CHALET AT RIVER HOUSE, GILGIL
Nestled in a forest and with big windows, these two light and airy studio chalets are fairly simple with a sitting room and kitchen, and two upstairs’ bedrooms. Ideal particularly for couple, or a couple with kids. We preferred the second of the two chalets, described as the Chalet at River House, for its open-plan kitchen & sitting room, and more comfortable living area. Ksh 3,000 for the whole chalet per one person staying, and Ksh 1,000 pp thereafter. Contact via Airbnb.
OL PEJETA SAFARI COTTAGES
Our two bedroom en-suite cottage within Ol Pejeta Conservancy had an open-plan living room, fireplace for those cold Nanyuki nights and dining area with flaps unzipping out onto a large private verandah overlooking yellow-backed acacia trees. Each cottage is independent and self-catering, but there is also a chef on call if needed. The fully-inclusive resident rate is Ksh 19,900 covering game drives, a guide, a vehicle per cottage, full board meals and drinks. If self-catering, costs start at Ksh 9,900.
MZIMA HOUSE, GALU BEACH
Mzima House is a fusion of Tunisian and Moroccan architecture with chalk-white walls and a high vaulted ceiling, hand-crafted on site by Tunisian stonemasons. It has five double air conditioned bedrooms. The house is built around a central pool within a courtyard offering dazzling views of the ocean. Sunset and moonlit nights can be enjoyed from the poolside courtyard and manicured lawn. A fully furnished cottage and luxury apartments are also available to rent. Rates from Ksh 25,000.
MUNDUI HOUSE, NAIVASHA
Built in 1926, this property is privately funded by a Polish family who set up an organisation called ARR (Animal Rights Reserved) and as a guest, it helps to know that your money goes towards supporting a good cause. There are four doubles and one family room, and two extra doubles can be availed on request. Kids are often attracted to their rabbit hutch. Rates are Ksh 16,000 Monday to Thursday, and Ksh 20,000 from Friday through the weekend, excluding game drives.