The Solio Reserve is part of a private ranch, and is home to an incredible amount of game – white and black rhino are often seen, and the reserve is considered one of the best places in Kenya to see leopard. As a private conservancy, the game viewing is exclusive and game drives will explore a variety of different habitats. As well as rhino and leopard, guests can expect to see lion, elephant, buffalo, the rare giant forest hog and a wonderful variety of plains game.
The lodge has been designed cosily, as nights can be chilly. The six luxurious rooms have been built with enormous glass windows to give incredible panoramic views of the rolling hills and Mount Kenya. The rooms all have their own living area complete with a roaring log fire and a huge bathroom. Each room is designed individually so no two are the same. The service and hospitality at Solio Lodge is among the best in Kenya – attentive staff are on hand to cater to your every whim, and meals are a lively affair, with delicious home-cooked food being served.
While at Solio, your activities include day and night game drives in the company of your expert guide, morning bird walks and sundowner walks, horse-riding, helicopter trips and fishing trips to Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains.
Solio Camp works particularly well in combination with its sister-camp in the Mara, Sala’s Camp – please see our suggested itinerary for more details, and call us to find out more!
Solio has six luxurious cottages which hold up to 12 guests. Rooms five and six are adjoining rooms and are ideal for families. This family room has space for an additional two beds. Each cottage has a large sitting area with an open fireplace and have large glass plate windows with spectacular views of Mount Kenya.
Solio Lodge welcomes children of all ages and babysitters are included in the cost. The Lodge are able to provide child friendly menus and can be flexible with meal times to accommodate the younger guests.
Wireless internet is available at the lodge for guests to use. There are also stables from which guests can go horseback riding as well as mountain bikes. If you are in need of a bit of pampering, massage treatments can be arranged for you in the comfort of your room.
Activities include horseback riding, walking, mountain-biking, night and day game drives and fishing trips to Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains. The lodge can also arrange helicopter rides, a perfect way to see the diverse landscape that Kenya has to offer. Take a short trip from Solio Lodge to Mt Kenya for breakfast. Spa treatments are also available.
When to travel
Solio Lodge is open all year, apart from November when the lodge is closed for the rains. The main season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.
Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.
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Location and directions
Laikipia and Northern Kenya
Solio Lodge is nestled between Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains on Solio Game Conservancy. The ranch spreads over 45,000 acres with a 17,000 acre game conservancy.
How to get there
8-hour 40-minute international flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. From the International Airport it's a 30-minute drive across Nairobi to Wilson Airport, where there are daily scheduled flights to Nanyuki Airstrip. You will be collected at the airstrip and driven about 1 hour to the lodge.