“Hippo Point is one of the most amazing places you’ll ever set foot in! From the moment you arrive, you will feel like you have come to a magical place. Surrounded by wildlife, looking out onto both lakes, with smiling friendly helpful faces everywhere who will take care of whatever you might need, and the most amazing fresh food you can imagine! There is an amazing pool also overlooking the lake and the morning safari walks are fantastic. Every single room is beautifully decorated and the touch of history at the Manor House transports you back in time a little. We absolutely can’t wait to return!”

KT, California

Hippo Point is a beautiful, secluded private sanctuary with a population of 1,200 animals roaming freely over 500 private acres – a pristine bridge of land between Lake Naivasha and Oloiden Bay shaded by a forest of towering “yellow fever” Acacia trees.

The Manor House is a private country house built in 1932 with 8 bedrooms accommodating up to 14 guests.  Sophisticated, comfortable and welcoming, it’s the perfect environment in which to relax amid nature and wildlife with family and friends.  The house is decorated, equipped and furnished to the very highest standards throughout.  Turn-of-the-century English and French furniture, antique Russian linens, polished wooden floorboards and beautiful original artwork all combine to lovely and harmonious effect.

“Hippo Point is not only a beautiful, idyllic spot with gorgeous sunsets, rolling green lawns, and loads of giraffe, zebras, monkeys, impalas, warthogs and more strolling through the property, it is also a beautiful, comfortable stately house staffed by attentive and warm staff which feels more like you’re staying in a friend’s home than a lodge or hotel. From the freshly squeezed fruit juice at breakfast to the sumptuous lunches on the lawn and indulgent cocktail hours on the hills above the lake, you are pampered with quiet grace and old-fashioned style. A stay at Hippo Point is like a trip back in time to the heyday of the “Happy Valley set” at its best. Highly recommended.”

Erik, Uganda

The Manor House has two Dining Rooms – one inside and one open-air with lake views, as well as a spacious lofty Drawing Room with two fireplaces, converted from the estate’s former granary.  A separate sitting room with fireplace has a library with a great selection of African and contemporary books and a television with selection of classic dvds.

The first floor Master Bedroom has a private bathroom with bathtub, and an adjoining single bedroom with a view of the Lake and English Garden.  Also looking out across the water is the Yellow Room – a double bedroom with adjacent bathroom and lavatory.  The Red Room is a single suite beautifully decorated with a small sitting room and private bathroom.  The Twin Room is very spacious, with a private bathroom and adjacent lavatory.

“I cannot say enough good things about Hippo Point! Nested between Lake Naivasha and Lake Oloiden, it is not rare to look out your window in the morning and see 100 buffalo strolling by. The accommodation was nothing short of incredible and the Manor House was perfect for our party of nine.  Each room was tastefully decorated with gorgeous bed linens and wood panelling.  Every meal is a dining experience. The table is always beautifully set with napkins folded to look like flamingos and bouquets of brightly coloured flowers. The chefs prepare the most delicious meals, with all the vegetables grown in gardens on the property.  Bernard, our wildlife guide, was a walking encyclopaedia – the man knows everything about the birds, animals, and the flora and fauna at Hippo Point.  He also has a smile so big it can make your day go from good to great!  We were lucky enough to see two very stealthy leopards!  We cannot sing the staff’s praises loud enough. They were so attentive to detail and such gracious people. Thank you to Hippo Point for an unforgettable vacation of a lifetime!”

Mary F, USA

The Ground Floor Suite is an all-white and wooden double bedroom with a fireplace, dressing room and a very special large bathroom decorated with exotic murals.  Niko’s Tower (named after the house cat) is a delightful little cottage with a single bedroom upstairs and bathroom downstairs. The two Stable Rooms are downstairs double bedrooms just across the grassy courtyard, each with a private bathroom.

There is also a spacious country kitchen where guests can look on or get involved in preparing delicious meals with chef Janet and her team. They specialise in light and healthy cuisine featuring fruit and vegetables from the estate’s extensive organic garden, and can cater for all dietary requirements.  Every meal has a little healthy surprise – such as caramelized ginger and vanilla ice cream – an all-time favourite with regular guests.

“Just a fantastic place to unwind and enjoy the closeness to nature, but in luxury. The attention to detail, both in the design of the place and in the service cannot be emphasized enough. Hippo Point is Kenya’s answer to the Garden of Eden. I can’t wait to return!”

CJ, Nairobi

Guests can choose to dine in a variety of different settings – in the English Garden, by the swimming pool, under the trees by the lake or on the hill overlooking the lake, or in either the inside or outside Dining Room.  There is no set plan or compulsory schedule of activities at Hippo Point – guests can spend their days doing as much or as little as they wish.  Many will simply wish to luxuriate in the beautiful house and gardens or relax in and around the lovely large swimming pool, and there is always a bevy of friendly staff on hand to assist guests in any way they can.

The conservancy is not fenced and shares boundaries with a neighbouring game reserve so it is abundant with wildlife.  Enjoy the feeling of being at one with nature on a guided game walk with an experienced guide, or explore the nocturnal animal life of the sanctuary on a night game drive.  As well as the pods of hippo in the lake, the conservancy is home to giraffe, zebra, warthog, buffalo, Colobus monkey, hyena, antelope, gazelle and many more – and leopard and even lion are occasionally sighted.  The estate is also an ornithologist’s dream, home to several hundred species of birds.

“I am lost for words how beautiful and magical this place is.  From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, we were treated like royalty. We had the whole place to ourselves and everything was perfect, the food, the service and the accommodation. It’s one of the best places I have ever stayed.  I am a passionate wildlife photographer and Bernard our guide was so helpful and worked tirelessly to ensure I captured as many species of birds and other wildlife during our stay. He was so knowledgeable about the names of all the birds and animals. Thank you Bernard! The food was absolutely delicious – we had breakfast by the lake and I felt I was in heaven, and dinner at the mansion was so beautiful. I just want to thank the manager, the chef and our butler and housekeeper and all the staff for taking such good care of us during our stay.”

PM, UK

  • Stay in ‘wild luxury’ and enjoy a ‘slow safari’ at this unique private retreat
  • Set on a magical 500-acre lakeside sanctuary teeming with wildlife
  • Home to 1200 animals and 350 species of bird
  • Charming, attentive staff and exceptional cuisine
  • 25-metre swimming pool with pool house and terrace
  • Accommodates up to 14 guests in 8 beautiful bedrooms
  • Exclusive-use stays for parties of 6+ adult guests
  • From Ksh 20,500 per resident adult per night on a full-board basis
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

By Road

Naivasha is approximately 85 km (55 miles) from Nairobi and guests should allow 2 hours or more to drive from Nairobi to Hippo Point.  The house is situated at the end of South Lake Road, beyond Kongoni Village – a 45-minute drive down Moi South Lake road – and approx 30 km off the lower Nairobi-Naivasha road.  A 4-wheel drive vehicle is not necessary.

Hippo Point is approximately 35 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

There are regular scheduled flights on Safarilink from Nairobi’s Wilson airport to Naivasha’s nearby Loldia airstrip.

“Hippo Point is one of the most amazing places you’ll ever set foot in! From the moment you arrive, you will feel like you have come to a magical place. Surrounded by wildlife, looking out onto both lakes, with smiling friendly helpful faces everywhere who will take care of whatever you might need, and the most amazing fresh food you can imagine! There is an amazing pool also overlooking the lake and the morning safari walks are fantastic. Every single room is beautifully decorated and the touch of history at the Manor House transports you back in time a little. We absolutely can’t wait to return!”

KT, California

“Hippo Point is not only a beautiful, idyllic spot with gorgeous sunsets, rolling green lawns, and loads of giraffe, zebras, monkeys, impalas, warthogs and more strolling through the property, it is also a beautiful, comfortable stately house staffed by attentive and warm staff which feels more like you’re staying in a friend’s home than a lodge or hotel. From the freshly squeezed fruit juice at breakfast to the sumptuous lunches on the lawn and indulgent cocktail hours on the hills above the lake, you are pampered with quiet grace and old-fashioned style. A stay at Hippo Point is like a trip back in time to the heyday of the “Happy Valley set” at its best. Highly recommended.”

Erik, Uganda

“I cannot say enough good things about Hippo Point! Nested between Lake Naivasha and Lake Oloiden, it is not rare to look out your window in the morning and see 100 buffalo strolling by. The accommodation was nothing short of incredible and the Manor House was perfect for our party of nine.  Each room was tastefully decorated with gorgeous bed linens and wood panelling.  Every meal is a dining experience. The table is always beautifully set with napkins folded to look like flamingos and bouquets of brightly coloured flowers. The chefs prepare the most delicious meals, with all the vegetables grown in gardens on the property.  Bernard, our wildlife guide, was a walking encyclopaedia – the man knows everything about the birds, animals, and the flora and fauna at Hippo Point.  He also has a smile so big it can make your day go from good to great!  We were lucky enough to see two very stealthy leopards!  We cannot sing the staff’s praises loud enough. They were so attentive to detail and such gracious people. Thank you to Hippo Point for an unforgettable vacation of a lifetime!”

Mary F, USA

“Just a fantastic place to unwind and enjoy the closeness to nature, but in luxury. The attention to detail, both in the design of the place and in the service cannot be emphasized enough. Hippo Point is Kenya’s answer to the Garden of Eden. I can’t wait to return!”

CJ, Nairobi

Exclusive-use stays at Hippo Point Manor House

  • Ksh 21,500 per resident adult per night
  • Children 5-12 – Ksh 11,500 per resident child per night
  • Children up to 4 years old stay free
  • Minimum stay – 6 adults for 2 nights

Christmas and New Year

  • Ksh 30,000 per resident adult per night
  • Children 5-12 – Ksh 16,000 per night
  • Children up to 4 years stay free
  • Minimum stay – 10 adults for 3 nights

Included in your stay

  • Exclusive use of Manor House and Conservancy
  • Full board accommodation
  • Conservancy fees
  • Guided bush walks
  • One guided game drive per day on the conservancy
  • Additional game drive available at additional cost
  • Swimming pool and pool house
  • Bird watching
  • Sundowner drinks set-up
  • Guests may bring their own alcoholic drinks, with no corkage fee

Available at additional cost and with prior notice

  • Beauty treatments
  • Massage
  • Boat rides
  • ‘Check-in’ 3pm, ‘Check-out’  10am

These rates, terms & conditions are for resident guests – please contact us for non-resident rates

Please contact us to make a booking

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The owners require all adult guests to sign an indemnity form on arrival

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