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Shimba Hills Lodge

off the C106, Shimba Hills National Reserve Kenya
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Nestled in the Shimba Hills National Reserve, in the heart of an ancient tropical rainforest, the lodge is very well known for being a highlight at every Kenya visit. Built in 1987, the award-winning lodge is the only tree lodge at Kenya's coast. Wood and other natural materials as well as the open atrium with tropical plants in the centre and open spaces throughout the lodge provide an unlimited view to the rainforest and create a unique atmosphere in which one will experience the real "Jungle Feeling" The spacious veranda directly overlooking the small lake offers you the opportunity to observe in comfort wildlife such as the white-headed fish eagle, monitor lizards, monkeys, antelopes, hornbills, turtles and other animals in their natural habitat. A wooden tree top walkway leads directly from the lodge into the forest. On the platform at the end you may want to sit down, have drink and enjoy nature at a place where nothing can disturb the peace and tranquillity. Staying at the Shimba Hills Lodge offers you the perfect environment to find peace of mind, to feel the "Breath of Life"- especially at dusk when the voices of the rainforest wake up to perform their nocturnal concert! Only 45 minutes drive from Mombasa or Diani Beach makes it ideal to combine the beach with bush holidays. Our package "Adventure Rainforest" takes you to the exciting world of the Shimba Hills, where we look forward to welcoming you!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Paid wifi
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Shuttle bus service
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Private balcony
Seating area
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, German, Swahili


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off the C106, Shimba Hills National Reserve Kenya
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Jomo Kenyatta Intl Airport263 miSee all flights
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Just Tim wrote a review Mar 2020
Bromyard, United Kingdom10 contributions10 helpful votes
I had a beautiful overnight stay at this lovely place. I booked through a local agent but it couldn’t have been more perfect. The setting is amazing - green and dining is set over a unique watering place. Let’s be sure Shimba is not big game but the hotel is set in beautiful rilling green scenery. OK to accommodation and food. Food was simple and expertly prepared in a more European way. Soup with rolls to start Followed by a simple yet tasty salad to follow. Main course was perfect for the location. Followed by a simple sweet course. I loved this food and nothing like anything’s have come across in rural settings. The accommodation was lovely for viewing. Once again simple but well executed basics. I had shared washrooms but was once again perfect for my situation and travelling arrangements. Service - absolutely top botch Kind and friendly without being too over the top. I loved Shimba Hills and this hotel is the perfect compliment to the park. Not pretentious in any way I want to go back
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Shimbahillslodge, General Manager at Shimba Hills Lodge
Responded Mar 10, 2020
Dear Bobby, dear Billy, many thanks for your nice review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and will hopefully be able to welcome you again. A cordial Jambo! Gabriele
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Penny F wrote a review Jan 2020
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom127 contributions23 helpful votes
Stunning setting and log constructed building sympathetic to its surroundings . Very friendly and professional staff . Incredibly enjoyable lunch with excellent quality of food and service . We were able to observe a fish eagle having his lunch and we were joined at our table by some inquisitive red squirrels . A pair of Colobus monkeys were watching us watch them in the nearby trees . A wonderful experience where one felt very close to nature in a beautiful tranquil oasis . This was kenya hospitality at its best . Would not hesitate to recommend a visit to this lovely establishment .
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Shimbahillslodge, General Manager at Shimba Hills Lodge
Responded Jan 31, 2020
Dear Penny, its wonderful you enjoyed your stay with us and liked our services. Thank you for taking the time to review your experience and sharing it. We are happy to welcome you any time again. Kind regards and a cordial Jambo form the Shimba Hills Gabriele
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pinneydavid wrote a review Jan 2020
Nottingham, United Kingdom328 contributions36 helpful votes
As you approach the lodge through the trees you find the building built of trees and among the trees. After a welcome drink and checking in, friendly staff show you to your room. Rooms are comfortable. Ours had a lovely view over the nearby marsh and forest. Some bathrooms are shared but this was not a problem for us. We enjoyed the food although, because of few guests when we were there, there was little choice and no buffet. The loud noise of the frogs and cicadas was amazing. A bushbaby and two squirrels shared the dining room with us. The wooden walkway from the lodge into the forest was great for a photo-opportunity. We stayed for one night; maybe two would have been better.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Response from Shimbahillslodge, General Manager at Shimba Hills Lodge
Responded Jan 28, 2020
Dear David, thank you for editing this review and sharing it with others. We are pleased that you liked your stay with us. Kindly allow us a remark concerning the comment about the food. We always serve plated lunch and dinner as the quality at a buffet drops the longer it remains in the chafing dishes. Our chefs take pride preparing everything a la minute, no matter how many guests we have. However buffet is available on request for large group bookings. We hope to welcome you again one day (for two nights :-) Kind regards Gabriele
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Antoni K wrote a review Jan 2020
Warsaw, Poland25 contributions7 helpful votes
ohh.. oasis of silent and calm. Hidden in the central of big rainforest in Kenya. no phones, no internet and wi-fi. Only voice of Nature around.Great time to dive into deep ourselves. Always during Mombasa trip.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: all room similar good.
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David P wrote a review Oct 2019
3 contributions2 helpful votes
We last visited this lodge 30 years ago - it has not changed and still had the'Wow' factor. The rooms are so in keeping with the location and comfortable. The food menu is limited but the food provide was excellent. We were looked after very well by helpful and friendly staff A unique experience in a special location. We look forward to visiting again in the near future.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Room Tip: All rooms have good views and are all the same standard
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$119 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shimba Hills Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Shimba Hills Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Shimba Hills Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Shimba Hills Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Shimba Hills Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Swahili.