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“Wonderful place to visit.” 5 of 5 stars
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Moi South Lake Road | P O Box 515, Naivasha, Kenya   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hermosa Beach, California
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“Wonderful place to visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

This was our first stop on a recent 3 week trip to Kenya to visit our daughter. It could not have been better. Wonderful welcoming staff and hosts. Beautiful grounds overlooking he lake. Very comfortable rooms with patios were perfect for us and our daughter to enjoy the wildlife. The food was excellent served in an idyllic setting. Since our luggage was lost by our airline, our host Julie even took us to the local market to do some clothes shopping in the interim. Everyone could not do enough to make our three day stay more perfect. Hated to leave. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kampala, Uganda
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We have been in Sanctuary farm only once....but the all family is still remembering all the great moments that we had there. It's a beautiful place where you can walk with all amazing animals around. The rooms were clean and we slept really well. The food was excellent as well.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

It is very easy for us to write this as we know the people who own the place so we have a very big advantage.
Does this make the rooms worse or better NO they are still very nice rooms and the food is second to none.
Lets be honest in this area there are alot of NGOs on a weekend away. This place covers the mid range price bracket. They cover it very well.
The amount of wildlife in the farm is second to none.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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nairobi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I've been to Sanctuary several times and have always enjoyed my stay. Beautiful, clean rooms-- though we did have trouble with hot water last time I was there. The grounds are gorgeous, perfect for walks by the lake with lots of animals around. The food is also excellent. I would say it's worth staying at Sanctuary for the food alone. Lunch is served buffet style with lots of fresh salads. Plenty of options for vegetarians.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Sanctuary Farm is a popular place to go, and to some degree it is easy to understand. But the place is over-priced when you think about what you get. The farm is a down-to-earth place to stay away from noise and stress with gnus and giraffes walking around on the area. You can also have a boat ride on the Lake to see Hippos.

The rooms in the old stable is very nice and tastefully decorated in a rustique style. Very nice. Also, coffee and tea at the room in the mornings is very welcome.

The hostess, Julia, is very nice and friendly. So far so good.

The lunch is not what it should be for the price you are paying. Considering that the place charge you more than Serena Lodge in Amboseli or Sarova Lodge in Nakuru, for example, you should expect more. When we were there the lunch buffet didn't have enough food, and it was not re-filled before we commented on it. Further, the selection was really not that good either when you think of the great buffet other places in this country have. Dinner was tasteful, but to sit and wait 35 minutes on a coffee that never come is annoying.

You cannot pay by card, but they are very helpful and you can do a bank transfer afterwards.

In conclusion, a nice place to go as an alternative to other more poshy places, but be prepared to spend more money than you think is worth.

Room Tip: You have to get a room in the old stables.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sanctuaryfarmkenya, Owner at Sanctuary Farm, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
Thank you for your review on Sanctuary Farm and I apologize for the coffee not turning up and our tardiness in replenishing the lunch buffet. Service is an area we obviously need to concentrate on and thanks to your remarks I will make it a priority. Our lunches are intended to be a light, well balanced meal, prepared fresh daily and using only the finest ingredients. It would therefore be difficult to lower our prices without compromising the quality.
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Birmingham
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We stayed at Sanctury Farm , sadly, one night , on our way to SLeeping Warrior. Sadly because the Sanctury Farm is an amazing place and Julie and Guy and their staff are wonderful hosts. They are all so so caring , welcoming and nothing was any trouble for them. We loved the accommodation, the total ambience of being in the nature with wonderful animals , glorious trees and superb people. Loved Julie's amazing cooking. You made our stay a tranquil and a memorable one. We will be back for a longer stay next time. We highly recommend Sanctury Farm to anyone. Wonderful hosts whose desire is to make their visitors stay a happy and a comfortable one. Thank you to all of you. Lucky and Steve from Birmingham UK

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

What can I say? This is just the most magical paradise you could possibly want - we wanted to relax in a pampered but natural and unspoilt environment and this is exactly what you got. The rooms are spotless and although simple, also with a feel of luxury and comfort. The staff are incredible and will make every effort to see to all your needs, whether it be herbal tea at 5 am or a cappuccino on the verandah at 11.

Drive through Naivasha and you will pass many flower farms and manicured 'hotels', arrive at Sanctuary and it seems to be only place filled with an abundance of wild animals in their natural habitat - including Giraffe, Zebra, monkeys and Hippo. It is truly beautiful and they are everywhere!

At the club house Julie serves breakfast. lunch and dinner which are all home-cooked and the very best quality of fresh, exciting food. Although there is not a choice, (it is all so delicious you won't need one), if you are unable to eat anything Julie will always be able to provide something else at very short notice. The fully stocked bar is also open all day so you really can just dream the day away drinking in the wonderful scenery and peaceful atmosphere.

If you prefer a more active trip, there is plenty to do both on the farm (watch the milking of the cows, take a horse ride, a boat on the lake, or a night safari drive with guy) or off the farm on various day trips.

Its not a hotel, but for me its far superior and a truly unique experience. Thank you so much Julie and Guy and all the wonderful staff at Sanctuary,

If you want more than just drinking in the scenery and

Room Tip: The family room is great if you have children
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sanctuary Farm

Address: Moi South Lake Road | P O Box 515, Naivasha, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Naivasha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Naivasha
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sanctuary Farm is a family owned farm consisting of 430 acres of pristine acacia forest leading down to the lake edge. 350 species of birds, a fantastic biodiversity including Hippo, Masaai giraffe, Buffalo, Waterbuck, Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Grants & Thompson gazelle, Dikdik, Bushbuck, Aardvark, Jackals, Bat Eared Fox, Hyena and Zorillas. In 2011 we converted a stables into ten beautifully designed contemporary en suite double and triple rooms each with their own private verandah. In 2012 we opened The Club House Cafe which has a fast growing reputation for fine dining. Our approach to food is to keep it simple, fresh and made from local produce as much as possible. We cook the produce of our garden, brimming with herbs, fruit & vegetables of exceptional quality. None of what we have achieved would have been possible without our friendly and helpful team, most of whom grew up on the farm. ... more   less 
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Sanctuary Farm Naivasha, Kenya - Rift Valley

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