Voi Wildlife Lodge
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Lovely spacious rooms
"We stayed here as part of a 2 night trip to Tsavo and Amboseli ( our other night was at Kibo Tented Camp). It was booked through the beach boys and we were a little unsure what to expect before we arrived. Our concerns were definately unfounded as we were met with refreshing drinks on our arrival and shown to lovely spacious rooms with two double beds and a large bathroom. The balcony gave us great views of the elephants that came down to the waterhole at night and although we didn't use it the swimming pool looked very inviting. Staff were not as friendly as on the coast but still polite and helpfull. All in all we would gladly stay here again."
- Travel date: 8th January 2009
I wouldn't go back here
"We stayed at the Voi as part of a 4 day safari to Tsavo East and West and like a previous reviewer, was glad it was the first night - the experience was thankfully able to be overshadowed by 3 other lovely lodges. These subsequent lodges werent necessarily any better in terms of location, layout and environment but in other ways were worlds away from the Voi. We found the staff at the Voi unhelpful compared to the other lodges and indeed hotel staff at other locations in Kenya, such as the coast. The lodge was quiet when we stayed and we were the only ones in the bar before dinner but struggled to get a drink whilst the barman was talking to an aquaintance. He also tried to charge us for doubles when I hadnt ordered doubles. The buffet dinner dishes were all uncovered and left so for ages, despite the serious amount of insect life. Now, the insects arent the lodges fault but there is no attempt to ameliorate the effects of them. The dinner dishes remained uncovered for some time despite insects everywhere including huge moths and beetles. Also, the dinner staff weren't that open to explaining the dishes. I am a vegetarian and love indian/african influence food but like confirmation that there is no meat present, which is not obvious from labels. Other lodges and hotel staff in Kenya were proud to explain their food. The rooms at the Voi are full of insects as window/door nets are holey and doors ill fitting, although they do provide bed mosquito nets (but no turn down service so remember to untie them before dusk!). When we went back to our room after dinner the room was full of life, inc big stuff! The rooms are also dated and the towels in the bathroom distinctly 'crusty'. When we went down for breakfast in the morning, a sea of dead insect life was being cleared from all areas. Again, insect life is not the fault of the lodge but do they have to sweep great piles of dead insects past you when eating your breakfast? The lodge has a nice location, a nice pool but the rest is a let down. All the lodges in Tsvaro are insecty, hot and without luxury like air conditioning without upgrades, but we only had a problem at the Voi, so I dont think I am being over critical (We experienced Saltlick, Taita Hills and Kilaguni in addition and all were lovely). Lastly, dont change any money here. At the time we stayed they were offering 100 KS to the Â£ when 120 KS was easy to obtain elswhere."
- Travel date: 4th December 2008
Not thrilled in hindsight
"I do not wish to be derogatory to Voi Wildlife Lodge, nor am I am hotel whinger (see my other reviews), but if I am brutally honest I found this place to be neutral/average at best. Put it this way, I am glad this was the first night of our Safari & not the last or else we would of been disappointed. Reception was pleasant & the pool looked inviting. There was also a very good waterhole with viewing walkways. But the quality of the rooms was pretty basic & the food was ordinary. We were quite happy with it whilst we were there, as we felt that we were on Safari & weren't expecting 5* standards. However the lodge is only about 3 miles from the town of Voi. The other 2 subsequent lodges that we stayed at in Amboseli & Tsavo West were in a completely different league, despite being in far more remote locations. The quality received in these 2 lodges made Voi look very inferior."
- Travel date: 12th August 2008
"We stayed at Voi Wildlife Lodge last Christmas. Our welcome at the lodge was wonderful with cold towels and cool drinks to refresh ourselves. We were then all very impressed with the rooms which are very big by lodge standards, airy, clean and tastefully decorated keeping the local styles. The lodge has a lovely pool in well kept gardens, as well as a small childrens playground which was great for the kids while we relaxed by the pool! The restaurant is well ventilated and the food was good. The service was impeccable, all the waiters are friendly, helpful and very efficient. The lodge also boasts a spa, including sauna, steam, jacuzzi, treatment rooms and it's own pool. The view from that pool is breath taking! It looks over on to the water hole where elephants came to greet us and from inside the pool, they were so close we could see their eye lashes! The contrast between the wild savanna and the green lawns is beautiful. The Spa bar, on stilts jutting into the park is a wonderful place for pre or after dinner drinks, with amazing views. We also saw buffalo, giraffes and antelopes of all sorts! Truly a breath taking experience and we all enjoyed it immensely, as did the kids! We look forward to going there again soon!"
- Travel date: 5th April 2008
Relaxing and well presented
"In general: This lodge was really quite incredible. You are greeted with a cold towel and refreshing drink, there is a swimming pool, sun loungers and bar over-looking a water-hole. There are also spa facilities at extra charge, but these include use of a gym, jacuzzi, a further swimming pool and massage/treatments. The decor is tranquil, with a fish pool and a terrace overlooking the water hole. There is also an information section on the wild-life and internet access. Room: Really good size with two double four poster beds and a massive bathroom. The room was clean and had a lovely little balcony from which you could look out onto the water hole. Food: Really tasty food - a good selection, better than our base hotel. Service: Easy-going and helpful."
- Travel date: 28th January 2008
A calm and peaceful lodge
"We stayed here on the last night of our safari that we had booked through Kenyan Adventures & Safaris. It was an ideal location to end up as it was very calm and peaceful. The lodge was fairly new and was well laid out. The rooms were very spacious, equiped with everything that you needed and were clean. The food was good and had plenty of variety, even for vegetarians. The view from the restaurant was great too as it looked out over the watering hole."
- Travel date: 20th December 2007
"We stayed at this Lodge for one night whilst visiting Tsavo East National Park. We arrived just before lunch after a game drive and were greeted with a cold towel and drinks.. after an early start these were welcomed. We had a nice buffet lunch with a good selection of hot and cold food, followed by a relaxing afternoon by the pool... lovely. There is a Spa and gym at the lodge but we didnt get time to try them out. There is a watering hole at the lodge were you can view elephants, birds, buffalo drinking from a pier/watch tower.. at times we couldn't take it all in.. it was amazing. We had two more game drives before leaving the next morning and managed to see 4 of the big 5 including the rhino.. which we were very pleased to see. Our room was very clean and spacious, with the beds turned down whilst we were eating dinner ( nice little touch) and mosquito nets provided.. This was the only place on our holiday that i was bitten, but only once..so I didn't do too bad.. All in all we loved this lodge and could have happily stayed at least another night.. so much to see and yet so relaxing.. Enjoy if you visit.."
- Travel date: 25th October 2007
"I stayed here for one night only on a 2day safari to Tsavo East. I'd arranged the safari through Kenyan Adventures and Safaris and I have to say I was not disappointed. The lodge was pretty much empty and after arriving around 1pm, we had lunch - buffet style, plenty of choice - then went over to the walkway bar which overlooks the watering hole. There was a family of elephants heading to the water and we enjoyed their company for 20minutes or so whilst they sprayed water and mud over each other to cool off. We then had to head back out later that afteroon for an evening drive back into Tsavo East. The rooms in the lodge are clean and basic with two large twin beds with mozzie nets. There is no TV or telephone in the room but why would you need them when you are there for the wildlife which is all around. Dinner was again buffet - good choice again with the food - and there is also a bar from which you can overlook the watering hole (which is lit up at night so you can see the animals coming down to drink). We saw more elephants there as well as lots of impala, hartebeasts and oryx. We had to leave early the next morning for more safari drives - again breakfast was buffet style. Another couple we know stayed in the near by campsite within Tsavo and they also stated that this was a great but different option for accomodation."
- Travel date: 28th April 2007
"We stayed for one night at the Voi Wildlife Lodge in Tsave East as part of our three day safari. We arrived at the lodge around lunchtime and were greeting with a cold towel and drink. They were most welcome after a hard morning on safari! We went straight to lunch where there was a wide range of food on offer (buffet style). The restaurant overlooks the watering hole which has beautiful views. There was a family of elephants there whilst we were having our lunch. The rooms were massive!! We had two double fourposter beds with mozzie nets. There were sliding doors out onto the balcony which overlooked the watering hole. It was possible to keep the doors open at night because there were also mozzie screens. This made it extra special as you could hear the animals. We spent the afternoon relaxing by the pool. Towels were provided and there was waiter service for drinks. After our afternoon game drive, we had quick showers so that we could get back to the watering hole. We didn't want to miss a thing!! We had a lovely evening meal, again buffet style with a wide choice. There was a bar at the end of a walkway which was even closer to the animals. The watering hole was subtly lit at night and was just magical. We checked out really early in the morning after a hearty breakfast. We were really sad to leave!!!"
- Travel date: 22nd March 2007
"My boyfriend and I went on safari in May and after our first game drive we were dropped off at Voi Wildlife Lodge for lunch and a few hours of relaxation before another drive. The views were amazing. Absolutely breath taking, the lunch was lovely, much better than the actual food in our hotel! The swimming pool was warm and plenty of sunbeds, also quiet and peaceful! Just what we wanted after an early morning pick up and LONG drive into Tsavo East! The rooms were really spacious and clean - so we were very impressed! We then found out from our safari driver that he had dropped us off at the wrong Lodge! We were meant to be in Voi Safari Lodge! We had to pack our things and got dropped off there after our afternoon drive! I have attached some pictures of Voi Wildlife Lodge and if you're booked in here, you WON'T be disappointed!!!!!"
- Travel date: 29th May 2006
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