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Set deep in the heart of the ancient African tropical rainforest is Shimba Hills Lodge; it is a discretely constructed tree like lodge that blends perfectly with the luxuriant forest vegetation. Just 45 minutes from Diani's silver beaches, Shimba Hills National Reserve 192 sq. km rolling down rainforest has been reserved for Kenya's last breeding herds of sable and roan antelope. Elephant, girafffe, buffalo, civet, serval and genet cat share this scenic home, and can be sighted most evenings at Shimba's discrete floodlit waterholes. In addition, a real treat for our guests is the frequent visits by members of the unusual leopard population.

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All rooms are comfortable and uniquely furnished; some with the gnarled trunk of a tree providing a natural centerpiece, and others overlooking the waterhole. Guest rooms share the bathroom facilities located on the hallways. The open fronted dining room allows unrestricted game and bird viewing at all times. An elevated walkway extending well into the forest gives peace-seeking visitors, a few rare moments alone with nature.

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Access to Shimba for your Kenya safari is an adventure in itself. Arriving at the Shimba Hills Reserve’s gate, guests are transferred to safari cruisers, and accompanied by the resident naturalist to the lodge. The last few hundred meters are covered on foot, stepping cautiously in the footprints of elephant, marveling at festoons of lichen and giant ferns, and in the same hues of the colorful forest birds, rare and exotic orchids. Those not wishing to walk to Shimba can be directly transferred to the lodge.

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Excitement does not end at the lodge during your African safari at Shimba. Shimba is one of the few places at a national reserve in Kenya where guests can experience the wilderness on foot. Accompanied by an armed guide, there are walks to Marere Dam, Cycad Forest and a shower at Sheldrick Falls. Early morning and evening game drives in safari cruisers are available; the Shimba sundowner excursion, with views well into neighbouring Tanzania is a must. Do make sure you allow enough time to make the most of this unique sanctuary, and this exceptional lodge.


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