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Reviewed 4 January 2016

(actual visit Oct 2013 - just getting to this now) Nice, comfortable room. I felt room/bathroom/bed was in line with other mid range safari options. Perhaps not quite as polished as some. I enjoyed the food. The walking safari was different than my trips to Masai Mara and Sweetwater Ol Pejeta - you can walk because no "Big Cat / Predators) - saw Zebra, Giraffe, Buffalo, Gazelles, etc while on guided walk around crater. The night drive was nice (day on foot, night via drive) - had some more flexibility since private preserve (We drove our own 4WD with guide - we did not use their lights - we brought our own plus high power flashlights). We did this first, then the Mara, then Sweetwater.

Glad this was first on our trip. Saw less here - but was unique since on foot, and a nice relaxing pace. It may have been anti-climatic if done last. I did not feel "pampered" by staff, but did not have any issues.

It seemed like they were adding some guide accommodations while we were there. I think only one other tent was occupied while we were there - Even if it were fuller - would still have a good feel of privacy. Over 100 steps to get from parking down to lodge area, and the hike around the crater was not difficult or steep, but it was a hike - which we enjoyed, but may cause concern to others.

One of the values is that you don't have to pay an additional $ 70-100 day park fee like some of the other stops.

If the Flamingos are in town, this place is AMAZING. Flamingos come and go at any lake - even at Nakuru. Spent much of the day hanging out at the lake watching Flamingos.

in 2013, no hippos in the lake. We did an enjoyable 2 nights here - on way back to Nairobi, we did a boat ride at Naivasha, then lunch at a different place (Fishermans for lunch - Crater Lake was much more private and upscale) - saw hippos there and additional birds - it rounded out the trip well.

While not someplace where you will see all the big five, a nice place.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with friends
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Thank Richard G
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Reviewed 3 January 2016

The hotel is placed in a beautiful scenic background but its a shame the staff take this for granted with their poor service. A lot of problems were encountered during the stay. We were firstly told that a VW Golf would be an appropriate vehicle to get there, however this was the not the case there is a very bumpy patch which posses a risk to the vehicle and would recommend a 4-wheel drive. Secondly we were placed in the wrong rooms despite booking the luxurious tents. Thirdly the food was disgusting. fourthly one of the toilets was leeking. Enough said! There was clearly a miscommunication between the hotel staff and lack of responsibility for the mistakes. I suggest not to stay at this "tented camp"!

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Akash P
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Reviewed 15 November 2015

This Hotel is in a very very nice setting. The Hotel has tented rooms which are very nice. The beds are comfortable and they provide a lot of blankets which is strange when you arrive but in the middle of the night when temperatures drop to near freezing, you appreciate the blankets.

Loads of very cute Monkeys around. Very nice and friendly staff.

For the unfit, this hotel will be interesting as you have to go down an escapement to the rooms.

Room Tip: All rooms have great views but remember to lock your tent or the monkeys will get you.
  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank kaka17koko
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

i spent a weekend here and would recommend it for a quiet getaway for 2. the lake has hippos and one can take a boat ride here..the attendants know how to navigate the waters and avoid the hippos which can easily topple you over *shrieks*. There is an eating area jutting out into the water and is good for an evening meal by the water. Rooms are comfortable too...

Room Tip: visit on a weekend
  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Silas O
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

This is perhaps one of Kenya's least known and exclusive crater lakes to experience close to nature. Crater Lake is one of Naivasha's three lakes: others being the famous Lake Naivasha and Oloiden Lake.

It is a tented camp built deep inside a crater lake and bustling with rich bird life and close encounters with hyenas, flamingos, Columbus and Rhesus monkeys, giraffes. You can actually take a walk among these animals in a private animal sanctuary and take a hike on the surrounding cliffs.

Superb service from the team there, great rooms and that unforgettable meals on the floating restaurant.

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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1  Thank George K
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