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Solio lodge

Solio Lodge

Solio Lodge Kenya

Solio Lodge is famed as a lodge in Kenya for its unique and mind-blowing rhino viewing experiences. Tucked in the valley between the lofty slopes of Mount Kenya and the peaks of the Aberdare Mountains, it is the only guest accommodation on the incredible 45,000-acre Solio Game Reserve. Internationally recognised as one of the most successful private rhino breeding sanctuaries in East Africa, visitors will find that sightings of up to 40 rhinoceros at a time are not uncommon. The wildlife experience here is intense and exclusive: 19,000 acres of conservancy surrounded by a 45,000 acre ranch and just one luxury lodge.

Rhino Sanctuary

Solio is a luxury lodge in Kenya with something for everyone. Rhinos are of course the stars of the show and encountering them offers a magical experience. With over 200 black and white rhinos living on Solio Conservancy, spending time with such vast numbers of these majestic beasts and seeing them at such close range is fascinating and mesmerising. Head out from the comfort of this exquisite lodge in Kenya to greet the dawn and again at dusk to capture some incredible shots or simply enjoy spending time in their presence.
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Solio Lodge Accommodation

Accommodation

This luxury Laikipia Lodge comprises of five individual guest cottages, each one nestled amongst trees and foliage within Solio Game Conservancy. Each cottage takes full advantage of the spectacular wild surroundings, enjoying east-facing views through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows which frame the jagged peaks of Mount Kenya. Private sundecks look out onto the game sanctuary and provide tranquil and secluded spaces for guests to relax.

Inside, each cottage is more than spacious. No Laikipia Lodge would be complete without a crackling fire in the hearth, so each room has its own open fireplace, perfect for cooler evenings and a cosy atmosphere. Large en-suite bathrooms contain double sinks, huge walk-in rain showers and free-standing bathtubs. Cottages 2, 3, 4 and 5 can be configured as doubles or twins, whilst Cottages 1 and 6 are doubles only. Cottage 3 is the best choice for guests with less mobility or for those in a wheelchair.
Solio Double Cottages

Solio Lodge’s five cottages provide the only guest accommodation on Solio Game Conservancy, so if you’re seeking Laikipia luxury lodges with high levels of exclusivity and intimacy, then this comes out top. Spread out along the southern tip of Solio Conservancy, each cottage faces east towards Mount Kenya, the craggy peaks of which can often be glimpsed in the mornings. Private decks look out onto nature, enabling guests to fully unwind in the comfort of their own secluded cottage.

Each of our luxury cottages provide sumptuous sleeping and relaxation spaces. High thatched roofs and floor-to-ceiling glass windows create a lovely feeling of space and bring the outdoors in, with pot plants to compliment the natural outlook. Whilst the bedrooms and bathrooms are expansive, open fireplaces in both rooms create a cosy atmosphere. Double-ended freestanding bathtubs and huge rain showers come as standard, along with double sinks, ample wardrobe space and comfortable seating areas. All our cottages are spacious enough to accommodate a baby cot or an additional third bed for a child if required, although this must be prearranged when booking your stay.

a cottage at solio lodge

For guests with less mobility, we recommended booking Cottage 3 as this is near to the central dining area. This is also the best suited cottage for accommodating wheelchair users. Cottage 1 is furthest away from the main mess area down a gravel pathway. All cottages share the same outlook and amenities. Cottages 2, 3, 4 and 5 are able to be configured as twin beds as well as double beds, whilst Cottages 1 and 6 are doubles only.

Solio Family Cottages

Solio is an ideal option for families seeking luxury Laikipia accommodation. With ample, flat green garden space around each of our cottages and main mess area, it’s a great safe space in which children can run wild and play games. Our family unit is comprised of Cottages 5 and 6 which are interconnected by a shared lounge. The accommodation is more than spacious, with a large double en-suite and a large twin en-suite room joined in the middle by a comfortable seating area. Each bedroom enjoys beautiful views out onto the game sanctuary through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which open onto a sundeck and garden area, perfect for a spot of yoga or meditation. Enjoy a morning tea or coffee with a homemade cookie in bed whilst gazing out onto nature and listening to birdsong. Both bathrooms have freestanding tubs and large walk-in showers, whilst both bedrooms have their own fireplaces and separate access from the outside if required

Our family cottage is also the ideal Laikipia accommodation for groups of friends who enjoy being together. The shared fireplace and lounge area are perfect for socialising and relaxing in with loved ones. If the family cottage unit is not available on your requested dates, then our double cottages are more than spacious enough to accommodate extra beds for children by prior arrangement when booking.

Family Lodge in Laikipia
Solio Lodge Accommodation

Safari Activities

There is so much else to see and do in addition to the wonderful rhino experience at Solio. Encounter an abundance of wildlife. Sip cocktails with giraffes. Gallop across open plains on horseback. Unwind with a massage beside a crackling fire. From exploring the highest peaks of the nearby Aberdare Mountains, to thrilling game drives, cycling through the bush, visiting one of the local schools we support and cocooning yourself in wellness with our pampering treatments and nutritious cuisine, Solio offers a fabulously well-rounded safari experience for all ages. Enjoy cook-out bush breakfasts on morning game drives and dramatic sundowners next to our long-horned friends. Learn about the myriad of birdlife on a nature walk through the conservancy and Solio Ranch with one of our expert guides.
Game Drives

Enjoy peaceful morning, afternoon and evening game viewing in one of Kenya’s least busy private game reserves. The wildlife is abundant, making for easy and plentiful sightings. It also means there is no need to rush out first thing, unless you want to, of course! Spend time with the prolific numbers of black and white rhino and spot four out of the ‘big five’ (there are no elephants at Solio as they have been purposely fenced out to preserve the vegetation for the endangered black rhino). Reticulated giraffe, eland, waterbuck, lion, leopard, cheetah and many other species can all be spotted.

Guests at Solio benefit from unique roof top benches on our safari vehicles which offer the ultimate, uninterrupted game viewing. Our customised 4 x 4s are also kitted out with ponchos, suncream, drinks and wildlife books – everything to keep you happy during a game drive.

Wildlife on Solio Game Conservancy is abundant, making for fabulous game viewing with plentiful sightings. Spot a diversity of animals from lions, leopard and cheetah to zebra, giraffe and a whole range of antelope species, to name but a few. You don’t have to venture far from the lodge to have great game drives. Enjoy bush breakfasts and sundowners as part of the experience.

Exclusive use of game drive vehicle is included for all guests staying at Solio Lodge.

Helicopter Rides

Gain a whole new perspective on Kenya’s incredible landscape by taking one of our thrilling scenic helicopter excursions. Fly between the jagged snow-capped peaks of Africa’s second highest mountain, land beside shimmering glacial lakes, glide through dramatic rocky gorges and soar alongside pink flamingos. A helicopter trip is the ultimate freedom and opportunity to discover some of Kenya’s most remote and inaccessible locations.

From Solio Lodge, there are a number of exciting helicopter trips you can choose from. Click here to check out some of the awesome itineraries we’ve put together with our heli pilot, or alternatively, create your own. Helicopter trips to the top of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare National Park for a spot of fly fishing in some of the crystal-clear mountain streams and lakes are great fun for avid anglers. The age limit for helicopter rides is 2 years.

Looking for an adrenalin filled experience with the WOW factor? Solio Lodge provides the perfect starting spot from which to explore Kenya’s hidden gems in our private helicopter. Fly to the jagged peaks of Africa’s second highest mountain, touch down next to crystal clear streams for a spot of fly fishing, soar alongside flamingos over Lake Bogoria and land on vast desert dune fields.
Sundowner

Sundowners are an essential part of any safari experience. A chance to step out of the vehicle and connect with the wild, reflecting on the day’s activities with your loved ones

Solio’s sundowner experience is complimented by our awesome mobile bar, Jolene, upcycled from an old horsebox and fully stocked with everything needed for the perfect evening drinks and canapes.

Sundowner at solio Lodge

We’ll set Jolene up in a picturesque acacia grove in time for you to watch the horizon turn different shades of glowing pink and orange as the sun sinks low in the sky. Our guests are frequently joined by rhinos and large journeys of giraffe moving silently through the dusk, making for a magical experience.

Bush Breakfast

Set off on a morning game drive to experience the sanctuary coming to life. This is often the best time for interesting wildlife encounters and also for capturing the jagged peaks of Mount Kenya before they are enveloped in cloud.

The best thing about a bush breakfast is that it is totally flexible. You can decide when it’s time to stop and your guide will find the perfect spot with a great view from which to cook up a feast

Bush breakfast at solio lodge

The Lodge vehicles are specially designed with pull out stoves so that guests can enjoy eggs, omelettes and pancakes cooked to order.

Horse Riding

The Lodge lovely stables are home to six horses, five for your use and one for the guide who will accompany you. Riders of all abilities can enjoy Solio Ranch on horseback. For more experienced riders, there are some beautiful open plains to canter across.Helmets are compulsory and provided at the stables

This activity takes place outside of the core rhino conservancy, but there is still plenty of wildlife to encounter, including zebra, impala, warthog and giraffes.It is often possible to get a little closer to some of the animals on horseback compared to on foot.

horse riding at solio lodge
Cycling

The Lodge have mountain bikes available for adults and children to use at any time. Head out with one of the lodge guides to discover more about the flora and fauna around you

Cycling is a great way to get some exercise whilst also appreciating the beautiful scenery of Solio Ranch.Although cycling takes place outside the core rhino sanctuary, there is still lots of wildlife to encounter. We have various options for shorter or longer circuits, depending on how energetic you are feeling.

Cycling at solio lodge
Spa Treatment

WELLNESS IN THE WILD

Indulge in one of our pampering spa treatments cocooned in the comfort of your private cottage. Our fully trained therapist will create the optimal environment for you to completely unwind and rejuvenate beside a warming fire in the sanctuary of your room. Choose from a selection of massage and beauty treatments designed to restore your body’s natural balance and soothe away stress. We use products by Healing Earth, a premium organic spa brand inspired by ancient African healing traditions and botanicals.

WOOD-FIRED SAUNA
Visit our custom-built sauna, nestled in the tranquil surrounds of the lodge gardens. One end of the sauna is a large glass window with stunning views over the Solio Reserve and Mount Kenya beyond. Animals often wonder in and out of view, making this the hottest way we’ve discovered to view wildlife yet.

Spa treatment in the wild
Walking Safaris

Walks take place on Solio Ranch, just outside the core fenced rhino sanctuary, but there is still plenty of wildlife to encounter. Amble alongside zebra, waterbuck, impala, warthogs and an abundance of birdlife.

Accompanied by an experienced guide you can learn how to identify and understand the behaviour of animals you see. Discover traditional medicinal properties of plants you come across and look out for the signs of the wild, such as dung middens, scent marking and paw prints.

Walking safari at solio lodge
For Children

Children will find that there is a lot to keep them entertained on a Laikipia safari in Solio Lodge. In addition to exciting animal encounters and the activities on offer, younger guests might enjoy joining our chefs in the kitchen to learn a few culinary skills or they can choose to go on an evening game walk with their guide around camp to spot some of our nocturnal creatures.

The Lodge younger guests often love to spend a few hours with the friendly guides who can teach them about simple bush craft and fun facts about our wildlife.Also Solio Lodge has lots of open green space for running around in and is ideal for children who love nature and exploring the great outdoors.

Children activioties at solio lodge

Solio Lodge Rates

Non Resident 2023 Rates are in USD per person per night 
2024 Rates

VALID: 01 JANUARY 2024 – 31 DECEMBER 2024

THE SEASON
01 JANUARY 2024 – 05 JANUARY 2024 01 JUNE 2024 – 31 OCTOBER 2024 / 16 DECEMBER 2024 – 31 DECEMBER 2024
  FAMILY COTTAGE  RATE
  Minimum Room Rate (based on up to 2 adults & 2 children sharing)  Fully Inclusive  US$ 4,741
  3rd Child Rate (3yrs to 15yrs inclusive)  US$ 733
  4 Adults Sharing Rate  US$ 5,566
  Per Adult Sharing in an extra bed   US$ 1,392
  ALL OTHER ROOMS  RATE
  Per Person Sharing  Fully Inclusive  US$ 1,392
  Per Child Rate  US$ 979
  Per Child Sharing (in an extra bed aged 3yrs to 11yrs inclusive)  US$ 732
  Single Room  US$ 1,978

RATES INCLUDE Airstrip transfers, game drives and exclusive use of vehicle for each group of guests, excursions to the Aberdare National Park (excluding park fees), walking, local farm visit, horse riding, mountain biking, all meals, house wines, house soft drinks, house beers, house spirits, laundry, bush breakfasts and sundowners.

RATES EXCLUDE Champagne, luxury spirits, selected wines, tips, health insurance, scenic helicopter ride, massage treatments, entrance to the Aberdare National Park, visit to Cinnabar Green and personal effects.

CHILDREN Children are ages 3 to 15 years inclusive. 16 years and over is an adult. 2 years and under is an infant. Infants stay FOC. Extra beds are available on request. We recommend parents book the family cottage as it has a shared central area where families can enjoy time together. However, the other cottages can comfortably fit 2 extra beds for children should the family cottage not be available. This is subject to occupancy levels at the lodge so please always ask a reservation consultant should you wish to request this. Baby-listeners and special meals are by prior arrangement.

The child rate is based upon the following instances:

  • Two children sharing a room (rate applies to each child)
  • A child sharing with one adult

The child sharing in an extra bed rate is based upon the following instances:

  • A child (or children if more than one extra bed is needed, aged 3yrs to 11yrs inclusive) sharing a room with two others (whether it be adults or children) on an extra bed. This is a third person rate for children.

CHECK OUT Guests need to be out of their rooms by 10:00 am, although they can continue to use the rest of the lodge facilities. Please note that extra lunches are charged at US$ 46 per person.

*CLOSURE Solio Lodge is closed from 01 November to 15 November 2024 inclusive. These dates are subject to change and there is flexibility with closure dates. Please contact reservations for more information.

GUIDE RATE This rate is for a guide to stay in a guide room fully inclusive of meals and drinks at the lodge.

GAME DRIVES Exclusive use of vehicle is included in the rates at Solio Lodge.

ROOM TYPES Solio has 5 individual cottages. The 5th cottage is a family unit and has 2 en-suite bedrooms sleeping up to 5 people. Each cottage is very large and can comfortably accommodate 2 adults and 2 children in extra beds. Extra beds are on request only. The en-suite bathrooms have a bath and shower with a separate loo.

Please note that we will always do our best to fulfil specific rooming requests, but we cannot guarantee this.

2024 Special Offers

SPECIAL OFFERS

VALID: 01 JANUARY 2024 – 31 DECEMBER 2024

25% OFF ACCOMMODATION

Stay at one or a combination of The Safari Collection’s properties excluding Giraffe Manor (Sala’s Camp, Sasaab or Solio Lodge) for a minimum of 4 nights during The Season and get 25% off accommodation.

Valid for travel between: 01 January 2024 – 05 January 2024,

01 June 2024 – 31 October 2024 and 16 December 2024 – 31 December 2024 inclusive.

30% OFF ACCOMMODATION

Stay at one or a combination of The Safari Collection’s properties excluding Giraffe Manor (Sala’s Camp, Solio Lodge or Sasaab) for a minimum of 4 nights during Savings Season and get 30% off accommodation. Valid for travel between: 06 January 2024 – 31 May 2024 and 01 November 2024 – 15 December 2024 inclusive.

Stay at a combination of The Safari Collection’s properties (Giraffe Manor, Sala’s Camp, Solio Lodge or Sasaab) for a minimum of 7 nights during The Season and get 30% off accommodation. Percentage discount does not apply to Giraffe Manor but Giraffe Manor can be used in the combination. Valid for travel between: 01 January 2024 – 05 January 2024, 01 June 2024 – 31 October 2024 and 16 December 2024 – 31 December 2024 inclusive.

35% OFF ACCOMMODATION

Stay at a combination of The Safari Collection’s properties (Giraffe Manor, Sala’s Camp, Solio Lodge or Sasaab) for a minimum of 7 nights during Savings Season and get 35% off accommodation. Percentage discount does not apply to Giraffe Manor but Giraffe Manor can be used in the combination. Valid for travel between: 06 January 2024 – 31 May 2024 and 01 November 2024 – 15 December 2024 inclusive.

Stay at a combination of The Safari Collection’s properties (Giraffe Manor, Sala’s Camp, Solio Lodge or Sasaab) for a minimum of 10 nights during The Season and get 35% off accommodation. Percentage discount does not apply to Giraffe Manor but Giraffe Manor can be used in the combination. Valid for travel between: 01 January 2024 – 05 January 2024, 01 June 2024 – 31 October 2024 and 16 December 2024 – 31 December 2024 inclusive.

40% OFF ACCOMMODATION

Stay at a combination of The Safari Collection’s properties (Giraffe Manor, Sala’s Camp, Solio Lodge or Sasaab) for a minimum of 10 nights during Savings Season and get 40% off accommodation. Percentage discount does not apply to Giraffe Manor but Giraffe Manor can be used in the combination. Valid for travel between: 06 January 2024 – 31 May 2024 and 01 November 2024 – 15 December 2024 inclusive.

30% OFF THE RETREAT AT GIRAFFE MANOR

Stay at a combination of The Safari Collection’s properties (Giraffe Manor, Sala’s Camp, Solio Lodge or Sasaab) for a minimum of 7 nights and get 30% off The Retreat’s Day Room accommodation or Early Bird Breakfast package. Valid for travel throughout the year.

COMPLIMENTARY RETREAT DAY PASS

Stay at a combination of The Safari Collection’s properties (Giraffe Manor, Sala’s Camp, Solio Lodge or Sasaab) for a minimum of 7 nights and get a complimentary Day Pass at The Retreat. Valid for travel throughout the year.

Offers are subject to availability.

They are non-transferable, cannot be combined with any other offer and apply to new bookings only.

Nearby Luxury Lodges:-Lewa House,Lewa Sirikoi & Borana Lodge

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BUCKET-LIST SAFARI

The magic of a Kenyan safari doesn’t end with Solio Lodge. The Safari Collection is the proud owner of four distinct lodges in some of Kenya’s most spectacular locations: Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Sala’s Camp in the Masai Mara, Sasaab in Samburu and Solio Lodge in Laikipia. Our team has over 20 years’ experience in designing unique and unforgettable tailor-made safaris across the whole of East Africa. You dream it. We make it happen.

LUXURY LODGE KENYA

This luxury lodge Kenya boasts a fantastic location in a fertile valley between the Aberdare Mountain Range and Africa’s second highest mountain, Mount Kenya. Both of these forest-covered mountains act as vital ‘water towers’ to the nation, generating and storing water like giant living sponges to be slowly released through their myriad of streams. Exciting and enriching excursions can be arranged to visit both areas of interest. By road, the entrance to the Aberdare National Park is just a short drive away from the lodge, making it a perfect day trip destination. Guests can also explore both mountain ranges in our private helicopter for an adrenalin-filled and unforgettable adventure.

Rich soils surround this luxury lodge Kenya in the valley bottom, meaning the landscape is dotted with forest and grasslands making it a haven for wildlife. It’s also ideal for agriculture and Solio Lodge offers a range of informative excursions to several nearby farms which use innovative sustainable practices we love to support. Tour a working coffee plantation to learn how your morning coffee is grown, harvested and processed; visit a family-run flower farm specialising in the most delightfully scented garden roses; take a tour around the farm which grows and makes all the natural, aromatic and deliciously fragrant products we provide for you in the rooms at our camps and lodges. More importantly, the productive soils enable us to grow an abundance of scrumptious fresh produce in our kitchen garden at the lodge for our guests to enjoy

Destination:-Solio Ranch

Solio Ranch (also Solio Game Reserve) on Laikipia Plateau was founded in 1970 as a breeding ground for white and black rhinos. This has been extremely successful, and many rhino have been translocated to other parks and reserves. This small conservancy is literally full of rhino and a variety of other safari animals have been introduced as well. The rhino is a member of the ‘Big-Five’, which are a key tourist attraction; other wildlife at Solio include the buffalo, zebra, giraffe and plains game such as eland, oryx, impala, waterbuck, Thompson’s gazelle and warthog.
Sundowner at solio Lodge

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