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“For relaxed safari and get-away Chui Can't be beat!” 5 of 5 stars
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Moi South Lake Rd | Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary, Naivasha, Kenya   |  
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“For relaxed safari and get-away Chui Can't be beat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

We had the most amazing time at Chui Lodge. It was priced right--all inclusive with the most AMAZING food at your time needs, wine and beer-and the staff were so personable and accomodating. Cheers to Michael (at the sister lodge who spent hours at a bonfire with a leopard); Richard the chef; Julius the amazing manager and most of all Bennett--our safari guide for the 2 days we spent there. They will all hold a special place in our hearts as much as the experience of being right in the heart of the wildlife during the sundowners and walks along the lakes. Saw many wild boars, zebra, haarebests, antelope, giraffe, zebra, cape ox, hippos, a leapord, dikdiks, jackals, flamingos and most amazing--rhinos. If you have a chance to visit Chui or it's sister lodge in the private Oserian Sanctuary, don't think twice DO IT. A very relaxing, peaceful and amazing journey. We can not wait to return! Michele/William

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2009

We had a great trip and stayed in a wonderful lodge. The service was excellent and the food was amazing. We enjoyed our game drives and even though the Sanctuary has been suffering dreadfully from drought, there was still plenty of game to see and watch. It was great to see so many new-born animals. This gives hope that the Sanctuary will thrive again. The views are incredible. We felt as though we were the only people there which made a change from mass of tour buses that you see in other game parks. In contrast the lake was teeming with flamingoes and other bird life. We enjoyed the breakfast at the lake - this was particularly special. Our standard room was more than adequate and we were very comfortable. The staff were great and patient in answering all our questions. We hope to stay longer next time.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2009

Chui Lodge is suffering from the lack of rain that Kenya as whole has suffered from and consequently the animals are in very poor condition. It is more of a wildlife park than a safari as the area is quite small 20,000 acres and the animals are fenced in and in relativley small numbers in comarison to the Masia.

The guides are quite knowledgable but thedrives are soewhat rehersed and I got the feeling that every one was a rerun of the one before.

The day trip to lake Nakuru that they offer is too far away (2 hours) and the wildlife is not that much better than those captive in the sanctuary. The private lake is fantastic and we had a woonderful private breakfast there with the Flamingos and the Hippos....

The rooms leave alot to be desired and could do with a general overhaul as could the immediate grounds but the main Lodge is very pleasant as are the general staff. The lady who manages the lodge is vertually invisible and did not interact with us other than when she really had to so all the information we gathered was from the waiting staff and the guide.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2009

Small lodge with incredible wood carvings in the rooms. Excellent place to see the wildlife - in particular the flamingos on the lake. Also good food and service.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2008

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon. We were very impressed with the place and had a wonderful time. It offers a great alternative to the Mara and other more well known safai locations in Kenya due to the different animals that can be seen here such as Flamingo's and White Rhino. Also the landscape is very dramatic. We went here and to the Mara for 3 nights and felt that is gave us an excellent variation. The Mara was very busy and so it was nice to spend time in Chui's game sanctuary where you feel you have the place to yourself.

The lodges are amazing, we had a delux lodge and it looked like it had not long been built. The lodge was very well maintained and had been fitted out to a high standard.

The restaurant building is amazing with large open fires and intricate carvings. The swimming pool is also very nice and well maintained. It also has one of the best views I have ever seen from a pool over a watering whole - watching zebra and giraffes whilst in a pool is very surreal!

The lodge is part of a private game reserve and the viewing of animals is excellent, in the evenings the animals come into the grounds of the lodge making for very interesting walks back from dinner! The game drives are good and the game drivers are very friendly and informative. Our driver - Chrispuss was excellent. He was a very helpful and kind man and provided us with many great game drives and walking safaris, he also took us to nearby hells gate national park, which was very enjoyable.

The main attraction to this place though has to be the service and the food. Both of which is some of the best I have ever experienced.

The staff see to you every need and desire before you even have a chance to ask. The service in the restaurant is excellent and the chef was outstanding, his food was always different and always perfect. After each meal he would come and see the guests to ensure they were happy with the food - which they always were, and to ask if their was anything specific they wanted cooking.

The lodge is managed by a young lady called Katie, she is excellent at her job and seemed to personally care that we had an enjoyable stay, as did all of the staff at the lodge, and went out of their way to make our stay special.

We had a bush breakfast that was out of this world.

I would go back to this lodge tomorrow, it is one of the best and most enjoyable places I have ever stayed and reccomend that anyone considering going here to go. You will not be disappointed. Two things I would say though is 1) we stayed for 3 nights, any longer would be too long (but then this is true for any safari location) and any less than 2 would not be enough to fully appreciate what this place has to offer. 2) try to avoid going on a weekend. This place is more well known to Kenyan residents than overseas visitors and as such gets very busy at the weekend with people from Nairobi on a weekend away. Go in the week and it is like having the entire place to yourself.

  • Liked — The personal service and amazing food
  • Disliked — Nothing, it was perfect!
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2007

We just returned from Kenya and spent 2 days at Chui. I found it to be an excellent lodge - with only 8 bandas it retains its intimacy and personal service. We saw three leopards in one evening (two together up a tree which is quite unsual for such solitary animals!) together with rhinos, giraffes, water buffalo, hyenas etc etc . Our guide John was excellent. We found the food to be of a high quality and service was generally faultless. I would recommend Chui to any safari goers who are looking for a contrast to the type of safari you experience in somewhere like the Mara.

Stayed September 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2007

Chui is located inside of 1,800 hectors of private wildlife reserve, one of its kind in the world. Game drives and meals are all inclusive. Each of the 8 units has a fireplace and sizable bath room with garden bath tub & shower - perfect place to clean up after days of safari. Rose pedals were placed on counter every night. Food was good. Interior deco in Africa style is charming. Since it can only accomdate up to 16 guests, seclusion makes Chui Lodge even more unique and luxurious.

  • Liked — inside of private reserve
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 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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