The Shimba Hill tree lodge was built in 1986. The Lodge is located in the forest of Shimba National Reserve, Kenya's last remaining habitat of the rare Sable Antelope.
The Shimba Hill Lodge is situated in the shadow of old and big trees and it is just 45 minutes drive from the hot city Mombasa and just 30 minutes from the South coast and the Diani beach resorts.
The lodge overlooks a waterhole and is a bird and animal watcher's paradise. Next to the Lodge you can even spot Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Elephants, Bushbock and big Monitor Lizards! In the allways green hills of the national park you can spot Giraffes, Impalas, Warthogs and the last and Sable Antelope. If you are realy lucky, there is a chance to see a leopard in the evening! Bey day the lodge is sourounded from Red Squirle and other little game and every evening lovley Bushbabys are coming to meet the guest!
A wooden walkway in the treetops height 120 meter leads into the forest! From here you can spot African Sea Eagle, hornbills and other birds.
All rooms have balconies overlooking the waterhole. The lodge also boasts a restaurant on a covered verandah, frequented by Bush Babies and Red Bush Squirrel!
23 double rooms, 5 triple rooms and 2 suites.
Room decor: All rooms are comfortably and uniquely furnished, some with the gnarled trunk of tree providing a natural center piece, overlooking the waterhole.
In- room amenities: All rooms with the exception of suites share bathroom and toilet
facilities of which there are plenty, roughly one toilet and one shower for every 3
Special features: There are several observation areas and game viewing platforms on each floor.There is also a 120m walkway extending well into the forest.This enables guests to view game at close quarters and gives bird-lovers the opportunity to sit quietly and enjoy the colorful spectacle of many forest birds. Guests can enjoy drinks from the small bar at the end of the walkway.
Dining Room - The side facing the waterhole is completely open allowing for game viewing during meals The opposite wall has been artistically burnt and carved to create a remarkable mural resembling historical cave paintings.
Jungle Bar - The jungle bar opens onto an observation area overlooking the waterhole.
- Communication - Telephone services are available.
- Children - Children under 7 are not allowed at Shimba
- Bureau de Change - The cashier can exchange reasonable amounts of foreign currency.
Sundowner Safari - This leaves at 5.00 p.m.After a 20-minute drive, often encountering elephant, buffalo and sykes and colobus monkeys en route, you arrive at a clearing in the rain forest.There is also a chance of seeing one of Africas largest eagles, the Crowned Hawk Eagle, nesting. A campfire is lit and a steward serves drinks from a cool box (guests pre-purchase drinks from the Shimba bar).The view as the sun sets lasts a lifetime.
Sheldricks Falls Walk - This is generally a 2 - 3 hour excursion either morning or afternoon. Guests drive for about 20 Minutes through the reserve to theset-off point.
The 4kms walk takes about an hour and is relatively strenuous on the return leg. The Falls are most attractive, with a shelf allowing walkers to walk right behind them.
At the base of the Falls is a small pool perfectly safe for
bathing in. On the drive to and from theset off point,
you are quite likely to encounter elephants.
Game Drives - They are available on a seat-in-car or exclusive basis.Window seats are not guaranteed. Although there is not an abundance of game. Shimba is the only reserve in Kenya where sable antelope are frequently sighted.There are also several herds of elephant, giraffe, buffalo and Warthog.
Cycad Forest Excursion - This is a remarkable forest where prehistoric ferns grow in abundance about 20 kms from Shimba. Here, elephants seek refuge from the sun and the bird life is magnificent. Participants have the opportunity to visit a local village during this excursion.
Marere Dam Bird Walk - 11kms from Shimba is a flooded river valley, the Marere Dam, an exceptional rewarding walking area.Many of Shimbas 230 species of birds can be seen here as the Dam is home to a host of water birds. This excellent walk, always accompanied by an armed escort can be scheduled before breakfast. This excursion can also be combined with a visit to Cycad Forest.