Welcome

Located in northern Kenya’s spectacular Laikipia region, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is regarded as one of Kenya’s most exclusive safari lodges in the most spectacular and breath taking location. Indeed lots of people say we have the best views in Africa – we agree!

We offer total privacy and total seclusion. We can be either an adventurers’ paradise or a relaxing retreat to start or finish your Kenya adventures! Laikipia offers a truly exceptional experience and is best combined with the iconic Masai Mara, an easy combination offering two very contrasting and different experiences.

We opened in 2007 as Laikipia’s first lodge with private villas and are a pioneering example of sustainable tourism, community partnership and world class architecture. A total one off – there is nothing like us in Kenya.

This is a lodge that is proud to be different. The team, with the local communities, have proudly created, conserved and protected over 40,000 acres of pristine wilderness which means guests enjoy an area three times the size of Manhattan to explore privately at their leisure. We can only accommodate up to 14 adults across the stunning four villas (plus six children) so exclusivity doesn’t get any better than this.

Staying here is, notably, a “holiday” and there is downtime to enjoy the numerous unique and special activities that the lodge and Laikipia offer. Your stay is not the safari format of game drives every morning and evening (yes you can do this if you want) but as most guests combine us with the Masai Mara where they will be in cars for the duration of their stay we want to show our guests the space and isolation of our stunning location. We often don’t even put guests in a car and prefer to do walking safaris and other activities that Laikipia is renowned for. Guided by Samburu and Maasai warriors this is a very special journey into their ancient lands.

Importantly your stay is designed to be restful, guests aren’t woken up at 5.30 / 6am for the first activity (unless they want to be) – instead you have a full nights sleep and have a private breakfast in your villa at the time of your choice and then do the morning private activity of your choice. This flexibility combined with unlimited spa treatments ensures guests relax in this stunning environment and leave revitalised!

Ol Lentille is a pioneering example of how private partnerships with the community can successfully work in Kenya. We have a very special and unique story which we are incredibly proud of – our commitment to responsible tourism has rejuvenated and protected a spectacular part of Laikipia for future generations to enjoy and cherish. Tourism has greatly impacted and improved the lives of the local community with over 5 USD million being raised, and invested in the community: building schools, hospitals and water sanitation projects. Our goal from the outset was to give back and enhance this spectacular part of Kenya. In partnership with the Maasai community we balance luxury travel and economic development with ambitious conservation and community development programmes.

Perched on the flanks of a wooded rocky hill in the heart of our private conservation area, is The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille – a collection of four private, full-service, fully staffed villas for the discerning few.  The four private villas are one, two or three bedrooms and are all individually designed and themed offering an incredibly high standard of accommodation with discreet butler service and wow factor. The property is ideally set up for families, groups of friends, honeymooners, and couples wanting privacy and exclusivity.

We are situated in the far northern escarpment of the Laikipia Plateau with enormous views to the craggy peak of Mount Kenya, the Samburu sacred mountain of Ololokwe, the Matthews Range and the Karisia Hills. At one of the highest points in Laikipia – we command spectacular and breathtaking panoramas in every direction.

Our private conservation area is home to the endangered African wild dog, elephant, Grevy’s and Burchell’s zebra, greater kudu, leopard, cheetah, striped and spotted hyena and klipspringer to name but a few.

Elephant numbers have really grown in recent years and some months several thousand sightings are recorded. There are six packs of wild dog (averaging 20) that traverse the area around the lodge and there are between 10 to 20 wild dog sightings for some months in this area.

Laikipia is so much more than just game viewing – you can do as little or as many of our exciting activities as you like and there is no fixed structure – you do what you want when you want and therefore leave us relaxed and refreshed.

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille offers a huge amount more than just its game viewing and exclusive accommodation.

All your activities are private – space, wow factor and privacy awaits our guests.

Highlights

  • Varied activities including day and night game drives, walking safaris, camel safaris, quad and mountain biking, horse riding and authentic community experiences

  • Over 40,000 acre private conservation area, 75km north west of Mount Kenya, which our guests have all to themselves to explore

  • Four stunning and very different 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villa’s. Each villa is fully staffed and serviced with a butler, valet, guide (and private safari vehicle) and night Askari

  • Pioneering example of responsible tourism with the local community

  • Guests experience a very personal and private stay in a spectacular wilderness setting coupled with authentic Maasai and Samburu culture.

  • Exceptional food in varied and stunning locations

  • Stunning “horizon” swimming pool

  • Wonderful spa – we offer unlimited spa treatments

  • Our remote wilderness is easily accessible, only 90 minutes drive from Nanyuki, or fly in to our private airstrip or helipad

  • Incredibly well priced – from only 1,500 USD pp for a four night all inclusive stay!

Come and embrace the space! This is the Kenya you have been dreaming of!

Your Own Place in the African Wilderness

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