Our stay at the Ol Pejeta House was much more special. Here you will find what I would like to call "rustic luxury". Why? This house was built for a multimillionaire and it shows.
Where else would you find a 20'x20' bed that can sleep six people?
The design and architecture of the house is intriguing especially that lovely staircase near the main entrance.
Having said this, the house has a leaky roof (we were there during the rain season) and the bathrooms are functional but not new.
Some would see these aspects as drawbacks. I saw them as a sign of "authenticity" and charming. I am sure Karen Blixen (Out of Africa) would have loved to stay here.
So if you are looking for a surreal experience, this is the place to spend a couple of nights in.
The rooms are very large and spacious.
My visitors occupied the 2 rooms at the top of the stairs and it was lovely.
It felt like we had an entire "wing" of the property all to ourselves. The bed was very comfortable and that is always a plus for me.
Our rooms gave out onto a large and beautiful balcony for the exclusive use of our family and with a view of the large property and Mount Kenya in the back drop.
We happened to be the only guests as the house during our visit and had the staff and the entire place all to ourselves.
The veranda at the back is enchanting and we spent a few hours just sitting there, admiring the view and reading our books.
Sooo relaxing! There are 2 pools but we did not use them since it was not that warm during our stay.
We did 2 game drives and our driver, Leonard (Ologi) and his co-pilot, David (Kariuki) were a delight.
They really made an effort to find the animals we had not yet seen and thanks to their efforts we got to see 4 cheetahs on our last morning at Ol Pejeta.
This, despite our getting stuck in the mud for 30 mins! No worries; they made up for it by extending our drive time and they kept their good humour throughout the entire experience.
Having some good, old fashion "traction aids" would have helped them greatly; something for management to consider ordering on-line...
We highly recommend the 6:30am game drives. At that time, you might have a better chance to see the animals (we also saw a lioness and her cubs) and the lighting is fantastic for any avid photographer.
The manager on staff while we were there, Ernest, was very kind and helpful.
We were wrongfully charged for 4 adults instead of 2 adults and 2 children at the Conservancy entrance and whereas the Conservancy staff was not helpful in finding ways to reimburse us, Ernest worked it out with them and they made the correction on our way out.
And the same can be said about the entire staff at Ol Pejeta; the waiter (Harrison), the cook and the maids were all extremely kind and welcoming.
The meals were very good and would satisfy any appetite as the portions were quite generous.
The conservancy in which the house is located has unique features too such as the rescued Chimps and 4 of the world's 7 remaining Norther White Rhinos.
I could go on and on about our experience there but beyond this point, words just can't express how wonderful and memorable an experience it was.
If I had one suggestion to offer the management; make brochures of the House available so we can hand them to friends when recommending your hotel.
Ol Pejeta House one of Mt Kenya region’s best kept secrets and originally the home of famed multi-millionaire, Adnan Khashoggi, Ol Pejeta is a beautiful private house set within the pristine.
Ol Pejeta is set against the spectacular scenery of Mt. Kenya not far away from Nanyuki. Ol Pejeta still retains the bygone tradition of Kenya's famous farmhouse hospitality.Ol Pejeta is located in one of largest black rhino conservancy in East Africa – Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Ol Pejeta Hotel lies in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Nanyuki on the western foothills of Mt. Kenya. Nanyuki town is 17 km while Nairobi Kenyatta International airport is 225 km away.
Ol Pejeta Ranch House has 2 superior guest rooms with queen size beds, ensuite bathroom, dressing room and large balcony with excellent view of game teeming plains; 2 standard guest rooms with double bed, ensuite with bathroom and terrace; Buffalo Cottage with 2 Deluxe Rooms and a Fireplace.
Laundry/ Dry Cleaning Service
Access to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary