20 Charming Airbnbs in Nanyuki
Convenient and easily accessible, Nanyuki is a popular getaway destination with good reason. It is a good base for those planning on summiting Mt Kenya or travelling to the Northern frontier of the country. Here are some stunning Airbnbs in Nanyuki and beyond, that would be ideal for a weekend stay. This list has a mix of properties depending on tastes and budgets, and with unique features. Most of the properties listed are perfect for groups. Sign up for Airbnb here to get $40 off your first booking.
Airbnbs in Nanyuki and beyond
- Nalendai House
This house is the perfect, tranquil escape from city life’s hustle and bustle with stunning views of Mt. Kenya. It accommodates up to six people and is $91 for the entire house per night which comes to around Kshs.1,500 per person. Please note that the minimum stay is two nights.
- Besotted Farmstay
This modern, eco-friendly farmhouse borders Mount Kenya Forest and has amazing views of Mount Kenya. Available activities include hiking, tree-planting, cycling, farming, and rock climbing. Visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Aberdare National Park, and flower and coffee farms in the Mt. Kenya region. The house can host up to 8 guests and is $300 per night which comes to around Kshs.3,800 per person.
- Lavender Suite, Ole Samara
This lovely cottage is the perfect hideaway spot. Private, cozy, and contemporary, Lavender Suite is perfect for a couple. It has a well-equipped kitchen and the property has a river flowing through it. Guests can enjoy walks to the river and try their hand at catching some trout. The house can accommodate two people and is $140 for one person per night and $180 for two per night. Check out their sister property, Jasmine.
- Lavender Villa
This modern and tastefully decorated villa with spacious rooms a swimming pool and a natural pond is a lovely home away from home. Enjoy a peaceful stay here. The villa can host up to 4 guests and is $200 per night which comes to around Kshs.5,000 per person.
- The Uligani Manor
The manor is an enchanting Victorian-style house with a contemporary modern touch. Relax and indulge in views of Mt Kenya. The hosts provide breakfast. The Manor accommodates a maximum of six people and is $239 per night which comes to around Kshs.3,983 per person. Please note that the minimum stay is two nights.
- Batian Apartment
Batian apartment is located in the Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate. Savour views of Mt Kenya, the Aberdare Ranges, and the Loldiaga Hills. Cycle, jog and walk in the wild. Visit the nearby Ol Pejeta Conservancy for a game drive, relax, and swim. The apartment hosts up to 4 people and is $108 per night which comes to around Kshs.2,700 per person. Please note that the minimum stay is two nights.
- The Barn
Enjoy the best of country living in this cozy newly renovated house with sweeping views of Mt Kenya. The kitchen is well-equipped with all cooking utensils, a fridge/freezer, gas cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle, barbecue grill, washing machine, iron, and ironing board. The hosts provide some essentials; drinking water, coffee, tea, milk, sugar, fresh farm eggs, salt, pepper, and various herbs & spices. The house hosts up to 5 people and is $94 per night for the entire house which comes to around Kshs.1,880 per person.
- River Valley House
The River House apartment is located on the west wing of the grand Sutton Hoo house. It has a well-equipped kitchen with a fridge, gas cooker, electric oven, microwave, kettle, and toaster. Enjoy the solar heated swimming pool and gym. The apartment accommodates two and is $193 per night. Please note that the minimum stay is three nights.
For a different pace, stay at this beautiful farmhouse. Walk around the area, take horse riding lessons and savour the spectacular views of Mount Kenya, the Loldaiga Hills, and the Aberdares Ranges. The house can accommodate up to 6 people and is Kshs.5,400 per person per night.
- The Boathouse
This one-bedroomed cottage offers the perfect romantic escape on the foothills of Mt Kenya. Enjoy an alfresco breakfast complete with unbeatable views of Mt Kenya. Guests are free to row on the dam and walk through the property. This bird watching paradise is 15 minutes away from Nanyuki town and is near 5 famous wildlife conservancies for game drives and day trips. The Boathouse is $200 per night. Please note that the minimum stay is two nights.
- Burguret River Cottage
This cottage borders the Mount Kenya Forest Reserve, with incredible views of Mount Kenya. The farmhouse is a place to unplug and relax and guests can walk around the property. This cottage is a good base to access Nanyuki, Laikipia Conservancies, and the North. A 4WD is necessary to get to the house during the rainy season. The house is solar-powered and can accommodate up to 6 people. It is $116 per night which comes to around Kshs.1,933 per person.
- Mawe Mingi
This relaxing retreat complete with fantastic views of Mt Kenya and the Loldaiga Hills is perfect for groups. Enjoy walks to the nearby river and the wildlife that frequents the property. Visit the nearby conservancies, relax, play Table Tennis, or Darts. The house sleeps 8 people and is $160 per night which comes to Kshs.2,000 per person. Please note that the minimum stay is two nights.
45 minutes away from Nanyuki lies this beautiful gem. You can view wildlife from the balconies of this solar-powered home. The house hosts a maximum of four people and is $160 per night.
Timau, Meru County
Hike to the azure pools and walk on the longest and highest canopy walk in East Africa at Ngare Ndare forest, visit Borana conservancy, Mukogodo Forest, and Buffalo Springs Samburu for wildlife sightings.
- Sieku Glamping
Located 4kms away from Ngare Ndare forest is this camp, with views of Borana Conservancy and Mt Kenya. Sieku Moja is self-catering and Sieku Mbili is for full board and chef hire. Enjoy walks around the area, sundowners, and catch the most magical sunrises. Visit Samburu National Park and Mukogodo forest. The Camp is $78 for two Kenyan resident adults sharing and can host up to 16 people.
- Elephant Corridor
This modern cottage is located in the centre of the elephant corridor between Mt Kenya and Lewa Downs Conservancy. Views from this property are spectacular and you can view up to 11 different species of wildlife and birds from the verandah. Walking within the elephant exclusion zone is permitted with a guide. The cottage is conveniently located and has access to all the Northern Kenya game reserves and conservancies.
It is a good base for submitting Mt Kenya and is an hour away from Buffalo Springs, Samburu. The property is plastic-free and all plastic brought to the farm must be taken away. Fresh organic vegetables, eggs, and honey are available at a cost if needed. To get to the property you need a car with 4WD. The house is $32 per person per night and can accommodate up to 6 people.
- Chui Cottage near Ngare Ndare
The cottage is situated 32 km from Nanyuki and 12 km from Timau, near Ngare Ndare forest and Borana Conservancy. It is a sustainable home and has stunning views of Mt Kenya. Guests are encouraged to use water and energy resources wisely to be sustained. If you need a 4WD vehicle, the hosts can organise one to take you to the property and to visit the surrounding conservation areas. A 4WD vehicle is necessary when it rains. The house can host up to 6 people and is $98 per night which comes to around Kshs.1,633 per person. Please note that the minimum stay is two nights.
- The Glass Room
The Glass Room is a basic room with killer views of Mt.Kenya. Wildlife is abundant and one can spot elephants in the valley below. Epic sunrises and star gazing are the norm. Walk and hike around the property and see the baboons nearby. There is a natural pool that is perfect for a midday dip on the hot Laikipia days. The place is self-catering and is perfect for couples and solo travellers. The room is $100 per night and can accommodate a maximum of two people.
- Wagons of Loltunda
The Wagons of Loltunda are made up of three ox cart wagons with views out to the Loldaiga hills and Borana Conservancy. There is an open-air bathroom and the spare room is a treehouse. There is a zipline for kids under 5 years. Guests are free to pick vegetables, collect milk and eggs from the farm. The wagons can accommodate up to 6 guests and is $150 per night which comes to around Kshs.2,500 per person.
Shepherds Huts-Ivy, Holly, Bramble and Oak
The Ivy hut is one of the four shepherd’s huts located at One-Stop, Nanyuki. I’m biased because of the name, obviously haha, but all the huts are similar in style. Enjoy privacy at these cozy huts, the first of their kind in Kenya. They are conveniently located minutes away from Nanyuki town. Note that there is no kitchen in the huts so carry snacks, eat out, or order in. The hut can accommodate up to 3 people and is $104 per night for three people and $80 for two. Perfect for a couple or a solocation. One-Stop Nanyuki is easily accessible, a car is not necessary and you can use public means.
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The 100 Year Old House
This charming wooden house was constructed in 1912 in Parklands, Nairobi. The hosts moved it to One Stop in 2018 as it was due to be replaced for a multi-story block of flats. It is located next to the four Shepherds huts. Enjoy peace and tranquility, swim, and take in glorious views of Mt Kenya. The house can accommodate up to 6 guests and is $280 per night which comes to around Kshs.4,700 per person.
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25km away from Nanyuki, this farmhouse is located in Loldaiga Ranch. Enjoy the tranquility and sounds of the wildlife nearby. Swim in the gorgeous pool as you take in sweeping views of the Loldaiga Hills. Getting to the property requires a 4WD. The hosts provide breakfast and can organise a driver-guide and 4WD vehicle at a rate of $200 per day. The house is let on a self-catering basis and the minimum stay is 2 nights. The property is perfect for groups and it can accommodate a maximum of 12 people at $627 per night. For bookings and more information, check out their website.
Daigas Edge Lodge
If you are looking for a unique place to stay, this is it. Located 10 km from Nanyuki town and 10 km from Ol Pejeta conservancy Serat gate, Daigas Edge Lodge is easily accessible and offers amazing views of the Loldaiga Hills and Mt. Kenya on a clear day. Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis. For more information check out their website.
This is another fan favourite with good reason. Set on 120 acres, this family-run lodge feels like home. Enjoy the expansive views of the Loldaigas and other activities such as horse riding and gin tasting. They also have a six-week residency program for artists(the hosts are open to thinkers and creatives and will consider anyone with deep interest and already well-developed skill in visual arts, writing, culinary arts, composers, musicians, scholars, filmmakers, architects, and more) which you can apply for here. For bookings and more information, check out Olepangi House’s website.
Things to Note about Airbnbs
- Prices indicated do not include service charges, meals, and transport. Most of these places are on a self-catering basis and if they do have a chef or access to fresh produce from their gardens, you would have to pay extra.
- Ask the hosts what measures they are taking to ensure guest safety. When you do travel please sanitize, keep social distance, and wear your mask.
- Most, if not all of these properties are located off-road therefore a 4WD vehicle or a car with high ground clearance would be best. It would also be better and easier to travel during the dry season for the same reasons. Make sure you call ahead to ask about the state of the roads and to ask for directions.
- Buy your food, drinks, and other necessities before you get to the properties as most are located away from town.
- If you are travelling solo, filter your search on Airbnb to Private Room rather than Entire Place. However, feel free to book an entire place if you wish to.
- Confirm rates as they are subject to change depending on the season.
- When visiting Airbnbs be mindful and keep the place in the state you found it. So pick up after yourselves and do not litter. Remember that it is someone’s home after all.
- Photos put up on this post are sourced from the listings on Airbnb, I do not own them.
Live your best countryside life in these charming Airbnbs in Nanyuki. Enjoy glorious views of Mt Kenya, spot wildlife at Ol Pejeta or the nearby conservancies, hike Mt Kenya and Ngare Ndare forest and if you are up to it, head up north. Check out more Airbnbs in Nanyuki here.
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