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Lions Bluff Lodge
is located in the Tsavo West National Park
area of Southeast Kenya
At 9,065 square kilometres, Tsavo West is a this very substantial conservation area is best know for its broad red plains, whose endless acacia scrub and open plains sustain dispersed populations of wildlife, which clusters around the few sources of permanent water, especially during the Jul/Oct dry season.
The Lumo Conservancy, in which this lodge is located, is a large protected area adjacent to the national park with a similar backdrop of mountains, but with more open grasslands and a rich range of wildlife, notably including large herds of buffaloes, lions and, as always in Tsavo, lots of elephants.
The lodge itself is set on the end of a dramatic promontory, with 270 degree views out over the surrounding plains. Very pleasant open-sided public areas lead out to a network of pathways across the hilltop to a total of 14 guest rooms, eleven of which are stilted canvas under thatch, one of which is stone under thatch and the final two of which are stone-walled cottages each with two bedrooms, so ideal for families.
Activities are centred on vehicle safari in the local area and further afield. The landscape in this sector of the park is impressive, with distant mountains and volcanoes providing the backdrop for undulating acacia covered hills and open plains, with a good range of wildlife. The lodge offers an unusually wide range of additional activities including modest walking safari and night vehicle safari, bush meals, tours of the WW1 battlefields and cultural visits to local villages.
The main potential downsides are the fact that the lodge is a little bit out of the way for some overland safari routings, the private reserve also contains two much larger and more mass market lodges, there is also the potential for encountering high volumes of budget safari traffic both here and in the northern parts of the main reserve and the wildlife during the Nov/Jun green season can become very dispersed and difficult to find.