Ol Lentille, Kenya
Set on the flanks of a wooded rock kopje (small hill) in Kenya’s northern Laikipia region, Ol Lentille is a collection of four spectacular fully-serviced private villas with panoramic views from every angle. It offers wow factor, privacy and exclusivity in abundance. This is a place to re-charge and relax in your 'Own Place in the African Wilderness'! It offers the perfect combination with a stay in the Masai Mara - enjoy the excitement of a safari and then come here to slow down and truly appreciate the space and serenity of this incredible location. Enjoy game drives with a private guide at a time to suit you and join walking safaris guided by Samburu and Maasai warriors - you will gain a unique insight into their ancient lands. What's more, getting to Ol Lentille is all part of the adventure! Fly from Nairobi's domestic Wilson airport to the airstrip at Loisaba where an Ol Lentille driver guide will be waiting to introduce you to this breathtaking landscape on an exhilarating 75 minute 4WD journey. Or blow the budget and fly directly to Ol Lentille's airstrip which is only a short 15 minute drive away.
The 40,000 acre Ol Lentille Conservancy sits on the ancestral lands of four Maasai and Samburu communities, who work in partnership with the lodge to protect and preserve the surrounding environment. This intimate connection between the lodge and the community provides guests with unparalleled access to the local Masai and Samburu culture. This creates opportunities for authentic cultural interaction, seldom experienced in more traditional safari lodges. The conservancy has been rewilded over the years and is now home to magnificent wildlife such as elephant, leopard, hyena and greater kudu including endangered species like the African wild dog, Grevy’s zebra and gerenuk. This is a major animal migration corridor that plays a key role in the ecosystem of northern Kenya. Tourism here has funded schools, a hospital and water sanitation projects. This is, without doubt, a very special conservation initiative. But not only is Ol lentille an amazing example of sustainable tourism and community partnership, it is also an exceptional example of world class architecture, interior design and authenticity!
The four private architecturally designed villas, each have their own aesthetic. They are ideal for couples, friends and families alike, with maximum privacy assured, as they are all carefully positioned on the mountain's ridge. Each is serviced by its own host and housekeeper and they all come complete with a dedicated private guide and game viewing vehicle.
Carissa is a romantic bolthole for two, secluded on the top of a hill, with a gorgeous circular bedroom with a round bed and an outdoor bath. Acacia is a two-bedroomed thatched roof house built against the mountainside. Each bedroom has an outside deck with far-reaching views over the dramatic landscape. Aloe is a two-storey villa with two large bedrooms on the upper floor and a luxurious living space downstairs including a vast terrace and plunge pool. Boscia, with its contemporary black and white aesthetic, is the largest of the villas with three bedrooms, multiple living areas, a vast outside deck with plunge pool and an outdoor boma. Each of the houses can be booked individually or a large family or group can take the whole property exclusively.
Ol Lentille is renowned for its delectable cuisine and you will have the opportunity to dine in numerous stunning locations throughout your stay. You eat what you want when you want and what's more, all meals, wines, beers, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks are included in your stay. You will enjoy private dining experiences from start to finish to ensure maximum exclusivity!
Breakfast is arranged in your villa at a time that suits you, whilst lunches are often served around the pool and dinners can either be enjoyed in your villa or in a spectacular setting in the bush. Kenya really doesn't get much better than this!
Very importantly, your stay at Ol Lentille is designed to be restful. You won't be woken at 6am for a game drive (unless you want to be!). Instead, you will enjoy a full night's sleep and wake to a private breakfast in your villa arranged for a time to suit you. The day is yours to do as much or as little as you wish!
The experience here is a very personal one, coupled with an opportunity to see Africa's wildlife and gain an insight into authentic Maasai and Samburu culture. Most importantly, each villa is allocated its own private guide and game viewing vehicle and you won't see another vehicle for the duration of your stay! This vast, private and protected conservation area will be all yours to enjoy! And there is a huge amount to do here, over and above the wildlife! The conservancy is home to the endangered African wild dog, the greater kudu, leopard, striped and spotted hyena and the lesser known klipspringer antelope. Elephant numbers have also really grown in recent years. Activities include day and night game drives, walking safaris, mountain and quad biking and bush meals and sundowners in spectacular locations - all this combined with a chance to gain an insight into Maasai and Samburu culture. Camel safaris can also be arranged (additional cost applies). There is no doubt that you will leave Ol Lentille with a little piece of Kenya forever etched in your heart.
For an insight into daily life, there are 3 'singing wells' within 15 minutes drive of the lodge. Singing Wells are just part of local life in Laikipia! The local Samburu and Maasai warriors bring their cattle, goats and donkeys daily to nearby wells where they literally spend hours 'singing' whilst providing their animals with water. Getting this close to the local traditions, is a special and incredibly authentic experience.
At the end of an exhilarating day, relax and recharge with a spa treatment, in the privacy of your villa.
Ol Lentille also has a library with an open-air viewing deck, a Spa and a spectacular infinity swimming pool!
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