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“"A Magical Place"” 5 of 5 stars
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Moi South Lake Rd | Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary, Naivasha, Kenya   |  
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“"A Magical Place"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Having been born and brought up in Kenya, but not having returned for many years, this was an epic trip covering many parts of the country and now returning with my own family. Lake Naivasha was a place I use to spend many childhood weekends so this area was on the list to visit. After many hours of researching, Chui Lodge was by far receiving some of the best reviews and we were definitely not disappointed. I dare anyone not to feel completely refreshed after visiting Chui Lodge, no matter how stressful their life! This place is magical, from the abundant wildlife to the conservation, from the staff to the cuisine, from the accommodation to the quietly attentive service. Not that we were looking, but we could not find one tiny negative about this place and we have travelled to many parts of the world and stayed in wonderful places. Do come here, you will not regret one single second. Chris our guide was outstanding and an extremely nice and knowledgeable man. The morning bush walk along the shores of the lake, with giraffe and zebra ambling by, dik dik scampering off, antelopes at play, warthogs always looking so busy and hippos languishing in the shallows of the lake basking in the morning sun was glorious. Before the evening sundowner drive, Chris found us leopard and white rhino, buffalo and so much else. Our daughters of 18 and 20 (usually a hard age to please!) were completely captivated by everyone and everything. We can't wait to go back. One word of warning...do not expect to lose any weight whilst there.....the food is outstandingly good.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

An exceptional lodge with superb staff. I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of days with Paul looking at the birds and other wildlife in the large and beautiful sanctuary as well as by the Lake. The design of the cabins and main lodge is stunning. Acacia wood fire every evening and a hot water bottle waiting for you in bed. The food and wine included in the room rate were outstanding. A life experience.

Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

We were looking for some place not far from Nairobi, to spend a couple of nights, and that provided a chance to see leopards. We didn’t see any leopards, but had a wonderful time. It is about an hour and a half to two hours’ drive from Nairobi, depending on traffic, or they have their own airstrip if you prefer to fly, although I do not know the cost or timings. It is located near Lake Naivasha in the Osterian Wildlife preserve. Our hut was nice size, with a fireplace, chairs, queen bed, desk, closet, bathroom with a tub and separate shower, two sinks. They kept the fire in the fireplace going the entire time we were there. It is a bit chillier, especially in the mornings and evenings, as it’s in the mountains. They have a pool on the grounds which looks out over the wildlife area. The lodge itself has a fence around it to keep the wildlife out, a baboon and female water buck didn’t get the memo though. We sat on the veranda of our hut and watched wilder beast, gazelles, warthogs, zebra and a giraffe come drink close to the fence. They do game drives in the morning and evenings (and if you are there more than one night, a boat ride on the lake), where you have a chance to see white rhino and Gravey’s zebra. Our guide also said there is one male lion that roams the reserve and they have 22 leopards. There are many more animals to view, it’s a good alternative if you are pressed for time and can’t make it to the Masai Mara. You can also take a morning game drive to the lake, and get out of the jeep and walk among the thousands of flamingo’s, giraffe, zebra and gazelle’s. The highlight was having breakfast by the lake our last morning. The monkeys would come just close enough to see what was going on, but not too close to be a bother. We pretty much had the place to ourselves the two nights (only one other person the first night) and it was lovely. The evening game drive ended on top of the hill with a fire, sun downers and snacks. Our guide Albert was good and went out of his way to find the leopards for us. Unfortunately, they decided to not cooperate. The staff was very friendly and attentive, and the food was very good and plentiful. The restaurant is one of a kind and I swear every time I entered I found a new carving somewhere.

I really enjoyed the two days of relaxation here and would definitely return for a visit next time in Kenya.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

The ride is very scenic and the lodge is small but tastefully decorated. The food was exceptional and as one sits on the veranda, the animals pass by to have some salt from the salt lick. We saw antelopes, warthog, rhino, bushbucks, guinea fowls and many baboons.
The staff were very welcoming and check in and checkout was efficient.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

We loved our weekend side trip to Chiui Lodge. Near Naivasha Lake on a beautiful private conservancy. Loved tieir food selections. Enjoyed thgeir game drive, especially the rhinos they protect

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  • Stayed October 2011, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

We enjoyed everything about our stay at Chui Lodge. It was well run, and as already noted by other reviewers, David, Julius and Bernard were very professional and most helpful. The restaurant is definitely a work of African art and all meals were great. The game drives worthy (seven terrific white rhino, two with babies) and of course, the sundowners by the fire. This is the best of Africa.

We had a large and most comfortable cottage with sitting room, and loved the unique locally made timber furnishings including a suitcase bench that held two suitcases! (You know, one case always has to live on the floor usually!!). The bathroom was a bit dated but ours was expansive.

Bernard took us to see the flamingoes at what appeared to be their private lake area so no hoards of tourists - just us - we were amazed after being disappointed at not seeing them in Nakuru National Park. I liked the way he treated it as a little secret!

Chui is close to Hell's Gate National Park, Elsamere & other attractions but secure and removed from the hubub of the Naivasha region in general. A great choice.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011 via mobile

What a perfect destination to start our first ever safari. We have just spent 2 nights at Chui followed by three nights at the Royal Mara which we booked in the Uk through Zambezi.com and I would thoroughly recommend both lodges.
Chui has it's own fenced reserve of around 20,000 acres so there is no issue with over crowding or sharing a sighting with 50 other vehicles. Highlights of the safari include spotting a leopard, seven rhino in one place and walking with giraffe, flamingo, hippo and zebra by the lake.
The staff at Chui really go the extra mile to make your stay as relaxing as possible and to make it a break you will never forget. On the evening game drives you finish off around a roaring camp fire with an amazing view overlooking the plains and a member of staff on hand with cold beers, wines and nibbles. There aren't many drinks I have had in my life more memorable than that glass of red overlooking the fantastic scenery and hearing a lion roar in the background.
The 8 rooms or lodges are nicely spaced out throughout the camp and are so comfortable and cute you feel at home straight away.
Our driver/guide Bernard was knowledgeable and really went out of his way to accommodate us. We went on two walks around the lake which I would thoroughly recommend, he follows you at a distance behind in the 4x4 just for your safety but nothing beats strolling along with inquisitive giraffe, zebra, hippos, flamingo, wart hogs all around you.
We rounded off our second walk by having a champagne breakfast next to the lake. What an idyllic location and we felt truly spoilt by the effort all the staff had made to make it possible.
Special mention should go to Julius and David who look after you in the camp, such nice people and again I would stress they would go to any lengths to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible.
The food is great with lunch served outside with amazing views and dinner set in the comfortable dining room. The meals were so large the staff warned my wife they expect her to put on 4lbs during our two night stay!
The general feel from the lodge is of relaxation, if you want to chill out and get away from it all, with some amazing game drives and walks thrown in then Chui really is the perfect choice.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Moi South Lake Rd | Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary, Naivasha, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Naivasha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Naivasha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There are 8 en suite individual and well-spaced luxurious cottages each with its own veranda and views of the Rift Valley escarpment and the Sanctuary. The bedrooms have magnificent four poster king size olive wood beds, roaring log fires, artistically decorated artwork and hand crafted furniture made in our onsite workshop. The dining room, lounge and bar area feature pillars and mural with intricate African carvings, African antiques and ochre colored walls creating the feel of an artist's gallery. A short walk from the main building and cottages is a heated swimming pool with views across the waterhole and the conservancy beyond. ... more   less 
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Chui Hotel Naivasha
Chui Lodge Naivasha, Kenya - Rift Valley

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