Tawi Lodge: Our full report
Opened in 2009, Tawi Lodge is an independent, Dutch-owned boutique lodge of individual cottages in the Amboseli ...... ecosystem. The lodge is located 4km outside the eastern Kimana Gate of Amboseli National Park, in its own Kilitome Conservancy, where the lodge's guests have exclusive game driving and walking rights.
The central areas of Tawi are based around a large, thatched, two-storey building where the reception, lounge, dining room and gift shop are located. It sits in verdant gardens and ponds, overflowing with flowers and greenery - a proper oasis in this relatively dry region, and a big attraction for bird and insect life which is ever-present in the grounds.
The guest rooms are individual thatched cottages, reached along a network of gravel footpaths. They are comfortable, slightly spartan accommodations, with rather dark interiors. The whole lodge is surrounded by a fence to deter intrusion by water-seeking megafauna such as elephants and buffalo.
Activities at Tawi include bush walks and game drives. The walks in the conservancy are rewarding and Amboseli National Park is only a15-minute drive away, making it easy to be flexible about your activities which are, by default, conducted on a shared basis with other guests.
We would have liked to have seen more evidence of community engagement – the local Maasai inhabitants of this land don't appear to have much association with conserving the environment or the wildlife.
This is a smart, very professionally run small lodge, with beautifully landscaped gardens and very good food. We found the spacious cottages comfortable if a little bare, and the lawns, planted areas and ponds at the heart of the property are highly attractive.
Country manager: Kenya
- Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills, Kenya
- Ideal length of stay
- 3–4 nights
- Accessible by
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board & Activities
- Attitude towards children
- Baby cots and high chairs are available.
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Fire safety
- Disabled access
- On Request
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