Olepangi Farm Guesthouse is a 35 minute drive from Nanyuki which lies on the equator and in the foothills of Mt Kenya, the second largest mountain in Africa at more than 17,000 feet. The farm is “on the edge” in the sense that it straddles that unique ecozone where most of the finest roses in the world are grown and supplied to markets of Europe, grown in the wild hinterland of Northern Kenya. On the farm’s northern boundary are guesthouses which look out onto the stunning 36,000-acre Ole Naishu Ranch, a working cattle ranch full of wildlife. This ranch then in turns connects with millions of acres of bushland including Lolldaiga Hills, Borana, Ol Jogi, Mpala Ranch and so on and so forth.
The farm is the home of the Lucy Family, long-term residents of Kenya. All of the furniture in the Olepangi Farm Guesthouse is from a personal collection accumulated over 30 years of travelling all over the world. In every room you will find indigenous textiles, quirky antique furniture, persian carpets and beautiful objects d’art. Meals are served communally either on the breakfast deck hanging over the river, on the veranda or in the Party House. The impressive Party House is the main social hub of the farm and the family encourages people to come down and make themselves feel at home. Kick off your shoes and relax by the enormous open fire, pick a book out from the floor-to-ceiling book shelves or have a go at making a cocktail behind the 20′ rosewood bar. There are also plenty of quiet spots around the farm to enjoy. Have a walk down by the river and find a secluded bench, sit in the hanging swing so comfy you will find it hard to leave or enjoy the warmth of the sun on a sunbed with the sound of the gurgling river flowing past you. Olepangi Farm Guesthouse is also home to the family safari business called GoWild Africa which provides horse-riding, walking and driving safaris into the Lolldaiga Hills Ranch. This ranch is considered by many to be the most beautiful ranch in Kenya, with stunning scenery and abundant wildlife . . . and best of all, very few tourists due to its historic isolation. GoWild Africa is helping to open up this magic land to guests.