On my last day in Nairobi in November, I had lunch at Ngong House, in Karen, a quiet suburb of Nairobi.
Lunch is served in the garden, facing the Ngong Hill, under a canopy of Acacia trees. Food is refined, prepared with local ingredients….. a feast for the senses, and drinks are complementary.
Located on land originally part of Karen Blixen’s vast coffee estate, Ngong House offers accommodation in a rustic – chic style. It is a great place to stay and recover from the long flight and the jet lag before going on safari.
The 6 very spacious wooden tree house raised on stilts with peerless views of the misty Ngong Hills provide an intimate and romantic atmosphere. Imagine sleeping in a tree house surrounded by nature and birdlife, your safari really begins in Nairobi.
Originality is the key word in Ngong House’s design.
A private cottage, a suite and a log cabin are also available.
I had coffee with the owner of the place Paul Verleysen who built an designed the tree houses. Paul is a really nice and interresting person, we both lived in Kenya, Rwanda and Ivory Coast and had a lot of stories to share about Africa. Penny Winter, Paul’s wife is a great designer, her boutique next to Ngong House is a treasure chest.
Pictures by Thierry Cellier