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Malewa Wildlife Lodge
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Nakuru-Naivasha Road, Nairobi 00606, Kenya   |  
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Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“A truly unforgettable place to stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Again, kudos to Gate 1 Travel for finding yet another middle of nowhere, yet middle of it all place to house their travel group! This might have been my favorite lodge on the trip, as it was just gorgeous, the individual houses we stayed in were unique and lovely and HUGE, too! I loved listening to all of the wild animal sounds at night that were just outside our windows. Tremendous! And the staff at te Malewa were so kind, helpful and friendly, as we found most everyone in Kenya to be. The food they served was excellent, too. I had a piece of fish that was cooked to perfection and some vegetables that were also cooked perfectly. Their potatoes were crispy and delicious, too and cannot go without mention.

Another nice thing they did for us was they put warm water bottles in our beds at night, which made the bed toasty warm when it was quite chilly at night.

We loved our experience here. Once in a lifetime, for sure.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sarnia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

My husband and I recently returned from a wonderful adventure in Africa organized by Goway Travel. One portion of our journey included a 14 day safari through Kenya and Tanzania. Throughout the 14 days we moved from one lodge to the next every 2-3 days. One of the lodges arranged for us in Kenya was the Malewa Wildlife Lodge. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by Peter (a young man who reminded me so much of our son) who would serve as our host for the next 2 days. We were surprised to learn that we were to be the only guests at the facility during our stay but were totally amazed at the incredible treatment we received. Each day that we were there Peter took us for afternoon walks and provided us with a wealth of information about the abundant flora and fauna found in the reserve. The dining staff went to great lengths to provide us with exceptional service and wonderful food. The staff spared no effort to provide us with everything we could want or need and took great care of our safety and comfort.
The setting was beautiful, the accommodations were great and the staff were exceptional!
Truly a place well worth visiting!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

we, too, were "gate1ers" who spent one night at the malewa. i will second what has been said previously by other reviewers. they have a great staff and funky architecture. the rooms are adequate and the bathroom huge. we never did find the hot water in the shower and managed to flood the bathroom while looking for it. needless to say, the cold water shower was invigorating. our nature walk was interesting and the night game drive was also.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful Eco lodge. I won't repeat everything said in the other reviews, but I agree with with what they said. The staff was great, the activities informative and fun. The cottages were roomy, basic but nicely appointed. I commend Gate1 for finding this gem.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Tripadvisor has this listed in Nairobi, however it is actually near Gilgil which is several hours away. It is a very nice lodge, the staff is awesome and it only has 10 cabins so it will never be crowded. We did a night game drive and saw all kind of different animals EVEN a Leopard, which is a very rare sight. We really enjoyed our say and I highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

A beautiful and peaceful lodge that is well off any main highway. The accommodations were clean and comfortable, with the hot water bottles in the beds at night. The staff were welcoming. Our guide was knowledgeable about the plant life as well as animal life. The food was great. This is the place for anyone who really wants to get away from city life and become one with nature. Animals seen- zebra, nubuck, wart hogs, giraffes, hyena and one that I had not heard of before- a dick dick.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Connecticut
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stayed here only one night as part of a Gate1 safari, and it was an excellent spot. Good game viewing, combined with an optional night game drive and good food and accommodations made for a great stay. The cabins are basic, but nicely done, some overlooking the river. We had Cape Buffalo walking along the trail behind our cabin towards the lodge early in the morning. The nature walk they do is excellent, and puts you on the ground and sometimes close to the animals. The food was good and the hot water bottles in the bed at night appreciated, as it does get cool this high up.
All in all we would recommend this place wholeheartedly.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nakuru-Naivasha Road, Nairobi 00606, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
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Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 96 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Malewa Wildlife Lodge 3.5*
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