Popular Kenyatta Family Resort With Own Airstrip (PHOTOS)

One of President Uhuru Kenyatta's popular luxurious hotels, the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort in Naivasha, Nakuru County, is rising to become a hot-pick for travellers seeking a mix of adventure and comfort in an expansive area.

Popular Kenyatta Family Resort With Own Airstrip (PHOTOS)

The Kenyatta family has been touted as one of the richest families in the entire country as well as the whole of Africa. Their wealth stems from political and economical dominance that has been the talk of the country for decades. 

From a milk company to media houses, from banks to luxury hotels, the family has made ground in almost all sectors.

One of the luxurious hotels is rising to become a hot-pick for travellers seeking a mix of adventure and comfort in an expansive area. This is the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort, a luxurious hotel built on huge tracts of land.

Rooms at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort in Naivasha, Nakuru County. /FILE

It is located in Naivasha, Nakuru County, and boasts spectacular panoramic views of Lake Naivasha and the Great Rift Valley, hence its name, thus offering one of the best places in the country for a holiday, no matter how long. 

The hotel stands out from the popular picks as it is not located along the Moi South Lake Road in Naivasha. This super-resort is located 24 kilometres from Nairobi, 12 kilometres off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway and an approximately one and half/two hour drive from the city. 

The hotel was beforehand accessible to Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) and cars capable of navigating the murram Moi North Lake road. However, that road has since been tarmacked and any car can access the resort easily, as well as the town of Kasarani, a feat that has increased the number of customers streaming into the premises. 

The resort sits on top of Eburru mountain, which the Maasai termed it as Oldonyo Opurru, meaning ‘mountain of smoke’. It offers among the best environments for golfers and non-golfers from across the country and the globe looking to learn the sport for the first time thanks to its 18-hole championship golf course that give spectacular views a new meaning. 

One of the accommodation spaces at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort in Naivasha, Nakuru County. /FILE

The Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort, which offers full-board accommodation for guests, boasts 30 spacious en-suite rooms with private balconies, wooden furniture, and fireplaces. The Longonot Twin Villas overlook one of Kenya’s volcanic peaks and offer ground-floor rooms as well as two-level Junior Suites with a living room, dining room, and kitchen.

The Longonot Twin Villas at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort. /SILVIA NJOKI

The resort also prides itself in being among among the few of such kind in Kenya with its own airstrip connection to Nairobi, Maasai Mara or Samburu. It also offers free Wi-Fi in all its accommodation spaces, cable/satellite TV services, full daily laundry and valet as well as a 24-hour resident nurse on call. 

Not to be missed, the Great Rift Valley Lodge draws guests from all corners of the globe who participate in conferences, while others enjoy the swimming pools, tennis courts, jogging and cycling paths and plethora of excursions planned by the hotel’s expert staff. 

The resort is also the best environment for revellers on weekend getaways thanks to its accommodation that resembles city mansions, making it the perfect scene for mini-house parties.

A swimming pool at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort. /FILE

One can also enjoy various activities for different age groups, and it also offers one of the best kids clubs for cultural and wildlife edutainment, the clubs which are available across all other luxury hotels by the Kenyatta family (Adventurers Club). 

Another rarity is its lush bird life as well as the up close encounter with wildlife such as zebras, who according to guests who spoke to Viral Tea, can be spotted crossing the roads cutting through the golf-courses in full view of humans. 

The Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort was voted 'Kenya's Best Golf Hotel' in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. In 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 it was crowned Kenya’s Best Golf Resort during the World Tourism Awards. 

It was also voted 'Africa's Best Golf Hotel' in 2016, in the 3rd World Golf Awards at the Conrad Algarve in Portugal. This was the 3rd annual World Golf Awards, which is part of World Travel Awards. 

The resort offers various specifications and what guests want, and coupled with its huge area, it is far from a budget place to stay in. One night at the lodge can set you back between Ksh30,000 and Ksh150,000.

One of the luxury accommodation spaces at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort. /FILE

One of the accommodation spaces at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort in Naivasha, Nakuru County. /FILE

One of the accommodation spaces at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort in Naivasha, Nakuru County. /FILE