“We stayed at Mundui House for a friend’s birthday and had an amazing time relaxing and going on game drives. The service was fabulous – as was the food. The house is lovingly restored and delightful. Views of the lake are wonderful. Highly recommended for family and friends events, weddings, parties… anything! Go and have fun!”

Jane, Nairobi

The imposing 9-bedroom colonial Mundui House consists of two main buildings which date back more than 90 years. The house’s central courtyard features an enticing swimming pool edged with colourful aloes, succulents and palms. A veranda runs the width of the main house, and wide green lawns slope down to the lake fringed with towering African fig trees and ‘yelllow fever’ acacias.

Large, elegant rooms with fireplaces and lovely views make Mundui perfect for large groups, weddings or even a romantic break or getaway with family or friends. Meals are eaten on the lawn, under the trees with views of the lake or in the luxurious dining room. Traditional cream teas and Sunday roasts are Mundui specialities, and meals feature organic vegetables from the estate farm.

Wildlife such as buffalo, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog and antelope graze the surrounding grassland, and many of the area’s 400 bird species can be spotted from the comfort of the veranda or when cruising the lake by boat. Other activities included in a stay at Mundui are night and day game drives, guided nature walks, bike rides, bush breakfasts, sundowners and visits to the the ARR animal orphanage and rehabilitation centre.

“We had a lovely break at Mundui and were all looked after very well. The house is strongly recommended for all ages – in our instance we ranged from 2 to 79 years old! It’s a good spot to relax as well as see some game and have a sundowner close to Nairobi.”

Jon, Nairobi

Mundui has a colourful and aristocratic colonial history. The first part of the house was built in 1926 by Jerome and Alice (Kiki) Preston, and the double-storey guest house, built to resemble an Austrian hunting lodge, was completed in 1933. The Prestons played host to many notable guests including Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill, the Aga Khan and Evelyn Waugh, who wrote about his stay at ‘very luxurious’ Mundui in his travel book ‘Remote People’ (1931).

In 1941 Prince Paul and Princes Olga of Yugoslavia and their family were exiled to British East Africa because of the Prince’s close relationship with Hitler, and the British government selected Mundui House as their temporary home. The Prestons left Kenya in 1958, having sold Mundui to big game hunter Baron Von Knapitsch. Author James Fox stayed in the Hunting Lodge while writing and researching ‘White Mischief’, his investigation into the wartime murder of Lord Erroll. Published in 1982, the book mentions his time at Mundui and dinners with the Baron.

The Earl of Enniskillen owned the Mundui Estate for many years before it was sold to its current owner Margaret Zak, who created the Animal Rights Reserved foundation and conservancy in 2010. The conservancy, comprising 2,000 acres of Kongoni Game Valley and Mundui Estate, both with varying landscapes and a wealth of wild game, serves as the ideal spot to reintroduce many rescued or relocated animals.

Animal Rights Reserved caters to many wildlife emergencies, providing urgent help wherever it may be needed. From poaching incidents, through difficult births, to treating infections and diseases, its mobile veterinary unit is on 24-hour call. ARR also runs research projects concerning the surrounding ecosystems and creates methods of improving health and sustainability.

Summary

  • An elegant and historic home in a gorgeous lakefront setting
  • Lovely gardens and courtyard swimming pool
  • Set on the substantial AAR reserve teeming with wildlife
  • Day & night game drives, bush breakfasts, boat trips, animal orphanage
  • Accommodates up to 18 guests in comfort
  • From Ksh 16,500 per adult guest per night, full-board
  • ‘Self catering’ rentals from $600 for 6 double bedrooms

Detailed information

Accommodation and Facilities

  • 9 double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • All bedrooms have lake and garden views
  • Elegant drawing and dining rooms
  • Courtyard swimming pool
  • Extensive lawns and gardens
  • Fully-stocked bar
  • Wi-fi internet
  • Laundry service included
  • Airstrip and helipads

Activities

  • Game drives on the 2000-acre ARR Conservancy
  • Night game drives
  • Visit the Animal Rehabilitation Centre
  • Bush breakfasts
  • Sundowners
  • Bike rides
  • Boat trips
  • Guided walks
  • Birdwatching

Additional activities available at additional cost include:

  • Massage and beauty treatments
  • Day trips to Hells Gate National Park
  • Walking around Crater Lake
  • Visits to the Geo-thermal hot pools
  • Visits to the nearby Kenya Bird of Prey Sanctuary and Elsamere Research Centre
  • Hiking excursions up Mount Longonot
  • Day or overnight trips to the Aberdare National Park
  • Day trips to Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Horse riding at Sanctuary Farm
  • Fishing trips on Lake Naivasha
  • Helicopter excursions over the Rift Valley

Location

Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot

Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot

Lake Oloiden adjoins the south west corner of Lake Naivasha, and its alkalaine waters often attract large flocks of flamingos. The name Naivasha comes from the word Nai’posha meaning rough water in the language of the Maasai, and the surface of the 50-square mile lake can often be subject to unexpected squalls and storms.


In early colonial times the lake became a popular retreat for white settlers with a number of beautiful and unusual houses being built along the lake shore, such as the notorious Djinn Palace. In the 1930s the lake began to be used by Imperial Airways as a landing place for their flying boats travelling between England and South Africa.

Crescent Island Naivasha

Crescent Island Naivasha

Naivasha and the surrounding area remains popular with weekenders from Nairobi and there are numerous water sports and related activities on hand for visitors. Boating, sailing, fishing, and bird watching are available at various locations around the lake – as is horse riding, biking and hiking. Golf takes place in a spectacular location at the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort off North Lake Road.

Lake Naivasha Sunset

Lake Naivasha Sunset

Apart from tourism, the major business of Naivasha is floriculture – numerous flower farms are to be found close to the lake shore and export large quantities of flowers, especially roses, to Europe daily. Another major commercial enterprise on the lake is the geothermal plant, which was commissioned in 1981 and now generates a substantial amount of electricity.

Lake Oloidien Naivasha

Lake Oloidien Naivasha

The lake and its surroundings are home to a wide variety of wildlife and game including a large population of Hippoptomus and several species of fish. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded here, and the lake is home to Pelicans and Kenya’s largest concentration of African Fish Eagles. You will often see large flocks of Flamingos on Lake Oloidien which adjoins the South West corner of the lake.

Hell's Gate National Park Naivasha

Hell’s Gate National Park Naivasha

Hells Gate National Park is one of the few National Parks that permits walking, bicycling and rock climbing. Both Fischer’s Tower and Central Tower make challenging ascents for rock climbers, as does the escarpment. The gorge, slicing through striking rock formations, contains a series of hot springs that heat the surrounding rocks, and local guides are available to guide walkers through the gorge. The park is home to plains game and other wildlife, and is particularly known for vultures, eagles and buzzards. The setting for the film The Lion King was heavily based on the area.

Crater Lake Naivasha

Crater Lake Naivasha

Crescent Island, an arc of land linked to the mainland lake shore by a causeway, has a number of animals but no predators, and makes a lovely place to walk and picnic. Crater Lake, to the West of Lake Naivasha, also has wildlife, birdlike and attractive walks. Mount Longonot, between Naivasha and Nairobi, is an inactive volcano whose crater makes for a lovely but quite strenuous walk with spectacular views both into the crater and across the surrounding area.

Mount Longonot Naivasha

For food and general supplies there is good shopping in Naivasha Town and at the new Buffalo Mall which has a large Tusky’s supermarket. There is an excellent new Farm Shop and Butchery on South Lake Road, where you will also find attractive crafts for sale at Lake Elementaita Weavers and Fired Earth Pottery.   Recommended places to eat off South Lake Road include Carnelly’s Restaurant, The Ranch House Bistro and The Club House Cafe.

Club House Cafe Naivasha

Club House Cafe Naivasha

How to get there

By Road

Naivasha is approximately 85 km (55 miles) from Nairobi and guests should allow 2 hours to drive from Nairobi to Mundui House.  The house is situated at the end of South Lake Road, just after Kongoni Village – a 40-minute drive down Moi South Lake road – and 28 km (18 miles) off the lower Nairobi-Naivasha road.   A 4-wheel drive vehicle is not necessary.

Mundui House is approximately 32 km (20 miles) km from Naivasha Town and the A104, the main Nairobi-Nakuru highway.  There is also access from Nairobi via the C38 the ‘Old Naivasha Road’ and Mai Mahiu town.

By Air

The estate has its own landing strip and two helipads.  There are also regular scheduled flights on Safarlink from Nairobi’s Wilson airport to Naivasha’s nearby Loldia airstrip.

Visitor’s Book

“We had a lovely break at Mundui and were all looked after very well. The house is strongly recommended for all ages – in our instance we ranged from 2 to 79 years old! It’s a good spot to relax as well as see some game and have a sundowner close to Nairobi.”

Jon, Nairobi

“We stayed at Mundui House for a friend’s birthday and had an amazing time relaxing and going on game drives. The service was fabulous – as was the food. The house is lovingly restored and delightful. Views of the lake are wonderful. Highly recommended for family and friends events, weddings, parties…anything! Go and have fun!”

Jane, Nairobi

“What an incredible experience. Boat rides, night game drives, breakfast in the bush – and all with awesome staff. The perfect place for a getaway!”

Lilly-Anne, Nairobi

Rates

Full-Board Rates

Weekdays (Sunday to Thursday nights)

  • Adults  $160 per night
  • Children 7-12 $80 per night
  • Children under 7 stay free
  • Conservancy Fee – $25 per day for adults and children over 7

Weekends (Friday and Saturday nights)

  • Adults $205 per night
  • Children 7-12 $100 per night
  • Children under 7 stay free
  • Conservancy Fee – $25 per day for adults and children over 7

Full board rates include accommodation, all meals, teas/coffees, a game drive/boat trip, a sundowner and all taxes. These rates exclude bar purchases. Additional activities available at extra cost.

‘Self Catering’ Rate

  • 6 double bedrooms $600 per night
  • Extra bedrooms available on request and at extra cost – please ask for details
  • Conservancy Fee – $25 per day for adults and children over 7

‘Self catering’ rates include staff, chef, guide, boat, game drive vehicle and all taxes. Additional activities available at extra cost.

Christmas and New Year Rates

  • Adults $350 per night
  • Children 7-12 $175 per night
  • Children under 7 stay free

These all-inclusive rates include accommodation, conservancy fees, all meals, all drinks, all activities on the reserve (excluding massage and beauty treatments) and all taxes.

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