“We spent two nights here as a family of five and could not have had a nicer time – giraffes wander amiably past the breakfast table lovingly laid out by the charming staff under a giant acacia tree full of Colobus monkeys. Sundowners by the firepit, absolutely delicious food including home-made muffins, charming decor and all home comforts. A boat trip with a Naivasha ornithologist to visit the hippos, pelicans and fish eagles was the icing on the cake – in fact it was a birthday cake that Oria kindly arranged as part of our boat picnic as a surprise for my daughter. Would go back in a heartbeat.”

Ileana, London

“One of the best experiences ever – Olerai is like a little, secluded paradise in the middle of Kenya. The nature is incredible. The moment we walked in around mid-day, our lunch was set up with countless zebras walking around our table. The food was breath-taking, fresh and super delicious, straight out of their own garden. The people are super friendly – trying to make your stay as pleasant as possible. We managed to take exceptional long walks among all sorts of animals. We even did a short night time tour among hyenas and hippos – it was a surreal experience. I can’t wait to come back to this place again with my family. My two only disappointments were – 1. that we didn’t get to meet the owners, as they were in Nairobi. I heard so many good things about them and they seem to be lovely people, and 2 – that we only got to stay for one night – I could easily see myself staying there for a long time as it is such a beautiful, relaxing place.”

Kemal, Nairobi

“We have been to Olerai for the third time in one year and it is really our favourite place in Naivasha. The quietness, the beautiful gardens, the friendly staff and the great food – it is like paradise. Last night, sitting at the campfire, we saw buffalos and hippos a very short distance away – amazing. Thanks – we will be back.”

The Otto family

  • Charming, rustic-chic accommodation in the former Olerai farmhouse and cottages
  • Just 6 bright and comfortable ensuite bedrooms – plus cosy drawing room and dining rooms
  • Filled with history and character – home to the Rocco and Douglas-Hamilton families for more than 90 years
  • A warm traditional welcome and excellent flavoursome cooking from the farm’s organic gardens
  • The Olerai Sanctuary is home to a huge wealth and variety of animal and birdlife.
  • Set in 300 green acres filled with towering fig and acacia trees. Use of the swimming pool at nearby Scirocco House
  • Standard rate – Ksh 18,500 per resident adult per night ‘full board’
Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot

Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot

Lake Naivasha sits at the highest elevation of the Kenyan Rift valley at 1,884 metres (6,181 ft) and around 90km north west of Nairobi. 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

Olerai Sanctuary sits on the north western shore of Lake Naivasha around 120 kilometres north or Nairobi and guests should allow around 2 hours to drive there from Nairobi. The property is located approx. 20 kms from the A104, the main Nairobi-Naivasha-Nakura road, is and accessed along Moi North Lake Road, which is good quality tarmac until just before the property. A 4×4 vehicle is not necessary.

By Air

There are often daily scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the nearby Loldia airstrip with Safarilink. The flight takes less than 30 minutes and also connects with the Masai Mara.

www.flysafarilink.com

“We spent two nights here as a family of five and could not have had a nicer time – giraffes wander amiably past the breakfast table lovingly laid out by the charming staff under a giant acacia tree full of Colobus monkeys. Sundowners by the firepit, absolutely delicious food including home-made muffins, charming decor and all home comforts. A boat trip with a Naivasha ornithologist to visit the hippos, pelicans and fish eagles was the icing on the cake – in fact it was a birthday cake that Oria kindly arranged as part of our boat picnic as a surprise for my daughter. Would go back in a heartbeat.”  

Ileana, London

“One of the best experiences ever – Olerai is like a little, secluded paradise in the middle of Kenya. The nature is incredible. The moment we walked in around mid-day, our lunch was set up with countless zebras walking around our table. The food was breath-taking, fresh and super delicious, straight out of their own garden. The people are super friendly – trying to make your stay as pleasant as possible. We managed to take exceptional long walks among all sorts of animals. We even did a short night time tour among hyenas and hippos – it was a surreal experience. I can’t wait to come back to this place again with my family.  My two only disappointments were – 1. that we didn’t get to meet the owners, as they were in Nairobi. I heard so many good things about them and they seem to be lovely people, and 2 – that we only got to stay for one night – I could easily see myself staying there for a long time as it is such a beautiful, relaxing place.”

Kemal, Nairobi

“We have been to Olerai for the third time in one year and it is really our favourite place in Naivasha. The quietness, the beautiful gardens, the friendly staff and the great food – it is like paradise.  Last night, sitting at the campfire, we saw buffalos and hippos a very short distance away – amazing.  Thanks – we will be back.”

The Otto family

Standard rate – Ksh 18,500 per resident adult per night ‘full board’

Children 4-13 years old are charged 50% of the adult rate

Infants 3 years old and younger stay free of charge

Rates are on a full-board basis including all meals

Conservancy fees – Ksh 1,500 per resident adult per night, ksh 750 per child, free for infants

Check in – 11 am Check out – 10 am

These rates are for East African residents – please contact us for non-resident rates

Please contact us for rates over the Christmas and New Year period

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