“Epic safari in Kenya”
For a detailed write up of what it’s like to go on safari with GoWild Africa, read Zara’s blog. Zara runs Zara’s Planet, a global horse safari company – so we reckon she knows what she’s talking about!
We believe we offer the best Kenyan experiences at the best value, but why believe us. What follows are testimonials of some past guests!
Plum, Iona & Ramsay Hutton, Nanyuki
A fantastic stay, delicious food, good company & lovely riding. Thank you!
Aref Alawali, Nairobi,
Great game viewing, nice long rides, super company. All the best on your new venture and enjoy it! Very nice pulling elephant trunk from horse back. Really had all the riding I wanted. Merci –
Richard Holman-Baird. Stonehaven, Scotland
A shame it was such fun, now I’ll have to come back with all the family – even the ‘donkey’ was brilliant!
Chris & Kibare, Nairobi
Had a fantastic two days at Olepangi Farm. Such a beautiful setting with gracious and fun hosts. Loved the rooms, the big fig tree and the great service. Hope to see elephants on our next visit because we will definitely be back.
Val, Paul, Ina & Gabriela Maasdoup, Zimbabwe, Kenya
Wonderful weekend with five week old baby on her first bush trip. Thank you for everything, what a gorgeous place, peaceful yet alive.
Mathew – Maine, Nairobi, Kitale
Elizabeth, Clinton & Stewart, thank you for the lovely stay at Olepangi. It’s a pleasure to be in the place after hearing so much about the farm whilst in Nairobi. Now I have serious ‘stable envy’ and would love to mimic the design on our family farm in Kitale. I’ll be returning with a tape measure and sketch book and friends and family for your riding safaris! I’m a big fan of the architecture and design. As someone who was raised in glass thatched round houses, I absolutely love the way your Round House re- imagines the traditional design, and with one heck of a view of Lolldaigas! Often a fun dinner in the Party House and sound sleep thanks to the seriously comfortable bed in Speke Cottage, I’m feeling ready for a good day of polo. Breakfast on the deck overlooking the valley with the Lolldiga hills in the distance was just the way to start the day. Now hopefully the great start I’ve had here at Olepangi will continue through to four chukkas at 12.30 and with luck I’ll score an obscene amount of goals and thoroughly trounce Elizabeth’s team, (here’s hoping…)
Captain Andrew Wilczynski (BATUK)
The perfect weekend getaway. The hospitality, setting, food and riding have all left a feeling of wanting to return. A fantastic way to be introduced to the bush.
Natalie McComb, Uganda
Such a pleasure to enjoy stunning Olepangi, the work you have done and the outcome you have achieved is outstanding. Beautiful Lolldaiga’s, like being held in the hand of God, thrilled to see Cheetah, plus all the other lovely game. Really well done to Stu, Louise, Virginia and Molly for a great safari, and to Elizabeth and Clinton for a vision coming true! And thanks to my lovely Itsu!
Yvonne, Robert & Carmen
What a magical stay, we enjoyed the warm welcome, lovely company, fabulous food and of course the company of the brave horses. We went on safari into Lolldaiga’s and spent some special time with the elephants, chased cheetah’s and saw a leopard hunting some gazelles. It really couldn’t have been more perfect. Jim I am sad to leave you, you looked after me throughout and look really cute when you are asleep. But I’m sure we will be back so until then farewell!! Xx
Dan & Beth Lincoln USA
We had a delightful time, nice people, great horses, beautiful land. This is a great concept, please keep it going. Next time we will do the tented safari, but the stag at the Farm House was particularly nice. It was a unique opportunity to learn out African farming & ranching – very different, very nice. Thanks.
Dear All! Thank you for a wonderful visit – it was incredible! I love the flowers and I saw an elephant at breakfast today!
Liz & Will Hough – Norfolk England.
Thank you to everyone for making our stay so special, especially appreciated the horse riding and the hot water bottles waiting on my pillow! To ease my aching back. Olepangi is truly a special place.
Professor David Beach, FRS
Happy days at Olepangi – all 30 of them. What a warm and forgiving extended family. Thank you –
Kirsty – Scotland
To all the team, thanks a million for a fantastic and very memorable few days at Olepangi and Lolldaiga’s. I will be back!!
Ruth, Yorkshire – England.
To the whole Go Wild Africa team. Thank you so much for the most amazing 5 days at Olepangi and in Lolldiaga. The whole experience was out of this world. Absolutely love Tattoo! Will be back to visit.
Wow what an amazing 5 days! The riding was just incredible and I loved splashing in the water with Jim and seeing all the amazing game! Can’t believe how close we got to elephant and giraffe. I had the most fab experience paragliding and sundowners was just magic. The whole team was awesome and so much fun. I have come away with some fab drinking games and whipping skills! Most of all Jim was just the best and I will be coming back to steal him in the near future. Thank you so much for the best 5 days ever, you guys have been ace! All the best!
Alex – England.
Thanks for such an amazing trip. The horses and food were incredible. I wish I had seen that damn leopard!
Cat – UK
Cheers for the awesome experience, once in a lifetime. Mega –
Lizzie – UK
That. Was. AWESOME! Guys thank you so much for an incredible few days from start to finish. I think it will be hard to surpass that safari experience ever again. Lovely horses, great food and fantastic people. See you soon.
25-28 September 2014 – Hunter Marrian
Thanks so much for letting me join the team. Thoroughly enjoyable. A very sore bum but well worth it.
4 October 2014 – Richard & Mathe xx – VIC, France, Nairobi
A wonderful weekend in a very special place. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. The peace and tranquility is a welcome change from tsaptie on Ngong Road! We will be back.
7 October 2014 – David L O Smith, Unicorn Trails
Such a wonderful place with such marvelous people! Thank you so much for your hospitality – even though I was here for less than 24 hours I leave as a friend. I do hope that we shall be able to send you many other riders to come and enjoy a unique experience of remote and beautiful Kenya.
19-25 October 2014 –
Way above my expectations. At no point have I felt like a tourist. Made to feel part of the family. Lovely horses, stunning scenery. Will be back with my family. Will never forget seeing the wild dogs, a dream come true.
25 October 2014 – Charlotte Agnew UK eventer
Thank you SO much for having me! Had a spectacular time – quite literally – reveling in incredible views and breathtaking game spots. Feel extremely privileged to have been part of the GoWild family and to have been looked after so very well. Lucky, lucky – thank you!
19-25 October 2014 – Glenda Johnson, Perth – Western Australia.
Thank you for a wonderful exciting safari on your fantastic horses. We have had lots of adventures, fun, laughs, great rides with the animals. Everyone has been very accommodating and looked after us so well. We will miss the adventures we have had with you, but look forward to visiting again in the future. Thank you.
28 October 2014 – Naseem Nairobi
Love being back! Thank you always for a wonderful stay, the conversation, the food etc. Will be back soon!
Lizzie Outram – Nairobi
What a lovely place – so nice to see all developed. Thank you so much!
25 November 2014 – Leon, Nairobi
The best stay in any place in the 7 years I have been in Kenya. Unforgettable scenery, horses, (Zeus wins!) and salad! Please don’t loose the home/farm/safari/lodge experience… it is the perfect mix. See you all soon, definitely.
5 December 2014 – Debbie, Chania & Philip – Nairobi
Beautifully done – a wonderful combination of home & magic, thank you all for a delightful weekend.
7 – 10 December 2014 – Alice, Wiltshire
Thank you for the most amazing time. Lovely rides, been incredible. Will be back soon! Xenia Gravell
Fabulous, hilarious, wonderful stay. Very cosy with hotties at night! Riding, game viewing, walking, facials, iPads & boots to go home with! MARVELOUS soul food. Thank you –
10 December 2014 – Anna – Stockholm, Sweden
Lacking words to describe these wonderful two days… but breathtaking and fantastic are two of them! The food, staff, views, rooms and horses will make me come back very soon – and don’t be surprised if I’m bringing along the Swedes! This is by far the best riding experience I’ve been on! Thank you all!
23 December 2014 – Ali, Plum, Iona & Ramsay Hutton.
Thank you for a fantastic couple of days in the Lolldaiga’s. I hope that Coco and Trivino recover.
I had an amazing time!! It was wonderful. I fell in love with Jim. Thank you so much, Iona
29 December 2014 – Arran & Cat x Leeds, UK
Thank you so much for a wonderful week, we can’t think of anywhere we would rather spend Christmas than here! We had an amazing time with fabulous hosts, gorgeous horses and amazing food. We would never had thought you hadn’t been in this business for years, our time here has been seamlessly organized and hosted. Special thanks to Zeus and Mfupi for an amazing safari experience. Arran has now been fully broken in!! We are already planning for next trip and will spread the word about this fabulous place when we get home. You never know, next time it might actually be out honeymoon! Thank you to everyone who had made this week fab!
Diana – Scotland.
I agree with Arran & Cat, it has been a brilliant experience. Aesthetics, (the amazing architecture,) and horses, (the 5 day safari.) What could be better? Thanks to Elizabeth and Clinton for being such superb hosts, and to Louise and Laura for always being efficient and cheerful. The staff in the kitchen and on safari have always been helpful. Thanks to Richard our Safari Guide & his deep knowledge of African Bush.
Frances, Brad, Judith and Rachel Boyd, Canada/ Egypt
We really enjoyed our stay. The only complaint is that it was too short! The setting and buildings are lovely and the riding was wonderful. I enjoyed learning about being an equine vet from Lucy and helping to take care of Coco’s cut leg. Hopefully we will be able to come back someday. Thanks so much.
29 December – 1 January 2015 – Viri & Julia – Nairobi
Beautiful air, fine horses, splendid sky-scrapes. What a great way to see in the New Year! Thank you to all the hard working team. Wishing all the very best for the future.
23 December – 4 January 2015 – The Veggie Lady
It was like spending two weeks with old friends, immediately felt at home. Great horses, fun riding, near perfect weather and all my indiosyncracies accommodated with good humour. I will look forward to another visit and watching the inevitable success of this wonderful venture. Many thanks to all –
31 December – 4 January 2015 – Katie xx
It’s been a short but fantastic trip. I have loved every minute – you are all so welcoming and friendly, the location is stunning and the horses are so beautifully behaved. It’s been a fabulous start to 2015! Thank you all so much. With love
6 – 9 January
Beautifully designed accommodation completed by a rich variety of artefacts from Asia and Africa – truly original. A warm, friendly, personalized environment with immaculate attention to detail. Wonderful architecture in this unique setting. So many varied venues for breakfast, lunch and dinner! A wide variety of activities. The views to the neighbouring conservancy must be the most spectacular in Africa. Excellent fresh food with helpful staff prepared to take into account individual tastes. We will be back! John & Morna Nance – Mombasa.
Dear Louise at GoWildAfrica. Thank you for your hospitality. Everything about this place is magic: the horses, the people, the cottages. Hope to return here many times soon. Many thanks – Louise – Outdoor Adventures.
We have had a wonderful stay at Olepangi. My children enjoyed the horse riding and we all enjoyed your company. The place is excellent and the Part House makes me want to redesign our place at home. A great day at Ngare Ndare and all the staff friendly and ready to take care of all our needs. Look forward to visiting again. Shregash Roja and family
28 February – 3 March
We will miss this lovely place on Earth, it’s been like having a new family. I’ll hold the place in my heart for a long time. We will return to all the lovely people and dogs. Thank you for this 5 days. Magnus & friends – Sweden.
Clinton & Elizabeth – You have certainly created a beautiful homestead in a lovely spot. We enjoyed meeting you all and you have looked after us very well. Thank you. See you again for a tented safari! Best wishes, Sheilah & Hamek Cambos & Katerina Aslani
Dear Louise, Laura, Ellie & Elizabeth. Thank you for a lovely couple of days! We really enjoyed staying in this beautiful lodge and house, going on horse riding safari in the out-of-this-world spectacular landscapes of Lolldaiga’s. Bit of an adventure with elephants, the amazing horses, great food and camping with leopards… lots of lifetime memories. Hope to see you all back in Nairobi soon! Elaine, Mariona, Sylvia, Denette, Beatrice, Daniella & Wenise.
25 – 27 March
What a spectacular place! You have done an amazing job in turning this spot into such a venue, (and a home). Thanks so much for your warm and friendly hospitality. I will spread the word. Piers.
Thanks for a fabulous weekend. Food, drink and company were all great. Riding was outstanding and the horses just right – well-behaved, perfectly trained and just a little bit frisky! We love The bed! Definitely we will be coming back with friends in the near future. Best wishes Nadia & Steve
To all of the staff at Olepangi Farm – an enormous thank you for welcoming us, (babies included!) with open arms. The food, company, views and activities all exceeded our expectations by miles. You’ve created a magical place here – we certainly hope to come back! In the meantime we will keep our fingers crossed for rain… Many thanks again and best wishes – Paige, Oli & Alice.
The only problem with this place is that it’s not always Friday. A lovely mix of comfort and adventure, of conversation and company. A terrific realization of a great dream. Thanks to all for a wonderful time in a wonderful place with wonderful people, surrounded by wonderful things. Many thanks and hope to see you soon. A, a & a –
Such a lovely place! We had an amazing time here. Thank you for the welcome and chatting by the fireplace. We will make sure we spread the secret among our French friends! Thanks again and we hope to come back soon! Lorine & Arthur
15 February – 5 May
Dear Clinton, Elizabeth and ALL the staff here at Olepangi Farm. Thank you for introducing me to Kenya and for making me feel so at home and welcome in this beautiful place. It has certainly been a trip I have loved and will remember – though for sure will not be my last. Hopefully you will not remember me as ‘the angel of death,’ as I have loved looking after the horses and dogs, both riding and vetting! This place is testament to all the hard work and dedication you have put in and I know it will be a huge and exciting success! Thank you again so much and hopefully see you all very soon. All the best Ellie xx (Volunteer)
What a wonderful weekend! The setting of Olepangi is awesome! We loved the warmth of all the staff & owners, especially Clinton & Elizabeth, Laura & Kate. We really enjoyed our stay. Wishing you all the success with your future endeavors. The Rego’s – Nairobi
I enjoyed being here. I loved the flowers. I wish I could stay longer. I hope you enjoyed having us. Amber & Ava Rego (7 & 3)
Thank you very much for the lovely stay and letting us ride the amazing horses. We will be back soon! Warm regards Katrine & Leonie – Nairobi
Dear Clinton and Elizabeth. How wonderful to be with you here in Kenya again! Olepangi takes my breath away and what you have achieved here in such a short time is nothing less than miraculous. You are an inspiration. Through your vision, design and hard work this land has been freed to explore its full potential, and although I know you both well enough to be sure it will only develop and distinguish itself even further, as I sit here today I can’t imagine a more beautiful home. Well done. I am so happy for you and proud of what this place is now! Thank you for having me. It is another stay book visit for me amidst the demands of my ‘Mountain Madness’ tour this stop with you in Laikepia is an enchanted garden on calm. So lovely to be with you both again, many thanks and always looking forward to the next time we are together. 1. Mount Meru tick; 2. Mount Kilimanjaro tick; 3. Lewa Marathon tick; 4. Mount Kenya…. Love Rob Baigrie
Dear Elizabeth and Clinton. Thanks for the lovely hospitality in your beautiful home! We will be back to challenge again at croquet and wander about in the stunning gardens. Love James, Nicki, William & Isla Rose
Dear Elizabeth & Clinton. Thanks so very much for a lovely weekend! Your place is amazing and we wish you many years of success. We hope we are able to see you again soon. Love Brendon, Paula, Andrea, Cayren & Caroline.