Crater Lake naivasha

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If you want five star hotels then Crater Lake is not the place for you, but you certainly get five star service. Coffee delivered to the verandah at six a.m. and what a joy to sit there in pajamas listening to the animals rising.. The air is filled with a cacophony of bird songs and bull frogs - it was truly a magical experience.

The staff are exceptionally nice and you get the impression that it's not a chore but a genuine desire to make your stay as pleasant as possible. One elderly frail lady was brought up and down the steps carried on a sun bed.

The price of the guide to walk your through the savannah pointing some of the not-so-obvious animals, is a real treat. I'll keep on going bac

If you're expecting everything to be clean and spotless and new, you aren't going to find it at Crater Lake.

Then again, you're in rural Africa, and part of the charm (to my family at least) is that lodgings can be a bit quirky, funky, rough around the edges. All true at Crater Lake.

But you'll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful view than from the veranda of your cottage.

The lodge is away from the bustle of other Lake Naivasha lodgings. Well worth the extra time to get there for the peace, serenity and pure beauty. The service is also outstanding. Everyone we dealt with was warm, friendly and eager to help.

We didn't use any of the services like nature hikes, so can't comment except that we heard great things from other guests.

Caveats: Meals are fine but nothing remarkable. And it's quite a hike from reception to any of the rooms. There is plenty of help humping your gear, but still a lot of up-and-down walking.

All in all though, well worth the effort.

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