9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
what a place and what a view !!!!
"We stayed 2 nights, 2 days at Lions bluff and it has been one of our best experiences in Africa ( SA,Tanzania and Kenia). The view over the plains is stunning. Staff is extremelly friendly and the atmosphere of the lodge as well as the 'tent' is fantastic. As the lodge is owned by the local villages in the surroundings, a visit also supports the local people."
- Travel date: 2nd February 2010
Beautiful Views overlooking the Plains of Africa and Kilimanjaro
"We stayed there for 10 nites over Xmas and New Year, we had been there in September when it was very dry, but now the Plains are covered in Grass and food for the Animals. The Interior of the Public Areas in September were a little sparce, but due to great efforts by the owners the Interiors are now excellent, the Banda we had was a double, the Rooms were very comfortable, and the views from the Balcony stunning ! The Food was very good over the 10 days, a variety of dishes were served to a very good standard. The Bird life is excellent and we saw plenty of game, with the Rains has come the Wildflowers which are profuse. A very relaxing time and plenty of adventure ! Good place to have a Break, and cool at night for which there is a little surprise in the Bed at night ! An article not physical ! Will be going back !"
- Travel date: 19th January 2010
Spectacular views and lodge
"This is a wonderful lodge to stay in with the most amazing views over the Lumo sanctuary. We went at the 'wrong' time of year when the animals were dispersed due to recent rains but we still saw lots of elephants, all sorts of antelopes, zebras, many many birds, a serval cat and giraffe, buffalo and so on. No lions though but that was our fault for going when the grass was long. Getting to the lodge is slow going due to the quality of the roads but stick with it because it is worth it. We were there just after New Year, at the same time as Ian and Helen, who run the lodge, and their family. They treated us like family and their staff could not have been more accommodating. We definitely recommend the bush breakfast and make sure you take binoculars and a good camera."
- Travel date: 16th January 2010
Africa for Miles and Miles, and Miles
"Lion's Bluff is about: 1. Views. They are stunning! and they are Africa. 360 degrees for as far as you can see. In front, close up, the plains, and in the distance, in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Pare Mountains. Behind the Taita Hills. Superb. 2. Safari. The Lumo Conservancy borders the Salt Lick sanctuary on one side and Tsavo West on the other. Game viewing both in the day and at night. Unfortunately the Lions on Lions Rock prevented us from getting out of the car for sundowners. 3 The lodge. Comfortable and friendly. We stayed on New Years eve and wanted to continue our stay for New Year and beyond. 4 Africa. You couldn't be anywhere else. It's a bit wild. In a nice sort of way. 5. A great break. A chance to take a rest and a holiday and a place to recharge the batteries. It's well removed from the trappings of everyday modern living. It's removed in time. You can't bring any of Life's baggage to Lions Bluff."
- Travel date: 12th January 2010
Stay in the wild and enjoy the magical views but hang on to your creature comforts here
"Lion's Bluff is a modern day version of Robinson Crusoe's tree house in a safari! I would nearly trek all by myself to pitch tent up here just for the view even if wasn't for Lion's Bluff. Perched high above the other lodges in the area, Lion's Bluff commands an excellent view. This peaceful lodge provides more than a restful night's sleep! Located right at the end of a ridge, the journey up here is no less magical than finally discovering this quaint thatched roofed lodge. Built totally in keeping with its surroundings, you instantly feel at one with its beautiful surroundings. Lion's Bluff adds an additional dimension to eco-travel. The whole lodge is built using local wood and the pathway from the reception area to the viewing decks and restaurant is littered with cute palm-sized carvings of lions and elephants. This is not another lodge, this is a lodge built with love and Iain the proprietor of Lion's Bluff certainly takes care of visitor's every needs with as much dedication. Of course, everyone coming to Voi come here to enjoy the Kenyan beasts that graze the land and to experience the inextricable link the weather has to Voi's landscape. Lion's Bluff has made these all to easy with its knowledgeable guides and safari treks. There is certainly a sense of adventure in either trekking the land on foot or in a 4x4. It is impossible to recommend one over the other. Although nothing is more exciting than beast spotting from the roof of a 4x4, you could not be closer to nature trekking on foot and learning from the guides, many of whom are from families who live on the land and thrive on the bushes and animals that grace this amazing land. Of course there is a sense of nervosity in this adventure ... you never know who's watching you ... a huge buffalo or a hungry lion! The food back at the restaurant is more than what you could ask for considering that you are on one of the world wildest plains! In fact, I frequently ask myself how they manage this ... it doesn't match up. The food is like what you would expect on an American ranch but where does this food all come from? I've yet to figure this one out. Oh yes, perhaps you may be wiser than me, but dessert temperature dictates that its day temperature is a scorching 30+ degrees Celsius but its night temperature plummets to under 15. So it is certainly chilly at night. Bring a heavy coat if you want to go on a night safari, otherwise, you may be lucky enough to have a seat by the fire! The accommodation too is more than you can ask for. With coffee brought to you on your wrap around veranda every morning, the service is impeccable. They try to tend to your every needs from washing your car before you awake to bringing you yet another beer to your hut. A dream holiday, not to be rushed. Be prepared to stay more than a couple of days to enjoy Lion's Bluff in its full majesty."
- Travel date: 13th December 2009
The view of the Sanctury
"We stayed at whats now called Lions Bluff in 2008. When we returned in 2009 I had to admit that the new owner made the hotel an even better place to stay at than it was before. The location is one of the best I have ever seen in my life. The hotel is located on top of a 3000feet high mountain and all the rooms have a balcony and a beautiful view of mount Kilimanjaro. You can sit at the bar while spotting elephants and buffalos down in the savanna and watch the monkeys eating the birdfood right next to your dinner table. The service is great and the food is excellent. All in all a great hotel and a great location. I can recommend everyone who ever visits this part of the world to stay at this hotel for a night or two."
- Travel date: 10th December 2009
"On the drive up to Lion's Bluff we knew we were onto something special - we just kept climbing higher & higher with outstanding 360 views. Arrived to a very friendly welcome with cold drink & towel - both of which were desperately needed after a very long drive. We were shown to our 'rooms' (kind of like tents on stilts!) which took my breath away from the superbly hand-made furniture to the truly amazing vista from the veranda - although wherever you are in the lodge, the views are stunning. The children with us were welcomed with open arms - my only concern were the gaps in the wooden railings surrounding the lodge & on the verandas meant we had to keep a constant eye on them. We felt privileged as we were the only guests that night! I understand that they had only recently been re-opened with new owners (Ian was very welcoming and keen to discuss the virtues of the venture). The food was basic but plenty of it & no criticisms - especially when taking into consideration the remote location & lack of electricity overnight (not a problem - torches in the rooms for finding your way to the bathroom at night!). However, a very close encounter with elephants at 1.00am outside our 'rooms' ensured that , were I to visit again, I definitely wouldn't consider finding my way to another tent or the main lodge after 11.00pm when the lights go out! We awoke to find the staff clearing up the mess our 'visitors' had left the night before. Wish we had stayed more than just the 1 night if only to admire the views and enjoy the tranquility a little longer."
- Travel date: 8th November 2009
An eagels eye view of the Tsavo
"Who needs a ballon flight when there is a 270 degree panorama from the bar at Lions Bluff! This is a wonderful lodge high on a hillside in Tsavo about 45 minute drive from Voi. There is a water hole on one side with views over to Kilamanjaro while opposite are long vistas over the plains. A short 4x4 drive to descend the slopes and youare amongst the wildlife! The rooms are individual luxury tents situated on elevated platforms with commanding views. Guests are made welcome by Ian and his efficient team and the food is up to the standard you would expect from a Scottish trained Hotel Manager."
- Travel date: 29th October 2009
A great place to celebrate your birthday
"I travelled to Lions Bluff Lodge to celebrate my birthday with friends. We had a magnificent bubbly bush breakfast to celebrate the occasion. The location is one of the best I have come across with amazing views of Mt. Kilimanjaro (When it appeared from behind the clouds). The panoramic view also takes in the north and south Pare mountains as well as the Usambaras in the south. It was also an excellent place to watch game from. We saw big herds of elephant and buffalo from the lodge viewing area. We even spotted lion from the view point as well. As well as seeing lion on most game drives. I did not see cheetah but the other half of our party did. The rooms are all self contained with spectacular views looking towards the west. The food was of high quality and plenty of it. The staff were very friendly and although some of them were new to the lodge they were always keen to help out. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would recommend it. A word of warning though, it gets very chilly in the evenings and because of the lodges exposed nature there is a strong wind, so come prepared with jackets and jerseys."
- Travel date: 29th September 2009
Lions Bluff Lodge is also called
- lions bluff hotel
- lions bluff hotel tsavo national park west