7 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We Stayed at the lodge as part of our Safari trip for a night , very friendly staff and great service would definetly go back to this place, very safe enviornment"
- Travel date: Mon 9th of November 2009
Lovely rooms but far too noisy
"Flamingo Hill was about our fourth stop on our safari honeymoon and the second tented camp.
First the good stuff: the tent itself was lovely, nice and big with a "proper" (concrete) bathroom area at the back. The bed was a four-poster and there was a delicious fruit bowl laid out for us. The staff were wonderful and the food excellent, particularly the breakfasts.
Now for the not so good. The camp is outside the park, not far from the back end of town and is surrounded by a small housing estate. This was the source of a huge amount of noise (loud music all afternoon, honking vehicles from 5.30am). Not only that, but we could also watch the local neighbours dump their rubbish in an open pile outside their houses, which immediately attracted aggressive baboons.
We really wanted to like this camp, with its friendly staff and comfortable rooms. But the bad just outweighs the good and turns it into only OK."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of October 2009
"This is an OK tented accomodation - in comparison to the others we had stayed in (Sweetwaters for example), it was of much inferior quality and style. The thing is we had booked through an agent so unsure of the price differential. In any case, it was outside the Park, which was not really nice. I would recommend trying the other lodges which definitely had a better location. The dinner was great...the breakfast was very ordinary."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of October 2009
what a wonderful lodge
"My wife and I spent one night at the Flamingo Hill Lodge as part of a longer safari holiday in Kenya. The hotel itself is on the outskirts of Nakuru and right on the edge of the nakuru national park. The staff were very welcoming and friendly making us feel very welcome from the outset.
The tents are amazing and very very comfortable. We were very lucky and had tent number 1 which directly overlooks the national park. Right from the two chairs at the front of the tent we saw buffallo, zebras and warthogs, not to mention the baboons that came to see us!!
The catering staff at the hotel were very good and had an excellent sense of humour. The food was very good with a large choice of quality food which was very tasty. The staff even made us a birthday cake which was a huge and very welcome surprise and they all joined in with the Jambo Jambo song and a dance in our honour. The manager of the lodge also joined in with this and took a personal interest to make sure that our stay was memorable which it certainly was. Was sad that we could not stay longer.
The safari drive to the lake national park was also very good and we were fortunate to see both black and white rhino along with zebras, hyena, buffalo, lion and thousands of flamingo.
An all round quality establishment which puts its guests needs first!"
- Travel date: Sat 26th of September 2009
Great food, service, accomodation
"We stayed here for only one night, and it was lovely.
We arrived extremely tired after a very long drive from Samburu and the staff greeted us with hot towels and fruit juice and a short introduction to the camp.
We were taken to our 'tent', which was lovely! The first time I've seen a tent with four poster beds, electricity and ensuite bathroom!
Then we had lunch, which was buffet style, but with a couple of tables where they would cook you omlettes and such to order.
They came round with the menu for that evening whilst we were eating lunch and asked us to choose our evening meal. I thought this was slightly unusual, but went along with it.
We then went out to Nakuru NP for an evening drive - thousands of flamingos, lots of pelicans, storks and zebra, and we were lucky enough to see a leopard and a rhino too!
The evening meal was the best of the entire trip, with the food being a-la-carte (chosen earlier) and delicious, and the atmosphere of the dining tent was lovely. The tent was a very high 'tee-pee' style, with dim lighting and little chimena's around to provide some warmth. Rather romantic and peaceful.
The bed was confortable and we slept through the night without noticing any noise. We had an early start to the Masai Mara, so no time for a morning game drive, but breakfast was good, if fairly standard fare.
Overall, a lovely place with great food and one of the best nights sleep I've ever had in a tent!"
- Travel date: Tue 8th of September 2009
Fantastic experience,friendly people,good food,extremely welcoming
"My partner and I decided to go to Kenya and Tanzania. After a long time choosing our holiday route, Flamingo Hill was the first stop. The name put me off at first as flamingoes aren't actually my favourite. Having said that , when we got here there was a row of people to welcome us with warm flannels to freshen ourselves up. A tour of the magnificent 'tents' and to be shown ours was great. The camp is just the right size, plenty of space between marvellous 'tents', so well made, and gives a real feel of comfort aqnd welcome in Africa. The meal times were superb, lovely wooden tables and chairs, plenty of choice, lovely wooden restaurant which was light enough to see but dim enough to give a real romantic feel. We were lucky enough to witness a birthday 'jambo' song by 'all' the waiters and cooking staff. What a fantastic start to the holiday. Just sit back and enjoy it. P.S. I so enjoyed seeing the flamingoes and there are also a wide choice of other animals nearby"
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of July 2009
Things you should know about Flamingo Hill
"We stayed at the Flamingo Hill Hotel at Lake Nakuru, Kenya. We wanted to stay at the Sarova but it was booked and this was the only alternative. The place itself is OK, good tents and good food but you should knbow two things. The first is that it is outside the park, which means that you cannot get into the park before 6:30am....after sunrise. The second factor of being outside is that it is very close to the local community and we had constant noise from vehicles, lorries and dogs barking all night. The most worrying factor was that we had $500 stolen from our bags inside the tent. As experienced travellers we usually leave our money in a safety deposit box but were told by the management that it was safe and there was no need. When we reported the theft the management basically did not care and since then have refused to do anything about it.
A bad experience, we recommend not staying there and instead getting into the Sarova which looked really nice (we visited for lunch) and is inside the park (albeit on the far side of the lake)."
- Travel date: Sat 20th of October 2007