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Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge
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Reviewed February 25, 2011

This is a relatively new chain hotel with two-storey chalet blocks, set in pleasant grounds, fronting a large grassy acacia plantation grazed by a largish herd of domesticated but atmospheric Waterbuck. This place is so quiet and delightful that it’s a shame that most people staying there see it as no more than a convenient one-night stopover en route either up north to Samburu NP and Mount Kenya or across to the Mara, arriving late and leaving early. Many previous TA comments mention this. We were birdwatching and stayed two nights, as we always try to do. We found the place entirely deserted in the middle of the day; we were the only people in the restaurant the one day we had lunch and the large heated pool (best on our trip) never had more than a handful of takers. An electric fence in a sort of ha-ha (regularly jumped by the resident Waterbuck) separates the hotel compound from the lakeshore proper. You are encouraged to take one of the hotel’s security guards if you want to pass through the little gate which takes you immediately among more Waterbuck and Giraffe, and potentially less benign Buffalo and Hippos (but not crocodiles – none at Naivasha). By the lake-shore there is a lookout tower and close views of Hippo and lots of birds.

We took a two-hour ride in the hotel’s boat early in the morning, which was expensive, but quite magical, cruising among the Hippos on a cold misty lake deserted apart from a couple of fishing boats (who encouraged us to come over and inspect their catch). There were masses of good birds among the papyrus and water hyacinth, and Crescent Island, to the north is well stocked with all the savannah antelopes, and had Flamingos and Fish Eagles. Quite unmissable.

Otherwise the Lodge is unexceptional. Our large room was pleasant and comfortable, with firm beds, a deck looking out over the grounds, and an enclosed outdoor shower area (in addition to the indoor one). The restaurant offers a good international buffet at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and tea and cake were available in the bar mid-afternoon. The staff were extremely attentive. There is expensive Internet access. Hell’s Gate NP, with its walks and spectacular geothermal operations is only ten minutes away.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Michael424
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Reviewed February 24, 2011

Wa stayed here one night on our safari. The rooms are very large with a sitting area one step down in the bedroom with a TV. The view outside the room is of water bucks who seem to live here. One person in our party of 6 tripped on the step to the upstairs room and had to have a doctor come to the hotel. Our driver then took her to the local town to go to the hospital to get an xray. ($10) We brought the xray back and the doctor came back to see them and brought pain medicine. There was no break so her arm was wrapped. The doctor charged about $60 for medicine and 2 visits. He was on call for the hotel. The hotel was concerned about her fall but did not offer to pay for the visit. Immediately after the fall the office brought her pain medicine and brought food. They also provided staff to go with us to the hospital so we could find it.. I also tripped twice at this same location. We suggested that the hotel paint this spot with yellow paint.
There is a walk to the lake from the hotel and we asked a youngman at the hotel to go with us. You can't go without someone as after you cross the bridge there are giraffes, dick dicks, zebras, gazelles, cape buffalo and hippos in the water. Lots of birds too.
The food here was tastefully presented. They have a small gift shop. They have nice showers. All hotels provide hot clothes and juice when you arrive. A very nice tourch.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 11, 2011

stayed here for a few days as part of my honeymoon trip to kenya! absolutely gorgeous hotel with the beautiful surroundings of lake naivasha. staff were very friendly, they went out of their way to take us on a walk around the lake, it was amazing being within walking distance of giraffe, zebra and waterbuck etc. the lake was stunning. lots of hippos to see! the walk around the lake really is a must do experience! really can't say much more about this place except GO!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank staceyb8630
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Reviewed November 12, 2010

This hotel was beautiful, set by lake naivasha, friendly staff, ideal location and beautiful rooms.

The food we had there was delicious and nothing was too much trouble for the staff, our only regret was that we did'nt get chance to go to the lake (arrived late in the day and set off early the next)

We'd recommend this place to everyone.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank kate1971-04
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Reviewed October 23, 2010

Located right on lake naivasha it provides for some excellent wildlife viewing opportunities such as giraffes, waterbucks, hippos and a variety of birds. It's well worth getting up early to see the hippos out of the water although you do need to get lucky. Would be great if you could ask for Duncan and let him know we recommended him for the early morning tours.

Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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