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 which sleeps 2 persons (double bed en suite) - $65/night single occupancy
The Gecko Room sleeps 1 person - $55/night
The Kichana Room sleep 1 person - $55/night
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.
You can book each of these rooms separately, please search for "Makena's Place - Kichana & Gecko Room" to make a booking for those rooms.
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 6 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.
Washing Machine, Fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee machine.
Living areas and Garden.
It depends on my work schedule. Sometimes I hardly get to see my guests if I am on a shoot, other times I am home the whole day. On Most evening though, I will be home.
The Trees, the birds, the nature.
Yes there is, the bus stop is just 5 min walk from the house. These take you right into the city centre.
Taxi's rank is 5 mins away, just call and they will pick you from Makena's Place.
Makena's Place is an oasis of peace, tranquility and comfort. Chichi is a superb host and we were made to feel completely at home. We were a few work colleagues on a business trip, and will definitely be coming back. I'll also be bringing my wife and kids to stay here next time we are in Nairobi.
Chichi was a wonderful host and her house was warm and welcoming. It was perfect for our family with 2 bedrooms for the kids and 1 for my husband and I. We had our own wing which afforded privacy and the entire place was safe and secure. The kids loved the trampoline, playing with lulu the dog and running around the gardens. Easy access to anything in Karen and a quick drive to Nairobi, it was definitely more comfortable and affordable than a hotel. Chichi helped arrange a driver to see the sites and was extremely helpful and friendly.
My father and I stayed at Makena's place (in two single rooms with a shared bathroom) for three nights and found it very comfortable and safe (important in Nairobi). Chichi was a great host - gave us a couple of excellent recommendations for dinner, lent us a mobile phone to use while we were there (handy for booking tours and calling taxi drivers), and arranged a driver to pick us up from the airport on arrival (for 3000 shillings, the standard rate). The rooms are clean, nice and very comfortable, and the house is very quiet at night. We hardly saw Chichi and her daughter Makena, though they live on the other side of the same house.
Breakfast was simple and varied each day (pancakes, omelettes, cereal) and the Kenyan coffee Chichi made us was excellent.
The only downside was that the wifi mentioned in the description refers to a dongle - so you need a laptop with USB port to have access. It doesn't work with an iPad or iPhone, so we were without internet while we were at Makena's place, which made it tricky to book tours and make other plans. Not a big problem as there are plenty of cafes with free wifi (a taxi ride away), but something to keep in mind.
Overall a nice place to stay, and it was good to stay in a real home, instead of a hotel, in Nairobi.