About us

  • We are on 10 acres of natural beauty and serenity 
  • Ole Samara has prolific bird life and is a bird watcher’s paradise
  • Has a lovely  river trail with picnic tables and benches for pure relaxation or meditation 
  • Natural habitat of the endangered colobus monkey
  • The Burguret river on the property is all year round has trout for those wanting to fish 
  • Located across Mt. Kenya forest - ideal for hikes especially to Mau Mau caves
  • Trails on the property for leisurely walks
  • 5-30mins from major Nanyuki attractions 
  • Serves as an excellent base to explore the greater Nanyuki/Laikipia, Meru and Samburu regions 
  • Located just off the tarmac, with easy all year access with any kind of vehicle or public transport


Things To Do & See

Ole Samara is well situated to participate in a wide range of activities in the greater Nanyuki/Laikipia region. Here’s a list of some things visitors may want to consider doing during their stay:

Nature Walk ​

Enjoy a nature walk within the Ole Samara property, which includes a trail down to the Burguret river, where one can often see black and white colobus monkeys and a wide range of birdlife. Lots of indigenous trees can be seen on the trail down to and along the river.

Game Drive ​

Game Drives in nearby private ranches and reserves: Ole Samara is only a 30 min drive to the well known Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where one can often see rhino, elephant, lion, giraffe, buffalo, oryx, zebra, impala, etc. Solio Ranch, which is a private conservancy focusing on rhino conservation, is also nearby. Other nearby wildlife conservancies one can visit include Lewa, Lolldaiga and El Karama.

We are also a perfect stopover for those heading to Samburu and Meru National parks.

Walk to the Mau Mau Caves ​

You can hike to Mau Mau caves in the neighboring Mt. Kenya forest reserve, but a guide would be necessary and it’s about a 5 to 6 hour walk (round trip) from Ole Samara. There a nice waterfalls next to the caves during the rainy season. One could also ride a horse from the nearby Bantu lodge to the Mau Mau caves.

Horse Riding & Golf ​

There are numerous opportunities to go horseback riding, including among the wildlife within Ol Pejeta and Lolldaiga Hills. One can play golf at the Nanyuki Sports Club or the Mt. Kenya Safari Club.

Mountain Biking ​

Ole Samara has two mountain bikes available for hire ($10 or KSh 1,000/bike per day). Some great tails nearby in the Mt Kenya forest reserve is easily accessible from Ole Samara.


There is trout in the Burguret river on the Ole Samara property and there are many other great places for trout fishing.

Visit Ngare Ndare Forest ​

Ngare Ndare Forest is a lush indigenous forest at the foothills of Mt. Kenya. Azure pools glisten at the bottom of waterfalls and 200 year old trees stretch into the canopy supporting a rich variety of bird and animal life. The forest is a vital corridor that links the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to Mount Kenya, and one which elephants have been using for centuries. One can go on a tree canopy walk, swim in pools near a lovely waterfalls and game drives.

Chartered Plane or Helicopter​ ​

Chartering a plane or helicopter: one can charter a plane or helicopter from Tropic Air for day trips to visit Lake Turkana, fly around Mt. Kenya or visit private game reserves. Tropic Air is located at Nanyuki Airstrip, where Safari Link, Air Kenya and some other airlines fly to as well. The airstrip is only a 5 minute drive north of Ole Samara.

Hiking​ ​

Hiking on Mt Kenya: it’s possible to enjoy day hikes or multi-day hikes climbing Mt Kenya.

Climbing Mt. Kenya

Use Ole Samara as a base for climbing Mt. Kenya either on the Naromoru or the Sirimon route.

Eating Out

Enjoy some great food at nearby restaurants: one can easily walk to the well-known Trout Tree Restaurant, which is located next to Ole Samara. Some other great restaurants nearby include Barney’s at the airstrip (good for Italian food and pizzas), Frontiers Cafe ( opposite the airstrip), Soames, Le Rustique, Cape Chestnut and Kongoni Camp.