“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!!”

Martin, California, September 2017

The charming Casa ya Ndoto (‘the house of good dreams’) is now the private residence of a small family with young children who live in the main portion of the house. Host Mario and his family are often around to greet visitors, and housekeepers Masha and Charles are always on hand to welcome and assist guests.

The guest accommodation consists of two adjacent double bedrooms in the guest wing of the house – linked to the main property, yet private and with their own separate entrances. The rooms are large, pristine and elegantly-appointed – a blend of old-world style and modern amenities. Both have hardwood floors, high ceilings, handpicked furniture and a unique selection of contemporary artworks.

Comfortable beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, floor-to-ceiling mosquito curtains and ceiling fans ensure deep and peaceful sleep, soothed by the sounds of nature all around. Each bedroom has a spacious and luxurious bathroom with shower and large claw-foot bath tub. The rooms share a spacious shady veranda looking out towards the Ngong Hills, where guests are served a delicious breakfast at the time of their choosing.

“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!”

Hayley, Australia, January 2018

The guest veranda is a lovely place on which to relax and watch the area’s spectacular sunsets and to spot giraffes and warthogs in the next door conservancy. The property’s five peaceful green acres are full of yellow-bark acacia trees and attract a wide variety of birdlife. Guests are welcome to wander the grounds and to enjoy the flora and fauna (with a few exceptions such as work spaces and staff areas). Also sharing the compound are a lovely Russian Blue cat and three goofy dogs with their own separate quarters (and who are only allowed around guests if the guests feel comfortable)

The bedrooms have reliable high-speed wi-fi, cable tv and dvd player. A Kenyan cell phone is made available to foreign guests for local calls to restaurants, shops and taxis. Daily housekeeping and nightly turndown are offered. Massages in the room can be arranged. Security guards are on the premises throughout the day and at night. While accommodation is generally on a ‘bed and breakfast’ basis, the hosts and staff are happy to organise additional meals in case of late arrivals.

Casa ya Ndoto sits in a quiet and secure semi-rural location with no through traffic, well away from the hubbub of the city centre – yet it is easily accessed from central Nairobi and its airports. Travel time to Wilson Airport is around thirty minutes, and to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport around forty five minutes (traffic permitting) – with roads and communications improving all the time.

“Mario’s place was incredible. It is very close to the Giraffe Centre and the Elephant Orphanage. The home is beautiful and even better than the pictures show. The breakfast on the patio was amazing and we were joined by visiting warthogs. Mario and family were so kind and went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. They had great suggestions for drivers in the area and restaurants for lunch and dinner. We booked last minute, but Mario was so accommodating and easy to communicate with by phone before arrival. We cannot say enough good things about this home and we’re so appreciative about our stay there.”

Andrea, Kisumu, October 2017

Pick-ups and drop-offs can be arranged by the hosts using local, trusted taxi drivers, with whom they have pre-negotiated competitive rates. The house is also close to several shopping malls (Galleria, The Hub), and boutique shopping centres for crafts and fashions (Langata Link, The Souk) and to several top-rated Nairobi restaurants, including The Talisman, The Tamarind, The Boho Eatery and Hemingway’s Hotel.

The Langata and Karen area offers many must-see attractions including the AFEW Giraffe Centre, only fifteen minutes’ walk away, the world-renowned David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage beside Nairobi National Park, about a ten minute drive away, and the Karen Blixen Museum, around fifteen minutes away by car.

Summary

  • An exclusive and welcoming homestay in tranquil, leafy Langata
  • Beautifully and comfortably equipped and furnished
  • Extensive grounds, with a profusion of wildlife, adjacent to Giraffe Centre
  • Close to all the area’s cultural, retail, culinary and wildlife attractions
  • Accommodates just 4 guests in 2 double ensuite bedrooms
  • From $135 per double room per night ‘bed and breakfast’

Detailed information

Facilities

  • Anubis bedroom with ensuite bathroom – sleeps 2
  • Osiris bedroom with ensuite bathroom – sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms can accommodate additional children – by arrangement
  • Bedrooms can interconnect or be separate and self-contained
  • Breakfast/dining area and private patio, only shared with other guestroom
  • High-speed wi-fi
  • Cable tv and dvd player
  • Local cell phone

Accommodation

  • Bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Additional meals for late arrivals – by arrangement

Services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Nightly turndown
  • In-room massages available
  • Security guards on premises 24/7

Outside

  • 5-acres of lawns and grounds with yellow-bark acacias
  • A profusion of bird life
  • Regular visits by giraffes and warthogs from the AFEW Giraffe Centre
  • Set in a quiet residential neighbourhood

Nearby Attractions

  • AFEW Giraffe Centre
  • Karen Blixen House Museum
  • Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Nairobi National Park
  • Karen Country Club and Golf Course
  • Dining and shopping in Hardy and Karen

Location

Ngong Hills at Dusk

The leafy and affluent suburb of Karen sits to the South West of Nairobi towards the foot of the Ngong Hills. Karen is an attractive and peaceful place to stay away from the city centre – which is easily accessed via ever-improving ring roads and bypasses. The neighbourhood of Langata, quieter and less-developed than central Karen, is the southern part of Karen and adjoins Nairobi National Park.

Karen Blixen House Museum – Karen

Karen’s most famous resident is probably Karen Blixen, whose 6000-acre farm estate and coffee plantation covered much of the area, and whose Kenyan life is immortalised in the book and film Out of Africa. Karen Blixen lived in Bogani House on Karen Road between 1917 and 1931 – now owned by the National Museums of Kenya, it remains very much as it was during early colonial times and is open to visitors daily. The nearby Karen Blixen Coffee Garden houses Swedo House, the original farm manager’s house from 1906, as well as the historic Grogan Macmillan House moved from downtown Nairobi in 2008 to save it from destruction.

AFEW Giraffe Centre – Karen

The area’s wildlife and conservation attractions include the AFEW Giraffe Centre where feeding the several resident Rothschild’s giraffes is a must. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Orphanage is situated just inside Nairobi National Park. Watching the baby elephants receive their 11am feed is always very popular, and anyone who ‘adopts’ a baby elephant can also visit in the late afternoon to watch the orphans being given their supper and put to bed.

Casa ya Ndoto sits within the exclusive Mukoma Estate, part of a very safe community with restricted access and patrolled by security guards 24/7. Special zoning laws ensure that no high-density or high-rise construction is allowed, making the area extremely peaceful and surrounded by nature. Casa ya Ndoto, in particular, shares a border with the Giraffe Centre, and is less than 5 minutes’ drive from the Nairobi National Park and the entrance to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.

Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Nairobi National Park covers an area of 117.21 square kilometres (28,963 acres) and is easily accessed from Karen via Magadi Road or Langata Road. The park hosts a wide and diverse wildlife population – it is common to see Rhinoceros, Lion, and Buffalo as well as large numbers of plains game, and the park is home to up to 500 species of permanent and migratory birds. One can also visit the Animal Orphanage and Safari Walk – both situated at the park’s main gate.

Nairobi National Park

There are numerous retail and culinary attractions in Karen and Langata – major shopping malls include Karen Crossroads, Galleria and The Hub on Dagoretti Road. Boutique shopping centres for arts, crafts, clothes and souvenirs include Langata Link on Langata South Road and The Souk on Dagoretti Road – both of which also house nice places to eat and drink. Favourite restaurants and bars in Karen include The Talisman and J’s Fresh Bar on Ngong Road and Haru Sushi Bar on Karen Road.

Talisman Restaurant – Karen

How to get there

Casa Ya Ndoto is situated just off of Mukoma Road in Langata’s Mukoma Estate. Access from Nairobi City centre, from central Karen and from the city’s two airports is via Langata Road and then either via Langata South Road and Hardy or via Magadi Road. We will be pleased to supply guests with detailed driving instructions.

Visitor’s Book

“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 this home enough!!”

Hayley, Australia, January 2018

“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!!”

Martin, California, September 2017

“Mario’s place was incredible. It is very close to the Giraffe Centre and the Elephant Orphanage. The home is beautiful and even better than the pictures show. The breakfast on the patio was amazing and we were joined by visiting warthogs. Mario and family were so kind and went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. They had great suggestions for drivers in the area and restaurants for lunch and dinner. We booked last minute, but Mario was so accommodating and easy to communicate with by phone before arrival. We cannot say enough good things about this home and we’re so appreciative about our stay there.”

Andrea, Kisumu, October 2017

Rates

  • $135 per room per night – single occupancy
  • $150 per room per night – double occupancy
  • $250 per night for both bedrooms
Rental stays are on a ‘bed & breakfast’ basis

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