Gecko Room. King Single bed. High density spring mattress, cotton sheets and fibre pillows
Makena's Place Kichana & Gecko Room
Makena's Place Kichana & Gecko Room

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

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


Extra people: $48 / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 11%


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 can sleep 2 persons (en suite)
The Gecko Room sleeps 1 person
The Kichana Room sleep 1 person.
Geko and Kichana room share 1 bathroom.
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 one little playful dog, she is an outside dog and doesn'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 5 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.

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 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

14 Reviews

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Nicole User ProfileNicole is a superhost.
November 2016
Staying at Chichi's airbnb was absolutely fantastic! Chichi is an amazing host and very helpful for giving tips on getting around, restaurants, transportation etc. The room and airbnb space was spacious, clean, comfortable and honestly perfect. I had an amazing time and will definitely be back to stay at Chichi's place again.

Mary User Profile
June 2016
Chichi is a caring, welcoming and reliable host. This is my second time staying with Chichi on trips to Nairobi and it felt like 'coming home' this time. I knew what to expect, communication is very clear and timely, driver was waiting for me at the airport to take me to Chichi's, very comfortable room and always made to feel welcome in the front room and kitchen, as well. Always a delicious breakfast prepared. I will return again, on my next trip back to Nairobi....and would highly recommend Chichi's "Makena's Place" to others coming to Nairobi.

Yao User Profile
June 2016
Chichi's place is a paradise. If you visit Nairobi for leisure, stay with Chichi as Karen, the area the house sits in, is lush, safe and close to the major sites of Nairobi (elephant orphanage, giraffe center and Karen Blixen house). Chichi is a wonderful host. She's very responsive to messages and follows with you before arrival. Also her daughter is so cute and funny. I loved my stay at Makena's place.

Fawzia User Profile
December 2015
Makena's place in Karen is a lovely place to stay in. It is neat and clean and Chichi is a wonderful hostess with really good staff. We were made to feel very comfortable and treated Chichi's place like our own. The garden is lovely and we had beautiful weather and were able to enjoy it to the full. Thank you to Chichi and her lovely daughter Makena and to Josephine. I would recommend Chichi's without reservation.

Rhonda User Profile
November 2015
Chichi , Makena, Josephine and Allan were all very welcoming and gracious even though I showed up a bit early.From the beginning you were given full acess to the public areas of the home. Having wifi was awesome. Chichi also arranged a driver for me and negotiated a good price as well. Food storage was also a plus as I was allowed to cook my own suppers etc. The is a lovely fireplace which came in handy a few nights. Chichi and her daughter treated me like family and I felt safe and secure in their care.

Mary User Profile
October 2015
Chichi is an amazing and caring host, who anticipates and coordinates all details from arrival to departure to make your trip smooth and very enjoyable. Her home is in a central area of Karen, close to shops, transportation and restaurants, although you also have the option to eat at home (breakfast included) and the options to pay for other meals to be prepared. Love the opportunity to meet and dialogue with local people who know the culture and context! Had some great discussions with Chichi in the evening and over breakfast. Would definitely return!

Andrew User Profile
March 2015
Chichi was one of the best hosts you could imagine. It was great talking to her and getting a tour of the garden- so many amazing trees! The place was great as well- will be back!

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Nairobi, Kenya · Joined 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.

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