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Sanctuary Farm
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Just love Sanctuary farm...! Super easy to get there.... Stunning views of vulcanoes, hills, lake & game. Lots of game! Grazing on your door step.Food is divine, proper fusion kitchen with the best local products and proper touch of 'river café-cuisine'. Rooms rustique and elegant a la France, creating a proper down time environment.... And when done with your book & snooze, loads of things to do. Horse riding, table tennis on the beautifull glass tennis table, a chat to lovely Julie & Guy or other guests, walks, climbing the vulcano Mount longonot, boat ride, sailing, fishing or checing out a real African town - Naivasha. Hells Gate National park mountain bike ride or you name it!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

recently stayed 1 night at S.Farms when it was recommended to me by a colleague when we go to visit roses farm near Naivasha

Long or short - Julie is the Best Host Ever. It is not a hotel but a homely retreat in an old polo club
The club house is wooden made, old fashioned but so peaceful to drink a tusker
After dinner, you are warned to walk safely not to cross an hippo

I will definitely return

Room Tip: The rooms are all the same in the former stables of polo club. Confortable Nice service everywhere
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

This is as far as you can get from the big hotels where you feel you are just another revenue generating guest You feel it when you come go this sanctuary. There is a lot of personality here! It is basic but lovely. For ex; The hot water for your morning shower is heated by a wood fire which Moses makes every morning. The meals are individually prepared under Julie´s (owner) careful supervision. You can sit on the veranda of the old polo lounge and watch the wild life. The sun sets over Lake Naivasha while you have a nice conversation with other guests or the owners Julie and Guy.
This is a possibility to enjoy Africa at its best!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Nahoj
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

The location is very pleasant and peaceful, with giraffe browsing among the acacia trees and zebra and wilderbeast grazing alongside horses and cattle.
Directions from the gate were poor and it would not take much to erect a few sign posts on the property to make it easier to find the rooms - based on other reviews we were not the only guests to get lost on arrival.
The rooms in the converted stables are adequate except that there was no door between the room and the bathroom - not even a curtain - which is rather awkward when someone wants to use the toilet and the others have to vacate the room.
When we asked for hot water to heat up baby food, the water provided in the thermos flask was a dark brown colour: one can only hope that this is not the same water provided for tea and coffee.
On the positive side, the service was excellent and staff very attentive, and the food was also very good. However, given the wide choice of places to visit in Kenya we do not plan to return.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank Pete H
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We were on a trip through Africa in December 2013 and January 2014 and had a planned stop-over at Sanctuary Farm on Lake Naivasha. It was so good that we changed our intinerary and decided to come back after our 2 week stay on the Kenyan coast for an additional 3 nights.

On our first stop-over we stayed in the Chalets and for our second stop-over we camped - both experiences were exceptional. The amount of game that so calmly strolls around had the kids very excited. Some of us went for a horse ride ( offered by Sanctuary farm ) and loved the experience.

We chose not to eat at the restaurant but rather self catered but we did enjoy snacks and drinks from the bar - drinks were always cold and plentiful.

Room Tip: If you want to camp you need to book well in advance as they only offer camping on two sites.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank ThomasZA
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

For me this was "A once in a lifetime experience" - "like a dream come true".

Fantastick atmosphere.
Super food of top quality like on the best restaurant but with a personal local touch.
The wiew with all the wild animals was fantastick.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Kriwol
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

This is a place we took family and friends who visited while we lived in Kenya. Wonderful little place, very authentic. By far the best food I got in Kenya (I am a vegetarian and there were many good options). The owners and staff are super friendly and they were quick to solve problems. Very close to many animals and a quick walk to Crescent Island.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank curiousabouttheworld
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Additional Information about Sanctuary Farm

Address: Moi South Lake Road | Sanctuary Farm, Naivasha 20117, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Naivasha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 41 Speciality Lodging in Naivasha
Price Range: £144 - £180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have converted a stable yard into fifteen beautifully and originally designed contemporary rooms. Four small twin rooms, two with an interconnecting door, four small double bed rooms, six larger rooms each would accommodate families of 4 or 5 and one Deluxe room . All have their own private bathroom and verandah set in a forest of acacia trees with abundant game everywhere. Zebras literally visit guests on their verandahs for early morning tea. Some rooms even have views of the lake. ... more   less 

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