About Lions Bluff
Lion’s Bluff is the sister lodge to Diani Blue. Also run by Helen and Iain Leckie it offers just 14 rooms and is located within its own 84,000-acre private conservancy, the Lumo Community Wildlife Conservancy.
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.
“Lions Bluff Lodge”
Sheltering one of Africa’s most ancient elephant migratory corridors
An eco lodge conceived built and run by the local Taita community, Lions Bluff clings to the edge of a ridge of metamorphic rock, which rises steeply above the surrounding plains. Secluded and exclusive, it features just fourteen traditionally built rondavels, whose wildwood verandahs are suspended above one of Africa’s most ancient elephant migratory corridors.
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.
“The Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary”
The Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary lies at the heart of the Tsavo eco system, surrounded by Tsavo East and West national parks and the Taita Game Sanctuary. It is composed of three group ranches (Taita, Lualenyi, Mramba and Oza), all of whom have elected to pool their natural resources in the interests of sustaining this unique wilderness area. The area is a vital wildlife corridor for the animals of Tsavo East and West, it is also an ancient elephant migratory route.
Altitude: 150-1,800 metres above sea level.
Area: 98,840 acres.
Location: South-west Kenya, inland from the coast.
Distance from Nairobi: 360 km south of Nairobi, 200 km north west of Mombasa.
Vegetation: The area features over 1000 plant species and a mixed habitat of bush, grasslands and acacia woodlands dotted with baobab, ivory palm, saltbush, doum palm, tamarind and fig trees.
Climate: The area has a typical savannah climate.
Fauna: Includes: lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, baboon, waterbuck, Coke’s hartebeest, gazelle, zebra, mongoose, hyrax, dik dik, porcupine, and oryx.
Birds: The prolific bird life features 600 recorded species.
Roads: The roads are well graded, maintained and signposted.
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.