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.
Kitich Forest Camp
Out of the parched desert landscape of northern Kenya rises the beautiful Mathews Mountain Range, offering a haven of lush green forests. Tucked deep in this forest is the wonderful Kitich Forest Camp, offering a very different experience for the lucky few that get to spend time here. Guests at Kitich can expect a stay filled with discovery and exploration.
At Kitich Forest Camp there are just 6 tents, each with an en suite bathroom with flush toilets and hot showers. From every tent there is a view out into the Ngeng River gorge and lush hardwood forest, age old cycads and flowering shrubs. From the private verandas in front of each tent you may be lucky enough to see a variety of African wildlife in the valley, from elephants to leopards!
The main camp area is where you can congregate around the watering hole (bar!) and relax on the deck and take in the spectacular scenery.
Unlike other destinations around Kenya, at Kitich Forest Camp guests swap 4×4 safari vehicles for walking. Head out from camp with your amazing Ndorobo Samburu guides, affectionately known locally as the “masters of the forest”. Your guides will lead you on a choice of 12 trails through virgin forests, taking in spectacular views. Wildlife encounters are plentiful, with sightings of elephant, antelope and buffalo common. You may even be lucky enough to spot leopards or African wild dogs.
Guests at the camp are hosted by members of the local Samburu community, and get the chance to learn more about this striking tribe of northern Kenya. For those wanting a more immersive experience your guides can take you into the bustling marketplace and introduce you to local tribe members. On certain days you may even be lucky enough to visit the iconic “Singing Wells” of the region, where tribe members dig deep holes to reach fresh water for their cattle. The tribes people have a unique song for each well, which is said to have a soothing effect on the cattle, and even allows the cattle to know which well is ‘theirs”.
In the evenings, the river and surrounding forest clearing is floodlit allowing guests the chance to view animals coming to drink which sitting comfortably on the main deck, with a well-earned G&T in hand.
Adventures offered from camp: Guided forest walks; swimming in rock pools; cultural interactions; quad biking; singing wells; Reteti elephant orphanage.
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.
Spirit of the Masai Mara
Spirit of the Masai Mara is a family owned and run luxury boutique lodge located in the exclusive Siana Conservancy on the boundaries of and with immediate access to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The boutique lodge offers fantastic game viewing opportunities and the stunning variety of African wildlife in a private contemporary environment paired with the famous Kenyan hospitality.
The 10 solidly built luxury air-conditioned suites provide a beautiful and spacious environment, uniquely blending traditional materials and modern design. Each suite comprises of a large lounge with a sofa, chair, desk and private bar stocked with complimentary beverages, a spacious bedroom, beautiful bathroom with tub and shower and a separate toilet. In addition, a private verandah with safari chairs and a table invite guests to enjoy the surrounding wildlife from the privacy of their own suite.
The main building features a large lounge area, restaurant area and bar area. The upper deck of the main building has an observation platform with a celestial telescope so guests can view the surrounding wildlife during the day and the stunning night sky of the Masai Mara at night. Outdoor dining is available on the terrace.
Adventures offered from camp: day and night game drives; cultural visits.
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.