9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Superb! Luxury in the wild!
"I had visited the camp on 7th of January for inspection as a travel agent based in Mumbai. I was greeted by my hosts Juergen and Manja Pietz who were absolutely fabulous. They had their fingers on the pulse of the guests, who seemed thoroughly content being there. After visiting many camps and lodges in Tsavo and Amboseli, this one is one of my top picks. Staff is extremely friendly and the layout of the camp is good. There is no fencing, thus allowing the wild animals to pass through at will. Food and wine is excellent"
- Travel date: 13th January 2010
Amazing camp with wonderful spa
"We have been to several camps in Kenya but the Severin Safari Camp impressed us the most. We travelled with a 6-months old baby and we were surprised how easy it was thanks to all the thoughtful and helpful staff and great Managing Couple at Severin Safari Camp. The choice and quality of food had been outstanding. The service staff very well trained. As we travelled with our baby we didnt want to take him the whole day on Safari. So it was very convenient, as my husband went on many game drives and during that time we spent the whole day at the Kenbali Spa with massages and yummy fruit smooties. Our baby enjoyed the pool as well and slept in the night so well as never before. The tents are gorgous, very luxury inside with so cozy beds and if you wake up you can watch animals at the water hole from your bed.... At the last evening the Management organised a great Sundowner trip. We went on the top of the hill and enjoyed a stunning view on the Kilimanjaro together with some sparkling wine and beautiful music (out of africa) it has been so romantic and unforgettable....we will definetely be back!!!"
- Travel date: 28th December 2009
"This was the Second night of our safari, It is a mazing the rooms are all canvas sided with ensuites. The camp is great the animals have free range and we saw Warthogs, giraffe and lots of birds bats and squirrels from our room and had a great view of Kilamanjaro in the morning. The restaurant looks out into the savannah with a water hole and the wild animals are free to roam around at night hippos, girraffe and even occasionally lions roam around but there are masai guards to walk you around at night. if you can add this to your safari it is a must. The restaurant is fantastic with a lot on offer including 3 course meals for both lunch and dinner and a buffet breakfast. it was all fantastic and has one of the best pool/spa areas eer which is raised up so you can look out at the scenery with great views."
- Travel date: 26th November 2009
A real safari experience
"Really luxurious setup with great tents that look out over the savannah. Beautiful spa and pool with breathtaking views. Because of the drought unfortunately not the most beautiful grounds around the camp. Nevertheless, a lot of impalas near the waterhole, shameless squirrels trying to steel your bread, hornbills and hippos at the waterhole during gourmet diner!"
- Travel date: 29th September 2009
Fabulous place to stay
"Stayed here in April with my 11 year old son and thought it was a wonderful experience. The lodge is in a fantastic location and well managed - it was hard to believe you are in the middle of a wilderness. The bedrooms was lovely and clean and over looked the stunning scenery. the food and faciliites were excellent - throughly enjoyed a dip in pool between game drives. I would highly recommend this lodge - suitable for all ages. Every one was made welcome. I especially appreciated the Masi warrior who escorts you betweenn buildings in the evenings. Thank you to Saffar Tours for arranging such a fantastic safari."
- Travel date: 28th August 2009
Worth a visit!
"We spent 2 nights here and would have liked to have had another night. We stayed in one of the bigger suites with the adjoining tent which was definitely worth it and at a minimal extra cost. It has a nice bath as well as shower. There are two, one is called Kibo suite which is further from the camp and the other Mzwena (22 and 21) which was nearer to the restaurant and pool area. We stayed in Mzwena and would definitely recommend this suite. I actually thought this camp was in Tsavo West and not East!? Our tent was lovely with a fantastic bathroom, lots of space and fab lower deck and 1st floor terrace with sun loungers. The view was over the park and we had Impala around our tent after sunset along with Giraffe and Wart Hog. There is nothing negative to say about the rooms. Our daughter and my brother in law shared the tent joined by the terrace to our tent which was ideal. There were very few insects in general although we applied the mozzy spray out of habit. You are generally escorted to and from your rooms at night and there are also torches available in your room. Although some may see this as a tourist attraction, one must remember you are in an open Game Park and whilst you feel safe, there are wild animals about and accidents do happen. One of the other guests said they had Hippo outside their tent one night, and you do not want to bump into one of these in the dark! The pool was fantastic and relaxing and the main draw for this hotel. After spending several great days in the Mara we were happy to do minimal game spotting and enjoy a rest by the pool and have well priced massages in the spa centre. The weather was scorching! We did have a drive to Mzima Springs and see the hippos, crocs and get up close and personal with several different monkey species. Compared to the Mara and Samburu I was disappointed by the lack of wildlife, mainly due to it being so bushy and dry that you can't see much at all when driving around the park. Due to the red sand and earth it seems that many of the animals have a darker and dirtier coat than elswhere in Kenya. Also, the male lions are famous for having no mane! This lodge was a stopping point for us from a long drive from the Mara to then stay with friends in Vipingo, nr Mombasa on the coast. The food was the worst point of this hotel, but I am yet to find a decent meal at a Kenyan Lodge that charges less than $500 a night. We enjoyed the hot stone for dinner and fortunately had head torches with us so we could see what we were eating, much to the amusment of other guests. But we had the last laugh when many were complaining they couldnt see what they were cooking or if it was indeed cooked at all. The desserts were beyond awful, steer clear! Generally the vegetables were not cooked well, greasy and were the same for lunch and dinner. Nothing was particularly healthy or cooked to a good standard. We had burgers and Pizza for lunch which were fine. Breakfast was good with a lot of selection. There was no communication about what was included in the suite we had booked, i.e we found out on the last day that we were able to have butler service and food on our terrace etc... not that we would of but it would have been nice to have been told, there was a also a bottle of wine which wasn't clear whether this was complimentary or charged for. There was also a mix up with the bookings for our massages, again due to lack of communication. Also, we thought we had booked Kibo suite, which turned out to be a lot further away, but kept signing the bills under Kibo suite till we realised we were not actually in this room! Regardless of the poor food quality, I would still stay here again and would definitely recommend this to others visiting Tsavo. We got a great price due to the current finanical climate, the suite was $176 per night including food and the satellite tent (same size as all the other tents) was $110 all inclusive for 2 people (1 adult and 1x 11yr old) We did our own game drives."
- Travel date: 12th April 2009
"We stayed here in August last year as part of a day safari with first choice. When we fist arrived we were greeted with a drink and cool flannel which was wonderful after a early get up and rather warm safari. After filling in some forms we were showen to are room with happened to be no.2 which was right round the other side from the main building but the rooms are so beautiful. the bed take pride of place in the center of the room and is so cosy. The widlife is wonderful and comes right up to the rooms. That evening we had giraffes outside the back of our room eating. When you are ready for dinner you press the switch out side the tent and a Masai will come and collect you. We were showen all the eyes in the dark it was unbeliveable. The only problem is the do it yourself mini BBQ as it is in candle light and it is not very big the drinks are a little expensive though. Breakfast is wonderful and is help yourself"
- Travel date: 21st February 2009
"We stayed here for a night during our safari and, yes, it's in a fantastic location in the middle of the reserve but we found it all a bit false and pretentious. The tents are luxurious but, again, pretentious. When it's dark you get escorted by the resident Massi warrior to the room and back but I got the impression that it was for effect rather than safety. The best part was when they switch the generator off at about 00:30 and there is total darkness. The night sky without light pollution was spectacular. The worst part was the dinner. It was 'cook your own meat' at the table but unfortunately the equipment was not adequate and it was too dark to see if it was properly cooked or not. Once again, pretentious. The spa/pool area is nice but it has got stepping stones across water to get to the different areas. Of course when I stepped on one slab it completely came off it's mounting and injured my ankle. Apparently it had just been remounted and the cement hadn't set. The staff were apologetic but there was no sign to warn you. Just give us a proper path, proper accommodation, proper lighting and proper food please!"
- Travel date: 18th February 2009
"We stayed at the Severin safari camp as part of a 3 day trip in Tsavo National park. It was one of the best experiences ever! The location was spectacular and the service second to none - 5-star luxury in the middle of nowhere! Animals of all varieties come close to the tents and public areas, you really feel like you are in the wilds of Kenya. We saw hippo, gazelle, buffalo right on our doorstep. If you get the chance, please visit this place, it is worth every penny and we would definitely go back."
- Travel date: 5th February 2009
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