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A charming restored farmhouse and wildlife sanctuary

Cost Per Night
Perfect For

Families, Couples and Honeymoons

Olerai House was originally an old farmhouse and the land surrounding was hard by the owner farmers. Now Olerai has revamped itself into a stunning escape and the land has been re-wilded to create a 400-acre sanctuary for local wildlife.

It’s a two-hour drive from Nairobi to reach Olerai House and Wildlife Sanctuary, along excellent roads. You’ll be greeted by soaring acacias on arrival, as well as towers of giraffe, expansive buffalo herds and grazing zebra. Being so close to wildlife means you don’t need to wander far to feel immersed in nature; the animals here are comfortable with their visitors exploring near by on foot. Walks of all lengths and fitness levels are encouraged and there really is no better way to feel connected with Africa than traversing the land as our ancestors have done for millennia before us.

If you can tear yourself away from the sprawling grounds, you can also enjoy a boat trip to Crescent Island with a picnic, a sunrise horseback ride, a hike up Mt Longonot or a day trip to the Northern lakes of Boringo and Bogoria to see the huge flocks of flamingos that this region of Kenya is most famous for.

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The lodge

There are just six rooms at Olerai House, all with original décor that celebrates the natural world; cotton, wood, woven tapestries and hand-fired ceramics. They are basic but very comfortable and ensuite, with views of the garden and lovely patios to sit beneath and read a book or bird watch.

The main areas are similarly welcoming and rustic in style, with a roaring fire at the heart of a cosy lounge and a sprawling lawn adorned with grazing zebras, ambling colobus monkeys, colourful bougainvillea and a riot of birdlife; the ideal spot for a shady alfresco lunch.

Looking for a spot to cool off? Guests are also invited to use the BBQ and 14m long pool at the Douglas-Hamilton’s private home, Sirocco; a win for rambunctious children looking to escape the midday heat and a great location for a fun BBQ lunch with family and friends.

Facilities

There is so much to explore beyond the realms of Olerai Wildlife Sanctuary and the team is eager to help you get out and see it all. Day trips, hikes, cultural visits can all be arranged, some included, and some incur extra costs.

Dining

Expect a colourful array of organic fruits and vegetables each day, served along sumptuous dishes of lasagne, crispy duck and farm lamb. All diets are catered for and menus are created according to your needs.

Why Wayfairer

At Wayfairer, we aim to support lodges and camps that have a positive impact on the wilderness and communities that surround them. Olerai House is most certainly one such lodge. It is owned by the Douglas-Hamilton family, who are well-known and well-loved for their years of dedication to rewilding and wildlife conservation across East Africa. And Olerai Wildlife Sanctuary, once tracts of sparse, open farmland, is now a beautiful, wild landscape teaming with birdlife and plains game.

But that’s not all. In 1976 the family donated land and buildings to help the local community establish, what is now known as the Rocco Dispensary, where they stocked medical cabinets, recruited nurses and started a family planning clinic.

Kenya Safaris that can feature Olerai House

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