7 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Loldia's great - go!
"Loldia house is a place anyone and everyone should go to, should they find themselves even considering going to Kenya. Whilst it isn't in the Maasai Mara, it is a brilliant 'warm-up' to a 'real' safari in one of the big parks. You can however book an excursion out to lake Nakuru which is a must see for the fantastic flamingos.
The staff here are lovely. Peter, the manager, will eat with you every night, giving tales from his fascinating life, cracking jokes, gicing advice and generally being a nice guy. The waiting staff are also lovely and all, naturally, speak very good English. There is also a dog Scotty who is quite simply adorable. Believe me, I am not a dog person, but Scotty is lovely.
The game around the house is pretty good. Again, you won't see elephants and lions here, but you do see amazing views of volcanoes and lakes that would never be seen in the Maasai Mara or other African plains, and you do see plentiful zebra, hippos, baboons, monkeys, giraffes, eland, impala, buffalo etc, etc. Very good. The excellent guides James and Charles really know their birds as well, and Loldia is one of the best places for birds that I have ever been to.
What are you waiting for? If you go to Kenya, go to Loldia. I would suggest going for 4-7 days, which is enough to experience the food (the best food I've ever tasted - no exaggeration), animals and hospitality."
- Travel date: Fri 30th of April 2010
"Stayed here for four nights of complete spoiling â especially as we were the only people staying! The grounds are beautiful and you have breakfast and lunch on the lawn in the shade of a huge fig tree while you watch impala running around as well as water buffalo and monkeys and amazingly colourful birds and you can even hear the hippos out on the lake. The lake has retreated a bit in recent years but is coming back as there has been rain this year â between the garden and the lake there is papyrus where the water buffalo wallow. The staff were very attentive and friendly and Peter the manager was the perfect host â nothing was too much trouble and it was really interesting chatting to him over dinner. After dinner we would repair to the sitting room for coffee and to finish up the wine from dinner by a roaring fire, looking at the brilliant selection of old books from when this was a private house owned by the people who still run the estate â there were lots of green beans and cabbages in the fields nearby or on their way to British supermarkets!
We did a boat trip on Lake Naivasha which sets off from the place where the Adamsonâs lived (as in Born Free) â there is a small museum and hotel and cafÃ©. The lake trip was great â lots of hippos and fish eagles and a good view of the âDjinn Palaceâ of White Mischief fame.
We also went on a game drive to Lake Nakuru and saw hundreds of flamingos as well as rhino, giraffe, zebra, hyena, ostriches and much more. Even on the way to and from places, while still on the Loldia estate, we saw zebra, gazelles, dik dik, baboons and so on. The roads are pretty rough â just tracks on the estate then a long, stony track to the main road â not too bad in a landrover but pretty bad in the people carrier that picked us up from the previous hotel at Nairobi and brought us here â Peter kindly arranged for a landrover to take us up to the main road when we departed. You could also go on a night time safari to spot more animals.
The food was wonderful â fresh fruit, yogurt, eggs, toast etc for breakfast; at lunch and dinner there were no choices but it was all delicious, especially the homemade bread and nearly all the ingredients were locally produced so were really fresh and tasted fab â no food miles involved either. We stayed in the main house â there are little cottages in the grounds too â and as no one else was staying it felt like we were in a very well-staffed private house. This maybe wouldnât suit everyone but we found it very relaxing and it meant the staff had time to chat about all sorts of things.
The room was spacious and comfortable and cool. The bathroom could have been updated a bit without loosing its character, but otherwise it was perfect â old, wooden furniture, armchairs, lovely views and tea and home-made biscuits brought to you in the morning. For a relaxing stay with no television, just birdsong and conversation, fresh air, gorgeous food, amazing animals and fabulous views, this is the place."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of April 2010
Beautiful, tranquil place - a little gem
"We stayed at Loldia House for 3 nights at the end of a 7 night safari in the Masai Mara. From the moment we arrived, when Peter our host greeted us, we felt completely at home.
The cottages are the best accommodation, set aside from the main house - very spacious, with open log fires and very comfortable.
The food was exceptional as indeed was Peter's company - they catered for my gluten free needs with no fuss and I felt very spoilt.
Although we were scheduled to fly back to Nairobi, we didn't realise that we would have to go via the Mara to get there, (round trip of about 2 hours) so we asked Gamewatchers to change this to a road transfer instead. After an initial phone call, they made the arrangements for us without any bother and as we were travelling on a Saturday when their offices were closed, one of their representatives met us at a restaurant in Nairobi to give us the invoice and complete the payment details. They made everythign very easy for us and we were very pleased with the service we received. We would travel with again."
- Travel date: Fri 9th of October 2009
Peace and tranquility
"Only stayed here 2 nights but they were amazing nights. Peter, your host, is a perfect gentleman. The 6500 acre farm is beautiful and well worth a walk. The first night we had a night drive and within 10 minutes saw a leopard sat watching us. Trips out to Lake Nakuru and Crater Lake are well worth it and for me going to Loldia School was a must (I'm a teacher) the children were remarkably well behaved and spoke English very well. It is a credit to Peter the Headmaster. There are only 9 rooms at Loldia so it is cosy but a brilliant start to a holiday in Kenya."
- Travel date: Wed 30th of September 2009
Awesome - Great staff, great view
"Loldia House was wonderful. Peter and the staff took care of our every need. The view was great and we were on safari just driving in to the lodge. It is a great couples venue!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 7th of April 2009
What a wonderful place !!!
"We had the most perfect start to our honeymoon at Loldia house, without question it exceeded our expectations !!!
The scenery is amazing, with breakfast and lunch being served on the top lawn over looking the lake with grazing impala and buffalo ... and the occasional Hippo !!
The food was fantastic, with everything being freshly baked or picked from the surrounding farm. From the biscuit and cup of tea delivered to the cottage in the morning to the evening meals, everything was delicious!!
We were in one of the cottages, which was wonderful with the log fire each evening to make it extra cosy !!!
The trips are wonderful and Peter was great at arranging the trips around us getting the most out the local area, whilst still being able to relax and enjoy Loldia. I would definately recomend Lake Naivasha, we were lucky enough to see a Leopard and female Lion climbing a tree to call her cub when we were there, as well as the wonderful infamous Rhino's and Flamingo's!!
Most importantly of all, the staff are amazing. Peter, as manager is simply the perfect host and manager, and we wont forget his generous kind nature at making us feel like 'special honeymooners'!! It really would be wrong to name anyone else, as it would be wrong to miss anyone out, as everyone working at Loldia are fantastic, and nothing is too much trouble, to make your holiday feel special!!
We wouldnt hesitate at recomending Loldia, and just hope that we can return there in the future !!!"
- Travel date: Mon 20th of October 2008
Like a homecoming more than a holiday!
"Loldia House is set on the shore of Lake Naivasha and is, or was originally, a colonial private house. It is run by Peter who is probably the best butler and host in the world. You can sleep either in the main house or in 2 houses in the grounds, which is where we were. We had 2 rooms of the 3 in our 'house', and there is a communal sitting room where there is an open fire which is lit in the evenings, even in August, a piano and hot chocolate or coffee is brought to you at night after the evening meal - heaven! Because of the fear of a buffalo or hippo attack, we were not allowed to walk the 300 metres to the main house where meals were served, but there was always someone on hand to drive us. One slightly odd thing was that the bathroom for one of our rooms was in a separate building - a little round house with just a bath and loo in it, which meant if you needed to go in the middle of the night, you had to go outside in the dark. There was a guard outside the front door all night but for our 2 children it was a bit unnerving to go out when you don't know what is out there!!! You can hear the warthogs snorting outside the windows!!
The food is served either in the garden, where the monkeys watch you from the fantastic giant fig tree branches above your head in the hope of getting some food (the waiters have catapults at the ready and it is an ongoing battle between the 2 sides!), or inside in the evening or in bad weather I imagine. The whole house feels like a real home and Peter makes you feel like it is YOUR home and you can do just whatever you want, although he is always ready to make suggestions. The food itself is excellent and my only criticism would be that there is too much!!!! Fantastic breakfast, 3 course lunch, tea and cakes then a 3 course meal in the evening!!! Everyone sits together on 2 long tables which is great as you get to exchange stories with your fellow guests and get tips from them as to what is and isn't worth seeing. The lawn of the house goes down to the lake and frequently we were eating our meal watching Impala, Dik Diks, Waterbuck and even the dreaded loan Buffalo amble across the grass and at night time the hippos come up onto the lawn to graze - just amazing!!
While we were there we went on a boat trip onto Lake Naivasha in a small 8 seater boat owned by the lodge, where we spotted our first hippos - which was fantastic until they decided they had had enough of us so we beat a hasty retreat!! We also went on a night drive and saw lots of eyes! A trip to Lake Nakuru to see the Flamingos is an absolute must but be prepared for a long, horribly dusty and extremely bumpy journey there and back. But the sight (and sound!) of the flamingos is unforgettable and there are so many other animals there as well (rhino, herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffes, hyena, lions, warthogs, leopard to name but a few). There is an option to fly which is tempting but it is fascinating to drive through some of the countryside and villages on the way. We saw 2 dead dogs on the road and were told we were very lucky!!! Also, I am not sure what the cost of flying would be. One word of advice, go to the loo before you leave Loldia House - the ones at the Park leave a lot to be desired, like many Kenyan public loos!!
Another unmissable is a walk into the local village and school. This was one of the best things we did on the whole holiday. We met all the wonderful children and helped the bean pickers in the field - ask for James to be your guide - he is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and really sweet!!! What he doesn't know about birds and their calls isn't worth knowing. There is also an option to sponsor a child at the local school which is difficult to resist once you have visited.
Loldia House is a fabulous place to start your holiday and we stayed for 2 days though I would definitely return and this time stay for 3 so we had a lazy day in the middle. And if you don't want to bring Peter home with you I would be very suprised!!"
- Travel date: Tue 9th of October 2007