9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Start of Safari
"Just returned form first trip to Kenya and Ngutuni was first lodge on a weeks safari. Spent two nights there. Really good views and from room overlooking watering hole fantasic, you watch elephants having a mud bath only yards away. Food OK but the menu is a little repetative."
- Travel date: 1st November 2007
"I only stayed here 1 night as part of my safari, but what a fantastic place. Amazing is the only way to sum it up. The views are amazing and the staff are too. The food is also top class. I would go back here tomorrow"
- Travel date: 29th October 2007
Ngutuni - the place to stay!
"Arrived hot and dusty to be met with chilled fruit juice and wet warm towels - marvellous. The rooms were standard, spacious and well-equipped. The beds were comfortable (no mosquito nets though - shame) and each room has its own balcony overlooking the waterhole. We showered - absolutely necessary, and went for dinner. The food was excellent (can recommend the red bean soup) and the candlelit timber restaurant overlooks the waterhole. An elephant came down for a splash and drink, as did several water bucks and a lion! The waterhole is lit but this did not seem to bother the wildlife at all. The staff are curtious and friendly, nothing is too much trouble. The Lodge is clean and well kept. We only stayed one night as part of a safari trip but what a night! We would recommend this Hotel to anyone and everyone."
- Travel date: 24th July 2007
Great start to a fantastic holiday...
"When we arrived at Mombassa airport we had no idea what to expect from our safari holiday. We arrived at Ngutuni Lodge and were given such a friendly welcome. We were given a cold flannel and a drink, so welcome after the long flight and drive to the lodge. Our room had a lovely view, and through the trees we could just see the waterhole. It was a nice size and decorated beautifully. Shortly after arriving and settling in, we went on our very first safari drive. It wasn't long before we came accross a herd of around six elephants, they seemed huge, it was a little scary at first. After taking all our photos we carried on, we continued to be lucky with our animal spotting. We saw a pride of lions which had just eaten, there must have been eight of them! We saw a family of giraffes, and a cheetah. We were so excited by the time we got back to the lodge! The staff were friendly and the food was excellent. After our meal we sat and watched the waterhole for any visitors! We were rewarded for our patience when a herd of elephants came for a drink. We watched in awe as we were so close and they really didn't seem to be aware of an audience! We went to our room to get a good nights sleep ready for the drive accross the border to Tanzania. Just as we'd got in the room the phone rang, it was one of staff telling us that a pride of lions had just arrived at the waterhole. We couldn't get down there quick enough, it was fantastic. We wished we had been staying longer than one night, we would definitely return. I would definitely recommend it..."
- Travel date: 21st June 2007
Great Safari Lodge
"We stayed at Ngutuni Lodge for one night on a trip to Tsavo East. During our holiday we had stayed at two other lodges (Shimba Hills and Masai Mara) and this was by far the best. We booked the trip to Tsavo East with Rhino Safaris (apparently their parent company owns the lodge and surrounding land) through our rep. at the last minute. We were glad of our choice as, due to the time of year, we saw more animals on the private game reserve around the lodge than in Tsavo East itself. The room was lovely and the food also. It is a bit of a drive from the Voi gate to the lodge but it's worth it."
- Travel date: 11th February 2007
Loved the Ngutuni
"We only stayed at this lodge for 1 night as part of a Safari package, but thought it was excellent. The setting was lovely, overlooking a waterhole, but don't expect to see any animals at it apart from some very large birds. The rooms were spotless and the beds were very comfortable which was much needed for a good sleep after a long day on Safari. The food was excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definately recommend the Ngutuni Lodge."
- Travel date: 16th December 2006
An Excellent Safri Lodge
"We arrived at Ngutuni Safari Lodge around 15:00 after a delayed flight to be greated with ice cold face clothes to cool ourselves down and a refreshing glass of juice. Due to our late arrival we checked oursleves into the hotel and had lunch Lunch was served in the lodges restaurant which was set under cover from the sun on a marble floor. As there was only 4 of us staying in the lodge at the time and we were on the same safari our lunch was served A la Carte. In fact all our meals were served A la Carte during our 2 night stay. The food was second to none, we could not fault the quality in any way. Lunch consisted of 5 courses. Soup, followed by salad, followed by a delicious main course, dessert and then finally coffee. After this we did not want to move but there was a game drive ahead of us. The restaurant looked out onto a wooden deck where you could sit in the sun and watch the wildlife take a well earned drink in the man made water hole. The water hole is always We quickly took our bags to the room and settled in. The rooms consist of 2 double beds and are very spacious. There was a ceiling fan in the room and a balcony looking over the watering hole. The hotel has just 40 rooms, all of which have a balcony and all have an un-interupted view of the watering hole. They are tastefully decorated too. The bathroom was great, again a marbled floor with a glass blocked shower, wc and sink. The only thing lacking in the rooms was a mosquito net but we covered ourselves in insect repellent and did not get bitten once. Off for a game drive and once back we were invited for dinner. Dinner again was A la Carte and again 5 courses. STUFFED. After dinner a few drinks and a chat with the staff. The staff were exceptional to say the least. They were genuinely friendly and loved to talk about their beautiful country and their way of life. They also want to hear about the UK. After a good nights sleep its more food, breakfast. This was the only meal that was served to us buffet style. The was cereals, friut, cooked breakfast, freshly cooked eggs etc while you waited and of course if you wanted something light you could have a continental breakfast. This is truely an excellent safari lodge, the best I have stayed in on my mere 2 trips to Kenya but it something worth shouting about in my opinion. Our game viewing from the lodge was limited as we went just after the rains so there was no need for the animals to make the treck to the waterhole but we were told that in October 2005 during the dry season they counted 17 lions around the water hole at any one time!! Quite clearly animals had come to the watering hole as 'deposits' had been left around the deck. We were told that in the dry season there is no need to go out for a game drive as this is the only water for miles and you see all the animals there. If there is one downfall to this lodge it is that there is not swimming pool. From the setting of the ladge I can understand why but after a good days game drive it would be great to take a splash in a pool to cool off and chill out before the next drive."
- Travel date: 24th June 2006
Best Lodge in Kenya
"Ngutuni was the first lodge of several that I stayed at during a 7 day safari and to be honest it spoiled us for the rest. The rooms are of a very high standard and the view overlooks the watering hole. Watching the animals at the watering hole whilst the sun sets is what you imagine Africa to be like. Staff service excellent and the chef - well he is the Kenyan equivalent of Gordon Ramsay, this was the best food I had throughout the 2 week stay. By far this is the best lodge in Kenya and I would definetly return , especially in the dryer season when the staff told us that you wouldnt have to leave the lodge as all animals come to this watering hole to seek out water."
- Travel date: 9th June 2006
Lovely lodge with great watering hole
"We have stayed at this lodge twice now on our safari's. Lovely lodge with very friendly staff, lovely clean, comfy rooms with a balcony for great game viewing at the waterhole. Also, the gift shop is very cheap and it saves you bartering for your wood carvings elsewhere! Food is buffet style, but good selection. Great lodge to stay at."
- Travel date: 21st February 2006
Ngutuni Safari Lodge is also called
- Ngutuni Lodge
- ngutuni relais
- ngutuni hotel