Lake Naivasha, Great Rift Valley, Kenya
At a Glance
Game drives in Hell's Gate National Park
Game drives in the Oserian Wildlife Sanctury
Boat trips & fishing on Lake Naivasha
Visit to the Oserian flower farm
Guided bush walks around Kiangazi House
Best time to Visit
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Kenya is a dry country, with regional variations in temperature and rainfall. On the coast, the weather is tropical with high humidity in April and May, and occasional monsoon winds. Inland (including the Central Highlands and Rift Valley) the climate is temperate. The long rains fall from March to May and the short rains fall from late October to December. The best time to visit is usually July to February, and the wildebeest migration usually occurs from mid-July to September.
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Kiangazi House is set amongst beautiful lush gardens and tended lawns, this five-bedroom homestead has truly breathtaking views over Lake Naivasha and unspoilt Africa. Kiangazi House has access to Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary for some great game viewing.
Built in the old traditional style of local stone and timber, Kiangazi House has three double en-suite bedrooms within the main house and two further double en-suite bedrooms just beyond the swimming pool. Perfect for hosting, the house boasts a sitting room, dining room, bar and library.
Kiangazi House has panoramic views across the Great Rift Valley and the shimmering waters of Lake Naivasha. Kiangazi House lies in the Oserian Wildlife Corridor connecting the lake shore and surroundings with Hells Gate National Park and Maasai land beyond. Adjacent to the corridor is the 20,000-acre Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary complete with a fascinating diversity of wildlife including rhino, leopard, cheetah, Grevy’s zebra, giraffe, greater kudu and hyena.
Sweeping views from the veranda have changed little from the bygone days of the early pioneers who settled in this area at the turn of the century. Below the house, guests can explore the lake shore with its masses of water birds including pelicans and flamingos as well as game drive in the yellow barked acacia forests looking for leopards seeking out their wary antelope prey. With inviting waterholes below the main house it’s possible to view a procession of thirsty big game at close quarters.
Trained chefs prepare international cuisine and appetising breakfasts and lunches which are often taken outside in the lush gardens or on the expansive veranda. Game drives and sundowners in the Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary can be organised and you can also drive or walk along the beautiful lake shore.
Kiangazi House has five beautifully traditional rooms - all en-suite. The four-poster beds and fresh cut roses in each room create a romantically colonial feel. The magnificent furniture, carved from the Leleshwa tree root, has been hand crafted in their workshop. There are three double rooms in the main house and a further two doubles close to the swimming pool.
Whilst there are no specific facilities for children, they are more than welcome at Kiangazi House and are they will be sure to enjoy all the wildlife and beauty that surrounds them. Kiangazi House has a lovely lawn area and a great swimming pool for children.
Kiangazi House has a swimming pool set within the beautiful gardens with stunning panoramic views of Lake Naivasha and the Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary.
The chef can prepare delicious meals either in the dining room of the main house or out in the bush as a scrumptious reward after a game drive or walk.
From Kiangazi House the expert guides can take you on game drives or walks through the Acacia forests which border the shores of Lake Oloiden. You can enjoy a night drive with one of the guides which would incorporate sun-downers by the campfire. Also, not to be missed is fishing for black bass, tilapia and carp on Lake Naivasha. From Kiangazi you can visit a fully functioning rose farm with over 100 different roses.
Kiangazi House is a favourite weekend getaway for Nairobi's elite and where you'll catch embassy and United Nations staff relaxing on the deep veranda. A guard salutes you as you drive through the gate to this pretty throwback to an era synonymous with gracious hospitality. The five simple, spacious guestrooms are comfortable, if not necessarily luxurious - you'll probably find yourself spending most of your time here relaxing by the pool or at the bar, or reclining under shade at the edge of the lawn watching baboons romping on the lawn and animals drinking at one of the waterholes. However, it's the proximity of a wildlife corridor, connecting the lake with Hell's Gate National Park and distant Maasailand, that makes this an attractive base. The corridor sits adjacent to the 8,080-hectare (20,000-acre) Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary, which protects a diversity of animals, including rhino, leopard, cheetah, hyena, and a great many antelope -- guests have direct access.
Location & directions
Lake Naivasha, Great Rift Valley, Kenya
Located in the spectacular Rift Valley, to the east of Lake Naivasha, overlooking Lake Oliedien, Kiangazi House is situated in the middle of the Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi. Kiangazi House is easily accessible from Nairobi by road; it is about a 2-hour 30-minute drive, or with its own airstrip nearby, charter flights from Nairobi take around 20-minutes. It is also possible to fly into the Maasai Mara on a scheduled flight from the Lolidia Airstrip nearby.
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