The Malewa River Lodge lies within a private reserve on the floor of the Great Rift Valley between Lake Naivasha and the small town of Gilgil. Owned by Chris and Christine Campbell-Clause, who have been working on regenerating and conserving the area for wildlife against the onslaught of subsistence farming, Malewa is a quiet, tranquil place.
Malewa River Lodge is a small and exclusive 5 cottage “eco-friendly” lodge, nestled in the shade of huge Acacia trees on the banks of the Malewa River in a malaria free zone.
Accommodation and Meals
Malewa Wildlife Lodge accommodation is in traditionally styled buildings, that all offer spacious living quarters with en-suite bathrooms and are set within an acacia forest. With 4 cottages and 2 large rooms in the main building the Lodge can accommodate 12 guests in comfort and extras in comfortable bunks. The accommodation is therefore suitable for individuals, family groups, and options for school groups. The enchanting open plan main building offers a large sitting room complete with open fire, spacious veranda, bar and dining area with views over the river.
The cottages are separated from the main building and well spaced along the river-bank. Each with their own character: Each cottage is different and all are located with privacy in mind, spread out either side of the lounge and dining room.
Although wildlife is increasing, game is not the main reason to come to Malewa, but the simple pleasure of walking unguided along the river to look for birds, or amongst zebra and antelope on the open plains, makes it a worthwhile place to stop off. This is particularly true for families, who can also take advantage of the activities on offer. These include rock-climbing and abseiling, malewa river rafting and trout fishing as well as mountain biking and horse riding. There are qualified instructors available and so parents can relax whilst the young are entertained in safety. The staff at Malewa are particularly friendly and helpful and the food is tasty and original.