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The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

  • Chic collection of guesthouses in the bush of Laikipia North
  • Four luxury guesthouses and one incredible bush camp, all with en-suite facilities and waterhole views
  • Relaxing ‘Club Room’, dining and viewing deck, swimming pool plus lounge pods, fireplace
  • Exciting game drives, walking trails, horse riding, camel riding, fly camping, river sports, local village visits
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"An exclusive safari experience, with private guides, a wide variety of activities, and a strong focus on culture and the surrounding local communities. John and Gill are fantastic hosts and the panoramic views are hard to beat! One of the few lodges that offers a visit to the Singing Wells, where the local communities draw water up from the wells for their livestock."

*Please note that Ol Lentille is currently undergoing a refurbishment. We will update this page when the work is complete, with more details and photographs of the new interiors and setup. The re-imagining is expected to be complete by the end of September.


The Sanctuary is the perfect place to relax and really is an outstanding option for travellers to Laikipia who love the concept of safari-lux. And we recommend the bush camp too! Truly top-notch accommodation, in a lovely location.


The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is situated on a community-owned conservation area in the Laikipia North area. 


The communal areas of the resort are both lavish and serene. Close to the entrance, there is a gallery and shop – here, visitors can purchase some local artwork as well as everyday necessities for their stay and trip into the African wild. Farther inside the main building, there is a relaxing lounge with plenty of sofas, easy chairs, and fresh flowers adorning the tabletops. This room also contains a fireplace and flows out onto a viewing deck with seating that overlooks the spectacular bushscape. Other outside areas include the spacious swimming pool, flanked by shaded sunloungers and pods filled with comfy cushions – perfect for taking a break! You can choose a book from the library – or just sit back and enjoy the view. The Sanctuary’s bar is adjacent to the viewing deck, so you can sink a sundowner while enjoying the sunset and the night sky. The Lodge also provides a GPS telescope, for guests who wish to get a really good look at their surrounds! Games are possible too, such as boules and croquet. And The Sanctuary Spa is ideal for a little pampering, providing treatments such as massage, mani-pedis, and aromatherapy. Bliss!

Visitors to The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille have a choice of four luxury guesthouses, with slight differences between each one. We provide a brief description of all four units:

The Sultan’s House sleeps two to four people at any time and is built into massive stones, with a papyrus roof that blends beautifully into the outer walls. This house overlooks one of the waterholes on the property, so do not be surprised to see elephant first thing in the morning! There is a large lounge area with a delightfully peaceful and romantic atmosphere, perfect for couples, and a shower room adjoins the living area for extra space. The master bedroom has a very impressive four-poster bed, made up with expensive linen. There is even a mufraj, seating around a low table with sheesha pipe, to bring out the Sultan in you! The bathroom is simply stunning, featuring luxurious handmade bathtub, twin washbasins, and shower. This property can also accommodate a family, as the lounge can be used as a children’s bedroom, with the shower room en suite.

The Chief’s House is designed for six guests. It has minimalist African décor and amazing views of the desert and mountains. There are three bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, including an outdoor bath within natural rocks! The house also boasts an outdoor viewing deck, an open fireplace, a magnificent courtyard, a large lounge–diner, an outdoor deck, and a plunge pool! Guests have exclusive access to a 4×4 vehicle as well as their own Maasai guide.

 The Colonel’s House sleeps four and boasts glorious panoramic views of the surrounding area. The décor and furnishings are traditional military campaign style – brass-edged furniture, antique maps, and a sweeping staircase! Each bedroom has a private terrace, as well as a roofless shower room and sumptuous sunken bath. Guests in this house have access to a plunge-pool courtyard and a private safari guide!

Finally, the Eyrie is the ultimate romantic option, with vaulted ceilings, an open fireplace, and retro sofas completing the cosy feel. An opulent circular bedroom contains an immense circular bed, laid with super-lux sheets and a fabulous faux fur throw. The property also boasts a comfy lounge, an octagonal dining room, and an open-air bathtub, perfect for enjoying by candlelight!

Guests of all houses can take up the offer of a one-night stay at Ol Lentille’s 2014-opened luxury bush camp, accompanied by a butler and guide.


The Sanctuary provides some very exciting activities!

  • Game drives are available by day and by night.
  • The property’s own conservancy comprises almost a thousand hectares of hills, valleys, and wooded areas, home to leopard, elephant, zebra, klipspringer, greater kudu, hyena, and even the endangered African wild dog!
  • You can also explore via camel riding or horse riding, or walking safari.
  • All these pursuits, as well as fly camping and a bush skills course, are enjoyed in the company of knowledgeable and friendly local guides.
  • Other experiences include thrilling helicopter trips, trout fishing on Mount Kenya, and visits to local schools and villages to witness authentic Maasai life.
  • Kayaking and river rafting are also available, as well as trips even farther afield to other parks and reserves!

*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.


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