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Oasis Lodge
Oasis Lodge

Oasis Lodge: Our full report

Overlooking the southern shore of Lake Turkana, this long-established fishing lodge and caravanserai set ...

... on a low bluff in the village of Loiyangalani, offers simple accommodation, a bar, restaurant and two small swimming pools.

For years, Oasis Lodge managed to maintain a reputation as about the only credible accommodation around Lake Turkana. Run by a truculent German owner, it achieved fame in the later scenes of the movie The Constant Gardener, Fernando Meirelles' Hollywood adaptation of John le Carré's novel. Most visitors were, however, put off by the poor welcome and wavering facilities. Like it or lump it, there was nowhere else to go.

Conceived as a fishing lodge, the hotel has recently been taken over by new owners and renovated, so our pictures from a brief visit in 2009 on Rough Guide to Kenya research may not do the place justice. The views from the bar-restaurant and their two pools fed by the local warm springs are the main attractions, beyond shade, shelter from the wind, and a bed for the night in simple, en-suite cottages.

Most visitors will be on privately guided safaris, and the lodge is usually full during the annual Lake Turkana Cultural Festival in May or June.

We haven't visited since the change of ownership, but hope to do so the next time we're in northern Kenya.


Our view

As long as you don't hold out high hopes of a luxurious desert lodge, you should find the newly refurbished Oasis Lodge provides adequate comfort and service.

Olivia Barclay-Hudson

Olivia Barclay-Hudson

Country manager: Kenya

Geographics

Location
Northern Kenya, Kenya
Ideal length of stay
2 nights
Directions
Oasis Lodge is a two-day drive from Nairobi. You could also visit as a side trip while staying at the much more luxurious Desert Rose, a four-hour drive to the south.
Accessible by
Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board
Food quality
Meals are largely set menus, and cost around US$20.

Children

Attitude towards children
Children are welcome.
Property’s age restrictions
None.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Oasis Lodge

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Oasis Lodge have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.

Gerenuk

100% success

Aardvark

0% success

Buffalo

0% success

Cheetah

0% success

Elephant

0% success

Giraffe

0% success

Hippo

0% success

Leopard

0% success

Lion

0% success

Oryx

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success

Striped Hyena

0% success

Wild dog

0% success

Zebra

0% success

Communications

Water supply
Other
Water supply notes
Much of Loiyangalani's water supply comes from the area's warm springs.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Yes
Dangerous animals
Moderate Risk
Fire safety

Activities

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

Extras

Disabled access
On Request

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