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Salt Lick Lodge
is located in the Tsavo West National Park
area of Southeast Kenya
At 9,065 square kilometres, Tsavo West is a 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, operated by the Sarova chain, is an enormous and rather bizarre facility with monotonous public areas and an enormous 96 guest rooms all bizarrely set on stilts and connected by walkways above a network of artificial waterholes. There is also an underground hide closer to the main waterhole which is accessed by a long tunnel.
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 main potential downside is the fact that the lodge design is massively over sized and really pretty hideous, like viewing elephants from the bowels of an underground car park. It is also a little bit out of the way for some overland safari routings, 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.