Kenya’s Lake Naivasha Country Club set to ‘shine again’


The ‘Lake Naivasha Hotel’ as this correspondent remembers the lake side resort from his early days in Kenya, has a long history going back into the early first half of the last century, when the palatial homestead at the shores of Lake Naivasha originally opened as a ‘guest house’ with only 3 rooms available for guests. Those were the days of the ‘flying boats’ by British Imperial Airways, the predecessor of what became the famous BOAC before emerging as British Airways. These – for those days at least – giant aircraft took off from the Thames in London and then made their way across the Mediterranean Sea to Egypt, up the River Nile with a stop in Khartoum and on to Kenya, where they ‘landed’ at Kenya’s first international aviation entry point on Lake Naivasha. The trip, which took several days to complete, had passengers then undertake an arduous journey from Naivasha to Nairobi, up the winding road of the Great African Rift Valley, and the Lake Naivasha Hotel, now the Lake Naivasha Country Club, was swiftly becoming ‘THE’ place to take to before and after flights.

Now under the management of Sun Africa Hotels the property now features 50 rooms and suites plus a Presidential Cottage, and the ongoing renovations which started in October last year have at last seen the public areas and rooms regain their former shine. The resort has two sister properties, the Masai Mara’s oldest lodge Keekorok and the Lake Baringo Club, incidentally all from the former Block Hotels stable, while the Nairobi based ‘Sovereign Suites’ is due to join the group shortly.

Group General Manager is by the way none other than Rahul Sood, past president of the Skal Club of Kampala and former GM at Kampala’s Metropole Hotel – incidentally still very much missed by many of his former staff and most of his patrons – who after a spell in Dar es Salaam moved to Nairobi where their gain remains Kampala’s loss.

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