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A Heavenly Kenyan Safari

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A December 2004 trip to Nairobi by Boomsie

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Quote: The Hilton Honors program has an award for 250,000 points that offers members one of the best frequent-stay awards in the business. The award consists of 2 nights at the Nairobi Hilton and 4 nights at a game lodge, the Salt Lick Lodge. It was heavenly.
Hilton Nairobi Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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We stayed two nights here prior to our stay at Salt Lick Lodge. From speaking to other people who have done the Hilton Safari, we expected to be given a suite on our first night. We had a lovely junior suite with two bathrooms. We were given a welcome amenity of two bottles of water and a fruit basket, plus a welcome note from the general manager. There is a minibar in the room, as well as a safe. We were on the 15th floor and were allowed to use the executive lounge on the 16th floor. Everyone at the hotel warned us not to walk outside at night and to be careful during the day. Even so, we were happy to have a comfy room to get over our jet lag before we went to Salt Lick Lodge. Every staff me...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2004

Hilton Nairobi
MAMA NGIMA ST MOI AVE
Nairobi, Kenya
0025420250000

Salt Lick Lodge Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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This game lodge is located within the Tsavo West National Park. It's out in the middle of nowhere and is a 6-hour drive over bumpy roads, but we forgot all about the long, uncomfortable drive once we arrived. It is truly a sanctuary, both for man and animal. There are two waterholes that serve as animal magnets during the dry months. Since it had recently rained, not many large animals were around. The rooms here aren't anything to write home about. In fact, they're quite worn. As we were mostly on the deck in the lodge peering through binoculars, we only really used the room to sleep in. There is mosquito netting above the bed, which is necessary, for there are thousands of bugs outside. Ju...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2004

Salt Lick Lodge
P.O.Box 30624
Nairobi, Kenya 00100
+254 (43) 30270

Salt Lick Lodge Dining Room

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Restaurant

Salt Lick Lodge Dining Room Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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There is only one place to eat at Salt Lick Lodge--the dining room. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served here. Breakfast is always a buffet, with fresh fruits, juices, a good variety of breads, bacon, sausage, cold and hot cereals, and either already prepared scrambled eggs or eggs cooked to order. Depending on the number of people staying in the lodge, lunch and dinner are either served buffet or á la carte. On our first night at the lodge, there were about 30 people staying, so we had a buffet. The last night there were only eight guests, so lunch and dinner were á la carte, with two choices each for an appetizer and main course. There was always a separate vegetarian selection on offer. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2004

Salt Lick Lodge Dining Room
Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
Nairobi, Kenya

Game drive at Tsavo East

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Attraction | "Game drives in Tsavo West"

Game drive at Tsavo East Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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Each morning at 6:00am, we would wander sleepy-eyed to the bar in the lodge for some strong Kenyan coffee. By 6:30am, we were energized and ready for the morning game drive. If there are other guests in the lodge, they have either come through a Hilton award or through a 1- or 2-day tour from Mombasa. In any case, everyone goes on the drive with the guide who drove them there. There were some vans with four to six people. Thankfully, ours only had us and our wonderful Kenyan guide, Dominic. Generally, the vans take their own route to try to search for animals, keeping the CB radio on in case someone has spotted something. As it had rained for a few days, there weren't many animals near the w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2004

Game drive at Tsavo East
Tsavo East National Park
Nairobi, Kenya

Game drive at Tsavo East

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Game drive at Tsavo East Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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The drive from Tsavo West to Tsavo East takes about an hour. We drove along bumpy roads through the town of Voi and entered Tsavo East through the main gate just outside of Voi. Since the Hilton package included entrance fees to Tsavo West but not Tsavo East, we had to pay an entrance fee of $40. Normally we would have also had to pay an entrance fee for our guide, but since it was a national holiday in Kenya (December 12 is Jamhuri Day; the day Kenya became an independent nation), all Kenyans were allowed to visit any national park free of charge. Salt Lick Lodge packed us three lunches, and we planned to stay all day, returning around 6 p.m. to the lodge. We had heard from other guides in Ts...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2004

Game drive at Tsavo East
Tsavo East National Park
Nairobi, Kenya

Langatta Giraffe Center

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Langatta Giraffe Center Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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We decided to take a day tour to the Karen Blixen House, with a stop at the Langatta Giraffe Center afterwards. The hotel arranged for a tour company in Nairobi to take us there, and the cost of the tour was $40 per person. The cost included entry fees to the Blixen House and the Giraffe Center. The tour to the Blixen House was short; we were there in all of 10 minutes. If you saw Out of Africa, you saw the house. That's about all there is to it. The Langatta Giraffe Center is about 6 to 7 minutes from Blixen House. This was more interesting. At first I thought it was just going to be a quick stop for a photo opportunity showing us feeding the giraffes. But the guide at the Center w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2004

Langatta Giraffe Center
In the Karen Area, near Giraffe Manor
Nairobi, Kenya

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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We noticed that all of the lions we saw didn’t have manes. We naturally assumed they were females or juvenile males. It was kind of difficult to tell because all of the lions we saw were sitting in grass or up on rocks and the evidence wasn’t visible. Dominic set us straight on this mane misconception. He said the lions in and around Tsavo seem to be a local species of Panthera leo. In fact, he said there were two famous lions called the man-eaters of Tsavo, who killed many workers building a railroad bridge in the area. On our next visit to the gift shop, we saw the book The Man-Eaters of Tsavo and bought it. We started reading this incredible story set in the late 1890...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 27, 2004

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo
Near Tsavo National Park
Nairobi, Kenya