Colonial Plantation Homestay

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Nairobi, Kenya

Take environmental education from the Kenyan community

Safeguard the local ecology

Visit the Kenyan ecotourism site that is decorated for you using the upcycled crafts

Why we love this homestay?
  • Plantation initiatives by community
  • Houses of colonial settlers
Plover Homestay

Plover Homestay situated in Nyandarua County belongs to a local Kenyan family settled in a colonial house. The house is surrounded by artworks made out of waste. It is a favorite place for birders who come to see Sharpes Longclaw. The house has a fruit orchard, tree nursery, biogas units in its surrounding that are visited by school students for environmental education. Local guides, known as Ecopreneurs take the visitors around sustainable organic agriculture, community museum, other colonial houses, and arrange cultural programs. Visit Mau Mau Cave which was used as a hide-out by Kenyan freedom fighters from 1952 to 1960.

It is a homestay that offers very basic accommodation but enriches the guest’s visits with multiple activities. 

Homestay features
  • Essential amenities including towels & clean comfortable bedding
  • Complimentary breakfast and dinner
  • Clean squatting style toilet
  • Shower Facility
  • Filtered water
  • First aid
Your host - Mr. Wachira Kariuki
  • Authentic hospitality with multiple activities
  • Local Ecopreneur for birding and local tours
  • Languages spoken - Kikasighau, English

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Wachira Kariuki is a local coordinator who is also the chairperson of the Nyandarua County homestay group. He is a passionate ecotourism leader who proudly shows the old houses, artworks made from waste by the local community, and takes birding enthusiasts to spot little Sharpes Longclaws. He speaks very good English and a friendly guide for the visitors.

Enjoy organic local food!
  • Local specialties - Kikuyu Mukimo & Ugali
  • Spread of traditional vegetables & chapati
  • Dishes observing the rule of three (balanced diets)

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People of Nyandarua County still cook their food over an open fire or using charcoal. Villagers cook a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes using Potatoes, Pumpkins, Onions, Sheep or Goat Meat, and White Maize. Kikuyu Mukimo- mashing of potatoes, pumpkin leaves, and maize & Ugali – ground maize flour mixed with water are the local specialties. There’s always Chapati and Rice in Lunch and Dinner.

Explore the unexplored!
  • Visiting soldier's colonial houses (In the village)
  • Seeing local wool spinning and weaving (In the village)
  • Visiting community bird sanctuaries/nature trail (Around village)

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The local guides offer tours to community bird sanctuaries/nature trail, community museum, & community resource center for environmental education lecture from community biodiversity monitors and research assistant. Visitors stay and also see the colonial houses built in 1905 where the soldier’s stayed from 1906-1932. Local guides sharing their knowledge about local biodiversity with the kids coming from different regions becomes a good activity for cultural exchange. Naivasha in Rift Valley, Aberdares forests through Kinangop grasslands, Lake Olborosat, Field Marshal’s Dedan Kimathy’s Cave are other attractions.

What it includes?

Overnight stay
Breakfast, Dinner
Birding and local tours
First aid facility

What it excludes?

Any personal expenses
Transportation to village
Additional Meals – Lunch
Visa/Travel insurance
Room service fee

Is this Homestay right for you?

Are you choosing this homestay because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living in a mud house in the mountains truly excite you? If your answer is yes, start packing your bags now! You might not get uninterrupted internet here, but you’ll be far too busy exploring the most breathtaking and hidden jewels of Kenya, completely untouched and unhindered.

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Sumda Chun
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Photolalok
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
    Astropreneur - Maan
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