A friend and her family are holidaying in Kenya and the Great Rift Lodge is where they went for some R&R and they absolutely were raving about it, so much so we decided to do a little feature on this lodge. We have included a property factsheet, images and important contacts from their website.
The Great Rift Valley Lodge offers 21 twin and nine double rooms, all with private balconies overlooking the spectacular expanse of the Rift Valley. The rooms are located in spacious two- and three-storey blocks, and are beautifully furnished with large four-poster beds, handmade wooden furniture, and modern en suite bathrooms. Several of the rooms have interlinking doors that convert them into spacious family suites.
Alternative accommodation is available in the Longonot Villas, 40 modern three-tier three-bedroomed houses – a home away from home, a designer’s delight complete with every modern amenity to make the traveler feel right at home. The living room, dining room and kitchen take the entire floor with the master bedroom on the top tier. The ground floor with the two bedrooms, opens to the garden with every floor giving that unforgettable view of the mountain and the lake.
Lastly, there is a series of homely private chalets overlooking the golf course, with two, three or four bedrooms, all modern amenities, and the same magnificent views throughout.
The Resort has one of the best conferencing facilities in the country with three conference rooms set in beautiful grounds overlooking the Aberdares and Longonot. The rooms can sit 180, 80 or 30 people away from any distractions save for the resident birds and the views.The conference rooms are fitted with all the conferencing amenities including audio-visual materials. There’s also a boardroom for smaller groups of 20 people, which is conducive for strategic planning or smaller gatherings. On top of that, there are breakout areas, several gazebos, perfect lawns where tents can be set up for a different atmosphere and a restaurant at the conference centre to ease time management during meetings.
The 18-hole championship course at 7,000 feet on the Eburru Range is both challenging and exciting. Sitting on the Mau Escarpment in the Great Rift Valley, the course commands stunning vistas of Lake Naivasha, Mount Longonot, the Kinangop Range and Aberdare Mountains. The golf resort is famous for one the longest holes in Kenya – the par 5 – 17th ‘signature’ at 598 metres (654 yards)!The well watered golf course has contoured greens built to USGA specs with “tiffgreen” grass. The three teeing positions and the fairways are planted to the indigenous Kikuyu grass which remain green and lush throughout the year. All golf holes are well bunkered, and there are five water features on the course.The air is fresh, temperatures range between 16º – 34º c. Rains are generally at night and golf is played the year round 12 hours a day.
Golfers give right of way to the wild animals who have taken residence on the lush fairways and tiny islets in the ponds. Flocks of Black-headed Oriole, Fischers Lovebirds and Egyptian geese sun themselves on the greens without batting an eyelid at the golfers.
Normal checkout time is 10am. For early check-in you may need to book the night before. Day rooms can usually be reserved up to 6pm for departures in the evening.
12 kilometres from the Nairobi – Nakuru highway (8kms from Delamere Petrol Station in Naivasha), the lodge is just one-and-a-half hours’ drive from Nairobi – or a 30-minute flight to its own all-weather airstrip. Its location midway between Samburu and the Maasai Mara makes this the perfect stopover between the country’s wildest game reserves – and an ideal alternative to a night in a city hotel.
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For guests staying in the lodge rooms as well as the Longonot Villas, the board basis is usually full board, which includes three delicious meals and accommodation. For guests taking the chalets, board is either on self-catering or in the lodge’s restaurant (meals charged per consumption). For both options, use of swimming pool, tennis courts and the Adventurers’ club membership for the children (3-11 year olds) or Young Rangers club (12-17) are free.
- 2 restaurants serving homemade table d’hôte cuisine and al fresco continental lunches
- 3 fully-equipped and professionally serviced conference rooms that can sit 150, 80 or 30 people
- Board room for smaller groups of 20 people
- Luxurious lounge bar with sunset terrace
- 18-hole championship golf course, driving range, practice greens and pro shop
- Panoramic freeform swimming pool with private sunbathing garden and kids’ pool
- Two clay tennis courts
- Gift shop with ‘safari essentials’
- All-weather airstrip on site
- Mains electricity with generator backup
- Welcome drinks for all guests on arrival
- Safety deposit boxes for guests’ valuables
- Full daily laundry and valet services
- Reliable telephone (landline and mobile) communications
- Free Wi-Fi in all the lodge and Longonot Villa rooms
- E-mail/Internet, fax & photocopy services
- Foreign currency exchange at reception
- Mineral water and repellent in rooms
- Resident nurse on 24-hour call
- Escorted game and bird walks in Eburru Forest
- Boating and birdwatching on Lake Naivasha
- Astronomy with the experienced resident naturalists
- Guided horse riding and mountain bike safaris
- Trips to the world-famous bird reserves on the shores of lakes Baringo, Bogoria and Nakuru
- Day trips to Hell’s Gate and Lake Nakuru parks
- Child oriented game walks, treasure hunts and games with our famous Adventurers’ Club
- Bush breakfasts and romantic sundowners with one of the grandest views on Earth
- Lawn weddings, company events, launches
What you need to know
Airport Departure Tax and Service Charge
Airport departure taxes are now included in price of the international flight ticket for all three East African countries. It is also the policy of most travel agencies to quote domestic fares inclusive of airport taxes. They can be paid in either local or foreign currency.
The equator divides Kenya: Seasons run as follows
Summer: September – April 34˚C/194˚F 20˚C/68˚
F Winter: May – August 25˚C/77˚F 11˚C/52˚F
Rainfall: April – May (long rains), November – Mid December (short rains)
It’s 220/240 v 50hz.
Plugs are 3 point square.Those coming from North America with IIOv/60hz appliances should be sure to use an appropriate transformer.In our tented camps and lodges it is usually possible to re-charge video camera batteries in your room. Extra batteries, chargers and camera memory cards can be bought at the hotel’s boutique.
Vaccines commended for travelers to Africa include those against – check with travel agent at time of travel
Certificate required for entry into, or travel between, some African countries.
Several of these vaccines require more than one dose, or take time to become effective. Seek advice on immunisation well in advance, best 6 weeks before departure.
Malaria: this is a disease spread by the female anopheles mosquitoes that bite mainly at dusk and at night. It is advisable that every traveler to Africa consult with their doctor before arriving. We provide mosquito nets for night protection, as well as repellants for use during the day.
Please check the validity of your insurance against personal injuries and any loss. Heritage Hotels will not accept liability against injury or loss.
Kenya is GMT + 0300 hours.
The official languages of the Republic of Kenya are Kiswahili and English.
The official currency of the Republic of Kenya is the Kenya Shilling (Ksh).Major currencies like the US Dollar, British pounds and Euro are accepted (enquire at the hotel for daily exchange rates). However, US Dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are generally not accepted in Kenya due to excessive forgery.
Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants in the city. At Heritage Hotels, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Pay Pal.
Landlines do not work, but cell phone reception for GSM phones is good in most parts of the camp.Enquire at the Reception for email or internet services.Contacts
Postal Address: P.O. Box 74888 – 00200, Nairobi, Kenya
Landline: +254 (0) 20 444 9115 / 444 3404
Mobile: + 254 (0) 722 205 894 / (0) 733 411 105 / (0) 728 606 668