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Loldia House

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At Loldia you’ll experience the life of Kenya’s early settlers, the pioneers who cleared the forests and first farmed the rich highlands. Loldia ranch was established by a family who trekked by ox-wagon from South Africa a century ago. Today their descendants still own the land. The original farmhouse is managed for visitors by Governors’ Camps. It’s an ideal spot to relax, taste the pleasures of Kenyan country life and explore the Great Rift Valley.

Loldia House, built in the Second World War, nestles under ancient Acacia trees. Lush lawns run down to the shores of Lake Naivasha, the Great Rift Valley’s highest and purest lake. Indigenous plants and flowers fill the gardens.

There are beautiful views of the dormant volcano, Mount Longonot. Wild animals roam free on the farm. Small antelope wander through the gardens. In the evenings hippo munch quietly by the waterside.

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The original character of the house was kept: comfy chairs surround a huge fireplace; paintings by an artist who lives on the farm hang on the walls; a deep and shady veranda to relax on and sunbeds in the garden. In the main house there’s a choice of four en-suite double rooms, with original furniture. And three more rooms in the specially-built Loldia cottage which has it’s own sitting-room, fire and panoramic lake-views.

Mouth-watering meals, with fish and shrimp from the lake, are served under the trees or in the old dining room. Britain’s Country Life Magazine even described Loldia’s manager as “probably the best butler in the world”.

Kiangazi House

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Kiangazi meaning ‘hot and dry season’ is a beautiful country house situated on a hill set amongst delightful lush gardens and rolling lawns with unsurpassed scenery of Lake Naivasha and the Great Rift Valley. Kiangazi House lies in the Wildlife corridor adjacent to the private 20,000 acre Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary complete with a fascinating diversity of wildlife including White Rhino, Leopard, Cheetah, Buffalo, Giraffe, Grevy Zebra, Oryx and many species of antelope.

Naivasha and the colonial homesteads around the lake were made famous in the decadent 1920’s by Lord Errol and his bohemian friends. The fabled Djinn Palace on the lake shore is a historical reminder of this era and is now the home of the Zwager family, owners of the Oserian Group of which Kiangazi House is a part. Breathtaking views from the verandah have changed little from those bygone days and with inviting waterholes below the main house it’s possible to view a procession of thirsty big game at close quarters.

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Built in the old traditional style of local stone & timber, Kiangazi House has three double bedrooms within the main house and two additional double bedrooms just beyond the swimming pool, all en-suite. Luxurious features like four-poster beds, romantic turndowns and freshly cut roses, all enhance the personal touch. Within the house, private lounges, a bar and library all with fireplaces are the perfect places to curl up on a couch with a glass of exquisite wine.

The restaurant offers the highest standards of services and of course delicious international cuisine. Spectacular sundowners across the Rift escarpments can be organized and early morning bush breakfasts in the lakeside forests often give guests the chance to view the ubiquitous wildlife that abounds in this dramatic area.

With so much space and privacy, time here moves slowly and one can immerse oneself in the African bush without disturbance. However, you can also partake in a multitude of activities such as day & night game drives, guided bush walks along the lakeshore, tennis, horse riding, or boat trips on the hippo filled Lake. Alternatively and very close to the House it’s possible to visit the Oserian Flower farm, where roses and carnations to name but a few, are exported in their millions to international markets.

Deloraine House

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Built in 1920 by Lord Francis Scott, a prominent early settler, this has to be one of the grandest examples of colonial architecture in the country which is a unique hosted property with half of Kenya’s history bottled up in it! Set in the middle of the 5000 acre commercial farm at 6000 ft. on the lower slopes of Londiani Mountain, it has a forest and bamboo shrouded volcano, on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley. The house is run by Tristan and Cindy Voorspuy who are well known for their Offbeat riding safaris. Deloraine is their home and base for their safaris.

There are 3 large double rooms with their own bathrooms in the main house with 2 extra rooms for families that have to share bathrooms. There are also 3 double rooms with their own bathrooms in the cottage adjacent to the house. All meals are taken in the dining room and guests are expected to be part of the family in a house party atmosphere. There are children and dogs in the family too. The gardens are magnificent, boasting a croquet lawn, tennis court and swimming pool. There are eighty horses on the farm and although some are used for safaris, there always plenty of polo ponies to ride – the farm and the mountain providing more than adequate countryside to explore.

Deloraine is situated on the western side of the Rift Valley at Rongai, ten minutes off the main Nakuru-Kericho road, and is ideally situated for safaris coming from the east of the Rift Valley on their way to the Masai Mara. Lakes Nakuru, Bogoria and Baringo are within easy reach and a day spent on the farm is never wasted. One, two or three night stays are recommended as it is a unique experience to sample a bit of colonial history during a safari to East Africa. Many British Royalty have stayed, including the Queen Mother and the Duchess of York, when a young bride. And indeed, Lord Scott’s niece Alice married the Duke of Gloucester, grandson of King George V.

During you’re your time at Deloraine we highly recommend you take a half or full day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park which covers an area of 188 km2 and is world famous for its spectacular flamingos. The park also has rhinos.

Chui Lodge

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Chui Lodge is situated just above the shores of Lake Naivasha within the Great Rift Valley –one of the true Natural Wonders of the World-, set in the privately owned 20.000 acre Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary overlooking a waterhole with the dramatic Mau Escarpment as a back drop. The Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary plays host to a diverse number of mammalian & avian species including White Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo, Giraffe, Cheetah, Grevy Zebra, Oryx and a large number of plains game.

Chui Lodge was built in 1998 by Hans and June Zwager and is now still owned and cared for by the family, who live at the stunning Djinn Palace nearby. History runs through this area from the days of the early settlers and from within the Moorish domes and castellations of the Palace came a family commited to supporting wildlife and conservation in the area.

There are eight individual well-spaced luxurious cottages, each with an en-suite bathroom and delightful verandah with views of the Sanctuary and the Rift escarpment stretching into the horizon. Magnificent four-poster olive wood king-sized beds, roaring log fires, artistically decorated windows and handcrafted furniture ensure the essential touch of luxury.

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The dining room, lounge and bar area is simply unique and features pillars and murals with intricate African carvings, African antiques and ochre-coloured earth walls creating the feel of an artist’s gallery. Meals can be taken outside (weather permitting) within the grounds of the lodge and menus feature an array of international cuisine. Often bush breakfasts and sundowners are a Sanctuary or lake shore affair since the day’s timetable for guests is completely flexible.

A short walk from the main building is the delightful heated swimming pool with great views of a variety of wildlife visiting the waterhole and the Escarpment. Chui Lodge boasts a wealth of activities. Professional local guides will tailor the daily activities to guest’s wishes and interests to include day & night game drives, guided bush walks, boat trips on the Lake filled with hippo’s, horse riding or a visit to the Oserian Flower Farm, one of the largest growers and producers of ‘cut flowers’ in the world! Here nearly every colour, hue, scent and size of rose is carefully and environmentally nurtured for export to international markets.