We stayed here on night three of the Pollmans Ndogo Safari. The rooms were spotlessly clean, and the hotel offered a turn down service on an evening so when we returned to the room after safari the mosquito nets had been drawn around the bed and the air conditioning was on low.
We arrived from the safari at lunchtime which gave us the afternoon to enjoy a lovely lunch and then have time to sunbathe/enjoy the pool for several hours and the fantastic views over the savannah with the elephants and zebras who were also sunbathing and enjoying their watering hole to cool down! So much wildlife to see it was amazing and there were some excellent photo opportunities! We then went back out on safari late afternoon and were lucky enough to see some beautiful lion cubs on lion rock and also some cheetah's hunting.
On return to the lodge around 6.30pm, we heard a strange noise from the watering hole so all ventured outside only to see hundreds of buffalo swarming towards it. It was amazing to watch them drink the watering hole dry and also to watch the adult elephants nearby forming a circle around the baby elephants to protect them from the stampeding buffalo... once in a lifetime stuff!
The food was fantastic at this hotel, a great choice with display cooking also. There was an excellent range of desserts and cakes which looked lovely - clearly a lot of talented chefs and bakers work here! The waitressing staff in the restaurant were pleasant and took excellent care of their guests. Prices for drinks were similar to other lodges, 300 shillings for a beer, 450 for a glass of wine and 150 for soft drinks.
Lots of other groups were upgraded to the saltlick whilst we were out on safari however this left only 12 of us in the whole lodge. Some people were complaining that they hadnt been upgraded but to be honest we had the run of the whole lodge, there was plenty of choice for the evening meal and we had excellent waiter service on the evening as the 12 of us remained in the hotel lobby, enjoying the open fire and bar nearby with no queues. I was more than happy to remain at the Taita Hills. We had hoped to go on a night drive but the weather got the better of us with a fearsome thunderstorm which meant we couldnt go - maybe next time instead!!