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Chui Lodge

Rift Valley & the Lakes

Rating: Mid-range    

Chui Lodge overview

Chui Lodge is set in a privately owned 18,000 acre wildlife sanctuary, in a grove of Euphorbia trees, overlooking a waterhole with the dramatic Mau Escarpment as a backdrop. The sanctuary is home to over 45 species of mammals. Chui Lodge is crafted from simple bush stone, local acacia, leleshwa and olive woods with a beautiful twisted marula roof. The lodge was built in 1998 by Hans and June Zwager, and the family still owns and runs Chui.

Accommodation consists of 8 individual cottages, each distinctive in style and with an en-suite bathroom and a delightful veranda overlooking the waterhole and escarpment. They are equipped with 4 poster beds and fireplaces, and each is decorated in its own style. 

The lounge, dining and bar area features murals, African carvings and antiques, and has a relaxed atmosphere. The lodge's furniture is made on site from sustainable materials. The swimming pool, a short walk from the main building, has great views of the waterhole and the escarpment. Highly trained professional chefs deliver an exquisite array of cuisine based on local fresh produce.

Activities offered include game drives, guided bush walks, fishing, day trips to Lake Nakuru National Park and boat trips on Lake Naivasha.


Open: Chui Lodge is open all year.

Location: Chui Lodge is in the private Oserian Wildlife Conservancy by the shores of Lake Naivasha. The lodge is about a 90-minute drive from Nairobi. There is an airstrip near the lodge and the flight from Nairobi takes about 20 minutes.

Rooms: There are 8 guest cottages, all with four-poster beds, handmade wooden furniture, local artwork, high ceilings and open fires. They have en-suite bathrooms and private decks looking out over the Rift Valley.

Activities: The lodge offers daily 4x4 game drives in the conservancy, guided nature walks, bird watching and boat trips on Lake Naivasha. You can also visit Hells Gate National Park and Lake Nakuru for further wildlife viewing. Horse riding is a popular recreational activity. The lodge arranges bush breakfasts and sundowners in specially selected locations.

Facilities: The lodge has a dining room, lounge and bar where you can relax with other guests around a roaring open fire. These are elegant areas decorated with carvings, paintings and antiques. There's an outdoor swimming pool and sun deck with views to a nearby waterhole.

Dining: The chef prepares international dishes using local ingredients many from the lodge's own farm. Meals are eaten at individual tables in the dining room or in the gardens.

Children: Children aged 8 years and over are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is high speed internet access.

Notes: Chui Lodge is owned by Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary.

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