The SpaceMumbi Cottage is a fully furnished double storey entity. It consists of 3 comfortable en-suite bed-rooms, a well lit kitchen and a spacious living-room that leads out the balcony which boasts a breath-taking view any time of day. This space comfortably fits 6 and is perfect for a getaway with friends and family alike.
Mumbi Cottage is located within the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha, Kenya. It is a one-and-a-half hour drive or a 30-minute flight from Nairobi (24 kilometres from Naivasha town and 12 off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway) and is approximately 7000 feet above sea level. The lodge is 46 km from the Nakuru Airport.
The Lodge is built on the Eburru, a mountain that the Maasai call Ol Donyo Opurru, meaning mountain of smoke.
From Mumbi Cottage you will enjoy spectacular views over the world’s largest valley, from Mount Longonot and the Aberdare Mountains in the east to the bird-thronged lakes of Naivasha and Elementaita.
Thanks to our proximity to Lake Naivasha, we enjoy some of the most diverse birdlife on the planet, with over 300 species on record, including pelicans and flamingos that fly from one lake to the other, Black-headed Orioles, Fischers Lovebirds Superb starling, African harrier hawks,Speckled Mouse birds and Egyptian geese. If you are a bird watcher, you will love this place!
There is one part of this cottage that is special and seems to bring all elements of nature together. The balcony! From here the views of lake Naivasha, Mt. Longonot, the Aberdares, the golf course greens just below, the birds in the trees, the zebras on the grass and not to mention a VIP, front row seat to witness daily the sunrise as dawn breaks.
Mumbi also boasts a Berbeque booth with one famous 'Kinyanjui choma jiko' - Barbecue Stove. So on your way to Mumbi, make a stop at Delamare along Naivasha Nakuru highway which is on your way and buy a goat leg to barbecue during your stay. Don't forget your barbecue sauce!
There is a roofed free and secure parking for two at Mumbi. Should your car alarm go off at night, don't panic, it is most likely a monkey or squirrel just curious about the make of your car. Guest AccessGuests have access to the following lodge facilities:
The Lodge has its own airstrip allowing for connection with either Samburu, Masai Mara or Nairobi.
18 HOLE GOLF COURSE
The course is described as among the most breathtaking in Africa. Every hole offers spectacular views over the shimmering expanse of the world’s largest valley with invariably stunning background – often watched by the herds of zebra and impala that naturally enjoy right of way on the course.
This course boasts beautifully contoured greens built to USGA specs with ‘tiffgreen’ Bermuda grass, while the fairways are planted with lush indigenous Kikuyu grass. All the holes are well bunkered, and there are five major water features spread throughout the course. The 654-yard, par-5 17th hole is celebrated as one of the longest – and trickiest to par – in the country.
There is playing golf, and then there is playing golf in the middle of the largest valley in the Wild of Africa where the horizons merge and the heavens meet earth. There is no experience comparable to golfing and being in this space!
At the Club House, you have access to the following:
Clubs for hire
275m driving range
Putting, chipping and bunker practice areas
Changing rooms with showers and towels
There are two clay tennis courts near the club house.
CYCLING & JOGGING PATHS
If you enjoy cycling or jogging there are long winding carbro paved pathways that will take you on a tour of the entire Lodge area. And you do not have to worry if you can not bring your bicycle along because you can rent one on site with a helmet and all!
For relaxation, there is a swimming pool together with a kid’s pool at The Great Rift Lodge. The Adventurer’s Club and the Young Rangers Club provide activities for children.
RESTAURANT, BAR & LOUNGE
The club house has two restaurants, which serve homemade meals from a set menu and al fresco continental lunches. Guests can enjoy refreshments in the luxurious lounge bar, which features a terrace with panoramic views of the Rift Valley.
There is Free Wi-Fi access at the club house area.
There is a fireplace at the lounge area in the club house that makes it warm and cozy for guests in the evenings and on chilly days.
There is free private parking available at the club house.
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
Activities available in area include boating and bird watching on Lake Naivasha. Nature walk excursions to Eburu mountains where you can see caves used by Mau Mau freedom fighters. Excursions to Hell's Gate, with its spectacular scenery of cliffs and gorges and hot water springs. And if you're adventurers, you can drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, after all Nakuru is only an hour and a half away from the Lodge.
Below find a listing and costings of some of the fun activities you can enjoy while at Mumbi's Cottage!
THE ACTIVITIES THAT YOU CAN ENJOY
The following activities can be arranged by the lodge at an extra cost as indicated. If you are interested, i can either book for you or you can book at the reception during your stay at Mumbi's Cottage.
1. Bird Walk/ Nature Walk - ksh1,200per person- for 1hr.
3.Visit to Eburu Forest-ksh.2,000pp-min4pax- 3hrs.
4.Boat Ride-Ksh.4,000pp Adult and ksh.2,000 per child - min 3pax- 1 hr.
5.Visit to Crater Lake-ksh.4,000pp-min 3pax- 3 hrs.
6.Visit to Elsa Mere- ksh.5,750pp - min 2pax- 4 hrs.
7. Visit to Hells Gate- ksh.8,000pp- min 2pax- 4 hours.
8. Visit to Crescent Island - ksh.6,000pp- min 3pax - 4 hours.
9. Climbing Mt. Longonot- ksh.7,400pp- min 4 pax- 5 hours.
10. Game Drive at Lake Nakuru - Ksh.10,000pp- min 4 pax - 6 hours.
11. Game Drive/Birds at Lake Bogoria - Ksh.10,450pp - min 4pax - 7 hours.
12. Tour to Lake Baringo- Ksh.10,450pp - min 4 pax - 8 hrs.
13. Lake View Breakfast - ksh.3,250pp - min 2 pax.
14. Sundowner Cocktail (drinks not included) - Ksh.1,950 pp - min 12 pax - 1.5 hrs.
15. Extra Lunch- ksh.1,950pp
16. Bush Dinner - ksh.3,250pp - min 8 pax
17. BBQ by the Pool- supplement - ksh.850pp - min 5pax.
18. Horse Riding - Ksh.2,000 per adult and Ksh.1,000 per child.
19. Visit to Lake Elementita - ksh.4,200 pp - min 4pax- 4 hours.
20. Visit to Aberdare National Park- ksh.11,550pp - min 4pax - Whole day.
21. Airstrip transfer - ksh.1,500pp
22. Cocktail menu - ksh.750pp
MASSAGE & BEAUTY THERAPY AT GREAT RIFT VALLEY LODGE
Yes! There is such a thing as massage and beauty therapy at the Lodge in the middle of the bush. For Massage/beauty therapy, you need to book at the lodge reception and they are offered from 10am - 8pm. Here are the rates.
1. Aromatherapy Massage- 1 hour ksh.3,500 - half hour ksh.1,750.
2. Swedish Massage- 1 hour ksh.3,000 - half hour ksh.1,500.
3. Deep Tissue Massage - 1 hour ksh.2,500 - half hour ksh.1,250.
4. Hot Stone Massage - 1 hour ksh.4,000- half hour ksh.2,000.
5. Reflexology - 1 hour ksh.3,000 - half hour ksh.1,500.
6. Manicure ksh.700
7. Pedicure ksh. 1,000
8. Facial skin care ksh.4,000
Interaction with GuestsI live in Nairobi, so I do not reside at Mumbi Cottage. Mumbi Cottage is my get away place, my 'Camp David' if you like, where i go to relax, recharge and get inspired by nature with new ideas.
So I am not present during my guests stay. And i think thats great so that they too can have space and time to soak in the beauty of the surrounding, relax, recharge and be filled with brilliant ideas that will change their world. That can only happen up there in the serenity of Mumbi Cottage, not in the noise of the city!
I am however willing and happy to help you arrange your transport to and from the Cabin if you like. Just let me know when and how you'd like it...on the road for those who love to see nature or a quick flight for those who want to get from busy to serene in no time. The NeighborhoodThe cottage is located within the Great Rift Valley Lodge, that is placed at 7000 feet with majestic views of the neighbouring Mount Longonot and distant Aberdare ranges. It overlooks the 18 hole golf course, which is frequently habitated by the friendly neighbourhood giraffes as well as a vast array of birdlife. Be sure to take a leisurely accompanied walk/ drive around the lodge and enjoy wild life sightings up close. Getting AroundThe cottage is just an hour and a half's drive away from the Capital City, Nairobi. It is 24km from Naivasha town and just 12km off the Nairobi- Nakuru Highway. The lodge itself has its own airstrip allowing for flight connection to Nairobi as well as the Samburu and Maasai Mara parks.