocodiles.

Bonus: We visited the Samburu village near the camp (KSH 2000 per head), an interesting experience, although we did feel at times that we were prying intruders.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LODGEMANAGER2010, Manager at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge, responded to this review, August 20, 2011
Dear guest,

We thank you most sincerely for chosing Sarova Shaba during your recent visit to Shaba National Park. We are honoured by your visit and by your encouraging remarks. We would like to assure you that your observations on the internet have been noted and are happy to inform our clients that we are in the process of installing WI FI before the end of August 2011 and thus improve on this service wherever our clients will be within the property.

We thank you for the support and look forward to hosting you once again.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

We have now stayed at The Sarova Shaba Game Lodge four times and have found it agreat place to stay at.The staff are very well trained and are only too happy to help you nothing is too much trouble as long as you are happy.The accomadation is first class as is the food,and elevated restaurant where you can watch the all the local wild life in its well maintained grounds,all in all a Joy to stay at which more than lives up to Sarovas Motto of Refreshing African Hospitality, and we will be back again

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LODGEMANAGER2010, Manager at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 28, 2011
Dear guest,

We thank you for the very positive and encouraging remarks. Indeed it goes a long way in building our confidence in being of service to you. Your repeat visits are testimony to your support and belief in the Sarova Shaba team and we are proud to have you as part of the Sarova family.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

We stayed 2 nights in June to begin our 5 night safari. We had emailed prior to arrival and had asked for a quiet room, and we got it! It was a bit of a walk, but well worth it. Lovely view of the river, croc's sunbathing on the rocks, and a large group of baboons playing outside of our building! The restaurant had a nice variety of foods, and we felt like we were eating in a giant treehouse. We had the same quiet table each night thanks to the lovely hostess. The first night they kept the power on all night and the fan going which was a Godsend because it was hot. The 2nd night we weren't so lucky!!!! whew!!!! We knew ahead of time that the Shaba game drive was a waste of time as far as animals goes, but the drivers went there the first day anyways. Going to the Samburu and Buffalo Springs area was much better. We had an enjoyable stay overall.

Room Tip: Further away from reception is more quiet.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LODGEMANAGER2010, Manager at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 9, 2011
Dear guest,

We are pleased that you chose Sarova Shaba to begin your safari and even more so that we made your stay in Shaba National park worth your encouraging remarks. We do appreciate your feedback as it goes a long way in enhancement of our desire to be at your service. We would like to inform you that we are in the process of getting connected to the national power grid in a few weeks and as such power will be available all night and day thus an improvement in your comfort and convinience.

We look forward to hosting you hopefully in the near future.

Kind regards
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2011

The lodge was very nice and the service was excellent. However, not many animals in Shaba compared to Samburu and Buffalo Springs. If you stay, ask your driver to visit the other reserves which are not too far away. You'll see many more animals.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LODGEMANAGER2010, Manager at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 4, 2011
Dear guest,
We thank you for choosing Sarova Shaba during your visit to Shaba National Game Reserve. Your very positive feedback is indeed very encouraging to the team and goes a long way in our quest to raise the bar in service delivery.
The three parks namely Shaba, Buffalo springs and Samburu being so close together provide the advantage of three unique experiences next to each other and we do recommend a taste of each during your stay here.
We look forward to your next visit and assure you of your most memorable stay with refreshing african hospitality .
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Larnaka, Cyprus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2011

Stayed here for one night with work, clean, nice grounds overlooking a crocodile infested river with a viewing point. There croc feeding at 2000hrs nightly. The resturant is buffet style good quality. Pool is nice however a few weeks ago a croc sneeked into it during the night when the electric fence was switched off(at mid-nightly) waiting for the guests morning swim lol. Overall worth a visit, great experience no more than 2 nights though then move on...

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Anthony K, Manager at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Dear guest,

It was a pleasure hosting you though a while back. Your positive feedback was indeed very encouraging and we are pleased to inform you that we have made a number of upgrades in the property that you most definately should visit Sarova Shaba once again.

A state of the art buffet layout that meets the highest in hygiene standards and frontage cooking, kitchen upgrade and we are now the only facility in the region on the grid and as such with 24 hour electricity and WIFI connectivity anywhere within the Lodge.
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

The lodge is a very beautiful and a wonderful place to stay although it's a part of the Sarova Lodges chain. They have a very nice view of Uaso Nyiro River and it's located in the middle of the desert of the extinct Mt. Shaba. I really enjoyed my 2 nights here. There is a very nice pool and the restaurant is built on the second floor with the view of the pool and the bar is located underneath. The food is very good and as usual is served in buffet style and geared toward Indian food. There are 2 samburu wariors whose jobs are to chase any naughty monkeys who are ready to steal any food left on the plates. They had built small streams into small ponds around in the area. There is a feeding station to feed the nile crocodiles. The internet is available for 300 shillings for 15 minutes. The bedroom and the bathroom are huge and clean. I think they keep the electricity on all day long. The spa/massage service is very nice and I'd definitely recommend it. The only problem that I had was with the door because of the key. The staff is very responsive to my complain about some bugs trying to build a nest in front of my window. Overall, it's truly an oasis and I'd highly recommended and I would definitely return to this lodge again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LODGEMANAGER2010, Manager at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge, responded to this review, May 6, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Sarova Shaba Game Lodge during your visit to Shaba National Reserve. Your positive feedback is highly appreciated and goes a long way in encouraging our team to raise the bar. We have also noted the shortfalls and every effort to improve on your comfort will be looked into. We look forward to hosting you hopefully in the near future.
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shoreham-by-sea
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

Good food, friendly staff, nice big rooms, nice pool to relax in during the middle of the day. Lovely view of the river.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anthony K, Manager at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Dear guest,

It was a pleasure hosting you though a while back. Your positive feedback was indeed very encouraging and we are pleased to inform you that we have made a number of upgrades in the property that you most definately should visit Sarova Shaba once again.

A state of the art buffet layout that meets the highest in hygiene standards and frontage cooking, kitchen upgrade and we are now the only facility in the region on the grid.
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Address: Shaba National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Eastern Province > Shaba National Reserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Shaba National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sarova Shaba Game Lodge 5*
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