I just stayed here with my wife and teenage daughter for one night over the weekend.
Location : It is located within the National Park thus saving you repeated entry fees and time to go for the safaris. It took us about 3 hours to get to the hotel from Nairobi on a leisurely self drive.
Rooms : Most rooms have a view of the lake. The rooms are on the smaller side but extremely comfortable. Good en suite bathrooms with basic toiletries and running hot water off solar heaters. No TVs which is good. Tea and coffee making facilities in the room though! Every bed has mosquito nets which they set up as part of the evening turn down service.
The property : It is a lush green place hidden in the forest. Nicely laid out with due privacy. Little walk ways, benches in the lawn and lots of birds for company. If you have your own car you can drive out into the park rather easily. Rooms are cute little cottages. There is a pool and spa in the property. It was too cold for us to use the pool and we weren't there long enough to try out the spa. I saw signs for a conference room, so please check that there is none planned during your visit. Free wifi available across the property, and should you need laptops are offered to rent. There is a little bird buffet just outside the restaurant to invite the birds to come and sample the wares.
Food : There is a reasonable variety of food available. Lots of meat dishes of course and there is a sizeable vegetarian option available as well. I wouldn't say the food was outstanding or memorable, but it seem just right after a 3 hour ride in the forest!!
Service : Most Kenyans are very pleasant and friendly. Sarova was no exception. They were quite efficient at check in and in the restaurant and bar. They were challenged on Saturday night as all the guests came to dinner at the same time on the finish of the dance performance. This is something they should look into as they can never be staffed up to meet that kind of demand. In spite of that they were always happy and willing to help. Everyone's smiling and greeting you.
Safaris ; We took two safaris arranged by the hotel. One in the afternoon and one the next day morning. The afternoon safari just ended up being a drive as most animals seemed to have gone into hiding! We saw the ubiquitous giraffes, deer and zebras. But no lions. The morning one more than made up as we spent half an hour in the company of 4 lions who decided to lie around our jeep and enjoy the weather!! Perhaps morning safaris are the ones to go?
Surprise 1 : As part of the evening turn down service they also slide in a hot water bottle under the bed. Which was really welcome on the cold wintry night.
Surprise 2 : Someone from the hotel had washed our car overnight, which had got extremely dusty from our drive in from Nairobi.
All told this is a really great property to stay in Lake Nakuru to enjoy the National Park. I think it caters primarily to the international traveler though, as amongst all the guests there were just 2 families who were Kenyan residents. If I could afford it, I'd visit here very frequently!
I recommend this place strongly to anyone visiting the Park.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sarova Lion Hill Game Hotel Lake Nakuru National Park
- Sarova Lion Hill Hotel
- Hotel Sarova Lion Hill