July in Nairobi is what we consider our ‘winter’ (temperatures occasionally drop to the low teens or single digits). We had intended to go for a picnic in Machakos but the weather was not very picnic friendly so the plan had to change. Plan B turned out to be a trip to Kajiado, a small town on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Masai Lodge_View of CBDView of the CBD from the Nairobi National Park

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 We headed to Rolf’s place a hotel situated on the South east border of Nairobi National Park, built like a medieval fortress on the edge of a cliff. A slightly rickety suspension bridge leads to the large mansion situated on the side of the cliff.

Rolf's Place_Mansion

 

The view at Rolf’s Place is out of this world – a swinging bridge over a deep gorge separating the hotel from the National Park, with amazing views over the Gorge and out over the Nairobi National Game Park. In fact (the view) is pretty much what had brought us there.

Rolf's Place_Bridge

 

Rolf's Place_Bridge1

 

Rolf's Place_View

When we got to the restaurant we were asked if we had a reservation (we didn’t). I was a bit pissed, since there’s no mention of making a reservation on their website.

The hotel itself has such a interesting design with a unique decor and lot’s of beautiful artwork.

Rolf's Place_Chandelier

 

Rolf's Place_Interior

 

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Rolf's Place_Interior2The décor inside the mansion is gorgeous.

 

Rolf's Place_PoolThe Swimming Pool at Rolf’s Place

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We were let in and directed to a table by the poolside. The plan was to have a meat platter but we couldn’t since we would have been required to order different types of meat separately. This was not going to be cost friendly so my sister suggested we try the Masai lodge, a different hotel within the vicinity.

Masai Lodge is situated in Silole Sanctuary next to the Nairobi National Park, and is less than 5 min drive from Rolf’s place. We were there in no time at all.

The guard at the gate was very welcoming and the staff we encountered were friendly too.

Masai Lodge_parking lot

 

We sat by the terrace and apart from one other table, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The restaurant also offers a great view of the gorge.

Masai Lodge_Gorge

 

By this time of the day the sun was out and it just made you feel like you wanted to bask out in the open.

Masai Lodge_Restaurant

 

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We ordered the food (yes, they served a meat platter) and while we waited I took a short walk, down to the pool.

Masai Lodge_PoolThe pool looks so inviting, would love to come back on a much warmer day.

 

Further down was the river.

Masai Lodge_River

 

Masai Lodge_River1

 

Masai Lodge_Flower

 

Walking back up I came across a family of rock hyraxes. They are quite common in this area, interestingly their closest living relatives are modern-day elephants

Masai Lodge_Hyrax

 

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Masai Lodge_Hyrax2

 

I got back to find that the food had finally arrived.

Masai Lodge_parking lot

 

Masai Lodge_Menu

 

Masai Lodge_Food

 

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The food was delicious and well worth the wait. We ordered 2 meat platters ; each platter comes with 2 sides , you can choose to have fries, fried potatoes or ugali (a dish of maize flour cooked with water to a dough-like consistency). You could choose to have this with either a salad or some veggies.

The platter contained pork, chicken, beef, sausages and liver. I cannot remember how much each cost individually but the bill including drinks, came to about kshs4,800 ($53). We ended up taking a whole platter home as one was more than enough.

Masai Lodge_TableOur party of 5 plus baby (I’m not in the picture)

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My experience was really enjoyable and we all had a good time too. The service, though a bit slow was good, the ambience too was great but the best thing overall was the view.

Masai Lodge_Lounge

 

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Masai Lodge_Lounge2

 

Masai Lodge_restaurant3

 

On our way back we spotted a herd of Zebras.

Masai Lodge_Zebra

 

Masai Lodge_Zebra1

Maasai Lodge and Rolf’s Place offer ideal gateways for a day out with friends or family, the surroundings are quite wild and lush and you wouldn’t think you’re so close to the city.

How to get there:

Maasai Lodge is situated 19km from the city centre in Kajiado at the outskirts of Nairobi, If using public means, take matatu or bus number 125 from the city centre, and alight at the junction of Magadi Road and Maasai Lodge road. You should be able to get a bodaboda (motorbike taxi) from here up to Masai Lodge.

If driving, take Uhuru Highway till Nyayo Stadium, then turn right onto Langata Road once you reach the junction at the Bomas of Kenya, turn into Magadi road then turn left into Maasai Lodge road. The turn is about 1.4km past Multimedia University of Kenya. Drive straight ahead for 5.9km, Maasai Lodge will be to your left.

This week I am linking up with;

1. Pack Me To in  #SundayTraveler

2. Noel Morata’s Travel Photo Mondays

3. Budget Travelers Sandbox’s Travel Photo Thursdays

4. Walking on Travels  Friday Postcards

 

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26 Comments

  1. Keniamoja
    July 27, 2014 at 6:24 pm — Reply

    What a surprise to know that such a place exists right in Nairobi. Amazing views over the Gorge and out over Nairobi National Game Park.
    Wow, the swinging bridge over a deep gorge is out of a movie!

    • August 1, 2014 at 12:12 am — Reply

      I had always thought that Rolf’s was waaaay out of town yet it is so close. Definitely planning on going back, and I agree about the bridge.

  2. July 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm — Reply

    Wow what a beautiful place! And a stunning view. That platter looks delicious too. I cannot imagine what it is like to just be driving home and spot some zebras. That’s too odd for me.
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  3. July 27, 2014 at 8:16 pm — Reply

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of rock hyraxes ever before until now! Great job! Related to elephants?? Wow, would have ever thought that, huh? That’s a shame on the reservation part but I can sure see how both Rolf’s Place and Masai Lodge would often be booked! I had NO clue that it got that cold there in the winter. I literally said, “Wow!” out loud to myself. Yes, yes, yes on that meat platter. OMG I’m still licking my lips for that, Rachel! And you make seeing zebras like an everyday afternoon drive! Sooooo envious. Another fantastic post, our friend! 🙂
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  4. Manesha
    July 27, 2014 at 8:56 pm — Reply

    Yes this was a great trip..next time we must remember to visit kitengela glass…

  5. July 28, 2014 at 7:52 pm — Reply

    Wow – it’s funny how your plans got thwarted twice but everything still worked out for the best. The views of that gorge are amazing. The pic of the suspension bridge really gives a good idea of just how deep the gorge is. Looks like you guys had a fun day!
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  6. July 29, 2014 at 11:08 am — Reply

    Wow!!! This place is so beautiful. I’d love to eat with that view. And how cute are those little creatures?! I can’t believe they’re related to elephants haha.
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    • August 1, 2014 at 12:08 am — Reply

      I just kept staring. They are adorable!

  7. Hakquim
    July 29, 2014 at 6:10 pm — Reply

    Just looking at the pics makes me want to visit the place like now. Interesting especially knowing these places are minutes away from the city center.

    • August 1, 2014 at 12:04 am — Reply

      You don’t even need to do that much planning. Just pick a weekend and go!

  8. July 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm — Reply

    Wow Rachel, what a stunning resort, would love to sit down and have an excellent meal like that – it doesn’t taste the same if I lick the screen on my end 🙂
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    • August 1, 2014 at 12:07 am — Reply

      LOL.I wouldn’t advise that.

      • August 25, 2016 at 8:49 am — Reply

        Hi Rachel I would want to know if entry you need to pay I mean in maasai lodge….plus I also want to know if maasai is good for outing without booking a room

        • October 10, 2016 at 2:17 pm — Reply

          Sorry for the late response. There is no entry fee. Yes you can visit without booking a room.

  9. July 31, 2014 at 11:12 am — Reply

    Gorgeous spot! Places like Rolf’s are the reason why I’ve been to Kenya three times since last November. I’m constantly impressed by the combination of nearby wildlife, service and food. I tried ugali for the first time last week and really enjoyed it.
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    • August 1, 2014 at 12:05 am — Reply

      I’m surprised you like ugali. I’m honestly not a fan ( I had too much in boarding school), I had the fries.

  10. August 1, 2014 at 7:54 am — Reply

    Both places, Maasai Lodge and Rolf’s Place, look gorgeous. I like a lot the décor at the Rolf’s Place. And the meat platter looks delicious. Thanks for sharing, Rachael!
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  11. August 1, 2014 at 10:56 am — Reply

    This place is unreal! Absolutely amazing! This temple reminds me a lot of China! 🙂
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  12. August 1, 2014 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    I absolutely loved this post. I was interested in the view of Nairobi. The furry creatures “hyraxes”- how cute. I have not heard of them before. The decorations in the lodge are so different to what I am used to seeing. I was straining to see the white flowers on the tree and in the very next photo you showed a close up. Beautiful.
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  13. August 1, 2014 at 9:32 pm — Reply

    I didn’t realize how high up that rope bridge was until you showed us a side view of the gorge and Rolf’s Place. The chandeliers at Rolf’s Place are very interesting, too. I’m going to have to read up on rock hyraxes as I don’t see the similarities to elephants at all. I’m so glad you finally got a good meal in at Masai Lodge.
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  14. August 2, 2014 at 9:21 am — Reply

    The lodge is gorgeous – lots of different styles. I like the bridge. Every time I see one, I want to walk it.
    I’m surprised there weren’t more people there. Do you have less visitors in winter?
    That meat platter looks delicious. Is ugali like fufu or sadza?

  15. August 2, 2014 at 9:22 am — Reply

    Rachel, What a great place to spend the afternoon! That meat platter looked pretty amazing. Also, loved that the hyraxe’s nearest relative is the elephant…wow!
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  16. August 2, 2014 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    Amazing…
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  17. August 4, 2014 at 8:59 am — Reply

    Beautiful photos! Those are some gorgeous places to visit and even just hang out. I didn’t even know what rock hyraxes were so I learned something new today. I love the decor and how they brought the outside indoors. How neat to just spot zebras on your way home!
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  18. July 26, 2016 at 4:33 pm — Reply

    Wow! i should plan and go there.

    • October 10, 2016 at 2:22 pm — Reply

      You really should. The scenery is amazing.

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