Hand-picked Retreats, Local Knowledge, Personal Service

Welcome to our selection of holiday homes, boutique lodges, private safari camps and other unique and special places to stay.

Distinctive, Original, Authentic, Unpackaged…

Our retreats range in style from the simple and rustic to the elegant and luxurious, and in location from bush to beach to city.

Bush Retreats
City Retreats
Coastal Retreats
Private Safari Camps

Carefully Selected, Tried and Tested

We visit, inspect and experience all our retreats – ensuring each meets our high standards of quality, character and service.

Near to Nairobi
Swimming Pools
Romantic Retreats
Game Viewing
Big and Beachfront
Pet Friendly
Off the Beaten Track
Riding Retreats

What our latest guests say….

Marula Cottage“The location on the beach is outstanding!! We were so happy with our own little private pool and access to the beach. The staff were fantastic – so accommodating and helpful and friendly. There was nothing that was inconvenient for them. This was truly a much better stay than in any sort of hotel. We had our 6-month old with us, and the spot was so friendly for him to play and swim. The friendly dogs were great, too! We had everything we needed, and can’t wait to return again soon.” 

Makena’s Hills Gallmann Mukutan Conservancy Laikipia“We had an absolutely fantastic stay at Makena’s Hills and it was everything you said it would be. As long-term Kenyan residents we did not go there looking for the wild animal and game drive routine and loved the personal care of Sveva, Nigel and the team, plus the absolutely stunning scenery. We explored the ancient forest and the Mukutan Gorge and hot springs as you suggested, had quite some adventurous game drives getting stuck in the mud and amazing picnics under acacia trees. It was simply a fantastic trip! Thanks for making it happen!”

Kinondo Kwetu Cottage Veranda“We had a fabulous time. Kinondo Kwetu was a real gem. Spacious so we never felt confined, but equally cozy so we felt we were in a real family-owned and operated resort with lots of personal attention and touches. Anna and the staff were just great – very accommodating and always helpful. The fod was superb as well and our boys loved being in the water from dawn to dusk. Thank you and your team for all your help making it a great long birthday weekend.” 

Marula Cottage“Indeed we had a wonderful stay at Marula Cottage. The location of the house is amazing, clean beaches and private. The staff were very kind and helpful. Thanks again for the support in making our vacation so relaxing.”

Matalai Cottage Watamu“We had a great stay in Watamu, Matalai is very beautiful and neat. The staff were amazing, the food delicious, and we will be back.”

El Karama Lodge Laikipia“We had an amazing and beautiful experience at El Karama. The chef left us wanting more each time we had a meal – we always looked forward to her different dishes. Robinson, our guide gave us an experience we shall never forget. From the lioness and her two beautiful new-born cubs to a bush breakfast with a view of a herd of elephants it was just magical. The bush school was a highlight for my son and all the staff at the lodge were so friendly and welcoming. El Karama is a place where every need is met and every person is happy. Thank you very much once again for a magical experience – we shall be back soon.”

Ol Bobongi House Nanyuki“It was so lovely at Ol Bobongi – two days there just wasn’t enough! The food was excellent, Stephen and Bhavna were the most gracious hosts and very engaging, we totally loved it.” 

Lucita Farm Cottage“We had a lovely time at Lucita Farm, the facilities were amazing and their staff were also very welcoming. We highly recommend both your website and Lucita to other friends. Thank you very much, we look forward to many more trips and vacations with East African Retreats.”

Ras Kikadini“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ras Kikadini, the location, the mature garden and private beach access. The bedrooms and common areas are beautiful, tastefully furnished and made us all feel at home. Linzi, Steven, Hamisi, Bakari and Rashidi have been incredibly helpful and attentive. Their input, knowledge and assistance made our first visit to Diani safe and full of exciting experiences. We had a wonderful time, and would love to come back in a few months if you’ll have us!”

Olepangi House“We had a really great stay at Olepangi House. It is amazing, such a beautiful location with a great view. All the rooms are really spacious and comfortable. The whole place was designed and decorated beautifully. The bathrooms are also just gorgeous with an impressive bath tub in the master bedroom. There is loads of great outdoor seating where you can watch the elephants wandering around the reserve opposite, which was just lovely. The food was great. An amazing cook who was really lovely, and great staff. The BBQ and bonfire were great fun. The owner is just lovely – really great to talk to and we just loved all the plans she had for the place. We also did a guide walk to the waterfall and learnt a lot about the area which was fun. I’m clearly going to become an East African Retreats regular! Thanks again for all your help.” 

The Oases“We really enjoyed our stay at The Oases. It was fantastic weather, food, staff and house and our kids loved loved the clean beach. We shall surely be back. So glad to have found this gem.”

El Karama Lodge“Our stay at El Karama was wonderful. All the staff were very hospitable. The food was excellent. Our safari guide went above and beyond. We hope to visit them again.”

Olohoro Onyore, Champagne Ridge“Staying at Olohoro Onyore was a fantastic experience. The place is beautiful and has great views. The staff are also exceptional and cook great meals! The place is quiet and nicely designed, which makes for a relaxing stay. You also have a good Safaricom connection in case you need to work. We will definitely come back.”

Kilamawingu“We had a great time at Kilamawingu. We loved the house and the entire staff was incredibly helpful, making our stay very easy. We will definitely try to go back!”

Kamili Cottage and Pool“We are just back from a road trip, staying in a few different places, and Kamili Cottage was our favourite. It is such a welcoming and homely cottage – perfectly furnished and with gorgeous gardens. The staff were amazing at looking after us. Benedict is a really good cook and Rose is an absolute star with a gorgeous smile and super-positive aura always. The house is kept immaculately and she was also incredibly kind with our children. The gardeners were similarly-super friendly and helpful (fixing punctures, cleaning bikes and car without being asked) and giving us a bag of coconuts to bring home. The cottage is also perfectly positioned for using the sailing facilities at Mnarani. We would definitely stay there again next time in Kilifi. Also thanks to Juliet in your office who was extremely efficient and engaged in the booking process.”

Olmaroroi“We had an amazing time at Olmaroroi and really enjoyed our stay – the staff were great and very professional.”

Marula Cottage“Thanks for the follow up and we do look forward to booking another stay with you. Marula Cottage was very serene and peaceful – an excellent spot to re-energize.”

Olohoro Onyore Ndogo“We had such a great time, it is definitely my BEST travel experience so far. The marriage proposal, the views, the food, the staff and bath tub were just out of this world – I never imagined that kind of perfection. Thank you so much for the hospitality and kindness we received – I can guarantee we will never forget it. Also, for the complimentary cake and champagne, we were more than grateful… thank you! Pass my regards to the team and we look forward to coming back again soon.”

Olohoro Onyore“Just to inform you we had a brilliant time at Champagne Ridge and everything was really superb. The level of finish at the cottage is superb with nice modern fittings. The beds were really comfortable and linen was great. The rooms did not feel cold because of the insulation and the design. Juma was very efficient and spot on and friendly and the views and surroundings are really great. We definitely will be going again!”

“Kamili Beach Cottage was wonderful! Benedict and Rose were fantastic. They were really lovely and both did a great job. Benedict cooked excellent food (you should tell future guests that he makes the BEST crab samosas :). We also really liked that if he didn’t know how to make a dish that we requested – he would just google the recipe! They also kept the kitchen super clean and spotless.”

“We’ve had such a wonderful time in your home and so enjoyed the five star service and your wonderful taste in interior and exterior design.  We’re very proud to be your first rental guests. Thank you!”

“Thank you for opening and sharing your beautiful home with us – I have found such peace and happiness during our stay.  Your staff are truly special and the hospitality is exceptional.”

“Karen Gables was an excellent local choice for an in-city break during the lockdown. It felt like a real holiday. The staff were wonderful, meals were great and the property was very well maintained with a real lodge feeling. Highly recommended!”

“What a trip! The Old Boma gave us relaxation, history, culture, adventure; all of it in a warm, welcoming, child-friendly environment.  We snorkeled on the coral reef at Msimbati beach, walked in the footsteps of David Livingstone, sailed in a dhow around the historic Swahili harbour, relaxed around the shaded pool, ate, drank and enjoyed the company at this wonderful place.”

Olohoro Onyore“We had a really great & relaxing weekend at Olohoro in the care of Stephen and the team. The scenery was so beautiful & breathtaking. The house was very clean and tastefully decorated. The meals were delicious and even the hike down was challenging but refreshing! We would definitely recommend it and return again!”

Ol Popongi“Ol Popongi was just perfect! A beautiful spot and the staff were excellent! Maina was always helpful and polite and the cook did very well! We will definitely try to come again.”

El Karama Lodge“El Karama was a fabulous place to stay and so perfect for the kids. The team were wonderful and we will look forward to returning in the not too distant future!”

Full Moon House“We just returned from Shela and from Full Moon House. We all had a wonderful time and we loved the house. We were well taken care of by the staff – they did a really great job. The chef prepared delicious meals and the housekeeper did everything to make us feel at home. It is definitely a place to keep in mind and to return to.”

Tomuru Villa“Tomuru is a little piece of paradise. Set on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the house is perfectly equipped and staffed. The pool is phenomenal, the rooms are spacious and well furnished, with mosquito nets, fans and air-conditioning. All of the house staff went out of their way to make our stay very special. Truly a magical place.”

Marula Cottage“We had a wonderful stay at Marula Cottage. The location is idyllic – an excellent part of the beach indeed. The architecture of the cottage is modern but still warm. Seeing the ocean from one of the bedrooms is great. Irene was very helpful and nice. The chef was also very good and responsive to my family’s requests.”

Olmaroroi“Thank you very much to you and your organization for a wonderful stay at Olmaroroi House. The house is stunning with breathtaking views and we enjoyed our stay with the amazing team taking care of the house and us.”

Ras Kikadini“Ras Kikadini is a stunning place to fully unwind. We stayed with a group of 8 and loved everything about it, from the big green garden to the stylish house, the nice food and the beach. A must-visit for a group of friends or family!”

Olohoro Onyore Ndogo“Just 60 minutes from Nairobi this property makes for an amazing retreat for small groups or couples looking to escape the chaos of the city. The house is clean, and incredibly well appointed with all the equipment one needs to relax in the “wilderness”. The staff and management are very friendly. The fire pit under the stars is to die for!”

“We had a wonderful weekend at Azhari and will definitely plan to return when we are able. The suite is very private and beautifully located with fantastic views of the ocean. It is very tastefully decorated and every comfort and detail has been thought of – even down to the provision of a wireless speaker so that we could enjoy some music while we were there! The fridge was well stocked with drinks which were replenished whenever we required. The staff are very good and I have to mention Catherine, the cook, in particular! She is a great cook and we thoroughly enjoyed all our meals which were delicious. Nicole was very accommodating of all our particular food requests in her menu planning! She is a very attentive host and makes sure that her guests really enjoy their stay. Thank you so much to everyone at Azhari for making our stay perfect!!” 

“Thank you very much to you and your organization for a wonderful stay at Olmaroroi House. The house is stunning with breathtaking views and we enjoyed our stay with the amazing team taking care of the house and us.”

“Ras Kikadini is a stunning place to fully unwind. We stayed with a group of 8 and loved everything about it, from the big green garden to the stylish house, the nice food and the beach. A must-visit for a group of friends or family!”

“Our stay at Toriana House and Coral House really was magical. Such wonderful staff and beautiful houses. I’m so pleased we managed to stay there for New Year”

“We had a wonderful holiday in Kilifi thanks to your responsiveness – thank you very much for your support! Toriana’s management and staff were great. The property is outstanding as you know – I don’t have anything remotely negative to say about the experience.”

“Wow! This whole experience has been quite unbelievable. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left the entire staff has been caring and absolutely incredible. The team, led by the intrepid Mary, is such an integral part of the House in the Wild – Tarquin and Lippa are so lucky to have them all! As a bonus we were lucky enough to share one of the most important and special moments for a couple – our engagement. The moment, the day, the company, could not have been more magical or more perfect. Thank you a million times over.”

“We had a wonderful time at Ol Popongi Camp and Maina and the team were absolutely amazing. We really enjoyed our 3 nights at the camp – the grounds were beautiful, the tents and beds were comfortable, and the team made sure everything operated very smoothly. We didn’t have to worry about anything during our stay. The staff were also very good with our kids and really made our baby laugh! We would love to stay again at Ol Popongi.”

“This our last day at your amazing house and property and we just wanted to let you know that the staff, especially the manager Irene, are great. They are dedicated, attentive, and at the same time discreet, taking care of every detail in the house and always friendly with a smile. It is such a pleasure being here – it’s not going to be easy to leave.”

“We wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Samawati House. It is all you advertise and more – the house itself and its amenities, your wonderful staff, the beach and ocean, and the ambiance. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe it all. Thank you for making all this available to guests – I am certain we shall return.”

“We had a wonderful stay at Ibambe House – it was truly beyond expectations! The house is very spacious with a wonderful feel to it and a great location in Watamu. The pool was fantastic for the kids and the proximity to the beach-boy-less beach was a major positive. But what really made this stay for us was the staff, and in particular the chef Douglas. We couldn’t have been better looked after and we’ll definitely be visiting again in the coming year.”

“We just got back from spending Christmas as Olmaroroi House, and we cannot fault anything. The location was simply amazing – the views out of this world. The house was superb – plenty of living space and very well equipped and also very comfortable. Best of all were the staff – they went out of their way for all our needs without a moan. We would definitely love to go back and will also recommend to others.”

“Very sadly we are now back at home! We really did have the most wonderful Christmas ever staying at Nderit House – it honestly could not have been better and your staff went to the utmost trouble and effort to make everything 100% gorgeous for us. Literally nothing was too much trouble for them. We were all so sad to leave but do hope that maybe one day we will be able to return.”

“We had a wonderful stay at Olepangi Farm. The place is wonderful, the staff outstanding and we felt so welcomed. I must say the food was the best I have had during my four years in Kenya – it was excellent. Please forward a great Thank You to the staff at Olepangi. Merry Christmas.”

“Our stay at Shompole Wilderness was great thank you. Excellent food and service. A beautiful camp in the magical Shompole conservancy.” We also loved our recent trip to this charming and exclusive owner-managed camp set in a remarkable, remote and little-visited corner of Kenya. Shompole Wilderness nestles in a shady grove of giant fig trees on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River at the bottom of the Great Rift Valley…

“Kamili Cottage is a pretty little gem, comfortable, stylish and a great base for exploring Kilifi. The staff are lovely and look after you very well, the pool and gardens are wonderful, and the beach is just down the track. The hosts are great and manage all communication quickly and efficiently. We had a great time and will definitely be back.”

“We had an amazing time thank you. It is such a beautiful and peaceful environment. We had a nice, quiet and relaxing time and enjoyed the spectacular views and fireplace during the evenings so much. Stephen and the team were really helpful and friendly, and the food they prepared for us were simply delicious. I can’t complain about anything and would really recommend Olohoro Onyore Ndogo to anyone looking for a weekend away from all the city buzz. Thanks again to the team at Olohoro Onyore and East African Retreats for such an incredible weekend getaway.”

“The Lake House is an incredible gem – it’s only 30-40 minutes from Nairobi but you feel a world away. The house is beautifully presented and there is a huge lawn to relax on, as well as a pontoon you can set up for meals on the water if you want. The place feels warm and cosy, and the staff go out of their way to make you feel at home. It’s the perfect weekend getaway for Nairobi residents or as a place to show visitors that is off the usual tourist track!”

Lucita Farm Guest Cottage 2” />“Fred and his and team at Lucita Farm provided us with a beautiful experience. We really enjoyed the house, the grounds, the pool and the friendly canine company. A special thanks to Rodgers for helping us shop and clean up for making sure we had zero complaints. I want to thank you for the connect and East African Retreats for providing access to such beautiful homes. We will definitely be using your services again.”

“The Frangipani Cabana and Kizingoni Beach were amazing! We loved the privacy during our stay there and it was really peaceful. Anna, Sean and team welcomed us on arrival by the beach. They were great and even surprised us with a private dinner by the beach under the stars. We also enjoyed a sunset dhow ride on the Kilindini dhow which was fantastic. Thank you again for the recommendation.”

“We had a wonderful stay at Casa Ya Ndoto. It was perfect and just what we needed while spending a couple of days in Nairobi. Great location, wonderful staff and the perfect balance of luxury and comfort. We hope to stay again when we next visit Kenya.”

“We had a very lovely stay at Olepangi House. Clinton and his team (Joseph, Ann and Joyce) were absolutely amazing. We received 5 star treatment. Thank you very much and I’ll definitely be coming back to East African retreats for my next weekend getaway.”

“The most incredible villa in the most stunning location. A complete paradise, hidden from the rest of the world with private access to such a beautiful beach – and amazing hospitality! The villa itself is designed and styled exquisitely – you won’t find better than this on the Kenyan coast.”

“One of the best houses in one of the most magical places in the world – Lamu island is like nowhere else on earth and Forodhani is without doubt one of the most amazing houses there. Metres from the ocean, with amazing sea views in two directions, you are right above the pier in Shela. The dhows sail past so close to the terrace it feels that your should be able to reach out and touch them. The staff are incredibly friendly and the chef is among the best in Shela.”

“Mukima House provided an amazing experience for myself and the five others in my party. The house is absolutely beautiful and the people working there are just as magnificent!  Elizabeth made sure each and every request was attended to and she went above and beyond to make us all comfortable; Winnie gave amazing massages and Duncan really impressed us with his outstanding cooking, using fresh vegetables grown on the property – and he made the best vanilla ice cream I have ever tasted.”

“The perfect getaway from Nairobi. We loved have the whole place for ourselves.  We had five kids under the age of ten, and they enjoyed the open spaces and the pool. The place was beautiful, well equipped and perfect in every way. We will certainly go back! The staff were helpful and polite and made our stay even better!  Thank you for making this a fantastic weekend!”

“This place is great! The building and grounds have been renovated with incredible attention to detail and have been cared for beautifully. The rooms are full of character, there are plenty of lovely places to sit and take in the scenery and everyone who works here is warm and welcoming.”

“Thank you and all the staff for the most wonderful stay. The Old Boma far exceeded our expectations and really was the highlight of our trip.”

“There really is something about this place that is so special. The setting is jaw-droppingly beautiful and the rooms cozy and comfortable – but it’s more than that. This is not a hotel – it’s a labor of love. It’s run by the owners Clinton and Elizabeth and a great team of staff. Such fascinating people who somehow magically made us feel like we’d been friends for 20 years. In a world where everything is the same, this is a one off!”

“An incredible opportunity to walk into a bygone colonial era. A wonderful house with hosts to match. Sylvia is full of fascinating recollections and charm and Bruce can advise on whatever you need to know about modern Nairobi. The garden is an absolute joy and the double room has its own private terrace to enjoy it from. We took dinner in the house – it was five stars and served in a manner fitting with the setting. Although close to the city it is an oasis away from the traffic and bustle.”

“I cannot give this place enough stars. It is right on the beach with incredible views over the pool and the ocean. Everything was perfect and I would go back in a heartbeat. If you are hesitant just go, you will not regret it – a truly incredible experience.”

“An exceptionally luxurious villa in the most beautiful Watamu location. Tina and her daughters are wonderful hosts and most knowledgeable on all aspects of the area.  A must if you enjoy quality and luxury.”

“A photographer’s paradise, an escapist’s utopia, beautiful and wild. We were lucky to stay in this lovely camp, hidden away from the rest of the world by a beautiful river where the service was attentive and genuinely kind, the food cooked in a camp kitchen was divine. Our hosts were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the local culture and diverse wildlife, and the inclusion of the local people is an innovative and ethical way of running a business in the African wilderness.”

“Sometimes reality fails to live up to website pictures – here, it is the other way round – reality exceeds all expectations. This house is a historic dream – restored with incredible attention to detail yet retaining an authentic ‘old’ feel – and all of that with an ocean view. The staff are as friendly and helpful as they are discreet and the cooking is simply exquisite. Really hope to be back before too long”

“Ol Bobongi was incredibly beautiful and we had a very comfortable stay. The staff at the house, Rose and Francisca, we’re incredibly helpful and very hospitable! Thank you for coordinating our stay with the owner, and for your quick turnaround last week. I definitely look forward to future EAR stays!”

“This is a very beautiful house indeed with stunning views and gorgeous furniture. Francesca is a very good cook a and she and Rose looked after us in royal fashion!”

“Our stay was absolutely MAGICAL! The place was above my expectations! I loved it and she loved it. I really appreciated the professional communication from your end. Peter and Stella were truly truly welcoming. We took lots of great photos and will definitely be recommending Olohoro Onyore Ndogo. Thanks again!”

“An amazing place to stay and relax! The view and environment are breathtaking. We loved the house and the staff and definitely will be back again very soon.”

“The staff were absolutely wonderful and at New Year they created a very special dinner for us by the pool. The menu and quality of food was really good and the chef was excellent and very creative. We really enjoyed the culinary experience and the variety of sea food that was available. The management team was great – very proactive and responsive to our needs.”

“This is a really great place to stay – a beautiful location and house with access to all the top game and mountain locations as well as being near to Nanyuki town for shopping and more. Very good food and kind support from discreet staff who really are there to help but not intrude in any way. Lovely walks and good bird watching with some game on the small conservancy. Highly recommended for safaris with family and friends and a great base from which to explore Laikipia.”

“This place is a total gem. It is so beautiful, well done and well cared for. The nature and views are spectacular. Zadock is such a nice guy and makes the stay even more beautiful – he has such a pleasant nature, is competent, smart, super friendly and attentive. We have had lovely walks and just enjoyed every minute so far. We wish we could stay longer this time. But I will definitely come back and recommend the place. Thanks for the tip.”

“We had a fantastic weekend in Watamu. Both houses were great – lovely staff and amazing food. We will definitely be back.”

“Ibambe House is among the most beautiful houses on the Kenyan Coast. Everything is perfect – the location, the design, the staff, the beach and the view. Luxury with great taste. We really felt privileged to be there and had a fantastic Christmas and New Year holiday.”

“This new small boutique hotel is absolutely fantastic – a spacious and beautiful house furnished with eclectic antiques gathered by its Dutch owner. The grounds make you feel that you are hidden away in paradise, surrounded by terraced lawns and a lovely pool. Service is top notch and friendly, the food excellent. Definitely a great place to relax when staying in Nairobi. I’ll come here again.”

“We really enjoyed our stay at the Safari Cottages and your hospitality made it special. Everything really was outstanding.”

“We just spent the Labour Day weekend at the Safari Cottages.  It’s a great place with fantastic service and we saw the all the ‘Big Five’ – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. Very recommended.”

“One of the best places (if not the best) that I’ve been to in Kenya over the last 7 years. It’s an unbelievable property with every detail done right. It’s also located in the ideal location where you can easily head to the beach and go to a neighboring restaurant/hotel. I almost don’t want to recommend it to everyone since then the secret is out!”

“We had a wonderful time at Azhari. The cottage is amazing and the food and staff were great. We will be back!”

“We loved our stay at Olohoro Onyore. The place is so beautiful and it is such a well-kept secret. We will definitely try another retreat with you.”

“An amazing place to stay and relax! The view and environment are breathtaking. We loved the house and the staff and definitely will be back again very soon.”

“A fantastic weekend getaway – but two nights is definitely not enough. Thank you to everyone – for being so accommodating.”

“We had THE most wonderful time – and Mundui did its magic. It is THE most wonderful place. Many thanks and best wishes to you and your team.”

“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.”

“Thank you for your hospitality. The property was amazing. Staff were super. We had a fantastic weekend. The views and our stroll in the hills were out of this world!”

“We just loved every second we spent in this romantic nest. Amazing views, great staff and so much silence around. We will definitely come back. Many thanks.”

“We absolutely adored Kamili House and had the most brilliant week there. The team looked after us so well. Walter’s cooking was amazing – delicious fresh seafood, cooked to perfection. We are definitely plotting a return visit! Thanks for all your help.”

“Thank you for opening and sharing your beautiful home with us – I have found such peace and happiness during our stay.  Your staff are truly special and the hospitality is exceptional.”

“Many thanks for organising Matalai Cottage. We had a fabulous time and thought it was a gorgeous house. The staff were excellent and we will definitely be returning! A real gem!”

“Matalai is wonderful – a warm welcome, stunning house, great hospitality and delicious food – all we could have wished for.”

“The house and property are beyond belief, especially arriving after a long, dusty day on safari. We were astounded and I got a lot of brownie points for my choice! It’s huge, beautifully appointed, and has so much to offer. One could easily make a weekend of just staying at the house! Not that one would, what with all the wildlife to be seen in the area. Francesca, the chef was also very kind and on point with her general help. We highly recommend this place and will be back.”

“We had a brilliant time at Olepangi Farm thanks – Elizabeth and Clinton were fine hosts and the accommodation and food were outstanding! We would definitely stay there again.”

“Guests are really made to feel part of the family. The owners, Clinton and Elizabeth take great trouble to ensure guests’ comfort and we were made to feel incredibly welcome. The property’s distance from any road makes it a truly wild location.”

“We had a really lovely few days at Ajabu House. What a peaceful hideaway with a lovely garden, stunning view and super food provided. Just what we wanted. Many thanks.”

“Ajabu has excellent staff who clearly care about the property and the guests. The chef was particularly impressive – we didn’t give him much to work with, but he put together a delicious feast for every meal.”

“This remarkable, peaceful, luxurious place exceeded any hopes we had for our stay in Nairobi. Mario and his lovely family made us feel like we were coming home. Our room was large, gracious, uplifting and super-comfortable. Arrangements were effortless and every need accommodated. Breakfasts were terrific. Masha, the housekeeper, is saintly. Mario arranged a car for us at 3 AM (!!) when our flight was delayed. In short – this is the place to stay in Nairobi!!”

“Absolutely stunning!! Great hospitality. The views are incredible. What a wonderful place to escape from Nairobi!”

“We had such a lovely weekend at Olohoro Onyore. It is an absolutely fantastic spot to spend time unplugged with friends and family, with incredible views of the Rift Valley.”

“We loved our stay at Olohoro Onyore. The place is so beautiful and it is such a well-kept secret. We will definitely try another retreat with you.”

“Ajabu House was all manner of goodness. The staff were kind, the food was awesome and everything about the place was tip top. Thank you for your services too.”

“Ajabu has excellent staff who clearly care about the property and the guests. The chef was particularly impressive – we didn’t give him much to work with, but he put together a delicious feast for every meal.”

“Our expectations of The Safari Cottages were totally surpassed. What a magic, private hideaway in a very quiet area of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy with total serenity and peace. The food was exceptional. All the staff were welcoming and went out of their way to give us the holiday of a lifetime. The space in the cottage was simply glorious and, being totally private, it’s a joy for families with kids. We saw an extremely high concentration of game in incredibly beautiful surroundings.”

“We absolutely loved Susie’s camp. It is the kind of place that you go to when you are on a well-deserved break and just want to relax. Zadock, the chef and caretaker, made us delicious dinners and made sure that our stay was a pleasant as could be. The 5 days that we were there seemed to fly by. We hope to go back again in the near future.”

“We had an absolutely superb time! The house was gorgeous, the staff very nice and accommodating to all our needs. We will definitely be making another visit to Ol Bobongi House!! The dogs and cats were amazing!! Very well behaved, gentle and smiley creatures!!”

“We were absolutely dazzled by the house! The views were incredible and the space was absolutely wonderful. We got engaged on Sunday night by the fire, overlooking the valley! This place will have a special place in our hearts, and we will absolutely return!”

“We really enjoyed our stay at Olohoro Onyore Ndogo and Evelyn and Peter were very helpful. It was exactly what we needed to escape from our very busy schedules. We will definitely be back!! Asante!”

“Susie’s Camp is nothing short of amazing. It’s a hidden gem with tasteful design and decor and absolutely wonderful staff. I enjoyed every minute of my stay. Thank you so much.”

“We had a superb weekend at Susie Camp – we loved it. Such an amazing set-up. And you were right, Sammy the cook does cook up a storm! He even made a delicious birthday cake for our friend. Thank you for the recommendation!”

“We just got back from Tomuru Villa and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The house and the staff were amazing – they made us feel very welcome and catered to all our needs.”

“We leave with eternal memories of Kenya and Tomuru House and – most importantly – of Lois, Samuel and all the wonderful staff who made our visit extra magical.”

“Our stay was absolutely MAGICAL! The place was way way above my expectations! I loved it and she loved it – She said yes :) I really appreciate the professional communication from your end. Peter and Stella were truly truly welcoming. We took lots of great photos and will definitely be recommending Olohoro Onyore Ndogo.”

“We had a fantastic stay at Ajabu house. The house, gardens and setting are really beautiful, neat and well kept. The tennis court was a super plus and used quite frequently. The team in the house took great care of us and our meals. The road to the house was easy to do and actually a nice little game drive – we saw lots of animals on the way. All in all a super weekend.”

“What an absolutely tremendous recommendation. Matalai is incredible. I have passed on your contact info to my colleagues based in Nairobi – I know they will love this place as well as your other offerings.”

“The house was great and the location even greater!  The food was excellent and the staff very friendly and flexible.”

“We had such a lovely weekend at Banana Farmhouse. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place with great hosts. The perfect place to get out of Nairobi and enjoy some fresh air and good food.”

“We loved the great company, dinners by the fire, our beautiful bedroom with the terrace looking over the gardens to the Ngong Hills, breakfasts on the veranda, walks with the dogs etc. etc. We loved it all and felt very welcome.”

“I can’t imagine a more perfect place to have your honeymoon. It is absolutely stunning, the service is great, the village is scenic and you have your own infinity pool. We felt totally spoilt, had time to relax and bond and there were plenty of activities to keep us occupied. Ask Nina the manager to make suggestions and arrangements – she has great tips for things to do and places to go and it seemed like there was nothing she couldn’t organise.”

“We spent one of the best vacations ever in Diani House. The property is beautiful and well- maintained, and the service and food are to die for! Everything is prepared with a very personal and artistic touch. We can’t wait to come back.” 

“A little piece of heaven on the blue green Indian Ocean! The house is run by Angie and her husband Ludo – an amazingly dynamic and accommodating duo. Angie has worked as a chef is Paris, which shows in the beautifully-prepared meals. The staff are very helpful and cheerful and will cater to your every need.  I can’t recommend it more! “

“We spent two nights relaxing at Casa Ya Ndoto and they are two nights we will never forget. Our room was just perfect, clean and beautifully decorated. We were treated to a delicious breakfast (fresh fruit & juice, yoghurt, eggs and bacon etc.) each morning and enjoyed watching the warthogs play in the garden. Our hosts gave us service you would expect at a 5-star hotel. The lush grounds of the property provided a delightful escape from fast-paced city life and made returning home after a long day that much better. We cannot thank everyone at Casa Ya Ndoto enough for the way they accommodated us. When we return to Kenya there is no doubt we will be staying here again. I cannot recommend it enough!”

“We had a fantastic stay and the whole El Karama team, led by Sophie, were so friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable! As well as game drives and walking safaris, we enjoyed breakfast in the bush and finished the day with G&Ts as we watched the sun go down. 14,000 acres of private land meant we saw no other safari vehicles at all. The head guide, Joseph, was simply excellent – his knowledge of animals and birds seemed endless. We also enjoyed a tour of the farm where he pointed out the exciting projects coming to fruition –  El Karama is certainly a model of how sustainable land management, conservation and tourism can be combined to great effect!”  

“We had an amazing time at Ibambe – we loved every second and really enjoyed the house. Juma, Edward and Douglas were brilliant and welcoming and really great with the kids – the whole experience really was perfect.”

“Ibambe House is among the most beautiful houses on the Kenyan Coast. Everything is perfect – the location, the design, the staff, the beach and the view. Luxury with great taste. We really felt privileged to be there and had a fantastic Christmas and New Year holiday.”

“An amazing location just a 20 minute drive outside Nairobi and close to the National Park, and located in one of Karen’s safest and best-established neigbourhoods. Clemence and Frederick are perfect hosts and you can easily feel at home in their superb house. Seamless service along with the relaxing atmosphere of the house and large garden makes for a great experience. We are looking forward to staying here again next time we visit Kenya.”

What an amazing place and truly a labour of love. There is so much to see & do around the place – exploring the Chalbi desert, swimming in Lake Turkana, driving up to Sibiloi, visiting Central Island or just climbing up a rock to look at the sunset! But who wants to go anywhere else when you can lounge by the rock pool, sit by the fire and enjoy stunning moonrises right there in camp? All the staff were really helpful and Lepatoiye proved to be an excellent cook. I can’t wait to go back again!”

“Thank you Lucita Farm and the fantastic team who made our weekend away so relaxing.  We had the whole place to ourselves as we took both houses which was an absolute treat!  The larger guest house has a fireplace and plenty of room for friends to gather and the smaller one has views over the lake – it’s hard to say which is better as they are both so well put together!  We had a great time lounging by the pool and enjoying our evenings by the fire.  We can’t wait to come back with more friends soon”. 

“Words can’t describe how gorgeous & relaxing this house is. It is beautifully laid-out and spacious with plenty of rooms, ensuring privacy and alone time if many people are staying. There were only two of us so the house was enormous but we enjoyed every inch of it. The house is very safe and secure and the staff are out of this world!  Sammy and Charo welcomed us warmly and catered to our every need. We plan to come back & tell everyone we know about Neem House!”

“A wonderfully remote & private location with one of the most fantastic views on the Kenyan coast, Ras Kikadini is truly a one-of-a- kind place for those who want to get away from the crowds and really kick back… Beautifully and tastefully decorated with a blend of modern luxury and simple coastal vibes.”

“We had a really great time at Ras Kikadini and Michael and Maisha did a very good job of taking care of us during our stay. The place is beautiful and just perfect for spending relaxing days with a group of friends.”

“It was just perfect! A beautiful location, superb food, quaint tents, amazing landscape, game drives and sundowners, chilled kayaking and walking, professional hosts and great and friendly staff. It’s a perfect place to stay for a weekend (or longer) getaway from Nairobi. I will definitely recommend it and definitely come back again for sure. Thank you all so much.”

“Thank you and all the staff for the most wonderful stay. The Old Boma far exceeded our expectations and really was the highlight of our trip. We have stayed in many hotels around the world and throughout Africa and I can honestly say that The Old Boma is amongst the very best. Apart from the friendly and very willing staff and all the facilities, the building itself is so beautiful and has been wonderfully restored by Trade Aid.”

“Tusitiri is the most majestic private dhow – or lateen-rigged ship – in the known world, as well as the most luxuriously appointed and the most professionally run”

“This is one of the great romantic sea journeys of the world – the tranquillity of life on the dhow will make you shed layers of stress. Spending even one night on board is a magical experience and the chef is a genius, conjuring up extraordinary meals from a tiny alfresco galley on the poop deck.”

“The Tree House is one of the most unique guest houses I have ever stayed at. Views of the forest, monkeys playing in the tree canopy and seeing the ocean from every angle, with each room designed to catch the sea breezes. The Star Bed on the very top floor was a romantic nest with a panorama lookout to soothe any nature lover’s soul. The fresh healthy meals and juices were delicious, and activities like the creek float and SUP Board Yoga were amazing. Guides and instructors were friendly, knowledgeable and very encouraging. I would stay again in a heartbeat.”

“This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the coast. We had a lovely vacation and thoroughly enjoyed the house, pool, and proximity to the beach. I would love to come back some day!”

“We leave with eternal memories of Kenya and Tomuru House and – most importantly – of Lois, Samuel and all the wonderful staff who made our visit extra magical.”

“We had such a great time at Kamili House and will make sure we spread the word about its beauty, its warm, accommodating and efficient staff, and Jess’s organisational skills! It really was a holiday to remember, and our UK friends were very envious that we have wonderful places like Kamili within easy reach! Once again, huge thanks and all the best!”

“We had a great stay and the staff were very helpful, discreet and friendly. We enjoyed it and have already recommended it to many of our friends.”

“We had an amazing weekend, just wonderful, what a place! We would like to come back another time, and we are already looking for our next pick from your website.”

“We had a wonderful time at Lucita Farm over the weekend. The kids couldn’t get enough of the horses, dogs, swimming pool and trampoline. The staff were very friendly with Francis and Martha exemplary with the meals.”

“Words cannot express how happy my family was with our stay at the Moon houses! It was indeed a magical experience. First, the staff were exceptional. They were kind, professional, and very attentive. They made all of us feel cared for and welcomed. My mom, the birthday girl, felt like a queen. Second, the location and houses were absolutely gorgeous. Everybody was impressed by the beauty of our accommodation. Third, the food! It was so good! Every meal was delicious. We thought there was no way the chef could top his last meal, but he continued to prove us wrong. Folks in our group made sure not miss a meal at the house!”

“We loved Susie’s Camp. It’s been beautifully designed. Amazing staff, especially its cook Sammy. We were super impressed and will definitely tell our friends and return ourselves.”

“We had a wonderful time at the Safari Cottages! Everything was perfectly arranged and the place is simply marvellous! We will definitely come back.”

“We’ve had the most fabulous time! Olepangi House was great – a beautiful place and perfectly situated. Clinton and Elizabeth were great hosts and looked after us so well. Thank you for working with us to have made this such a wonderful holiday, it’s been very special. We look forward to next time.”

“We had a great time at El Karama and hope to return. Our compliments to Lovi and the team. Robinson was a great guide and was patient with our long game drives and walks – we appreciated his knowledge of birds and wildlife in general. We also appreciated the activities available and organized for kids, the day and particularly the night game drives and the swimming pool with the copper system – we swam every day. We also appreciated the genuine sorting and separation of waste. Thanks again! It was a super time and we shall not forget the lioness leaping into the air after the vulture.”

“My family and I spent this past Christmas at Neem House – and had a completely incredible ten days. The house itself is exquisite – big beautiful rooms, lovely reading nooks and decor and an amazing plunge pool! The staff could not have been friendlier or kinder – they looked after us so well and treated us like gold.  We will definitely be back soon – your house is spectacular and comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”

“Our stay at Susie’s camp was lovely! We had a wonderfully restful and quiet weekend, which was the whole point of the time away. Sammy is a great cook, and all the staff at the camp were very welcoming, and I would definitely plan another visit.”

“Just to say we had a great time at Kamili Beach Cottage. Philip and John, the housekeeper and chef, were very caring and responsive and were really a pleasure to stay with. The pool is a nice size and suitable for children. All-in-all, a wonderful experience!”

“We had an amazing time at Ol Bobongi!! We were well cared for by the team and the hosts were very warm and welcoming! They were also kind enough to take us on safari in their own vehicle, and they made our stay very comfortable. I have recommended Ol Bobongi House to our friends and colleagues, and I’m sure they will have many more visitors!”

“Our stay was simply MARVELLOUS! We really enjoyed the house and the help form the housekeepers. Stephen and Marvin are additionally marvellous chefs! We will for sure be back.”

“Olohoro Onyore is a great place to relax and chill out in a beautiful house not far from Nairobi. The staff were very friendly, helpful and welcoming. We are definitely recommending it to others.”

“A Parisian couple fell in love with Lamu in the late 1990s and bought this exceptionally charming house which they then converted into a private holiday home. The almost triangular pool is set in a lush green gardens dotted with vibrant bougainvillea flowers. Renovations have since been made to make the house very child-friendly with guarded staircases, balconies and a wooden-fenced pool. It can accommodate up to 16 guests in 8 characterful double / twin bedrooms spread across several floors with numerous stylish lounging areas. The kitchen makes the best shortbread cake in the area.”

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