We are all about budget trips here, always sourcing for the best deals in town for you. Today we have an amazing combo – killing two birds with one stone. This is the story of a hot spa and rocks.
OLKARIA GEOTHERMAL HOT SPA
If this was in Nairobi, it would have been an addiction – our happy place. It’s the largest natural spa in Africa owned by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) making it the first ever company to optimize the use of geothermal resources by creating an alternative income generation project other than power generation. The water in the spa is warm and natural there are no artificial chemicals or treatments added to it. Wet steam is brought in by pipes and is allowed to cool before being released into the pool. There are technicians who constantly monitor the water temperature to ensure no one gets scalded.
On the way there you might spot some animals as you pass by Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary .We saw giraffes, they really stood out, of course the mighty and tall animal, it was brief though as we were just passing by.
You can spot the spa from far by the “smoke”. At first I was concerned and didn’t know where it was coming from, as we got closer it all became clearer.
Geothermal Hot Spa share same gate entrance with Hell’s Gate Park managed by KWS so you pay for entrance into the park and for swimming at the spa managed by Kengen. Be mindful of the gate you use if specifically going to the spa. Best thing would be visiting the two same day for best value of your money. There is a funny smell at first of “rotten eggs” but you get used to it 😉 It is caused by the water being rich in sulfur and silica having the highest percentage that’s why the water seems cloudy or whitish. It is bearable though. There is this amazing feeling of just floating and shutting off everything. Enjoying the hot water against your skin. For those who take hours in the shower you’ll love this with no worry of Kenya Power tokens 😀 Apparently it also has health benefits of which we won’t indulged here. On entry, they give hand bands after payment.
An excellent conference facility for any type of meetings and workshops that can handle up to 100 people. It is fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and includes free Wi-Fi access throughout. Exhibition hall which has the capacity of accommodating around 50 people and it is well equipped with all exhibition facilities, offering great convenience and shopping opportunity to exhibitors and visitors. It has documentaries that describe the history of geothermal development in the world and Kenya. I love history.
Steam Sauna which is enhanced with aromatic oils to increase relaxation and create a sense of well being.
There is also a restaurant where you can take some biting after your swimming.
Entry to Geothermal Hot Spa (TBC)
|Kenyan adult||400 Kenyan Shillings|
|Kenyan child||100 Kenyan Shillings|
|Group for students (under 18)||100 Kenyan Shillings|
|Resident foreigner adult||1,000 Kenyan Shillings|
|Resident foreigner children||500 Kenyan Shillings|
|Non-resident foreigner adult||1,800 Kenyan Shillings|
|Non-resident foreigner children||850 Kenyan Shillings|
|Ground hiring||40,000 Kenyan Shillings|
|Towel||200 Kenyan Shillings|
Hells Gate National Park fees
|Kenyan adult||350 Kenyan Shillings|
|Kenyan child||250 Kenyan Shillings|
|Resident foreigner adult||700 Kenyan Shillings|
|Resident foreigner children||350 Kenyan Shillings|
|Non-resident foreigner adult||30 US Dollars|
|Non-resident foreigners children||20 US Dollars|
From Nairobi CBD board Matatus opposite Nyamakima at 200-250 Kenyan Shillings. From Naivasha board Matatus to Oserian at 80 Kenyan Shillings. From Oserian take a motorbike to Geothermal around 50 Kenyan Shillings. Alternatively if you are many you can request the driver to take you there at an extra cost of around 30 Kenyan Shillings or you can also walk there.
The trip to Geothermal can be combined with a visit to Hell’s Gate too or Naivasha Rocky Eco Lodge
NAIVASHA ROCKY ECO LODGE
The thing that really got us excited about visiting this place is the rocky architecture blending well with lush green well kept watered grass. The one you find in manicured lawns with sprinklers, fed twice a day morning and evening, the one that grows in group of schools and golf courses. From the highway you may not notice this till you step inside and the surprise hits you. It almost feels out of Kenya but hey wake up, our country is beautiful and people are creative. I really love the rock concept.
I loved how they have done their signage post for the lodge showing the way to different places in the lodge.
Then there’s the woody design of their furniture which blends in well with the rocky design. They make their own furniture.
The winning point about this place is that it is not far from Naivasha town. It is really accessible and just next to the highway.
The V.I.P lounge has this beautiful view of the natural Naivasha landscape. They also have a Maasai Market shop where they sell cultural artifacts. This place is ideal for holding your parties and they are quite pocket friendly. Their buffet package is such a deal 1,250 Kenyan Shillings for 2 proteins and 2 starches,vegetables and a soft drink.
Unfortunately, they don’t have a pool – that’s why we have combined the Hot Spa here 🙂 or any other activities but it has amazing grounds for team building and other events.
RESIDENT’S ROOM RATES
|BED & BREAKFAST(BB)||HALF BOARD (HB)||FULL BOARD(FB)|
|SINGLE||Ksh. 6,000.00||Ksh. 7,500.00||Ksh. 9,000.00|
|DOUBLE||Ksh. 7,000.00||Ksh. 10,000.00||Ksh. 13,000.00|
NON-RESIDENT’S ROOM RATES
|BED & BREAKFAST(BB)||HALF BOARD(HB)||FULL BOARD(FB)|
|SINGLE||Ksh. 10,000.00||Ksh. 11,500.00||Ksh. 13,000.00|
|DOUBLE||Ksh. 13,000.00||Ksh. 16,000.00||Ksh. 18,000.00|
Transport from Nairobi:
Board Matatus opposite Nyamakima Oil Libya stage they charge between Ksh. 200-350 heading to Naivasha. When you get to Naivasha town board another one that heads to South Lake, not more than 80 Kenyan Shillings.
Via private means, click here for google maps directions
Budget package: With 2,000 Kenyan Shillings you’ll get to enjoy the three places for a day trip.
|Meals||From 500 Kenyan Shillings|
|Fare (Using public means)||600 Kenyan Shillings (To and fro)|
|Geothermal and Hells Gate Entrance fee||700 Kenyan Shillings|
Contact: 0798 190514