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Reviewed 11 September 2012

Sagala lodge is small, intimate, and rustic. It feels like a camp in the bush 50 years ago, though it is only 2 miles from the busiest highway in Kenya. The cabins are spread out nicely, and the place is full of birds. The rooms are on the small side, but the beds comfortable, and very clean all over. For some reason, possibly to keep the rustic impression, the camp has no electricity. A generator provides help early mornings, and evenings from 1830-2200. There is no television or mobile phone network, which is a relief. That there is only water available in the cottages when the generator is running is however a bit of an oversight. The pool is however very nice.
The food is a bit of a surprise, and a time warp to the era that transport was indeed difficult to the Tsavo. There is a fixed menu. The soup comes from a packet, but was spiced up with some grated carrot and ginger. The main course was dried fish, and instant potato mash, again from a packet. We expected instant pudding or jelly for desert, but were pleasantly surprised by fruit salad. The rooms once again were typical of the browns and of the 1970's.
Overall a charming place, quite affordable, and a perfect stopover for people travelling with children between Mombasa and Nairobi, or for tourist who do not need the rather overpriced other lodges in the Tsavo.

Room Tip: The "big house" has 4 bedrooms, and a fantastic roof terrace
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

Myself and some friends needed a place to rest our heads before heading off to Kasigau and we found a soft pillow and a comfy bed at Sagala. it was fantastic - Anna and her staff welcomed us with open arms. A short walk through the bush is Sagala's own little nature reserve witha water hold frequented by buck and zebra. The food was great, rooms clean and the swimming pool crystal clear and very cool. In fact on our way back from Kasigau we managed another night at Sagala - fond memories indeed!

Room Tip: They are all similar - little chalets in the bush
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank travelbeehappy
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

I stayed for a couple of nights while visiting Tsavo game parks, the lodge is about 20 mins from the gates which open at 6.30 so is fine for visiting.

I liked the lodge as a) it was quiet b) had large grounds you can walk around with over 200 species of birds c) chance of seeing other wildlife eg Elephants d) rooms where spotlessly clean e) staff where very friendly f) liked the food g) resonably priced/low cost for lodge type accomodation

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank Graeme W
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

The Swiss lady who runs the hotel is very friendly, but you get the feeling her staff may be running rings behind her back. All this however just adds to the charm. The birdlife and the mating tortoises are terrific, and meal time is Out of Africa meets school dinners. All in all, I'm not sure it's worth more than a pit-stop on the way to / from the coast.

If you want animals, then stay at a lodge that backs onto Tsavo East. If you want something cheap, then stay at the Silent Guesthouse in Voi. If you want an enjoyable, affordable but slightly surreal experience - then stay here!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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1  Thank rexlombardo
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

We stayed at Sagala Lodge in November 2011 as well as in February 2012. It is a haven for difficult-to-see birds. And the best part about it is that you can walk around their property and to a little water hole. We drove to the waterhole at night and saw a huge group of elephants coming to drink in the dry season. Their vegetarian food is also good. They have a nice swimming pool and its very close for accessing Tsavo East. And the rates are very reasonable.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Radhika T
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