Ajabu House – ‘the miracle’ in Kiswahili – sits in an idyllic clifftop spot above the lake – manicured lawns and colourful terraced gardens slope down towards the water and much of the property nestles under the shade of huge spreading fig trees. The canopy of trees and breezy lakeside position ensure that the house and gardens are cool and sheltered even on the hottest days, and there are numerous shady spots in which to sit and enjoy the area’s extensive birdlife and wonderful lake views.

Ajabu Main House comprises two ensuite bedrooms, dining room, drawing room, kitchen and front veranda. The Master Bedroom features a 4-poster bed and a double sofabed (useful for small children) and ensuite bathroom. The adjoining and quite unique Bird Room is triple-bedded and ideal for children. The lovely murals on the walls and ceiling were painted by a family friend over 60 years ago to educate children on East African birdlife.

The Siriane Guest Cottage sleeps up to 4 guests. There are two spacious double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and a veranda with armchairs, dining table and tingatinga paintings. It is a truly peaceful spot with exceptional views across the water to Mount Longonot.

The Muse Guest Cottage, the original stable block and offices for the house and farm, has recently been converted to provide additional and very comfortable accommodation and sleeps up to 9 guests. There is one family room with shared bathroom (a double bed for parents and 3 singles for children) and two other double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.

“Ajabu has excellent staff who clearly care about the property and the guests. The chef was particularly impressive – we didn’t give him much to work with, but he put together a delicious feast for every meal.”

Shamim, Nairobi

Meals can be taken in the main dining room, on one of the verandas, or down on the huge wooden deck under the largest fig tree. The kitchen specialises in delicious home-cooked meals and a selection of fresh produce is always available from the organic vegetable garden, together with free-range chickens and lambs from the farm, all of which are available for purchase by self-catering guests.

Guests are ably looked after by a very dedicated and experienced team of six staff – several of whom have worked at the house for decades. Esther, Joseph, Norah, Andrew, Sammy and Adreano will do all they can to make sure you stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

For more energetic visitors there is a hard tennis court, trampoline for children and game drives through the Loldia Conservancy which carries over 4000 head of wildlife – including leopard, aardvark, buffalo, eland, bat-eared fox, hyenas, impalas, zebras and hippopotami.

Ajabu has been in the Hopcraft family for over 100 years. Built in the early 1930s and added to over the decades, it was a family home for over 65 years and is now owned by the great-grandchildren of the original settlers. A genuinely unspoilt and authentic home that harks back to a bygone era, it makes a wonderful getaway from Nairobi – and a really comfortable and relaxing spot from which to contemplate, or to recover from, a more gruelling safari.

Summary

  • Beautifully and peacefully situated overlooking Lake Naivasha
  • Lovely gardens, tennis court, birdwatching, game drives
  • Sleeps up to 18 guests in Main House and guest cottages
  • Attentive experienced staff and delicious organic food
  • From Ksh 28.000 per night for four guests

Detailed Information

Accommodation and Facilities

  • Six full-time House Staff
  • Accommodation available for Nannies or Drivers
  • Pet friendly – dogs welcome

Inside

  • Main House – sleeps 5 in two bedrooms
  • Siriane Guest Cottage – sleeps 4 in two bedrooms
  • Muse Guest Cottage – sleeps 9 in three bedrooms

Outside

  • Beautiful Shady Gardens
  • Hard Tennis Court (murram)
  • Children’s Trampoline
  • Birdwatching

Available nearby

  • Game Drives on Loldia Conservancy
  • Golf at Great Rift Valley Resort
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hell’s Gate National Park
  • Crater Lake
  • Crescent Island
  • Mount Longonot

Location

Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot

Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot

Lake Naivasha sits at the highest elevation of the Kenyan Rift valley at 1,884 metres (6,181 ft) and around 90km north west of Nairobi. The name Naivasha comes from the word Nai’posha meaning rough water in the language of the Maasai, and the surface of the 50-square mile lake can often be subject to unexpected squalls and storms.


In early colonial times the lake became a popular retreat for white settlers with a number of beautiful and unusual houses being built along the lake shore, such as the notorious Djinn Palace. In the 1930s the lake began to be used by Imperial Airways as a landing place for their flying boats travelling between England and South Africa.

Crescent Island Naivasha

Crescent Island Naivasha

Naivasha and the surrounding area remains popular with weekenders from Nairobi and there are numerous water sports and related activities on hand for visitors. Boating, sailing, fishing, and bird watching are available at various locations around the lake – as is horse riding, biking and hiking. Golf takes place in a spectacular location at the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort off North Lake Road.

Lake Naivasha Sunset

Lake Naivasha Sunset

Apart from tourism, the major business of Naivasha is floriculture – numerous flower farms are to be found close to the lake shore and export large quantities of flowers, especially roses, to Europe daily. Another major commercial enterprise on the lake is the geothermal plant, which was commissioned in 1981 and now generates a substantial amount of electricity.

Lake Oloidien Naivasha

Lake Oloidien Naivasha

The lake and its surroundings are home to a wide variety of wildlife and game including a large population of Hippoptomus and several species of fish. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded here, and the lake is home to Pelicans and Kenya’s largest concentration of African Fish Eagles. You will often see large flocks of Flamingos on Lake Oloidien which adjoins the South West corner of the lake.

Hell's Gate National Park Naivasha

Hell’s Gate National Park Naivasha

Hells Gate National Park is one of the few National Parks that permits walking, bicycling and rock climbing. Both Fischer’s Tower and Central Tower make challenging ascents for rock climbers, as does the escarpment. The gorge, slicing through striking rock formations, contains a series of hot springs that heat the surrounding rocks, and local guides are available to guide walkers through the gorge. The park is home to plains game and other wildlife, and is particularly known for vultures, eagles and buzzards. The setting for the film The Lion King was heavily based on the area.

Crater Lake Naivasha

Crater Lake Naivasha

Crescent Island, an arc of land linked to the mainland lake shore by a causeway, has a number of animals but no predators, and makes a lovely place to walk and picnic. Crater Lake, to the West of Lake Naivasha, also has wildlife, birdlike and attractive walks. Mount Longonot, between Naivasha and Nairobi, is an inactive volcano whose crater makes for a lovely but quite strenuous walk with spectacular views both into the crater and across the surrounding area.

Mount Longonot Naivasha

For food and general supplies there is good shopping in Naivasha Town and at the new Buffalo Mall which has a large Tusky’s supermarket. There is an excellent new Farm Shop and Butchery on South Lake Road, where you will also find attractive crafts for sale at Lake Elementaita Weavers and Fired Earth Pottery.   Recommended places to eat off South Lake Road include Carnelly’s Restaurant, The Ranch House Bistro and The Club House Cafe.

Club House Cafe Naivasha

Club House Cafe Naivasha

How to get there

Ajabu Sign

Ajabu Sign

By Road

Guess should allow around 2 hours to drive from Nairobi to Ajabu. The house is located 14kms from the A104, the main Nairobi-Naivasha-Nakura road, and accessed along Moi North Lake Road. Although the North Lake Road is in the process of being properly surfaced a 4×4 vehicle is recommended as the access road to the house is rough and steep in places.

Ajabu House The road to Ajabu

The road to Ajabu

By Air

At certain times of the year there are daily scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the nearby Loldia airstrip with Safarink. The flight takes less than 30 minutes and also connects with the Masai Mara.

www.flysafarilink.com

Safarilink

Safarilink

Visitor’s Book

“Ajabu has excellent staff who clearly care about the property and the guests. The chef was particularly impressive – we didn’t give him much to work with, but he put together a delicious feast for every meal.”

Shamim, Nairobi

Rates

  • ​1-4 guests – ksh 28.000
  • 4-8 guests – ksh 38,000
  • 8-10 guests – ksh 40,500
  • 10-14 guests – ksh 46,500
  • 14-18 guests – ksh 65,000

(Accommodating 14-18 guests is only possibly when some are children – please ask for details)

These rates are for residents on a ‘self catering’ basis including the services of chef and staff

Rentals include a basket of fresh seasonal vegetables from the farm

Fresh Loldia lamb is avaiable to buy at ksh 500 per kilo – please order in advance

All rentals have exclusive occupancy of the entire property

Please ask for non-resident and ‘full board’ rates