A guest who could not believe her eyes, mesmerized by the beautiful scenery, once asked in Kiswahili-”tumefika mbinguni?” translated into English, “have we arrived in paradise?”. She might not have been far from the truth. Laikipia is a paradise that has attracted the world attention for the last one thousand years. . Laikipia is and has always been about Dynamism, Romance, Adventure and discovery And to a bigger extent Missing in Action. This is the discovery that Prince William, the heir to the throne made the first time he landed at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. On landing love was in the air. He could not keep off the alluring Jecca Craig. Rumors of imminent wedding in the world press were spreading like a bushfire in hamatan. Well! Well! well, today (22 April 2011), wedding bells of probably the greatest wedding of the 21st Century are ringing loud. Unless something happens, Prince William will wed Kate Middleton on 29th April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. Not only is the wedding big news but the mystery of Laikipia features prominently. The Mystery where in Laikipia did the Prince propose to Kate? Was it at Lewa? Rutundu Log Cabins? Mukutan Retreat? The Sanctuary at Ol Lentil?, Ol Pejeta? Il Ngwesi? To cut the long story short, today we bring to you the luxury and the breathing taking scenery at a paradise in Laikipia Kenya= The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille.
Getting to The Sanctuary of Ol Lentille, you can either drive or fly.
The sanctuary of Ole Lentille is located to the North West of Lewa Wildlife Sanctuary near Dol Dol. The private sanctuary at Ole Lentille occupy an area of 20,000 acres, located 75 km from Nanyuki slightly north of Dol Dol town
Ole Lentille is a name given to a hill in the centre of Laikipia Plateau with panoramic views of Mt Kenya, the Samburu sacred mountain Ol Olokwe, the Matthews Range and the Karisia Hills .
The conservancy is 20,000 acres of grassy hills and deep valleys, heavily wooded with many acacia species and African olives. Its sandy laghas are bordered by great stands of fig and fever trees. The Conservancy is home to the endangered African wild dog, greater kudu, leopard, striped and spotted hyena, and klipspringer.
The conservancy is an initiative of the Kijabe Group Ranch, on the far northern escarpment of the Laikipia Plateau with enormous views to the craggy peak of Mt Kenya, .
Accommodation at Ol Lentille Conservancy
The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille comprises of four fully furnished and staffed private houses perched on the flanks of a wooded rock kopje, in the heart of Ole Lentile Conservancy. The four houses are named, the Chief’s, The Sultan’s, The Colonel’s and the Eyrie ( Eagle Nest-so called because it’s perched up in the kopje) The description your own place in the African bush befits both the houses and the sanctuary. Besides own private compound, each of the four houses has a butler, a valet, a guide, a 4×4 vehicle and a guard (Askari).
The Chief’s House
The Chief’s House can accommodate a total of six Guests. It is a reflection of contemporary Africa combining a sumptuously cool modern interior with the best of African art, fabrics and artefacts. It has three double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. The sitting room has a charming open fire, as well as a plunge-pool on the outdoor deck. Each bedroom has a dressing room and bathroom. The master bedroom has a large outdoor bath set in the rocks for candlelight bathing under the stars.
The Sultan’s House
Can Accommodate 2-4 guests. This stone-built house is designed in “Lamu” style under a huge roof thatched with twisted papyrus. It has fine plaster carving, and lavish furnishings, including a four-poster bed. The House has one enormous double bedroom, a huge sitting/dining room and a kitchen. The space of this House is such that it can be converted to provide a second (children’s') bedroom.
The Colonel’s House,
In “Campaign” style, this house seems truly to be the bush home of a well-traveled military man. With brass-bound furniture, oriental carpets, and a beautiful “Knole” sofa in front of an open fire you can feel a connection with a bygone era of comfort and style. The House has two double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. Each bedroom has a dressing room and a sunken bath. The courtyard has a plunge-pool.
The Eyrie House
This special house is perched at the top of our kopje in “African Retro” style. The Eyrie has one bedroom, a sitting and dining room with open fire and kitchen. It is seductively furnished. The circular bedroom has a gigantic round bed, and it is but a few steps to your own secluded outdoor double rock bath with views over our rugged hills to the deserts of the north. The Eyrie can sleep 2 guests.
Activities, What to do, Attractions at Ol Lentille Sanctuary
The Lodge has a gallery and shop with art and necessities. Also there is a common pool for swimming, lounging, sunbathing, dining. There is a Library has books, games, relaxing, fireside. A Deck – wildlife viewing, with GPS telescope, bar, central fireplace. Also available are Boules/Bocce/Petanque, Croquet,Good food and wine.
In the conservancy are Game drives – day and night, Walking – day and night, Abseiling and rock-climbing, Horse riding, Camel riding, Mountain biking, Quad-bikes/ATVs, Bush Skills course, Fly camping.
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