We got to Olerai just in time for tea and received a very warm welcome from Joseph the manager. We were shown to our room which was basic but spacious and comfortable. Our tea was laid out in the garden with a view of Mt. Longonot and zebras, gazelles grazing right in front of you. The walk around the facility, we saw hippos in the nearby lake water, buffalos at a distance.
Dinner was good, made from locally grown vegetables and herbs and was in the small dining area.
The beauty was that there is no fixed breakfast time. Any time is breakfast time. It was laid out in the garden again with the sun shining against the cool wind. Breakfast was well prepared and filling. We lazed away the rest of the morning in the garden where a couple of mattresses have been laid out to relax. Lunch was freshly made and was also enjoyable. All through zebras are grazing right next to you and are pretty much used to humans unlike in the national parks. We were literally a metre away at times! Closest ever been to them. After lunch a herd of buffalos came over for a drink at the water hole.
Fresh tea and coffee is served any time.
A great relaxing Christmas break, all you need is your book. Price wise I thought slightly on the higher side as you would get a sundowner and game drive at properties like Chui/ Kiangazi.
- 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