TAKE THE TRIP :WITH JEANNETTE MUSEMBI.
There’s something exhilarating about locking eyes with a lion on the prowl, hearing the bellow of an elephant or catching the ripe, musky whiff of sun-baked earth after a sudden downpour. An African safari trip is a story teller’s dream. A few days immersed in the sights and sounds and smells of the bush can deliver unexpected experience, stirring instincts you perhaps didn’t know you had.
Kenya’s big-hitting wildlife destinations -Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo -have perfected the art of safari. From fun-filled, no-frills trip to ultra-luxurious escapes and everything in between, they cater for all tastes. But as they say, there are destinations that are’more equal than others ‘not because of the attractive packages on offer, but the experience one takes home after it all.
One such destination is the Sarova Salt Lick Lodge located in the heart of the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. From Nairobi, you will spend a mere 5 to 6 hours on the road, as you take in what this great landscape has to offer. A quick stop-over at Emali had me surprised at just how the countryside is developing.
Here, a newly constructed Nakumatt supermarket awaits you to stock up for the long journey ahead. And what about the the spanking new SGR(standard gauge railway) project? It is indeed a sight to behold! This part if the vision 2030 development agenda scheduled to be completed in 2017 is truly shaping up, and very soon travellers will be able to connect to the region with so much ease.
I hadn’t been to Sarova Salt lick Lodge before ,but i was pretty amazed by just how magnificent this place was, especially as you access it through the now -developed Voi town.A warm welcome and fast check in at the Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge was all i needed to forget the weariness of the journey.
We later proceeded on a short drive to the Salt Lick Lodge and the rooms elevated on silts and built across two-levels offered a breathtaking view of the Tsavo plains. I don’t think there’s any other destination in Kenya that looks quite like this.
- BY THE NUMBERS :5-6hrs;How long it takes to drive to Sarova Lick Lodge from Nairobi.
- 2017-Year when the standard gauge railway will be completed.
The unique architecture of this lodge affords an experience like no other. The view of the elephants is beyond description. Just spectacular! This is because the water hole overlooking the lodge serves as an attraction to the game, bringing them much closer to you.And believe me, watching an elephant drink water at less than six feet away is as surreal as its gets.
The rooms,which come with ensuite bathrooms, are on three levels with double, twin or triple beds depending on your preferred occupancy. For daytime excursions, you can enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives and view or photograph the drives and view or photograph the diverse array of wildlife with you sanctuary. Join me next.