I was exhausted by the time we arrived at the lodge. The day's expedition was quite arduous for me as we started our journey in Nakuru; travelling north to Marigat and carrying on the same day over dusty, bumpy roads west of Marigat for hours to see the borehole. I was not even able to spend time with the pastor at his home due to the lateness of the hour and the need to get to Lake Baringo before dark. As it was, by the time we arrived at the lodge it was already very dark and we were lost for a short time. Thankfully we were headed in the right direction and it wasn't long before the driver asked some locals for directions. It turned out we were very near the lodge. But by the time I stumbled out of the vehicle and into the reception area, I was in need of a good stretch, some food and drink, and a good rest. Checking out the lodge and surrounding area would have to wait until morning.
The next day was a busy one. I was only going to be one night at the Soi Safari Lodge and there was a lot to do before continuing my journey in the area. My camera was to be my trusty companion that day.
It wasn't long before I found myself enchanted by the lodge.
|By light of day I could see the grey crowned cranes and the resident ostriches, as well as the African woman statue posted outside the lobby doors. All this made for a very unique reception area.|
Oh, and don't let me forget the crocodile skeleton! Another very unique addition to the reception area.
I very much enjoyed the casual decor of the lodge with the African themes and patterns. I appreciated the cosy seating arrangement and spent a lot of time relaxing on the sofas after breakfast and a massage.
|The lodge also has a well stocked gift and souvenir shop.|
Throughout the lodge there is an abundance of beautiful wood. I didn't think to ask what kind of wood was used in the building and on the ceiling but it was absolutely stunning work. I would imagine that the wood is from trees which are indigenous to Kenya.
|The reception area had access to the outdoors in every direction and beautiful stone paths and steps.|
|The ironwork was also more elaborately patterned than what I usually see in Kenya and several touching picture posters about saving the lake were displayed.|
|The lodge has a charming dining room and dinner was served before I headed for the comfort of my pillow. In the morning, breakfast was ready well before I was and the food did not disappoint.|
|I enjoyed these murals of the African countryside displayed in the dining room.|
|I ended up buying a sisal bag just like the one you see hanging on the wall.|
I stayed in the older part of the lodge. There are two suites to each of the buildings you see and they are set among gardens and pathways behind the building which houses the reception, dining room, beauty salon and gift shop.
|I thought the lodge setting was quite pretty though the rooms are getting a tad dated (just a tad) and they do not feature the primary advantage of the lodge. The spectacular view of Lake Baringo.|
|Another view of the "cabin" area of the lodge. A new annex has been built also and every room in the annex has a view of the spectacular lake. If I had stayed for a second night, I would have taken one of the rooms in the annex.|
|This was my room for the night. It was comfortable and had mosquito netting for both beds as all the rooms do.|
|Given the high temperatures, you will be happy to know that the rooms also have air conditioning.|
|The bathrooms were also nicer than many I've seen in Kenya. I had just taken a shower so the towels and the floor mat are wet.|
|Part of the parking lot.|
|The lovely pool is comfortably situated and has ...|
|... loungers for relaxing poolside. This day it was rather quiet though they were expecting a tour group later in the day. I did actually end up going in the pool because my driver who had to come from another town was running late.|
|...of Lake Baringo. (The new annex is located just to the left of the photo. Sorry I did not think to get a photo of it).|
|It is very quiet and serene at the lodge and I could sit and gaze from the open veranda at the bar for hours at this beautiful scene.|
|Peter, the Lodge Manager. I started chatting with him while gazing out at the lake, enjoying the scenery and waiting for my driver. That is how I found out he was the manager.|
|I was intrigued by his unique beaded pin demonstrating support for AIDS awareness.|
I hope you enjoyed my tour of the lodge. Please return soon and I will show you the wonderful adventure on the boat tour of Lake Baringo.