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!!
- 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