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Crater Lake Camp
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 inside a small volcanic crater to the east of the main lake, this is an absolutely stunning location, very magical indeed, with the steep forested slopes of the crater plunging down to a small soda lake. The lodge itself has simple public areas and guest accommodation in around twenty tented rooms.
Activities include gentle walking safari in the immediate area, with the option for boat trips on Lake Naivasha itself. Lake Nakuru can be accessed on a day trip. 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 is very simple indeed 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.