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Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We stayed for one night on our way to Masai Mara from Mount Kenya. It was quite a good stay as the place was not too crowded. The food was excellent and we also loved the traditional dance that they had organised before dinner. The only problem was that the dance was performed mostly in the dark as they could not provide lights due to some malfunction. We saw a lot of animals and birds near the lake. The safari was truly memorable and the view of the lake was also good.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

The Lion Hill Game Lodge is within easy driving distance of Nairobi (at least as defined by Kenyan standards) and as such is popular and busy. The lodge setting is certainly nice, but one gets an overall feeling of more like a popular resort in the USA versus a remote African safari destination. This isn't necessarily bad, but just a little disappointing to someone expecting the latter.

We arrived at lunch time and found ourselves surrounded by crowds of people all being herded towards the dining room. I expected the worst, but was pleasently surprised as the staff had their act together and my group was seated and served quite efficiently. The food was quite good and the serving layout such that one didn't notice the large number of people trying to eat at the same time. I do have one complaint, which is common to all upscale African safari lodges. WHY ARE YOU SO SKIMPY WITH THE DRINKING WATER? Your primary tourists are people from a temporate climate who spend most of their day riding in a safair vehicle in hot weather. Why not help them stay hydrated by providing pure drinking water gratis at all the meals? This not only would be a great health benefit (and thus the right thing to do), but would be great PR for the hotel. (I appreciate the water bottle provided in the rooms, but this isn't nearly enough.)

The room layout is in a series of long, single story buildings that climb up the hillside. This means that you can either have a room that is secluded and a long walk from the common areas, or a closer room which can be noisy. However, we ended up in a room which overlooked the bus unloading area, but were not disturbed by noise at all. Apparently all the traffic occurs at the same time every day and the entrance is fairly quiet the rest of the time.

The rooms themselves are a little sparse, but clean and adequate. Again, they were also quiet - always an important consideration for me. Most of the rooms have at least a theoretical view of the Lake, but depending upon your exact location the view can be parially blocked by trees. The grounds are well cared for and pleasant.

The lodge is close to Lake Nakuru National Park, its primary drawing card. This National Park is quite small, which is both a good and bad thing. It is bad because the safari vehicles are jammed close together and one can get the feeling that you are visiting an animal park in the United States - where the cars are lined up bumper to bumper. But this smallness also insures great animal viewing. Plus, this is one of the few parks where you are allowed to exit your vehicle.

All in all, a nice hotel in a pleasant setting. I wouldn't necessarily recommend an extended stay here, but great for an overnight stay.

Room Tip: The furthest rooms are quiet, but can be a long hike up a fairly steep hill. Your view of the lake...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

If you are doing a circuit safari touching Lake Nakuru national park, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge would be a nice lodge to break your journey. This lodge offers excellent views of the Ornithological Park with pink views of the greater and lesser flamingos, white rhino, buffaloes, python, baboons among other wildlife species.

The staff are charming, the chalets spaced enough and well suited.

Due to its strategic location, this lodge is more often than not fully booked throughout the year. So make your bookings way in advance.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Spent one night in Lion Hill Lodge while visiting Lake Nakuru National Park. The lodge being in the park was a great advantage as we were quickly to the animals.

Our room was not luxurious but has all we needed. It was very clean. The beds were comfortable with crisp white sheets. There were an adequate number of power outlets and plenty of hot water.

The staff were very friendly, the service excellent and there were plenty of staff. The restaurant was buffet style with plenty of food.

Lake Nakuru was our first safari and we saw plenty. We had a terrific guide. There were no flamingos, they apparently moved to another lake a few years earlier. We saw lions up close, even one up a tree, also wide mouth rhinos up close. This was the only park we saw rhinos up close. It was an excellent introduction to African wildlife.

The Lodge was all that we needed for our short stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Location inside the park is a plus, and one can get a view of only part of the lake through the trees and bush within the lodge.
Food ok, rooms could be better.
Overall a good experience staying here but is overpriced [room rates] in my opinion so maybe other lodges are a good option.
Staff service was above average to good.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Apart from the Lodge itself, Lake Nakuru is an absolute delight! I never knew I was so fond of birds, but I discovered it here! Apart from the stunning view of 2 full grown male lions casually crossing the road in front of our Cruiser, the lake itself is astonishing. For a 1 night stay 27/28 December, it was what you would expect of a delightful Game Lodge. My room was high about the lake with a great view through the trees. The room was fine and had everything one would need. Pricing a bit steep I thought for the overall quality, but..... The staff were absolutely charming and very helpful. Although breakfast officially ends at 9 am, staff continued to serve till 10 since the game drive guys started to drift in well after 9. Perhaps 9 is a stretch with game drives starting at 6.30 am. DO NOT miss the lovely birds in the trees right next to the restaurant.

One bit of advice - why not have a slope down the side of the stairs to allow for pushing wheeled luggage?

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

The location of this resort is excellent and has a great view of the Lake.

I had read the other reviews before heading off for our trip and thought that the walls couldn't be that thin - but yes they are! We could hear EVERYTHING that was being said in the room next door to us!!

The toilet in our room didn't flush, so we went to reception and asked them to look at it. They sent someone and he said he would fix it tomorrow - great, but we were only staying one night!!! We asked to move rooms to one with a working toilet, but they were full so we were stuck next to noisy neighbours with a broken toilet.

The restaurant had a nice variety of food and had a good atmosphere. They had cultural entertainment before dinner in the bar area, which was good.

Out of all the places we stayed at on our safari, this was our least favourite place.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Korirk, General Manager at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2012

Dear Kyles 1972,

Thank you so much for taking time to review your stay with us
We are currently in the process of addressing the problem of thin walls within some rooms and I am hopeful that we will find an ultimate solution soon.
I wish to apologize for our inability to fix the toilet flush in your room, this is unlike our standards of procedure & operations and every measure has been taken to ensure that it does not occur again.
On a positive note we are glad to note that overall you enjoyed our food and our other facilities

Asante Sana

Ken Korir

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Address: Lake Nakuru National Park | City Square, Lake Nakuru National Park 72493 - 00200, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Lake Nakuru National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Lake Nakuru National Park
Price Range: $278 - $676 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at the heart of the Rift Valley, the Lake Nakuru national park is home to one of the most amazing ornithological spectacles in the world - the flight of the flamingos! Aside from the flamingos, the park has over 450 species of birds - a heaven for any avid bird watchers. The park is also a sanctuary to the highly-endangered black Rhino and abounds with other game such as buffalos, lions and the elusive leopard. Just two hour's drive from Nairobi; Sarova Lion Hill is one of only two lodges situated within the premises of the park. Each of the 67 recently refurbished chalets are equipped with modern conveniences and have an astounding view of the pink rimmed lake and the silhouetted hills beyond. Guests can enjoy country-style dining at the flamingo restaurant or if you like, the chef can set up something special under one of the beautiful acacia trees where one can enjoy lunch with an unobstructed view of the lake. The rift valley bar is just the right spot for that magical sundowner. Cultural dancers delight visitors with their enchanting dancing every night. An inviting swimming pool & sauna facilities are available. Guests can also enjoy outdoor massage treatments with the calming sounds of chirping birds. Outside catering facilities complement the "meals served in the bush", provided as premium add-ons, including cocktails at Baboon Cliff. The Lodge also offers conferencing facilities. The Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is one of the most sought after Rift Valley Lodges in Kenya, best known for offering finest quality services. A fabulous outdoor swimming pool to a business conference room, the hotel has almost everything that's required to make your stay a memorable one. ... more   less 
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