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Solio Lodge
Solio Lodge
Solio Lodge
Solio Lodge

Solio Lodge: Information from the owner

General information

Type
Lodge
No. of rooms
5
Check-in time
12:00 pm
Check-out time
10:00 am

About this information

All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.

For Expert Africa's view, see our own full report on Solio Lodge, which contains our own observations and views.


Last updated by Owner
29 Mar 2022
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Facilities at Solio Lodge

Property facilities
24-hour Security, Eco Friendly, Malaria Free
Room facilities
Balcony / Deck, Bath, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee
Activities on site
Cycling, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Helicopter Scenic Flights, Horse Riding, Massages, Rhino Tracking, Safaris
Nearby activities
Fishing
Languages
English

Room types at Solio Lodge

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Family Cottage 5 & 6

Solio's fifth cottage is a family unit encompassing one twin cottage and one double cottage with a shared living area. The room has a private lounge area warmed by a corner fire, as well as large bathrooms with a double sink, bath and shower.

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Luxury Cottage 1

Luxury Cottage 1 has a private deck with panoramic views of the nearby hills and Mount Kenya in the distance. The cottage has a private lounge area with an open fire for cooler evenings, as well as a large en-suite bathroom with a double sink, bath and shower. Large windows allow for outstanding views of Mount Kenya and offer guests the opportunity to spot a rhino from their bed!

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Luxury Cottage 2

Luxury Cottage 2 has a private deck with panoramic views of the nearby hills and Mount Kenya in the distance. The cottage has a private lounge area with an open fire for cooler evenings, as well as a large en-suite bathroom with a double sink, bath and shower. Large windows allow for outstanding views of Mount Kenya and offer guests the opportunity to spot a rhino from their bed!

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Luxury Cottage 3

Luxury Cottage 3 has a private deck with panoramic views of the nearby hills and Mount Kenya in the distance. The cottage has a private lounge area with an open fire for cooler evenings, as well as a large en-suite bathroom with a double sink, bath and shower. Large windows allow for outstanding views of Mount Kenya and offer guests the opportunity to spot a rhino from their bed!

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Luxury Cottage 4

Luxury Cottage 4 has a private deck with panoramic views of the nearby hills and Mount Kenya in the distance. The cottage has a private lounge area with an open fire for cooler evenings, as well as a large en-suite bathroom with a double sink, bath and shower. Large windows allow for outstanding views of Mount Kenya and offer guests the opportunity to spot a rhino from their bed!

Activities at Solio Lodge

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EXCURSIONS TO THE ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK

The Aberdares is a beautiful volcanic mountain range thirty minutes’ drive away from Solio. With its highest peaks rising 14,100 feet above sea level, it has several distinct vegetation zones and a great diversity of plant and tree species. There is also abundant wildlife to be spotted. For keen anglers, the Aberdares has several trout filled mountain rivers and streams, so fly fishing can be enjoyed here. Park entry costs US$ 52 per person.

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BIKE RIDING

We have mountain bikes available for adults and children to use at any time. It’s a great way to get some exercise whilst also appreciating the beautiful scenery of Solio Ranch.

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CINNABAR GREEN VISIT

Visit Cinnabar Green, a family-owned farm where they make the deliciously scented products you will find in your rooms at all of our properties. Located just one hour and fifteen minutes’ drive away from Solio Lodge, it is well worth a visit. Tour the farm and learn about the herbs and their fascinating therapeutic properties, see how they are pressed to release the scented oils, watch the manufacturing process and see them being lovingly hand packed before coming to us. From there you can either return to Solio Lodge or visit the nearby town of Nanyuki to do a little exploring and shopping.

COFFEE FARM VISIT

Tour a working coffee plantation and research laboratory based at Kimathi University, a 45 minute drive away from Solio Lodge. This visit provides a fascinating look at the whole coffee value chain, from seedlings to bean to cup, as well as an insight into their innovative sustainability practices. This activity must be booked in advance and is not possible on Sundays.

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COMMUNITY PROJECTS VISIT

Solio Lodge supports a range of health and education projects in local communities. Visit our Footprint page to find out more about the initiatives we support at Solio Lodge and how just by staying with us, you’re making a positive impact on people and wildlife in Kenya.

Laburra Primary School or Charles Wickham Primary School
The Safari Collection has been partnering with these two local primary schools to deliver school lunches, build new structures such as dining halls and classrooms and run training programmes for the teachers. You are welcome to visit either of these local schools and see what happens during the day.

Mary Immaculate Hospital
The Mary Immaculate Shelter of Love is an orphanage at a nearby hospital which Solio Lodge has been involved in for several years now. Let us know if you would like to arrange a visit or help in any way.

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FLOWER FARM VISIT

This is one to invigorate the senses. Visit and tour Tambuzi Flower Farm which specialises in growing traditional scented garden roses. Tambuzi are committed to sustainable practices and having a positive impact on the communities around them, employing hundreds of local workers. Learn about their innovative ecological measures and the different ways in which they support health and education initiatives in their local community. The welfare of their employees and their commitment to sustainability is paramount, which is why we love to support their work.

FOR CHILDREN

Our younger guests often love to spend a few hours with our friendly guides who can teach them about simple bush craft and fun facts about our wildlife. Children can enjoy learning how to identify different animal tracks and signs of the wild. Guided torch light walks in the lodge surrounds open a whole new world of nocturnal wildlife. Interesting insects, chameleons and genet cats can be found. Budding young chefs are welcome to join our team in the kitchen for some cooking fun or even our gardener in the Solio Shamba (Swahili for small farm or field) where all manner of herbs and veggies grow. Inside the lodge we have a wonderful board game called ‘Safari’. Should you wish to play please ask a member of the team. We also have playing cards and backgammon.

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HELICOPTER EXCURSIONS AND TRANSFERS

To gain a real appreciation of Kenya’s spectacular and diverse landscape, take to the skies with a scenic helicopter flight. Our Eurocopter AS 350 B3 helicopter is based at either Sasaab or Solio and is on standby to whizz guests off on a variety of excursions to the most remote destinations in Kenya. With five passenger seats, sliding doors and proven superior performance in extreme conditions, our AS 350 is perfect for low level cruising with optimum viewing.

Please refer to the Helicopter Excursions PDF in the Documents section for more details.

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HORSE RIDING

Our lovely stables are home to six horses. Riders of all abilities can enjoy Solio Ranch on horseback. More experienced riders can canter across some beautiful open plains.

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IN ROOM MASSAGES AND BEAUTY TREATMENTS

Indulge in a massage or beauty treatment from our trained therapist. Solio cottages are huge with plenty of space for a massage bed by the fire or in front of the floor to ceiling glass front, looking out into the bush and Mount Kenya beyond. We use spa products by Healing Earth, a premium organic brand inspired by ancient African healing traditions.

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NATURE AND BIRD WALKS

Stretch your legs and take the time to appreciate the flora, fauna and birdlife within Solio Ranch. Although outside the fenced off wildlife conservancy, you might come across zebra, impala, gazelle, warthogs and dik-dik, as well as abundant birdlife.

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ROOF TOP GAME DRIVES

Wildlife is abundant and easy to spot on Solio Conservancy, making for fabulous game drives. You will find four of the ‘big five’ (there are no elephants as they have been purposely fenced out to preserve vegetation for the endangered black rhino), as well as lion, giraffe, waterbuck, oryx, leopard and much more. Solio’s safari vehicles have been specially modified to have unique roof top benches which offer the ultimate game viewing experience. Kitted out with ponchos to keep you warm, suncream, fridges filled with cold drinks, hot drinks, books and sweets, we have everything to keep you happy during a game drive!

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