I've seen this lodge listed as 3*, but consider ourselves fairly well travelled and would classify it as 4* personally.
We had room 101 with a great view of the waterhole, elephants visiting all through the day/evening, along with 'deer', cranes etc.
Room spacious and very clean, balcony with mesh door so you could have it open but still keep mozzies out. Bathroom only a trifle 'worn' but that is the case in a lot of hotels, the bathroom always seems to suffer a bit, bath/shower.
King size bed, mossy net which draws right round it on a 'runner', not draped from a central ceiling piece. Ceiling fan. Toilettries, tissues, tea/coffee making facility, 2 small bottles of water per day. Towels soft.
Pool clean and inviting but FREEZING. Plenty of sun/shade sunbeds but not really used much while we were there, most guests seem to be out on safari I presume. Gardens nice.
The waterhole is located just beyond the pool area, separated by a low hedge. The elephants aren't fazed by people in quite close proximity and just go about their business quietly - difficult not to get some great photo's.
Some staff very friendly & chatty (pool attendant and guard), others less so, but all staff polite and helpful.
Food was excellent in our opinion, plenty to choose from, all meals buffet style with waiter service for drinks. Tea/coffee available from the bar/lobby area on a 'help yourself' basis.
Though on arrival we had a small problem with our toilet not flushing, it was sorted out within a few minutes and well worth it to get a room with a decent view from the balcony over the waterhole.
Tipping, we did tip a couple of staff separately and also used the 'tip box' near reception on the wall by the door. Nothing is done for you with a view to receiving a tip though, staff seemed helpful regardless.
Went on safari in their sanctuary, which adjoins Tsavo East but has no fence apparently. We were first 'on the scene' for a pride of 4 lions who settled themselves around our van - fantastic to watch for those few private minutes before the other vans arrive.
We can't think of a negative thing to say about this lodge, would happily recommend it and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. In our opinion everthing about it was of a good standard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge is located at the main entrance to the Taita Hills Sanctuary in South Eastern Kenya, 400 km from Nairobi and 200 km from Mombasa. A one hour flight from Nairobi or 30 min from Mombasa by private charter 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. Located at the main entrance to the Sanctuary, Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge is an inviting stone building of 60 spacious rooms and two suites, all with their own private viewing balcony. Clients can command views of the adjacent Taita Hills, or the well maintained gardens surrounding the Sanctuary. At night, floodlights illuminate the swimming pool and gardens and provide an opportunity to see any wildlife in the vicinity. It is not uncommon to see elephants daily at the watering hole next to the swimming pool. In addition to the rooms and suites, the Lodge has a Main Restaurant, Bar & Lounge and many bush dining options. The free form swimming pool has its own pool bar. The Lodge has its own fleet of well equipped safari vehicles with excellent guides. There are meeting rooms and numerous outdoor venues for dining and leisure. There is a gift shop, fuel station and business center. The climate is very pleasant, with temperatures averaging between 18 Degrees Centigrade and 30 Degrees Centigrade year round. There are sporadic rains in March, April, November & December. While in Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge, you get to view some of the most exotic species of animals in Africa. Find your way to the local villages and learn a thing or two about the local culture. What better way to get the most out of your Kenya Safari holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sarova Taita Hills Game Hotel Tsavo