Nestled in an ancient forest with sweeping views over the Great Rift Valley, is a stunning getaway and the perfect base for exploring the Rift Valley and many national parks …a magical encounter with Africa – just 90 minutes from Nairobi.
Water and mains electricity is in abundance at the property, as is a 8km electric perimeter fence, indigenous cedar forest, 750 meter airstrip, hot springs and 4km of river.
Is a small country hotel offering luxury accommodation, superb service & acclaimed cuisine on 1780 acre private forest reserve you have the freedom to walk and ride through one of East Africa’s original highland forests, where leopard, buffalo and zebra roam. Our horses & mountain bikes provide a unique close encounter with this untouched wilderness.
A stunning getaway destination as well as a perfect base for excursions to Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha and Crescent Island, Hell’s Gate National Park and Kigio Game Reserve.
This stunning getaway destination as well as a perfect base for excursions to Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha and Crescent Island, Hell’s Gate National Park and Kigio Game Reserve.
750 meter airstrip
Hot springs and 4km of river.
8km electric perimeter fence
1780 Acre Private Forest Reserve
Situated in the Rift Valley escarpment
14 km from Naivasha town
1.5 hrs from Nairobi
It consists of 1780 acres, stretching from the top of the escarpment to the east, down to the Malewa river on the west, and comprises mainly indigenous juniper cedar forest.
Fifty years ago the entire escarpment was covered with this forest—now the section is almost the only piece remaining, making this area of vital importance to the bird and wildlife of the area, as well as the fragile Naivasha basin ecosystem. We employ twelve askaris to protect both the wildlife and the timber from poaching.
We are at approximately 6,800 feet (2,070 m) above sea level, about 700 feet above Lake Naivasha, rising to 7,600 feet (2,320 m) at the ridge. We border 3kms of the Malewa River, Lake Naivasha’s main tributary which originates in the Aberdares. Our drinking water comes from a stream supplied by a number of natural springs on the escarpment, and is pumped up the hill by a hydro-ram, a self-powered pump whose boom you may hear as you walk towards the plunge pool.
Animal and Bird life
The density of the forest means that it is hard to see the game easily, but a search for Colobus & Sykes (Blue) monkeys is usually most rewarding. There are many leopard on the reserve, as well as dikdik, bushbuck, bushpigs, warthogs, serval cats, buffalo, aardvark, porcupine, mongoose, spring & african hares, hyena & zebra (you may notice a male zebra with the horses & decided that the horses would be “his” herd; he is now always here).
Getting to the property
Travel by road:
Its situated on the Rift Valley escarpment to the east of Lake Naivasha. 11 km from the main Nairobi – Nakuru road and 14kms from Naivasha town.
We are one-and-a-half hour’s drive from Nairobi (1hr 10mins on good tarmac, 20 mins on murram), and one hour’s drive from Nakuru. 4×4 vehicles are recommended, especially in the wet season.It has its own 4×4 Land cruisers
Travel by air
We have a runway for light aircraft, please see our Runway Details and Google Earth Marker.
Spring-fed plunge pool
The Plunge Pool
One of our walks leads to a small plunge pool, where warm water pours in from the surrounding rocks, making it a beautiful temperature (c.78’F,
25’C) for a quick dip. The pool is about 2 kms from the lodge – you may drive there (4×4), or we can arrange for a guide to walk with you (he will
leave you in privacy at the pool!).
Exceptional Flora & Fauna
Adults love this for its space & tranquility, and especially the opportunities for seeing flora & fauna without being trapped in a vehicle. Children love for its opportunities for contact with the physical world – swinging on vines, bounding over streams, searching the forest for colobus monkeys, as well as feeding the ducks & chickens and helping to milk the cows!
The 1780 acres provide unique opportunities for walking, equestrian & mountain bike activities. Walks range from gentle strolls to challenging hikes, and there are superb riding trails for both novices and the more experienced. A unique plunge pool built into the Mahindu stream amidst overhanging figs and vines is fed by natural hot water springs.
With the last remaining indigenous cedar forest on the eastern rift between Longonot & Nakuru, and is recognized as an area of vital importance to the fragile ecosystem of the Naivasha basin. With an exceptional variety of indigenous trees, plants, birds & butterflies, also home to large numbers of black-&-white colobus and syke’s monkeys, leopard, bushbuck & dikdik.
Activities for Kenya nResident Rates
Horse Riding :
Guided Walks / Bird Watching
Donkey cart rides
Donkey rides (up to 8 yrs) –
Night Game Drives
Guided runs for the athletic!
KES 1.8M per acre
- Country: Kenya
- Province / State / County: Nakuru County
- City / Town: Karati