Today we left the beautiful sights of Kilimanjaro behind us and took the 3 hour drive from Amboseli back to Nairobi. After a brief stop for a pizza (Stefania is Italian) in Nairobi we continued to Lake Naivasha.
Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort is a little less than 1 1/2 hours drive and approx 120km from the centre of Nairobi. After a quick bite to eat we headed out through the beautiful gardens and down to the Jetty to go on a boat trip along the lake shore all the way to Crescent Island. Boat trips operate all day from 07h00 until 16h30.
On the boat trip you see Hippos, many different species of birds including, pelicans, kingfishers, herons, fish eagles, egrets, jacanas and geese. Crescent Island is a small reserve where you can take a nature walk (Cost US$25) and see waterbuck, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and impala. All of these can also be seen from the boat as they graze very close to the shore and in the shallows.
On returning to the resort we took a walk through the gardens surrounded by giraffe, waterbuck, dik dik, Vervet and Colobus monkeys.
Unfortunately it was a little late for us to try out the many other activities available:-
Gym and sauna
As we are only here 1 night we will not be able to visit Lake Nakuru National Park which is approx 100km (1 hour) on a very good tarmac road.
Now some facts about Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
84 Rooms – 42 Ground floor which have 2 queen sized beds and a sunken bath with telephone shower; 8 of which are interconnecting and 2 of which are wheelchair friendly – The other 42 are on the first floor and have 1 kingsized bed and shower. The ground floor rooms have a nice little verandah and the 1st floor rooms a balcony.
Inside all the rooms there is: DST TV, telephone, tea and coffee tray and a safe.
Main areas include: 1 main restaurant, 1 pool bar and restaurant with pizzeria, 1 main bar and lounge, huge free form swimming pool, 4 conference rooms seating between 25 – 150 and a small boutique.
The public areas have WiFi which is available free of charge.
2 golf carts are available to take guests to their rooms if they like.
Tomorrow we head off to Masai Mara Sopa Lodge.
Here are a couple of photos we took today.