Sandai: Our full report

6 rooms
Traveller's rating
Excellent (100%) From 1 review
Fine for all ages.
All year

Sandai is a German-owned farm stay guest house on the plains between the Aberdare mountains and Mount Kenya. There are two rooms in the main house and four further rooms in two separate cottages. Meals are hosted by the owner and her family.

When we last visited, we thought the setup here was comfortable and welcoming – the perfect place to relax on a relatively modest budget, and particularly suitable for outdoors-loving people, riders (they have stables), and artists (a well-equipped studio is available and workshops and painting weekends are organised.

You are well placed here to take their full-day 4x4 excursions (extra cost) into nearby, wildlife-rich areas, including some of the most impressive rhino-viewing anywhere in Kenya at Solio Ranch and the stunning landscapes of the Aberdare National Park, including bamboo groves, mountain rainforests, waterfalls and high moorlands.

Our view

We loved this farm stay when we last visited for lunch and a look around several years ago. The effervescent owner defines the atmosphere here, which is laid-back and rather artistic. Although we haven’t yet done a full site visit or stayed the night, we believe this is a good option for excursions to neighbouring Solio Ranch and up to the Aberdare National Park.


Location: Laikipia, Kenya

Ideal length of stay: 3 days-plus

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Petra Allmendinger

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Dining style: Group Meals

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Most drinks are extra, but reasonably priced.


Attitude towards children: Children are welcome.


Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Dangerous animals: Low Risk


Disabled access: On Request

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