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Review: Sanctuary Farm

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

Former Polo Ground

Club House

Club House

Club House Outdoor Seating

Club House Outdoor Seating

Upstairs at the clubhouse, looking out

Upstairs at the clubhouse, looking out

Club house interior

Inside the upstairs

Upstairs patio of the club house

Club house outside patio

Hippo Sculpture

Hippo Sculpture

Giraffe in the background

Giraffes in the background

Pool Area

Next I’m bringing my bathing suit!

Entrance to the Stable Rooms

Entrance to the Stable Rooms

Interior Courtyard

Interior area of the stables

Maddie and Oreo by our patio

Maddie and Oreo by our patio

Looking from the bed in our room

Looking from the bed in our room

Looking toward the bed from our room

Looking toward the bed from our room

Looking toward the glass doors

Looking toward the glass doors

We brought one of our Shuka Duka beds

We brought one of our Shuka Duka beds

Bathroom

Bathroom

Another bathroom view

Another bathroom view

Kitchen for those who wish to self cater

Kitchen area

Nice kitchen set up

Nice kitchen set up!

Lounge area

Lounge area

Cozy fireplace

Cozy fireplace

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

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

Hippos come up from the lake

Oreo and Maddie on leash

Oreo and Maddie on leash, looking at zebra

J keeping the cookies on leash

J. keeps the Cookies on leash

Oreo sees something she is not allowed to chase

Oreo looking at something she’s not allowed to chase

Oreo and Maddie hanging out the patio day bed

Oreo and Maddie hanging out the patio day bed

If you’re interested in Sanctuary Farm:

t: +254 (0)722 761 940

e: info@sanctuaryfarmkenya.com

 

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