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is located in the Lake Naivasha
area of Southwest Kenya
During the Colonial Era, the picturesque Lake Naivasha was used as the main airport for the country, an essential stop on the flying boat mail service which connected London with Cape Town. Soon the aristocratic settlers were building fabulous mansions around the shoreline, becoming the infamous 'Happy Valley Set', renowned for their debauched lifestyle which has since been immortalised by Hollywood.
Situated on the northwest shore of the lake, this classic colonial homestead has been been home to the Hopcraft Family since the early 1900's. The main house contains 2 rooms, with a further 2 rooms in a one guest cottage and a family room in another. The property can only be booked in its entirety by groups of up to eleven guests and comes fully staffed.
Activities on the surrounding Loldia estate include modest walking safari, horse-back safari and motorboat safari, as well as tours of the farm. Lake Nakuru can be accessed on a really decent day trip, there being a dirt road shortcut through attractive farmlands direct to the quiet southern gate, meaning the that guests can enjoy the spectacular scenery and a lavish picnic lunch whilst avoiding the worst of the safari traffic and the busy main road. Other trips further afield include some great hiking, notably up to the mysterious hidden crater of Mount Longonot, as well as tours of local villages and the industrial flower farms.
The main potential downsides are that the lodge can only be booked in its entirety and is therefore pricey for smaller groups and the fact that this area has recently become heavily urbanised in parts and the southern side of the lake is now dominated by huge commercial flower farms, geo-thermal power plants and a rash of lower quality lodges, although these elements are largely avoided when staying here.