Built in 1986, Shimba Lodge is set on the edge of a large waterhole in a patch of dense forest in the Shimba Hills National Park, less than an hour’s drive from Diani Beach. The lodge is a simple ‘tree-hotel’, modelled after Treetops in Kenya’s Central Highlands, but better in almost every way.
Our view of Shimba Lodge
Shimba Lodge is unique on the Kenyan coast and, while comparable to Treetops, The Ark and Serena Mountain Lodge in central Kenya, it is smaller and more in harmony with its environment than its larger highlands cousins. You need to be prepared for basic rooms, shared bathrooms (unless you opt for a suite) and simple, wholesome food. But we think the overall value of Shimba Lodge is superb, giving you a tropical forest experience, both in the daytime and in the vividly noisy night, that’s genuinely absorbing and magical.
Shimba Lodge: Traveller ratings
Shimba offers some of the best encounters with forest willife in Kenya – like this bush baby…