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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Four of us had two nights here and adored it! Charming and attentive staff, stylish and comfortable rooms with great original flourishes and gorgeous fabrics,and delicious food graciously and swiftly served.Everywhere huge bunches of divine miniature roses, giraffe and zebra grazing around us as we read, relaxed, ate breakfast....Our guide, Francis, was knowledgable and humorous. Oria joined us for lunch...

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Onsala, Sweden
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are few places where you can sit reading and when you look up you have a group of zebras or some giraffes around you, but that this is the case when you stay at Olerai House by Lake Naivasha. If you look up into the trees you can spot Colobus monkeys as well. There are a lot of other...

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Everything is just magical in and around Olerai. Great staff, lovely owners, fantastic food and mind blowing nature. It feels like being in a real life painting of Gauguin. Honestly what is there not to love about this place.

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This property has extensive grounds populated by an astonishing amount of wildlife including giraffes,zebras,gazelles even hippos and buffalos. You can approach the animals and they are likely to approach you ,grazing frequently next to your rooms. Also on the positive side,the cook Miriam is very talented and can accommodate any dietary restrictions. Turning to the not so good: Accommodations are...

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Reviewed 22 August 2016

LOVED our visit there!! Far away from the city so the stars were incredibly visible, got to run on the path and be surrounded by wildlife (waterbuck, zebra, giraffe, vervet monkeys, even a colobus monkey, etc), and the cabin was so cute! When we ordered food, we expected individual servings and they were much larger so that was a pleasant...

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New York
Reviewed 7 August 2016

This is pure magic: huge property with animals roaming free; unique accommodation; outstanding food and fantastic management. We loved this place so much that we did not want to leave. You feel in a different dimension - you go to a lovely pool or walk or play volleyball - and all is easy and perfectly arranged. Bravo Olerai House!

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Stayed here for 4 nights in the Cabin with some friends whilst we were in Naivasha for a wedding. Out of everywhere we stayed in Kenya the staff here were by far the friendliest and most attentive by far, no matter the request. Sitting in front of the lodge for breakfast each morning was a real treat, not only was...

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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 24 July 2016

What an amazing location and place .. personal treatment ... personal touch by the team at the House .... they spoilt us silly to the point of no return ... the rooms well thought of .... the food was specially made for us as per our needs .... all the arrangements were special and to our specific needs .... the...

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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 24 July 2016

what an amazing group of people at the Olerai House - gave us personal attention - we were spoilt to the point of no return ... the rooms were very spacious and well thought of .... the location wonderful and all necessary amenities were made available. The best part was it was close to Nairobi City and not too long...

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Reviewed 21 May 2016

This was the most magical place I've stayed in 2 years living in East Africa. A unique and beautiful lodge designed just like the shire. We began the day biking through Hell's Gate park near Naivasha then continued the drive out to Olerai for the weekend. The staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming and set up afternoon tea on our...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Olerai House is the family home of Oria Douglas Hamilton, a native Kenyan of French-Italian origin. The house is nestled within a 400-acre wildlife sanctuary on the North shores of Lake Naivasha. It has been open to guests since 1993, when it acted as a functioning farm. In 2001, it became a wildlife sanctuary and now has over 500 animals grazing harmoniously on its grounds. Zebras, giraffes, water buffalo, gazelles and monkeys greet you at breakfast in the morning, while a chorus of birds chirps overhead.The house is a web of five independent rooms, built from local materials, with beds made of vines, and walls inlaid with glass bottles. Rooms are each personally decorated by Oria with colourful Indian tapestries and local art. Three course meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the room rate, served on hand-made pottery and glassware. They are sumptuous affairs with fresh-baked bread, and soups and salads made from vegetables picked in the organic garden on the grounds.Olerai is the perfect weekend retreat from the bustle of Nairobi, and a wonderful haven for safari journers, eager for a cooler climate in the lush greens of Naivasha. The house is child-friendly and – need we say it? – animal friendly.Activities include:• Hiking up a gentle neighbouring hill with views over the Lake, accompanied by a Samburu warrior• Taking a boat ride through a small adjacent lake, home to 500,000 flamingos and large families of hippos• Walking among the animals in the sanctuary guided by expert on-site ornithologists and zoologists• Swimming in the pool while zebras curiously watch from an arm’s length• Reading a good book on the lawn amidst blankets and pillows• Having a sun-downer by the fire, indoors or out• Mount Longonot and Lake Nakuru National Park are within a one-hour drive ... more   less 

Additional Information about Olerai House

Address: off Nairobi-Nakuru highway, Naivasha, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Naivasha
Price Range: ₹ 26,211 - ₹ 40,325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Olerai House Hotel Naivasha
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“all rooms are different and offer different settings, we liked the one standing alone - but all of them have some unique features”
 of 5 bubbles dmitry2009, 7 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Rooms in the wild - out in the open grounds are nice for those who dont mind the animal noises in the middle of the night”
  • Work station in the room
  • close up of the special arrangements in the room
  • twin room
  • clean pretty and blue
  • Baby Zebra right outside our room door
  • The wild life came right to the garden area
 of 5 bubbles 370bhavnak, 24 Jul 2016 | Read review
“The rooms in the open - in the wild are the best as these are closest to the animals that come around.”
  • Work station in the room
  • close up of the special arrangements in the room
  • twin room
  • clean pretty and blue
  • Baby Zebra right outside our room door
  • The wild life came right to the garden area
 of 5 bubbles 370bhavnak, 24 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Wifi in the reception area”
 of 5 bubbles LisbetH273, 23 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the new room...very quiet and extremely comfortable.”
 of 5 bubbles KitNBJohnson, 5 Nov 2015 | Read review
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