It's not easy to find, or quick to get to, especially in Friday afternoon Nairobi traffic. It took us over two hours to travel from Wilson Airport after a short flight from Kilimanjaro. The next day (Saturday), on the way to Jomo Kenyatta, we passed Wilson after only 20 minutes. In the Karen Hills north of Nairobi city, an upmarket section of properties, Ngong House is the handiwork of Paul, formerly part of the Belgian Diplomatic Mission. He has constructed a number of standalone wooden cottages in different styles. Ours was very comfortable, with a quirky bathtub made from an old canoe. It looked really interesting to use, but the water flow meant it would have taken an hour to fill, so I opted for the handmade shower with circular glass-tile wall to the outside, which worked a lot better.
The bed was very comfortable and the room contained fridge, safe, table, chairs etc. The verandah overlooked a stretch of lawn and all cottages are a discreet distance from each other, ensuring privacy. Probably the best part of this establishment is the food and service. After drinks by the outdoor fire near the main building, Paul led us over to a larger cottage, modelled on the log cabins of the US, where we were treated to a magnificent four course dinner in privacy with a central room fireplace. Breakfast the following morning was at a table set up in the middle of the main lawn, and again was delicious. There was only one other couple in residence the night we stayed and they ate in their room. A party of six that was supposed to arrive either got lost or gave up in the traffic and stayed somewhere else, so i am not sure where we would have eaten dinner if the place was full.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ngong House is a private, serene and luxurious homestay 20 minutes away from the city centre. The lodge overlooks the Ngong Hills, only a few minutes away from what used to be Karen Blixen Coffee Farm. Secluded in 10 acres of private land, it is very close to Nairobi National Park, 40 minutes away from Nairobi International Airport and 15 minutes away from Wilson Airport, from where all air safaris take off. Accommodation is mainly in luxurious Tree-Houses. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ngong House Hotel Nairobi