Step off the treadmill of life
"In a world where everything is the same, Olepangi is a one off!"
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Set on the foothills of Mt Kenya, Olepangi provides a beautiful, tranquil space for our guests to re-connect with nature, with themselves and the special people in their life. The Olepangi community is one of warmth; an embrace into a world where the day-to-day busy-ness of life can be forgotten. Rural and remote: the perfect place to be right now.
Olepangi House - 3 / 5 bedrooms, with private lounges
Olepangi House is our fabulous 5 bedroom house (sold on a 3 bedroom or 5 bedroom basis) with panoramic views north to the Lolldaigas and south to Mt Kenya. Tastefully decorated with antiques from the owner's far-reaching travels, this is the perfect place to reconnect with friends and family. The master bedroom enjoys it's own lounge area, separate bath and shower, dressing area and both north and south facing balconies with arguably the best views on the property.
The master bedroom is exquisite and features a 7-foot wide (king size) British Raj bed made in India dating from about 1840 and an antique Heriz carpet. The bed would have been used by a senior officer of the British military. It features stunningly carved bare-breasted angels in the headboard.
A further two bedrooms are made up as one double and one twin. When booking the whole 5 bedroom house, there is an additional double and twin room.
The large lounge area is full of interiors collected from Elizabeth and Clinton's travels with a large open fireplace, separate dining area, multiple verandahs, stunning gardens, outdoor dining and fire pit and a private kitchen with chef. A very special home from home!
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Known as Burton Cottage, this unit is decorated with fine antique carpets and features a Bombay bed. The room has a balcony and dining area. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower.
Thesiger Cottage - 1 bedroom
The Thesiger Cottage is a stunning room with two beautiful 5 feet wide Britsih Raj beds which would have been used by junior British military officers more than 160 years ago. This room is also decorated with a Persian carpet.
The cottage has its own balcony, it is the perfect spot for admiring the flowers, views and bird life.
The private bathroom is fitted with a shower and comes with beautiful organic soap, shampoo and conditioner handmade in Kenya.
Markham Cottage - 1 bedroom
The Markham Cottage is cosy and, oh so tastefully decorated in Ian Sanderson fabrics, beautiful cotton quilts and antique Indian miniatures on the walls, collected from our travels over the years.
Tucked away, this cottage is slightly more private than the others, the perfect spot for a romantic weekend away or for admiring the views and enjoying the bird life from its private balcony.
The private bathroom is fitted with a shower and comes with organic soap, shampoo and conditioner handmade in Kenya.
Room size 200 ft
One of our top picks in Nanyuki. Set at the foothills of Mount Kenya, Olepangi Farm is an authentic farmstead in Timau. Set on 120 acres, this family-run lodge offers amazing views over the natural surroundings and has a bar, and includes all meals, wine, beer and evening sundowners.
The beautifully appointed cottages are decorated with rich antique carpets and beds. Each one has a private bathroom with free toiletries and fitted with a shower.
The beautiful Laikipia region where Olepangi Farm is set is ideal for hiking, horse riding and hiking. Guests can take a day trip into Samburu National Park or over to Ol Pejeta, take quad bikes into Ngare Ndare Forest or just walk the canopy above the trees. The blue mountain pools are perfect for summer swims, and guests can enjoy massages by prior arrangement.
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Ngare Ndare Canopy Walk and Blue Pools
Accompanied by a guide and an armed ranger, guests can explore these beautiful forest trails in the foothills of Mount Kenya. Discover hidden waterfalls and rare birdlife, enjoy a private swim in forest pools then navigate the 500 metre elevated walkway high in the forest canopy.
PRICE: US$200 per vehicle per day + park fees (subject to change): US$40 Adult | US$20 Child (10-15yrs) including a luxury Olepangi picnic lunch and soft drinks.
DURATION: 4-5 hours
Samburu National Reserve
One of the most stunning wildlife reserves in Kenya both in terms of landscape and variety of wildlife. A long, but highly satisfying day trip from the farm, taking an easy two hours to get to the main gate. We go often . . . leaving early in the morning, take a packed picnic lunch and a blanket for lounging by the river during lunchtime. Home by 7:00 or 8:00 in the evening with a hot shower and delicious dinner back at the farm.
PRICE: US$300 per vehicle per day + park fees (subject to change): US$70 Adult | US$40 Child (5-11yrs) includes driver guide and luxury Olepangi picnic and soft drinks.
DURATION: Up to 8 hours
One of the best places in the world to see Rhino with more than 350 in residence at Solio Ranch. Beautiful yellow fever groves, large herds of zebra and other plains game as well as good lion sighting opportunities. An easy and very enjoyable day trip from the farm.
PRICE: US$300 per vehicle per day + park fees (subject to change): US$80 Adult | US$60 Child (5-15yrs) includes driver guide and luxury Olepangi picnic and soft drinks.
DURATION: Up to 8 hours
One of our favourite places on the planet, with abundance of wildlife and views that stretch to infinity. A privately owned 49,000 ranch and wildlife reserve and easy accessed from the farm. Often referred to as the most beautiful ranch in Kenya.
We regularly take walking and driving safaris in to the Lolldaigas as well as horseback safaris for the day. Please ask us about options if you're interested. Highly recommended!
WALKING & 4x4 SAFARI
PRICE: US$300 per vehicle per day + park fees (subject to change): US$80 Adult | US$40 Child (5-15yrs) includes a driver guide (who takes the walks), luxury Olepangi picnic and soft drinks.
DURATION: Up to 8 hours
Community Walks with Mr Kariuki
By far one of the most popular activities at Olepangi Farm is to go for a community walk with the Mr Kariuki, our neighbour, who can only be described as astonishing. His knowledge of the social history of the area is fascinating and his knowledge of world affairs humbles most of us. Go for an hour or an afternoon, it is completely flexible. Many of our guests go out with him more than once!
PRICE: US$10pp community donation to support the Timau Community Patrol
Guests can enjoy an outride in the surrounding community area (approximately 2 hours) or a longer ride for more advanced riders in the neighbouring conservancy amongst wildlife (approximately 3-4 hours depending on pace.)
Riding lessons are also available, both for children and adults in an all-weather arena and on a selection of well-schooled ponies and horses. The farm also has a bush polo ground and polo lessons can be arranged for advanced riders.
For the more adventurous, we do fabulous multi-day horse-riding safaris into the Lolldaigas. Please contact us about these trips and see the Activity List for prices.
Mt Kenya - By Helicoptor
What better way to see Mt Kenya . . . by helicopter. A truly jaw dropping experience. Early morning collection on our polo field and off you go.
PRICE: US$2,600 per hour max 4 pax. Includes private helicopter trip with expert pilot, breakfast, tea, coffee and juices.
DURATION: 2 hours
Our partners at Tropic Air are the best in the business and can offer tailor-made helicopter safaris from Olepangi throughout Kenya. Some top spots include the Lakes of the Great Rift Valley, the deserts of the North and the Maasai Mara. There are no limits to where the helicopter can go and, to top it off, you can choose whether you have the doors on or doors off! Off please..... We can arrange all this for you as part of your stay, just let us know on your enquiry.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000-acre (360 km2) not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in Central Kenya's Laikipia County. It is situated on the equator west of Nanyuki, between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for re-investment in conservation and community development.
The Conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and in 2013 reached a population milestone of 100 black rhino. It also houses the two remaining northern white rhino in the world, who were moved here from Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is situated here, and provides a haven for orphaned, abandoned and rescued chimpanzees. It is the only place in Kenya where these great apes can be seen. The Conservancy is host to the "Big five game" among a large selection of other African animals, which makes it a popular safari destination. It also operates a successful livestock program, which serves to benefit local pastoralists and wildlife. Through the conservancy's community development programme, Ol Pejeta provides funding to surrounding communities to aid health, education, water and infrastructure projects. They also support the provision of agriculture and livestock extension services and the development of community-based conservation tourism ventures.
PRICE: $300 per vehicle per day + park fees of US$90 Adult | US$45 Child (5-11yrs) and includes a luxury Olepangi picnic lunch and soft drinks
DURATION: Up to 8 hours
Climbing Mt Kenya
Only 30 mins drive to the popular Sermon gate, why not use Olepangi Farm as your starting or finishing (or both!) base to climb Mt Kenya?
Climbing to 5,199 meters, Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa. The scenery surrounding this designated World Heritage Site is breath-taking. It is pristine wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game and unique montane and alpine vegetation. Visitors can enjoy mountain climbing, camping and caving with the mountain’s rugged glacier-clad peaks providing the perfect backdrop.
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Learn to play polo
Olepangi Farm has it's own bush polo pitch with amazing views of Mt Kenya. Take a lesson on one of our ponies for the inexperienced or play a little three on three pick up chukkas. All played with an arena polo ball and always a lot of fun!
DURATION: 1 hour
Horse riding on Mt Kenya
Horse rides on the slope of Mt Kenya . . . with every journey we wander amongst towering, heavily scented trees which cast a dappled light over the soft, green forest floor. We cross small streams and pass through pretty glades, where we occasionally see zebra, antelope and elephants. The grassy footing within parts of the forest lends itself to long trots and gentle uphill canters. There are also many fallen trees and logs to jump if you wish to add some more excitement to your ride.
There are many different routes that we can take. We can go for a shorter ride of 3 to 4 hours within the Forest Reserve, or a longer trip of 5 to 6 hours up to the moorlands where, emerging from the forest we are immediately confronted by a breath-taking, panoramic view of the Mount Kenya peaks. There are two options:
HALF DAY RIDE
This ride includes a classic picnic lunch consisting of homemade sandwiches and snacks, carried in saddlebags. During the course of the ride we find a pretty spot to rest, untack the horses and lay out our picnic blankets.
PRICE: US$200pp + US$100 for group transport
DURATION: 3-4 hours
FULLY DAY RIDE
This ride includes a delicious homemade lunch which you enjoy whilst seated at a table, in a beautiful secluded glade within the forest. Alcoholic refreshments of house wine and beer are included in the price.
PRICE: US$270pp + US$100 for group transport
DURATION: 5-6 hours
A Day in the Life of the Farm
Join the gentle daily rhythm of the farm as we go about milking the cows, collecting fresh flowers and vegetables from the garden or help bake a delicious variety of breads for lunch. CLICK HERE to learn a little about how our days are spent and how you can join in with our team.
Full Activities List
A quick LINK to all the activities you can enjoy whilst staying with us! Or have a quick look below:
- Safari in Samburu National reserve: Famous for the "Samburu 5" as well as wonderful elephant and leopard sightings. The Samburu is dry, arid and lined with date palms. Completely different to the lush Laikipia Plateau Olepangi is on.
- Walk in the canopy and swimming in the cool waters of the Ngare Ndare Forest.
- Surround yourself by rhino on Solio Ranch on a 4x4 day trip
- Ride, walk or 4x4 in the neighbouring Lolldaigas - secretly our favourite place on the planet.
- Safari on Ol Pejeta: exceptional game viewing and conservation initiatives
- Horseback safari: On horseback you become part of the wildlife footprint. Gallop with giraffe, respectfully watch elephant from a distance. No engines and no other people.
Only have 2 nights? Our 3 Night Package is how we, as locals, would spend our days to get the most out of our little farm and location in such a short time. Enquire: email@example.com