We were looking for some place not far from Nairobi, to spend a couple of nights, and that provided a chance to see leopards. We didn’t see any leopards, but had a wonderful time. It is about an hour and a half to two hours’ drive from Nairobi, depending on traffic, or they have their own airstrip if you prefer to fly, although I do not know the cost or timings. It is located near Lake Naivasha in the Osterian Wildlife preserve. Our hut was nice size, with a fireplace, chairs, queen bed, desk, closet, bathroom with a tub and separate shower, two sinks. They kept the fire in the fireplace going the entire time we were there. It is a bit chillier, especially in the mornings and evenings, as it’s in the mountains. They have a pool on the grounds which looks out over the wildlife area. The lodge itself has a fence around it to keep the wildlife out, a baboon and female water buck didn’t get the memo though. We sat on the veranda of our hut and watched wilder beast, gazelles, warthogs, zebra and a giraffe come drink close to the fence. They do game drives in the morning and evenings (and if you are there more than one night, a boat ride on the lake), where you have a chance to see white rhino and Gravey’s zebra. Our guide also said there is one male lion that roams the reserve and they have 22 leopards. There are many more animals to view, it’s a good alternative if you are pressed for time and can’t make it to the Masai Mara. You can also take a morning game drive to the lake, and get out of the jeep and walk among the thousands of flamingo’s, giraffe, zebra and gazelle’s. The highlight was having breakfast by the lake our last morning. The monkeys would come just close enough to see what was going on, but not too close to be a bother. We pretty much had the place to ourselves the two nights (only one other person the first night) and it was lovely. The evening game drive ended on top of the hill with a fire, sun downers and snacks. Our guide Albert was good and went out of his way to find the leopards for us. Unfortunately, they decided to not cooperate. The staff was very friendly and attentive, and the food was very good and plentiful. The restaurant is one of a kind and I swear every time I entered I found a new carving somewhere.
I really enjoyed the two days of relaxation here and would definitely return for a visit next time in Kenya.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are 8 en suite individual and well-spaced luxurious cottages each with its own veranda and views of the Rift Valley escarpment and the Sanctuary. The bedrooms have magnificent four poster king size olive wood beds, roaring log fires, artistically decorated artwork and hand crafted furniture made in our onsite workshop. The dining room, lounge and bar area feature pillars and mural with intricate African carvings, African antiques and ochre colored walls creating the feel of an artist's gallery. A short walk from the main building and cottages is a swimming pool with views across the waterhole and the conservancy beyond. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chui Hotel Naivasha