Tsavo National Park Best lodges in Kenya
Tsavo National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya occupying approximately 4% of Kenya’s land located in Taita Taveta County. The park was further divided into two due to the road and rail built in between the park connecting Mombasa to the rest of Kenya.
We have Tsavo East National Park which is the larger park and is generally a flat, dry plain with the Galana River flowing through it as the main source of water. It consists of the Yatta Plateau and the Lugard Falls.
Tsavo West National Park, on the other hand, is rocky and wetter than Tsavo East with a number of swamps including Mzima Springs and Lake Jipe.
The Tsavo is quite popular for the large number of diverse wildlife including The Big 5 consisting of The lion, red-dusted elephant, cape buffalo, black rhino and leopards. There are also a number of bird species including the black kite, crowned crane, lovebird and the sacred ibis.
Tsavo West has a rhino sanctuary and also has the option of rock climbing along the Tsavo river with the help of a guide.
Tsavo Lodges in Kenya
Some of the best lodges to experience the Tsavo are listed below based on visitors’ reviews.
Voi Wildlife Lodge
Voi Wildlife Lodge is situated at the boundary of Tsavo East National Park just 4.4 km from Voi Railway Station. The lodge is not inside the park hence you do not have to pay park fees during your stay unless you go for a game drive inside the park.
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The lodge has a restaurant, spa and wellness centre as well as conference facilities. There is also a shared lounge, garden, a children’s playground and a games room.
This lodge is one of the top-rated locations in Voi, there is a watering hole at the edge of the park that is well viewed from the lounge. One can sit and watch various animals come to drink water at different times of the day.
Ashnil Aruba Lodge
Ashnil Aruba is located at the edge of Tsavo East National Park overlooking the Aruba Dam. Accommodation at the lodge consists of semi-permanent structures that look like a modernized tent giving an African-inspired feel.
The facilities include a restaurant, bar and outdoor pool with a sunken lounge offering a great view of the dam where animals come to drink and splash water on themselves creating a great wildlife view.
Though some visitors have felt the place does not really meet the standards of other Ashnil Lodges in Kenya like Ashnil Mara, the place is known to give the best value compared to the other Aruba lodges.
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This is a tented camp at the heart of Tsavo. It is very convenient for those coming from a holiday beach in Mombasa who would love an adventure in the wild as there are wild animals coming near the camp grazing.
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Maneaters is located at the bank of River Tsavo and wild animals can be seen coming to quench their thirst in herbs. The rooms are convenient and some have a seating area and balcony overlooking the river. The camp also offers packed lunch for those going for a full day game drive in the Tsavo or driving all the way to Nairobi.
Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge
Sarova Salt Lick is in the heart of Tsavo, built with silts elongated high above the ground with walkways connecting the rooms allowing wild animals to roam freely below.
You get to watch wildlife either from your room or on the restaurant as they go about grazing and hanging around the nearby waterhole. The option of renting a vehicle for a game drive is also available.
This lodge is rated top location at the Tsavo and guests have rated it as the best value they have received as compared to other lodges in the area. It is also one of the most photographed lodges in the world.
Severine Safari Camp
Severine Safari camp is located in Tsavo West National Park. It is a tented camp that is not fenced blending well with its surroundings. The camp has an outdoor pool, a wellness centre and spa.
The restaurant has a shared sunken lodge offering great views of the wild, they also provide luggage storage and a safe deposit box. Guests have rated the place as very clean and spacious and the staff very friendly offering a warm and comfortable stay.
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Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp
Voyager Ziwani is situated at the bank of River Sante which has a great number of hippos and crocodiles and offers a great view of Mt Kilimanjaro.
They offer guided game walks and night drives as well as a tour to the tombs of the Grogan Castles and a ranch tour to the Gicheha Farm. In the evening, the guests are entertained by Maasai dancers under a bonfire. Bush dinners and breakfast can be arranged upon request.
The guests rate the camp as a good place to view Mt Kilimanjaro though well visible during the dry season.
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Kilanguni Serena Safari Lodge
Found in Tsavo West National Park, Kilanguni Serena offers a stunning view of Chyulu Hills and a watering hole visited daily by herds of elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals.
The lodge utilizes the volcanic stones to form a dining area and has a view terrace at the bar to watch wildlife at the watering hole. They offer packed lunch for those planning on full day game drives in both Tsavo parks.
Other activities you can undertake include; view of Mt Kilimanjaro at the Poacher’s lookout, roaring rock viewpoint and a visit to Mzima Springs.
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Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge
The lodge is set next to Taita Hills, some rooms have a balcony though there are no wildlife viewpoints on this lodge. There is a large swimming pool in the centre of the lodge offering good relaxation after a long game drive.
Most people visiting Sarova Taita Hills choose it as a good spot for early morning game drives at the Tsavo West National Park. The lodge is also near lion rock site.
Kipalo Hills Camp
Kipalo Hills Camp is a comfortable camp that provides fresh innovative cusines. Accomodation include 5 double mobile tents and 1 luxuriuos suit that provides great views accross the plain of Tsavo. There is a great waterhole below the camp that attracts a decent numer of wildlife like the elephants, buffalos and leopards. Best time to spot them is in the morning.
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Lake Jipe Safari Camp
Lake Jipe Safari Camp is located a few meters from Lake Jipe in Tsavo West National Park. A 2 hours drive from Voi Railway Station. It comprises 10 luxury rooms with breathtakings views on the Lake and Pare mountain.
Activities in the camp include boat riding, bird watching, day game drives, visit to Lake Chala, swimming and camping.
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What a wealth of great information. I have not visited anywhere in the African continent although I have traveled extensively many other places. This is a game reserve I assume so the old “African Safaris” and game hunting is/should be off limits. Is there big game hunting anywhere in Kenya still? Not that I am interested, I am not. Killing of those beautiful animals does not go well with me. But, those resorts look amazing. Have you stayed in any of them? If so, will you be reviewing any of them?
Hi Jacqueline, glad you found this information helpful. You should plan on visiting Africa for a safari, it is an experience of a lifetime. Game hunting is illegal in Kenya and all game reserve, national parks and conservancy are highly protected to avoid game hunting. Though poaching is still experienced, a lot has been put in place to curb this menace.
I plan on visiting most of the highlighted lodges for a personal review.
What an awesome article Anita! I must say that I like to travel and I was on some very beautiful places but I never had a chance to visit Kenya or Africa. From what I see on the pictures it is very nice and relaxing place. I would like to visit it because it also has amazing animals.
Yes, Kenya has amazing wildlife. Your mind will be challenged especially if you visit The Tsavo. You don’t even need to go looking for the animals, right at your lodge or tented camp of choice you get to view the animals. With a good camera, you will have memories to even show your grandchildren. Plan that safari, you will not regret it.
So I took a look around your site, and now I see this article about the Tsavo National Park and the Tsavo East National Park. Yes! Right where my husband and I want to go!!
That Voi Wildlife Lodge really looks amazing. It has a wellness center, and it also seems to have a place for the kids. We have two children who will be accompanying us, so that’s an important feature, too.
Thanks for the great site. I’ve bookmarked it for future articles, I don’t want to miss out on your great info.
Thank you Babs for taking you time to visit my site.
Tsavo National Park is a great place for a safari, two parks in one: Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park, each with unique features and rich in wildlife.
Your family will really have a good time here. If travelling with kids, it is important to look out for a kid friendly lodge and Voi Wildlife Lodge is kid friendly plus it is near a wildlife waterhole hence you will get to view wildlife right from the hotel.
Hope to hear your experience after you visit.
I always wanted to go on a safari as there’s so much beauty to behold. Your article gave me a lot inspiration as I didn’t know that such luxurious places existed. I always thought of it being much more basic…
The Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodges look spectacular and I would love to stay there seeing the wildlife running around me. Do you know where I can get info on prices and stay dates? Thanks!
Glad I could help bring you dreams near, reality is a few steps away.
Sarova Salt Lick Lodge is a very pleasant place to stay. You can check online on booking.com for prices and they do include airport transfer and game drives in their packages upon request.
I would really like to go on a safari one day and see Africa and the beautiful animals and landscape.
The resorts you have shown on your post are amazing, I would love to visit either Voi wildlife lodge and most definitely I want to visit the Sarova salt lake lodge as my son would love it here.
Have you any idea of prices for a holiday?
Am happy to be of help. You and your kids will definately have a good time on safari, just make sure the lodge you choose to stay in is kid friendly like Voi Wildlife Lodge and Sarova Salt Lick.
You either book the hotels you intend to stay in directly through Booking.com or check for Trip Advisor for organised holiday options.
I have always wanted to go on a safari. The wildlife, the outdoor activities, and just being disconnected yet more in tuned with yourself on a grittier level
I hope that one day you get to go on a safari. It is just a relaxing to be away from the hustle of life and watch wildlife in their natural habitat. You should consider visiting the Tsavo National Park in Kenya and enjoy huge herds of elephants go about their daily lives which include eating and more eating with short periods of bathing in the mud or splashing the red soil on themselves to act as a sunscreen.