The Great Rift Valley
Stretching from northern Syria to Mozambique, the Great Rift Valley is a 6,000-kilometre trench in the Earth and one of the planet’s most outstanding geological features. In Kenya, the valley is at its deepest north of Nairobi, where the Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort affords spectacular views over Lake Naivasha, Mount Longonot and the Aberdare Mountain Range. The Rift Valley offers golfers a real feeling of being in Africa, a spectacularly peaceful setting, and the perfect base for adding a longer wildlife safari to your itinerary.
The golf experience
The Rift Valley and surrounding highlands offer a choice of very different and, in some cases, very challenging courses. The Great Rift Valley Resort boasts a world-class course situated at 7,000 feet above sea level, with narrow, undulating fairways, shimmering lakes, and greens which gaze over the valley floor. Expect a 10-15% increase in your driving distance and remember that zebras and antelopes have right of way!
As with most areas in Kenya, the Rift Valley offers golfers a seemingly endless choice of activities and day-trip destinations.
Lake Naivasha is an ornithologists’ dream and a boat trip to Crescent Island’s private sanctuary will allow close viewing of zebra, waterbuck, giraffe and several species of antelope. The adjacent Hell’s Gate National Park – named after a break in the cliffs that was once a tributary of a prehistoric lake – is home to over 100 species of birds, including vultures, Verreaux’s Eagles and the Augur Buzzard. Hell’s Gate is also famous for its spectacular gorges and volcanic hot springs and geysers.
Only an hour’s drive from Naivasha is the Aberdare National Park. The park’s deep forested ravines are home to black rhino, leopard, baboon and the rare mountain bongo. Overnight at Treetops or The Ark is an experience not to be missed. The park also offers excellent trout fishing.
Kenya’s extensive network of airports and airstrips means that the Maasai Mara, Tsavo and the Coast are only a short flight away.
The Great Rift Valley Lodge has a choice of comfortable en-suite rooms and stylish modern villas. In and around Naivasha, there is a wide choice of lodges, exclusive private getaways and charming country houses and farms that offer excellent accommodation, fine dining and a truly ‘Out of Africa’ experience.
A short drive from the well-maintained Pan African Highway, the Great Rift Valley Lodge is just one-and-a-half hours’ drive from Nairobi – or a 30-minute flight to its own all-weather airstrip.