Makena's Place is a gorgeous wooden cottage surrounded by mature trees
Makena's Place Karen

Private room

4 guests

1 bedroom

3 beds

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Ages 2 - 12
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About this listing

Makena's Place has 3 bedrooms. One double and two single. It comfortably sleeps 4 adults although one extra bed can be added. These rooms are situated in the private guest wing section of Makena's Place. It is NOT separate from the main house.

The space

Situated in the beautiful suburb of Karen, Makena’s Place is a charming cottage with gorgeous sprawling gardens. The mature trees and flowering bushes are home to several species of birds that can be enjoyed from the comfort of the veranda.

Makena’s Place is a boutique home with African themes running throughout the house. You will enjoy the art work and unique touches in the living areas and bedrooms.

Makena's Place consists 3 guest rooms.
The Flamingo Room - sleeps 2 persons (en suite)
The Gecko Room - sleeps 1 person
The Kichana Room - sleep 1 person
Gecko and Kichana room share 1 bathroom.

If you would like to book either of these rooms separately, please search for them under their respective names.

All linen is 100% cotton and pillows and covers are hypoallergenic . All mattresses are high density spring for a comfortable night.

Internet (dongle that is plugged into usb port on a computer) is available and in keeping with the peace and tranquillity ideal of Makena’s place, there is no television in the house.

Makena's Place has two little playful dogs, they are outside dogs and don't come into the house.

Breakfast is included and delicious home cooked meals are available on request at an additional cost (also depends on if your host is available to cook that evening). If you love coffee, you are in luck as there is an Italian coffee making machine. If you prefer tea, your host will brew you the meanest cuppa – Chai!

Makena’s Place is named after the vivacious 7 year old who will never fail to keep you entertained. Your host and her daughter have their bedrooms in a separate wing of the house to ensure maximum privacy for both guests and permanent residents.

Makena’s Place is a 7 minute walk to the modern Karen shopping centre – historically known as the Karen Dukas - where one can find banks, restaurants, supermarkets and African Curio shops. Only 5 minutes away is the famous Talisman restaurant, situated on the main Ngong Road, which leads to the city of Nairobi.

Karen is home to some of some of Nairobi's best known tourist attractions including the Giraffe Centre, the Karen Blixen Museum, the animal orphanage and the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary, to name a few.

Guest access

Living area, Kitchen, veranda and garden.

Interaction with guests

It always depends on the work I have for the week. Some weeks may see me working from home most of the day and others I am away from morning to evening.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


House Rules

No Smoking inside the house
No pets allowed
No additional guests for the night
No loud music
If rainy season, please leave shoes outside
Please inform me if you will have visitors coming to visit



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

1 night minimum stay

1 Review

Rik User Profile
December 2013
I stayed with my girlfriend at Makena's place for about 3 weeks. We chose it because of the garden and the Karen location so that she could explore while I was out on business. We had a very nice experience, Chichi was a very gracious host, her daughter was a lot of fun and the staff very helpful. Just great people all around. The house is a bit older and has some small inconveniences (like a steel roof which gets noisy in the rain, and a less-than-great water heater), but nothing to really worry about. The garden is amazing, especially when the weather is nice. The house is literally around the corner from one of Nairobi's best restaurants, and a shopping mall, dukas and a few good bars are all in walking distance. For now there is only one road linking Karen to the rest of town so expect to spend a fair bit of time in traffic if you plan to be in the city.

This host has 35 reviews for other properties.

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Nairobi, KenyaJoined in January 2013
Chichi User Profile

I am a performing artiste and a TV set designer. I am a mother of a 5 year old girl. I am a Christian and I love life.

My favourite travel destination Diani Beach (Kenyan coast)... I have lived in Sydney and I loved it, I love Paris too!

I am a gracious host and I enjoy meeting new people. I am however not overly chatty, so I will give you your space; as I enjoy mine. Unfortunately, if I am on a tv shoot I tend to work very long hours and so you will hardly see me. I do however have my house maid who lives with me and she will be the one to welcome you, make sure you are comfortable and make your breakfasts.

I like to read, I am not big on tv, we do not even have one in the house. I love music, long walks, gardens and nature and a good glass of wine :-)

I believe, life is what you make it. It is a choice.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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