9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
not so good im afraid
"not so good as the other lodges we had stayed in through kenya although the lodge itself was lovely and the setting beautiful i found the staff not overly friendly apart from our waitress who was adding a little more to our drinks bill at dinner without our knowlege and the food was just ok unlike other sarova lodges where as the food was great and staff very friendly i think sarova may need to look into there customer services at this lodge saying this one member of staff was friendly the barman he hopes to set up his own restaurant i wish him well"
- Travel date: Mon 7th of July 2008
"We stayed at Sarova Game lodge for 2 nights during our honeymoon. The hotel was gorgeous as was our room, very reasonably sized with the river right beyond the patio area at the back. We were very lucky to have elephants come down to the other side of the river to wash which made us have the most amazing close up view. There is a lot of wildlife here including lots of monkeys which you have to watch out for as they're very mischievous but the hotel give you guidelines on that. The staff were friendly & polite, we even had a cake left in our room as a congratulations on our honeymoon which was lovely of them. The food was very nice and it was altogether a wonderful stay."
- Travel date: Sun 20th of January 2008
"The Sarova Shaba was an amazing place. The rooms were built in treehouse like buildings. We were in room 12a upstairs, it was huge and beautiful. The view of the river was great. We would watch the huge storks and crocodiles on the river banks, while the vervet monkeys played in the trees. The pool area was great and refreshing after a long afternoon drive. The food was great, lots of fresh fruits as was everywhere we stayed in Kenya. The Samburu village visit was great. I liked it better than the Masaii village visit. The animals are plentiful and not camera shy. The staff was great...especially Charles, Joseph and the restuarant staff."
- Travel date: Tue 13th of November 2007
We loved this Lodge
"Came late in the afternoon after a long drive from Nairobi. Too late for an afternoon game drive. But the staff were waiting for us and had ready a very welcomed moist towel and a wonderful late lunch. The logde is situated next to the river Ewaso Ngiro in a wooded environment that gives a welcomed shade. Running water around the buildings cools the air. The rooms were clean and spacious and beds had mosquito nets. We saw no bugs at all. Stayed two nights only but wished we had more time here. Temperatures were the warmest (25-30 C) during our 12 day safari because of the relative low altitude. Nice pool area with sun and shade. Restaurant is open-air on the first floor of a wooden construction with thatched roof. Very nice indeed. The food was excellent - wine list also, so what more could you want. The staff was very friendly, helpful and professional, and ready when needed. We can easily recommed this lodge without reservations."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of July 2007
"We can happily give the thumbs up to this absolutely wonderful lodge. It is idyllic and what excellent value for money. It was the perfect start for our 6 day safari with Somak and can happily recommend this oasis. Bugs...what Bugs?
What a truly amazing place it is and would most certainly stay there again..just wonderful"
- Travel date: Sat 7th of July 2007
Loved the lodge, hated the bugs
"When I arrived at this lodge, I was entering a different world than the reserve itself. I heard water everywhere by waterfalls, ponds, river and of course the beautifull cooling swimmingpool where you can sunbath perfectly.
The rooms were also spacious and luxureous with, for me important, musquito nets and bug reppelent spray. In the evening there where way to many bugs and I was almost hiding from them in my own sweater. At that point I didn't wanted to be outside and just go to bed to avoid them... But now that I am home again for about 1,5 month, I am only remembering all of the positive things during my stay there!
Thank you Aberdare Africa Travel for making my trip come true!"
- Travel date: Tue 12th of June 2007
Beware of Bugs!
"Unfortunately, we did not have the great experience at this lodge that others did. It is a beautiful property, but the bugs were horrible. The staff indicated that it was due to the fact that it had rained a couple of days before our arrival. That may be true, but if what we experienced happens every time it rains, then they should find ways to combat the problem. After our game drive, we returned to the lodge for dinner. The restaurant is open-air and the bugs were all over the tables and in the food (served buffet-style). We did not find relief in our room, either. The bathroom was full of bugs and you cannot shut the window. The bugs were in our bed, despite the fact the mosquito net had been pulled around. It was truly disgusting. We had to go to the front desk 3 times before they gave us bug repellent.
It was also the warmest place we stayed in Kenya. There is a ceiling fan over the bed, which provided relief, but the resort turns off the electricity between 1:00am and 4:30am for energy conservation. A great idea, but with no fan and no breeze (not to mention we didn't want to open the windows and let in MORE bugs), it was sweltering.
On the plus side, the pool was incredibly refreshing and the game reserve was worth a visit. The countryside is beautiful here, as were the resort grounds. And for Survivor fans, it is the area where Survivor: Africa was filmed."
- Travel date: Wed 16th of May 2007
teens + parents @ christmas----------in kenya !
"beautiful property, river, ponds, trees, etc.
very accomadating staff
good food---in a great setting----a treehouse overlooking river
nice pool---great for kids---and young at heart
nature walk w/ cornelius ( koite), guide, and patrick , KWS, very
pleasant. (met c.'s cattle,and this was the first time i'd been escorted by a fellow w/ an automatic weapon to scare off any curious elephants)
rhino, and crocs, in the river, where they belong
christmas festival and meal, prepared and celebrated in the bush, remarkable
oh yes, our game drives w/ reuben...but thats another story...."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of January 2007
Loved this place!
"This was one of the best places we stayed on our two and a half week safari. The grounds were beautiful, the rooms were the nicest we had the whole trip (it had fans!), the staff were very friendly, and the food was excellent. I wished we could have stayed longer here."
- Travel date: Fri 24th of November 2006