My experience of Bashay Rift Lodge was ... odd. The location is lovely, and the rooms are pretty, with a few off notes (slightly run down Ikea furniture in one corner of the room, wobbly deck, and inexplicable framed poster of a lion hung in the middle of attractive local crafts). The beds were pretty comfortable, and the linens gloriously warm and toasty. My room was frighteningly infested with bees. I have no idea where they came from, but there were a LOT of them. There isn't a great deal to do at the place in the winter. Read and enjoy the views, taking a walk or bike ride is nice, but that's really it. Relaxing, but it seemed a bit lacking overall in services/activities. For a post-safari location, I would recommend/prefer maybe some simple spa services or a more developed cultural program. I realize that the main promoted activity here is bike rides, but honestly, it's at the top of a reasonable grade, and that might not appeal to all guests - in my case, I've got a bit of a bad neck, and after several days of jostling in safari vehicles I didn't think it wise to necessarily risk it on a bicycle, so I booked a walk and found myself saddled with a silent youngster who accompanied me, offered no commentary, tried to take me by the local school (while classes were in session - I didn't think this really appropriate), and kept noting the length of my walk - "it is now 60 minutes" "now you are walking 90 minutes" etc. He wasn't unpleasant or anything, I just didn't really get why he was there.
The food was just unremittingly ... not good. Not bad, exactly, but definitely not good. Sort of overcooked meat and mashed potatoes with buttered vegetables. I think this place might do better by serving flavorful local cooking rather than offering a bland and not terribly well prepared version of international food. It just didn't really work, especially since they offered no choice of menu at lunch and dinner.
There was a weird element of the service in that there seemed to be an awful lot of people standing around in the bar or the restaurant, and coming by to fuss with the room or do something in the grass, but service seemed sort of vague and disconnected. And I sort of felt as though a lot of the staff were inclined to look at me earnestly while I was eating or walking from one place to another. It freaked me out. I realize that they may have been a bit disoriented by a woman traveling solo, which is not altogether common I guess, but I couldn't help feeling as though they didn't quite know what to make of me, with the result that I didn't really know what to make of them, either.
Overall, it was an attractive enough place for a post-safari rest break booked at the last minute, but I wouldn't recommend that ATR continue to use this facility except possibly as a last option for late bookers (like me!) during high season. Doesn't seem to be especially good value for anything more than a 1 night transit stay.