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Salt Lick Safari Lodge - Guest Experience Reimagined!By Taqi Moledina, ARP Group
Salt Lick Safari Lodge just recently unveiled its new look following a few of months of closure. 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 one of the most unique accommodation styles in East Africa. 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, including complete remodelling of the bathrooms including of rain showers. Beyond the rooms and central areas, the gardens have been reimagined alongside the improved and enlarged watering hole where a variety of wildlife congregates.
To enhance our guests experience while staying with us, the lodge boasts of Water Hole & an underground 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 herds of elephants, buffaloes, zebras and various antelopes (sometime trailed by big cats) come for scarce water which is provided for by well-positioned water.
As part of Salt Lick Safari Lodge enhanced experience, the sanctuary has developed unique sites within its boundaries for bush breakfast, sundowner or bush dinner depending on the taste and size of the group involved. Why not start your dinner with a breakfast in the wild or end your day with a sundowner at an aerial position within the sanctuary as you get entertained by a traditional performance by the local Taita people.
For guests keen on battlefield tourism, we highly recommend an excursion to explore and learn about the history of World War 1 that took place around the Taita Taveta region. Guided by our knowledgeable historian and sanctuary rangers visit the various monuments and sites learning about the multiple nations that were involved and the soldiers that fought for our freedoms. End your experience with a visit to the carefully curated Museum within the Taita Hills Safari Resort & Spa with a timeline of events and many artefacts generously donated to be preserved and shared.
Our reforestation project was first established in 2010 as a pilot project which covers multiple 0.5km sites in order to rejuvenate the historical forest within the sanctuary. So far more than 10,000 indigenous trees have been planted and are thriving. Guests visiting Salt Lick Safari Lodge are encouraged to be part of rehabilitation activities, leave a lasting memory and plant a seedling 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, to improve our guests experiences. We are now ready to embark on a new chapter of the Tsavo experience and are looking forward to welcoming our guests to feel the difference and enjoy the journey.”