Olepangi Farm/GoWild Africa
Riding with elephants Camping under the stars
Riding with elephants
Camping under the stars

Olepangi Farm/GoWild Africa

Set in the stunning Laikipia region, in the foothills of Mount Kenya, lies an authentic farmstead, Olepangi Farm, home of GoWild Africa safaris, which provides horse-riding, walking and driving safaris into the Lolldaiga Hills. This area is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the whole of Kenya, with breath-taking scenery and abundant wildlife and best of all, very few tourists due to its historic isolation. This magic, forgotten land awaits you. Ride, walk and drive amongst herds of zebra, impala, eland, gazelles and hartebeest. Come almost within touching distance of the many reticulated giraffe and slowly approach a herd of elephant or buffalo. Witness the rock art of the ancient peoples and, if you are really lucky, you may even stumble upon a pride of lion or track down a leopard, even find wild dogs out hunting! The horses are mostly a mix of thoroughbreds and polo ponies with a couple of local breeds thrown in for good measure, all responsive and good-natured as well as sure-footed and accustomed to game. Both set-date flycamps within the reserve and farm stays at the ranch are available so there really is something for everybody; if you want to do the safari but do not want to camp it is also possible to stay at the Lolldaiga Farmhouse within the reserve. With a maximum group size of 8 the atmosphere is personal and the hosting genuinely welcoming.

Country

Kenya

Highlights

Family owned and operated, our safaris are small, personal, fully hosted with a relaxed atmosphere. Olepangi Farm is in the perfect location to explore everything Laikipia has to offer and encourages guests to do far more than just morning and evening game drives. Whether it is climbing Mt Kenya or swimming in the blue pools of Ngare Ndare forest there is always plenty to do. When on safari in Lolldaiga Hills Ranch we can offer horse riding, walking and game drives meaning there is something for everyone.

Need to Know

Olepangi Farm is the home of the Lucy Family, long-term residents of Kenya. Originally the land was separated into many different plots of farm land and was tired and overgrazed. Today the farm is a total of 120 acres and the land has been lovingly restored back to its former glory. A massive tree planting project was launched with over 2,500 trees being planted in the first year. All of the furniture in the lodge is from a personal collection of antiques accumulated over 30 years of travelling all over the world. In every room you will find indigenous textiles, quirky antique furniture and beautiful objects d’art.


SafarisSafaris


We have 14 well schooled and responsive safari horses, some suitable for nervous riders and some with a bit more bounce ready to jump some of the many fallen logs in Lolldaigas. We tailor rides to the ability of the group but do require guests to be completely comfortable in all paces. We also welcome non riders and have both walking and 4x4 safari options. Game drives are taken in an open sided Landcruiser and walks are always accompanied by and armed ranger. Our guides are knowledgeable, fun and engaging.


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Lolldaiga Ranch is part of a large patchwork of privately owned land where fences have been taken down to open up a vast area of bush protected and preserved for wildlife. Game is free to move through this area. We ride among large herds of elephant, reticulated giraffe (only found in Northern Kenya), zebra, oyrx, eland, and many other antelope. We also see lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, stripped hyena, bat eared foxes and on the last trip a civet cat. For large herds of elephant June - October is the best time to visit.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

From Olepangi Farm we can arrange a community walk with a local guide taking you through the local "shambas" (farmland in Swahili) ending at a hidden waterfall. Or spend the day at Ngare Ndare forest we you can experience the tree canopy on the elevated walkway, picnic by one of the many waterfalls and jump into the crystal blue water pools. For any keen hikers we can take guests up the sacred Mt Ololokwe with views over Samburu and the North. For the really adventurous, we can also arrange trips up Mt Kenya with our expert guide and team.

FacilitiesFacilities

Luxury boutique cottages, with free Wifi, hot showers, massages available on request, solar powered electricity, laundry service, large spacious party house for drinks, dinner and conversation by large log fires with amazing views across the valley, filtered drinking water served in glass bottles to minimise environmental impact. Riding; comfortable English saddles some with fleece seat savers for long rides, leather bridles, polo mallets and balls for those who fancy a chukka! We have a selection of safety approved riding hats and half chaps for riders.

AccommodationAccommodation

At Olepangi Farm we have 5 luxury ensuite cottages decorated with antique four poster beds and Persian rugs ad textiles. There are 4 double rooms and 1 twin room. Whilst on safari in Lolldaigas we have spacious dome tents allowing guests to stand in their tent, stretcher beds with soft sleeping bags and linen, long drop loos and bucket showers. With prior arrangement we can also take over Lolldaiga Farmhouse, an original 1960's house made almost completely from old cedar wood. Lolldaiga Farmhouse has 3 double rooms and 1 twin room.

AccoladesAccolades

Our "Round House" and "Party House" have been nominated in the American Institute of Architecture Awards.  Only in our first two years of operation we are already winners for three 2016 Safaris Awards:  Best New Safari Property (Highly Commendable), Best Riding Safari (Highly Commendable) and Best Mobile Safari (Highly Commendable)

SeasonSeason

Year Round. We close in November and  May but would consider taking a tailor made group.

Average StayAverage Stay

5 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Olepangi Farm - US$240 per person per night sharing full board Lolldaiga Safari - US$558 per person per night sharing including conservation fees. 4 night GoWild Africa Set Departure - US$1,914 per person all inclusive

Children PolicyChild Policy

No strict child policy - upon request

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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Safari Awards Results History - Africa

Year Category W RU 3rd HC F N
2017 Best Community Focused Safari Property Nominee
2017 Best Design Nominee
2017 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property Nominee
2017 Best Family Safari Experience Nominee
2017 Best Location Nominee
2017 Best Mobile Safari Finalist Nominee
2017 Best New Safari Property Nominee
2017 Best Riding Safari Finalist Nominee
2017 Best Safari Cuisine Nominee
2017 Best Safari Guiding Team Nominee
2017 Best Safari House Nominee
2017 Best Value Safari Property Nominee
2016 Best Community Focused Safari Property Nominee
2016 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property Nominee
2016 Best Family Safari Experience Nominee
2016 Best Mobile Safari Finalist Nominee
2016 Best New Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2016 Best Riding Safari Finalist Nominee
2016 Best Safari Cuisine Nominee
2016 Best Safari Guiding Team Nominee
2016 Best Safari House Nominee
2016 Best Value Safari Property Nominee

Safari Awards Results History - Kenya

Year Category W RU 3rd HC F N
2017 Best Community Focused Safari Property
2017 Best Design
2017 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property
2017 Best Family Safari Experience
2017 Best Location
2017 Best Mobile Safari
2017 Best New Safari Property
2017 Best Riding Safari
2017 Best Safari Cuisine
2017 Best Safari Guiding Team
2017 Best Safari House
2017 Best Value Safari Property
2016 Best Community Focused Safari Property
2016 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property
2016 Best Family Safari Experience
2016 Best Mobile Safari
2016 Best New Safari Property
2016 Best Riding Safari
2016 Best Safari Cuisine
2016 Best Safari Guiding Team
2016 Best Safari House
2016 Best Value Safari Property

- Winner (W)   - Runner Up (RU)   - Third Place (3rd)   - Highly Commended (HC)  
- Finalist (F)