A charming, characterful and luxurious new boutique guest house, quietly situated in one of Nairobi’s best neighbourhoods, Karen Gables is a world away from the hubbub of central Nairobi and close to the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre and all the other attractions of the area.
With its prominent twin gables and broad porch, this boutique property is unmistakable. Karen Gables delivers all the warmth and charm associated with its classic Cape Dutch facade – mornings on the veranda sipping coffee, delicious breakfasts with homemade breads and jams, evenings by the fire. Set in the upmarket suburb of Karen in southwest Nairobi, the hotel lies peacefully in its surrounding greenery, undisturbed by the traffic jams and chaos of other parts of the city. And there’s something of the old colonial atmosphere in the air.
There is a small but professional staff who look after your every need, from your in-house experience to your airport shuttle and adventures in Nairobi.
The gardens ramble, alive with mature trees, rolling lawns, a gentle river and offer plenty of places to enjoy tea or a quiet and restful place to enjoy that good book.
There are seven double rooms in this rambling house, each with a different vantage on the garden. All have large windows with oodles of natural light, en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, and an abundance of unique character. With classic features such as window seats, wood-panelled walls, skylights and French doors, they’re undeniably charming. Second-storey rooms have a balcony, while those on the ground floor lead into the garden.
Chui Lodge is situated just above the shores of Lake Naivasha within the Great Rift Valley – one of the true Natural Wonders of the World and is set in the privately owned 20 000-acre Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary overlooking a waterhole with the dramatic Mau Escarpment as a back drop. The Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary plays host to a diverse number of mammalian and avian species including White Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo, Giraffe, Cheetah, Grevy Zebra, Oryx and a large number of plains game.
There are eight individual well-spaced luxurious cottages, each with an en-suite bathroom and delightful verandah. The dining room, lounge and bar area is simply unique and features pillars and murals with intricate African carvings, African antiques and ochre-coloured earth walls creating the feel of an artist’s gallery.
Adventurs offered from camp: Chui Lodge boasts a wealth of activities. Professional local guides will tailor the daily activities to guest’s wishes and interests to include day and night game drives, guided bush walks, boat trips on the Lake filled with hippo’s, horse riding or a visit to the Oserian Flower Farm, one of the largest growers and producers of ‘cut flowers’ in the world!
Kakamega Forest: Rondo Retreat
This tranquil retreat in the Kakamega Rain Forest welcomes you to pursue your hobbies as a butterfly collector, beetle specialist, frog fancier, spider hunter, tourist or bird watcher.
Rondo Retreat belongs to the Trinity Fellowship, a Christian society committed to communication and conservation.
The homestead consists of a main house and five cottages in the same old style, whose proximity to the forest makes for delightful accommodation.
Accommodation consists of fifteen en-suite double rooms, with an additional three rooms in the main house. All furnished with a vintage flair, that embarks on a combination of old, new and local.
Hearty English breakfasts, midday lunches, and candlelit dinners are served in a bright, cozy dining room, in front of a crackling fire. Tea can be taken in the sitting room, on the main verandah or in your room.
Among the vast array of birds, the Kakamega Rain Forest is home to the flamboyant great blue turaco, gemlike emerald cuckoo and the cacophonous black-and-white casqued hornbill. From the monkey family we have the blue sykes, the common black and white colobus, and the rare debrazza’s.
Elephant Pepper Camp
Located in the Mara North Conservancy, the heart of the Masai Mara ecosystem, Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp is the perfect luxurious base from which to explore the wonders of the Mara.
The vast, fertile plains of the Maasai Mara boasts a plethora of wildlife; with over 450 bird species and both resident and transient populations of lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, to name a few, the plains are dense with game. Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp is perfect for those wanting to observe the spectacle of the migration, classified among the “Seven Wonders of the World”, when, from July to November, over 1.3 million wildebeest and zebra cross from the Serengeti in search of greener pastures.
The camp’s remote location allows the stars to shine bright at night, undimmed by harsh lighting; guests enjoy the unique experience of listening to the sounds of lion, leopard and hyena foraging and hunting, whilst being cosseted with traditional and modern comforts such as a campfire and cosy duvets.
Adventures offered from camp: game drives and guided walks.
Named after the lioness made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film “Born Free”, Elewana Elsa’s Kopje remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa, in one of the most spectacular settings.
Almost invisible to the eye as you approach its home on Mughwango Hill, Elsa’s Kopje blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill), above the site of George Adamson’s campsite. Every cottage is the ultimate ‘room-with-a-view’, uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside. A wild and semi-arid landscape, dotted with doum palms and traversed by weaving green lines of the 13 life-giving rivers, Meru National Park offers wonderful game watching opportunities, and is one of the best locations to view rhino in their natural habitat.
Adventures offered from camp: game drives, guided bush walks, community visits, swimming, spa, line fishing and bush breakfasts.