For a majority of Kenyans,rural retreats that is includes self catering holidays are considered an ideal holiday idea. For a majority of the holiday makers, a self catering holiday will entail booking a suitable holiday destination, which has suitable activities for the crew and or the family as well as ensuring that the facility has the required equipment, a majority of whom boost of being friendly to travelers. Cottages to Rent vary in cost hence catering for a majority of travelers both locally and internationally. The Holiday cottages can be found in almost all parts of Kenya. These may include cottages that have facilities suitable for children, couples or just for a group of like minded holidaymakers. In Kenya, Men and women alike will normally have a group mainly referred to as chama that save money together for holiday purposes and will usually undertake the holidays at the best suited time of the year.
Rural Retreats during School Holidays
In Kenya, the school holidays are in April, August and December for schools within the Kenyan education system. However the case is different for the UK based schools. In 2012, UK School holidays datesentail the February half term, Easter holiday that takes place starting 31st March to 15th April while the Summer half term take place between 2nd June to 10th June and the summer holiday starting on 24th July to 30th August 2012. It is important for parents that intend to take holidays during the school holidays to keep in mind the dates when children are on a break.
It is advisable to include your children’s school holidays ideas hence making the holiday a memorable one for the children. Seeing that a majority of the holiday cottages are located within the rural areas, activities that will engage the children during the holiday must also be considered.
Countryside holidays can be very memorable especially for the urban based children that may not have heard the chance of visiting the countryside. In Kenya, rural holidays are one the most ideal for a majority of families. Children get a chance to visit family and friends and it is considered to way cheaper than visiting locations away from their rural homes.
That’s not to say that Kenyans do not engage in local tourism. On the contrary a majority of Kenyans will save up to enjoy the vast beauty of their own country.
Rural retreats -The Various Properties
Kenya boasts of a variety of great cottages that one can hire for those well deserved holidays. There are a variety of cottages to rent that are managed by the Kenya wildlife service most of which are within most National parks. In addition there are privately owned cottages that add to the vast array of rural reatreats that one can rent. One such property is Leleshwa house, Makuti house and Buffalo Lodge all located within Lake Naivasha. The facilities boost of being in serene tourist locations within the great rift valley that is host to Lake Naivasha, several golf courses, Lake Nakuru National Park that is about one hour’s drive from Naivasha as well as the worlds 7th wonder ‘The Maasai Mara’.
For travelers coming from abroad, there are several ways to get to the facility, by road one can hire a self drive vehicle from Nairobi, or organize with your tours operator. However it should be noted that the distance is about 100kms from Nairobi which is approximately about one hour’s drive. One may also catch a flight from Wilson airport to Loldia airstrip. Each of the facilities is an ideal location for holiday makers that have children as one can visit during the school holidays. In addition one gets to enjoy the wildlife located within the facility as the owners have allocated space for wildlife that include zebras, Giraffes and antelopes. According to a reviewers from www.holiday-rentals.co.uk, ‘the guest describes the bird and beautiful life as one that’s in utopia.’ Apart from the cottage being a self catering one, the guest can decide to engage the services of a chef who is readily available.
The Makuti house is especially ideal for a couple as it has one bedroom and can be very private. Guest need to be reassured on the security, goods hostess from the owner as well as an ideal getaway location for that rural retreat.