I have heard the horror stories from other people saying that camps around Naivasha are full of party animals, so was expecting the worst. This place is well signposted from the Naivasha road. Upon entering, the "reception" is a bit dodgy - nobody well informed enough to show us the place (we didnt prebook as it was the low season) However, the bar had cold beers and after half a beer we managed to find someone to show us around. The Banda's are good if you are a family or a group of friends - they include breakfast with your stay (which is yummy!) Some of us opted to stay in a Banda and I opted for the more rustic twin room. The Banda's have an ensuite bathroom with solar hot water and the twin room has an ablution block closeby with hot water in the evening and morning. The twin room is cosy and each bed has a mozzie net - since it was winter I didnt use it, the sheets were clean and it was basic, yet comfortable and good value (2500KHS) We were able to buy firewood up the road for a fire that night and what I loved was the fact that we could order tea / coffee at the main restaurant and take it with us as it came in small thermos flasks for takeaway. We were left to our own devices after dinner and proceeded to enjoy an evening under the stars around a roaring fire. The next day we opted for a boat ride around the lake. Its well worth doing this - our guide was knowledgeable and the price was reasonable (3000KHS per hour) we managed to see some fantastic birdlife and of course hippos. One thing I DO suggest trying is the pizza at the restuarant - woodfired - and massive! The bar is well stocked and the decor in the restaurant is great. The place is very peaceful and well worth the stay. I would go there again for sure.
One thing I would have liked assistance on is the fire situation - management should sell some kindling / firelighters to help campers to get their fires going ;) (just a suggestion) and of course the reception...it really does the place an injustice not having a proper functioning one.
- Also Known As:
- Camp Carnelley`s Hotel Naivasha
- Camp Carnelley's Naivasha, Kenya - Rift Valley