Sarova Shaba Lodge is a luxury lodge accommodation
built near a natural spring which feeds into a multitude of streams and pools throughout the grounds creating an oasis of lush tropical vegetation.
Décor is thatched roof, stone and timber, tastefully combining local materials and architectural style. Each room has en-suite facilities, mosquito netting and fans. The open air restaurant overlooks the pool, river and lodge grounds.
Shaba Sarova lodge Hotel is a deluxe Kenya accommodation set in "Born Free" country, where the glories of nature are concentrated in this semi-desert oasis of Shaba National Reserve.
Spring water flows throughout to form beautiful water cascades and sparkle into the Uaaso Nyiro River, the habitat for crocodiles.Unique to this area are
|reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, gerenuk, beisa Oryx and the Somali ostrich. The Shaba Lodge basks in a legacy bequeathed by Joy Adamson of the 'Born Free' fame. She was wife of a prominent conservationist, George Adamson, who was a senior game warden of the area.
Joy raised her adopted animals next door to the current Sarova Shaba Lodge's site. She first came to Kenya in 1910 with her first husband whom she latter divorced. In 1956, George, in his capacity as the game warden was compelled to kill a man-eating lioness, which had three newly born cubs. So orphaned before they could imprint on any animate object, they were taken in by Joy Adamson who became their foster mother.
She named them 'Lustica', 'Big One', and 'Elsa'. She later found that she could not handle three fast growing lionesses; therefore she reluctantly sent the cubs to Blydrop, Rotterdam when they were five months old. Located in the semi-desert Shaba Game Reserve in the Central Kenya the Sarova Shaba Lodge offers the guests a chance to see the bounty of unique wildlife made famous by the film "Born Free". In March 1998, the lodge played host to the cast and crew of the " Born Free", true-life story of George and Joy Adamson and starred both Kenya actors and International film stars. The majority of the filming took place in the game reserve but some of the scenes were actually shot in the Shaba Sarova lodge Hotel.
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
is the only lodge in the Shaba Game Reserve, set amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Kenya. Meet the colourful Samburu tribe or see unique game species only found in this area, or visit the crocodile infested Uaso Ny'iro River.
Sarova hotel & lodge rings the bell of superior quality in everything, however, Shaba Game Lodge is most certainly not your usual Sarova hotel, the location of the lodge is excellent and you will be amazed as you approach the hotel, it appears out of no where and is a little oasis in the middle of the reserve.
The Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is outstanding on arrival after a 6 hour drive from Nairobi, you are met cold towels and fresh fruit juice, check in is painless and efficient, your room is beautifully furnished fully equipped with 'mosquito
|nets'. The food is great all around; all meals and service are impeccable in their open air, tree house like restaurant. The main part of the hotel is like a tree house absolutely amazing.
Samburu National Reserve lies 325km north of Nairobi in the hot and arid fringes of the vast northern region of Kenya. The Samburu National Reserve is within the lands of the colourful Samburu people, close relatives of the Maasai, and harbours a number of wildlife species rarely found anywhere in any numbers. These include Grevy's zebra, the reticulated giraffe and the Beisa oryx found only north of the equator.
The long-necked gerenuk is a graceful antelope which spends much of its time in a bi-pedal stance seeking succulence among the withered scrub which dots this harsh terrain. Scenically and faunally dramatic, for most of the year Samburu is seared under the unsympathetic equatorial sun. But relief comes from the wide swathe of the Ewaso Ngiro River which rises some hundreds of kilometers to the west on the foothills of the Aberdares and which vanishes beyond Samburu in the recesses of the Lorian swamp.
The river is at its best in the Reserve, broad and sluggish with a large population of crocodile seen on sandbanks at almost every bend. In the lower reaches, where permanent pools have formed as a tributary joins the river, is hippo.
The river is fringed with giant acacias, figs and doum palms all of which provide shade and sustenance to the wildlife which comes to water. Elephant roam the gaunt hills which punctuate the scrubland and where occasional clusters of the vividly coloured desert rose challenge the arid surroundings.
These elephant seek solace and contentment in the shallow waters of the river and from time to time a visitor finds herds bathing and drinking in a spectacle of unconscious pleasure.
|Buffalo Springs National Reserve is separated from the Samburu Reserve by the river; less hilly and less dense than its neighbour it is equally attractive. The Reserve takes its name from an oasis of limpid crystal clear water at the western end of the sanctuary.
In addition to the wildlife found in Samburu the common zebra is also an attraction often marching with its cousin the Grevy, although they do not interbreed. An unexplained phenomenon is whythe common zebra is not found on the north side of the river. Birdlife, too, is prolific with the Somali ostrich dominating the plains.
Larger than its southern relative the Maasai ostrich it is more easily distinguished by its indigo legs and neck. Next in size is the kori bustard who stands a metre high. His behaviour is unpredictable, at times running or crouching at the first sign of danger and at others completely fearless of humans.
The male has a remarkable display inflating his neck and neck feathers until the head seems to disappear then raising his tail until it lies along his back.
These two reserves, with Shaba which lies east of the road linking Isiolo with Marsabit, form a trio of unusual and attractive game sanctuaries very different from others in Kenya. Shaba has a particular place in the history of Kenya game conservation for it was in this reserve that the authoress, Joy Adamson,
|was murdered early in 1980, her trilogy of books on the rehabilitation of the compliant leopard to a wild environment unfinished. The reserve takes its name from a massive cone of volcanic rock which dominates the region and evidence of the intensity of its upheaval is demonstrated by the formidable lava flow which the traveller has to cross to reach the reserve and the lodge.
The reserve's northern boundary is marked by the wide, sauntering motion of the Ewaso Ngiro on its way to Chanler's Falls and beyond to its final destination at the Lorian Swamp; the tall doum palms which mark its course in silent contrast to the rugged and pitted tracts which make up much of the sanctuary. Many small hills dot the landscape and with four springs Shaba is better watered than its neighbours. Heavy downpours during the rainy months may render the already rough tracks accessible only for four-wheel drive vehicles. But this only serves to make the 220 sq km reserve even more of a getaway delight. And that is the essence of Shaba. It is a place for the connoisseur, where the quality of the experience exceeds the quantity of wildlife.
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Shaba Sarova lodge Hotel Accomodation
The only lodge in the Shaba National Game Reserve, the Sarova Shaba features 85 luxury en suite rooms in thatched, river-facing chalets. There is a deck for viewing the crocodiles in the Ewaso Nyiro River, as well as a restaurant, 2 bars and a swimming pool.
Accommodation comprises of several family rooms;
80 standard rooms
4 junior suites each with separate bathroom and lounge
1 presidential suite.
The decor of the chalets blends with the adjoining environment and each is furnished with;
● Luxury en suite shower and bathroom
● Ceiling fans
● Mosquito nets
● Voltage 240v with separate bedroom, lounge and private Jacuzzi
● Room service
Shaba Sarova lodge Restaurant
There are 80 luxury thatch-roofed chalet style rooms all tastefully furnished with local materials of Mazera Stone and timber, off cut walls, facing the river, with bathrooms en suite, 4 junior suites and 1 honeymoon suite. All bathrooms are attached with running hot water and electricity. Surpelei Restaurant overlooking the Uaaso Nyiro River, serves local delicacies and international cuisine. Spend your day relaxing by the beautiful free-form swimming pool.
Shaba Sarova Features
Bird Watching & Walking Safaris
Standard Swimming Pool
Direct Dial Phone
Sarova Shaba Lodge Facilities - The lodge is a unique African experience for those with a true sense of adventure. A total of 85 luxury thatch-roofed bedrooms, all tastefully furnished with local material of Mazera Stone and timber off cut walls, face the river, each with sumptuous en-suite bathrooms. For ultimate luxury the lodge has a Superior Suite with private jacuzzi and 4 junior Suites to complete the variety of accommodation offered. Lodge facilities include an open-air restaurant overlooking the river, uniquely designed swimming pool, bars and curio shop. The serene oasis where the lodge is situated is also famous for the crocodiles that live in the Uaso Nyiro River.
Sarova Shaba Lodge Additional Information - Game drives, camel safaris (guided by Samburu warriors!), swimming pool, outdoor dining, crocodile viewing and feeding from the Lodge's special deck, Traditional dance from the local Samburu people, Bird-spotting, guided nature walks, dining with the locals.
Sarova Shaba Lodge Children Policy
Children under 3 = no charge.
3-12 if sharing with an adult: 25% of room rate
3-12 own room: 75% of room rate.
Nearest City: Nairobi
Check In Time: 02:00:00 PM
Check Out Time: 10:00:00 AM