Solio Lodge Laikipia provides a soothing retreat into the natural world of Kenya’s wonderful wildlife. Simple, chic and modern, Solio offers a fresh look on lodge design. Veering away from a traditional rustic lodge feel, it instead embraces a cleaner look with greenery as a theme throughout, embracing the surrounding vegetation and bringing the natural world in. Stepping through Solio Lodge’s main entrance, guests are immediately hit with a sense of space and light, alongside spectacular views out onto Solio Game Sanctuary through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows. Open-plan spaces together with the high ceilings give a contemporary feel to the lodge which is dotted with plants and funky artwork. A wooden sundeck on the front lawn provides a peaceful dining experience for al fresco breakfasts and lunchtime feasts. Guests will find a bar, various indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of reading material scattered throughout the open plan mess area.

Just five individual cottages provide intimate accommodation at Solio Lodge Laikipia. Each luxury cottage is spaced well apart and is surrounded by greenery looking out into the sanctuary. Private sundecks are perfect for relaxing to the sounds of nature whilst open fireplaces, sumptuous beds and deep bubble baths make the cottages delightfully cosy in the evenings. Guests can luxuriate in double-ended tubs, gazing out through glass-fronted rooms at the star-lit night’s sky. One cottage comprises of a spacious family unit, ideal for larger groups who like to be together.

Guests are welcome to visit Solio’s kitchen ‘shamba’ which is Swahili for small farm or field. Located just behind our family cottage, it’s bursting with herbs, veggies, lemons, a variety of salad leaves and more for our chefs to prepare fresh and nutritious meals. The soils are rich and fertile in this area of Kenya, perfect for nurturing a flourishing kitchen garden. Everything we grow is organic and pesticide-free, making for delicious farm to fork style cuisine for guests to enjoy, as well as helping us to be as sustainable as possible. Our veggies are nurtured by homemade compost made from our garden waste, whilst all organic waste is donated as feed to a local pig farm; it’s too tempting for the monkeys if we add it to our own compost.