I stayed at Lake Nakuru lodge many years back so things may have changed from then. Peter, Helen and I, decided to take a weekend break and visit Lake Bogoria, we stopped at Lake Nakuru enroute. Peter had arranged for us to stay at Lake Nakuru lodge owned and operated by his friend. His friend decided we should stay with them, but unfortunately the day we arrived, Thomas received in-laws from out of town making it hard to accommodate all of us at his house. Thomas then arranged for us to stay the 2 nights at Lake Nakuru lodge.
The lodge is located up on a hill with the view of the park. Each room has an excellent view of the plains from where you can literally see wildlife and the Lake. Our room was pretty big; we had a queen size bed that could pass for a king and a smaller twin bed on the side which worked perfectly for the three of us. Both beds had mosquito nets and a mosquito repellant in the form of incense. We of course burnt the repellant as it had a soothing smell to us, but repelled mosquitoes and other insects.
The facade of the lodge could use some refurbishing, but the service and views diminish the need for that. Our room attendant was very particular; we even got fresh wild flowers the next day. The bathrooms look worn out, but the cleanliness of it is evidence that they strive to keep it in good order despite the lodge’s old age. Potted flowers outside add beauty to the whole establishment.
The food was great but there was not much to choose from; this of course has to do with the fact that all the food is brought in from Nakuru or Nairobi. Peter liked the roast beef (mishkaki) in Swahili, while I made do with the little vegetables and fruits they offered us. They do have the common drinks like beer, soda, some liquor and bottled water. I recommend drinking bottled water anytime you are in Kenya, regardless of the town, city or rural area. We had a nice time; it is a good accommodation for a short stay. I would not recommend more than two nights unless you must. Go with less expectation and you will be surprised, enjoy the view of the lake and the plains. They do have a swimming pool, and a bar that serves you by the poolside. Enjoy the pool-side service, it is great and refreshing.
At night we were entertained by traditional musicians and dancers. Helen and I, danced and participated in the chorus, which was pretty cool. After we retired to bed, the night sounds were filled with wild nature; the birds, and wild animals reminding us that we were in their territory. There is nothing like the voices of nature. All in all, we had a good experience and got what we paid for and more.
If you want it all in one small space, this is IT. Lake Nakuru park has everything except elephant, simply because the park is so small.
Interestingly, the room we occupied had a solar system on the roof to heat the hot water and provide electrickery. I am all for that! Not only do we not have to deal with generators and dodgy wires, but the heating is renewable!
Yes there is a pool. The service was brilliant as the manager recognised us from previous trips. Food was tasty and lots of it as usual. An all you can eat buffet. The perfect way to get so PORKY that you can't get into the safari vehicle. One must be disciplined. Clear soup, salad and no carbohydrates. Oh Yes.
Built on a hillside high over the lake, the lodge affords you views for miles around. Lovely clean room overlooking the fields and lake with a small terrace as well (advised to keep window closed in absence because of the monkeys). A terrace in front of the restaurant overlooked the lake with a couple of Cape Buffalo in the field just below us. Food was above average with friendly pleasant staff on hand.
The beautiful views.
The lodge's accommodation was superb, well furnished rooms with good facilities. The staff were friendly and very profesional. The restaurant served a good variety of food which was accompanied by very attentive table service.
Right inside the National park
Lion Hill Lodge- Lake Nakuru
This lodge was a bit more rustic than some of they others we’ve seen but we love it just as much. The staff are so friendly and helpful . We arrived at 3:30 when lunch was long over but they served us anyway . Thank God as we were starved. The food was wonderful with huge tempting buffets as well as a couple of grills of chicken , pork and goat.We were entertained during dinner by a strolling musician playing Everly Bros. Tunes.It turns out he learned the songs from one of the few English disks he had. Our rooms are comfortable with a huge King Size bed ,with a net , and other creature comforts like a hairdryer and coffee maker.
WE had the best introduction ever!! As we drove up we were greeted with Rhino just outside the gate!!
We stayed here for a 2 night camp, however after our bad experience in the Mara we treated ourselves to a first night 'overlanders bucket shop upgrade'. We paid $46 for the 3 of us to stay in Mutati cottage ...and wow was it worth every cent! It is a fully self contained 2 storey cottage, lounge with fireplace, TV and even a video, a large bedroom downstairs overlooking the gardens, a fully equiped kitchen, and a good sized bathroom, with shower (hot water!), and the biggest African luxury a proper, clean toilet with a seat and it flushed!! Upstairs was a huge bedroom with a king sized bed and french doors opening onto a furnished balcony. Outside at the front of the cottage is a patio area with table and chairs.
Ok second night back to reality in the tent! The campsite is set in the well kept gardens with shower blocks and long drop toilets in huts around the site.
There's a nice bar and an under cover area with long tables where we could eat, they even brought us solid fuel heaters when it got a little cooler in the evening.
There's also a table tennis table, dats and giant Jenga that went down well with the kids.
Farm walks - 2 hours around the local area.
Evening walks around the campsite spotting Chameleons
Safaris in Lake Nakuru National Park
Set on a plateau in an elevation above Lake Nakuru, Sarova Lion Hill lodge has 67 chalets all overlooking the lake. It is the perfect place to experience one of the world's largest ornithological spectacles, The Pink Flamingo. Located in Lake Nakuru National Park, Swimming and sauna available and souvenirs from the curio shop.
The experience at the Bweha camp is out of the world, With nine Bandas tucked away in the bushes, You enjoy an exclusive bush experience and unwind totally. There are rustic rooms built from lava rock and closely thatched fitted roof. The area has a spectacular panorama interspersed with dormant volcanoes such as longonot, suswa, and Menengai, and numerous smaller ones like Delamere’s Nose near Elementaita. Take a night drive round the Game and you will splendid view of Buffalos, Gazelles, Waterbucks, Jackal (jackal -Bweha in Swahili) and but what will completely catch your attention is the SpringHare its a sought of strange patchwork animal.
The spectacular panorama interpersed with dormant volcanoes.
The hotel is located in a nice place where you can have a beautiful view of games like rhino, lion, leopard cheetah, buffalos etc and birds like flamingos, pelicans etc. and forgeting the beautiful scenery- Lake cliff such as baboon cliff, fever trees and euphorbia candelabra forest. best for Photography. The place has gas cooker, fridge, and all kitchen utensilselectricity is by generator which is on from 7pm to 10pm
The first thing i noticed about this place is that you have to fetch for your own firewood, and drinking water, sounds adventurous already.
This campground is situated on a slope along the plains boardering the lake. It's gorgeous. You can spot wildlife right form you campsite. The staff here is extremely friendly. We had the whole place to ourselves, but it can get busy and booked up fast with Kenyan school groups.
The cabanas are fantastic. Three rooms including kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, with a huge living space. We paid 300 KSH per night ( a steal)
Dorms are available and are only minimally cheaper
The camp also runs a self catering guesthouse a bit more up the hill for twice as much money. Stay in the cabanas if you can, it's a much better value.
If you like getting close to wildlife, this is the place to come. They upped the prices to £100 for residents, $200 for non residents. You can sleep 8 people here with plenty of room. We stayed here several times. The beds are like bricks. They have two bedrooms, each a double and a single bed with nets. You sleep others on the sofas in the lounge. Once in a lifetime experience. We took guests here several times. Self catering, so unless you bring your chef, you cook. I got everyone up one morning at 5am and hubby took them on a game drive while I cooked a *Bush Breakfast* sounds great, basically bacon and eggs. While I was cooking, the house was attacked by ververt monkeys, rattling the windows to get in. I was fighting a rearguard action here. Running from room to room, tightening the window catches and making fierce faces at the monkeys.
The guests came back! they had spotted a leopard. I turned off the breakfast and chucked it all in the fridge, praying that the monkeys hadn't mastered modern technology, dashed off with camera equipment to find the leopard. There he was, in a tree, full morning sun on him, fantastic shots. A real triumph in photography.
That night I cooked a roast chicken dinner. It was demolished by hungry hunters, we decided to put the chicken carcass out to see what came by. We had night vision goggles. First on the scene were black backed Jackals.... tearing the carcass and fighting over it. Then a Rattel, a honey badger, a fearsome creature. To mop up, there was a monitor lizard, not usually seen at all on safari. A highly succesful night.
You must remember, you are in the middle of the Park with no defence against the animals. No electric fences at all. You can hear the lions roaring at night and when you go onto the verandah, there is nothing at all between you and the wildlife.
Fantastic up close experience of the animals. Wonderful interior decor. Back to nature experience. Very cheap for 8 people, £12.50 a night.
Peter is the caretaker. He will get you firewood and supply gas for the stove. If there is no electricity, he will give you lamps. Take your own candles and mosquito killer sticks.
If you are travelling there without a tour guide, stop off in Nakuru to get supplies for your cooking. The tomatoes are out of this world, although you may find it difficult to get eggs. Fruit is plentiful, suggest you buy meat in Nairobi and carry it in an icebox. Bring your own beer and wine, nothing in Nakuru.
Another member of the Sarova group, these people just seem to get it right in Kenya.
Upon arrival at the Lion Hill Lodge, after a long and dusty drive from the Masai Mara it was nice to be greeted at the informal yet beautiful front reception area by an eager staff holding cool, rolled towels dipped in water and eucalyptus with which to freshen up with.
This is accompanied by a tall glass of refreshing lemonaide which we thirstly drank down.
After a quick prelimanary handing out of the passports, verification of our reservations, etc. we were assigned room numbers and shown to the dining room; being assured our luggage would be in our rooms when we were through with lunch.
Lunch is an impressively formal affair and we almost felt underdressed! We soon realized we were not the only ones in shorts and T's and that the other tourists in the room were also showing the dusty look of safari worn travelers. We were soon able to relax, partly due to the friendly smiles and greeting of "JUMBO" from our waiter and the cold "Tuska" beer which we needed after the long drive.
Lunch was spectacular. Various salads, vegetable dishes, pasta dishes, roasted meats and stews followed by fresh fruit. (Kenya as a whole is not known for their desserts and we chose to skip sweets).
We took coffee in the outdoor terrace which overlooks Lake Nakuru and where you see endless flocks of flamingos moving, as in unison, performing a water ballet in the distance.
As promised, when we'd finished lunch, our luggage was awaiting for us in the room.
A beautiful, clean, spacious room with comfortable bed and a wrap around terrace with unobstructed views of Nakuru and sunsets/sunrises. Ask for one of the "In-Between rooms" with names rather than numbers assigned to them for additional space.
The hotel is set on a hillside, amongst lush forest and overlooking famous Lake Nakuru.
The sweeping views, only ocassionally interrupted by acacias or Candelabra trees are unparaled.
Peace and quiet is the theme here! We believe this is why it makes for such a good stopping point in between other points of interest such as Masai mara, Samburu and Amboseli.
Rooms are spacious! Ask for one of the "named suites or rooms" rather than the numbered ones. They come with a fireplace (it can get chilly at nights), a huge king sized bed with mosquito netting, living room, sitting area and larger, wrap around porches.
Walk in showers and/or bathtubs are also available.
Restaurant provides nightly enteratinment varying from Masai to African Rythm and music.
Audience is invited to join in and Eddie was quite good at "breaking it down" with the African ladies!
Tables and seating are arranged in tiers making audience visibility good.
Sunsets/Sunrises are particularly stunning from the end of the property, where the last rooms are located as they "jut out" overlooking Nakuru with unobstructed views. This is where our room was. Just wonderful!
Finally, although we did not utilize it, a beautiful courtyard swimming pool which was amazingly clean and serene. When we walked up to it, after dinner (around 10:00pm), an ever ready to do our bidding pool attendant, quickly ran to turn on it's lights thinking we were intending to take a late night dip!
I stayed for one night in this camp site. It was a nice, peaceful place to stay. There were a lot of animals coming really close to the camp, Vervet Monkeys, Thomson's Gazelle.
I just wish we could have stayed here longer!
Unfortunately (for us) this is not a lodge belonging to the ASC, so we just had lunch here when visiting the Lake Nakuru National Park.
The food we had was excellent, the best we had in our whole time in Kenya. And they had a huge selection of everything. Starters, Main Courses, Meats, Fish, Salads, Dessert ....
Very nice looking bungalows in a botanical park - like area.
The big eating room has a wonderful view over the slowly falling land down to the lake Nakuru.
Excellent place to stay some days. They also offer excurisons into the park also horse riding there (!) must keep it in mind for sometime later.
This Kenya - Uganda trip that we had booked was indeed a camping trip.
The travel agency provided new tents that were given to us at the Schiphol airport.
These tents were very decent; it was a Dumbo model, for 3 people. So there was plenty of space in it for two people + luggage.
The camp ground was part of a big farm, with lots of horses and . . . . cows. And early, very early in the morning we heard these cows as they were kind of yelling to get rid of their milk . . .
There was a small bar on the campground with plenty of beer, and the possibility to charge the batteries for the digital cameras. The toilets were clean, and there was plenty of hot water in the showers.
The camp crew also prepared a delicious barbeque for us.
a nice bar at the campsite - great barbeque
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