“A magical retreat – staying here was an almost spiritual experience. The view of the hills and Rift Valley is awe-inspiring, while the service was impeccable. It was a trip I will never forget.”

TM, New York

“Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m so glad I was given the chance to stay at this place. The surroundings, the tents, the personnel, the meals, everything just fitted perfectly. It was more than inspiring and a place, with its animals and people, I will never forget.”

JG, Switzerland

“I never expected such a place existed in Kenya. Ol Ari Nyiro Conservancy proved itself a place like no other. Imagine having over 90,000 acres to yourself with no crowds of tourists, just peace and serenity. My friends and I chose to celebrate our birthdays by visiting this place and we are so glad that we did. The team was impeccable – with Ali’s great knowledge of flora and fauna, Fred’s warm hospitality, Mwangi’s addictive meals and John our guide during the bush walks. This is a special place to visit and when you do, leave all your jaded expectations behind and be open to absorbing all its magical wonders.”

Jack, Nairobi

  • A highly recommended tented lodge in a spectacular and unspoilt location
  • The inspired creation of Kuki Gallmann – author of ‘I dreamed of Africa’
  • Set within the 90,000 beautiful wilderness acres of the Ol Ariyo Niro Conservancy
  • Game drives, bush and forest walks, wellness and adventurous activities
  • Swimming pool, huge living and dining ‘mess’ furnished with antique and curiosities
  • Accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 stylish, spacious ensuite tents
  • Standard adult resident ‘full board’ rate including game drives – Ksh 16,000

Makena’s Hills is situated in the southern half of the 90,000-acre Ol Ari Nyiro Conservancy close to the border between Laikipia County and Baringo County. The lodge sits at an altitude of 7000 feet on the highest point of Kurumakini Hill. The surrounding hills are perfect for long walks and the nearby Englesha Forest is thick with ancient cedars and huge acacias, brimming with wildlife including colobus monkeys and elusive melanistic leopards, many rare birds and endemic insects

The Conservancy owes its extraordinary biodiversity to its unique topography, which traverses several different undisturbed ecosystems, and to conservation efforts spanning more than a generation. The terrain varies from the wooded slopes of the forest, through olive groves and savannah and deep into the tropical Mukutan Gorge. Dotted with Paleolithic and Neolithic sites, the Conservancy is also a refuge to large numbers of elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, numerous other large mammal species and 478 bird species, including over 40 that are on the IUCN Endangered ‘Red List’. Home to the Gallmann Memorial Foundation, dedicated to the coexistence of people and nature, the Conservancy hosts a variety of innovative community and conservation projects.

The Lodge is around 5 hours’ drive from Nairobi via Gilgil, Nyahururu and Kinamba. Charter flights can land at the conservancy’s private Englesha airstrip.  There are daily scheduled flights to Loisaba Airstrip on Safarilink and Mugie Airstrip on Governor’s Aviation.

“A magical retreat – staying here was an almost spiritual experience. The view of the hills and Rift Valley is awe-inspiring, while the service was impeccable. It was a trip I will never forget.”

TM, New York

“Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m so glad I was given the chance to stay at this place. The surroundings, the tents, the personnel, the meals, everything just fitted perfectly. It was more than inspiring and a place, with its animals and people, I will never forget.”

JG, Switzerland

“I never expected such a place existed in Kenya. Ol Ari Nyiro Conservancy proved itself a place like no other. Imagine having over 90,000 acres to yourself with no crowds of tourists, just peace and serenity. My friends and I chose to celebrate our birthdays by visiting this place and we are so glad that we did. The team was impeccable – with Ali’s great knowledge of flora and fauna, Fred’s warm hospitality, Mwangi’s addictive meals and John our guide during the bush walks. This is a special place to visit and when you do, leave all your jaded expectations behind and be open to absorbing all its magical wonders.”

Jack, Nairobi

Accommodation rates per night

  • Resident Adult sharing – Ksh 16,000
  • Resident Adult single – Ksh 18,500
  • Resident Child 6-12 – Ksh 7,000
  • Resident Child 2-4 – Ksh 4,000
  • Resident Infant under 2 – Free

Rates are on a full-board basis including meals, drinking water and juice but excluding alcoholic drinks & sodas, and include game drives in safari vehicle and services of driver/guide. Also included are accompanied nature walks, sundowners, fishing and children’s bush school activities.

Available at additional cost – community cultural visit, mountain biking, paddle boarding, bush banquet, driver/guide accommodation, child care, yoga & massage.

Minimum stay – 2 nights

Please contact us for rates, terms & conditions for Christmas and New Year

Conservation Fees

  • Resident Adult – Ksh 1,500
  • Resident Children 6-12 – Ksh 800
  • Resident Children under 6 – Free

Conservancy fee rates are per 24-hour period

These rates and conservancy fees are for resident guests – please contact us for non-resident rates

These rates, terms and conditions are valid for stays up until 31st December 2020

Please contact us to make a booking

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

Availability Calendar

Please click through and refresh the calendar in order to see the most up-to-date availabilities

Previous Month
  • M
  • T
  • W
  • T
  • F
  • S
  • S
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
Loading
October 2020Next Month
  • M
  • T
  • W
  • T
  • F
  • S
  • S
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
Loading

Available

Booked