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The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille, Laikipia, Kenya
Pure Out of Africa in style, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille in Laikipia, Kenya doesn’t scrimp on the wow-factor and offers privacy and exclusivity. Not surprisingly, it’s the recipient of numerous accolades. Guests can enjoy game drives, nature walks, horseback rides, mountain biking adventures, or camel rides across the plains. There’s also a fabulous spa and the treatment options are endless.
The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is located in the rolling hills of Kenya's Laikipia Plateau, in the 40,000-acre Ol Lentille Conservancy (meaning that you have three times the size of Manhattan at your fingertips!).
The luxurious lodges and private villas are the ideal base from which to explore this fascinating part of Kenya in complete comfort.
The Sanctuary accommodates a maximum of 14 adults and six children in four guest houses. All four private homes come fully staffed with a butler, valet, private guide, night watchman, and game vehicle, and exclusivity is guaranteed.
Guests can enjoy a private breakfast in the villa, before spending your days exploring nature’s bounty on game drives, nature walks, horseback rides, mountain biking adventures, or camel rides across the plains.
After a busy day, return to The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille where you can unwind by the infinity pool with views stretching across the horizon, in the library, or with a relaxing treatment at the spa.
Location & Getting There
The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is located within a 40,000 acre private conservancy in the African wilderness, just north of Mount Kenya. Nanyuki Airport receives daily flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport and is a 1.5 hour drive in a 4WD vehicle from Ol Lentille.
It’s difficult to imagine a more luxurious way to experience Kenya than at The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille. Four secluded villas offer a range of accommodation options, each fully staffed, exquisitely designed, and outfitted with every possible comfort. The Chief’s House offers three-bedrooms and commanding views of the mountains and deserts of northern Kenya, along with a sitting room, an open fireplace, and a plunge-pool on the outdoor deck where you can swim under the stars. The Colonel’s House is a two-bedroom, two-storey villa with the overall feeling of an authentic bush home of a well-travelled military man. Brass-bound furniture, oriental carpets, and a beautiful Knole sofa in front of an open fire will reconnect you with a bygone era of comfort and style.
The Sultan’s House is a one-bedroom romantic hideaway with a 40-foot long living room, a four-poster bed draped in gossamer, and a jade green handmade bath. Swahili accents and the whitewashed boughs of African olive tree are architectural delights.
Finally, the Eyrie is named after an eagle’s nest, and sits perched on top of a rocky outcrop, boasting some of the lodge’s best views. This is the house for couples, honeymooners, and wedding anniversary celebrations. A personal dining pavilion – a stunning octagonal room – is lit by mirrored candle sconces and the open-air bathtub is perfect for candlelit bathing under the starry sky.
The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is the ideal base from which to explore this fascinating and diverse part of Kenya. For adventurers and wildlife lovers, day and night game drives will give you a chance to spot a variety of animals – anything from elephants, leopards and hyenas, to the endangered Grevy’s zebra out in the plains. There are also nature walks, and rides on horse, mountain bike, or camel. Go rock climbing or jogging on one of the spectacular trails. Get your fill of fresh air and sunshine in the Kenyan countryside.
After the day’s activities unwind at the Sanctuary spa with a relaxing treatment or curl up in a pod by the infinity pool with a good book.
Children of all ages are welcome at Ol Lentille. Children aged four and under are free and children from 5 – 15 years old only pay 50% of the adult rate and have their own private adjoining bedroom and bathroom. Babysitting can easily be arranged if parents need a bit of time to themselves.