Solio Lodge is located on a private wildlife sanctuary, tucked in the valley between the lofty slopes of Mount Kenya and the peaks of the Aberdare Mountains, directly north of Nairobi. This intimate and luxurious lodge opened in August 2010 and remains the only guest accommodation on the incredible 45,000-acre Solio Game Reserve.
With six large thatched cottages, each individually decorated in a contemporary style and fireplaces to provide warmth on cosy high-altitude nights, Solio Lodge is luxurious and takes full advantage of its spectacular surroundings. Vast floor-to-ceiling windows frame distant Mount Kenya and outdoor sundecks afford panoramic views. Guests meet for dinner, often served outside under the stars within sight of grazing waterbuck, zebras, and impalas. Our chefs use fresh ingredients from Solio Lodge’s own organic vegetable garden.
The Solio Reserve is internationally recognised as the most successful private rhino breeding reserve in Kenya and visitors will find that sightings of up to 40 rhinoceros at a time are not uncommon. The wildlife experience here is intense and exclusive with 19,000 acres of conservancy surrounded by 45,000 acres of ranch and just one lodge – Solio Lodge – in the middle of it.
Solio Lodge can be booked directly with The Safari Collection, as part of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you or through your local agent our tour operator.
At Solio Lodge we offer a wide range of activities. Night and day game drives offer guests a chance to see many species including black and white rhinoceros, leopard, lion, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, warthog... There are other exciting ways to see the terrain, among them walking, horse riding and mountain biking around Solio Ranch. You can take a helicopter ride to nearby Mount Kenya and enjoy a hilltop picnic breakfast, or go trout fishing in the Aberdare National Park. Back at the Lodge you can relax with the help from our massage therapists who are available for in-room treatments.
The lodge has five luxurious cottages with private decks and panoramic views of the nearby hills and Mount Kenya in the distance. The emphasis is on space, light and privacy. Each room has a private lounge area warmed by an open fire for cooler evenings, as well as large en-suite bathrooms with a double sink, bath and shower. The rooms are designed for warmth - Solio is high in altitude and can be cool at night – and as each has its own veranda, guests can take in the stunning views from their private vantage point. There’s a wifi connection throughout. All guests enjoy full-board during their stay, which includes all meals and most drinks, excluding champagne and specially imported wines and spirits. We welcome children of all ages to Solio Lodge and one of our luxurious cottages can be turned into an interconnected family unit with two en-suite bedrooms, sleeping up to five guests.
Solio Lodge is generally warm during the day and cool at night, so pack accordingly. The Lodge is open all year round, apart from November, when it is closed for maintenance. Kenya does not tend to have distinct seasonal changes because of its equatorial location. It has climatic variations, but mostly temperatures remain fairly consistent throughout the year. North of Nairobi in the Highlands region around Mt Kenya and Aberdare National Park – the area near Solio Lodge – higher altitudes mean that it is cool enough for a sweater to be worn at night throughout the year and particularly in June, July and August, although global weather patterns are less predictable nowadays, so please be prepared.