Zebra Lodge is another accomodation inside Kimana game reserve, lower in standard and smaller than Leopard Lodge, but to me it looks more attractive. If I could make my choice would rather stay here than in Leopard Lodge.
The ambient is just great, full of greenery and constructed in a shape of traditonal Kenyan huts. We came here just to visit hippos, which can be seen in a small lake just about five minutes walk from the lodge.
Leopard Lodge consists of about fifty wooden bungalows scattered inside beautifully arranged park. The lodge has very good restaurant, bar with huge terrace and small pool. The stuff is very well trained and extremelly kind-hearted. It was my best accomodation in whole of Kenya.
The room is pretty small but it is not of importance coz it serve for sleeping only. I was in particularly satisfied with the bed and its hard mattress which enables me to sleep like a baby. Hard mattress is all you need after long day in the savannah. The bathroom is small and simple and water is the only problem I had because it runing pretty slow. However, I found nothing to complain about.
You cannot possible miss the Plaza when you come into Loitokitok. It’s located in the middle of the town along the main road just before you come to the marked place, and it’s a huge concrete block.
Compared to the Kibo Slopes Hotel this place is more basic, but also a lot cheaper. My room was large, and I had my own bathroom with a hot water shower. There was not much storage room apart from a bedside locker, another small cupboard with two tiny drawers, some coat hooks and a rail for hanging up clothes. The rest of the furniture consisted of a double bed (with mosquito net), a table, an armchair, a stool and a small corner table. Every second day the room was cleaned and the sheets were changed. A cheap laundry service is available with a pair of trousers costing KSH50. I also quite liked the rooftop terrace from where you have a great view of the Kili and which is also a good vantage point for watching the Loitokitok street life go by – which most of the time will consist of rickety cars with huge dust clouds in their wake, or Maasai in their red shukas with goats in tow.
Breakfast was very simple with toasts and jam and fried eggs. “White” coffee was a mug of hot milk into which you put your instant coffee powder. At dinner the usual African fare was available with chicken or fried meat with rice, chips or chapattis and a bit of salad on the side. Don’t go for dinner around 7pm though, as that’s when the Swahili news are on tele, and most tables will be occupied by locals watching the news on one of the few TV sets in Loitokitok.
At KSH 400 per night (room rate without food) the Plaza is very good value for money and although basic it was clean and friendly and I enjoyed my 10 days there.
Around Loitokitok the Kibo Slopes Hotel is the one with the highest standard, but also the most expensive. The hotel is run by an Austrian-Maasai couple, the rooms are big, bright and clean with hot showers, the food in the restaurant is very good, and the staff very friendly. Rooms or self-contained cottages for up to 4 people are available.
The hotel offers great views of the Kilimanjaro on the one side (especially when the rising sun colours the snow on the peak pink), and across the Amboseli plains towards the Chyulu Hills on the other. Otherwise facilities are limited to a bar and conference centre, and there is no TV. As most visitors only stay a day or two for a trip to Amboseli National Park before they climb the Kilimanjaro there is probably no need to provide much entertainment. And who wants to watch TV anyway, when you can sit outside and look at the Kilimanjaro?
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