Superbly situated in the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro and sheltered by the volcanic splendour of the Chyulu Hills, this classic stone-built lodge overlooks its own water hole, which is visited daily by elephants, buffalos and a wide variety of plains game. One of the first lodges ever to be built in a national park, the lodge is cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-viewing. It is also ideally placed for visits to all the park's prime attractions.
Faced in volcanic stone and utilising the natural rocky outcrops of a valley known as 'the place of the young rhino', from which it takes its name, the lodge features a thatched central dining area and a rock-built bar, with a viewing terrace looking directly down on to the waterhole.
All the spacious ensuite rooms have their own verandas, some overlooking the waterhole, some the Chyulu Hills, which are one of the world's youngest volcanic ranges. As for activities, the lodge offers numerous game drives, guided walks, bush breakfasts, volcano climbs and trips to Mzima Springs, a set of crystal-clear ponds, fed by the melt waters of Mount Kilimanjaro, in which the many hippos can be viewed from a submerged chamber.
51 standard rooms and 05 Suites.
ROOM DCOR: Spacious rooms facing the plains, private verandahs, and large wall paintings. Cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-viewing the open-air dining area, timbered decks and rock-hewn bar blend the traditional khaki-and-canvaslook with bright-painted banners, sepia-hued paintings and evocative olive-wood carvings of elephant herds and tail-erect wart hogs.
ROOM AMENITIES: En-suite facilities, mosquito nets, drinking water.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Large water pond in front of the main building frequented by many animals.
Restaurant is an open air terrace in the main building, overlooking the pond and distinctive large wall paintings.
The traditionally thatched, breeze-cooled dining room overlooks the Lodges action-packed water hole where lumbering herds of elephant, roving buffalo and playful zebra collect to drink whilst the guest menu features a sensitive blend of ethnic cuisine, internationally-themed dishes and traditional safari favorites. Bar is adjacent to the restaurant, resting on large boulders.
Other bars and restaurants:
- Express check-in and check-out facilities
- Laundry and valet services
- Baby sitter on request
- House-doctor call
- Gift shop and Boutique
- Secretarial services available
Large conference room off the main building with an inter-connecting terrace overlooking the plains. Full range of modern Audio-Visual equipment.
- Swimming pool
- Nature Walks
- Game viewing drives in the Tsavo National Park
- Visits to Chyulu Hills and Mzima Springs