Naivasha Kongoni Lodge – Naivasha’s Best Kept Secret

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How do Kenyans give directions? You go and go until you get to the end of the road! This is how you would direct a newbie to Naivasha Kongoni Lodge atop a hill with views of Lake Oloiden.

Once you take Moi North Lake Road, past all the Lake Naivasha resorts, past Kongoni Wildlife Sanctuary, overtake one or two giraffes that might be holding up the traffic, get to Oloiden Village then you will see Lake Oloiden on your right. Blink and you might miss it but look and across and you’ll see a big sign “Naivasha Kongoni Lodge”.


A weekend away from Nairobi often feels like Nairobi has migrated particularly if you choose to stay in one of the popular Naivasha hotels. Naivasha Kongoni Lodge is, however, a treasure trove for couples. The cottages, Deluxe and Executive, are far apart offering ultimate privacy.

Since this luxurious lodge is located on a hill, going from your cottage to the restaurant is quite an effort that may diminish the feeling of being on holiday. For this sole reason, the cottages have a dining and living area where room service is provided. Choose to stay at the Executive cottage and you’ll enjoy your own private pool.

private pool executive cottage Naivasha Kongoni

The panoramic views of the surrounding hills can be thoroughly taken in over a sundowner. Simply choose the drinks at the bar, take a short hike up one of the small hills and Kongoni Lodge personnel will arrange the rest. What could be more romantic than watching the sun set over the horizon of Lake Oloiden as you sip your chilled drinks?


Lake Oloiden is the exact opposite of the big sister Lake Naivasha. Alkaline in nature and much smaller. During the dry season when the water levels are much lower, the lake turns pink from the presence of the Lesser Flamingos. However, due to the recent heavy rains, fresh-water birds such as pelicans, spoonbills, pelicans and the African fish eagle. Birdwatchers will find their haven on these waters.

On the shores of the lake, there are community boats available for hire. For a 1-hour ride in a 6-person boat, expect to pay no more than Ksh.4000. You’ll see herds of zebras grazing, a tower of giraffes, and a bloat of hippos. The boat ride is best enjoyed in the evening when there is a warm glow of the setting sun.

Oloiden Campsite Double Tent

For the adventurous, thrill-seeking tourists, Oloiden Campsite has all the amenities of a modern camp. Complete with tents, beddings, and hot showers, you’ll sleep with the sound of the lake and grazing hippos.


Visit the Kongoni Sanctuary for a game drive with experienced game rangers. The hilly scenery is magical and sets the stage for numerous walks and hikes.

Get your geologic groove on with a two-hour tour of Hell’s Gate National Park. Once done, take a dip in the Olkaria Geothermal Spa. All these activities are within easy reach of Naivasha Kongoni Lodge and furthermore, can be enjoyed in a weekend.

Take a tour around Naivasha Kongoni’s Executive Cottage

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