House of Waine

Nairobi, Nairobi and Central Kenya, Kenya

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  • Relax by the swimming pool

  • Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and even adopt a baby elephant

  • Visit the Karen Blixen Museum

  • Visit the Giraffe Center and hand feed some of the tame giraffes

  • Enjoy breakfast in the beautiful garden

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Although Nairobi is situated in the middle of East Africa, its high altitude—about a mile above sea level—means that the city's climate is mild year-round. Summer months in Nairobi are December through March, Winter months, June through to September. The wettest months are in the Autumn, from March through June. April sees upwards of 8 inches of rain on average. Cloudy, rainy days are common in the Autumn. October through December is the region's second rainy season, where "short rains" bring about 5 inches of rain to the area in November. Otherwise rainfall is pretty scarce, about two inches a month. February sees the most sunshine in Nairobi, with about ten hours of daylight.

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Great place to sunbathe by the pool.

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House of Waine is a beautifully appointed, family owned boutique hotel located in Karen, one of Nairobi's most serene suburbs, with eleven spacious en-suite rooms it is a perfect retreat from Nairobi's bustling centre.

House of Waine has retained much of the charm of a family home having recently been converted and renovated into a small boutique hotel. It is set in 2.5 acres of quiet gardens in the suburb of Karen, about 30 minutes by car from the centre of Nairobi. The eleven rooms are decorated with traditional African fabrics, and the house is a welcoming hideaway from the bustling capital city. The rooms all have air-conditioning, TV's, a mini bar and a small safe.

Guests can wander in the beautiful tropical gardens, relax by the stylish swimming pool or explore the nearby sites including the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe centre, the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and eve adopt a baby elephant. It is also possible to arrange a trip into the Nairobi National Park to see rhino, giraffe. hyenas, plains game and a huge variety of birdlife. It is a short drive into the city center for guests who would like to go shopping at one of the local markets.

The House of Waine has a tranquil environment and Kenyan hospitality and works very well for families due to its lovely gardens.

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House of Waine has eleven individually decorated stylish rooms. Nine of the rooms can be double or twin rooms and all have en-suite bath or shower rooms. The rooms are air conditioned have TVs, a mini safe as well as a mini bar. The rooms each have their own theme such as Safari or Victoria.


Whilst there are no specific childcare facilities at the House of Waine, children are very welcome and earlier meal times can be arranged together with a babysitting service for those that require it.


All the rooms have satellite television, a complimentary mini bar, internet access and direct dial phones. The hotel has a lovely swimming pool in the grounds to relax around. There are a few different locations to eat deliciously prepared meals and both the bars at the pool and the main bar are for the exclusive use of hotel guests.


Being in the suburb of Karen the House of Waine is ideally placed for excursions to the Karen Blixen house and Museum. It is also possible to arrange a trip to Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage, shopping excursions, Nairobi National Park and Giraffe centre.


  • The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

    Founded in 1977 by Dame Daphne Sheldrick, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi is one of the leading conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

Location & directions

Nairobi, Nairobi and Central Kenya, Kenya

The House of Waine is located in the Karen suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. The hotel itself benefits from gardens that stretch out to approximately 2.5 acres.

How to get there

It is an 8-hour 30-minute flight from London to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. House of Waine is a 30-minute drive from the International Airport. It is approximately 20-minutes by car from Wilson Domestic Airport and Nairobi city centre is about 30-minutes away.

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