Nanyuki farmhouse earns global acclaim

 

Uligani House in Nanyuki. photo | Courtesy

A Kenyan farmhouse has made the list of the priciest and most luxurious residences in the world after it was featured in a publication released by property management firm Knight Frank.

Uligani House in Nanyuki was ranked amongst the most desirable developments in the world this year by International View 2017, a publication for latest premium property within Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and America and the Caribbean.

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The $2.95 million (Sh295 million) property sits on 81.4 acres and features a four-bedroom main house, three guest cottages and a staff quarter that can accommodate five people.

Property listed on the annual index are said to be of the finest quality

The remainder expansive land was reported to be ideal for further residential development and commercial farming.

The residence, located against the backdrop of Mt Kenya, nine kilometres from Nanyuki town, represents a shift of high-end development from Nairobi to discreet neighborhoods preferred by the super-rich as holiday and retirement destinations.

“Before a property is listed it goes through a rigorous process to ensure that it makes international appeal and Uligani House met these standards. The property’s location is perfect as Nanyuki is now a hotspot because of its climate, accessibility, numerous activities and as a quiet neighborhood,” said Anthony Havelock, head of agency, Knight Frank.

Other property featured in the report include Chiawa Farm a 21,396-acre commercial land with a private airstrip in Zambia, Constantia Upper an upmarket residential development in South Africa and The Royal Atlantis Residences in United Arab Emirates.

story as reported https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/markets/marketnews/Nanyuki-farmhouse-earns-global-acclaim/3815534-3917506-yc6vfvz/index.html

Rhino-Watch Lodge a true Oasis of Serenity and Hospitality

Nyeri county happens to be one of the most green areas in Kenya with dramatic geographical landscapes and attractions. The county has alot of history dating back colonial era.. with most British colonialist settling in this region because the weather was favorable for them and the soils were fertile.. My journey today takes me to the remote and semiarid place of Muiga. My host is Miriam Kinge of Rhinowatch lodge and I am accompanied by StellaMaris of Stejos Tours. We approached Rhinowatch from Nyeri using the Nyeri-Nyahururu Road and it’s a smooth ride all the way, the lodge is easily accessible as the entrance is on the main highway.

When we arrived the team at the lodge was eagerly waiting with a cold towel and welcoming drink. Verily, verily I tell you this was the best thing ever, given that this area can get quite hot. The way that Cold scented towel felt on my skin….. Unlike the surrounding areas this lodge has a well maintained garden with trees allover it looks like an oasis in a semi-arid place. The air changes to a fresh cool, soothing atmosphere.

After checking in we had lunch and we enjoyed every bite.. #ComplementsToTheChef

we spent our afternoon swimming at their infinity pool, even my phone decided to swim lol, Thanks to Apple tips online the idea of putting it in an airtight container full of rice worked., Apparently the rice absorbs all the moister. From the pool area as its on a higher  ground The view of Mt.Kenya  is unblocked its clear and vivid from every location within this property. The lodge is on the valleys between Aberdare Ranges and Mt.Kenya and within 10minutes to solio game reserve. There are quite a number of activities one can enjoy while here e.g biking, game drives, swimming, nature walks, giraffe walks, spa therapy etc

The lodge has 7 luxury chalets 2 of them being family chalets  with 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms all fully furnished en-suite with hot water shower and they can fit up to 5 family members. All Chalets have a panoramic view from the bed, overlooking Mount Kenya with very high roof which ensures natural ventilation, private terrace which has attractive view to Mount Kenya and the Solio plains. The terrace overlooks a glorious garden. The generous front windows offer a wonderful view of Mount Kenya.

The lodge alos have 8 luxury tents 1 of them is a family tent. All accommodations have hot showers and flush toilets, 24hrs electricity with a backup generator. Luxury tents are furnished with either a queen size bed or 2 single beds. The baths are built of stone, offering a comfortable shower, a washstand and a toilet. In front of the veranda you will find a flower garden.All the Tents have been tastefully decorated in the African style..

 

They also have one honey Moon suite that’s away from the main amenities for exclusivity.

All rooms have hot water bottles and coffee/tea making facilities which is awesome as this area can get quite chilly at night. I slept in one of the luxury Chalets and my rooms Highlight was finding a chocolate bar on my bed while going to sleep and waking up in the morning and right through my big wide window was Mt,Kenya glaring at me “Good morning” Then realizing the sun is not up scooping my phone from a bag of rice, doing the sign of the cross for it to charge.. ooh it did yeeh! Charging it for 10mins praying Please sunshine don’t come out yet hahaha! Then rushing out with my PJs to capture the sunrise from the poolside area..things we do, to share that perfect moment….oooh!’

While interacting with Miriam I realized that the lodge supports local community by giving them jobs and truly I saw that local women were the ones responsible of various duties within the property. The lodge also supports local children homes, Sponsor some dis-advantaged children through schools and also supporting children who have been affected or Infected by HIV. I spoke to one of the ladies working there and she was full of praise for the opportunity the lodge brought to her and her Family. Surely a community that receive relief food once a many times from The govt they sure have a lot of needs that need support from every one and Rhinowatch is adding value into their lives and restoring their dignity.

We highly recommend this lodge the staffs are polished, the food is delicous, the rooms are exquisite and the location breath taking..

Anyone who would wish to holiday here visit their website or you can reach out to us on venture.omania@gmail.com 0722838338, 0736365886.

Feel free to Engage us, to share our blog with others it might just be the holiday they need.

From Machame with love Courtesy of Salinero hotels.. Part One!

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Sometimes it feels good to just lay back and let someone else handle your travel plans, book your tickets, hotel etc all you need is just to show up. And that’s what happened to my recent trip to Tanzania courtesy of salinero Hotels. I don’t have such a good memory with Tanzania borders, last time I told the officer to just give me my documents and go back to Kenya hehehe! At Namanga border things were Drama free, efficient, quick, given that now both TZ and KE immigration departments is one-stop….

There is something about road trips. It’s like you become part and parcel of the destination you get to see, smell and experience a place more intimately, Now combine that with good company… and some good Bongo flava music…yaaahoo!  Tahmeed Bus our busline of choice on this trip, made sure we got the best of Tanzanian music and we couldn’t resist singing along Alikiba’s  chekecha cheketuas song….. and especially that our karaoke team was on this trip….

 

Jamani ninataka saule 
kama mapenzi gorofa yamejaa Kariakoo
Nina mapenzi tele kama kwetu kule
Wanaonitaka ni wengi ila mimi kwako nyang’a nyang’a nyang’a

Nini unataka mi nina miujiza nini unataka
Ama ni maji ya bluelight sema nini unataka
Nikugeuze Princess sema nini unataka
Unavyo biringa bayondo hivyo mi ndo nataka taka sana natakaa

Nini unataka mi nina miujiza nini unataka
Nikugeuze Princess sema nini unataka
Siamini yaani siamini yamenipanda kichwani
mahaba ya kuota sinitimi yamenikoleza mwilini
Siamini ooh siamini yamenipanda kichwani
mahaba ya kuota sinitimi yamenikoleza mwilini

Haya chekecha chekecha chekecha chekecha chekecha……….

There is something about Alikiba, his music is infectious, his performances are kind of sweet and cheeky, you get consumed into the words and rhythm you can,t help but sing and dance along. We had a wonderful time, breathtaking views of farmlands .. until we got to Arusha and discovered that one of us was double booked! Yes, as in, he was meant to stand all the way to Moshi so that the new client can seat….let’s just say what happened Next Tahmeed won’t be forgetting us for a longtime lol!  Kenyans na ‘Haki yetu’ is not just a saying but a lifestyle…. However the seats were comfortable, entertainment was good and the power sockets actually worked..

Upon arrival at Machame our host didn’t take long to pick us up and this is where our full blown bongoflava music commenced, a beautiful fun relation that was going to last three days I am talking about our driver guide and his vehicle lol! For all those doing group travels to Arusha and Moshi we highly recommend him. His vehicle is clean, hes friendly and very professional at his work, The music system in his van is well equalized.

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Yoyo moments!! with our guide Charles and the now famous BongoFlava Van…
Any way our first day was going to be spent at Salinero Millie lodge, we checked in at around midday. The lodge is stunning, its majestically located at 1800m above sea level and just a few meters to Machame, one of  the Entrance gate to Kilimanjaro. It located in a very peaceful place and have wonderful views of the surrounding forest and Mt.Kilimanjaro. The staff here were quite welcoming, professional and very friendly.  The rooms were quite spacious and had a balcony where one can enjoy open views. I must also commend the chef for he didn’t disappoint, every detail seemed its well thought  of and we can highly recommend this lodge to anyone without fear.

 

After lunch and freshening up we had a village tour with a local guide called Peter, He had the most interesting English accent ever, he was quite an attraction himself but also very knowledgeable. He guided us through locals way of life from local brews traditions to coffee farming, roasting and tasting experiences. Machame is on the slopes of Mt.Kilimanjaro with lots of flowing water allover in small trails and rivers, waterfalls and caves it felt like a land of milk and honey…The farmer in me came alive and saw opportunities right center and left…

After our village tour we went back to the hotel to relax and freshen up for diner. Our host Mr and Mrs Benjamin Mengi’ had organized a welcome party at their Residence. They are the proprietors of Sarinero hotels we had a wonderful time and learnt quite a lot of things about Tanzania. Our first day was quite impressive.

Thank you Salinero for being a wonderful host and Moe for being with us and making sure we had value in every tour we took. Bigups Y@ll!

 

Madaraka Day Special Zanzibar Flying Package from Nairobi.

 

Madaraka Day Special

29th May – 08th June 2017

Incredible Flying Package to Zanzibar

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USD777 Per Person sharing, Child USD444

                             Stay 4, Pay 3 Nights on Full board basis, Based on Superior rooms at Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa.

Includes return flights NBO/ZNZ/NBO, 3 Nights on Full board basis  and return airport transfers in Zanzibar.

 

Valid for NEW BOOKINGS ONLY
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