All posts tagged: lodges

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: Olerai House

This past Easter we spent the four-day weekend at Olerai House in Navaisha. We had a fantastic time. You can read about it and see the video in my last two posts. It was a truly unique experience. The best part, for me, was the set up. There isn’t a big common area, but each room is spacious with lots of sitting and lounging space should the rains take you inside. Lucky for us, it was clear and we got to hang around in the many cushioned lounge areas set up outside. You can sit or lie down and just watch the animals walk by you—literally right by you. The zebra were constant companions, coming quite close. We also had giraffe strolling along. In the distance we could see waterbuck, gazelle, buffalo, and baboons. Some hippos came up toward the evening. (The staff keeps you safe so no worry about charging hippos. Also, they constantly clean up so no worry about zebra poops….zebras do like to poop. I’m happy to say that while I watched …

Chui Lodge Part Two

The first time we did a hike at Hell’s Gate we stayed at the Chui Lodge. It was amazing. We decided to stay there again on second hike at Hell’s Gate. Sadly, I must report that Chui has gone downhill, and in only six months. Chui is a luxury lodge and the price is reflective of that. When we went before, you got your money’s worth. You were pampered, the grounds were amazing, the service was excellent, the food was excellent, and there were all these little touches that really made the experience special. Things have changed. The price is the same, but it no longer is inclusive of drinks. The grounds are still amazing. The rooms are still great. But a lot of the little things are missing, for example there are no longer fresh flowers in the room and the hairdryer didn’t work. Also, they got bills mixed up when it was time to check out (there are only eight rooms). Another weird thing, they ran out of bottled water. We asked for …