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“A most amazing oasis in Kenya” 5 of 5 stars
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Pelican Lodge
Lake Elementaita 00502 , Kenya   |  
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Sydney, Australia
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“A most amazing oasis in Kenya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Day 4 of my East African Safari by Safaris into Africa with Clive Arnold at the helm. Naked Wilderness Afrika Ltd have supplied the vehicles and drivers Dominic and Norman both very knowledgeable and energetic men.
The day begins early with another morning drive and then enroute to Pelican Lodge Lake Elementaita.
We arrived at the lodge in time for lunch but had seen so many animals enroute including not one but two leopards crossing the road. We also stopped to see where Out Of Africa was filmed which overlooks Nakuru Reserve which in September was flooded and cutting road access. Locals have not seen as much water as is in Lake Nakuru and as the lake has no natural drainage it may take years for the water level to drop.
The lodge overlooks Lake Elementaita and if you ask at the front desk a guide for a small donation will escort you to the lake so that you may walk around it. It is not recommended that you do this unescorted.
When you reach the lake you may be lucky to see flamingos, pelicans lots of birdlife as well as donkeys that they use on the property. In the distance you can see the sleeping warrior mountain which I believe was so named because when in times of trouble people hid in the caves there.
I had a guide by the name of Elizabeth and she wasso informative and well worth the donation at conclusion Elizabeth is employed by the lodge as a worker to make ones stay more pleasant.
My lodge was amazing very spacious for one with an outside shower which I used and can recommend that you do the same. Even though outside it was not cold .
To conserve generator usage one must give reception a 10 min request to turn the boiler on and then you do have hot water. Of a morning if you inform reception of departure time they will make sure that you have hot water.
A bathrobe and a selection of toiletries are supplied for personal use a nice touch.
I encountered one small problem as it was getting dark I attempted to turn the lights on only to have the cord from the ceiling land in my hand so no lights no worries a torch is suppled in the room so I had this along with my own torch lighting the room till the fix it man arrived. Having recovered from how did that happen and in the dark he fixed it so much for work safety.
Food is adequate although a bit bland again complimentary water is supplied in the room.
Tomorrow I leave for Masai Mara.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

This place is highly recommended. Really enjoyed the decor. The staff was attentive and were quick to assist us every time we needed something. The food was superb and the rooms were very comfortable. Be sure to bring a tripod to take pictures of the stars at night.

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  • Stayed July 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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nakuru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We visited pelican lodge with friends for a weekend out,and got a chance to view attraction of the migratory and resident flamingos both the greater and lesser varieties the magnificent view of the lake,the staff were friendly and attended for our needs in a professional manner and very fast,the suite wow!each had its own balcony with a great view of Lake Elementaita,the king size beds exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs the best.Its the best place to stay and get the experience to remember.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Stayed there with a bride and groom we had been best couple at their wedding! It was a lovely stay. Got a little lost getting there but the reception was really good.
The food was well prepared and the brakfast really good. Staff were very very friendly and despite being late, we were given the best reception.
Did a last minute booking and it was done very fast and still got a very nice room!

The place is simply a must visit.

No TV in the room. Very good for bonding.....

The bathrooms were very clean and nice, with shampoo, shower cap for wifey and shower gel.
The bathroom has a nice peeping window with lovely mirrors....

Lovely night, private and simply amazing!

  • Stayed July 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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Crail, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We have just had a relaxing break at Pelican Lodge. Our lodge was really comfortable with a magnificent view over the lake. The staff looked after our every need in a friendly, professional manner. Food was excellent, with generous portions and a vegetarian option was always available. We had our personal waitress who was helpful and charming.
The guided walk was well worth the effort and price - our guide was well informed and obviously enjoys sharing his knowledge. Take a camera to catch the wildlife.
Our stay was early in the week, when the lodge is quiet - for us this added to the experience.
We hope to pay a return visit.

Room Tip: If you want an African shower, request it when booking
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Took My sister, her son and Friend who loves bird watching and was amazed at the facilities. Cosy, new, modern with a rustic touch, quite peaceful, very pleasant staff who tried to be as helpful as they possibly could. Food was excellent and service was great, though there are a few areas they could improve in. Could not get a decent cup of coffee as what was on offer though twice promised that it was fresh, was mass brewed early in the morning and only reheated on order. Also the lack of a printed menu, we were on full board, was a bit disorienting especially for our waitress who at the end off every meal had a difficult time taking our orders for the next meal as some of the courses were foreign to her. That was also a practice we never quite understood, having to place orders for the next meal immediately after or during a meal. All in all an above average place and stay and would not mind going there again or recommending others to go there.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Pelican Lodge truly is a hidden treasure. Nested by the shores of Lake Elementaita, Pelican lodge has beautiful, spacious suites, meticuolously designed and even have an outside shower. One gets personal attention from their well trained waiters/ waitresses, and everyone is warm, friendly and introduces themselves. The lodge has a beautiful lounge/ bar. The atmosphere is relaxing and the food delicious.

Please note there is no TV. The lodge definately provides an atmosphere for ultimate bonding.

  • Stayed October 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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Address: Lake Elementaita 00502 , Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Lake Elementaita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Lake Elementaita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is an Exclusive, Luxurious and Outstanding lodge with ten cottages six doubles and four twins, three of them with outdoor showers. Located at the shows of Lake Elementaita, each cottage has a large balcony and a spectacular view of the lake. Overlooking Soysambu Conservancy. The sunset view from the lodge is a site to behold. ... more   less 
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