- Beautiful setting
- Working ranch
- Original colonial farmhouse
- Views over Lake Naivasha
Loldia House is a traditional farmhouse found nestled within a large, private ranch in a supremely tranquil spot on Lake Naivasha’s shore in southwestern Kenya. A beautiful sanctuary from which to explore the Rift Valley, and only a two hour drive from Nairobi, Loldia provides a relaxed and unpretentious base at the beginning or end of a safari. Opportunities to see zebra, giraffe, rhino, and water buffalo abound, and the enormous flocks of flamingos create an awesome spectacle.
This colonial property boasts charming interiors and unrivalled views from the spacious and cool stone veranda. A large lounge with sofas surrounding an open fire is a cosy feature of this beautifully restored, authentic retreat. The service is superb, and evening meals around the communal table make for an intimate dining experience. Breakfast and lunch are served under a fig tree in the garden to maximise enjoyment of the pretty gardens and the lake beyond. Farm and wild animals wander freely around, and wild hippos can often be seen lolling on the waterfront.
There are four rooms within the farmhouse itself, and a further seven split across three nearby cottages. The main house is furnished in the original colonial settlers style, with cream walls and exposed beams. Nearest to the main building, the original Guest Cottage houses two rooms amidst the lush gardens. Further down on the lake shore sits a new-build with two independent suites, perfect for honeymooners, and with spectacular views across the lake to the extinct volcano Mt. Longonot. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, complete with bathtub. For larger groups of friends, or families, Loldia Cottage is located up on the hillside and consists of three double rooms, a private sitting room with open log fire, and breath-taking panoramic views across the lake.
Loldia House is ideally positioned to explore this area of outstanding natural beauty. Activities include exploring the farm itself, and enjoying boat excursions on Lake Naivasha. Exhilarating day trips to Lake Nakuru, Longont, and Hell’s Gate National Parks are possible, with some fabulous birdlife and game viewing on offer. Day and night game drives are also offered, with potential leopard sightings a particular draw. Visits to an 18-hole golf course can also be arranged.
Children of all ages are welcome, and with plenty of activities and lovely gardens to explore, Loldia is a great base for nature loving families. While it’s highly unlikely that wildlife will approach humans, note that the lake is unfenced and the animals free to roam, so parental supervision is essential at all times.
Loldia House provides pristine and characterful accommodation coupled with excellent hosting and a good variety of activities in a delightful setting.
The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.
Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.
pauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015
Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.
Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.
Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.
The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).
Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.
Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.
Tim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014
If you’re looking for a more personal experience of Kenya, something a little different from the standard safari and beach package holidays, then you should definitely speak to Tourdust!
We decided to have a family holiday with our two teenage boys in Kenya in 2014, a decision that turned out to be far from straight-forward as the FCO extended their no-essential travel guidance area by area in the months leading up to our holiday. After researching the travel companies specialising in Kenya , we chose Tourdust to organise our holiday, partly based on their highly informative website but mainly based on a conversation with Ben, who within a matter of minutes clearly understood what we were looking for.
Ben’s recommendation of the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, followed by the Sosian Ranch and then the Msambweni Beach House was absolutely perfect for us. Everywhere we went the experience was personalised, the service was outstanding and the quality of facilities was second to none. Yes, we did safari drives to see the fantastic range of wildlife in the area, but we also swam in the rivers, rode camels, went on game walks and ate delicious meals cooked on an open camp fire before sleeping out under the endless African skies listening to the lions roaring! Then a flight down to the coast and we relaxed in the luxury of the a villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, with massages on the beach, personal staff on hand and nothing too much trouble.
We knew that we didn’t want a standard package safari and beach holiday but what we got was beyond all our expectations – a truly personal, family experience of Kenya that we will remember forever!
Joanna Heard reviewing Best of Kenya Family Safari on 07 October 2014