- Well appointed accommodation
- Spacious gardens and swimming pool
- Nearby visitor attractions
House of Waine is a family owned and run, contemporary boutique hotel situated within the upmarket suburb of Karen in Nairobi, central Kenya.
Originally built in the 1970s as a family home, the property stands in two acres of tranquil, landscaped gardens. Guest areas are comfortable and traditionally furnished, and comprise a dining room with individual tables, a lounge with fireplace, and bar. Outside is a large heated swimming pool with loungers, and a pool pavilion, where guests can enjoy cocktails overlooking the spacious grounds.
The hotel is well located for a number of Nairobi’s attractions. The nearby David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a renowned elephant orphanage. Here, visitors can see the babies being fed and, subject to prior booking, may adopt a baby elephant. The Lang’ata Giraffe Centre is also worth a visit; originally established to protect the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, it’s now home to several giraffe species, along with a number of resident warthogs. In addition, there are several art and craft initiatives in the area, including the Kazuri Beads Factory, which provides employment for women in the local community, and the Matbronze Foundry, which specialises in bronze art. Also nearby is the Karen Blixen Museum, former home of the Danish author of the renowned ‘Out of Africa’.
Accommodation at House of Waine comprises ten individually styled double or twin rooms, and one deluxe suite. All rooms are spacious, and feature ensuite marble bathrooms with bath and shower, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, mini bar, satellite TV, direct dial phone, and safe. The suite accommodates two guests in one double four poster bed and additionally offers two lounge areas, a separate dressing room, a large bathroom, and a balcony with pool views.
Children are most welcome at the hotel. Infants under two are accommodated free of charge, and there are discounts for those under 12 years of age. The hotel offers an interconnecting double and twin bedded room, ideal for families. Cots are available upon request, and a babysitting service can be arranged.
House of Waine offers personal and friendly service in a verdant setting, and is a great option for visitors seeking a select and tranquil base in the midst of Kenya’s vibrant capital.
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