I've wanted to visit Shiwa for a very long time and on this trip I finally got round to it. I couldn't afford to stay at the main house so we stayed at Kapishya Hot Springs which is in the grounds and for the purposes of this review I'll call it as the same place. It's run by one brother, Mark, while the other brother runs the main house.
Kapishya Hot Springs is remarkable. It's set deep in the bush on the banks of a river and it gets you right into the heart of Africa...but the hospitality still allows you to have a diet Coke and use the Internet.
Food is wonderful and plentiful and Mark's hospitality was enormous. He took us for a drive and made us feel right at home.
We went out of season and he did a good deal on the excellent lodge accommodation which he got back several times over by way of the enjoyment of his bar and long evening conversations about the Gore-Brown family.
We visited the house and that's a wonderful place to go. We never really considered staying there as it's hugely expensive and the Hot Springs...and you really can sit in a hot springs pool...is just so affordable and provides great value.
It's not an easy place to get to but if you're ever in this neck of the woods you really should visit and like the title...visit the house but stay at the springs.