“ In the Lake Nakuru National Park. „
I visited Lake Nakuru Lodge as part of an 8 day safari, just for the one night on day 4. The drive to Nakuru from the Mara region was probably one of the most annoying of the holiday, it really did seem to go on and on - but at the end it was worth it to see another stunningly beautiful area.
My first memory was approaching the area from about 30 miles away and seeing the sea of pink in the lake - 4.5million lesser pinks! What a sight - and then we entered the reserve and almost immediatly were confronted with the very rare White Rhino crossing the road in front of us - a good start!
On arrival at the lodge we were greeted with a lovely cold fresh fruit juice - we got this at all lodges, but this was the only cold one!
Staff: All the staff were lovely and very relaxed. There was always a sense of proffesionalism, but with a very chilled atmosphere - nice following 2 places with a slightly more tense feel
Food: Very good food in a very pleasant restaurant - some live music added to the feel - very nice following restaurants that felt a little more like a cafeteria
Rooms - Unfortunatly these were a bit of a dissapointment - they were warm and comfortable, but very lacking in character inside - something i didnt experience anywhere else in Kenya - on the plus side lovely views over the plains!
A nice lodge to stay in for a brief visit to Nakuru, but missing something special!
Lake Nakuru Lodge was another of the lodges we stayed at during our safari honeymoon. After starting in Nairobi, and spending two nights in the Masai Mara, we spent a night in Lake Nakuru Lodge.
We arrived mid afternoon and were checked into our room straight away. Even though we were there on honeymoon, and had made this known during the original booking procedure, we discovered that we'd been given a triple room with three individual single beds. It wasn't really an issue - with all the travelling and game drives, sleep was definitely a priority - plus it was only for one night! So we didn't make an issue of it. The room had a large French door style window across the entire length of the room, which led out to a quite private veranda. As the lodge is up on a hill, this veranda gave us a view of Lake Nakuru itself. Unfortunately the weather wasn't fantastic (very much like a drizzly UK day!) so the view wasn't as clear as we would have liked, but we could see the lake and the majority of the amazing surroundings. On clear days you can see a pink shimmer around the outskirts of the Lake - some 4 million flamingos are at Lake Nakuru every year! (An amazing sight which you can experience first hand if you are going on a game drive around the lake.) The room was comfortable and clean, although the mosquito nets were only positioned at the head of each bed so at night when you put the net around you, it rested around your feet so you felt a bit enclosed - not fantastic for claustrophobics!
Like many lodges in Kenya, the food here was served buffet style. It was quite a small 'restaurant' so the selection wasn't massive, but the food was hot, tasty, and there was something for everyone. The dessert selection (including fruit) seemed to be quite good.
The lodge makes great use of its hill top position, providing views for almost every room down over Lake Nakuru. On the whole it's quite a small lodge, and has quite a nice community feel. The gardens are well looked after but still retain a natural feel. There's a nice looking pool on site, but as usual, due to our schedule (evening game drive, early start next morning) we didn't get a chance to use it - plus the weather wasn't ideal for it. There was also a long bar alongside the pool - all covered over with tiered seating so you could enjoy the view over the pool and down towards the lake, or be located more within - ideal for evenings when they lit a fire and often put on some sort of entertainment (I think it was local drummers the night we were there).
The Lake Nakuru area is very different to other parts of Kenya - it's very similar foliage to the UK, and the only place we saw white and black rhino, and even a very rare leopard!
The evening meal was a bit of an event! The restaurant opened at a specific time, and we were greeted for the first 15 minutes or so with music, drums and a few dancers! It was nice to see they'd made the effort to make the evening meal special and it really set the atmosphere for the night.
The following day when we embarked on our long drive to Amboseli, we were provided with a packed lunch my Lake Nakuru Lodge. I have to say that not only was it very generous, but it was very tasty (3 types of fruit, cooked chicken piece, a cheese roll, and something sweet - oh and a drink!).
A recommended lodge, but if we were to return to Kenya we probably wouldn't make the effort of travelling here. Not specifically anything to do with the lodge, but compared to the other areas often visited on safari in Kenya (Masai Mara, Tsavo, Amboseli) the Lake Nakuru area is quite a fair old distance. If we were to visit here again, and if it was for more than one night, we'd also make sure we had a more suitable room rather than the triple!