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Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

Lovely to see that the place is very much better compared to what was there before great staff and friendly.Lovely Confrence facilities.Most of all the bird watching was so thrilling looking forward to my next visit

Stayed: July 2015, travelled with friends
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NancieChiwe, General Manager at Sagala Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Michael we appreciate and look forward to hosting you again

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

When I was there last week they still did some renovation works. Very friendly staff. Rooms are very nice decorated, food is good. There is a viewing platform but I was told there are no animals to see (but you see some colourful birds and have a good view to Sagala Mountain) although on the way from Mombasa-Nairobi Highway (2,5 Km) I saw some elephant dung. A swimming pool is also available. You can't do much there but it's a very nice place to break the journey from Mombasa to Nairobi. If you have some time you can go on a motorbike taxi to Sagala Village (up on the mountain) and enjoy some nice views to the plains and the mountains on the way to Talio. Instead of staying in town (Voi) that's a much better option. And prices are almost similiar when you consider it's half board or full board.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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NancieChiwe, General Manager at Sagala Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Thanks for your review and please visit us again to see how much we have worked hard to improve everything

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Reviewed 19 May 2013

my husband & I stayed here for 2 nights along with our driver and guide. the place was deserted, there was no one else staying here, we were the only guests and it didn't look like they were expecting any other guests any time soon.
the rate on their web site is not accurate, the price they actually charge is way higher. we paid 7500 but their web site quotes 3750. we paid 3000 for our 2 drivers for each night.
they don't take credit cards and they only run electricity from 6:30am to 10am and from 6:30pm to 10pm.
the place is really cool but does not look like its being kept up. they told us this was low season but they were charging high season prices!
the 2 employees that work there were very nice, friendly and helpful.
next time i visit the Voi area I will just stay else where, this was like staying at a very expensive ghost town.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Thank travelingquilter
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NancieChiwe, General Manager at Sagala Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Thanks for your support and please note now sagala lodge is indeed under new management and things are great, and we now host an average of 30 pax daily for lunches and 10acccommod,we have Kenya power and more beautiful garden
Sorry for what you went through
But please come and see new paradise

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Reviewed 14 April 2013

We stopped at Sagala on the drive between Nairobi and Mombasa. We arrived later than expected (8.30pm) and the staff were wating for us and were ready to cook our evening meal straight away (we were the only guests). They gave us a warm welcome. Our room was clean and comfortable, although I'm not sure why it was equipped with a fan, given that they turn off the generator at 10.15pm.
Given that we travelled in low season, we didn't mind too much that the drinks we wanted were out of stock. Dinner was fine (chicken stew with rice, fruit for dessert- no options), however breakfast consisted of 1 egg and a slice of toast. And that was it. When we came to pay our bill to leave, we were told that they only accept cash, not credit cards. We had not been advised of this on booking, and it's lucky that we were carrying cash with us - could have been embarrassing otherwise!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ruthless B
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

This lodge is a bit hard to categorize, since it is more than just a place to sleep, but not a wilderness experience in the same league as Treetops and other famous Kenyan retreats. There is a small herd of waterbuck that roam freely on the grounds, and they are impressive enough. Elephants are quite thick in the surrounding bush, but of course you are not guaranteed a sighting. They did not visit during the day that I was there, but they were noticed hanging around at night. I was told they have invaded the lodge numerous times, tried to enter the dining room and even drunk from the swimming pool!

The lodge has a "sanctuary" that is really just an area of fenced bush that is home to a few impala and a zebra or two. I actually found the unfenced areas more interesting. They are not lying when they say the lodge has a lot of bird life. The second-floor viewing lounge is a comfortable place to spot them, and the resident Maasai guide, Jacob, is well up on his bird and nature lore.

The rooms are bush-basic but tidy, with mosquito nets but no fans (power is supplied by generator until 10 pm only). The three-course dinner was not gourmet but it was very big and well-cooked, and the 750 shilling price is pretty reasonable for a set meal at a bush lodge these days. There is no a la carte menu; just ask the manager what kinds of meat he has (steak, chicken, etc) and he will build the meal around that. The gravy may be of the instant type, but food always feels better when eaten in the wild.

It is not a new lodge, but everything looked well kept. The dining room/lounge is a big, comfortable thatched affair and the pool was clean and blue. The staff are truly friendly and eager to please. If Sagala Lodge has any disadvantage, it is that it is an eccentric place that doesn't fit easily into any tourist category, hence it tends to be bypassed by the block booking agents as well as the overland circuit. It also has to contend with the fact that it is in the Voi area and hence lies close to many other lodges that offer better wildlife experiences. I would recommend it to visitors who have time to spare and want to see what else is out there. It is not, however, a first-rate "safari lodge" boasting an intensive wildlife viewing experience.

Room Tip: There are one or two rooms right next to the waterhole, for those who want to maximize their chances of spotting elephants and other animals.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Thank ChristopherH932
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