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Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Naivasha
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Awesome sunday buffet lunch”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

Popped into this hotel for my recent short stay in Kenya, in fact, for lunch. It was awesome. The food is amazing and enjoyed every moment of it. It was worth the drive all the way from Nairobi. The whole environment is tranquil and relaxing. Cannot wait to sleep here in 2014. Loved the setting, within the bushy areas of Naivasha.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

Our tour company relocated us to to the Simba Lodge from the Sopa Lodge because of the Rally, so my expectations were not high. However, it was on lovely grounds, the staff was great, food just fine & giraffe, water buck & hippo were present & gorgeous. Room lovely, tho we couldn't open the window because of a huge beehive on the second floor eaves! Lots of hot water, too, for bonus points. I'd stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2013
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San Mateo, California
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

My wife and I just returned home from our 11 day safari to Kenya and Tanzania. We stayed at the Simba lodge on our 3rd night and enjoyed every minute of it. It is set on many acres of forest, right on the edge of Lake Naivasha which is in between the Masai Mara and Nairobi. The grounds are beautiful and there are many animals roaming around. We saw all types of gazelle, dik dik, flamingos, hippos, giraffes and many birds too. The public areas: restaurant, bar, pool, gym and the hotel buildings are very nice and in good shape. Our room was very large, with a separate sitting area for watching TV and pretty much was a mini suite. The rooms are also very nicely appointed with African themes and all have a view of the beautiful grounds and the animals are right out the window. One of our favorite things was, we had a ground floor room that had a small, private courtyard with an outside shower that we used a few times and that was a really nice treat! Overall, this place was on of the best we stayed at on safari and the food and the staff was top notch as well. We even made friends with a security guard who took us on a mini, night safari on the grounds where we saw several hippos and other animals too! ( I think his name was Samuel?) I would highly recommend staying here and would stay here myself for sure on a future trip!

Room Tip: Try to get an end, floor unit so you will have an outdoor shower with a private courtyard.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

When we drove into this resort right next to Lake Naivasha, we were eager to go for the safari walk . It was touching evening when we reached but the staff obliged us with coffee and tea on the house. The rooms were clean and had a sunken living area and the windows afforded a view of the waterbucks grazing just outside! Walking to our rooms when dusk had settled , we were thrilled at catching sight of a herd of waterbucks that had decided to adopt this resort for camping/ grazing at night!
Our adventure started there and then! We booked our Early morning Walk Safari and our boat ride as well at the reception.
We let the staff know that we were there to celebrate my so in law s birthday!
Dinner time when the food had been cleared away, the lights were dimmed and a candle lit procession of the staff swaying and singing weaved towards our table . They made the occasion so memorable! Even some guests joined in!
I mentioned that we were not beef eaters nor v fond of pork so they went out of their way and our table had an extra chicken dish courtesy the chef every time!
Next day the walk safari ( right next to the resort) had us spot hippos, giraffes, water bucks , zebras , etc etc and a number of birds!
The boat ride was awesome. The boat itself was a good one and we saw a number of hippos and the national bird of kenya steadfastly guarding its eggs! Herons and cormorants were in abundance! The weather was perfect with just a little chill. When we reached back, we saw five six giraffes, a number of zebras and waterbucks canter past and frolic in the dust! Awesome! A must Visit! And only about three hours by road from Nairobi!
This hotel is recommended for its Staff, Its cleanliness, its food, its service and its location.And Yes Do Not forget to tip generously everytime. They expect it but they are worth it!

Room Tip: Choose a room in the corner having an extended outdoor shower area. Its a unique experience to bathe...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We stayed here for 1 night in September on a weeks safari in Kenya. We were not originally supposed to stay here but our original accommodation was fully booked, but we did not mind at all as this was a lovely place. The rooms are fantastic and had a great little sunken living area, and with view of waterbucks in the grounds, absolutely amazing! Would definitely recommend anyone to take a boat trip on the lake, its still a little way by car from the lodge, but so worth it, we were told most of the flamingos had migrated already, but there was still thousands to see, along with hippos and all types of birds - cranes, herons, pelicans, etc. Wonderful scenery with the mountains in the background. The hotel has a nice restaurant and a late opening gift shop!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

the hotel has a beautiful garden and the setting and location was good. there were wild animals walking in the garden. it was the only place we stayed where there is tv in the room and tea making facility.

but the room is a bit dated. the mattress was not as comfortable. our key concern was there were more than 10 mosquitos flying around with blood when we walked in the room. the other hotel all provided mosquitos net but this one doesnt.

be very careful with mpsquitos..

  • Stayed October 2013
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Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Recently returned from a Best of Kenya Safari booked through REAL AFRICA in the UK (a company we would highly recommend).

What a lovely place the Navaisha Simba Lodge is. The accommodation, set in large and lovely maintained grounds, is first-class with a nice swimming pool area to relax in when not taking in the sights of the lake areas. Among many other plus - points was the food which was varied and of excellent quality.

As a game viewing location, Lake Naivasha is of course a completely different experience where flamingos and hippos and bird-life in general take the place of elephant, rhino and the big game of reserves such as Amboseli, Samburu and the Masai Mara. To enjoy it properly, you really need to take a boat trip although it is also possible to take a short guided walk beyond the lodge perimeter an join the warthogs, giraffe and other species. (Don't forget to tip the lodge guide a couple of hundred shillings).

We stayed two nights here and on the second day our itinerary included a 90 minute trip to the nearby Lake Nakuru reserve which was well worth it. Had this not been included, then two days at Naivasha alone might have been too much for us - unless we had intended to take a break from “safari-ing” by spend a relaxing day just chilling out by the pool etc.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge
Address: Moi South Lake Road, Naivasha, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Naivasha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Naivasha
Number of rooms: 80
Also Known As:
Lake Naivasha Simba Hotel Naivasha
Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge Kenya - Rift Valley

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