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.