Kuota means ‘to dream’ in Kiswahili and this spectacular house was the realisation of an English family’s long-held dream of building and owning a beautiful holiday home in the African bush – somewhere where they and their friends could enjoy peace, isolation and wonderful views, together with plentiful animal and bird life, but within quick and easy reach of Nairobi and its international airport.

The result was this spacious, impressive and very comfortable bush home, built at 5,400 feet (1,645 metres) on what was once the 7,000-acre Maanzoni Ranch, sitting at the foot of the Mua Hills and just beyond Lukenya – the dramatic escarpment to the south of Nairobi and visible from so much of the City. The house enjoys fantastic vistas across the Athi Plains towards the Aberdares and Mount Kenya.

The spectacular centrepiece of the house is the Living and Dining Room which is 54 feet (16.5 metres) long and 50 feet (15 metres) high.  A dramatic balcony spans the length of the room and connects the upper bedroom wings at either end of the house. There are four large double bedrooms – two on the ground floor and two on the first floor – together with a twin-bedded room on the first floor.  All have ensuite bathrooms and their own veranda or balcony.

The house sits within a 10-acre site and is surrounded by 2 acres of well-established lawns and gardens planted with colourful tropical plants and a wide variety of succulents. The gardens attract an abundance of bird life and it is not uncommon to spot 70 or more different varieties during a weekend’s visit.

“We had a fantastic break at Kuota House and were very well looked after by Patrick, Jackson and co.  The children were never out of the pool and even tried their hands at tennis and boule. Beautiful birdlife, excellent barbecues, very relaxing and so easy to get to from Nairobi – thanks so much for organising it all.”

Chris, Lauren and family, UK, October 2015

The gardens also house a lovely heated Swimming Pool, a hard Tennis Court with practice wall, and even a Boules Pitch.  Nearby is a private 4-acre lake stocked with Tilapia and Black Bass situated in a beautiful area and suitable for simple fishing – it is a lovely place for a barbecue, a bush picnic or evening sundowners.

There are four full-time staff on hand at Kuota to look after you, the house and the gardens – they will be pleased to cook and prepare food for you as required.  Meals can be taken at the impressive dining room table inside the house, on the wide, wooden-decked veranda terrace overlooking the gardens or in the makuti-thatched poolside pavilion.

There is plenty of plains game to be viewed nearby and a drive to the house always reveals numerous giraffe and zebra on display. On an afternoon or early morning game drive it is usual to see wildebeest, kongoni, impala, eland, impala and gazelle – and occasionally hyena, silver-back jackal and bush-babies.

None of the ‘Big Five’ are resident nearby – making the area safe for walking, running, cycling and game viewing on foot.  For the more adventurous, guides can undertake a 3 or 4 hour walk with you across the plains. The house operates a Landrover with driver, which is available for local game drives.

Summary

  • A grand, comfortable and well-appointed safari house
  • Just 45 km from Central Nairobi
  • Swimming , Tennis, Boules, Fishing – and more
  • Sleeps 9+ guests in comfort
  • From Ksh 25,000 per night for 4 guests

Detailed Information

Accommodation and Facilities

  • Four full-time staff
  • Pets welcome
  • Accommodation available for nannies or drivers

Inside

  • Sleeps 10 in 5 ensuite bedrooms
  • Grand Living & Dining Room
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Bar area with Fridge
  • CD player with a selection of classical music
  • Books and Games
  • Television and DVD player
  • Excellent mobile phone and internet access.

Outside

  • Spacious Terrace and Veranda
  • Solar-heated Swimming Pool
  • Poolside Pavilion
  • Colourful gardens
  • Hard Tennis Court
  • Boules Court
  • Barbecue
  • Car port

Further Afield

  • Game Drives and Walks in the surrounding bush
  • Fishing and Barbecuing at the nearby 4-acre lake
  • Private Air Strip 7km away
  • Golf Course at Machakos (30 minutes away)
  • Horse Riding available at a nearby riding school

Location

Lukenya Views 2

Lukenya Views

Kuota House sits at the edge of the Athi-Kapiti plains and at the foot of the Mua Hills, around 45 km South East of Nairobi and 20 km South West of the town of Machakos, an important regional centre and the original administrative capital of British East Africa, first established in 1887.

Close to Kuota and dominating the nearby landscape is the Lukenya Hill which provides fantastic hiking, climbing and magnificent views – the less energetic can get to the top in a 4-wheel drive vehicle and on a clear day it is possible to see Nairobi, Mount Kenya, and Mount Kilimanjaro. Rock climbing and camping at Lukenya has long been popular and can be organised via the Mountain Club of Kenya, which owns part of the area.

Lukenya Views

Lukenya Views

For guests coming from Nairobi and staying at Kuota on a ‘self catering’ basis we recommend bringing with you all the food and provisions that you will need for your stay.  Only basic supplies are on hand locally, with supermarket shopping available in Machakos or Athi River.

Athi Plains Zebras

Athi Plains Zebras

How to get there

By Road

Kuota is an easy drive from Nairobi or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport along the main A109 Nairobi / Mombasa road – the journey from central Nairobi should take around 1 hour.  The turnoff to Kuota comes approximately 15km after the Athi River interchange and the house is situated about 8km off the main road.  We can supply guests with detailed directions.

By Air

A private airstrip is available 7km away from the house – please contact us for further information.

Visitors’ Book

“We had a fantastic break at Kuota House and were very well looked after by Patrick, Jackson and co.  The children were never out of the pool and even tried their hands at tennis and boule. Beautiful birdlife, excellent barbecues, very relaxing and so easy to get to from Nairobi – thanks so much for organising it all.

Chris, Lauren and family, UK, October 2015

Rates

  • Up to 4 guests – Ksh 25,000 per night on a ‘self catering’ basis
  • 4-10 guests – Ksh 35,000 per night on a ‘self catering’ basis

The house is also available on a ‘full board’ basis including all meals and transfers to and from Nairobi and its airports – please contact us for further information and rates.