House of Waine
The family-owned House of Waine in Nairobi, Kenya is a luxury boutique city hotel. The hotel is located on a large property in the affluent suburb, Karen, that is slightly removed from the city and provides visitors with a quiet, tranquil environment that is still close to all of the action.
The hotel has 10 individually named and themed en-suite rooms and one suite. All the rooms have TVs, WiFi, individually controlled air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities among a host of other amenities including fresh flowers. After a day of exploring Nairobi, you can relax in the serene gardens or spend the afternoon at the pool.
The Cliff Tented Camp is a high-end luxury tented camp in Lake Nakuru National Park. While “Luxury” is the simplest description, the Cliff defies conventional labels, being a combination of a safari lodge, tented camp, and boutique hotel. The 10-room camp has been designed and furnished with elements from all over the world, including exclusive furniture and fabrics that resonates old European style and Safari Africa.
This luxury boutique property offers you an experience that is exceptionally enchanting, far from the standardized camp atmosphere. The Cliff aims to ensure that the guest’s home away from home is a place where they can enjoy the pleasure of being themselves, making it the perfect destination for love, life, and living.
The property has been built at the edge of a Cliff, all the rooms have stunning and expansive views of the lake. Other facilities at the Cliff include a bar lounge where you can unwind, an open Dining room where you will explore an incredible menu, a spa to ease tired muscles using natural products from Africology, a fully equipped fitness area with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment to continue your fitness regime, an infinity pool to soak in with views of the park and a conference room that will allow for executive encounters.
Activities offered from camp:
Game drives are offered in open-sided Land Cruisers; you may be lucky to see a leopard, lion, buffalo, rhino or a rare Rothschild’s giraffe. Hippo can also be sighted around the lake, and for birdwatchers, Lake Nakuru National Park is birdwatcher’s paradise with its incredible bird variety including the famous pink flamingoes. Boat trips are offered on the lake and the camp boasts a specialized photographic boat for keen photographers.
Kicheche Bush Camp
Bush Camp is an intimate tented camp owned in partnership with photographer Paul Goldstein. As a result, there is a keen focus on wildlife viewing and photography here, making this a popular camp that safari enthusiasts flock to year after year.
The attentive staff are always around to help with drinks and requests, bending over backwards to make sure that you enjoy your stay. The engaging and approachable managers, who host meals and greet you off every drive, create a very homely and welcoming atmosphere.
The six identical tents at Kicheche Bush Camp are spread far apart, making each very private. They are vast and much more complex than your average safari tent, with rooms created by canvas walls. During the day these are opened right up to create quite an open-plan room, but at night the various areas can be separated off, enclosing you in a smaller and cosier bedroom.
The main camp is simple yet luxurious and well-furnished. There is a relaxing lounge and dining area although, wherever possible, meals are served al fresco to let you enjoy the great views over the game-filled plains.
You’ll need to tear yourself away from the lovely tents to join the activities at Kicheche Bush Camp, which focus mainly on game drives in comfortable, open-sided 4WD vehicles.
The Olare Motorogi Conservancy lends itself to excellent walking safaris which is one of the best ways to really experience its beauty ‘up close and personal’ in the company of experienced and knowledgeable bush guides.
You can include an overnight stay in a ‘Fly Camp’ which is a fully-staffed basic but comfortable mobile camp consisting of 2-man dome tents with camp cots. The walks aren’t strenuous (about 5 km) and allow you to appreciate the finer details of the African bush with all its plants, grasses, insects, animal spoors, burrows and, on occasion, close encounters with big game.
Activities offered from camp:
MAA trust visits; Game drives; Maasai Village visits (additional cost); Hot Air Ballooning (additional cost); Wild Camping; Community Trust Projects.
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.