Built in 1986 bird and animal watcher’s paradise, Shimba lodge is an award-winning tree lodge was It is located in Shimba National Reserve, Kenya’s last remaining habitat of the Rare Sable Antelope.The lodge stays refreshingly cool in its forest setting despite being only 45 minutes drive from the hot, humid coastal city of Mombasa (and 30 minutes from the South coast resorts of Diani).
While at Shimba you can see the dramatic black and white Colobus Monkeys, herds of Elephant and graceful Giraffes are often seen at Shimba. For the very fortunate, the Leopard will make a rare appearance. A wooden walkway extending 120m into the forest takes nature lovers to a viewing spot that allows for the unobtrusive viewing of birds and butterflies. Other adventures include a visit to Sheldrick Falls, or an evening game drive followed by a walk through the forest that ends with drinks and snacks in a glade.You can view the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania from the sundowner site.
All rooms have balconies overlooking the waterhole. The lodge also boasts a restaurant on a covered verandah, frequented by Bush Babies in search of tit bits. Enjoy the achingly beautiful sunsets and sunrises at the lodge’s sundowner site. The 30 standard rooms over three stories come with balcony vantage points and from bars and observation platforms you have views across the small, dammed lake to thick forest – black and white Colobus monkeys and elephants are often seen. For the very fortunate, the Leopard will make a rare appearance.
Shimba is located very close to the wild animals. For this reason, children under the age of 5 are not allowed at these lodge, both for their safety and to maintain the quiet of the environment.