Name: Giraffe Ark Game Lodge
Whether you are a seasoned luxury safari visitor or a safari holiday is one that you just have to tick off that bucket list, a trip to the magnificent Aberdare Ranges in Africa is not to be missed. The Giraffe Ark Game Lodge in Nyeri is built right on the stunning Aberdare Ranges, giving breath-taking views of the surrounding African landscape and wildlife. From London Heathrow, you can fly with either British Airways or Kenya Airways directly to Nairobi in just over eight and a half hours, it’ll then take over 3 and a half hours to drive to the lodge but it’s a very scenic, interesting route with lots to admire along the way.
The lodge itself is beautiful and is set in surprisingly lush, well-maintained gardens which even include an amazing over-sized outdoor chess set; a really fun way to pass the time and get to know your fellow residents! There’s also a children’s play area which is quite rare for a safari lodge, they really know how to treat the children here and it’s a great place for families. Situated outside of the main town of Nairobi, the lodge offers a peaceful and serene alternative to the busy city. Customer experience and service is key to the staff here, they are welcoming, attentive and ensure that every guest has a wonderful time staying at their lodge.
There are 30 rooms at the lodge, 6 Deluxe, 5 Luxury, 1 Royal Suite, and 18 Executive Suites. All the rooms are spacious and include verandas or balconies, as well as Flat Screen TV’s with premium channels (DSTV), en-suite bathrooms, complimentary bottled water, in-room breakfast, daily housekeeping, coffee and tea maker and Wi-Fi is available. Most of the rooms offer a wonderful view of the Majestic Mount Kenya. The rooms have slightly different theming, choose from Pan African, Western, Oriental or Arabian, which is subtle and stylishly managed, think splashes of colour and fun prints combined with solid, traditional furniture. The Executive Suites would probably get my vote with the beautiful canopied four poster bed and the muted colour palate but all the rooms are charming.
Restaurants & Bars
The restaurant offers delicious cuisine, serving European and Kenyan classics with a twist, using the freshest flavours sourced through local farmers. The outdoor seating area is set on stilts out over the landscape to afford the very best views. There is also a Chinese Restaurant where you can catch all the latest sporting events on the big screens or why not kick-back with a sundowner cocktail outside the elevated terrace restaurant whilst admiring the Aberdare Ranges.
Pool & Activities
The freeform swimming pool is surrounded by comfortable loungers but more importantly views of the beautiful gardens and African landscape, there is also an outdoor jacuzzi to relax in, perhaps with a glass of something suitable – bliss! Of course, the games drives are a key part of why you are here and the staff are happy to arrange these for you. The lodge can also assist in arranging other excursions including horse riding, hiking, cycling and sun downers – spectacular in this region. Should business be a reason for your trip, or at least involve you while you are away, the lodge also offers excellent conference and meeting facilities.
If you want your next safari trip to be peaceful and remote, but yet still offer luxury surroundings and the comforts and style of home, Giraffe Ark Game Lodge is a really, lovely place to stay.
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