The Lolldaiga Farmhouse, Lolldaiga Hills, Laikipia
A really characterful and comfortable place to stay well away from the busier tourist trails, the Lolldaiga Farmhouse sits within perhaps Kenya’s most beautiful wildlife conservancy and livestock ranch. Enjoy magnificent landscapes and excellent game viewing at this traditional and welcoming private retreat.
Once the home of the ranch manager, the Lolldaiga Farmhouse was built to last more than fifty years ago and has changed very little in succeeding decades. Constructed out of locally-harvested cedar logs and topped with a ‘mabati’ tin roof, its rooms are spacious with rustic wooden panelling and lofty ceilings. A house of integrity, charm and calm, it sits tucked away on a high wooded ridge in the centre of the Lolldaiga ranch and conservancy.
Simply but comfortably furnished and equipped, there are three ensuite double bedrooms, and one twin bedroom with a shower and a lavatory. Two bedrooms are in the main house and two in separate but adjacent cottages. The spacious central living and dining room has a brick fireplace and plenty of relaxing sofas and armchairs, and the adjoining veranda and gardens enjoy incredible south-facing views across the conservancy and down the valley to Mount Kenya.
The Lolldaigas consist of 49,000 varied, dramatic and uncrowded acres just 20 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, it is home to a very wide variety of wild animals and birds, as well as 4,500 head of cattle, sheep and camels. Despite its 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.
The Lolldaigas are also home to a vast array of flora and fauna, 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.
- A hidden gem of a house in a beautiful, out-of-the-way location
- Remote, rustic, relaxing and highly recommended
- Breath-taking scenery and spectacular views of Mount Kenya
- Exceptional ‘self-drive’ game viewing in diverse landscapes and habitats
- Accommodates up to 10 guests in 4 spacious bedrooms
- ‘Self-catering’ stays from ksh 37,500 per night for up to 8 guests
- Three double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
- (2 with baths and one with shower)
- One twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom (shower)
- Two bedrooms have an extra divan bed
- Large central living and dining room with fireplace
- Veranda with panoramic Mount Kenya views
- Garden with children’s playhouse and treehouse
- Electric fence around garden
- Solar-powered electricity
- Hot water from ‘kuni boosters’
- 3 house staff, including a good cook
- Bed linen provided
- 7 hot water bottles
- Towels, soap and lavatory rolls supplied
- Free laundry (not ladies’ underwear)
- Fully self-catering – please bring all ingredients for meals, together with drinks, drinking water, tea, coffee and milk
- Kitchen equipped with solar-powered fridge/freezer, gas stove (gas provided), all cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, glasses and one cafetiere (4 cup)
- No filtered water – please bring all drinking water
- Barbeque and firewood (not charcoal) provided
- No WIFI
- Telkom/Orange is the best cell phone network provider – Safaricom and Airtel coverage can be patchy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to get there
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 Farmhouse is 30 minutes from the main gate of the conservancy and we can supply guests with a map and directions.
“The Farm House is so special with beautiful scenery and countryside. It’s such an amazing place to stay – please keep it just as it is!”
“We enjoyed such marvellous landscapes and our stay at this very nice and peaceful house with friendly staff – keep it up!”
“The Lolldaiga Farmhouse is a wonderful place with gorgeous scenery and great hospitality – we will be back.”
Resident guests – ksh 37,500 per night for up to 8 guests
Non-resident guests – $375 per night for up to 8 guests
Additional resident guests – ksh 2,500 per person per night
Additional non-resident guests – $25 per person per night
Maximum occupancy – 10 guests
Resident Conservation fees
Ksh 2,000 per adult per day
Ksh 1,000 per child per day (5-15 years)
Non-resident Conservation Fees
$80 per adult per day
$40 per child per day (5-15 yrs)
Ranger/guide – Ksh 2000 per day – this service must be pre-booked and paid for with the conservancy office
Minimum stay – 2 nights
Minimum stay over Christmas, New Year and Easter – 3 nights
‘Check in’ 2pm, ‘check out’ 10am
No pets allowed
All bookings are made on a ‘self-catering’ basis including the services of cook and housekeeper. Guests must bring all their food and drink and water with them.
Guests are required to sign a disclaimer form on arrival at the conservancy and to adhere to the Lolldaiga Hills code of conduct
Please note that all bookings are made on the understanding that the British Army makes occasional use of the conservancy for training exercises, during which the conservancy is closed to all visitors. Notice is usually given well in advance of any such closures. Under such circumstances a full refund will be given for any confirmed booking which needs to be cancelled as a consequence. Neither the conservancy nor the agent will not be responsible for any other costs incurred.
These rates, terms & conditions apply until 31st December 2021
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