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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were visiting friends who are currently living/working in Nairobi and they took us on a quick trip to Naivasha. We arrived after dark so we didn't see the grounds at all on our way in. Our friends arranged for some of the staff to take us on a night safari, which was super cool. We had only been in...

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Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

This place is very peaceful. Sitting on the veranda overlooking the garden whilst warthog, giraffe and impala wander gently across lawn is delightful. The rooms are comfortable, food is great and the staff are lovely. The game drive we went on was truely spectacular for naivasha. We saw the lot. I also highly recommend the sundowners at the top of...

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Reviewed 2 December 2016

Such a wonderful getaway at the Kongoni! We stayed in the cottage in back and awoke to warthogs, dim diks, and antelopes grazing around our front porch! A giraffe approached on our balcony to say hello one afternoon! Such a special place and the game drives, available both day and night were fantastic! We did a walk through the park...

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1Thank Jennifer M
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We thank you very kindly for this review . Posts like this are important and draw attention to the great work that ARR is doing

New Orleans, Louisiana
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Genuine, friendly, personal, generous, sustainable, romantic, quality in every detail, beautiful nature with an outstanding wildlife, peaceful and relaxing. An unforgettable experience. Thank you Richard & Helen and your great team!

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1Thank Susanne R
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Many thanks for your review.We appreciate it when people take the time to write and support us in our ARR endeavor

England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The loveliest holidays ever,wonderful game drives at night and in the early morning to see lots of wildlife,delicious food and such nice staff.So interesting to see good projects to protect such a magical country.

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2Thank clusicoll
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So many thanks for your review. It means a lot to all of us here that you have taken the time to write one

Kopavogur, Iceland
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

thanks to all the faboulus staff of the Kongony logde, what a great surprize in every way. stayed there for six days and it was a great pleasure and personal service all the way, I can reccomend all they have to offer, its sensational, its like stepping into different world, I will be back one day!

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Thank Jóhann J
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Thank you kindly for your review which we appreciate greatly

Reviewed 18 August 2016

A really wonderful experience from the moment of arrival until departure. The setting is so relaxing. The owners and staff were so attentive, friendly and helpful. The game drivers were so patient and provide information as required. A highlight was breakfast by the lake and the boat ride.

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Many thanks! Your review is warmly appreciated

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Our time here was utterly wonderful! The staff are superb. Wesley is outstanding, and Francis (the in house guide) is phenomenal and supremely knowledgeable. I am vegetarian and the food was marvellous, the most delicious and thought-through, inventive food I have had in the continent - thank you Clara (who is the most smiley person I think I have met!)...

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1111NairobiKenya, General Manager at Kongoni Lodge on the ARR Reserve, responded to this review

Many thanks for this wonderful review. I am so glad you enjoyed your time here with the Kongoni staff. Hope to see you again very soon

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

We just had a wonderful stay at Kongoni Lodge. The entire experience was so welcoming and we felt very much at home. The lodge is so charming and comfortable and Wesley and the entire staff made our stay perfect. From sundowners at Margaret's Kopje, to the game drive to the utterly fabulous lakeside breakfast we loved it all. The staff...

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Thank Meg C
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Thank you kindly for your great review

Croatia
Reviewed 24 June 2016

With a competitive price for Naivasha and very kind staff and management, Kongoni Lodge in ARR is a joy to visit. My girlfriend and I spent a very romantic and relaxing day and a half here. Everything from the animals to food (bush breakfast!!!) is simply stunning, and the rooms are incredibly big and meticulously clean and furnished. I can't...

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1111NairobiKenya, General Manager at Kongoni Lodge on the ARR Reserve, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review ! It means a lot to us all. We hope you will return.

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Location & Transport: Kongoni Lodge is located on a 2,000-acre estate run by the Animal Rights Reserved Foundation (ARR), populated with vast wildlife, ranging from leopards, hyenas and migratory lions to buffalo and giraffe. It sits in the rift valley, overlooking the shores of Lake Oloiden, adjacent to Lake Naivasha. The lakes are surrounded by Acacia trees and are home to a large hippo population, as well as over 400 bird species, including Lesser Flamingoes. Due to the high altitude of 1884m/6180ft above sea level, mosquitos are very rare and malaria is virtually nonexistent. In peak season, daily Safarilink flights operate to and from Wilson airport in Nairobi, which only take 15 minutes, and flights to and from the Masai Mara are approximately 40 minutes. Alternatively, guests are welcome to book helicopter transport straight from our doorstep to any desired location. Car transport is possible, with Nairobi and Nakuru being two and three hours away, respectively. Accommodation & Communication: With over a century of history behind it, Kongoni is now a private house that opens up for guests offering privacy and exclusivity in a tradition colonial setting. The main house offers five en-suite bedrooms, all off a central courtyard designed to accommodate the late countess. All rooms feature newly renovated bathrooms with 24hr solar hot water. The Lodge is equipped with wireless internet, DVD library, satellite television and 24hr electricity. Further to the main house, just across the gardens, is the Pili Pili & Chui guest cottages both with 3 en-suite bedrooms, a private living room, dining room, kitchen and veranda. The cottages are available as extra guest bedrooms or to rent as a whole for a self-catered experience. We can offer a chef and nannies for families at an extra cost. The Kitchen: Our cuisine has developed as a blend of various cultures. Our house chef Samuel Ngige & Purity Nyaruai Wanjau (formerly of Hogmead, Nairobi) both come from families with a passion for cooking and have over 40 years between them in Mediterranean, European, North African, Indian, Swahili and many other cuisines. We cook healthy, locally sourced dishes that everyone can enjoy.We use locally farmed organic produce. Fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, yogurt and fresh cream come from local dairy farms. Fresh fish and seafood is bought in from the coast or Lake Victoria, and spices from Zanzibar provide the perfect seasoning. The veranda, gardens & pool: A major feature of the house design is the long veranda that overlooks the front lawns and gardens. The view is populated with Acacia trees all the way down to the Lake and towards the distant volcanic peaks. The overall impression is one of privacy, quiet and nature's abundance. The gardens are open to wildlife; one can sit peacefully on the veranda and watch zebra, warthog and giraffe that are frequent visitors and come remarkably close. Another attraction is the pool that provides a way to cool down, particularly in the hot and dry season. Wildlife conservancy & Animal Rights Reserved Foundation (ARR): Kongoni Lodge is situated within a wildlife conservancy named ARR Reserve. Guests have the option to go on a game drive where they can see our resident leopards, elands, giraffes, buffalos, warthogs, hyenas, impalas, jackals and many more. You can drive through the hills of Kongoni Estate and enjoy a sundowner around a bonfire or alternatively choose Mundui Estate where flat plains allow you to see Thomson's gazelles and bat eared foxes in their natural habitat. Animal Rights Reserved Foundation's aim is to aid wildlife and support local communities in order to create conservation awareness. From the base, which is located a 5 minute walk from the main house, they operate a mobile vet unit and veterinary centre and rescue animals from all around Kenya. A percentage of every guest bill will be donated on your behalf to ARR. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kongoni Lodge on the ARR Reserve

Address: Kongoni Lodge & Game Valley | Moi South Lake Road | (Before Kongoni Road Side Village), Naivasha 20117, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Naivasha
Price Range: $139 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Kongoni Lodge On The ARR Reserve Naivasha, Kenya - Rift Valley
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“I preferred the cottage for more intimate animal viewings, but the entire property is gorgeous”
jennifermG1294OE, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All rooms looked wonderful in their different ways”
clusicoll, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
“A view towards the lake is best.”
johnandpat88Montalla, 31 Oct 2015 | Read review
“'Bird' room particularly nice”
Jacaranda_12, 17 Apr 2015 | Read review
“I had a chance to look through the whole lodge and all rooms look equally beautiful and comfortable”
114tashap, 11 Apr 2015 | Read review
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