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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Lake Nakuru Lodge, Kenya: A Review

Lake Nakuru Lodge is the only other lodge apart from the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge that is situated inside the Lake Nakuru National Park. It is situated on one end of the park. This review is based on my recent experience staying here.

Marabou Stork on the branch of a tree next to Lake NakuruFollowing points make up my review of this lodge:

1) The Lake Nakuru Lodge feels like a typical wildlife lodge. One gets a good feel of this as soon as you make your way inside. It is the oldest lodge at Lake Nakuru and each board in the lodge talks about this long history.

2) The entire property is inside the national park without any real fencing or boundaries from the park. This allows the animals to come real close to the lodge. One can easily see a lot of wild a animals either from the dining area, swimming pool area or the bar counter. This gives the place a special oomph factor. However, the olive baboons can act rowdy sometimes. That’s why, they have guards with sticks to chase away the baboons in case they come close.

3) The rooms of this lodge are not as swanky as the other lodges, but it is pretty decent, though I somehow don’t consider it value for money since they are priced pretty high for real basic and small rooms.

Blue hues of the evening sky at Lake Nakuru
4) The food though is pretty good. A great spread and great vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare. They have play some really good live music during lunch and dinner.

5) The in-house gift shop is one of the best wildlife guest shops in all of Kenya. Not only do they stock a wide variety of gift items and curios, but they are also reasonably priced unlike the other lodges which always charge a premium.

6) During early mornings and late evenings, one can easily spot wild animals like the cape buffalo, zebra and gazelle right from the lodge perimeter.

Overall, I would recommend staying at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge over Lake Nakuru Lodge, but if you don’t get bookings at Lion Hill, then you will have to live with Lake Nakuru Lodge. It is not bad at all, but as I have said, I do not consider it value for money.



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