Lake Naivasha camps - Malewa River Lodge

Malewa River Lodge

The Malewa River Lodge lies within a private reserve on the floor of the Great Rift Valley between Lake Naivasha and the small town of Gilgil. Owned by Chris and Christine Campbell-Clause, who have been working on regenerating and conserving the area for wildlife against the onslaught of subsistence farming, Malewa is a quiet, tranquil place. Approached down a steep path and into the back of the main building which is built of stone and old polished cedar fence-posts from the ranch, you look over smooth lawns to the small river that winds its way through the wooded banks. Each cottage is different and all are located with privacy in mind, spread out either side of the lounge and dining room. Although wildlife is increasing, game is not the main reason to come to Malewa, but the simple pleasure of walking unguided along the river to look for birds, or amongst zebra and antelope on the open plains, makes it a worthwhile place to stop off. This is particularly true for families, who can also take advantage of the activities on offer. These include rock-climbing and abseiling, river rafting and trout fishing as well as mountain biking and horse riding. There are qualified instructors available and so parents can relax whilst the young are entertained in safety. The staff at Malewa are particularly friendly and helpful and the food is tasty and original.

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