This is particularly true for families, who can also take advantage of the activities on offer. These include rock-climbing and abseiling, 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.
Your hosts in Malewa River Lodge Hotel
Chris - Managing Director of Kigio Wildlife Conservancy and Malewa River Lodge, but a wildlife artist by profession.
Christine. Hands on management of the lodge and an extremely talented cook. (behind every man there is a woman!).
Milli, with a warm smile and gentle nature ensures all clients are informed and happy during their stay. Trained as an outdoor activities instructor she may also persuade you to dangle off a rope whilst abseiling or rock-climbing.
David. Naturalist and guide. Total enthusiast and a very talented game tracker with a profound knowledge of the African bush, cultural beliefs and myths.
Malewa River Lodge Hotel Accommodation
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:
Kasuki Cottage: Comprising spacious bedroom with large double bed, en suite shower room and private garden with river view.
Aberdare Cottage: Spacious bedroom with twin beds, en suite shower room and private garden.
Mau Cottage: Double storey, with a bedroom and bathroom on both levels with an outdoor shower so that you can bathe under the stars!
In the main building two large bedrooms lead off the upstairs balcony.
Eburu East: Large double bed and 3 extra bunks, mattresses & pillows.
Eburu West: Two twin beds and 8 extra bunks, mattresses & pillows. One shower room upstairs and one downstairs. Additionally the delightful 'crows nest' in the eaves of the thatched roof with space for 4 mattresses - great for children!
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.
Malewa River Lodge Hotel Activities
Walking: The expansive conservancy area offers ample opportunity to walk safely amongst wildlife. We do recommend you take either of our guides, David or Patrick and benefit from their knowledge honed from a childhood in the bush. They will help you identify animal tracks as well as the huge variety of bird species. Their nowledge of wildlife and the medicinal properties of the many endemic plants that flourish on the property makes your walk in the bush a fascinating experience.
Bird watching: Our trained guides could soon show you a large number of the 150 species recorded in our comprehensive bird lists.
Trout Fishing: We stock the Malewa river annually with rainbow trout. So try your hand fly-fishing along four miles of private water. Ideal season Jan-March. We have fly rods available for hire.
Horse riding: Take this opportunity to explore the conservancy on horse back and enjoy riding side by side with the wildlife.
Farming: Get involved in the everyday farm life African style! Herding cattle, sheep and goats. Visit the dairy, dip the livestock and hand milk a cow!
Painting and Photography: Spectacular views of the Rift Valley, the indigenous people and culture, stunning skies and the abundant flora and fauna make Kigio Wildlife Conservancy ideal for all forms of nature based painting and photography.
Painting and sketching holidays arranged by Chris as the resident artist can be arranged.
Astronomy: Beautiful clear nights away from light pollution provide an ideal environment for star gazing.
Mountain biking: we have mountain bikes for hire. With over 20 kms of trails or roads there is plenty of scope for cycling around the Conservancy and the neighboring community
Canoeing: Enjoy the Malewa River on a guided canoe trip, spotting birds, otters and maybe a python!
Rafting: In season the Malewa River can be rafted with rapids graded I to III+.
We can arrange for excursions to nearby attractions such as Lakes Nakuru, Elementeita, Naivasha, Baringo and Bogoria, Hells Gate, Mt Longonot, Elsamere and the Aberdare National Park.
Hells Gate National Park.
Awesome scenery and cliff faces. A climbers and walkers paradise with the opportunity to walk amongst wildlife. 40 minutes drive from Malewa.
The breeding ground for Pelican and excellent viewing for flamingo. This lake offers stunning scenery. From Malewa we recommend an evening drive with sundowners to experience the dusk colours over the Rift Valley.
Merely a 20 minute drive from Malewa
The only fresh water lake in the Rift Valley. Take a boat trip to enjoy excellent viewing of Hippos and birds, or try fishing for wide mouthed Bass and Tilapia.
30 minute drive from Malewa.
Mt Longonot National Park
An easy climb to the top of Mt Longonot, a dormant volcano with a perfect crater offers dramatic views in every direction of the Rift Valley, lake Naivasha and Mt Suswa to the south. 35 minute drive from Malewa.
Elsamere Conservation Centre.
The home of the late Joy Adamson of Elsa fame. Interesting homestead, in a beautiful location on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Suitable for an afternoon visit to the museum including a slide show and tea on the lawns where friendly Colobus monkeys play around you.45 minutes from Malewa.
Born to be Wild Programme” filmed on location in Kenya during 2002.
This stunning 60 minute documentary narrated by the British actress Joanna Lumley features the capture and translocation of Rothschild Giraffe from the world famous Lake Nakuru National Park to Kigio Wildlife Conservancy which took place between July and August 2002. This film was shown on BBC1 to the British public on Sunday 17th November to a viewing audience estimated at 4 million!
We also offer opportunities to carry out conservation, community and science–based projects. The programmes are very popular amongst people taking a year off before or after university.
MALEWA - KIGIO CONSERVANCY
Wildlife and Conservation: There may be a need to look after orphaned wildlife and birds before returning them to the wild. We have recently translocated a herd of Rothschild Giraffe from Lake Nakuru National Park and these animals need to be individually recognised and checked on each day. Other species of wildlife will be introduced and further studies and care will be necessary. Teaching the value of wildlife conservation and developing micro-enterprises with primary school children are ongoing. We therefore encourage visits to Kigio and nearby National parks, so funding is always needed to pay for transport for these excursions.
Community work: Within the two neighbouring primary schools, teaching, playing, and interacting with the children. Introducing sports, music and games.
Funds: We recommend volunteers raise approximately £200 prior to their arrival which will go towards directly to any of the projects they will be involved in.
Transport: Mountain bikes are available for hire and Mwega and Murindati schools are a maximum of half an hour away - even for the faint hearted!! (20 minutes may be more accurate). Naivasha approximately one hour.
Communication: Cyber cafes are available in Gilgil or Naivasha, alternatively email access is available once a week or in emergencies from our conservancy office.
Security: We can offer excellent 24 hour security whilst inside the Conservancy.
Health: The conservancy is in a Malaria free zone at 2000 meters above sea level, (no need for prophylaxis) but it is essential that you are covered by personal international medical insurance. Good hospitals are in Nairobi, approximately one and a half hours by road or 20 minutes by air rescue. The Conservancy has an air strip.
Accommodation available for research and gap year students:
There are several options available according to budget allowances and experience preferred. Visitors are expected to be self sufficient with food and beverages which can be purchased from Naivasha town.
Option 1. Stay in the beautiful Kigio Wildlife Conservancy Research Centre where several thatched cottages are
situated high on a hill with panoramic views of the Great Rift Valley. Comprising a comfortable lounge with fully equipped kitchen with fridge and gas cooker, plus several bedrooms with en suite bathrooms with showers and toilets.
Option 2. Camp in one of the sites by the river. The facilities include flush toilets and hot showers. Visitors have to be totally self contained with tent, sleeping bag, cooking utensils, food etc. Cooking would be done on an open fire.
Option 3. Stay a few minutes walk outside the Conservancy with a rural Kenyan family. One room accommodation would be offered with a bed and basic facilities. Meals would be taken with the family and a small rent per week would be offered to the family.