The SpaceSet on a 43 acre piece of land, Raha Mstarehe is one of the very few properties south of the Ngong Hills with its own pure and delicious spring water. Located in the vicinity of Il Masin village, Raha Mstarehe is 2,022 meters above sea level, and boasts a large house, a cottage, staff accommodation, a full-size squash court, a children’s play tower and mature gardens – all overlooking the spectacular view of the Great Rift Valley in secure surroundings.
The main house (~300m2) has four bedrooms, dining room, sitting room with fireplace, very functional kitchen, spacious office, three full bathrooms, one toilet, a big loft with an extra double bed, two children’s beds and a children’s playroom area.
A large patio stretches the full length of the western side of the house and includes a barbecue area, a small “sitting pool,” a patio “camp-fire,” terraced and shaded gardens integrated with the outdoor “chameleon room.” The eastern side of the house includes a second patio with stone benches and numerous terraced succulent and herb gardens, stone walls and paths.
The cottage (~100m2) is a two-story, self-contained unit well suited for a couple, perhaps with young children. It contains one main bedroom and bathroom, open plan kitchen/dining-room/sitting room downstairs and an upstairs loft area with two single beds. A large patio with stone benches on the west side of the cottage offers wonderful, private outdoor space.
The two-story wooden play tower is an attraction for children. Mature gardens offer numerous places to relax in sun or shade. And then we have the squash court, outdoor weight-lifting area, numerous locations ideal for yoga and nature trails that offer good opportunities for exercise and birding.
Electricity is based on solar with backup connection to the grid (KPLC). Water is pumped from the spring down in the valley, and heated by the sun or, when very overcast, by a so-called "kuni booster" (rubbish/wood-burning-oven).
Raha Mstarehe is perfect for a board meeting, a yoga retreat, team-building and other activities for smaller groups!
The access road to the property is very rough. We want to emphasise that you require a four-wheel drive and a bit of patience to get there. Depending on traffic, allow between 75 and 90 minutes from Karen. Guest AccessThe whole property, including the squash court, is available for visitors. You will need to bring your own squash rackets and balls. Interaction with GuestsAs owners of the house we are available to answer any questions you might have - before or during your stay.
You will also receive help and advise needed from an experienced and pleasant four-member staff: Our house caretaker/cook, Beatrice; our technical care-taker, Joseph, and his assistant, Mbugua; our askari (night guard) Jacob. The NeighborhoodWe have included some links to worthwhile day trips in the greater Kajiado and Rift Valley area in our Guidebook.
There are no restaurants near by - you are not visiting Raha Mstarehe to "go out" at night other than on the balcony or patio to view the stars :-). Enjoy your surroundings where you are! Getting AroundA four-wheel drive vehicle is required to reach the property. If you need advice about a taxi company to take you there - and pick you up - don't hesitate to get in touch! Other Things to NoteUse of water, power and gas is included, but we ask you to be eco-friendly:-). All other consumables, including firewood, must be brought.
Electric kettles, irons or other heavy power consumers are not permitted on the property - our solar system is not designed for this kind of use.
A nearby Safaricom tower delivers excellent 3G signal for phone or internet connection, Airtel signal (Edge) is also available. For longer stays the activation of the satellite connection for TV may be negotiated.
If required, a room can be arranged for guests' staff (e.g. driver, nanny). Please request ahead of your visit.