My family and I spend the weekend of December 20th to 23rd at Oasis eco lodge. Here's the break-down of our excursion;
1. Going to Oasis:
If you are driving from Nairobi, the road is great....until you hit Gilgil town and turn off the main road towards Oasis Eco Lodge. The road leading to Oasis from the main road will test any 4X4 so make sure you don't go with a car that has ample ground clearance. There are signs artfully written on stones by the side of the road and at particular boulders to direct you to the loadge. if it feels like you are lost, ask around and the folks will be glad to direct you.
2. First Impressions:
The first amazing vista as you desend down to the lodge is lake Elementaita (pics to come soon). The lodge is secure and it's good for guests to call a few minutes out before arriving (especially at night) to let the staff prepare for your arrival well. We were greeted by Anne who was a godsend through-out our stay. Anne exclaimed, "oh so you are the ones staying in the big house" which surprised me because from the pictures the cabin/lodge didnt look that beg, but we were pleasantly surprised when we were led through the night to our humble abode (will post pictures soon).
3. Staying and doing stuff
Our cabin was one of the new ones and it was magnificent. David and his team have done--and continue to do a spectacular job with the place. It had a kichenette available, slept 6 (only 4 of us travelled), and each room (3 in total) was self contained. the only drawback was the lights which were solar powered during the day and battery powered at night which meant that they would turn off after some time at night depending on how you utilize your energy. Remember you don't need to have all the light on, but with a family with young kids it was hard to do. Candles are provided and sitting in the loft with candle light after a long day spent hiking to the hot springs or any other intense activity is surely a welcome respite. Meals (including breakfast) were not covered in the cost (which I was assuming was what "full board" meant) and have to be scheduled by informing the staff (Anne or Magdaline) hours in advance. The meals they serve are fresh and nutritious and tasted good. We chose to request for supper before we left for the daily activities and just ate out in the town during the day. This we found out to be more cost effective and provided for variety.
No alcohol and tobacco is allowed on the lodge/camp site, but I'm sure you can bring something as long as you behave yourself.
Lake Elementaita is beautiful and camping grounds are available right by the lakeside if you choose to brave nature. I found there to be many mosquitoes by the lake so a good insect repellant is necessary especially if you have kids accompanying you.
All in all Oasis Eco lodge is perfect for a quiet getaway away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. No wifi was available (or at least I didn't ask....but why would I anyway?) at the lodge which meant human interaction was needed.....you should have seen the look on my teenage daughter's face when she realized all she could do with her smartphone was play sudoku :)
I would definitley go there again and recommend it to anyone looking for some quality quiet time. Keep up the good work Oasis staff!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Accomodation ranges from rustic self catering cottages, catered bandas, safari style large walk in tents to a campsite by the Lake. All the rooms are furnished with comfortable rustic beds with warm linen and are suited with clean modern flush toilets with hot showers and are solar powered. The cottages have a view over the bushes and a partial view of the Lake. The safari type tents are located right by the shores of the lake offering perfect views of the lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oasis Eco Camp Kenya/Gilgil