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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Four of us had two nights here and adored it! Charming and attentive staff, stylish and comfortable rooms with great original flourishes and gorgeous fabrics,and delicious food graciously and swiftly served.Everywhere huge bunches of divine miniature roses, giraffe and zebra grazing around us as we read, relaxed, ate breakfast....Our guide, Francis, was knowledgable and humorous. Oria joined us for lunch...

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Cynthia A, Marketing Assistant at Olerai House, responded to this review

Dear Julia S, Thank you for taking the time to respond on trip advisor and for all the wonderful remarks. We are glad you had an amazing time with the team at Olerai and thank you for choosing us as the ideal holiday destination. We are glad you had a memorable experience. We do hope to host you again in...

Onsala, Sweden
Reviewed 14 February 2017

There are few places where you can sit reading and when you look up you have a group of zebras or some giraffes around you, but that this is the case when you stay at Olerai House by Lake Naivasha. If you look up into the trees you can spot Colobus monkeys as well. There are a lot of other...

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Cynthia A, Marketing Assistant at Olerai House, responded to this review

Dear Perodman, Thank you for taking the time to write the lovely response on tripadvisor. We are glad you enjoyed the whole package from the wildlife to the ambience to the community and of course the cuisine. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we are glad you enjoyed. It would be a pleasure to host you again...

Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Everything is just magical in and around Olerai. Great staff, lovely owners, fantastic food and mind blowing nature. It feels like being in a real life painting of Gauguin. Honestly what is there not to love about this place.

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Dear Suusdrost, Thank you for taking the time to write the lovely response on tripadvisor. We are glad you enjoyed the whole package from the wildlife to the ambience to the community and of course the cuisine. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we are glad you enjoyed. It would be a pleasure to host you again...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 20 January 2017

This property has extensive grounds populated by an astonishing amount of wildlife including giraffes,zebras,gazelles even hippos and buffalos. You can approach the animals and they are likely to approach you ,grazing frequently next to your rooms. Also on the positive side,the cook Miriam is very talented and can accommodate any dietary restrictions. Turning to the not so good: Accommodations are...

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Dear Milouw, Thank you for taking the time to write the lovely response on tripadvisor. We are glad you enjoyed the whole package from the wildlife to the ambience to the community and of course the cuisine. We shall look into the not so good and promise you a brilliant experience when you next visit. Thank you for choosing to...

Reviewed 22 August 2016

LOVED our visit there!! Far away from the city so the stars were incredibly visible, got to run on the path and be surrounded by wildlife (waterbuck, zebra, giraffe, vervet monkeys, even a colobus monkey, etc), and the cabin was so cute! When we ordered food, we expected individual servings and they were much larger so that was a pleasant...

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Dear Melissa M, Thank you for taking the time to write the lovely response on tripadvisor. We are glad you enjoyed the whole package from the wildlife to the ambience to the community and of course the cuisine. You will be happy the road has been completed and smooth all the way. Thank you for choosing to stay with us...

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Reviewed 7 August 2016

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 24 July 2016

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Reviewed 24 July 2016

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Olerai House is the family home of Oria Douglas Hamilton, a native Kenyan of French-Italian origin. The house is nestled within a 400-acre wildlife sanctuary on the North shores of Lake Naivasha. It has been open to guests since 1993, when it acted as a functioning farm. In 2001, it became a wildlife sanctuary and now has over 500 animals grazing harmoniously on its grounds. Zebras, giraffes, water buffalo, gazelles and monkeys greet you at breakfast in the morning, while a chorus of birds chirps overhead.The house is a web of five independent rooms, built from local materials, with beds made of vines, and walls inlaid with glass bottles. Rooms are each personally decorated by Oria with colourful Indian tapestries and local art. Three course meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the room rate, served on hand-made pottery and glassware. They are sumptuous affairs with fresh-baked bread, and soups and salads made from vegetables picked in the organic garden on the grounds.Olerai is the perfect weekend retreat from the bustle of Nairobi, and a wonderful haven for safari journers, eager for a cooler climate in the lush greens of Naivasha. The house is child-friendly and – need we say it? – animal friendly.Activities include:• Hiking up a gentle neighbouring hill with views over the Lake, accompanied by a Samburu warrior• Taking a boat ride through a small adjacent lake, home to 500,000 flamingos and large families of hippos• Walking among the animals in the sanctuary guided by expert on-site ornithologists and zoologists• Swimming in the pool while zebras curiously watch from an arm’s length• Reading a good book on the lawn amidst blankets and pillows• Having a sun-downer by the fire, indoors or out• Mount Longonot and Lake Nakuru National Park are within a one-hour drive ... more   less 

Additional Information about Olerai House

Address: off Nairobi-Nakuru highway, Naivasha, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Naivasha
Price Range: £311 - £478 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Olerai House Hotel Naivasha
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“all rooms are different and offer different settings, we liked the one standing alone - but all of them have some unique features”
 of 5 bubbles dmitry2009, 7 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Rooms in the wild - out in the open grounds are nice for those who dont mind the animal noises in the middle of the night”
  • Work station in the room
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  • twin room
  • clean pretty and blue
  • Baby Zebra right outside our room door
  • The wild life came right to the garden area
 of 5 bubbles 370bhavnak, 24 Jul 2016 | Read review
“The rooms in the open - in the wild are the best as these are closest to the animals that come around.”
  • Work station in the room
  • close up of the special arrangements in the room
  • twin room
  • clean pretty and blue
  • Baby Zebra right outside our room door
  • The wild life came right to the garden area
 of 5 bubbles 370bhavnak, 24 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Wifi in the reception area”
 of 5 bubbles LisbetH273, 23 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the new room...very quiet and extremely comfortable.”
 of 5 bubbles KitNBJohnson, 5 Nov 2015 | Read review
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