“Thank you for the most delightful stay and such magical moments. Witnessing three elephant families walking gracefully towards the forest in the golden dusk, a morning walking safari with such an abundance of wildlife and birdsong, and having the place all to ourselves. The seclusion and privacy of the sanctuary is incredibly special.”

Kimana Sanctuary is special. It is the central part of a crucial corridor that links Amboseli National Park with the Chyulu Hills and Tsavo protected areas, providing animals with a route through the narrowest part of the space between two settled areas. It hosts majestic bull elephants and family herds as they undertake their seasonal journeys and is a permanent home to a remarkable diversity of woodland and savannah species.

For visitors, it is a wonderful place to observe peaceful and relaxed animals in a beautiful environment. With Kilimanjaro to the south and the Chyulu Hills distantly to the north, the views are spectacular. Driving along the river you will be shaded by magnificent yellow fever trees, with grey-headed kingfishers darting along the banks and vervet monkeys keeping a watchful eye from the lower branches.

“Kimana Sanctuary and Kimana House are absolute gems of the Amboseli ecosystem. We were beyond thrilled to see large groups of elephant, ostrich, giraffe, eland, gazelle, reedbuck, zebra and more. We loved the resident warthog on the lawn of the house! Thank you to the whole team for an incredible stay and experience and to Big Life Foundation for protecting this very special place.”

Out on the open plains among the umbrella acacia trees you will find a profusion of plains game – including giraffe, zebra, gazelles, antelope, eland and a thriving population of warthogs – together with the occasional lion and cheetah.

The sanctuary is communally owned by the local Maasai people, who in 1996 had the vision to set aside this land as Kenya’s very first community conservancy. Tourism provides much needed revenue for local communities and is a critical incentive for preserving this important area of land.

The conservancy employs a team of 22 rangers who provide wildlife security throughout the sanctuary and work tirelessly to mitigate any conflict between wild animals and the neighbouring landowners, ensuring the safety of both people and wildlife.

“What a magical spot! Joshua, Jimmy and their team could not have done more for us. They made our stay perfect! The beauty and tranquility of the garden would have been enough – but the sanctuary was also just so beautiful and green and with so much healthy-looking game. The bird life was in abundance too. It was a very special four days. Thank you.”

  • A comfortable and welcoming private retreat in a unique bush location
  • The only accommodation in the 5,700-acre Kimana Sanctuary
  • Wonderful views of Mount Kilimanjaro and surroundings
  • Enjoy abundant and unlimited game viewing within the conservancy
  • Situated on an important elephant migration route
  • Just 45 minutes from Amboseli National Park
  • Accommodates up to 8 guests in four ensuite double/twin bedrooms
  • Rates from ksh 28,000 per night for up to 4 guests ‘self-catering’

Accommodation and Facilities

  • Two double bedrooms
  • One double or twin bedroom
  • One twin bedroom
  • All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms
  • Living and dining room with fireplace
  • Veranda with living area and dining table
  • Well-equipped kitchen with gas oven with 4 hobs
  • Makuti-thatched garden pergola
  • Drinking water filter provided (Unilever PureIt).
  • BBQ provided – BYO charcoal.
  • Large chest fridge and a small upright fridge/freezer.
  • Solar power system with inverter.
  • Water is heated by a combination of a wood-burning boiler and a solar water heater.
  • Travel cot and high-chair available on request.
  • Firewood provided.
  • 4×4 vehicles required.
  • There is a small wallowing pool in the river – pack swimsuits for hot days
  • No Wi-Fi – but a good Safaricom 3G network.

A community owned wildlife conservancy in the heart of the Amboseli ecosystem, Kimana Sanctuary is located 160 kilometres south of Nairobi, just to the South East of Amboseli National Park. Kimana’s varied terrain includes swamps, riverine forest, open bush and tortillis woodland and the conservancy is an important conduit between the larger wilderness areas and National Parks either side of it. At its narrowest, this wildlife corridor is only a few hundred metres wide, but is traversed by many of the world’s largest elephants. Kimana’s springs and watercourses are also a vital resource and habitat within the wider ecosystem.

Kimana is approximately 200 km by road from Nairobi – around 3.5 hours’ drive via Mombasa Road and Emali or via the less congested Kiseraian and Isinya route. Guests are supplied with detailed directions to the property.

The Kimana Gate to Amboseli National Park is approx. 30 km or 45 minutes’ drive from the house.

There is a private airstrip at the Sanctuary. Coordinates: 2º 44′ 55” S, 37º 31’31” E. Please give at least 24 hrs notice before landing and be careful of wildlife on the airstrip.

“Thank you for the most delightful stay and such magical moments. Witnessing three elephant families walking gracefully towards the forest in the golden dusk, a morning walking safari with such an abundance of wildlife and birdsong, and having the place all to ourselves. The seclusion and privacy of the sanctuary is incredibly special.”

“Kimana Sanctuary and Kimana House are absolute gems of the Amboseli ecosystem. We were beyond thrilled to see large groups of elephant, ostrich, giraffe, eland, gazelle, reedbuck, zebra and more. We loved the resident warthog on the lawn of the house! Thank you to the whole team for an incredible stay and experience and to Big Life Foundation for protecting this very special place.”

“What a magical spot! Joshua, Jimmy and their team could not have done more for us. They made our stay perfect! The beauty and tranquility of the garden would have been enough – but the sanctuary was also just so beautiful and green and with so much healthy-looking game. The bird life was in abundance too. It was a very special four days. Thank you.”

Accommodation Rates – until 31st October 2022

  • Self-drive
  • Self-catering with on-site manager and housekeeper
  • Ksh 28,000 per night for up to 4 guests
  • Ksh 36,000 per night for up to 5-6 guests
  • Ksh 42,000 per night for 7-8 guests
  • Minimum stay – 2 nights

Accommodation Rates – from 1st November 2022

  • Including the use of game drive vehicle and driver/guide
  • Self-catering with on-site manager and housekeeper
  • Ksh 47,500 per night for up to 4 guests
  • Ksh 53,500 per night for up to 5-6 guests
  • Ksh 59,500 per night for 7-8 guests
  • Minimum stay – 2 nights

Accommodation Rates – Christmas & New Year 2022-23 

Valid from 15th Dec 2022 to 3rd Jan 2023

  • Including 8-seater game drive vehicle and driver/guide
  • Self-catering with on-site manager/housekeeper
  • Ksh 53,500 per night for up to 4 guests
  • Ksh 59,500 per night for 5-6 guests
  • Ksh 65,500 per night for 7-8 guests
  • Minimum stay – 3 nights

Accommodation Rates – from 4th January 2023

  • Including the use of game drive vehicle and driver/guide
  • Self-catering with on-site manager and housekeeper
  • Ksh 55,500 per night for up to 4 guests
  • Ksh 61,500 per night for up to 5-6 guests
  • Ksh 67,500 per night for 7-8 guests
  • Minimum stay – 2 nights

A good chef is available for ksh 2,000 per day – payable directly at the property – please book his services in advance of your stay

Conservancy Fees

  • Kenyan citizens & residents – Ksh 1,200 per day
  • Citizen & resident children 6-18 – Ksh 600 per day
  • Non-residents – Ksh 3,000 per day
  • Non-resident children 6-18 – Ksh 1,500 per day
  • Children 5 years and younger – free of charge

Maximum occupancy – 8 guests

‘Check in’ from 12 noon, ‘Check out’ by 10 am

Access by 4-wheel drive vehicle only

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

These rates, terms and conditions are valid for stays up until 7th January 2023

Please contact us to make a booking

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