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Salt Lick Lodge, Tsavo National Park, Kenya - Sarova Salt Lick Lodge

Salt Lick Lodgeis a luxury safari lodge located in located in Taita Hills Sanctuary close to Tsavo National Parkthat is an all-night game viewing lodge which is especially memorable for its imaginative structure, The Sarova Salt Lick Lodgeis a unique lodgebuilt atop stilts overlooking a waterhole, it is linked by suspended walkways under which elephants potter, Salt Lick Lodge name is taken from its setting - a natural salt lickwhich was a congregating place for the neighborhood's salt-hungry residents. Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodgeis situated in the heart of the private Taita Hillsbordering Tsavo West National Parkin South Eastern Kenya, 400 kilometers from Nairobi and 200 kilometers from Mombasa, a one hour flight from Nairobi or 30 minutes from Mombasa by private charter lands at the Salt Lick Lodgeown airstrip, The Sanctuary is a 3 hour drive from Mombasa and a 6 hour drive from Nairobi on tarmac roads. The Taita Hills Sanctuary where the Salt Lick Lodge is located was once a sisal plantation; it is now a successful wildlife sanctuary with abundant game, both local and international tourists, due to its close proximity to the Indian Ocean and Mombasa town, frequent the Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Tsavo. The decades Sarova Salt Lick safari Lodge has been one of Kenya flagship lodges, famed for its warmth, vibrancy and legendary hospitality plus a favorite amongst travelers in search of luxury safari accommodation, the entire Salt Lick Lodge Tsavois raised on stilts, providing 24-hour game viewing opportunities from any corner of the lodge, the Salt Lick Lodge Taita hillsis a truly unique concept consisting of also accommodation rooms elevated on stilts, each overlooking a waterhole and linked by suspended walkways, At night the water holes are floodlit ensuring an uninterrupted view of the numerous animals arriving to quench their thirst, set in the famous Taita Hills just within the animal park, honey-color rondavels with dark brown thatch roofs sit high above the ground on stilts and overlook a chain of small floodlighted water holes, You may feel you're in the middle of a fantasy, but this is real Africa—there is a lot of big game just outside your door, after dark when everyone is safely inside the resort, a wooden drawbridge is ceremoniously drawn up—suddenly it's no longer hobbits but Lord of the Rings. The en-suite round rooms are comfortably furnished, although the public areas are sumptuously decorated with rugs, batiks, and a number of authentic African artifacts. Request a top room or one over a water hole for a close-up encounter with elephants, buffalos, and lots of other game. Be sure to visit the underground viewing room at night, because you've a better chance of spotting nocturnal animals like civets, porcupine, and maybe even a leopard. There are ninety-six guestrooms at Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Tsavofurnished with double, twin or triple beds, each is set on stilts and overlooks a waterhole. The rooms are linked by elevated walkways to each other and to the main lodge; the décor includes whitewashed walls and African textiles, Mosquito nets are draped at the sides of the beds. The rooms all have private en-suite bathrooms with showers and toilets, and running hot and cold water, there are electrical outlets in the bathrooms. Comprising 96 guest rooms, the air-conditioned rooms at Sarova Salt Lick safari Lodgefeatures a lobby with 24-hour reception, a hotel safe, currency exchange facilities, lift access, a children's playground, a kids' club, a bar and a restaurant, Salt Lick Safari Lodgealso offers wireless Internet access, room and laundry services and a car park. All rooms are equipped with a shower, hairdryer, double or king-size beds, a direct dial telephone and satellite/cable TV. They additionally feature a kitchen with mini bar and fridge. Guests can enjoy their private balcony or terrace. The Salt Lick Lodge Taita Hillsprovides an outdoor swimming pool. Refreshments are served at the poolside snack bar and massages are available. The Salt Lick Lodge Taita Hillsrestaurant and bar also overlook the game sanctuary’s watering holes. The main Bura Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet-style. Guests can choose from African, Asian or European items, and these always include vegetarian options. There is also a dessert buffet, the restaurant at Salt Lick Lodge Tsavo Kenyacan accommodate dietary requirements and guests may want to notify our reservation team in advance. The meals incorporate vegetables and herbs from the Sarova Taita Hills Lodge, which is nearby; The Vuria Bar has a shaded terrace, and serves coffee and alcoholic beverages. Guests can also enjoy a champagne cooked breakfast in the wild or a barbeque bush dinner accompanied by live local music. Salt Lick Lodge Kenia Africalobby, restaurant and terraced bar all provide excellent views and photographic opportunities, while an underground tunnel and bunker with ground level windows provides unbelievably close yet safe access to a variety of wildlife as they drink. The Sarova Taita Hills Lodge Keniacan provide picnics for day-long safari excursions, guests can enjoy controlled game drives through the Taita Hills wildlife sanctuary in the Sarova Taita Hills Lodge Africa safari vehicles, with experienced safari guides; please note that some areas are closed to tour vehicles for ecological reasons and to ensure the safety of the animals. There are game drives in the early morning and the late afternoon, as well as night drives illuminated with spotlights. All game drives are led by trained rangers, who also lead nature walks with an ecological emphasis. Nightly talks by local ecologists or rangers can be arranged upon request. Guests can also visit a local African village or other nature sanctuaries. Guests can use the swimming pool at the nearby Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge, and visit its gift shop. Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a fantastic place to take nature walks. A leisurely walk through the bush will be both beautiful and educational. Wildlife talks can provide even more information to the curious guest. Visits to nearby villages can also be arranged, and always prove popular. The climate is very pleasant with temperatures averaging between 18 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius all year round. There are sporadic rains in March, April, November and December. Due to the unique layout of the lodge, it is suitable for children of all ages.

Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Accommodation

Most of the 96 guestrooms at Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodgeare overlooking one of several waterholes and are located in 12 original clusters on stilts with only 4 rooms on each of the 2 floors. Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Africahas 48 double rooms, 33 twin rooms and 15 triples. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and have private bathrooms with shower. All beds have mosquito nets and each room is equipped with an electric fan. The 96 mushroom-like rooms, raised on high upon firm stems, are closely dispersed around the Sanctuary grounds. With an up-close look out on animals as they revel in multiple waterholes surrounding the rooms, the eager observer is keenly aware of the grand wildlife abound. Rooms are connected by roped above-ground pathways, and lead to reception and dining areas. At night, the waterholes are floodlit ensuring that guests enjoy an uninterrupted view of the daily procession of thirsty visitors below. All rooms at Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodgeare equipped with permanent showers and WC, running hot & cold water and 240V power. Rooms at the Lodge are on two levels with double, twin or triple beds depending on room type. All rooms have views of watering holes. The rooms are luxuriously furnished with well appointed bathrooms. All rooms are equipped with, hairdryer, double or king-size beds, a direct dial telephone and satellite/cable TV. They additionally feature Internet access, a safe and a kitchen with minibar and fridge. Guests can enjoy their private balcony or terrace. For the more adventurous couple, we offer Kenya safari combined with beach Stay options – you can combine a 3-night Tsavo safari taking in the breathtaking Tsavo East and West National Parks with an 3-night stay at the Sarova whitesand beach hotel. Visit Mzima Springs underwater hippo sanctuary and the Taita Hills wildlife sanctuary that spreads out over 280,000 acres, giving you the chance to spot local characters such as ostriches, cheetahs and lions.

Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Meals

The restaurant at Sarova Salt Lick Lodgefeatures delicious international and local cuisine, usually in the form of sumptuous buffets, but also as table d'hôte when appropriate - these include vegetarian dishes. Sarova Salt Lick Lodgealso caters for any special dietary needs if advance notice is given to our reservation. Bush barbecues and bush breakfasts as well as sundowners can be arranged on request. Chefs present a scrumptious array of specialties, set in buffet style. Stare into the eyes of surrounding game while dining. Take a walk through the underground viewing tunnel and observe animals at the waterhole. Nothing can compare to being so close to such powerful creatures. The terraced lounge & bar are centrally located in the main building and invite our guests to relax. Local and international spirits, wines and beers, as well as sodas and juices are available, the elevated Restaurant and the Bar a level higher, also offer stunning views of the sanctuary and the ideal vantage points to view game. The Main restaurant overlooking the watering holes, serving buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner with live cooking counters preparing specialty dishes. Cuisine includes pan-African, pan-European and pan-Asian. The Salad buffet has a wide variety of salads using the freshest ingredients and herbs. The Dessert buffet has a selection of mouth watering desserts. Vegetarian dishesare always available; the restaurant has a capacity of 150 people. The Bar and adjoining shaded terrace above the Bura Restaurant provides spectacular views of the main waterhole and surrounding grasslands, and is the perfect place to relax and have your favorite cocktail or coffee while watching the wildlife below. Have a unique experience of dining in the wilderness on a sumptuous breakfast accompanied with champagne. The Breakfast includes live cooking against the backdrop of the Taita Hills and grassy plains of the Sanctuary. The beautiful landscape sets the backdrop for a bush dinner at Kudu Point, the highest location in the Sanctuary. Spectacular sunsets and magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro weather permitting compliment a truly unique experience as you sip sundowners and experience a barbeque in the wild, accompanied by a trio of local musicians. For guests who want to enjoy longer game drives, the lodge offers a picnic hamper with light meals and beverages. Distributed around the core of the Taita Hills Sanctuary, in Tsavo, Kenya, the Sarova Salt Lick Lodge is an exceptional approach to living quarters

Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Bura Restaurant

The Main restaurant overlooking the watering holes, serving buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner with live cooking counters preparing speciality dishes. Cuisine includes pan-African, pan-European and pan-Asian.

Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Vuria Bar

The Bar and adjoining shaded terrace above the Bura Restaurant provides spectacular views of the main waterhole and surrounding grasslands.

Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Champagne Breakfast:

A unique experience of dining in the wilderness on a sumptuous breakfast accompanied with champagne. The Breakfast includes live cooking

Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Bush Dinners:

The beautiful landscape sets the backdrop for a bush dinner at Kudu Point, the highest location in the Sanctuary. Experience a barbeque in the wild, accompanied by a trio of local musicians.

Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Picnic Hamper:

For guests who want to enjoy longer game drives, the lodge offers a picnic hamper with light meals and beverages.

Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Activities

There are a number of exciting activities to enjoy at Sarova Salt Lick Lodge during your Tsavo Kenya safari, including early morning and late afternoon game drives at Salt Lick Lodge Taita hillsprovide an ideal opportunity to view and photograph the diverse array of wildlife within the Sanctuary. The waterholes below provide a wonderful opportunity to view animals at close proximity in their natural habitat. The lobby and terraced bar offer excellent views and photographic opportunities, while an underground tunnel and bunker with ground level windows provides unbelievably close yet safe access to a variety of animals as they drink. Night game drivesprovide guests with an opportunity of seeing animals not usually encountered on a daytime game drive such as spotted and striped hyena, mongoose, jackal, civet, genet, porcupine and bush baby. Most predators are more active at night, so night drives also provide the opportunity of experiencing the ‘circle of life’. Our highly trained rangers equipped with powerful spotlights take guests for this experience of a totally different world after dark, when you may have the thrilling opportunity to see a predator actively hunting. The Sanctuary offers many diverse opportunities for you to experience the unique flora, fauna and culture of this fascinating ecosystem. Take a nature walk with a qualified ranger guide, where the emphasis is on the natural environment you encounter as you walk leisurely through the bush. Marvel at the wildlife normally unnoticed during a game drive but evident on foot, yet still important through their impact on the ecology of this diverse ecosystem. Visit a local and authentic village where you can learn about local cultures, spend a day at Mzima Springsin Tsavo West National Park, famous for its thriving populations of hippos and crocodiles, or visit Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary or Lake Jipe, both also in Tsavo West. Alternatively, spend the day in Tsavo East National Park, where you can visit popular sites such as Aruba Dam and Lugards Falls, or make an excursion to the nearby Taita Hills, with spectacular views, indigenous forests and rural markets. The region to the west of the Sanctuary is also rich in World War I history, while a crater lake near the Tanzanian border is a mere 60km away. A beautiful free form swimming pool is open all day at the sister property Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge located nearby. An informative wildlife presentation in the evening by a qualified ecologist/ranger is arranged on request. There is a wide selection of souvenirs available at the Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge’s gift shop located in the lobby area of the lodge.

Sarova Hotels

Sarova Hotelsis not only the leading chains of hotels and lodges in Kenyaand East Africa; it is also one of the most innovative; offering guests diverse experiences that are simply unforgettable. Sarova Hotelscurrently has over a thousand rooms in eight hotels in East Africa, with over one thousand associates. The associates represent diverse ethnicities within their individual locations. The motto “refreshing African hospitality is embraced in the corporate culture of Sarova Hotels and it is evident in the service standards across all the Sarova properties. Sarova Hotelshas retained a distinguished position as a responsible citizen in all environments within which we operate. Our corporate social responsibility initiatives are guided by three pillars: Education, Health and Environment. Sarova Hotels, Resort and Game Lodgesare located in some of the most breathtaking locales in the country, offering guests the perfect stay complimented with Refreshing African Hospitality. Sarova Hotels, tented camps, Resorts & safari Lodges is recognized as one of Kenya's finest hotel and leisure companies serving the luxury and upscale markets. Operating eight prime properties in some of Kenya’s most popular safari destinations. The company has had a long-standing commitment to the continued development of Kenya’s tourism and hospitality industry. Sarova Hotels, Resorts and Lodges is grouped into Luxury, Leisure and Business categories to provide consistency across the different hotels’ products and services. Our properties include, Sarova Mara Game Campin Maasai Mara Game Reserve; Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodgein Lake Nakuru National Park; Sarova Whitesands Beach Hotel & Spaon the beaches of the Indian Ocean in Mombasa; Sarova Panafric Hotel and The Sarova Stanley in Nairobi, Sarova Shaba Game Lodgesituated in the Shaba Game Reserve with our new additions Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodgeand Sarova Taita Hills Lodgein the Taita Hills Sanctuary, Tsavo region. Today, Sarova Hotels, Resort & Lodges has more than one thousand rooms in the eight properties across Kenya, employing over one thousand five hundred people all dedicated to providing high standard and quality service to our guests. Although each Sarova property maintains an individual distinction of style and character, all the units are bound by the common commitment to constantly meet the demands of the international business and leisure travellers. In this way Sarova Hotels, Resorts & Lodges has achieved the sole objective of providing the guests with the comfort of facilities in exciting and varied sites. A Kenya Safari Holidayis unlikely to take you to more than one or two National parks, but you should check out Salt Lick Lodgeat the Tsavo National Park if that is one National Park you are thinking of visiting on your Safari in Kenya. Salt Lick Safari Lodgeis right in the middle of a private twenty eight thousand square acres game sanctuary between the West and east parts of the Tsavo National Park. It is a five hour drive from Nairobi, two hours from Mombasa, and an hour from Voi railway station, the luxurious Salt Lick Lodgeis built on top of stilts overlooking a waterhole, and is linked by suspended walkways, so you can look down on the elephants wandering around underneath your feet. The name as you may imagine has been taken from a natural salt lick, which is a place that animals need to replenish their body salt levels, so it is a popular place! The private sanctuary surrounding the lodge means there is a lot of game to view.The accommodation on this part of your Kenya safari Holidayis of deluxe standard with extremely high levels of service, and you will find it very comfortable indeed. The main restaurant is the Bura restaurant, and you will find that on this part of your Kenya Safari Tour the food is of a very good standard. You can organize champagne breakfasts, barbecues, and ‘Ou of Africa’ dinners. Obviously to be successful a safari in Kenya needs wildlife, preferably large game to view, and Salt Lick Lodge is ideally placed to see almost as much as you might want, especially if like many other tourists you have taken a few days away from your hotel by the Indian Ocean. You can expect to see elephants, lions, cheetahs, and buffalo, amongst the fifty or so mammals who have made their home in this part of the Tsavo National Park, plus over 300 bird species. There is no off road driving aloud which has been a great help in the preservation and healthy growth of the species who live here. It is important to be able to relax as well, and there is an outdoor pool so you can do just that. When you go on safari for the first time you might not realize that game drives take place in the early morning, and late afternoon, and at night, although other times as well, but there is quite a lot of time to kill between drives. This is why a swimming pool is so important. It is also good to be able to be close to the game without traveling or walking and feeling at risk, and Salt Lick Safari Lodge has taken care of that as well by building a secure ground level bunker with steel bars so you can be close up and get some great photographs. If a Kenya Safari Holiday is something new to you, and you are a bit apprehensive about a camp with no fences then Salt Lick Safari Lodgeat Tsavo National Parkwill ensure a good start to your Safari Kenya.

Taita Hills Sanctuary

Taita Hills lie to the south of Tsavo West part of Kenya. On the plains below the hills, is the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary -a privately owned home to elephant, lion, oryx, lesser kudu and a wide variety of smaller animals. The Sanctuary provides a safe habitat to over 50 species of mammals and 300 species of birds within 28,000 acres of rolling Savannah and woodland. This commitment to responsible ecotourism, which has been so well supported by visitors, ensures that the Sanctuary and all its wildlife will continue to prosper. Night game drives provide guests with an opportunity of seeing animals not usually encountered on a daytime game drive! Take a nature walk with qualified guides; enjoy a bush dinner or breakfast, champagne sun-downer at Kudu Point or visit local communities and experience their culture. A variety of short excursions can be made from the Sanctuary. Towards the Tanzania border lie Lakes Jipe and Chala, the former, home of many water birds, while Lake Chala is the deepest crater lake in Africa. The nearby Kaisugu Hills were the battle ground of the German forces and the British Army led by General Smuts in the 1914/18 war, and it is here that the formidable Lord Grogan (famous for his walk from Cape to Cairo for the love of a lady) built his home which is locally known as Grogan’s Castle.

Tsavo National Park

Notoriously remembered as the scene of bloody massacre inflicted by the Hollywood-immortalized man-eating lions of Tsavo, it's hardly surprising that Kenya's largest wildlife preserve isn't the country's most popular destination. Occupying a whopping 3% of the country's land area, Tsavo is comparable in size to Michigan, Jamaica, Wales, or Israel, and large enough to have been split into two separately managed parks -- Tsavo East and Tsavo West-- sadly divided up by the country's busiest highway, an ill-considered deathtrap for animals instinctively roaming between the unfenced reserves. With the constant roar of traffic chasing between Nairobi and Mombasa, were it not for the frequent scenes of road kill that includes rarely spotted animals, you'd hardly suspect that each of the adjacent parks shelters an overwhelming abundance of wildlife, including a third of Kenya's total elephant population -- just more than 11,000 of the beasts roam this ecosystem. If you have any say in the matter, ask your driver to slow down while driving between Nairobi and Mombasa. Transformed into a wildlife preserve by pioneering Warden David Sheldrick, the arid Tsavo National Parkwas, until the 1940s, unchartered, completely undeveloped, and known simply as the Taru Desert. As with so many officially protected parks, Tsavo became a protected area because of its unsuitability for agriculture -- a tsetse fly infestation and lack of water kept this great swath of land from human exploitation. Previously, it served as hunting grounds for the Waliangulu and Kamba tribes, and it also saw some Anglo-German conflict during World War I. More recently, its outer extremities and northern reaches have been sites of bitter conflict between poachers & conservationist too ill equipped and understaffed to adequately police such a vast terrain. Nevertheless, authorities claim that they're winning the war on elephant and rhino poachers, and game numbers are on the increase. There are only two permanent rivers in this vast area. The Tsavo begins its life as snowmelt on Kilimanjaro and is greatly supplemented by a huge underground river flowing toward the famed Mzima Springs, a veritable oasis in Tsavo West. Meanwhile, the Athi River, in Tsavo East, begins near Nairobi. With the exception of small pockets of oasis like vegetation -- doum palms and Tana poplars that line the rivers and shelter the springs -- Tsavo's terrain can be extremely dry, dusty, and inhospitable, its mirage like plains broken by volcanic remnants and immense lava flows. Still, it's a landscape of unusual beauty and distinctive contrasts; the type of vegetation, in fact, varies so markedly that you'll notice distinct changes in the microclimate -- the temperature, even -- as you move around. One minute you might be watching hippos and crocodiles on a wide beach along the river, and the next observing the Tsavo's famous "red elephants" stomping in the dust. And with so much space in which to maneuver, it's not much of a challenge to steer clear of fellow visitors.