Shagalabagala

Karen & Langata
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Shagalabagala
Karen & Langata

“There is everything to love about this colonial home – a calm haven full of character and personality with owners who are fantastic hosts.”

One of Nairobi’s best kept secrets, Shagalabagala is a classic Cape Dutch house set among the last vestiges of rural farmland on the outskirts of Nairobi. It’s a snug and hospitable base in which to relax pre or post safari and from which to explore and experience Kenya’s vibrant capital city.

Shagalabagala accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 double / twin bedrooms.

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Summary
  • A delightful private home-from-home in a quiet suburban setting
  • One of the capital’s most original, characterful and comfortable places to stay
  • Peaceful 4-acre plot with lush gardens and croquet lawns
  • Explore Karen & Langata and Nairobi National Park – vehicle & driver available
  • Enjoy a tour and tasting at the on-site Shagalabagala dry gin distillery
  • Available for exclusive-use pre-flight day retreats or overnight stays
  • Accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 double/twin bedrooms
Destination - Nairobi

A modern, young, thriving and extraordinarily diverse city with a population of over 5 million, Nairobi is the undisputed commercial, financial, cultural, tech and tourist capital of East Africa. Nairobi National Park forms the southern boundary of the city and its 29,000 acres of savannah and woodland hosts a huge quantity and diversity of wildlife. It is also home to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Orphanage, and the AFEW Giraffe Centre and Karen Blixen Museum are nearby in the leafy suburbs of Karen and Langata at the foot of the Ngong Hills.

An eclectic and intriguing amalgam of the post-colonial, the traditionally African and the modern, international and high-tech, Nairobi has grown and developed almost beyond recognition over the past two decades. Home to UN agencies, embassies, NGOs and international businesses, it has a large and diverse expatriate population and a cosmopolitan cultural and culinary scene. Amidst a growing collection of new and exciting restaurants, some of our favourite places to eat and drink are Cultiva in Langata, The Talisman in Karen and The Social House in Lavington.

The Circle Art Gallery in Kilimani stages exhibitions of East Africa’s best modern art in a world-class new gallery space, while The Opportunity Factory in Karen is a hands-on hub for craft and creativity. A number of other excellent galleries, artists’ collectives, boutique shopping centres and arts & craft emporia are dotted around the city. Getting around Nairobi has never been easier – the new Expressway and network of ring roads have greatly improved access to and through the city, and its reputation as traffic-clogged and hazardous is very largely a thing of the past.

Location - Karen & Langata

The green and affluent suburb of Karen sits to the South West of Nairobi away from the city centre towards the foot of the Ngong Hills. Its attractive and peaceful Langata neighbourhood, quieter and less developed than central Karen, adjoins Nairobi National Park and maintains much of its historic and leafy charm. The area is home to an excellent and eclectic selection of shops and restaurants and access is quick and easy access to both of Nairobi’s airports.

The area’s wildlife and conservation attractions include the AFEW Giraffe Centre where feeding the several resident Rothschild’s giraffes is a must. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Orphanage is situated just inside Nairobi National Park. Watching the baby elephants receive their 11 am feed is always very popular, and anyone who ‘adopts’ a baby elephant can also visit in the late afternoon to watch the orphans being given their supper and put to bed.

Nairobi National Park covers an area of 117 square kilometres (29,000 acres) and is easily accessed from Karen and Langata. The park hosts a wide and diverse wildlife population – it is common to see Rhinoceros, Lion, and Buffalo as well as large numbers of plains game, and the park is home to up to 500 species of permanent and migratory birds. One can also visit the Animal Orphanage and Safari Walk – both situated at the park’s main gate.

Karen’s most famous historic resident is probably Karen Blixen, whose 6000-acre farm estate and coffee plantation covered much of the area, and whose Kenyan life is immortalised in the book and film Out of Africa. Her house remains just as it was in early colonial times and is open to visitors daily. The nearby Karen Blixen Coffee Garden is home to the original farm manager’s house from 1906 and the historic Grogan House moved brick-by-brick from downtown Nairobi in 2008.

 

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