Kiangazi House is an excellent option for travellers seeking a home-away-from-home in the beautiful Lake Naivasha region! And the property’s location within a wildlife sanctuary makes for some superb safari experiences.
One of two accommodation options situated within the Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary, Kiangazi House is sister property to Chui Lodge. Oserengoni was established by Hans and June Zwager and their son Peter in 1995, with the joint aim of conserving the area’s wildlife and managing human–wildlife conflicts to enable both local communities and animals to thrive. A stay at either Chui or Kiangazi House combines well with a safari in the Maasai Mara or Amboseli National Park – do get in touch with one of our experts to talk through your safari holiday! Accommodation at Kiangazi is usually booked on a full-board basis and the house is open all year round.
Access & location:
The house can be accessed via road transfer from Nairobi. It’s situated within the Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary, above the shores of Lake Naivasha.
Accommodation & facilities at Puku Ridge:
There are seven bedrooms. Three are found within the main house, while the remaining four are set out within the grounds. Two of the main house rooms are double, while the third offers twin beds. All rooms are exquisitely styled. In addition to the comfortable bed or beds, furnishings include bedside tables and lighting, a dressing table cum writing desk with padded stool or chair, a separate seating area, and ample storage space. The wooden floors are laid with snug rugs or matting, while the walls are adorned with charming artwork, for example a quartet of bird portraits. Every room has well-appointed en-suite facilities, such as a flush toilet, bidet, washbasin with mirror over, and bathtub with shower attachment. And there are lovely views over the gardens or a popular waterhole!
The shared spaces at Kiangazi House are as homely and welcoming as the guest bedrooms. They include the pleasant lounge, which features plush sofas and armchairs around sturdy coffee tables, a cosy fireplace, and even an upright piano! The lounge adjoins the well-stocked bar, which also has a fireplace and flows through to the library/TV room. The indoor dining room is the setting for hearty and tasty meals, prepared using fresh ingredients from Kiangazi’s own farm and dairy. Guests can also opt to tuck into delicious food and drink on the house’s veranda, while appreciating views of the gardens and the nearby waterhole. The gardens contain a large swimming pool, surrounded by inviting sunloungers. This is the perfect place to relax between excursions into the wildlife sanctuary and farther afield!
Activities at Puku Ridge:
In common with Chui Lodge, Kiangazi House offers a fine assortment of activities, as follows:
Expertly guided game drives- Drives usually take place during mid-afternoon. The Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary comprises over 7,000 hectares of savanna, woodlands, and water sources, and it links with Hell’s Gate National Park and the shores of Lake Naivasha via wildlife corridors. Over 50 mammal species live within the sanctuary, including lion, leopard, serval, Grevy’s zebra, topi, impala, warthog, and lesser galago. Guests also have the option to venture into Hell’s Gate, which has an impressive range of predators and herbivores.
Night drives- Venture out after sunset, and you can look out for the nocturnal species of Oserengoni, among them leopard, spotted hyena, and black-backed jackal.
Birdwatching- Home to over 400 bird species, the sanctuary is a dream destination for keen birders! Highlights include long-crested eagle, Klaas’s cuckoo, black-backed puffback, and spectacular weaver. And if you take a trip to Lake Naivasha, you’ll enjoy sights of a multitude of waterbirds, not least flamingo, Goliath heron, and pied kingfisher.
Bush walks- Walks start out from the lodge during early morning. Also accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, they’re ideal for anyone interested in close observation of the sanctuary’s plants, insects, and birdlife.
Boating trips- A boat safari across Lake Naivasha provides opportunities to look out for the region’s many waterbirds, as well as hippos wallowing in the waters and other mammals quenching their thirst on the lake’s banks.
Visits to the Oserian Flower Farm- Famous for being the biggest flower producer in Kenya, the local flower farm is well worth seeing! Join a tour here, and you’ll be astounded by the variety and quantity of roses, carnations, sunflowers, and much more besides.