Lions Bluff Lodge: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
|No. of rooms||12|
Main description of Lions Bluff Lodge
Lions Bluff Lodge: Facilities
|Property facilities||Secure Parking|
|Room facilities||En-Suite, Shower, Smoking Rooms, Verandah, Deck|
|Available services||Airport Shuttles, Credit Card, Laundry Service|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Massages, Safaris, Walks, Animal Encounters, Battlefield Tours, Big 5, Child Friendly Activities, Cultural Tours, General Sightseeing, Historical Tours|
Room types at Lions Bluff Lodge
We have 5 double rooms at Lions Bluff - each one has a huge hand made bed complete with a canopy of mosquito netting. Each room also has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, loo and a sink and a veranda overlooking the plains below.
We have one family room that has 2 floors each with it's own veranda. The top floor has a double bed and the bottom two twin beds with one shared bathroom.
We have 7 twin rooms each with 2 hand made beds, each with mosquito nets, an en-suite bathroom and veranda with an amazing view.
Activities at Lions Bluff Lodge
As part of our extensive eco-interface, we offer cultural visits to local villages. If you are ready to go further afield up into the Taita Hills there is much to see.
Our visitors are invited to enter a typical ethnic home, watch a dance display, or beading and handicrafts being done. You will have the opportunity to see how the farmers manage diverse crops such as dry land beans, Aloe Vera plants and pastoral activity, such as cattle and goat maintenance. Often they will also be invited to purchase locally-made items- much more authentic than those available in the usual gift shops.
If you are ready to go further you can be driven to Wundanyi, about an hour and a half from Lions Bluff, to explore the skull caves. The caves are collapsing but the skulls remain; the youngest dates back to the 1920s. People travelled vast distances to these caves to commune with their god and offer sacrifices in return for their health. Nearby one can visit the small waterfalls and enjoy the beautiful landscape dubbed ' little Switzerland' because of its stunning hilly terrain and breathtaking views.
Drive an extra half hour to reach Ngang'ao forest, an untouched rain forest where one can be guided through thick, dripping vegetation in the hope of seeing rare birds and butterflies which only exist here.
About 45 minutes drive from here one can climb Wesu Rock, either as a real rock climber where one will need ropes and equipment or a brisk stroll to the top to enjoy yet another panoramic view for miles over the Taitas.
Day & night game drives
Enjoy a full or half day discovering the different animals and plants of the Tsavo West eco-system in the company of your guide and tracker who will be sure to follow the route that offers the best wildlife viewing. With warm temperatures during the afternoon, the animals are most active in the early morning; we therefore suggest you get an early start with a mid-morning picnic breakfast on the LUMO plains. Head back to the lodge for lunch and a siesta or continue your day game spotting after a traditional bush lunch in the shade of fig tree.
Alternatively, discover various nocturnal species on a night game drive after stopping for a sundowner to enjoy the stunning sunset with your drink of choice in hand. If you prefer you can also head out for your night game drive after dinner with warm Shukas (Maasai blankets). This is the exclusive domain of hunters such as lions and leopards, and the only time when you may catch a glimpse of such elusive nocturnal creatures as aardvark and Lumo's melanistic serval cat.
Your vehicle will also be equipped with a powerful hand-held lamp, which can be used to sweep the bush for sightings. Children over 5 years of age are welcome and really enjoy this exciting glimpse of what happens when they are usually in bed.
Nature Trail around Lions Bluff
Discover the flora and fauna of the LUMO sanctuary while on foot. Nature walks around the lodge are especially interesting to children, guided by a ranger and our resident Taita naturalist, meander around Lions Bluff and discover tracks and signs of the bush. Learn which roots and leaves are edible, which are used by the local people to treat tummy aches or put spells on your enemies. Examine spider nests, collect quartz rock, or leaves to make a refreshing tea. Identify birds by their call and watch them in the bush.
With over 1,070 species of birds, Kenya has the second-highest country bird list in Africa, while the area around Tsavo West boasts 600 recorded species. Ranging from giant herons to tiny sunbirds, the diversity of African bird life is startling in its colour and vibrancy. Additionally, the Lions Bluff area boasts a number of endemic species, such as the globally threatened Taita Thrush, Taita White-eye, Taita Apalis, Abbott's starling and the Southern Banded Snake Eagle.
Highlights of the bird life include those of the semi-arid zone, such as ostrich and golden pipit, while perhaps the most conspicuous are the white-headed buffalo weaver and the brilliantly plumaged golden-breasted starling. Raucous hornbills are also prevalent as are such hole-nesting birds as parrot, barbet and roller.
For the amateur and serious ornithologist alike, we offer a range of half or full day outings which can be custom-tailored to the interests of your ornithological party. The services of a professional ranger and up-to-date bird checklists are included, and picnics, bush lunches, camp suppers and sundowners can be scheduled to suit your needs.