9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Go to Kenya please!!!
"We have just returned from a safari in Kenya. We bit the bullet signed a waiver and went against the foreign offices advice so we could go to Lake Naivasha and I am so glad we did. The place was absolutely beautiful and this Lodge was by far the best one we stayed in. We were overlooking parkland and were able to take an evening stroll to see the hippo's. The rooms were immaculate with two double beds, an inside and outside shower. The food was superb. The saddest things was that we were the only people staying at the lodge. Since Christmas, people have cancelled holidays to Kenya, because the media have sensationalised a small minority of people who have been fighting over tribal issues. This has crucified their toursim and led to many people loosing their jobs. We didn't see any trouble, the only signs they may have been a problem was a refugee camp going into Lake Naivasha. If anyone is thinking of going to Kenya, I would recommend they do. The Kenyans will be pleased to see you and you will have a great experience. The people of Kenya would not put tourists at risk as they can't afford to loose the income from it."
- Travel date: 5th March 2008
Great place to stay
"Stayed for just one night - wish it was a lot longer. Facilities were wonderful, food excellent, staff friendly and professional. Take the boat ride - no need to go all the way to Crescent Island - just take the 1hour option which hugs the coast to the North of the hotel; plenty of hippos and beautiful bird-life to enjoy. Would love to return."
- Travel date: 2nd December 2007
This was an excellent lodge
"We arrived here after a long day travelling as the second night of a 5 day Thorn tree safari with Somak who we would also recommend as they were excellent throughout . We had been travelling around lake Nakuru and it was a lovely surprise to stay at this hotel. The rooms were big and clean with a telly in. The food was good and served buffet style, the gift shop had a good variety of items and to top it all you could walk down to Lake Naivisha and view the hippos. Don't walk down at night though as animals come out at this time. Overall we would definitely recommed this lodge if you are in the area on safari"
- Travel date: 1st October 2007
Fantastic Place For An Overnight Stop
"We stopped here for 1 night as part of a 5 day safari and thought it was a great place. Driving into the hotel from the main road is like entering Jurassic Park with the great big wooden doors! Some people have commented that the hotel maybe doesn't fit in with the surroundings, but we found it a pleasant place to stay. The room we stopped in was great with a double bed and a single bed, plenty of storage space and a mini lounge with a sofa and a tv (which we didn't use!). The food is buffet style, although strangely enough the staff bring the soup to you first, and then you go off and get what you are after. I found the quality and variety of the food pretty good, they also had a mini curry buffet on as well. The grounds of the hotel are great with various beasts wandering around. There is a bridge that you can cross to a slightly more open area and footpath down to the lake itself. One of the groundsmen took us within about 10m of a giraffe which was amazing. We really enjoyed our night at the Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge and would definiately stop there again"
- Travel date: 25th July 2007
"We stopped here for a couple of nights between parks on our safari. We found it to be very relaxing with a pleasant walk to the edge of the lake where we saw lots of hippos. The room was comfortable and the restaurant staff were friendly and helpful."
- Travel date: 20th June 2007
Hippos, Giraffes, & Waterbuck
"This lodge is for those who want to treat themselves. Wildlife is literally outside your patio door. The ground floor rooms boast private outdoor showers (which I absolutely loved!). Waterbuck come onto the property often. A wee walk from the lodge you will find wildlife up close. My husband & I literally stood within a few yards of a giraffe and also a hippo that would come up to a small pond near the lodge property. The rooms are clean, the food is enjoyable, the folks who work there are helpful and courteous. The only downside is the internet connection, located in the gift shop. The shop has minimal hours, and the internet has even less. We didn't use the pool only because we used our spare time to walk the grounds to see the wildlife. Our guide for our walks answered our questions and was very pleasant (they encourage guests to take a guide with them because wildlife can be, well, wild. It's for your protection. Hell's Gate park is nearby if you want to see additional wildlife. The wildlife there isn't as abundant as another park that my husband & I went on at Lake Nakuru National Park. But if you can't make any park besides Hell's Gate, then go. We had a group of about 12 and was able to talk the price down for entrance. If we were to have the opportunity to stay there again we definately would."
- Travel date: 20th March 2007
Great reception, not so keen on the buffet
"Everything others say about the location, the quality of the modern rooms, the service (including a five star welcome and introduction to the hotel from the excellent receptionist) is true. The architect has applied thought throughout - such as three separate areas within the resuturant ensuring everyone is near a window. We only stayed one night but found the buffet food was a bit limited. Perhaps we were unlucky as there was an event on that evening which stretched the catering team. Most perplexingly,,, why the lovely pool has to have loud music blaring out all afternoon I do not know. The pedicures and manicures are recommended by the females in the party."
- Travel date: 26th February 2007
Loved Every Second
"I went to the Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge in March 2006 and had the time of my life. It was much more than I could have ever expected from a lodge in Kenya. The food, views, people, atmosphere... absolutely everything was AMAZING!!!!!!! If you are planning to go there, do not have any doubt and go for it!!!! After an good 1.5 hour drive from Nairobi and after feeling that you canât take anymore, you arrive at this secluded place with breathtaking scenery and a MASSIVE fire place!!!! The people there are so nice and hospitable, they pampered you every step of the way!!!!! My room was situated on the ground floor, which was nice because you had acres of land as your garden!!!! The rooms were very big and the bathroom was sooooooooooo pretty! One of the reasons why I loved the place so much was that it had hippos in the back yard!!!! You had to call for a guard in the evenings in order to guard you in case they came too close, but it is nothing to really worry about. I stood only a few meters from one, and was mesmerized as to how cute and cuddly this 1 ton creature seems!!! I would recommend a trip to Crescent Island (where they have filmed Out of Africa and Tomb Raider 2) as you get a chance to get really close to the animals and also see a wide range of birds. The trip will also help get you in gear for the Masai Mara! I heard that Lake Nakuro is also nice (it has pink flamingoes) but we did not make it there as our schedule was too tight. The food at the lodge was also really nice, simple and tasty. I especially enjoyed the lunch from the menuâ¦ excellent. As i have mentioned above, my hubby and i went in late March, just before the rainy season and got to see many new born animals being fed by their mothers during out visit to Crescent Island. We also saw a number of birds such as the Love Bird, which is not that common. For all of you planning to go there with the aim to relax and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.... there is no need to look any further, book ASAP!!! Only a couple of more things to add: Do not forget to take the following with you: sun cream, anything you have in linen, a jacket for the evenings (it gets cold), lots of film, sunglasses, binoculars, anti mosquito cream or spray and plenty of water of any day trip you take."
- Travel date: 2nd April 2006
Very Nice Lodge
"On our way to the Masai Mara in Sept.2005 we spent one night at this lodge. It is extremely clean with very peaceful grounds. Our room was perfect and we overlooked the lovely grounds spotted with elk,ostrich and various birds. There is a path through the grounds that takes you to the shore of Lake Naivasha but beware,do not venture there at night all sorts of animals come out. The restaurant served great food, the pool was excellent, and the gift shop offered all sort of nice sourvenirs. Overall I would highly recommend this lodge if you are planning on being in this area."
- Travel date: 17th November 2005
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