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Mbweha Camp - Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Congreve Conservancy, Lake Nakuru - The Great Rift Valley, Kenya

With long views over the Eburu and Mau Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, Mbweha Camp stands on a 6,400 acre private game conservancy, which is adjacent to the southern boundaries of Lake Nakuru National Park. Offering a central dining room, sunken bar, charming lawns and its own small waterhole, the camp features just ten rustic but comfortable cottages.

Mbweha means ‘jackal' in Swahili, and reflects the fact that this private reserve offers sanctuary to the side-striped jackal, the silver-backed jackal and the golden jackal. The reserve also offers: 300 species of birds, elands, warthogs, zebras, leopards, grants gazelles, waterbucks, impalas, hyenas, dik-dik, buffalo, giraffes, aardvark and baboons.

Location
Lake Nakuru is 160 kms north of Nairobi and lies at the heart of the Great Rift Valley. Nearby are the lakes of Elementaita, Naivasha and Bogoria.

The Background
Sunk deep in the cleft of the Great Rift Valley, one of earth's most phenomenal geological features, ringed by shoals of extinct and dormant volcanoes and presided over by the Menengai Crater, one of the largest craters in the world, lie the turquoise-shimmering waters of Lake Nakuru. Flamingo-frosted, salt-encrusted, acacia-haloed and guarded by the prehistoric splendour of a grey-green forest of Euphorbia candelabrum, Lake Nakuru National Park offers sanctuary to some of the world's most endangered creatures.

Kenya hotels and accommodation
Amongst the wide range of Kenya hotels, some make the ideal Kenya safari destination. Choose a safari lodge, safari hotel, bush camp, luxury lodge, safari camp, tented camp or bush lodge. National park accommodation usually takes the form of a traditional safari lodge or tented camp, but numerous other options exist on the park boundaries. Luxury lodges and luxury camp options are also offered in the private wildlife conservancies.

Accommodation
There are just 10 cottages, built from local volcanic stone and traditionally thatched. Each has its own ensuite bathroom and is charmingly presented.

Dining and bars
The camp offers a central dining room and a sunken bar with open fireplace.

Child-friendly
Children are welcome.

What to see and do
Shimmering mirage, flamingo realm
Entitled ‘the greatest bird spectacle on earth' thanks to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, the pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters of Lake Nakuru yield some of the most evocatively beautiful photo-images in Africa. Small in size, but high in wildlife, this park makes the ideal day trip, enroute to other destinations and abounds in picturesque lookouts and picnic spots. As Kenya's first and largest rhino sanctuary, sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed, while plentiful waterbuck, warthog, zebra, gazelle and buffalo graze the shoreline. Echoing to the haunting cries of the numerous fish eagles, this is also the park in which you have the best chance of seeing a leopard.

Wildlife highlights: lion, black and white rhino, waterbuck, hippo, leopard, impala, gazelle, hyena, wild cat, golden cat, hyrax, colobus monkey, and Rothschild's giraffe. Birds: 1.5 million flamingos and 450 other recorded species.

Other attractions
• Open vehicle day and night game drives on the conservation area.
• Game drives at Lake Nakuru National Park.
• Educational bush and nature walks.
• Bike rides
• Hiking
• Bush dinners
• Bush sundowners
• Hot Air Balloon Rides
• Gliding
Within easy (half an hour) reach of Nakuru town, with its many restaurants, bars and nightlife, the lodge serves as an excellent base for visits to the town and to the surrounding sights, such as Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site, and the Menengai Crater. Gift shop, laundry, medical services and forex facilities provided. Horse-back riding can also be arranged.


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