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Sarova Shaba Lodge

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is a luxury lodge accommodation built near a natural spring which feeds into a multitude of streams and pools throughout the grounds creating an oasis of lush tropical vegetation. Sarova Shaba Lodge décor is thatched roof, stone and timber, tastefully combining local materials and architectural style.


Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is the only lodge in the Shaba National Game Reserve and features 85 luxury en suite rooms in thatched, river-facing chalets. There is a deck for viewing the crocodiles in the Ewaso Nyiro River, as well as a restaurant, 2 bars and a swimming pool.

Accommodation comprises of several family rooms; There are 80 luxury thatch-roofed chalet style rooms all tastefully furnished with local materials of Mazera Stone and timber, off cut walls, facing the river, with bathrooms en suite, 4 junior suites and 1 honeymoon suite.

All bathrooms are attached with running hot water and electricity. Surpelei Restaurant overlooking the Uaso Nyiro River, serves local delicacies and international cuisine. Spend your day relaxing by the beautiful free-form swimming pool.

Each room has en-suite facilities, mosquito netting and fans. The open air restaurant overlooks the pool, river and lodge grounds. Shaba Sarova lodge Hotel is a deluxe Kenya accommodation set in “Born Free” country, where the glories of nature are concentrated in this semi-desert oasis of Shaba National Reserve in Kenya.

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge has natural spring water that flows throughout to form beautiful water cascades and sparkle into the Uaso Nyiro River, the habitat for crocodiles. Unique to this area are reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, beisa Oryx and the Somali ostrich.

Rich History:

The Shaba Game Lodge basks in a legacy bequeathed by Joy Adamson of the ‘Born Free’ fame. Joy Adamson was wife of a prominent conservationist, George Adamson, who was a senior game warden of the area.

Joy raised her adopted animals next door to the current Sarova Shaba Lodge’s site. She first came to Kenya in 1910 with her first husband whom she later divorced. In 1956, George, in his capacity as the game warden was compelled to kill a man-eating lioness, which had three newly born cubs.

So orphaned before they could imprint on any animate object, they were taken in by Joy Adamson who became their foster mother. She named them ‘Lustica’, ‘Big One’, and ‘Elsa’.

Joy Adamson later found that she could not handle three fast growing lionesses; therefore she reluctantly sent the cubs to Blydrop, Rotterdam Swimming Pool in Sarova Shaba Lodge when they were five months old.

Located in the semi-desert Shaba Game Reserve in the Central Kenya the Sarova Shaba Lodge offers the guests a chance to see the bounty of unique wildlife made famous by the film “Born Free”.

In March 1998, the lodge played host to the cast and crew of the ” Born Free”, true-life story of George and Joy Adamson and starred both Kenya actors and International film stars. The majority of the filming took place in the game reserve but some of the scenes were actually shot in the Shaba Sarova lodge Hotel.


Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is the only lodge in the Shaba Game Reserve, set amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Kenya. Meet the colorful Samburu tribe or see unique game species only found in this area, or visit the crocodile infested Uaso Nyiro River.

Shaba Game Lodge is most certainly not your usual Sarova hotel, the location of the lodge is excellent and you will be amazed as you approach the hotel, it appears out of nowhere and is a little oasis in the middle of the reserve.

The Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is outstanding on arrival after a 6 hour drive from Nairobi, you are met cold towels and fresh fruit juice, check in is painless and efficient, your room is beautifully furnished fully equipped with ‘mosquito nets’.

The food is great all around; all meals and service are impeccable in their open air, tree house like restaurant. The main part of the hotel is like a tree house absolutely amazing.

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