Situated in Kenya’s conserved remaining habitat of the Rare Sable Antelope, Shimba National Reserve, is the Shimba Hills Lodge overlooking a waterhole. The lodge stays refreshingly cool in its forest setting despite being only 45 minutes drive from the hot, humid coastal city of Mombasa (and 30 minutes from the South coast resorts of Diani).
The lodge is a bird and animal watcher’s paradise. The Elephant, genet cat, civet and buffalo can be sighted most of the evenings at Shimba’s floodlit waterhole. Its closeness to the coast makes Shimba Hills National Reserve and the lodge a perfect outing for visitors who want to see game.
The 30 standard rooms over three stories come with balcony vantage points and from bars and observation platforms you have views across the small, dammed lake to thick forest - black and white Colobus monkeys and elephants are often seen. For the very fortunate, the Leopard will make a rare appearance.
The best feature is the tree-level wooden walkway, which extends from one end of the lodge to a platform high above the ground near a small clearing that allows for the unobtrusive viewing of birds, butterflies, warthogs, forest antelope and monkeys galore.
All rooms have balconies overlooking the waterhole. The lodge also boasts a restaurant on a covered verandah, frequented by Bush Babies in search of tit bits. Enjoy the achingly beautiful sunsets and sunrises at the lodge’s sundowner site.
The dining room is a covered veranda from where you can enjoy your tea or dinner in the open air overlooking the floodlit waterhole while little Bush babies feed on fruit laid out on special viewing platforms.