“What an astonishing place! It’s a secret treasure and altogether lovely.”

DP, Canada

Lolldaiga House is a much-loved private home discreetly tucked away amid the dramatic scenery of the Lolldaiga Hills. From its lofty ridgetop setting it looks out across the conservancy and ranch towards the mountainous Northern Frontier District. Authentic, expansive and built with thick straw-bale walls, it is furnished and decorated with charm and elegance, with lovely bespoke furniture and a collection of paintings and photographs by some of Kenya’s most talented artists.

If you’re looking for a safari adventure, a rest, a new perspective, or a fun and carefree holiday with family or friends in wonderful surroundings both inside and out, then this is the ideal spot. With a vast and comfortable drawing room, a well-stocked wood-panelled library and television room, an inviting heated infinity pool and deep verandas with easy chairs, sofas and swinging beds, there are plenty of spaces in which to recline and relax.

The house has six spacious bedrooms – two in the main house and two in each of the adjacent guest cottages – and all have huge and beautifully appointed ensuite bathrooms. Each bedroom opens up through wide French windows to tremendous views of mountains and bush from wrap-around verandas. Breakfasts and lunches are usually taken out here on the terrace overlooking the gardens and swimming pool, and dinner in the rather more formal setting of the beautiful high-ceilinged dining room, complete with enormous fireplace.

An attentive yet discreet team of staff are on hand to ensure that each stay here is an escape from the demanding whir and buzz of everyday life. Guests can spend long and peaceful days doing exactly as they please, secluded and undisturbed. And while the opportunities to kick back and take it easy are many and tempting, so too are the opportunities to explore and experience this beautiful and rugged corner of Kenya and its extensive fauna and fauna.

“Thank you so much for a magical stay. It was perfect in every way. The house is wonderful, the staff a delight and the landscape and its inhabitants breathtaking.”

CP, UK

The Lolldaigas consist of 49,000 varied, dramatic and uncrowded acres just 30 kilometres northwest of Mount Kenya, with the main gate just 40 minutes outside Nanyuki. A well-managed combination of commercial livestock ranching and wildlife conservation, they are home to a very wide variety of wild animals and birds, as well as 4,500 head of cattle, sheep and camels. Despite their relative proximity to the more populated and widely visited areas of Laikipia, the Lolldaigas feel remote, untouched and firmly ‘off the beaten track’.

Ranging in altitude from 1700 to 2300 metres, the Lolldaiga Range is an ancient land form, comprising of a series of magnificent high folding hills, cedar forests and steep wooded valleys, interspersed with open grassland and bush. A well-documented series of archaeological finds, cave paintings and burial mounds show that the area was home to early mankind several thousand years ago. Over the last five centuries the region has been inhabited by the nomadic Laikipia Maasai, from whose language the name “Lolldaiga” comes, “Daiga” meaning braid.

The Lolldaigas are home to an array of animals, including large herds of Elephant and Buffalo, together with Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Oryx, Eland, Grevy’s Zebra and Wild Dog among many other species. With such varied topography, landscapes and habitats, the conservancy’s roads range across hilltops, up and down steep valleys, around dams, and across open plains, ensuring that game drives and excursions are always diverse, scenic and rewarding.

Enjoy an early morning outing to see the sun rise over the ranch followed by a delectable bush breakfast, or an afternoon drive ending with well-earned sundowner drinks. Exploring the bush on foot is highly rewarding too – knowledgeable armed guides will lead guests around the area, sharing their expert understanding of the landscape and wildlife. Several big dams offer excellent bird viewing and an old wooden hide on the edge of one dam allows the viewing of wildlife at very close quarters.

“How very lucky we are – this really has been the most incredible and spoiling week. I don’t think any holiday will ever top it. Thank you for the most amazing hospitality.”

SH, UK

  • A lovely and luxurious new family home built in traditional ‘settler style’
  • Sprawling, stylish, comfortable and welcoming accommodation
  • A really undisturbed and away-from-it-all bush location
  • 18-metre heated infinity pool and dramatic vistas
  • Explore the 49,000 magnificent acres of the Lolldaigas by vehicle or on foot
  • Enjoy diverse landscapes and a wealth and variety of animal and bird life
  • A super team of staff and delicious full-board tariff
  • Accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 double ensuite bedrooms
  • Exclusive-use, full-board stays from $2,120 per night for up to 12 guests

Laikipia

Mount-Kenya

Laikipia

Situated to the North West of Mount Kenya, the Laikipia plateau is one of Africa’s most exciting and exclusive wilderness safari destinations – combining abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery, extraordinary cultural and bio-diversity, some of East Africa’s most successful nature and game conservancies – and a complete absence of package tourism.

The ‘Laikipia experience’ comes largely free of the constraints that often apply in Kenya’s national parks and reserves. Activities such as night game drives, nature walks, bike tours, horse-riding and camel treks – prohibited in most parks – are just some the exhilarating pursuits on hand in the extensive private reserves and game conservancies that make up much of the region.

Game drive, Lolldaiga Hills

Lolldaiga Hills

Laikipia hosts a wealth and diversity of wildlife – second only to the Masai Mara in Kenya. It has significant populations of predators and also the “Big Five”, with over 50% of Kenya’s black and white rhinos, thousands of elephants, about 25% of the world’s Grevy’s Zebras, and an increasing population of rare Wild Dogs. The region is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in East Africa. For more information on the flora and fauna and conservation of the region please visit the website of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum www.laikipia.org.

Rhinos Laikipia

Laikipia Rhinos

Nanyuki

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Nanyuki

The gateway to Laikipia and Kenya’s northern territories, the busy market town of Nanyuki was founded in 1907 and still retains a distinctly old-fashioned charm. Nanyuki sits at 1,950 metres above sea level – making it one of the 15 highest towns in Africa – and the Equator runs across the main road just to the South of the town.

Nanyuki Equator

Nanyuki Equator

These days Nanyuki is home to the Kenyan Air Force and to the British Army in Kenya, and there are several good places to visit, shop and eat in the town such as Le Rustique and Nanyuki Sports Club. Just south of town is Soames Hotel & Jack’s Bar and at Nanyuki Airport you will find the popular Barney’s restaurant. A little further afield are the Trout Tree Restaurant in Naro Moro.

Barney's

Barney’s Restaurant

The Lolldaiga Hills are 20 miles north west of Mount Kenya in south eastern Laikipia. The drive takes around 4 hours from Nairobi via Nanyuki. The entrance to the conservancy is 40 minutes from Nanyuki and Lolldaiga House is 30 minutes from there. We can supply guests with a map and directions.

“What an astonishing place! It’s a secret treasure and altogether lovely.”

DP, Canada

“Thank you so much for a magical stay. It was perfect in every way. The house is wonderful, the staff a delight and the landscape and its inhabitants breathtaking.”

CP, UK

“How very lucky we are – this really has been the most incredible and spoiling week. I don’t think any holiday will ever top it. Thank you for the most amazing hospitality.”

SH, UK

Exclusive-use stays at Lolldaiga House

  • Minimum stay – 2 nights
  • Minimum stay over Christmas & New Year – 5 nights
  • Maximum occupancy – 12 resident guests

Standard season – 15th January – 31st May, 1st September – 15th December

  • $2,120 per night

High Season – 1st June – 31st August, 16th December – 14th January

  • $3,175 per night

Conservation fees

  • Ksh 2,000 per person per day (24-hour period)

Included in your stay

  • Exclusive use of the house, grounds and facilities
  • Full board accommodation
  • Guide services
  • Walking with armed ranger
  • Sundowner excursions
  • Laundry & WiFi

Available at additional cost

Safari vehicle(s) and driver(s) – $250 per day for large vehicle seating 7-8, $200 for smaller vehicle seating 4
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – available with service charge – or guests can bring their own drinks with no corkage fee
Driver and ayah accommodation available at $30 per night
Check-in from 3pm and Check-out by 10 am

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

These rates, terms and conditions are valid for stays up until 15th January 2022

Please contact us to make a booking

Please familiarise yourself with all our terms & conditions when making a booking

The owners require all adult guests to sign an indemnity form on arrival at house and conservancy

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