Deep in the arid North Country of Kenya; situated across the Great North Road, is Shaba National Reserve which forms part of a trio of reserves quite different from the ones found in Kenya. Shaba takes its name from Mount Shaba (1525 meters), a volcanic mountain that became extinct around 5,000 years ago and lies on the border of the reserve.
In the middle of this desert of volcanic earth lies Sarova Shaba Game Lodge; Kenya's best kept secret. Built in an oasis around the natural terrain of this breathtaking volcanic desert, the Lodge is attractively laid out with chalet style rooms overlooking the Uaso Nyiro River. Natural spring water has been harnessed to ribbon its way in and out, all around the property creating a beautiful landscape. Coupled with the large free-form swimming pool that flows around the lush gardens and tall trees, all this refreshing water lends an almost magical feel to this natural oasis.
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge offers a unique experience that extends beyond game drives in the reserve. The Lodge has a plethora of activities to indulge in from bird watching to camel safaris to the viewing deck along the river to feed and watch crocodiles, making it a destination in itself.
On August 26, 2011 , Sarova Shaba Game Lodge became the first game lodge within Shaba, Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves to be connected to the national electricity grid. Sarova Shaba Game Lodge previously ran on a diesel-powered generetor.
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is located in a natural oasis in the heart of the Shaba Game Reserve or "Born Free Country" that Joy and George Adamson called home for many years. The Lodge is 314 kms from Nairobi, a 45 minute flight from Nairobi to Shaba or Samburu airstrip or a picturesque 5 hour drive through the curving roads around Mt. Kenya crossing the equator at Nanyuki.
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is set along the bank of the Uaso Nyiro River laid out around the natural springs that flow into the river. The Lodge has a virtual mini forest of indigenuous trees, a fish pond and a large free form swimming pool.
The Lodge has a presidential suite, 4 executive suites, 10 deluxe and 80 standard rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. The rooms are chalet style, on two storey thatched roof wooden structures. In addition there is the Main Restaurant, Bar and numerous bush and alfresco dining options. The free form swimming pool has its own Pool Bar. The Lodge has its own fleet of well equipped and tailor made safari vehicles with excellent guides. There are meeting rooms available. The entire Lodge is surrounded by a 24 hour double electric fence.
All chalet style rooms and suites at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge have:
- private balconies with close view of the river and game park
- ensuite bathrooms with permanent showers and WC, running hot & cold water, razor outlets with 220 and 240 volts
- beds with mosquito nets and duvets overhead fans with 240v power from 6am to midnight
- Tea and coffee making facilities from the best of Kenya
Situated amongst natural springs and lily pools, the suite is a stand-alone unit with a large bedroom, living and dining area and a vast bathroom with a private jacuzzi.
Executive Suites (4)
Executive Suites have a lounge that opens into a large bedroom with views of the river on one side and manicured greens and forest on the other side.
Standard Rooms (80)
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge excels in the freshness and quality of its food which is supported by the Lodge’s own vegetable and herb garden.
The Main restaurant, located on stilts overlooking the river and free form pool with stunning views of the greens, river and bird-life. The restaurant serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Cuisine includes pan-african, pan-european and pan-asian. The Salad buffet has a wide variety of salads using the freshest ingredients and herbs from the Lodge’s own vegetable and herb garden. The restaurant has a capacity of 150 people.
Chemi Chemi Bar
The Bar is located along the river bank with natural spring water channels where guests can unwind to the soothing sound of water.
The fully stocked Bar offers a variety of cocktails, wines and spirits.
Caralluma Poolside Bar
The pool bar serves refreshing juices, beer and light beverages.
Champagne Breakfast – A unique experience of dining at the sand bank along the river. The Breakfast includes live cooking against the backdrop of the Uaso Nyiro River and Shaba game park.
Sundowner at the river side: Drinks and cocktails are served at this site offering stunning views of the sunset over the meandering river and the wilderness.
Bush Dinners: A spectacular dining experience under a star-studded sky, with live bar-be-cue of game meats and other local delicacies enjoyed along with traditional music and dance.
Special request lunches and dinners are arranged at various out-door locations in the Lodge including the lawns where natural springs flow or the fish pond. where guests can enjoy an intimate dinner or private party.
For guests who want to enjoy longer game drives, the lodge offers a picnic hamper with light meals and beverages.
Activities within Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
Birdwatching and Nature Walks
Bird life in Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is wonderful with a record of over 350 different birds species. It's the ideal place for birders. Team up with the Naturalist / guide, take a walk and you will be able to know more on the indigenous medicinal plant common to the area.
Games available at the lodge are Table Tennis, Badminton, Water Volleyball, Darts, Pool & Board Games.
Tulia massage is a Swahili word meaning relaxation. Relax and unwind as you enjoy a great massage while listening to the trickling natural streams and the wild sounds of the African Jungle. Alternatively, get adventurous and have the massage in the wild. Sarova Shaba Game Lodge offers a variety of therapies including:
1. Swedish 2. Holistic
4. Indian amongst others
Samburu Culture and Cultural Talks