The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille Ol Lentille Conservancy, Laikipia, Kenya

The Ol Lentille Conservancy offers 40,000 acres of wilderness to explore - an area protected by the community and the The Sanctuary lodge, owned by Brits, John and Gill Elias. The four fully staffed beautiful villas accommodate a maximum of 14 guests at any one time giving a real feeling of exclusivity.

The villas are perched dramatically on the edge of a rocky hill, they are all different but each one enjoys views which stretch over Samburuland to Ololokwe, the craggy peak of Mount Kenya and the Matthews Range and the Karisia Hills. The villas are incredibly spacious and private, and you are looked after by your own staff in an unobtrusive way. Your holiday time is very much your own - if you'd like hot cocoa under the stars on the pool deck, you just need to ask, or a picnic lunch out and about then that can be done too. A gin and tonic, or favourite tipple, at the famous sundowner spot during your afternoon/evening safari is a real treat - very special and something to look forward to.

Things are done a bit differently at Ol Lentille. Activities are not rigid and designed very much around you and your interests - it's not all about getting out of bed at 5.30 every morning which you can do in a more traditional safari setting such as the Masai Mara. If you do choose to rise early (at least once) you will be rewarded with the most superb sunrise and bird life galore. On other days, you might like to enjoy a lie in and a wonderful breakfast served in your villa - the choice is yours.

Spending time with the elephants of Ol Lentille, who have grown in numbers, is a highlight. Game drives are available morning and afternoon/evening as you like and will reveal the wildlife of the private conservation area home to the endangered African wild dog, elephant, Grevy’s and Burchell’s zebra, greater kudu, dik dik, leopard, cheetah, striped and spotted hyena and klipspringer to name but a few.

There are six packs of wild dog (averaging 20) that traverse the area around the lodge and there are between 10 to 20 wild dog sightings for some months in this area.

Other activities include walking, mountain biking, riding, visiting the community projects supported by the lodge, from schools to mobile clinics.

The pool at the lodge is a spectacular spot - perfect for down time during the day, reading a book and relaxing. Again there is plenty of space so you never feel crowded here.

The lodge offers a year-round 'Stay 4 nights, pay for 3' offer. This is on an all inclusive rate in your own villa with private game drives, activities and unlimited spa treatments. 4 nights ensures you have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the array of activities on offer.

Nearby Attractions

Laikipia Plateau

Similar Properties

Borana Lodge, Lewa Wilderness


The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille


**Watch this short two minute video for an introduction to Ol Lentille**


Four individual villas fully serviced by a butler, as follows:

  • The Eyrie - sleeps 2 adults - an incredibly romantic bolthole for two with wonderful sunken outdoor bathtub and sublime views right in a very private position right at the very top of the lodge's site. 
  • The Sultan's House - sleeps 2 - this vast thatched villa is built around the natural rock and has it's own private lounge area, a superb bedroom and ensuite with wonderful four poster bed and wonderful private terrace for admiring the views. 
  • The Colonel's House - sleeps 4 - this two bedroom villa is built over two floors giving a great option for a family or friends travelling together. Each of the top floor bedrooms has a dressing room, ensuite bathroom and terrace. There's a sunken bath, shower, and plenty of space. 
  • The Chief's House - sleeps 6+ - this is the largest villa, ideal for groups of friends/large families.

Communal areas include the Reception and the Library and viewing deck - a wonderful circular building with open air dining on the top floor. The swimming pool is stunning! There is also a spa.


Sara stayed at Ol Lentille in May 2016 and says:

"Old Lentille has a real feeling of remoteness. The views are absolutely spectacular and the sundowner spot, chosen by our guide Boniface, was really special. We were surrounded by elephants on one side and had views over the sacred mountains on the other. Ol Lentille offers a multi-dimensional stay - you can be on safari at dawn and visiting a local school or market later in the day. It's perfect for those who have been on safari before and aren't focused on a tick list of wildlife,  or for first-timers after something unique. You won't see the Big Five here but wildlife encounters you do have will be exceptionally rewarding. I think Ol Lentille combines really well with the Masai Mara. Go to Ol Lentille first  - you'll have time to unwind and be immersed in Kenyan culture while enjoying sublime views and loads of different activities, then go to the Mara to enjoy the concentration and diversity of wildlife." 

Sara was the first person from Real Africa and our team on the ground in Kenya to go and explore Ol Lentille. We always like to visit before our clients do,  so we can evaluate the experience independently. She drove from Nairobi. The truth is she got hopelessly lost - the lodge really is hidden away! The good news is - the team now have the route totally sorted and undoubtedly the best way to get there is to fly to Nanyuki, enjoying incredible scenic views over the Laikipia Plateau enroute before being met by the lodge guides and transferred to Ol Lentille, a 100 minute  journey crossing beautiful rugged terrain. 


Great variety of activities including:

  • Game drives
  • Sundowners
  • Bush meals
  • Horse riding
  • camel trekking
  • walking
  • Quad biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Visits further afield to community projects like schools and clinics

Watch this short two minute video for an introduction to some of the activities available at Ol Lentille.

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