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Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   P.O. Box 7094 | City Square, Lake Nakuru National Park 72493 - 00200, Kenya   |  
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Nice lodge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This is a quite big lodge, a bit too big for our taste, we like the smaller ones better. But the standard of the cottages is great and the service is OK+. The pool area is nice. The food (buffet style) was really good, there was something for everyone. They also have a spa but we never used it.

However, small things made us give it only a "4" rating. You are not allowed to bring water to the restaurant. In a country where it is important to drink a lot of water and where you always have at least one bottle in your backpack, I don't understand why you shouldn't be allowed to open that bottle and drink it together with your meals, most people buy sodas, beer or wine anyway.

And then the wifi - the lodge has one login (username + password) for all guests, which means that in the evening when everyone is using it, some people get the message "The maximum number of concurrent users for this account has been reached". And why have a login at all? It's not like there's another lodge nearby and their guests can use this wifi without paying… http://www.flickr.com/photos/videren/9036484654/

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Others have covered most of the key points. I really liked the little stone cabins set in the parklike grounds and we didn't have any noise issues that others mentioned. And you can see the lake though there are a lot of acacia trees. There is a lot of decent vegetarian Indian food available, which was nice. We saw lots of wildlife and birds despite the high level of the Lake.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

My second visit to aroma was in June of 2013. My experience the second time around was even better than the first. The Hotel manage Ken makes sure the guest feel welcome. You can tell that the staff respect him and are happy by the way they treat the guests. I never met an unhappy or unfriendly employee at Sarova. During our stay we had our two year old son and on the first day we let them know he eats at 6pm which is before their normal meal times and we never had to remind them again. Christian made sure that he took our son's order the night before and went looking for us wherever we were to bring his meals. Everyone was so caring and treated us so well. They even asked what were plans were for the next day just to make sure we had everything we needed.

Room Tip: All rooms are great and very clean
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Until a few years ago, Lake Nakuru National Park was one of Kenya's most perfect spots to vacation with upwards to 1,000,000 Greater and Lesser Flamingoes clogging the lake, shore and water birds virtually everywhere, and animals, including the endangered White Rhinoceros, easy to see. Its roads were charming and its lush trees a perfect "frosting on the cake."

Then a year ago came rain and rain and more rain. Today, the lake is at its highest level in recorded history, there is widespread flooding, the main road that skirted the lakeshore is underwater, and many of the lovely mini-forest trees along that same shoreline, are dying every day because of so much water. The flamingoes have nearly all deserted the lake for more shallow locales. (On our recent visit, we counted less than 40). The park is still more than worth visiting. We spotted, for instance, a lioness and her four cubs frolicking together on one of the many side roads, a grand sight to behold.

What does this all have to do with the Lion Hill Game Lodge? The lodge, operated by the Sarova hotel chain and sitting as it does high on a hill overlooking Lake Nakuru, is still safe from the increasing encroachment of the rising water. Many of the roads leading to and from it, however, are not. A casual drive down any one of them, offers endless scenes of dead or dying trees, water lapping the edges of the road, and a general malaise. Since the Kenyan government is unable (or perhaps unwilling) to do anything to stop the effects of the flooding, it can only get worse in the days ahead.

And that is a shame because, all in all, the SLHGL is a very pleasant establishment. Some of their rooms are small and cramped (my wife was reminded of an attic garret when she saw the first of two rooms we were assigned when we were there in June, 2013) but others offer comfort, more room, and quality for the money. (It should be noted, however, that there is poor lighting in the rooms which makes it hard to read). The grounds are quite scenic though some of the rooms, far from offering views of the lake far below do little more that overlook the extensive, and quite noisy, parking lot.

A highlight of the lodge is its dining facilities. They offer buffet dining three times during the day with choices galore, many of which are excellently prepared. There is also a very nice gift shop which offers little distinctive but all the usual shirts, knick-knacks, and the like. There is also nightly entertainment which, for those who are interested, offers an enjoyable bit of local culture.

For now, the SLHGL, despite an abysmal road connecting it to "the outside world," is one of the nicest places to stay on or near the lake. The plumbing is slightly antiquated and the furniture, at least in our two rooms, less than sterling but then no-one ought to expect first-class accommodations -- this is, after all, rural Kenya. For a pleasant weekend or so, however, it is a delightful place to visit. The staff, to a person, was always helpful and welcoming.

We'd like to be back someday when, hopefully, the lake recedes and the birds and animals return in full spectrum. No-one will be overly disappointed in Lion Hill Lodge if they make this their choice as well but, for now, considering the condition of the lake, the lodge has much less to offer than it once did.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I just stayed here with my wife and teenage daughter for one night over the weekend.

Location : It is located within the National Park thus saving you repeated entry fees and time to go for the safaris. It took us about 3 hours to get to the hotel from Nairobi on a leisurely self drive.

Rooms : Most rooms have a view of the lake. The rooms are on the smaller side but extremely comfortable. Good en suite bathrooms with basic toiletries and running hot water off solar heaters. No TVs which is good. Tea and coffee making facilities in the room though! Every bed has mosquito nets which they set up as part of the evening turn down service.

The property : It is a lush green place hidden in the forest. Nicely laid out with due privacy. Little walk ways, benches in the lawn and lots of birds for company. If you have your own car you can drive out into the park rather easily. Rooms are cute little cottages. There is a pool and spa in the property. It was too cold for us to use the pool and we weren't there long enough to try out the spa. I saw signs for a conference room, so please check that there is none planned during your visit. Free wifi available across the property, and should you need laptops are offered to rent. There is a little bird buffet just outside the restaurant to invite the birds to come and sample the wares.

Food : There is a reasonable variety of food available. Lots of meat dishes of course and there is a sizeable vegetarian option available as well. I wouldn't say the food was outstanding or memorable, but it seem just right after a 3 hour ride in the forest!!

Service : Most Kenyans are very pleasant and friendly. Sarova was no exception. They were quite efficient at check in and in the restaurant and bar. They were challenged on Saturday night as all the guests came to dinner at the same time on the finish of the dance performance. This is something they should look into as they can never be staffed up to meet that kind of demand. In spite of that they were always happy and willing to help. Everyone's smiling and greeting you.

Safaris ; We took two safaris arranged by the hotel. One in the afternoon and one the next day morning. The afternoon safari just ended up being a drive as most animals seemed to have gone into hiding! We saw the ubiquitous giraffes, deer and zebras. But no lions. The morning one more than made up as we spent half an hour in the company of 4 lions who decided to lie around our jeep and enjoy the weather!! Perhaps morning safaris are the ones to go?

Surprise 1 : As part of the evening turn down service they also slide in a hot water bottle under the bed. Which was really welcome on the cold wintry night.

Surprise 2 : Someone from the hotel had washed our car overnight, which had got extremely dusty from our drive in from Nairobi.

All told this is a really great property to stay in Lake Nakuru to enjoy the National Park. I think it caters primarily to the international traveler though, as amongst all the guests there were just 2 families who were Kenyan residents. If I could afford it, I'd visit here very frequently!

I recommend this place strongly to anyone visiting the Park.

Room Tip: The rooms on the higher levels of the 'mountain' have the better views. Those numbered in th...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Diriamba, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Savona Lion Hill Game Lodge was more than we imagined. The beds were comfy, the food was delicious, the scenery awesome. The 'traditional dances' left something to be desired. Wifi was available in our cabin, much to our delight. Restful and relaxing.

  • Stayed June 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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Karachi, Pakistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Undoutly a breathing experience. The location was good along with the bar/tea area. Though the birds that are famous for this place were absent yet the other wild life was on its top. Four out of five bigs were seen except leopard. Watching the white rhino was a dream came true. Evening at hotel was unexpectedly wonderful and the local music/verity show was awesome. in short staying at sarova hill was a wonderful experience. I will be really comming back with my family.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 7094 | City Square, Lake Nakuru National Park 72493 - 00200, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Lake Nakuru National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Lake Nakuru National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the Lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. A short two hour drive from Nairobi, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is a favourite with residents and visitors to Kenya.Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is cleverly laid out such that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of the Lake and the Park. The Lodge incorporates natural landscaping with tall acacia trees, winding walkways and greens dotted with bird feeds. The Lodge is a natural haven for bird life and attracts over 50 species of birds amongst the 400 species that inhabit the Park.Lake Nakuru National Park was created in 1968 to protect the huge flocks of over a million the lesser flamingo that breed and nest at the edge of Lake Nakuru, giving it the characteristic pink rim. Lake Nakuru National Park located at an altitude of 4,000-5,767 feet above sea level, covers 188 square kilometers of land of great ecological diversity - from lake water, woodland, bush grassland, to rocky ridges. The park is home to not just the lesser flamingo but over 400 species of birds and one of the few places to see the endangered white rhino. Other wildlife at the park includes lions, leopards, zebra, gazelles, eland, giraffe and the hyrax. ... more   less 
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