Holiday seasons are a busy time for travellers, lodges and holiday homes alike. Oftentimes, you’re hard pressed to find anything so late in the year. However we’ve got a number of excellent Travel Club picks available for last minute booking this upcoming festive season. Check them out below!
Status: Available over Christmas | 16 Guests, 9 Bedrooms, 10 Beds, 9 Bathrooms (Min. Stay 4 Nights)
At the foothills of Mt. Kenya, this double storey house, is set in vivid tropical flowerbeds with expansive lawns. Mukima House has 8 ensuite bedrooms, a games room, a large kitchen with a store, laundry room, cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, a generous entrance hall and an upstairs gallery.
There is a first floor open terrace, perfect for sundowners while watching the white egrets fly home to roost on the dam against the backdrop of the mountain and the African dusk. Just as stunning on the clear mornings is the sunrise, which silhouettes the mountain in soft pink and blue. The front of the house has a large, wrap-around veranda, used for daytime dining. The rooms are comfortably furnished with local, Lamu, and imported Indonesian pieces, which all combine well and compliment the formal aspect of the house.
Status: Available over Christmas | 4 Guests, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Beds, 1 Bathroom
Lavender Cottage is a perfect cozy getaway for couples or small families looking for a safe environment to enjoy Kenya’s wild side in the privacy of their own home. This gorgeous cottage site is a short walk from Mukima Lake with a breathtaking view of Mt. Kenya.
You will be able to access and explore the 300 acres of Mukima Estate using the popular walking paths that wind through the forest and plains. The only area that will be off-limits is the private gardens, pool, and tennis court of the main house. You are also welcome to row on the dam and make the most of their spectacular bird watching and other game that live on the estate such as Bush Buck, Reid Buck, Duiker, White-Tailed Mongoose, Porcupine, Claw Foot Otters, Eland and more.
Status: Available from the 23rd through to the 26th of December | 6 cabins available
Cedar Retreat is in the Northern Moorlands of the Aberdares National Park & is the only wildlife adventure lodge in the Northern part of the famed and magical Aberdare National Park. With beautiful Rustic Log Cabin styling, and organic architecture which intertwines into the tranquil surroundings , blending perfectly with the untouched Cedar forest in which it is hidden – and the moorlands beyond.
In the 6 log cabins, each accomodating 2 people each (with the option of a triple), you have all the creature comforts you would need at the retreat – a hot shower in the en suite bathroom and water jars provided daily. There are 4 cabins with double beds, and 2 cabins with twin beds. Kids bed and triples are accomodated on portable camping beds.
Cedar Retreat also offers a all inclusive meal plan excluding alcoholic beverages.
Status: Available over Christmas | 2 Guests, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bed, 1 Bathroom
Located on 360 acres, Boat House offers a lake side cottage with a view of Mt. Kenya. Take your private bridge to this homey little nook for a perfect peaceful, romantic escape on the foothills of Mt Kenya. The house is a close drive from 5 famous wildlife conservancies for games drives and day trips, and a 15 minute drive from Nanyuki town for restaurants, shops and cafes.
Status: Available over Christmas and New Year’s | 12 Guests, 4 Bedrooms, 9 Beds, 3 Bathrooms (Min. Stay 7 Nights)
Neem House is a beautiful Swahili architectural house is surrounded by numerous large Neem, Palm, and Fig tree situated on a coral outcrop catching the ocean breeze. Breathtaking sunset and sunrise views can be enjoyed on the property or from the roof terrace and you are only 350m from the beach.
Neem House sleeps a maximum of 12 people, perfect accommodation for family groups on holiday. There are four bedrooms, three are en suite. The master bedroom has a queen bed and the other two rooms have huge traditional Pili Pili beds. The Pilis can be separated into 4 singles. There are 7 singles beds in total(4 in the Lamu room which are not suitable for small children and 3 in the annexe/small lounge off the master bedroom). All rooms have overhead ceiling fans and large walk in mosquito nets. The main bedroom has a large veranda with private seating area and three single beds- ideal for families with small children.
Status: Available over Christmas | 4 Guests, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Beds, 2 Bathrooms
The Treehouse is a unique and exclusive treehouse nestled in Mango treetops with gorgeous 180-degree views of Mt. Kenya and the Aberdares Range. It has been constructed from an old reclaimed wood cabin and offers modern amenities with an open plan living dining and kitchen area with a fully functional kitchen made out of local olive wood.
Status: Available over Christmas | 8 Guests, 3 Bedrooms, 4 Beds, 3 Bathrooms
Ostrich House is a quaint and cozy farm cottage set in a 500-acre mature fruit farm and is perfect for families or groups of friends looking for a weekend getaway or a midweek break. The farm offers ample opportunity for discovery and adventure with guided farm tours, fruit picking, hiking, biking and fishing available on the property. For those that want a weekend of relaxation, Ostrich House provides the perfect opportunity to sit back and relax.