On the southern shores of Lake Naivasha is Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. The lake is the only freshwater lake within Africa's Great Rift Valley. The lake teems with freshwater fish and bathing hippo. This is the safari traveler's place of relaxation and rejuvenation; a perfect blend of luxury and safari spirit. Here the avid bird watcher sees paradise in a vast array of exotic bird life. The lake region is host to distinctive herds of plains game and the elusive black faced colobus monkey.
Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge has panoramic views of the environs and the lake. Luxuriously appointed rooms feature spacious sunken lounges, while upper floor rooms have their own private balcony on which to relax, sunbathe or view game. The main restaurant serves a multi-ethnic combination of European, African and Asian dishes, all made with fresh produce. The lodge is guarded 24 hours a day by Masai warriors who will also escort guests to their rooms, particularly after dark.
Located 90 minutes away from Nairobi by road, Naivasha has long been the place for those seeking to get away from it all. Joy Adamson, author of Born Free made the shores her home, so did Lord Errol and a host of other well-known personalities. At 1880m above sea level, the air is cool, crisp and reinvigorating.
The Naivasha Simba Lodge is situated on the banks of Lake Naivasha, the cleanest lake in the Great Rift Valley. This fresh water lake was once Nairobi’s main landing strip for the luxury Flying Boats that came all the way from London. Travelers would then proceed to Nairobi by bus. It has no known outlet, which is considered a requisite for a fresh water lake!
The old colonial architecture of Lake Naivasha Country Club is solid and comfortable with accommodation in rooms and cottages set in 12 hectares of green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees. The public rooms are elegant and cool. The residents' lounge has a massive fireplace and large bay windows. The bar is cosy and adjoins an immaculately equipped snooker room.
Lake Naivasha is the focus of activity. There is good fishing for black bass and tilapia and a boat trip during the day is recommended for a close-up of Naivasha's remarkable variety of birdlife and its hippo colonies. You can see the lake in a different light on a romantic sundowner boat trip which combines a sumptuous sunset with exotic drinks. A visit to Crescent Island should not be missed. It is one of the few places in Africa where you can wander on foot among herds of antelope as there are no predators here.
Naivasha is one of the world's outstanding birding places with over 300 species on display. Three bird walks a day are offered in the grounds of the country club. There is a swimming pool and conference facilities for up to 50 people.
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