We visited this lodge as part of a Safari trip on 1st March 2014. When we booked the holiday including the safari we didn't realise we would be staying at this lodge and we certainaly wasn't disappointed. The location was out of this world with our room overlooking the waterhole. On arrival there was some Elephants right out the front reception area drinking from the pond, they were so close you could have reached out and touched them.
There is a very clean and well lite tunnel from the lodge to a wonderful bunker place next to the waterhole, the windows to this bunker all have mesh over to stop any bugs getting in making viewing very comfortable and bug free.
The rooms themselves were very comfortable, yes the decor was a little dated, the curtains in our room were almost falling down, the shower pressure wasn't the best either, but the bed was comfortable and the view from the windows was fabulous therefore we couldn't fault the room. We slept with the curtain open anyway so we could watch the stars and the constant visit of the elephants during the night. The windows do open but you have to remember to keep the mesh part of the window shut to stop the bats getting in.
The bar area had indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the waterhole, drinks were reasonable and nibbles were also provided. The resturant was cramped and very noisy, the food was average, we had eaten better at the other lodges on our Safari.
Animal viewing during the evening and night at the lodge was good, Elephants visited regularly during the night, we even witnessed a pair of elephants mating, Civet cats and Jackels made regular visits too, A large group of Baboons visited the waterhole during early evening, a family of ducks alarted us when something was approaching the waterhole. The funniest bit was the pair of domestic (most likely ferrel) cats hanging around the waterhole probably catching any mice or small insects!
I would highly reccommend this lodge for its fantastic views and quirky design to anyone wishing to visit Tsavo West.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the private Taita Hills Sanctuary, bordering Tsavo West National Park in south-eastern Kenya, Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge is a truly unique concept consisting of 96 rooms elevated on stilts, each overlooking a waterhole and linked by suspended walkways. At night, the waterholes are floodlit ensuring that you enjoy an uninterrupted view of the numerous animals arriving to quench their thirst. The elevated restaurant, and the bar a level higher, also offer stunning views of the sanctuary and are the ideal vantage points to view game. The lodge has its own fleet of well-equipped safari vehicles with excellent guides. The climate is very moderate with temperatures averaging between 18 and 30 degrees Celsius all year round. There are sporadic rains in March, April, November and December. Due to the unique layout of the lodge, it is not suitable for children below 8 years. Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge is 400 km from Nairobi and 200 km from Mombasa. The lodge is a one-hour flight from Nairobi or 30 minutes from Mombasa by private charter which lands at the Lodge's own airstrip. The Sanctuary is a 3-hour drive from Mombasa and a 6-hour drive from Nairobi on tarmac roads. So, if you intend to make the most out of your African safari holidays, Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge is the right place to be. No matter if you plan to head-over to Nairobi or Mombasa, the Lodge turns out to be a perfect check-in option. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sarova Salt Lick Game Hotel Tsavo National Park West
- Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge Kenya/Tsavo National Park West