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Kenya, Naivasha

Hippo Point

5 stars, Charm, Colonial, Confidential, Cozy, Unusual, Romantic, Lodge, Hideaway , Luxuriant nature, Near nature reserve, Preserved site, Sports activities, Wellness, Gastronomy, Getaway, Family friendly, Gardens, Swimming pool, Restaurant, Spa, Wildlife, Safaris

In the distant suburbs of Nairobi, the Hotel Villa Hippo Point opens onto the banks of Lake Naivasha. Sprung from the imagination of its owner, Dodo Cunningham, this luxury establishment situated within the walls of an English manor of the previous century, plunges guests into the delicately retro universe of the Victorian era. The elegance of the 8 warm, cozy and spacious rooms in this Tudor manor cast a veil of romance over a truly aristocratic address. Nestled in an English style garden, the hotel has some strange visitors: zebras that come by to enjoy the cool temperatures of the site and the spicy aromas of the cuisine emanating from the restaurant. This confidential and romantic address on the plains of the Valley of the Rift is the ideal spot for an unforgettable safari experience.


Lake Naivasha, about 80 kilometers from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is a truly extraordinary site. This immense stretch of fresh water is part of the famous Grand Rift Valley which possesses an impressive amount of power, and which is classified as a national park. Bird lovers will be particularly delighted by the lore than 400 existing species. The hippos are also very happy here since they can cool themselves off in the water with no fear since this region is now protected and hunting forbidden. Several excursions are offered, one of the most impressive and the most memorable being to fly over the lake and its surroundings in a helicopter and admire the frolicking zebras, antelope and buffalo. Touring on horseback is another option for enjoying the beauty of the scenery and feeling in complete harmony with nature.

The gentle life along the lake

What an extraordinary privilege it is to be on vacation at the Villa Hippo Point in the heart of a protected natural site, just a few meters from Lake Naivasha. The hotel is a true haven of peace, ideal for anyone looking for a moment of calm in the heart of nature. Dodo Cunningham, the owner, and his staff welcome you into this warm family environment.

You can stay in the Tudor Manor, built in the early 1920s, which possesses eight very cozy rooms, combining British and African charm, with a view of the English garden, or you can choose one of the five rooms in the famous Dodo Tower, built by the owner, and which resembles a wooden pagoda, overlooking the lake and the breathtaking landscape.

Waking up in the morning, opening your curtains and seeing zebras and giraffes strolling through the reserve and pink flamingos flying overhead is a truly unforgettable experience. The Tower is also ideal for families thanks to the equipped kitchen, as well as a reading room and a terrace. A visit to the volcanic rock swimming pool in the shade of the nearby acacias is perfect for cooling off as you observe the numerous animals living around the hotel, especially the monkeys who love human company.

The hotel’s Chef prepares well-balanced, delicious meals from morning to night, served in your room or around the pool for lunch. Dinners can be enjoyed outdoors for a thoroughly romantic evening.

Everyone thought I as completely crazy, but I wanted to create something which highlighted nature and which would be there for posterity.” Dodo Cunningham - owner of the Villa Hippo Point, referring to the Dodo’s Tour

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Five stars / Lodges / Tudor Manor house & observation Tower / Victorian style / Aristocratic / Rift Valley / Private animal reserve / Safaris / Restaurant / Outdoor swimming pool / Organic & Traditional English gardens / Spa treatments / Outdoor activities

When open:

Open all year

Number of rooms and suites:

13 rooms


Double occupancy from 470 euros

Nearest airport:

Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) - Nairobi

Hotel details:

Hippo Point

P.O. Box 1852



details about this country

Flight time from Paris:

Approximately 8 hours

Time difference from Paris

+ 1 hour in summer/ + 2 hours in winter


Two types of climate: temperate tropical in the high plateaus (more than 1,500 meters in altitude) and equatorial and humid on the flat coasts

Necessary travel documents for French nationals

Passport valid six months after return date
Visa required ($25 on site or $20 at an embassy)
No required vaccinations but the yellow fever shot is strongly advised (Kenya is a carrier zone)


The Kenyan shilling (KES)

Languages spoken

Swahili, English
Numerous dialects

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+33 1 75 43 70 26 *Our reservation department is always happy to assist you via phone or via email. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 18pm (GMT +1).