Hotel

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille, Laikipia

Perched on the flanks of a wooded rock kopje in the heart of a private conservation is The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille. A collection of four exclusive-use, fully staffed luxury villas, they offer an irresistible home in the bush. Every corner is framed by large bay windows and uninterrupted views over the rugged hills, with private guides on hand to help you explore. How you do that though is where Ol Lentille sets itself apart. Game drives, yes. But also – camel safaris, horse rides and quad bikes. It’s a whole new perspective on this stunning region of Kenya.

Location

Dramatic and exclusive, Laikipia is a match made in heaven with the plentiful game of the Maasai Mara. An off the beaten track alternative, there’s a slower pace of life here with numerous activities to enjoy above and beyond your game drives. It’s just a 90-minute drive from Nanyuki, but to really appreciate these landscapes, we’d encourage you to fly into either their private airstrip or helipad.

Your Room

Each of the four villas of Ol Lentille embodies their own unique sense of style and personality, but are united by flawless service. Families will love the spacious Chief’s House with its three-bedrooms and private pool. Out of Africa devotees, meanwhile, should make a beeline for the Colonel’s House crammed full of local artefacts or the Sultan’s House where a touch of Swahili Coast is brought to the mountains. For honeymooners, however, it has to be the Eyrie. Perched atop a rocky outcrop, the round bedroom with its outdoor bathtub sunk into the rocks, boasts the best views in camp – with eagles all the while circling overhead.

Why we like it

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is so much more than just a stunning destination – it is also one of the foremost community-based conservation properties in Africa. “Having fun, doing good” is the motto here with huge emphasis placed on authentic connections. Experiences here serve to educate guests on the positive effects of tourism, rather than act as mere tourist experiences in themselves. Get to know the local children, visit the markets and see conservation in action with a stay at Ol Lentille.