Our trip to Sweetwaters, part of a 2-week visit to Kenya, started poorly. They had no record of our reservation and claimed they had no tents available, this despite me presenting them with two separate confirmations, a credit card receipt and a welcome email. Their response to the problem was very good. Maybe even over the top, but a sign, I think of their commitment to good service, which was especially evident in the dining room.
The food is plentiful but nothing special. The lodge caters to a large south Asian clientele, so Indian food is common and very good.
The lodge also caters to a fairly large crowd of roller-suitcase toters. If you're looking for that unique African rustic/luxurious combination you find in places like the Maasai Mara, this isn't it, but it's clean and comfortable - the Hyatt or Marriott of safari lodges.
We had a driver/guide, so only used the lodge's guide for a night drive. It was good, but ridiculously expensive. Game viewing in the Ol Pajeta reserve is good but not great, not nearly as good as other reserves in Kenya. The "highlights" are the chimp and rhino sanctuaries. Worth visiting for sure, but each more like a zoo than a wild reserve.
We stayed one night as a stopover - that was plenty.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A sheltered oasis, clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of its own private reserve, Sweetwaters Tented Camp is in a class of its own. Abounding with wildlife, unfettered by the more rigorous strictures of the Kenyan National Parks and designed to offer a charming blend of under canvas ambiance and uncompromising luxury. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sweetwaters Tented Camp Hotel Nanyuki
- Sweetwaters Serena Camp Kenya/Nanyuki Town