I've stayed at Shaba Lodge a number of times in the last few months as I'm working locally each time I've stayed there I've been well received and catered for.
The rooms are neatly laid out, with all the expected facilities of a good hotel with the slight exception that a few rooms are looking a little tired in their bathrooms.
If you self drive to the location you will have to pay the Reserve Gate fee of ksh 1000 (£7) per person or if you ask not to have a ticket and say your going to Shaba you'll pay half that.
The food is to a high standard and I've yet to suffer from any ills despite eating salads, which can be a danger area in some parts.
The staff are all extremely friendly, from the young lady handing damp towels to the dusty new arrivals to the barmen who is more than ready to bring you drinks. however this is not an all inclusive lodge and you can soon rattle up a large bill if you stray from local Tuskar Beer and hit the imported spirits.
During my most recent stay (Mid Aug 13) I used their Safari Driver to take my wife and I to the Samburu Reserve and it was worth every penny the guide worked very hard to find us all the animals that were about that day. The drivers all know each other and point in each other in the right direction to get a good days animal spotting in.
Tipping, this is always worth mentioning to any newcomers to Africa, your expected to tip, everyone. from the guy carrying your bags to your driver and barmen. how much depends on you but expect that anything done for you is not done for free.
All in Shaba is thoroughly recommended and I'll be back again soon.
The food is buffet style and tend to be