My in-laws came to visit in January. J. took them on the usual visitor’s tour of a jaunt to the Maasai Mara, the Giraffe Center, the Elephant Orphanage, etc. As a special treat, the whole family—dogs included—went up to Naivasha for stay at Sanctuary Farm.
Originally, the farm consisted of a polo ground, stables and a polo club house. Later, the property was allowed to go wild and the owners converted the club house into a restaurant and the stables into guest rooms. We chose to stay in the converted stable rooms at full board. You can also choose half-board and even a self catering option. There is also the option to camp on their grounds. (I prefer glamping. No camping for me, thank you.)
Here are pictures of our room, the main interior of the stables and the club house.
Former Polo Ground
Club House Outdoor Seating
Upstairs at the clubhouse, looking out
Inside the upstairs
Club house outside patio
Giraffes in the background
Next I’m bringing my bathing suit!
Entrance to the Stable Rooms
Interior area of the stables
Maddie and Oreo by our patio
Looking from the bed in our room
Looking toward the bed from our room
Looking toward the glass doors
We brought one of our Shuka Duka beds
Another bathroom view
Nice kitchen set up!
Service here is great. The food is so delicious. It was a really nice getaway from Nairobi. For my in-laws, it was a nice way to round out their visit with an easy trip that allowed them to relax and still see lots of animals. (Sanctuary Farm is very close to Crescent Island. J. and his dad took the boat ride and did the hike of the island.)
The grounds are absolutely lovely. Even in a dry season amid this long drought, there is green. The plants and trees are abundant. We were graced by zebra, impala, giraffe, and wildebeest roaming among us. There were also a fair number of birds, including my favorite: guinea fowl.
Zebra and Giraffe
Sanctuary Farm is dog friendly. You needs to tell them ahead of time when you make your reservation, but you can bring dogs. We brought Oreo and Maddie and they had a great time. While dogs are permitted to go off leash, we kept them on leash. Oreo really wanted to chase the zebras, which would not have been a good idea. Despite this set back, I think they still had a lot of fun. In fact, they asked to a guest post to give their review of the weekend.
Hippos come up from the lake
Oreo and Maddie on leash, looking at zebra
J. keeps the Cookies on leash
Oreo looking at something she’s not allowed to chase
Oreo and Maddie hanging out the patio day bed
If you’re interested in Sanctuary Farm:
t: +254 (0)722 761 940