Accommodation consists of attractive blocks of rooms clustered around a large lawned area on which waterbuck graze. The rooms are spacious and have a small sitting area with TV as well as veranda on which to watch the game.
The lodge also offers a lovely looking swimming pool, which unfortunately, we did not use, a tennis court, which appeared to be in need of some minor tidying up, sauna and steamroom. The men’s steamroom has some pretty dodgy looking electrics – the lighting consists of a halogen bulb screwed into a normal domestic socket without any protection against damp or water! Massage is also on offer and if there had been time, we would have made use of it. It was not expensive.
Meals are taken in the restaurant which consists of a central buffet/live cooking area with three large rooms radiating off it housing the dining tables. Food on the whole was OK.
We found the reception staff to be the least friendly of any of the places stayed at in Kenya, although their colleagues in the bar, restaurant etc. were much better. Many appeared to be trainees and this might have had something to do with the move from the norm.
The main bar is in a large, almost barnlike building, which is dominated by a log fire in the centre. It is a lovely building and in many ways a great shame that it was almost deserted the evening we were there.
We took the hotel’s lake trip. The area was still very flooded – the hotel’s normal mooring point and viewing deck was some 30 foot out into the lake. It was bizarre to see the line of waist high lights that marked the path to the mooring point, continue slowly until submerged by the water. However, we saw hippo, kingfishers, ibis, cormorants among the game on view and were also pleased that the boat operator was very knowledgeable of the animals and birds in the area.
We also visited Hells Gate whilst staying at the lodge. Although not much game was seen other than some Maasai giraffe and a few other birds and animals, the surroundings were beautiful. One can also see from points in the park the steam rising from the thermal pools, which form part of three geothermal power plants. Man's use of resource and the naturalness of the park do not sit entirely comfortably together - large pipes line one of the approach roads and when there we saw a very wide road being cut through the virgin forest. I suspect that when built this will take the power plant lorries and other traffic. The other unusual aspect of the park is that outdoor activities are allowed - so rock climbing, cycling, hiking etc.
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