Tandala, Kudu in Swahili is where guests experience the remote atmosphere and mystique of real Africa.
Located in secluded hills in the Northern district of Amboseli at an altitude of 5070ft, overlooking a waterhole with amazing views across the Maasai plains toward the Pelewa hills.
The house offers tranquil luxury and is an ideal haven for those guests who desire peace and privacy.
Exposed timber beams, shining dark wooden floors, log fires, shady verandahs, and lily covered ponds create an oasis of calm luxury.
Every comfort is provided. Tandala staff will discreetly ensure that your every requirement is met. Should guests require the catered option our chef will prepare fresh and wholesome food, with homegrown fruit and vegetables.
Accommodation: (Tandala sleeps 10 guests comfortably, 8 Adults and 2 Children)
Two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and one twin room with it's own bathroom and on the West side of the house are the family rooms, offering a double bedroom with en suite bathroom and a joining twin bedroom which is idea for children.
Some bedrooms and bathrooms have log fireplaces and all beds have feather duvets and pillows.
A travel cot is available if required.
Our generator runs from 6.00pm 'till 11pm in the evening.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a wood burning stove, solar fridge and freezer and gas cooker.
The large sitting room has a log fireplace and leads into the elegant dining room.
Dining can be in the dining room or al fresco - either next to the pool or at the open dining area on the verandah.
The roof terrace offers magnificent views of the surrounding bush and hills and is a great place for sundowners.
The swimming pool has a pool house with a log fire, barbecue and brasserie cooker. Charcoal is provided.
The water from the taps is from our borehole and is safe to drink.
There is a mobile phone network fro those that must stay in touch and an inverter is available in the kitchen for charging phone.
Other things to do or not do:
Relax your mind and ease your soul, enjoy the beautiful tranquil surroundings and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Beauty Treatments â€“ charges are reasonable for treatments.
A visit to Amboseli Park, a one and a half hour drive from Tandala through the bush to Meshanani Gate (in the dry season). A 4 x 4 vehicle is necessary for this route or via Namanga which is a two and a half hour drive.
Traditional Maasai dancing can be arranged for guests to enjoy whilst having sundowners. (at an extra fee)
"Deep, haunting voice burst into song and soon the ground reverberates to the rhythm of their traditional dances as the Maasai leap higher and higher, seeking to outperform each other".
Our chef would be happy to make a picnic for you to enjoy in one of our lovely picnic spots.
At the top of the ridge behind the house there is a WW1 historical ruin which was an old gun emplacement/ signal post which may be of interest to some guests.
Enjoy sundowners on the roof terrace looking out across Africa.
Unpack your bags and spend time relaxing in the luxury and privacy of your own magnificent home.!!
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
Cost includes all staff and a chef.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the owner's discretion.
We require a 50% deposit to secure a booking and the balance must be paid 30 days before arrival.
Tandala also offers:
- Catered option, which also includes soft drinks and local beers.
- Beauty Therapist
- Sundowner Maasaii Dance.
Please inquire from the owner for the extra costs for the above.
Our rates include cleaning and clean linen/towels.
There are local shops in il'Bisil that provide basic food stuffs and large supermarkets in Kitengela Town (a 1hrs. drive away).
Our neighbour's farm sells fresh local seasonal produce.
There is no smoking inside the property but plenty of outside areas where smokers can relax and enjoy a cigarette.
As much as we love them, no pets are allowed â€“ we try to encourage wildlife and pets may cause a disturbance or be eaten by a leopard!
A security deposit will be required to cover any damage or breakages that may occur during your stay. This will be returned to your bank account as soon as possible after your departure.
Upon your arrival at Tandala you will be required to read and sign an Indemnity Form.
We will be happy to discuss rates for longer stays (over one month).
Tandala, is located in hills in the northern district of Amboseli, situated 105km South of Nairobi, Kenya's capital city where Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has daily flights to destinations across Europe.
The nearest village is Il'Bisil. The Tanzania border at Namanga is 3/4hrs drive from Tandala.
For those interested in colonial history there is a WW1 gun emplacement which can be viewed on the property and Il'Bisil was a base for British troops. Il'Bisil gets its name from Somali prisoners of war and loosely translated means "Place of Nourishment"
For the short time we are here on this earth we feel it is of prime importance to try and protect this small piece of Africa. We frequently patrol the area for snares and do our utmost to protect the game. Our neighbours feel the same so we have left fences open where
possible to allow the game to roam freely between our properties.
You may see:
Buffalo, Lesser Kudu, Impala, Eland, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Duiker, Dik-Dik, Warthog, Hyena, Ostrich, Giraffe and Leopard in the area. Lion have been heard at night and we have spotted Wild Dogs, Aardvark, and the occasional Wildebeest and Zebra.
At night guests can enjoy the star-studded African sky.
The sounds of Africa are not like those of other places. A whole range of sounds fill the days and nights here and add to its mystery.
The bird life in the area is superb. Kenya has more than 1000 different bird species while in all of North America there are only 703. As a result it is very easy to spot 100 different species in one day.
Amboseli park, just 1 3/4hrs. drive from Tandala through Maasai land, is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions include opportunities to meet the Maasai and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Amboseli and its big skies and far horizons combined with swampy springs and dry and dusty earth trampled by hundreds of animals is a beautiful park. The park has an endless underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro's ice cap, which funnel into two clear water springs in the heart of the park.
Tandala is a uniquely beautiful home nestled on the slopes of the Maparasha hills, set within 320 acres of private bush, near Amboseli park which is at the foot of Kilimanjaro, with sweeping views, shady verandahs, Thunbergia covered walkways, potted palms.
Tandala - a self-catering property which means Food and Drink need to be bought. The house is fully staffed