Ajabu House, Lake Naivasha is a delightful colonial-era bungalow and guest cottages overlooking Lake Naivasha, Ajabu sits within the private 5,500-acre Loldia Conservancy on the quiet and little-visited North Lake shore. Tranquil, traditional and highly-recommended as the ideal weekend escape from – and antidote to – Nairobi. Ajabu House is located on the Gilgil and Malewa delta of lake Naivasha on Loldia Farm, the house sleeps 18 people.
Lake Naivasha sits at the highest elevation of the Kenyan Rift valley at 1,884 metres (6,181 ft) and around 90km north west of Nairobi. The name Naivasha comes from the word Nai’posha meaning rough water in the language of the Maasai, and the surface of the 50-square mile lake can often be subject to unexpected squalls and storms.
Accommodation and Meals :
The Main House at Ajabu House Lake Naivasha comprises two ensuite bedrooms, dining room, drawing room, kitchen and front veranda. The Master Bedroom features a 4-poster bed and a double sofabed (useful for small children) and ensuite bathroom. The adjoining and quite unique Bird Room is triple-bedded and ideal for children. The lovely murals on the walls and ceiling were painted by a family friend over 60 years ago to educate children on East African birdlife.
The Siriane Guest Cottage sleeps up to 4 guests. There are two spacious double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and a veranda with armchairs, dining table and tingatinga paintings. It is a truly peaceful spot with exceptional views across the water to Mount Longonot.
The Muse Guest Cottage, the original stable block and offices for the house and farm, has recently been converted to provide additional and very comfortable accommodation and sleeps up to 9 guests. There is one family room with shared bathroom (a double bed for parents and 3 singles for children) and two other double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.
Meals at Ajabu House Lake Naivasha can be taken in the main dining room, on one of the verandas, or down on the huge wooden deck under the largest fig tree. The kitchen specialises in delicious home-cooked meals and a selection of fresh produce is always available from the organic vegetable garden, together with free-range chickens and lambs from the farm, all of which are available for purchase by self-catering guests.
For more energetic visitors there is a hard tennis court, trampoline for children and game drives through the Loldia Conservancy which carries over 4000 head of wildlife – including leopard, aardvark, buffalo, eland, bat-eared fox, hyenas, impalas, zebras and hippopotami. Lake Naivasaha and its surroundings are home to a wide variety of wildlife and game including a large population of Hippoptomus and several species of fish. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded here, and the lake is home to Pelicans and Kenya’s largest concentration of African Fish Eagles. You will often see large flocks of Flamingos on Lake Oloidien which adjoins the South West corner of the lake.
- Six full-time House Staff
- Accommodation available for Nannies or Drivers
- Pet friendly – dogs welcome
- Game Drives on Loldia Conservancy
- Golf at Great Rift Valley Resort
- Hell’s Gate National Park
- Crater Lake
- Crescent Island
- Mount Longonot
Ajabu is a really comfortable and relaxing spot from which to contemplate, or to recover from, a more gruelling safari. Ajabu has been in the Hopcraft family for over 100 years and was built in the early 1930s and added to over the decades, it was a family home for over 65 years and is now owned by the great-grandchildren of the original settlers. A genuinely unspoilt and authentic home that harks back to a bygone era, it makes a wonderful getaway from Nairobi