The last trip we took together was almost 15 years ago. By we I mean my grandparents, my sister and myself. At that time we were the only grandchildren they had. That trip was memorable for a number of reasons: one it was our first time on a plane and the first time in Mombasa. The one thing I will never forget is when my sister and I ordered milkshakes at some point during the trip. My grandma told the waiter to warm them, so basically it was like drinking plain milk or drinking chocolate.
For my sisters birthday, she wanted to go to a place that offered horse riding and her google search lead her to Malu lodge, Naivasha. I have visited a few places in Naivasha and worked there for a few months but never heard of this place. As usual, I googled it, looked at the pictures on their website and also looked for reviews. I must say it was hard to get any reviews. I even searched on Instagram and found only 20 pictures of the place taken by some of their visitors. I don’t know about you but I always feel like these hidden gems in Kenya that are never advertised or have little information about them are pricey. I am coming to learn that it’s not the case and they operate on referrals. Did I mention this place is not on google maps? Another thing is you have to make a reservation before you go there. There are a few things you will need to specify such as the number of people, time of arrival, you can make suggestions to your menu and the activities you want to do. In our case, it was a day trip but they have cottages if you want to stay for a while. Another thing is you have to have 4 by 4 vehicle because there is an 11km stretch from the main road on murram road.
Let me give you my review of the place. It is located in Naivasha, roughly one and a half hours from Nairobi, add an extra half hour to reach the lodge. When you make your reservation you will be given directions however we got lost because their signpost on the Naivasha-Nakuru main road was removed but you can always call them to be sure. When we arrived we noticed they have an airstrip and my grandmother was like, “watu hukuja hapa huletwa na helicopter.”(People fly to the destination) We decided to have lunch first which was a four-course meal. I loved the starter, the second course was a bit dry but the rest was good. The activities that we chose were nature trail which would lead to the spring-fed plunge pool and horse riding.
After lunch, we relaxed for a while and interacted with some of the people there. I went for the nature trail with my grandparents while my sister rode the horse. It took us about 25 min to reach the plunge pool. The lodge has buffaloes, leopard and monkeys around. Thank God we did not bump into the buffaloes and leopard. I saw a lot of butterflies during the walk and a few monkeys. The guide did inform us that they also have some species of snakes especially as we got closer to the spring. So the reason behind the plunge pool is because so many visitors asked them to put a swimming pool in the compound but it is a conservancy and everything that has been incorporated in the lodge blends with nature. My grandmother even commented on the fact that even the door handles and locks were made of wood. Anyway, they decided to make a plunge pool in the middle of the forest which is fed by the springs. It’s not an Olympic size pool so just think of it as a Jacuzzi. They have placed a table and benches which is a perfect place to have a picnic while you chill in the pool. It actually looks like a pool in the middle of the forest with a river flowing around it.
We did not have a chance to see the cottages so you just have to believe the photos on their website but I am definitely going back there for a weekend stay. In terms of rates, it depends on what you want to do but here is a breakdown of our trip.
Lunch: Ksh 2000 per person (4 courses)
Horse riding: Ksh 1000 per person one-hour session through the trails.
Nature trail and Hiking: Free of charge. A guide will be provided.
They have more activities that you can check out on their site.