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Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Accommodation consists of attractive blocks of rooms clustered around a large lawned area on which waterbuck graze. The rooms are spacious and have a small sitting area with TV as well as veranda on which to watch the game.

The lodge also offers a lovely looking swimming pool, which unfortunately, we did not use, a tennis court, which appeared to be in need of some minor tidying up, sauna and steamroom. The men’s steamroom has some pretty dodgy looking electrics – the lighting consists of a halogen bulb screwed into a normal domestic socket without any protection against damp or water! Massage is also on offer and if there had been time, we would have made use of it. It was not expensive.

Meals are taken in the restaurant which consists of a central buffet/live cooking area with three large rooms radiating off it housing the dining tables. Food on the whole was OK.

We found the reception staff to be the least friendly of any of the places stayed at in Kenya, although their colleagues in the bar, restaurant etc. were much better. Many appeared to be trainees and this might have had something to do with the move from the norm.

The main bar is in a large, almost barnlike building, which is dominated by a log fire in the centre. It is a lovely building and in many ways a great shame that it was almost deserted the evening we were there.

We took the hotel’s lake trip. The area was still very flooded – the hotel’s normal mooring point and viewing deck was some 30 foot out into the lake. It was bizarre to see the line of waist high lights that marked the path to the mooring point, continue slowly until submerged by the water. However, we saw hippo, kingfishers, ibis, cormorants among the game on view and were also pleased that the boat operator was very knowledgeable of the animals and birds in the area.

We also visited Hells Gate whilst staying at the lodge. Although not much game was seen other than some Maasai giraffe and a few other birds and animals, the surroundings were beautiful. One can also see from points in the park the steam rising from the thermal pools, which form part of three geothermal power plants. Man's use of resource and the naturalness of the park do not sit entirely comfortably together - large pipes line one of the approach roads and when there we saw a very wide road being cut through the virgin forest. I suspect that when built this will take the power plant lorries and other traffic. The other unusual aspect of the park is that outdoor activities are allowed - so rock climbing, cycling, hiking etc.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

This Lodge is awesome for those who love nature! Located right on Lake Naivasha it has an excellent view, with water bucks and giraffes coming right next to the window! We enjoyed the boat rides viewing hippos and buffalos. the rooms are wonderful, quiet environment and enjoyable ambience. I highly recommend this Lodge for families, leisure, business and couples, it is all round! The service is excellent and staff very warm!

Room Tip: the upper floor rooms have a better view than the ground ones. rooms have no mosquito nets, carry repellant
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Castro W
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

The Simba Lodge has beautifully manicured grounds with waterbucks and other wildlife roaming the property. The rooms are clean and comfortable, with small sitting nooks and TVs. For some reason, they do not have mosquito nets over the beds, and there are mosquitos, so the nets really should be added! We had very attentive service for our meals and friendly staff overall. The walking safari at nearby Crescent Island in Lake Naivasha is fabulous!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Susan S
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

I have been to Simba lodge 4 times and I have not been disappointed. The hotel grounds are beautiful; all green with water-buck, zebra and giraffes all around. Hippos are also not too far off.
The service I received was good, the food served was excellent. I have a really sweet tooth and the chef did not disappoint in his desert. The variety of food was impressive.
The rooms are very spacious. The floors however could do with a change. They do get very cold especially in the evening owing to the cold weather.
Overall, I enjoyed my visits to Simba Lodge.

Room Tip: Gets pretty cold & windy in the evening.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Thank AdhiamboC
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

Our stay, mid-May 2012, was simply an overnight stop after visiting 'Lake Nakuru' but it turned out to be the one place we both agreed deserved another visit. Best room of our trip, great close quarter animal viewing - we actually saw a Genet on our way back from the 'evening meal'.
An 'accompanied walk' in the evening and again in the very early morning revealed some of the magic of the place.
Yes we would recommend it to everyone.

Room Tip: Our room, 24, was groundfloor with a great view of the wildlife roaming the lawn.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank DandHH
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