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Samburu Simba Lodge
Jacksonville, Florida
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30 reviews
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“Samburu Simba”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

A really enjoyable weekend. Would do it again in a minute. Lots of animals and trails. We drove our own vehicle so we were able to enjoy the wildlife at our own pace. Food was buffet style. The service and attention to detail was terrific.

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Mel, Italy
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

I enjoyed how this lodge was tucked away in the reserve it is a very nice place to have a peice of mind and be on a real vacation, it is strategically placed for quality game drives, booked in by Affable tours and safaris, try the lodge while in Samburu, great Maasai community too.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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341 reviews
80 hotel reviews
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Very well located for game drives round Samburu. Friendly staff. It was pretty quiet but we were given a downstairs room crawling with bugs, especially after we incautiously left the balcony doors ajar around dusk. After that there were hundreds of insects flying and crawling around, including the biggest beetle we've ever seen, at least 10cm long. That lot necessitated a good spray and we found we needed to put something under the front door to stop insects coming in when we were in the room with the lights on. The food was OK but not that varied. Bottles of Spanish wine were around GBP10 - cheaper than elsewhere. Good staff, nice pool. Weirdly, they turn their generator off from 10am to 6pm, making charging batteries difficult and an afternoon nap with the ceiling fan on an impossibility. No wifi.

Room Tip: Get one upstairs - should mean fewer insects
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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43 reviews
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

was here in December 2011 during Christmas for 2 nights . lovely staff and the food was good. the little touches for the Christmas feel was good.rooms were good and spacy loved the view as well and good attention to detail.
safaris - the zebra and giraffes are different here compared to mara and other parks. u get to see herds of elephants.samburu has two parts to it of which you can got to both for your safaris. we dnt get to see any cats though some guests did.

overall really nice place

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We spent 2 nights here in late September 2013 on a 19 day safari. There were very few people here - assuming this place is a hidden gem. No wi-fi made for a REAL vacation although, I like having the ability to connect. The staff could not have been kinder and more willing to ensure every need was met. Our room overlooked the savannah and the reserve, beds comfortable, showers perfect. My husband has a medical need to have electricity at night and they were more than accommodating to meet his needs [they turn off electricity at night]. We were particularly pleased with the food selections given the small number of people here during our stay. The boxed lunches for our full day safaris were excellent and much more than 1 person could eat! The open air dining was delightful as different wild life approached for any given meal. The gift shop was excellent - Josephine was more than helpful and prices were fixed and very good!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 19.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Western North Carolina
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

This was our first time in this property and we loved it. The rooms are very spacious with lots of space for everything. A nice balcony with loungers is perfect to gaze at the wildlife. The bathroom was very large , again with space for everything. The property itself is spacious with lots of comfortable seating areas for small group settings. The bar, lounge area easily flows into the restaurant areas. We had great bar service from Juliana. Her smile always welcomed us as we returned from game drives. Food was great and plentiful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Nairobi, Kenya
Level 5 Contributor
33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2013

If you want a Getaway far away from the city with amazing wildlife around, this is the place to go. From the moment we got there the staff welcomed us well, carried our bags to the rooms and made sure that everything we needed was available. The rooms are lovely with amazing deco, big comfortable beds, amazing showers and each room has its own balcony that faces the wonderful wildlife. Monkeys would even come to 'visit' us so we were advised to leave our balcony doors closed when we are out of the room. One can even see elephants passing by while they are in the shower(it had clear windows), its as if they are watching you, it was so cool. Their buffet was exquisite, one would not worry as basically all types of dishes were available (but note that this was during Christmas, it was peak season then). I honestly think I gained a couple of calories while I was there. We also had entertainment at night during dinners which was so exciting as we would be entertained by Samburu cultural dancers. The game drives aced everything. Every morning at 6am and evening from 4pm we had games drives to see all kind of wildlife, the big 5, buffaloes, all diff types of antelopes, crocodiles at very close range, and name all other animals were all there.There was even a natural pond where one would go and swim it was adventurous. It was just a wonderful experience. The ambiance is quite relaxed and one will definitely enjoy their holiday. They have two pools and a nice bar near one of the pools, and the weather is amazing, hot most of the year. Words and photos cannot tell half the story of the holiday. It was amazing and I would go back any day.

Room Tip: A room upstairs as the view will be amazing from the balcony.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Samburu Simba Lodge
Address: Buffalo Springs Game Reserve, Buffalo Springs Game Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Eastern Province > Buffalo Springs Game Reserve
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve
Number of rooms: 19
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