A few accommodation options close to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi, Kenya Image courtesy of Rolf's Place
16 September 2013 Written by 

A few accommodation options close to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi, Kenya

Our elephants are depreciating are jaw-dropping rates. However, thanks to initiatives such as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, elephant cubs and endangered species in Kenya can be preserved. The trust was formed in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick. She named the trust after her late husband who was a renowned naturalist and the founding warden of the current Tsavo East National Park that harbours millions of wildlife. Today, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. It is quite near the Nairobi National Park and it makes a fantastic tourist destination. While visiting DSWT, you may want to consider the following accommodation options:

Longview Suites

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Longview Suites is a boutique hotel located on Magadi Road in Karen area. The ultra-modern hotel has 32 rooms. Longview overlooks the Nairobi National Park and has very personalized service. It works well for business and holiday purposes. The accommodation facilities at Longview are all en-suite. The property has two kinds of rooms:

Luxury suite - They are also known as Jupiter suites at Longview. They overlook the nearby forest and the fountain in the property. Guests who use the luxury suites get the privilege of a lounge and a study that can double up as an office. Also inclusive in the room is a flat-screen television, a minibar, electronic safe, hair-dryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a direct-dial phone and cable Internet.

Self-catering suites- They are also known as Pluto suites. Guests in these suites will enjoy the property's cascading fountain, swimming pool and tropical gardens as a view. The room shares all the benefits of the Jupiter suites plus a private kitchen (with an electric hotplate, microwave oven and wash basin) and rain showers in the bathrooms.

Guests at Longview can use the property gym and enjoy a wide range of wines, beers, cocktails, juices and teas at the Bar and Coffee Shop.

Swara Safari Hotel

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Along the same Magadi road nestled in a very quiet area is Swara Safari Hotel. It is directly opposite the southern entrance to the Nairobi National Park. The area is filled with many tropical birds that chirp melodiously in the morning. Bird watchers will have a great time staying at this place. The property has 10 cottages and 32 en suite rooms. Guests staying at Swara enjoy the following amenities in the cottages and rooms: a fireplace, cable television, a private telephone, electricity adapters/transformers, mosquito nets, welcome package (drink/fruit basket or chocolate) and a safe deposit box.

Guests can enjoy nature walks and picnics in the property.

Rolf's Place

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Along Magadi road as you approach the renowned Maasai Lodge is a cliff mansion built like a medieval fortress. This is Rolf's place. There is a huge gorge between the main road and the property. The arrival at Rolf's place is an adventure. You park on one side of the gorge and take a high hanging footbridge to the property on the other side. Not to worry; it is very safe. Because it is not far from the Nairobi National Park, it is not uncommon to see buffaloes, warthogs and several wild herbivores roaming around the area.

Rolf's Place has 7 double rooms all differently furnished and all en-suite. The property has a large terrace that overlooks the beautiful gorge. The terrace can hold up to 50 diners. The place serves great international cuisine by chef and owner of the place, Mr. Rolf Shmid. Guests can also enjoy the swimming pool and sauna that overlooks the Nairobi National Park with the Nairobi City skyline in the background.



Ernest Wamboye Wakhusama

Ernest Wamboye is a writer and editor working in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also a volunteer Brand Ambassador at AfricaTalentbank.com and an origami artist and storyteller at Arts & OAK, a company that he founded. Ernest is married to Waturi and they both live in Nairobi, Kenya.
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