Set between Nairobi National Park and the foot of the Ngong Hills, Hemingways Nairobi is an exclusive boutique hotel far from the bustle of central Nairobi. An all-suite property providing full butler service, gourmet restaurant, a brasserie and a bar, it is perfectly placed for trips to Nairobi National Park and the capital.
Hemingways Nairobi has a sophisticated and tranquil ambiance. Each of the 45 suites is a generous size, all with walk-in dressing rooms and a terrace with magnificent views of the Ngong Hills.
Adventures offered: spending time at the David Sheldrick’s elephant orphanage, visiting the Giraffe Centre, wandering around the Karen Blixen Museum or enjoying a round of golf at Karen Club. Shopping excursions can be arranged.
A collection of just five delightful and beautifully furnished cottages set on a 120-acre horse farm in the shadow of Mount Kenya, Olepangi is a sophisticated, welcoming and relaxing retreat, and the perfect place from which to explore the region on foot, by car or on horseback.
All guests have the run of the entire farm and its accommodation – in particular the expansive ‘Party House’, with its soaring makuti-thatched ceiling, which houses dining room and bar, drawing room and library. It is a wonderful structure, again beautifully furnished with an eclectic selection of antique furniture, indigenous textiles, oriental rugs and all kinds of interesting objects d’art collected by the owners in their travels across Africa and Asia.
There is a large collection of good books, comfortable armchairs and sofas in front of the fireplace and tempting drinks on offer, along with a big scenic terrace furnished with loungers and Adirondack chairs – making this a lovely place to get together and socialize – or just put your feet up, relax, reflect and enjoy the view.
Guests are actively encouraged to settle in and make themselves as much as home as possible, and the very welcoming and knowledgeable owners and hosts are on hand to welcome and interact with guests, help plan excursions and activities and to add to the friendly and relaxed family atmosphere which characterizes life at the farm. The friendly staff are also on hand to help make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
All the accommodation sits on the edge of the farm looking out across a steep gorge in the Ngishishi River towards the 36,000-acre Ole Naishu Ranch, a working cattle ranch full of wildlife. Herds of zebra and impala are visible most days, and eland and kongoni often make an appearance. Hyena and lions are often heard at night and elephants are frequent visitors to the area – the farm’s perimeter is protected by a low-lying elephant fence. There are lovely walks to be taken around the farm and through the surrounding countryside, bush and shambas.
Riding is a major focus of the farm and guests can enjoy an outride in the surrounding community area (approximately 2 hours) or a picnic ride running along the Ole Naishu border (approximately 4 hours). Riding lessons are also available, both for children and adults in an all-weather arena and on a selection of well-schooled ponies and horses. The farm also has a bush polo ground and polo lessons can be arranged for advanced riders.
Activities offered from camp: day rides/drives into the Lolldaiga Hills; Ngare Ndare forest walks; Climbing Mount Ololokwe; Ol Pejeta Conservancy; Horse and walking safaris.
Saruni Samburu is the only small, boutique lodge in the Mara, with five elegant cottages, one family villa and one private villa. The lodge is nestled in a secluded valley in the heart of the most exciting wilderness in Africa: Mara North Conservancy – an exclusive, private wildlife concession bordering the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. Maasai warriors guide you throughout, sharing their ancient wisdom of the area and animals and their fascinating way of life.
This intimate lodge offers many opportunities to view wildlife up close and is perfect for romantic or adventurous couples. Get up early in the mornings to go on guided game drives to exclusive, sole-use areas or join Maasai warriors on escorted bush walks and explore the nearby hills on foot. At the end of the day, relax in the Maasai Wellbeing Space, a private treatment spa hidden in the valley’s olive tree and cedar forest.
Comfort and a closeness to nature inspired the creation of Saruni’s six private cottages, making a total of only 12 guests at the lodge at any time.
The views from the cottages, set in rolling hills, are sensational and to create a classic feel, rooms are warmly furnished with colonial antiques, Persian carpets and local African art pieces. Polished wooden floors compliment the broad, cedar beds in each spacious bedroom while in each of the en-suite bathrooms a canvas wall can be opened completely to offer an incredible yet private view for those taking a shower.
For those guests who want an even more intimate experience with Africa, Saruni Samburu has a tented camp that is 10km from the lodge and brings you even closer to the action without compromising on comfort and service. Just three tents are available at Saruni Wild, one of which is a family tent.
Activities offered from Camp: Day and night game drives; Maasai wellbeing space; Bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners; guided safari walks; bird watching, cultural experiences; Saruni library; a visit to Kilileoni; Hot air ballooning; Rhino sanctuary visit; Sundowners.
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.
Ololo Safari Lodge, owned and run by an Australian farming family, offers the warmth and comfort of a home with effortless style and personalized service. Originally an old Kenyan homestead and since converted to a small lodge, Ololo is perfectly situated, on the beautiful banks of the Mbagathi River which forms the southern border of the Nairobi National Park.
The lodge is a mere 45-minute drive through the park from Nairobi and both main airports, yet the lodge’s secluded location feels like a world away. Set on a productive 20 acre working farm Ololo offers the joys of delicious ‘paddock to plate’ fresh ingredients. With their established and secluded gardens, guests can settle in and soak up a unique safari experience.
Ololo’s rooms are unique and diverse, each tastefully appointed with attention to historical detail. The accommodation at Ololo ranges from the farm’s old, converted stables, tented cottages under Makuti thatch and to the original suites in the main house of the lodge.
Activities offered from Camp:
Excursions into Nairobi; game drives into the park; visit Ololo farm and the furniture workshop; Spa; excursion to the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage.