An intimate eco lodge, Lions Bluff stands equidistant between the volcanic reefs of Tsavo West National Park, the largest national park in the world, and the cloud forests of the Taita Hills, some of the last highland rainforests left on earth.
Surrounded by the smoke-grey peaks of the Pare Mountains, and towered over by the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro, all the ensuite rooms enjoy 360-degree panoramas. Linked by timber bridges, they are simplicity incarnate; featuring hand-made four-poster beds, crisp white linen and locally-made wildwood furniture.
Lions Bluff Lodge
Simply built from sustainable timber, the lodge features its own swimming pool, safari bar, viewing terrace and community handicrafts boutique. The central dining room has open sides, allowing for long views across the plains. An integral part of the surrounding community, the Lodge sources all its organic produce from the local farmers, many of whom are shareholders in the conservancy.
An ecological oasis
A traditional breeding ground for the legendary lions of Tsavo, Lions Bluff has its own waterhole, which attracts great herds of elephants, buffalos and plains game.
Endemic treasures and rare jewels
On the sheltered hillsides, rare endemic African violets grow. Deep in the Taita cloud forests flutter three endemic species of butterfly, which exist nowhere else on earth. Here too are species of endemic birds reptiles and insects that are globally unique. Meanwhile, amid the volcanic ridges rubies, sapphires, tourmaline and turquoise are mined.
Day and night game drives
Unlike the national parks, the Lumo Wildlife Conservancy permits both day and night game drives. ‘Sun-downer’ cocktails, campfire story-telling, bush suppers, picnic lunches, guided nature walks and ornithological tours are also offered.
Arena of war
A key arena in the East Africa campaign of World War I, the lodge also hosts a series of utterly unique ‘battle field tours’; which retrace the battle lines of perhaps one of the most bizarre encounters in British and German military history
Gateway to Tsavo and beyond
Immediately adjacent to Tsavo West, the Lodge also serves as a gateway to Lake Jipe, Lake Challa and the Chyulu Hills.
Encircled by mountains
The area is surrounded by the North Pares Mountains (70 km distant), Mount Kilimanjaro (120 kms away), the West Usambara Mountains and the Taita Hills.
The landscape is composed of rolling savannah and remnants of ancient highland tropical rainforest.
A vital lion breeding area
The habitat includes the Mwashoti, Mwakitau and Ndola Hills and Lion Rock, all of which are important breeding sites for lion.
Highlights of the birdlife include those of the semi-arid zone, such as ostrich and golden pipit while perhaps the most conspicuous are the white-headed buffalo weaver and the brilliantly plumaged golden-breasted starling. Raucous hornbill are also prevalent as are such hole-nesting birds as parrot, barbet and roller.