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Saruni Samburu

Review: Saruni Lodge

Soon after we arrived in Kenya, we started to hear about the Saruni Samburu and how great it is. It took three years and second trip up to Samburu (we stayed at the Ashnil last time), but we finally got up there. In fact, the second trip to Samburu was all about experiencing the Saruni. Samburu is awesome, but the Saruni can easily be a destination in itself. In my prior post I mentioned the drive up. You can fly, but five hours of mostly easy driving from Nairobi makes this more of a driving type of trip. Given that the Saruni is pricey, you might want to drive to save the money and put it toward your stay. That said, although it’s pricey, it’s worth it. You more than get your money’s worth. The service is excellent. You are really pampered, yet never hovered over. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly, and then when they showed us our villa we got an apology. They didn’t know our favorite drinks and so they could …

Review: Malu Cottages

J.’s sister came to visit a few weeks ago and for part of her stay, the five of us went up to Malu Cottages in Naivasha. Overall, it was really great. We stayed in one of the family villas. It had two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with two single beds. Each bedroom was en suite. It also had a sizable common sitting room area, complete with fireplace. It was perfect for us! The beds were comfortable. Linens were nice. The views were great. We could even see Mt. Longonot in the distance. The service there was excellent. The food was absolutely amazing. It’s all a la carte and they are great with catering to any food allergies. We loved it! There was just one problem…and it’s us, not them. Malu is very much a working farm. Horses, cows, donkeys, and other animals roam around grazing. I loved it (expect that it freaked out Oreo and Maddie, but they could adjust). J. however is very, VERY allergic to horses. So, having the horses …

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. 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 …

Review: Mbweha Camp

For our Christmas holiday we chose to stay at the Mbweha Camp. The camp borders against Lake Nakuru National Park, so you are right by the park but not in it (read: park fees only for when you go to the park). We liked that it was outside of the park because we only wanted to do a game drive one day. We opted to do that on Christmas Eve during the day. We went with one of the drivers from the camp and had a wonderful time. More on that in a later post. Christmas day we went for a guided bike ride around the Soysambu Conservancy, where the camp is located. The mountain bikes were in pretty good condition and our guide was a professional cyclist. It was a great way to spend Christmas morning. If you want to do things other than a game drive, I really recommend staying at Mwbeha. They can accommodate a ton of activities in or out of the park. The camp itself is a small camp with handful …