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“Return trip reminded me how good this place is”
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Tawi Lodge
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Nairobi, Kenya
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12 reviews
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“Return trip reminded me how good this place is”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

I'd been to Tawi a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, and just returned for a quick two nights arranged quite last minute. I had forgotten how wonderful Amboseli and its ridiculously large herds of elephants are, and Tawi really is a superb lodge, one of the best in its price bracket that I've stayed at in Kenya. Clever and modern design, great cool shaded areas in the garden with the ponds, and huge rooms with free-standing baths and showers with views of Kilimanjaro. The staff are all friendly, professional, fun but not overbearing, the guides first-rate (Nickson was our guide and was super), and above all the food really was something exceptional. There were a couple of minor issues over water pressure in our rooms (11 and 12) and the fridges were not working in the rooms. Beyond that, pretty much perfect.

I'd recommend going for at least two nights, ideally three, but remember you don't have to pay your KWS Amboseli park fee for every night you stay at Tawi because you're outside the Park in the conservancy. Certainly go into the Park, but take time to chill around the lodge (and in its spa!), and to walk in the conservancy. If you're lucky, as we were, you'll have a dozen elephants wallowing in the waterhole just beyond the lodge, and you can sit in the bar with a G+T and just watch them all afternoon.....

A word of caution on the KWS park fees - if you enter the park at Meshanani Gate (the Namanga side), even if you are transiting through to Kimana then to Tawi, you'll pay there and the clock will start ticking on the 24-hour validity of your ticket. Recommend driving Nairobi-Emali-Oloitokitok-Kimana Gate instead. Also, KWS may soon restrict you to one entry only per ticket - meaning you can't, say, have an afternoon game drive, leave the park to stay at Tawi overnight, then go back in the next morning. Currently (as at Feb 1, 2014) they allow one extra entry per ticket per 24 hours, but that may change. Ask Tawi about the latest.

All in all, I'd really recommend Tawi Lodge as the best place that I know of to stay in Amboseli. And if you time it right with the Mombasa Road traffic, it's basically four hours door-to-door from home in Nairobi!

Mike Pflanz
East, West and Central Africa Correspondent
The Daily Telegraph
London (based in Nairobi)

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Loved this place - great hospitality and Ron, the general manager is so hands on and on the ball that this place works fantastically well.

Rooms are spread out just enough to give you privacy as well as comfort.

The location is perfect.

Very Eco-conscious and socially responsible lodge.

Will definitely be returning soon.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

Very close to the natural park, very good facilities, you can see different animals around while you are having breakfast early in the morning...
Very good food, you can really enjoy and feel the difference
The staff is very kind, in particular the owner.
If you can afford it, don't look for any other round there. This is the best option!

Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

We were greeted personally and warmly by Ron, the lovely manager. He sat down with us upon our arrival and let us know everything we needed to know about Tawi. My husband and I were on safari as a belated honeymoon and we were immediately made to feel welcome and comfortable. What a great place for some privacy--we were almost the only residents there during our two nights, though Tawi's popularity as a unique destination grows by leaps and bounds. Service was above exemplary and the staff were warm and friendly and always helpful. The property is beautiful, the grounds stunning, and every cottage has a veranda facing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Both mornings and evenings are amazing, and watching giraffes, zebra and other wildlife as they pass by your cottage makes it even more memorable.

The private, 6,000 acre conservancy that surrounds Tawi is just five minutes from the gates of Amboseli National Park, but what made it special to me is that your guides will take you anywhere on the conservancy...no sticking to main roads. I believe our wildlife viewing was much enhanced by this. The guides are amazing; Julius accompanied us on our first game drive there and I was thrilled to observe and photograph many of the wildlife with Kili as a backdrop.

Although we didn't take advantage of the tempting spa facility and services, or take a dip in the natural pool, I know we would have enjoyed them. The menu is chosen with care and the food is delicious.

Ron was always available if needed, and he even was able to help when I needed some extra dried beans for my photo beanbag!

Tawi's mission statement of conservation, partnership and eco-friendliness is admirable and one of the reasons we chose to stay here.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Addlestone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

This was recommended by Imagine Africa as a first stop on our trip to introduce us to Africa with a bit of luxury and relaxation as well as game drives and other activities. It certainly was luxury and fantastic service with an amazing location. Imagine being able to sit in the bath and look out of the window at the classic view Mount Kilimanjaro! Fantastic for the elephants too, even at the waterhole you can see from the breakfast table. A perfect choice to start the holiday

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We stayed 3 nights at Tawi. From arrival to departure, everything worked perfect. Ron, the general manager, gives a figure to the lodge. He was friendly, explanatory and made our stay a memorable one. Panian, our maasai guide, was a lovely personality. We had wonderful walks around the lodge with him. As an advice, if you have a maasai village visit, don't return to lodge with the car and have a walk with Panian from the village to the lodge. Our guide, Dominic, was also great. We had near perfect game drives with him. He was respectful, helpful and knowledgeable. We had nice chats during our game drives with him. Titus, the headwaiter, was helpful and friendly. The food was great. All the staff made their job very well. The rooms were comfortable, all facing to Kilimanjaro. There was a busy waterhole just front of the main building. Nearly every time there were some animals at the waterhole, including elephants, zebras, giraffes etc. There was a small natural swimming pool. We wanted to swim with the fishes in it, but the weather was cold, so we couldn't. Maybe this was the only disapointment for us about our stay. The lodge is in a conservancy near Amboseli NP. İt takes 5-10 minutes from the lodge to the gate of Amboseli. But as there is no fence around the park, you can still see some animals on the way, especially giraffes and ele's. It is an ecofriendly lodge. Also some part of the money you paid is going to the community and conservancy, which means you are being a part of conservation of the wildlife. This is a good thing to know, as all african wildlife, especially elephants, is in great danger because of poaching. As a last word; what makes a place memorable and great, is the management and the staff. Tawi proved it again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Modesto, California
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Tawi Lodge is beautiful, the grounds are amazing, the staff is superb, ready to offer every convenience and comfort. As mentioned by others, the emphasis on environmentally appropriate practices and accommodations sets this lovely property apart from other lodges. A welcoming manager, Ron, and friendly staff made this property a wonderful introduction to Kenya for us. Our guide Julius was delightful, knowledgeable, and shared our wonder at the sights of Amboseli, its animals, birds and ecosystem. The food was outstanding (as we told the staff, we thought it rivalled many excellent restaurants in San Francisco). Welcoming touches included coffee, hot chocolate or tea delivered to our room in the morning, and chilled white wine in the rooms. We were treated to a wonderful "sundowner" experience with Julius, a highlight of our trip, along with the nature walk by another Julius, introducing us to spoor, plants and hiking among giraffes and baboons.
We recommend Tawi Lodge without hesitation.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tawi Lodge
Address: Bush Street | P.O. Box 1206, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Amboseli Eco-system
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Tawi Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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