Tandala 1 3/4hr from Nairobi
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Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Tandala, Kudu in Swahili is where guests experience the remote atmosphere and mystique of real Africa.
Located in secluded hills in the Northern district of Amboseli at an altitude of 5070ft, overlooking a waterhole with amazing views across the Maasai plains toward the Pelewa hills.
The house offers tranquil luxury and is an ideal haven for those guests who desire peace and privacy.
Exposed timber beams, shining dark wooden floors, log fires, shady verandahs, and lily covered ponds create an oasis of calm luxury.
Every comfort is provided. Tandala staff will discreetly ensure that your every requirement is met. Should guests require the catered option our chef will prepare fresh and wholesome food, with homegrown fruit and vegetables.
Accommodation: (Tandala sleeps 10 guests comfortably, 8 Adults and 2 Children)
Two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and one twin room with it's own bathroom and on the West side of the house are the family rooms, offering a double bedroom with en suite bathroom and a joining twin bedroom which is idea for children.
Some bedrooms and bathrooms have log fireplaces and all beds have feather duvets and pillows.
A travel cot is available if required.
Our generator runs from 6.00pm 'till 11pm in the evening.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a wood burning stove, solar fridge and freezer and gas cooker.
The large sitting room has a log fireplace and leads into the elegant dining room.
Dining can be in the dining room or al fresco - either next to the pool or at the open dining area on the verandah.
The roof terrace offers magnificent views of the surrounding bush and hills and is a great place for sundowners.
The swimming pool has a pool house with a log fire, barbecue and brasserie cooker. Charcoal is provided.
The water from the taps is from our borehole and is safe to drink.
There is a mobile phone network fro those that must stay in touch and an inverter is available in the kitchen for charging phone.
Other things to do or not do:
Relax your mind and ease your soul, enjoy the beautiful tranquil surroundings and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Beauty Treatments – charges are reasonable for treatments.
A visit to Amboseli Park, a one and a half hour drive from Tandala through the bush to Meshanani Gate (in the dry season). A 4 x 4 vehicle is necessary for this route or via Namanga which is a two and a half hour drive.
Traditional Maasai dancing can be arranged for guests to enjoy whilst having sundowners. (at an extra fee)
"Deep, haunting voice burst into song and soon the ground reverberates to the rhythm of their traditional dances as the Maasai leap higher and higher, seeking to outperform each other".
Our chef would be happy to make a picnic for you to enjoy in one of our lovely picnic spots.
At the top of the ridge behind the house there is a WW1 historical ruin which was an old gun emplacement/ signal post which may be of interest to some guests.
Enjoy sundowners on the roof terrace looking out across Africa.
Unpack your bags and spend time relaxing in the luxury and privacy of your own magnificent home.!!
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||90 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi 105 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated), Children's pool|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Rift Valley Province region
KENYA, East Africa. London to Nairobi is an eight hour direct flight with a two or three hour time difference.
The utter surprise of Kenya, through which the Equator runs, is not entirely in its diverse culture, but also its wide range of topographical features. The land is of great contrasts: About one-third is covered by the grasslands of the savannah, another third is dusty and dry desert, and the remainder is cool highlands, deeply wooded forests and snow-capped mountains. Toward the Indian Ocean, Kenya's coastline is blessed with warm winds and amazingly translucent emerald waters and is set on coral reefs and pearl white beaches.
Kenya is without comparison when it comes to natural beauty. Etched into the acacia-covered landscape are Eden-like plateaus and gardens of wildly growing, gemstone-hued bougainvillea and jacaranda so profuse that it seems as if a flowery mist has settled upon the land. But as much for its beauty, Kenya is also perhaps most widely known for its incredible diversity of wildlife.
Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the Northern Frontier District of the country.
There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning.
The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from January to March and coolest in July to August.
Many visitors combine a wildlife safari with a trip to the coast enjoying the Indian Ocean.
Tandala, is located in hills in the northern district of Amboseli, situated 105km South of Nairobi, Kenya's capital city where Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has daily flights to destinations across Europe.
The nearest village is Il'Bisil. The Tanzania border at Namanga is 3/4hrs drive from Tandala.
For those interested in colonial history there is a WW1 gun emplacement which can be viewed on the property and Il'Bisil was a base for British troops. Il'Bisil gets its name from Somali prisoners of war and loosely translated means "Place of Nourishment"
For the short time we are here on this earth we feel it is of prime importance to try and protect this small piece of Africa. We frequently patrol the area for snares and do our utmost to protect the game. Our neighbours feel the same so we have left fences open where
possible to allow the game to roam freely between our properties.
You may see:
Buffalo, Lesser Kudu, Impala, Eland, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Duiker, Dik-Dik, Warthog, Hyena, Ostrich, Giraffe and Leopard in the area. Lion have been heard at night and we have spotted Wild Dogs, Aardvark, and the occasional Wildebeest and Zebra.
At night guests can enjoy the star-studded African sky.
The sounds of Africa are not like those of other places. A whole range of sounds fill the days and nights here and add to its mystery.
The bird life in the area is superb. Kenya has more than 1000 different bird species while in all of North America there are only 703. As a result it is very easy to spot 100 different species in one day.
Amboseli park, just 1 3/4hrs. drive from Tandala through Maasai land, is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions include opportunities to meet the Maasai and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Amboseli and its big skies and far horizons combined with swampy springs and dry and dusty earth trampled by hundreds of animals is a beautiful park. The park has an endless underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro's ice cap, which funnel into two clear water springs in the heart of the park.
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8 Dec 2014
"Magical Family Home in Rural Kenya"
We just spent an amazing two nights at Tandala Estate. We were 7 adults, 3 children and we could have stayed for a week. The house itself is this amazing combination of indoor and outdoor space with… More
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on your stay at Tandala.
I and the family are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay so much. Thank you for your wonderful comments about the house and the staff. I have printed your review and given it to the staff which I am sure they will find extremely encouraging.
We have noted your comment on the bathrooms. The owners have decided to remove the fireplace in one of the bathrooms which we hope will make the room less smokey and keep it cleaner.
We look forward to welcoming you again when you visit in February.
All the very best
Jill (Tandala Agent) and the Team
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