Ol Larashi cottage is situated on a 50 acre farm on Green Park estate, approximately 100kms from Nairobi - an easy 2 hour drive on tarmac until the last 12kms of all weather gravel road. At 7,000ft above sea level and only 50kms south of the Equator, we have 12 hours of daylight throughout the year. Warm days and crisp nights are enjoyed. Naivasha is a boom town in the Great Rift Valley, serving the burgeoning horticultural industry. There are several banks, supermarkets, small stores, a vegetable market, eating houses and petrol station as well as hospitals and pharmacies. Green Park is 25kms out of Naivasha on the North Lake Road which actually encircles the Lake - a distance of about 80kms. This fresh water Lake covers an area of about 40 sq miles and is surrounded by mountains forming the eastern and western walls of the Great Rift. The beautiful yellow barked fever trees (Acacia Xanthophlea) are the predominant trees forming woodlands around the Lake.
Susie and Tony were raised and educated in Kenya. Tony later served with the Rhodesian Police Force (BSAP) where there was much emphasis on equestrian excellence during training He returned to Kenya in 1964 when he managed a tea estate in the Highlands before changing career and going into tourism in 1969 He started Safaris Unlimited Africa in 1971, specialising in adventure expeditions, luxury camping and best known for pioneering long distance horseback safaris across the gamelands of Kenya He is a keen fly fisherman and enjoys tennis and golf Susie joined Tony at Safaris Unlimited in 1984 We enjoy travelling, visiting romantic and remote places such as Tibet, Namibia, Patagonia & North western frontier of Pakistan We are active environmentalists and live at Ol Larashi, Naivasha, Kenya.
We visited between Christmas and New Year at the end of 2013, booked for three nights but loved it so much we extended our stay and saw in the new year there as well. The cottage is in the most stunning location, almost as soon as you arrive and see the view you know that you will be able to relax here. We went for the catered option and the food was magnificent - fresh, locally sourced, plentiful, good value, & well presented; dietary restrictions were also taken into consideration. Vincent, who looked after us, was five star.
There are many animals and our children (9 & 11 years) not only enjoyed the interaction with them but also learnt a lot, which was all relayed to us enthusiastically. Susie and Tony are wonderful hosts with huge experience of both animals and this area geogprahically, and really invested time and care in us as their guests. There were also a number of very thoughtful personal touches - one of many examples is that we had our new baby with us and they set up our room with a changing table and basin for bathing her.
We are so delighted to have found this oasis, and have no doubt whatsoever about visiting again as soon as we can.
Special interest holidays:
Horse riding on quiet Anglo-Somali ponies around 2,500 acre estate along cleared tracks with stunning views and occasional sightings of impala, zebra, waterbuck, eland & duiker.
Safaris - half & full day
1. Half day boat cruise on Lake Naivasha - fantastic birding only 7kms from Ol Larashi and hippo.
2. A full day safari to Hells Gate National Park with lunch at Elsamere, former home of Joy Adamson, followed by a bird cruise to view African fish eagles, kingfishers, jacana, pelicans and cormorants.
3. Day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park. One million Lesser flamingo inhabit this alkaline Lake and four of the Big Five can be seen here.
4. Day trip to Aberdare National Park, 90 minutes drive. Equatorial alpine vegetation, elephants, Cape buffalo, leopard, giant forest hog, reedbuck, waterbuck and bushbuck. Trout fishing in the crystal clear mountain streams and picnics beside the waterfalls at 10,000ft above sea level.
5. Other short trips can be undertaken.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi is 120kms to Green Park by road.
Green Park airstrip is 1.5kms.
Loldia Airstrip is 5kms away.
Car Hire essential. We can help with bookings for car hire and flights.
Naivasha town - 25kms
Lake Naivasha - 5kms
Nakuru town - 80kms
Aberdare National Park - 70kms
Hells Gate National Park - 40kms
We also advertise our lovely Samawati House (KY2) on Owners Direct. A combination of Samawati House and Ol Larashi cottage make an ideal holiday in Kenya.
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On receipt of your enquiry email, we will inform you of availability. 50% deposit of total cost will confirm your booking. Balance due one month before occupation.
No specific changeover day. Arrival at Midday and departure by 10am.
Notes on prices:
£170 per night for the whole house sleeping 4 pax on a self catering basis.
We also offer full board - ask for a quote.
4x4 Safari equipped Landcruiser with professional safari guide/driver available on request.