Great Rift Valley Golf Club

The Great Rift Valley Lodge offers 21 twin and nine double rooms, all with private balconies overlooking the spectacular expanse of the Rift Valley. The rooms are located in spacious two- and three-storey blocks, and are beautifully furnished with large four-poster beds, handmade wooden furniture, and modern en suite bathrooms. Several of the rooms have interlinking doors that convert them into spacious family suites.

Alternative accommodation is available in the Longonot Villas, 40 modern three-tier three-bedroomed houses – a home away from home, a designer’s delight complete with every modern amenity to make the traveler feel right at home. The living room, dining room and kitchen take the entire floor with the master bedroom on the top tier. The ground floor with the two bedrooms, opens to the garden with every floor giving that unforgettable view of the mountain and the lake.

Lastly, there is a series of homely private chalets overlooking the golf course, with two, three or four bedrooms, all modern amenities, and the same magnificent views throughout.

The 18-hole championship course at 7,000 feet on the Eburru Range is both challenging and exciting. Sitting on the Mau Escarpment in the Great Rift Valley, the course commands stunning vistas of Lake Naivasha, Mount Longonot, the Kinangop Range and Aberdare Mountains. The golf resort is famous for one the longest holes in Kenya - the par 5 - 17th ‘signature’ at 598 metres (654 yards)!

The well watered golf course has contoured greens built to USGA specs with “tiffgreen” grass. The three teeing positions and the fairways are planted to the indigenous Kikuyu grass which remain green and lush throughout the year. All golf holes are well bunkered, and there are five water features on the course.

The air is fresh, temperatures range between 16º - 34º c. Rains are generally at night and golf is played the year round 12 hours a day.

Golfers give right of way to the wild animals who have taken residence on the lush fairways and tiny islets in the ponds. Flocks of Black-headed Oriole, Fischers Lovebirds and Egyptian geese sun themselves on the greens without batting an eyelid at the golfers.

Hotel Check-in and Check-out
Normal checkout time is 10am. For early check-in you may need to book the night before. Day rooms can usually be reserved up to 6pm for departures in the evening.

Getting there
12 kilometres from the Nairobi – Nakuru highway (8kms from Delamere Petrol Station in Naivasha), the lodge is just one-and-a-half hours’ drive from Nairobi – or a 30-minute flight to its own all-weather airstrip. Its location midway between Samburu and the Maasai Mara makes this the perfect stopover between the country’s wildest game reserves – and an ideal alternative to a night in a city hotel.

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Board basis
For guests staying in the lodge rooms as well as the Longonot Villas, the board basis is usually full board, which includes three delicious meals and accommodation. For guests taking the chalets, board is either on self-catering or in the lodge’s restaurant (meals charged per consumption). For both options, use of swimming pool, tennis courts and the Adventurers’ club membership for the children (3-11 year olds) or Young Rangers club (12-17) are free.