The magic of sundowners and bush breakfast at Oserengoni

Friday February 26 2016

Grevy's Zebra Equus grevyi. Oserengoni Wildlife Conservancy is home to over 45 different mammals. PHOTO | COURTESY

Grevy's Zebra Equus grevyi. Oserengoni Wildlife Conservancy is home to over 45 different mammals. PHOTO | COURTESY 

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On the shores of Lake Naivasha, set on some 18,000-acre spread, is Oserengoni Wildlife Conservancy, which has become famous for its unique wildlife and spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley.

The conservancy hosts twin lodges — Chui and Kiangazi House — and stands out as the veritable oasis in the dry escarpment of the Rift Valley.

According to Ms Suzanne Gathitu, the lodges’ sales and marketing manager, spectacular sundowners and early morning bush breakfasts can be organised to give guests a chance to view wildlife at close quarters.

“Guests can roam the conservancy in vehicles or on foot in complete privacy and view the array of wildlife that is difficult to see elsewhere. They can explore the shores of Lake Oloidien with its flock of water fowl, including pelicans, and flamingos," she said.

There is also the acacia forest with is yellow-barked trees, which leopards frequent as they track their prey.”

The conservancy is home to over 45 different mammals. There are several species within the eco-system such as the Grevy’s Zebra, the Colobus monkey, leopards, lions, wild hunting dogs and the aardvark.

All these are species classified at different levels of endangerment.

The large herbivores currently being given sanctuary at Oserengoni include giraffes, buffaloes, elands, hartebeest, gazelles, zebras and hippos.

Ms Gathitu says the sanctuary has successfully reintroduced many endangered species such as the white rhino, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx, wildebeest, topi, Thompson gazelles, bushback, waterbuck, Somali Ostrich and the greater kudu.
Oserengoni was established in 1995 from the vision of settlers Hans and June Zwager, later joined by their son Peter Zwager.

Built from simple bush stone, local acacia, olive and leleshwa woods with a twisted marula roof, the Chui Lodge has eight en-suite individual and well-spaced luxurious cottages, each with its own veranda from where guests can enjoy outstanding views of the Rift Valley escarpment and wild animals.

As for Kiangazi House, it offers rooms with similarly captivating views, not just of the Great Rift Valley, but also the shimmering waters of both lakes Oloidien and Naivasha.

Built as a sprawling ranch house, it has three double and beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms.

There are a further four luxurious bedrooms detached from the main house, just beyond the swimming pool, with views of either the waterhole and beyond or the lush exotic gardens.