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Crater Lake
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We stayed here in August for a weekend away from Nairobi.

Location? Brilliant, really peaceful away from the hubbub of the other accomodation choices at Naivasha. The national park is superb for walking right amongst giraffes, buffalo (careful!), zebra and warthogs to mention just a few - you really can do your own walking safari.

The accomodation? Tents are a little bit dated but perfectly comfortable and have an air of dated luxury about them. They are not as bad as some suggest.

Food? Yes, a little bit school canteeny, but have a good bottle of wine and enjoy the view across the lake in the moonlight with the crickets cheeping. Extremely relaxing.

The setting? Yes, there are a few steps, but get someone to carry your bags and enjoy the views.

Highly recommended as a secluded escape from Nairobi.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank RM1979
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

I came with no expeditions but left a super happy person. We are low budget travelers, so we could only afford to camp. Even though the camping ground is a fair walk to the crater lake, its still in it self a beautiful camp spot. We had hot water showers, a raging camp fire or two and even giraffes walking over us! How could it get better than that.

knowing the cost of the rooms, we thought the restaurant was going to be super expensive, but surprising it wasnt. So we ended up eating three meals there and even drinking at the bar. The staff are amazing and are really helpful. They all want you to have a great holiday and are ready to bend over backwards.

The scenery - at breakfast, you are counting giraffes, at lunch you are counting pink flamingos and hippos and in the evening over a 5pm beer your back to counting giraffes and monkeys... and you haven't even left the restaurant!

I can not say anything about the rooms as i didn't even look into them, but if your like me on a tight budget but want to see animals, get good food and prepared to camp then this is the place.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Do not underestimate the stepped access to this camp (and remember you are at about 6000 ft). A warning should be given by tour agents (I'll be having a word with mine!). Almost gave my mother a cardiac climbing out, and I had loads of fun carrying our pram!

Tents and bandas are tired and lacking. Communal areas are the same. When I demanded to know from one member of staff why there was no hot water in the accommodation sinks, I was met with the same look as when I question the wife about the latest credit card statement - a mix of bewilderment and panic. I would have to talk to the manager (it transpired it had been disconnected - I suggested they might want to rethink that).

The 'floating restaurant' resembled something that's lashed together during a corporate team- building adventure day and didn't do wonders for my stomach. Dont go if you're a health and safety assessor. Food is average but edible. Staff were nice when you could find them (they couldn't find which room they'd put our luggage in though!). Setting is fairly unique but not spectacular for Kenya (a big green pond). There's certainly far better luxury available for the same money. The access to the conservancy is a bonus, but don't expect the 'big 5'.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

If you want five star hotels then this is not the place for you, but you certainly get five star service. Coffee delivered to the verandah at six a.m. and what a joy to sit there in pajamas listening to the animals rising.. the air is filled with a cacophony of bird songs and bull frogs - it was truly a magical experience.
The staff are exceptionally nice and you get the impression that it's not a chore but a genuine desire to make your stay as pleasant as possible. One elderly frail lady was brought up and down the steps carried on a sun bed.
The price of the guide to walk your through the savannah pointing some of the not-so-obvious animals, is a real treat. I'll keep on going back.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank tryanythingatall
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

Whenever I feel like being closer to nature but near home I normally go at Crater Lake. It it a place that you can't really get bored. Walking around the game sanctuary, alongside cape buffalos, impalas, giraffes, gazelles; all these done following existing animals trails. With local natuturalists you learn alot.

Birding is my favourite, and during early morning and evening the bushes around the tented camp is very rich in both water and terrestrial birds. Further more, you can cycle or go out for boatride in nearby Saline water lake amongst the flamingos

Otherwise its great place, with no disturbances at all...

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Thank Kiarie
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