This place was totally magical and we had a wonderful stay. Our room was huge and authentic with a bay window that looked out over the nearby grass with Zebra grazing and buffalo wandering.To wake up at 4am to find 5 grazing Hippo 3 metres from our window was a real treat. On one night we were taken out in a jeep to see the Hippo which was a real highlight as were our walks with our guide. The food was absolutely incredible and to have all our meals out among the wildlife was brilliant. We simple could not have had a better stay. The staff were wonderful and very accommodating and contrary to earlier reviews we were welcomed to stay well after we had originally intended when our lift arrived very late. I can understand how if your view of luxury is for everything to be perfectly pristine this might not be for you but we absolutely loved it and told our friends in Nairobi it is a must for a visit. I think our mid-week stay was also great as for one night we were there alone and treated like royalty. I would go back in a shot, the place felt like our home for two days.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Olerai House Hotel Naivasha