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Overview of Salt Lick Game Lodge

For decades Salt Lick Safari Lodge has been one of Kenya’s flagship lodges, famed for being among the World’s Most Photographed Lodges. A favorite amongst travelers in search of luxury accommodation, Salt Lick Safari Lodge is a luxurious safari escape set in the heart of the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary overlooking a waterhole and the vast Tsavo plains.

Salt Lick Safari Lodge’s charm is evident from the outset. Here you will savor uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency, and personalized attention.

The neighboring Taita Hills Safari Resort & Spa has a museum that displays some of the World War 1 memorabilia as part of the rich history of Taita Taveta County.


Salt Lick Safari Lodge’s spacious, well-appointed double rooms are all ensuite and give you a chance to enjoy breath-taking views of wildlife from the comfort of your room. To add to the charm and intimacy, the soft, fine linen, huge beds, and thick white towels quietly whisper romance. All bedrooms have mosquito netting and a ceiling fan. In addition, each room is equipped with an electric current: 220 volts, 50 cycles AC, shaver outlets 110/220 volts, 50 cycles AC. Salt Lick Safari Lodge offers luxurious accommodation and facilities and is the perfect place in an unforgettable setting to explore the surrounding natural environment.

Room Features

  • Rooms have single and double beds
  • Bedside light switch/Reading lights
  • Rooms have digital safe deposit
  • Coffee & Tea maker/complementary cookie jar in each room
  • Lit wardrobes, Reading table, Fan, Do not disturb sign
  • Hairdryer available on request at the reception
  • Luxuriously furnished and equipped rooms
  • Bathroom lights, morrow and showerhead
  • Rooms are overlooking the water hole


Game Viewing

Early morning and late afternoon game drive around Salt Lick Safari Lodge provide an ideal opportunity to view and photograph the diverse array of wildlife within the Sanctuary. The waterholes below provide a wonderful opportunity to view animals close to their natural habitat. The lobby and terrace bar offers excellent views and photographic opportunities, while an underground tunnel and bunker with ground-level windows provide unbelievably close yet safe access to a variety of animals as they drink.

Night Game Drives

Night game drives provide guests with an opportunity of seeing animals not usually encountered on a daytime game drive such as spotted and striped hyena, mongoose, jackal, civet, genet, porcupine, and bush baby. Salt Lick Safari Lodge has highly trained rangers equipped with powerful spotlights to take guests on this experience of a different world after dark, when you may have the thrilling opportunity to see a predator actively hunting. Most predators are more active at night so night drives also provide the opportunity of experiencing the ‘Circle of Life. The lobby and terrace bar offers excellent views and photographic opportunities, while an underground tunnel and bunker with ground-level windows provide unbelievably close, yet safe, access to a variety of animals as they drink water.

Walking Safari

The sanctuary offers many diverse opportunities for you to experience the unique flora, fauna, and culture of this fascinating ecosystem. Take a nature walk with a qualified ranger guide, with emphasis on the natural environment you encounter as you stroll through the bush. Marvel at the smaller wildlife normally unnoticed during a game drive yet still important for their impact on the ecology of this diverse ecosystem.

Wildlife Talks

An informative wildlife presentation in the evening by a qualified ecologist/ranger is arranged on request.

Salt Lick Tunnel/Special Water Hole

These enhance the guest experience at the lodge as it brings our guests up close to observing megaherbivores looking to quench their thirst. The experience is more rewarding during dry spells/seasons as large groups of elephants, buffaloes, zebras, and various antelopes (sometimes trailed by big cats) come for scarce water which is provided for by a well-positioned water hole supplied by a borehole dedicated for wildlife.

Traditional Music & Dance

A local trio of musicians plays traditional music during dinner. This is followed by authentic Taita dancers performing in the Lobby, with additional musicians and where your active participation is genuinely encouraged.


A beautiful free-form swimming pool is open all day at the sister property Taita Hills Safari Resort & Spa located nearby.

Curio Shop

There is a wide selection of souvenirs available at the Taita Hills Safari Resort & Spa gift shop located in the lobby area of the lodge.


The program aims at habitat restoration which will eventually improve the ecological health of the sanctuary after the original vegetation had been degraded by bush fires, overgrazing by megaherbivores, droughts due to climate change, etc. The reforestation project was first established in 2010 as a pilot project which covers 35 trees per 0.5 sq. km.  So far more than 10,000 indigenous trees have been planted and are thriving.

Day out with a ranger

The Sanctuary boasts fifteen knowledgeable rangers with diverse experience. They are well versed in birding, bushcraft, indigenous knowledge, and flora/fauna identification. A ranger will explain and guide guests on conservation and natural history

Bush Meals/Sundowners

There are four bush activity venues within the sanctuary and all have basic toilet amenities and have magnificent views of the Taita Hills, sanctuary, adjacent Tsavo plains, and of course Mt. Kilimanjaro (during clear weather days). As part of Salt Lick Safari Lodge enhanced experience, these sites can be used for either bush breakfast, sundowner, or bush dinner depending on the taste and size of the group involved

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