Mombasa Island on the Kenya coast and the nearby Diani Beach in Ukunda are mostly known as beach destinations that offer world-class tropical beach vacations to hundreds of visitors each year. In comparison, the nearby Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary may not enjoy equal limelight but still offers a unique complimentary opportunity for holidaymakers in this coastal town.
Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a private sanctuary that covers slightly over 28,000 acres and is next to Tsavo National Park. It is just 200kilometres from Mombasa and a gentle 30-minute flight from Nairobi. This proximity makes the sanctuary an ideal destination for those who might want to combine a beach vacation with a short safari.
Needless to say, if you can afford a few more days - say 3 or 4 days, you can add on Tsavo Park and Amboseli National Parks and enjoy even more of Kenya's wildlife. Your safari operator will be happy to organize this kind of tour, giving you a short break from the sun and sand indulgence.
The sanctuary is arguably one of the success stories in sustainable and responsible wildlife tourism. Records indicate that the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary has more than 50 species of large mammals and 300 bird species. Sarova Hotels, the hotel chain that currently runs the sanctuary and also manages the 2 safari hotels found within the sanctuary, are committed to ensure that the wildlife thrives and that it will continue to prosper in the future.
Accommodation at Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
The two lodges located within the sanctuary - The Sarova Taita Hills and Sarova Saltlick Lodge - provide a unique destination for an ideal wildlife-viewing destination that is perfect and accessible all year round.
Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge stands aloft a raised ridge capturing an impressive view of the surrounding hills. The lodge has 62 beautifully appointed rooms including two suite, swimming pool, spacious lobby, boutique, restaurant, meeting rooms and a conference hall.
Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge features a truly unique architectural concept an imaginative reproduction of the local populaces' traditional abodes, consisting of 96 distinctively luxurious oval-shaped rooms, all overlooking a waterhole which attracts a large array of wildlife, including and especially elephants. In the evenings the animals gather at the waterhole - a spectacular site to behold, to drink and lick the salt spread round the watering hole.
These two magnificent game lodges are sited in a fully integrated wildlife safari resort complex with a private airstrip. The complex also has grounds for a golf course
If you find yourself among the hundreds on the beach in Mombasa, Diani or even Malindi and still get the urge to take part on a wildlife safari, consider a short safari to one of the most wildlife-rich private sanctuaries in Kenya - the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Complex. With a minimum of 1 night you can see sample some of Kenya's best wildlife while on your beach vacation in Kenya.
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