House of Waine
HOUSE OF WAINE -
KAREN NAIROBI, KENYA
House of Waine is a family owned and run property and this is reflected in the name Waine which is made up of the initials of the family members. Originally a family house, it was lovingly converted to a boutique hotel and eventually opened in 2004. The interior design takes its cue from the Matriarch of the family and is imbued with a timeless elegance much like her.
House of Waine is the realisation of a generations long dream that all started with our maternal Grandfather, an entrepreneur who started a “mkahawa” or coffee shop in Mwiria Village in Meru in the 1950’s.
Like our Grandfather and Mother we take a practical yet warm approach to hospitality.
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House of Waine is an 11 Bedroom property on 2.5 acres that blends the elegance of gracious living with the spirit of modern Africa in an exclusive and serene setting.
Our aim is to provide our guests with an experience that exceeds all their expectations of city hotels and is punctuated by personalized, friendly and excellent service and cuisine in beautiful surroundings.
The room is home to a portrait of a Maasai Moran (Warrior) by local artist, Phillipa Marrion. As the Maasai term for home is Manyatta, it is only fitting therefore that the room is so named.
Safari, from the Arabic ‘safa’, means a long journey in Swahili. It was first used in the English language by Sir Richard Burton, the famous explorer. To us, Safari refers to our room that with its décor pays tribute to past and present explorers such as you.
Ziwa, the Swahili word for Lake, aptly describes this room where the abundance of turquoise reflects a shimmering lake.
It is said that an elephant never forgets. Astay in Tembo (elephant in Swahili), will be an unforgettable experience with its different hues and textures reflecting of the elephant hide and its natural habitat.
Victoria the quant room and the only one with a working fireplace is reminiscent of the Victorian era. The main feature of the room is our wrought iron four poster bed and the elegant claw foot tub.
Kanini, our smallest room, is child friendly and interconnects with Makan.
Makan, our Indian themed room is filled with warm shades of the red chili pepper and omate fabrics. Makan pays homage to a community that has had and continues to have a pivotal role in the development of our multicultural country.
Our coastal themed room with its calming sea blues and greens invites you to rest, relax and rejuvenate before and after your journey.
Our garden room, Bustani, invites the outside in, through its fabrics and with its direct access to our expansive gardens.
The golden sand of the Sahara are captured in the objects d’arts, artwork and the fabrics of this room.
Malaika is the grand dame of the house. Designed by an equally grand dame, our mother, who was known for her grace and elegance and her love for the colour black which is evident in all the furnishings in this room.
• Hair dryer
• Magnified makeup mirror
• Seperate shower and bath
• Flat screen TV
• Direct dial telephone
• Laptop safes
• Tea and coffee making facilities in the non alcoholic bar with cookies, milk and ground coffee supplied daily
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
• Fresh flowers
• Eco friendly bathroom toiletries
• Baby cots available on request
It is located at Langata, approximately 3 kilometers from House of Waine. It is the creation of a Kenyan
conservation organization, the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW). It was established in order
to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, that is found only in the
grasslands of East Africa.
The main attraction for visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised observation platform. The centre is also
home to several warthogs which freely roam the area along with the giraffes.
They have three types of Giraffes: Reticulated Giraffe, Masai Giraffe and the Rothschild Giraffe.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm 7 days a week.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Sheldrick is a Kenyan wildlife conservation charity founded in 1977 in memory of David Sheldrick by his widow Daphne Sheldrick. It assists and advises the Kenya Wildlife Service and manages an orphanage for elephants and rhinos. One can also adopt an Elephant at a cost of USD 50 per year upon prior booking.
It is located approximately 20 minutes from House of Waine and is open daily from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. At this time you watch them being fed with the normal human children formulae milk. Charges are Kshs. 500 per person both local and international.
Karen Blixen Museum
The Karen Blixen Museum is located 1km from House of Waine and is open every day between 9:30am and 6:00pm, including on weekends and public holidays.
The museum is situated in the upscale Nairobi suburb of "Karen," a town that was created by the parceling out of the coffee farm's land after Blixen's return to Denmark. Itis also the former African home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her book Out of Africa which chronicles life at the estate.
Visitors have the opportunity to take part in continuously offered guided tours of the house, which features rooms designed in both the original decor and with props from the 1985 film. The grounds, which feature original equipment from the coffee farm, are also available for touring. There is also a gift shop. The grounds of the museum are available to rent for weddings, corporate functions, and other events.
Charges :100 Kshs per person-Residents & USD 10 Per Person Non-Residents.The Museum is open from 9:30am to 6:00pm.
Utamaduni Craft Shop
The centre offers antiques, wood carvings, bronze items, and jewellery of the highest quality. Utamaduni means “cultural heritage” and is a converted house containing (about 18) arts and crafts shops including:
Utamaduni Crafts Centre is located on Bogani East Road between Ostrich Park and Giraffe Centre in Langata open from 10am to 6pm daily. Utamaduni Crafts Centre is situated 5 Minutes from House of Waine. There are about eighteen individual Craft Shops in one large house offering a wealth of Kenyan Culture.
• Kisii Soapstone
• African Fabrics
• Men's Boutique
• Beaded Glassware
• An African coffee table book shop
• Antique African silver & gold jewelry
• Crafts made by ex-Nairobi street children
• A variety of beautiful Kenyan Kiondos (Baskets)
Utamaduni Craft Centre in Nairobi is the best place to buy souvenirs.
Bird's Paradise Souvenir Shop
Is located along the Langata highway at the junction of Langata South Road and Mamba Village Road in the leafy Karen Suburbs. It is a 15 minutes drive from House of Waine.
Items found include:
• Wooden birds carvings
• Ebony wood carvings
• Mahogany & Teak wood carvings
• Maasai Ornaments
• Maasai spears & shields
• Soaptone carvings
• Batiks & Bakuba
• Mud clothes and Kentes
• Antique statues & masks
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