Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge
1 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Houses on stilts
"This lodge is owned by the Sarova Group - when stayed here when was owned by Hilton.
It took about 3 hours from Mombasa. The journey along the Taveta - Voi road is horrendous once you pass the "tarmac ends here" sign. Its then bump bump over potholes and uneven ground - free massage!
On arrival you check into Taita Hills lodge which is an ivy clad building outside of the sanctuary. Here you can stop for a drink and lunch (excellent standard), play a round of golf (shoo away the animals) and have a swim. At around 2.00 the sanctuary opens its gate and you can them game drive around the reserve. There's a notice board in the Taita Hills reception telling you where things are.
After an hour or so you view in the distance what looks like mushrooms - this is Salt Lick lodge. The rooms are on stilts so that the animals can walk right underneath you and connected by rope walkways - don't worry, it is safe. The rooms are spacious with 2 or 3 twin beds.
Meals are served in a fine dining room with tables overlooking the watering hole. Food is excellent, as is the service. Ask for a waiter called Joachem - he's the biz and has even served President Kibaki! There's a bar with viewing area for the classic sundowner.
After dinner walk down to the hide and see the animals close up. After a sleep interupted by noises down below, you have a hearty full English breakfast and them game drive again around the sanctuary. Watch out for the baboons - they raided our bus while we were loading up and ransacked the sweets!
Overall, Salt Lick is worth a visit. We had very close encounters with lions who walked around the bus before squatting for a bush pee pee and elephants by the dozen all around the lodge. We used Gamewatch Safaris and couldn't fault anything except we wanted to spend longer there!
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of November 2008