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Olepangi Farm Guesthouse

Comfortable colonial cottages on a family-owned Kenyan working ranch

Olepangi Farm Guesthouse

Olepangi Farm is a glorious farm-stay retreat in the foothills of Mount Kenya, in the northern region of the malaria-free Kenyan highlands. This working ranch has five delightful cottages, beautifully furnished and each with its own distinct theme. Guests have complete freedom to explore the farm, and the feel is one of being part of an extended family. It is the base for the owner's private safari company, making this a perfect choice for arranging excursions to the surrounding mountains and conservation areas. Horse riders will be in their element, as will those who relish outdoor life and magnificent scenery.

At the lodge

The hotel

The central “Party House” has a soaring makuti-thatched ceiling over the vast dining room, bar, lounge and library, which flows over several levels. Furnishings have been collected from all over the world and include antiques, tribal artefacts and textiles, oriental rugs, and an extensive library. Breakfast is served on the timber deck suspended over the river, and during chilly spells there's a huge open fireplace with plenty of comfortable spots to keep warm and enjoy the company of fellow guests.

The rooms

Five en-suite thatch and stone cottages, each with its own elegant colonial feel, are furnished with antiques, fine Persian rugs, and artwork collected over the years by the owners. Vast romantic four-poster beds date back to the days of the British Raj. Some cottages have interleading rooms which are suitable for families, and each has solar-powered electricity, with hot and cold running water. Largest of these is the dramatic Round House, with an upstairs bedroom and balcony, and outdoor bathroom.

On safari

Experiences

A variety of activities on the farm include yoga on the deck overlooking the valley, walking, horse riding and polo, and a selection of games including badminton, croquet, and board games. Further afield, trips are offered to nearby communities, and longer horse rides are available for experienced riders. Guided game drives to the surrounding wildlife reserves, and forest hikes are possible. For those who are fully prepared, guides are available to accompany guests who wish to climb Mount Kenya.

When to go

Laikipia by month

January

Season: Dry

February

Season: Dry

March

Season: Dry

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Wet

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

Wildlife


The greatest conservation success of the region remains with the black rhino, almost half of Kenya's entire population can be found in this area. Laikipia is a real up-and-comer on the African safari circuit, with an impressive diversity of unique species, not to mention home to the famous Big 5. Encounter elephants, big cats (often collared for research purposes), buffalo, Grevy's zebra, numerous antelope and more recently, an increasing wild dog population. Laikipia consist of a mix of high altitude grassland, dotted with rocky outcrops, low lying bush and patches of riverine forest.

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