A place in the green, with view to Ngong Hills, yet in good reach to Nairobi City & the tourism attractions of Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre, Elephant Orphanage & Rift Valley. Cosy & clean rooms for little money. Your hosts are Kenya experts.
ABOUT THE HOUSE
Hazina House is an accommodation with its very own charm, as the walls of the one storey building have been turned into a photographic gallery with large format images from some of Kenya's most beautiful sites by the well known photographer Hartmut Fiebig, who is also living here whenever he is in Nairobi.
Hazina in Swahili means 'Treasure' as the house is also the home of the 50 Treasures of Kenya Trust and you can expect to find people with a lot of passion and expertise on Kenya's most beautiful spots and endless travel tips here! To learn what the 50 Treasures of Kenya are about, (website hidden) for the 50 Treasures of Kenya website.
ABOUT THE ROOMS:
2 furnished rooms, each with a broad (1,20 m x 2,00 m) bed that can sleep two loving people, blanket, pillow, bed sheets, mosquito net, wardrobe, curtains and mirror. So we can house a max of 4 guests.
Shared shower and toilet.
WHO WILL FIT IN?
A practical, attractive budget option if you are working in Ngong, Kiserian, Karen, Langata or along Ngong Road
Long term rent-out (1 month or longer) preferred
WHICH FACILITIES ARE THERE FOR YOU?
Fully equipped kitchen with huge dining table, micro wave, gas cooker, cutlery, fridge with freezer, water filter and old school italian coffee cooker.
Assistance by Magreth, the cook and house help who prepares lunch and/or dinner on request, basic shopping and cleaning. Magreth is normally around from Mo to Fr for 7 hours.
Huge sitting room cum office with sofas, library and fire place
Big garden with view of the Ngong Hills and Ngong Town
Safe car parking
Interaction with Guests
INTERACTION WITH YOUR HOSTS
As your hosts, the 50 Treasures of Kenya team and Hardy Fiebig, are traveling a lot around the country and abroad, you might have the house all by yourself. However, once we are around, we are looking forward to good talks and activities, sundowners and may be even joint safaris. Karibu sana - most welcome home!
We are living in a Kenyan middle class surrounding and our landlord is living in the rear part of the house. So relaxed interaction with our Kenyan neighbors and their two kids who love playing in our garden is granted.
THE SURROUNDING - ATTRACTIONS, ACTIVITIES
Wonderful green surrounding; the hill we are on is good for walking and cycling.
Ngong Hills are just 2km away and we often go to the top of the mountains for sundowners and serious hiking.
The Rift Valley is also merely 3km away, where you have good chances of encountering giraffe and other game.
Karen-Langanta with their tourist attractions like Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre and Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage are in easy reach by public means.
There are good shopping facilities in Ngong-Vet with a Naivas supermarket, vegetable and fruit stalls, wines & spirits store and a good butcher just down the hill. A bit further (2,5 kilometres) Ngong Town with its central market, another Naivas supermarket, a Barclays Bank with ATM and other facilities are available.
WHERE EXACTLY ARE WE?
We are in Ngong-Vet, 7 kilometres behind Karen when you come from Nairobi City. We are easily reached with matatu line 111 which is serving Ngong Road to/from Central Business District's posta and railways stages.
We have boda boda (motorbike taxi) and cab pilots of trust from around whom we are happy to refer you to. They can also collect and bring you to the airport at any time.
Smoking is permitted only outside.
We pay respect to our guests and expect the same in return.
It´s a beautiful place little bit outside of the city, very spacious and nice people! A lot of green around and laid back atmosphere.
Definitly recommendable if you´re looking for a homely, relaxed and friendly stay in Nairobi! It takes you 10 minutes walking distance to Ngong road from where you can take matatu to the city. It´s well equipped and if you´re lucky you might even have a internet stick for you.
Dear Antje, dear Philipp, you were marvelous guests: Creating a nice atmosphere, listening to good music, taking up cooking when need be, always ready for a good talk and no undeliverable wishes. And on top of that: it is really fun to go out on safari with you!! I hope you come back to Kenya soon, you are always very welcome - Karibuni sana!!!
Hazina House is a nice, clean and quiet place in the suburbs of Nairobi which offers good value for money.
Besides the friendly host it was a pleasure to meet Margret, who manages the place. She is not just a good cook, but a true angel! She tries to help wherever possible and really makes you feel at home. I especially loved her fruit smoothies in the morning!
The big garden around the house is very pleasant if you need a rest or want to watch the sundown.
The people who work under the same roof for the “50 Treasures of Kenya” office are also very helpful and knowledgeable in case of any questions.
The description of the place is absolutely correct. Hot water for a shower currently needs pre-heating which is not a problem, just consider it in your time planning.
The nearest bus/matatu stop from where you can catch transport to Karen and downtown Nairobi is at Zambia/Ngong Raod, approx. 5-7 min walk from the house and 10 min on the way back as you have to walk uphill. The bus journey to Karen will take you around 10-15 min and to central Nairobi 1,5–2 hours, depending on traffic.
Walking around alone in the dark after 6pm is not recommended as there is very little street light, but cheap motorbike taxis are available at the bus stop.
I enjoyed my stay and would like to come back another time. For people having to travel to central Nairobi every day, however, I would recommend a more central location. This place is perfect if you enjoy quietness with village character instead of the city hustle and bustle.
I am a Kenya-maniac since a quarter of a century, when I first passed through on a one year bicycle safari from Germany to Capetown. Because of my passion for Kenya and its people, I have been writing one of the most comprehensive guide books on the country and I initiated the 50 Treasures of Kenya back in 2009.
Believe it or not, but after all those years there are still corners of the country where I haven't travelled extensively - there is so much to explore! And can you imagine that that after all this time, I am still amazed by the hospitable and joyful nature of Kenyans?!
If you want to do me a favor, don't believe the bleak media reporting on Kenya. Come, collect your own impressions and have unforgettable experiences here. If we can be of any assistance to make that happen - well enough. Karibu sana - most welcome!!