Travel Diary: 2 Days at Ol-Joto/Ole Itiko Cottages Naivasha Getaway

Ole Itiko Cottages

Sitting in a car for two hours with a stop to stretch the legs at the view point we enjoyed the view of the Great Rift Valley. Once in Naivasha town we proceeded to kongoni, oleitiko cottages our home for 2 nights.

IMG_20160710_111455Having arrived at the dead of the night we didn’t get to see much of our surroundings. With our minds set on preparing a quick dinner we were pleasantly surprised to find a fully furnished modern kitchen.

Our cottage was cozy home away from home, the sleeping quarters were warm and the beds were so comfortable once the head hit the pillow we were out like a light.

IMG_20160709_162505We woke up to a glorious morning to the sound birds chirping happily on the beautiful acacia tree surrounding our cottage.

We had an early morning game drive at the Naivasha game reserve, when we got the opportunity to truly appreciate our natural surroundings.

Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalos wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows.

IMG_20160709_112121The boat ride in the lake was as refreshing as the fresh water the lake holds. The Lake has a lot of hippos, which you can easily spot from afar. Among the resident birds are fish eagles, lily-trotters, black crakes and a variety of herons.

Hippos also live in the lake. Its waters are shallow with an average depth of five meters. We couldn’t end our day on the lake without fishing our lunch!

IMG_20160710_110804We spent the better part of the afternoon lazing on the well-manicured lawns gazing blankly into the beautiful blue sky between naps.

The surroundings is so serene and calming the stresses and buzz of city life just ebbed away.

A number of animals can be seen grazing in the surrounding environs, such as zebra, impala, buffalo, and giraffe. At night you can hear the hippos come so close.

IMG_20160709_014811Our short holiday ended with a morning game drive on the next day, with a departure for Nairobi after a late lunch. We also had a good view of our camp. The camp features cottages, each with its own private veranda overlooking the waterhole and built in the style of a game-viewing hide and offers unrivaled wildlife-watching.

It’s a grand destination for refuge, peaceful relaxation of the mind, and a place to bond with nature as you enjoy the abundant wildlife and sweeping gardens.

Ol-Joto/Ole Itiko Cottages currently offers four cottages, two six-sleeper cottages and two four-sleeper cottages. Each cottage is unique and offers guests something different and akin to an urban, traditional African concept.

Patricia, liz, samson & Kevin

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