The ideal escape from the city for a weekend or longer, Susie’s Camp sits in the perfect private Naivasha location – quiet, exclusive and secluded, yet close to the Lake and to all the attractions of the surrounding area including Mount Longonot, Hell’s Gate National Park and Crescent Island Nature Reserve.

Brand new for Spring 2018, nothing has been spared in making the camp as comfortable and welcoming as possible. There are just three substantial and airy ‘tent cottages’, part top-quality safari canvas, part wood and stone, each is topped with a soaring thatched roof constructed out of traditional coastal ‘makuti’ imported specially from Kilifi.

The two accommodation tents, each measuring 6 x 13 metres, are unusually roomy and tastefully furnished and equipped. As well as a King-size double bed with top-quality mattress and bedlinen, each has an internal sitting area with comfortable armchairs and coffee table. There is plenty of space for additional single beds to be added to accommodate one or two smaller children sharing with their parents.

To the rear of each accommodation tent there is a large and well-planned ensuite bathroom with twin sinks, separate shower and lavatory, plus dressing room area with wardrobe. To the front of each tent is a veranda with safari chairs and chaise longue looking out across the swimming pool and surrounding bush towards Lake Naivasha.

The central ‘mess’ tent, measuring 6 x 15 metres, has a comfortable central living area with sofa and arm chairs and to the rear a spacious, rustic and comprehensively equipped kitchen. Eat here at the breakfast bar or at the 6-seater Balinese teak dining table on the mess veranda, or down at the shaded outdoor table beside the lovely ‘free form’ heated swimming pool.

The camp sits within its own private 2-acre compound close to the owners’ own beautiful bush home and horse stables. Additional ensuite accommodation is sometimes available there for additional guests – please ask for further details.

Summary

  • The perfect small luxury retreat within easy reach of Nairobi
  • Two large and well-equipped bedroom tents with ensuite bathrooms
  • Central ‘mess’ tent with living & dining room and kitchen
  • Solar-heated swimming pool
  • Excellent staff. Owner-managed and hosted.
  • Accommodates 4+ guests in comfort
  • From Ksh 20,000 per night for 2 guests

Detailed information

  • 2 extra-spacious accommodation tents
  • King size beds with top quality mattresses
  • Well-equipped ensuite bathrooms
  • Dressing and wardrobe areas
  • Central ‘mess’ tent with living room and dining area
  • Well-equipped ‘eat-in’ kitchen with breakfast bar
  • 3 verandas overlooking pool and grounds
  • Solar-heated swimming pool
  • Outside dining table
  • 2 acre private bush plot
  • Surrounding electric fence
  • Lake Naivasha views
  • Cook and housekeeper
  • Mains power
  • Good cellphone signal
  • Wi-fi internet
  • Solar-powered hot water
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • Dogs not allowed (friendly dogs nearby)

Nearby Attractions

  • Game viewing
  • Boating, sailing, fishing on Lake Naivasha
  • Hell’s Gate National Park
  • Mount Longonot
  • Green Crater Lake
  • Lake Oloiden
  • Crescent Island Game Reserve

Location

Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot

Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot

Lake Naivasha sits at the highest elevation of the Kenyan Rift valley at 1,884 metres (6,181 ft) and around 90km north west of Nairobi. The name Naivasha comes from the word Nai’posha meaning rough water in the language of the Maasai, and the surface of the 50-square mile lake can often be subject to unexpected squalls and storms.


In early colonial times the lake became a popular retreat for white settlers with a number of beautiful and unusual houses being built along the lake shore, such as the notorious Djinn Palace. In the 1930s the lake began to be used by Imperial Airways as a landing place for their flying boats travelling between England and South Africa.

Crescent Island Naivasha

Crescent Island Naivasha

Naivasha and the surrounding area remains popular with weekenders from Nairobi and there are numerous water sports and related activities on hand for visitors. Boating, sailing, fishing, and bird watching are available at various locations around the lake – as is horse riding, biking and hiking. Golf takes place in a spectacular location at the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort off North Lake Road.

Lake Naivasha Sunset

Lake Naivasha Sunset

Apart from tourism, the major business of Naivasha is floriculture – numerous flower farms are to be found close to the lake shore and export large quantities of flowers, especially roses, to Europe daily. Another major commercial enterprise on the lake is the geothermal plant, which was commissioned in 1981 and now generates a substantial amount of electricity.

Lake Oloidien Naivasha

Lake Oloidien Naivasha

The lake and its surroundings are home to a wide variety of wildlife and game including a large population of hippopotamus and several species of fish. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded here, and the lake is home to Pelicans and Kenya’s largest concentration of African Fish Eagles. You will often see large flocks of Flamingos on Lake Oloidien which adjoins the South West corner of the lake.

Hell's Gate National Park Naivasha

Hell’s Gate National Park Naivasha

Hells Gate National Park is one of the few National Parks that permits walking, bicycling and rock climbing. Both Fischer’s Tower and Central Tower make challenging ascents for rock climbers, as does the escarpment. The gorge, slicing through striking rock formations, contains a series of hot springs that heat the surrounding rocks, and local guides are available to guide walkers through the gorge. The park is home to plains game and other wildlife, and is particularly known for vultures, eagles and buzzards. The setting for the film The Lion King was heavily based on the area.

Crater Lake Naivasha

Crater Lake Naivasha

Crescent Island, an arc of land linked to the mainland lake shore by a causeway, has a number of animals but no predators, and makes a lovely place to walk and picnic. Crater Lake, to the West of Lake Naivasha, also has wildlife, birdlike and attractive walks. Mount Longonot, between Naivasha and Nairobi, is an inactive volcano whose crater makes for a lovely but quite strenuous walk with spectacular views both into the crater and across the surrounding area.

Mount Longonot Naivasha

For food and general supplies there is good shopping in Naivasha Town and at the new Buffalo Mall which has a large Tusky’s supermarket. There is an excellent new Farm Shop and Butchery on South Lake Road, where you will also find attractive crafts for sale at Lake Elementaita Weavers and Fired Earth Pottery.   Recommended places to eat off South Lake Road include Carnelly’s Restaurant, The Ranch House Bistro and The Club House Cafe.

Club House Cafe Naivasha

Club House Cafe Naivasha

How to get there

By Road

Guests should allow 1 ½ hours to drive from Nairobi to Susie’s Camp. The camp is situated just 2.5 km off South Lake Road – the access road is good murram and a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not necessary.

The camp is approx 12 km from Naivasha Town and 15 km from the A104, the main Nairobi-Nakuru highway. There is also access from Nairobi via the C38 the ‘Old Naivasha Road’ and Mai Mahiu town.

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Rates

  • Standard rate – 2 guests / 1 tent – ksh 20,000 per night
  • Standard rate – 4 guests / 2 tents – ksh 30,000 per night

Minimum stay – 2 nights

Additional small children can usually be accommodated for no extra charge

Additional ensuite bedroom accommodation may also be available – please ask

Accommodation is on a ‘self catering’ basis including the services of cook and housekeeping

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