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Tsavo West, Kenya

Salt Lick Safari Lodge

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The Salt Lick Safari Lodge is a popular accommodation option in Kenya's Tsavo West National Park. The lodge is situated on a private game reserve adjacent to the national park, and offers guests the opportunity to experience an authentic safari experience in one of Kenya's most renowned wildlife areas.

The lodge is comprised of individual huts, known as "bandas," which are built on stilts and elevated above the surrounding forest. Each banda is spacious and features en-suite bathrooms, large windows with views of the surrounding landscape, and comfortable beds.

Salt Lick Safari Lodge just recently unveiled its new look following a couple of months of closure. An investment worth millions along with a new visual identity and branding has been injected into the property, which originally opened almost 50 years ago.

A favourite amongst travellers in search of luxury accommodation, Salt Lick Safari Lodge has reopened after an extensive refurbishment that began in January 2022.

What has changed?

A team of local architects have been leading the enhancements, with works including a remodelling of the interiors of the guestrooms and bathrooms. Our accommodation has been refreshed with new lighting enhancements and colour palettes, complimented by the latest technology. The lodge regular visitors will also notice significant changes to the overall landscaping, and a dedicated water hole that is very common with wildlife.


To enhance our guests experience while staying with us, the lodge boasts of Water Hole & a Tunnel that brings our guests up close to observing mega herbivores looking to quench their thirst. The experience is more rewarding during dry spells/season as large groups of elephants, buffaloes, zebras and various antelopes (sometime trailed by big cats) come for scarce water which is provided for by a well-positioned water hole supplied by a borehole dedicated for wildlife.

As part of Salt Lick Safari Lodge enhanced experience, there are further bush activities sites within the sanctuary that can be used for bush breakfast, sundowner or bush dinner depending on the taste and size of the group involved.

For guests keen on battlefield tourism, we highly recommend an excursion on World War 1. Guided by our well versed rangers on the World War One activities which took place in Taita-Taveta County more than a century ago, you will get a chance to visit all the battled field sites within the Taita locality then summarize with a presentation at the Taita Hills Safari Resort & Spa Artefacts Museum.


Our reforestation project was first established in 2010 as a pilot project which covers 35 trees per 0.5 sq. km. So far more than 10,000 indigenous trees have been planted and are thriving. Guests visiting us here at Salt Lick Safari Lodge are encouraged to be part of wildlife wellbeing & rehabilitation activities, like planting of a tree during their stay.


Salt Lick Safari Lodge is Luxurious safari escape set in the heart of the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary overlooking a waterhole and the vast Tsavo plains.

From the wise words of our General Manager – GM Sanjeev, ‘’It’s a duty to preserve the legacy of this extraordinary lodge and the time was right for a major refurbishment, over two decades since it was built. We are now ready to embark on a new chapter of the Tsavo experience and are looking forward to the journey.”

Salt Lick Safari Lodge is inside Tsavo West National Park in Kenya. The entire lodge is on high stilts above watering holes and feeding pastures. This Lodge offers a spectacular view of the wildlife from above.

This Lodge is in the midst of the Taita Hills Sanctuary, a private wildlife conservancy. Tsavo West National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves. Accommodation at the Salt Lick Safari Lodge makes the  Lodge, earlier operated as Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge, the perfect place to explore the natural environment.

This Lodge is one of Kenya’s flagship lodges, famed for its warmth, vibrancy, and legendary hospitality. Salt Lick Game Lodge (earlier operated as Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge) is a favorite among travelers in search of luxury accommodation. It is a luxurious safari escape set in the heart of the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary overlooking a waterhole and the vast Tsavo plains.

Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary provides a safe environment to over 50 species of mammals and 300 species of birds within 28,000 acres of rolling savanna and woodland habitats.

Large numbers of wildlife come to drink at the waterholes, Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge provides a rare opportunity to view animals at close proximity in their natural habitat. The lobby, restaurant, and terraced bar all provide excellent views and photographic opportunities.

An underground tunnel and bunker with ground-level windows provide unbelievably close yet safe access to a variety of wildlife as they drink water. The waterholes are illuminated by powerful floodlights as it gets dark, to make sure that you witness all the activity throughout the night.

The Sanctuary is a success story in sustainable conservation where wildlife – including elephant, lion, buffalo, and giraffe – thrive. Game drives are tightly controlled to ensure that animals are not harassed and some areas are completely closed to vehicles. This commitment to responsible ecotourism, which has been so well supported by visitors, ensures that the Sanctuary and all its wildlife will continue to prosper.

Salt Lick Game Lodge has 96 unique rooms, all elevated on stilts and built across two levels, with en suite bathrooms with permanent showers and WC, and running hot and cold water. They can accommodate you in these rooms at three levels with double, twin, or triple beds depending on your preferred occupancy.

The elevated Restaurant and the Bar at Salt Lick Game, also offer stunning views of the sanctuary and the ideal vantage points to view the game. The Lodge has its own fleet of well-equipped safari vehicles with excellent guides.

How to get to Sarova Salt Lick

– The distance from Nairobi to Sarova salt lick is 400 km and 200 km from Mombasa.
– By air 30 minutes from Mombasa.
– By road: 3hours from Mombasa.
– Recommended 4 Wheel Drive or tour van.

Location of  Sarova Salt Lick Lodge

Sarova Salt Lick is within the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. At the foot of Taita Hills adjacent to Tsavo West National Park. Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary covers a protected area of 28,000 acres on an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level.

The Sanctuary is happy to boast its own functional airstrip in close proximity to the  Safari lodge. This unique Lodge structure design is themed as a Taita traditional villages

The Sanctuary is home to more than 50 different species of mammals and over 300 species of birds. These include
elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, ostrich, eagles, vultures, and much more.

The climate around Salt Lick Lodge

The climate is very pleasant with temperatures averaging between 18 Degrees C and 30 Degrees C year-round. There are sporadic rains in March, April, November & December. Due to the unique layout of the Lodge, it is not suitable for children below 8 years.

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One of the lodge's main attractions is its location adjacent to a watering hole, which is frequently visited by a variety of wildlife species, including elephants, buffalos, zebras, and giraffes. Guests can enjoy watching these animals from the comfort of the lodge's viewing decks or while dining at the lodge's restaurant.

In addition to wildlife viewing, the lodge offers a variety of activities, including game drives, guided walks, and visits to nearby attractions such as Mzima Springs and Shetani Lava Flows.

  • Stunning Wild Location
  • Complete Lodge Experience
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Perfect for Couples and Adults
  • Game Drives opportunities

What are the 2023 Prices for Salt Lick Safari Lodge?

Here are Salt Lick Safari Lodge Resident Rates:

Salt Lick Safari Lodge Rates

Park View
Full Board Rates Game Package Rates
2 Nights, Per Person
2023 Rates Sharing Single
Sharing Single
1st Aug 2023 – 20th Dec 2023 KES 8,730/- PPS KES 13,100/- PP KES 27,160/- PPS KES 38,800/- PP
21st Dec 2023 – 22nd Dec 2023 KES 8,730/- PPS KES 13,100/- PP  [-]  [-]
23rd Dec 2023 – 2nd Jan 2024 KES 12,610/- PPS KES 18,720/- PP  [-]  [-]

Above Salt Lick Prices/Rates are in KES, Per Person
Included: 1 Soft Drink during Dinner and Lunch

Waterhole View
Full Board Rates Game Package Rates
2 Nights, Per Person
2023 Rates Sharing Single
Sharing Single
1st Aug 2023 – 20th Dec 2023 KES 9,700/- PPS KES 15,040/- PP KES 31,040/- PPS KES 42,680/- PP
21st Dec 2023 – 22nd Dec 2023 KES 9,700/- PPS KES 15,040/- PP  [-]  [-]
23rd Dec 2023 – 2nd Jan 2024 KES 13,580/- PPS KES 20,860/- PP  [-]  [-]

Above Salt Lick Prices/Rates are in KES, Per Person
Included: A Soft Drink during Dinner and Lunch

Game Packages include:
Return Shared Transfers from Voi Train station
Full Board Accommodation
1 Soft Drink during Dinner and Lunch
1 Game Drive per Day (extra Game Drive at Extra Charges)
E.A Residents Sanctuary Entry Fees
Heritage Tour of World War 1 (Taita Hills Museum)
Children Rates apply

Train Tickets / Transport to Voi (for the Game Package)
Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Resident Entry Fees (while on Full Board)
Transfers and Game Drives (while on Full Board)
Taita Hills Sanctuary Entry Fees for Full Board
KWS Tsavo National Park Fees (where applicable) and other Extras

Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Entry Fees (2023 – E.A. Residents)
Adults: KES 500/- per Night | Children: KES 250/- per Night 

Child Policy:

  • For safety reasons, children under the age of 6 years are not permitted at Salt Lick Safari Lodge
  • Children age 6 to 16 years sharing with 1 or two adults – 50% of the adult sharing (half twin) rate per child
    – Maximum 3 Guests per Room
  • Children age 6 yrs to 16 yrs in own room (minimum 2, maximum 3) – 75% of the adult sharing (half twin) rate per child

Occupancy Rules:
Salt Lick Safari Lodge – Maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (adults and children age 6 and older)
Interconnecting rooms are NOT available at Salt Lick Safari Lodge

Tsavo National Park, 2022 KWS Park Fees:

National Park
KWS Park Fees
Adults (24 Hours)

Child (24 Hours)

KES 500.00

KES 200.00

KES 500.00

KES 200.00

USD 30.00

USD 20.00

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Which Hotel Activities are available for guests at Salt Lick Safari Lodge?

The Salt Lick Safari Lodge offers a range of facilities and amenities to enhance the guest experience, including:

  1. Accommodation: The lodge offers comfortable and spacious accommodation in the form of individual huts, or "bandas," which are elevated above the surrounding forest.
  2. Dining: The lodge's restaurant serves a variety of international and local cuisine, with many ingredients sourced locally. Guests can also enjoy meals and drinks at the lodge's bar and lounge.
  3. Swimming Pool: The lodge has a large outdoor swimming pool with views of the surrounding landscape. This is a perfect spot to relax after a day of safari activities. This is done at Taita Hills Lodge, a sister property just some minutes away.
  4. Wildlife Viewing: The lodge overlooks a watering hole, which attracts a variety of wildlife species. Guests can enjoy watching these animals from the comfort of the lodge's viewing decks.
  5. Spa Services: The lodge offers a range of spa services, including massages, facials, and body treatments.
  6. Gift Shop: The lodge has a gift shop, where guests can purchase souvenirs and locally-made crafts.
  7. Conference Facilities: The lodge has a conference room that can accommodate up to 120 people, making it an ideal location for corporate events and meetings.

Salt Lick Safari Lodge offers a wide range of facilities and amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay for its guests.

Which Rooms Types are in Salt Lick Safari Lodge?

There are 2 Room Types;

  • Park View Rooms
  • Waterhole View Rooms

Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge’s spacious, well-appointed double rooms are all ensuite and give you a chance to enjoy breath-taking views of wildlife from the comfort of your room. To add to the charm and intimacy, the soft, fine linen, huge beds and thick white towels quietly whisper romance. All bedrooms have mosquito netting and a ceiling fan. In addition, each room is equipped with electric current: 220 volts, 50 cycles AC, shaver outlets 110/220 volts, 50 cycles AC. Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge offers luxurious accommodation and facilities and is the perfect place in an unforgettable setting to explore the surrounding natural environment.

What are the Foods & Drinks options at Salt Lick Safari Lodge?

Salt Lick Game Lodge excels in the freshness and quality of its food which is supported by the vegetable and herb garden located at Sarova Taita Hills Lodge nearby.

Salt Lick Bura Restaurant

The Main restaurant overlooking the watering holes, serving buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner with live cooking counters preparing specialty dishes. Cuisine includes pan-African, pan-European and pan-Asian. The Salad buffet has a wide variety of salads using the freshest ingredients and herbs. The Dessert buffet has a selection of mouthwatering desserts. Vegetarian dishes are always available, and guests with any special dietary requirements are also catered for. The restaurant has a capacity of 150 people.

Salt Lick  Vuria Bar

The Bar and adjoining shaded terrace above the Bura Restaurant provides spectacular views of the main waterhole and surrounding grasslands and is the perfect place to relax and have your favorite cocktail or coffee while watching the wildlife below.

Salt Lick Bush Dining

Champagne Breakfast: A unique experience of dining in the wilderness on a sumptuous breakfast accompanied by champagne. The Breakfast includes live cooking against the backdrop of the Taita Hills and grassy plains of the Sanctuary.

Bush Dinners: The beautiful landscape sets the backdrop for a bush dinner at Kudu Point, the highest location in the Sanctuary. Spectacular sunsets and magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro weather permitting compliment a truly unique experience as you sip sundowners and experience a barbeque in the wild, accompanied by a trio of local musicians.

Salt Lick Picnic Hamper

For guests who want to enjoy longer game drives, Sarova Salt Lick offers a picnic hamper with light meals and beverages.

Which Hotel Activities are available for guests at Salt Lick Safari Lodge?

Game Viewing

Early morning and late afternoon game drive around Sarova Salt Lick provide an ideal opportunity to view and photograph the diverse array of wildlife within the Sanctuary. The waterholes below provide a wonderful opportunity to view animals at close proximity in their natural habitat. The lobby and terrace bar offers excellent views and photographic opportunities, while an underground tunnel and bunker with ground-level windows provide unbelievably close yet safe access to a variety of animals as they drink.

Night Game Drives

Night game drives provide guests with an opportunity of seeing animals not usually encountered on a daytime game drive such as spotted and striped hyena, mongoose, jackal, civet, genet, porcupine and bush baby. Most predators are more active at night, so night drives also provide the opportunity of experiencing the ‘circle of life’. Sarova Salt Lick highly trained rangers equipped with powerful spotlights take guests for this experience of a totally different world after dark, when you may have the thrilling opportunity to see a predator actively hunting.


A beautiful free form swimming pool is open all day at the sister property Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge located nearby.

Wildlife Talks

An informative wildlife presentation in the evening by a qualified ecologist/ranger is arranged on request.

Curio Shop

There is a wide selection of souvenirs available at the Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge’s gift shop located in the lobby area of the lodge.


Visit a local and authentic village where you can learn about local cultures, spend a day at Mzima Springs in Tsavo West National Park, famous for its thriving populations of hippos and crocodiles, or visit Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary or Lake Jipe, both also in Tsavo West.

Honeymoons and Weddings at SaltLick Lodge

The Salt Lick Safari Lodge is an ideal destination for honeymoons and weddings. The lodge offers a unique and romantic setting for couples, with stunning views of the surrounding landscape and an abundance of wildlife.

Here are some of the ways the lodge caters to honeymooners and weddings:

  1. Private Bandas: The lodge's bandas offer privacy and seclusion, making them a perfect accommodation option for honeymooners.
  2. Romantic Dinners: The lodge can arrange private candlelit dinners for couples, offering an intimate and romantic dining experience.
  3. Wedding Packages: The lodge offers wedding packages that can be tailored to the couple's preferences, including catering, decor, and entertainment.
  4. Photography: The lodge can arrange for professional photographers to capture the couple's special moments during their stay.
  5. Honeymoon Packages: The lodge offers special honeymoon packages, which may include romantic dinners, spa treatments, and game drives.
  6. Renewal of Vows: The lodge offers a unique opportunity for couples to renew their vows in a beautiful and natural setting.

Salt Lick Safari Lodge is a perfect destination for couples looking for a unique and unforgettable honeymoon or wedding experience. The lodge's stunning location, excellent facilities, and attentive staff ensure a romantic and memorable stay.

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