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“What a lovely place this is.” 5 of 5 stars
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Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge
Moi South Lake Rd, Naivasha, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Naivasha
Perth, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“What a lovely place this is.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Recently returned from a Best of Kenya Safari booked through REAL AFRICA in the UK (a company we would highly recommend).

What a lovely place the Navaisha Simba Lodge is. The accommodation, set in large and lovely maintained grounds, is first-class with a nice swimming pool area to relax in when not taking in the sights of the lake areas. Among many other plus - points was the food which was varied and of excellent quality.

As a game viewing location, Lake Naivasha is of course a completely different experience where flamingos and hippos and bird-life in general take the place of elephant, rhino and the big game of reserves such as Amboseli, Samburu and the Masai Mara. To enjoy it properly, you really need to take a boat trip although it is also possible to take a short guided walk beyond the lodge perimeter an join the warthogs, giraffe and other species. (Don't forget to tip the lodge guide a couple of hundred shillings).

We stayed two nights here and on the second day our itinerary included a 90 minute trip to the nearby Lake Nakuru reserve which was well worth it. Had this not been included, then two days at Naivasha alone might have been too much for us - unless we had intended to take a break from “safari-ing” by spend a relaxing day just chilling out by the pool etc.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Rooms
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Hinckley, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We stayed here for just one night as part of our safari experience booked through 'the Big Journey Company'.

The room was large and comfortable with a sunken sitting area and large patio doors overlooking the ground and out towards the lake. We were lucky to have a waterbuck who'd recently given birth to a calf about 12 foot or so away from our balcony, watching the baby's tottering steps was a joy.
We also saw giraffe wandering about and monkeys, from our room, and when we walked down to the lake saw numerous other birds and animals.

The food was good with plenty of selection, and despite being close to the lake we weren't bitten or even saw / heard any mosquitoes.

The staff were all friendly and helpful and the grounds beautifully kept.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 October 4, 2013

The rooms were amazing, with sunken lounge area and a king size bed. The food was delicious and the staff welcoming. The trip to the lake was enjoyable too. We boated around lazy hippo's; walked with giraffe on the lake side! A plethora of birds to view as well. Wandering waterbuck and playful monkeys were viewed as well. Just watch out for the outside showers! (an optional extra in some rooms-the proper indoor showers were more than enough for most of us)

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

As part of our safari, this hotel was as close as we got to a British hotel. To sit in the sunken "lounge area"' and watch wildlife wandering just a few metres away. The biggest animal on view in this area was a hippo, so we kept indoors, and wandered toward the lake with some trepidation the next day. There were hippos in the lake, but they did not venture too close to our boats. The small walk from our room to the dining area was safe, as the free to animal area was fenced off from us. Food good, and service excellent. No sign of beggars here, and a good experience was the order of the day.

Stayed October 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Beautiful hotel and grounds - peaceful and relaxing. Food was good, room was great!

Take advantage of a guided nature walk on the grounds. My guide and I were able to quitely walk up within 15 feet of giraffe's and water buck. This was the highlight of my one night stay.

Room Tip: Don't miss the nature walk.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed here for one night on the way to the massai mara. Food was average and buffet style. A chef was avaioable at mealtimes to coook things to order: stir fry in evenings, eggs for breakfast. Accommodation was clean but large population of mosquitos due to the lake (they spray your room each evening but ask them to leave the spray as they get in later). View when opening curtains in morning was fab - a heard of antelope were walking passed the window. Animals were very close as they were free to roam the grounds. Signs were in place reminding guests to be careful as the animals are wild and can be dangerous.
Overall, this was not the best of the three lodges we stayed at but was fine for the one night and as a starting point for the day trip on the impressive lake it was great

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bogota, Colombia
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I stayed with my wife for 1 night at Lake Naivasha and were surprised by how close we could see the hippos and the giraffes. The lodge is located meters away from the lake and the staff is helpful to take you on a walk to see the animals. The food was delicious and varied. The room was comfortable and had a nice terrace to sit and enjoy the sounds and sights of the wild with a nice coffee.

Room Tip: I prefer the 1st floor
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Additional Information about Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge

Address: Moi South Lake Rd, Naivasha, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Naivasha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Naivasha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 70
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