Our Firsts

Sun Africa Hotels is one of the first hotel companies to bring hospitality to Kenya. Our long history going back into the early first half of the last century,when the palatial homestead at the shores of Lake Naivasha originally opened as a ‘guest house’ with only 3 rooms available for guests. Those were the days ofthe ‘flying boats’ by British Imperial Airways, the predecessor of what became the famous BOAC before emerging as British Airways. These – for those days at least – giant aircraft took off from the Thames in London and then made their way across the Mediterranean Sea to Egypt, up the River Nile with a stop in Khartoum and on to Kenya, where they ‘landed’ at Kenya’s first international aviation entry point on Lake Naivasha. The trip, which took several days to complete, had passengers then undertake an arduous journey from Naivasha to Nairobi, up the winding road of the Great African Rift Valley, and the Lake Naivasha Hotel, now the Lake Naivasha Country Club, was swiftly becoming ‘THE’ place to take to before and after flights when Lake Naivasha country Club was opened as a result of Imperial Flying Boat Services between Durban to Dublin which was then called.

  1. Keekorok Lodge, Masai Mara

    Over 1700 square miles of lush, sun-drenched plains encircle Keerorok Lodge, the first property in the heart of Masai Mara Game Reserve.

  2. Lake Naivasha Country Club

    Lake Naivasha Country club, one of the gems in a necklace of Rift Valley, emerged in the 1930’s as the first staging post for Imperial Airways Flying boat service from Durban.

    Historic Notes existence of Lake Naivasha Country Club-than Sparks Hotel

  3. Lake Baringo Club

    Lake Baringo Club hosts the first african paradise for bird lovers with over 800 species of birds and a highlight of the ornithology circuit.

  4. Kiboko Luxury Camp, Naivasha

    The first all inclusive upscale luxury camp on the shores of lake Naivasha.

  5. Sovereign Suites, Nairobi

    Sovereign Suites is the first all suite aristrocratic colonial building with two acre private fist dam surrounded by lusd tea and flower farms.

  6. Balloon Adventure

    Experience enchanting view with Sun Africa’s very first air ballon in the Maasai Mara National Game Reserve.

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