Five years ago, Angela was invited by her boss to view some piece of ‘property’ that she had purchased deep in Masai land. Shock on her upon learning that the said piece of real estate was nothing more than a steep hill full of acacia shrubs. “Who buys a hill?” wondered Angela. To her, this was the most desolate and forlorn piece of Kenya she had come across. Then the shocker. Her boss insinuated that the hill would actually become one of the most sought after hospitality hotspots in the region.
All that came to pass and five years later, Angela is managing that “hill”. Lerruat Log Resort is a 50-room captivating haven surrounded by fascinating views. It is the perfect getaway for anyone wishing to run away from the hustle and bustle of urban living.
Two weeks ago, the team at Lerruat convinced me to take the trip and discover what makes it tick. I left Nairobi on a hot Friday morning. Navigating the traffic around Kitengela is enough to raise your blood pressure a notch higher. Water vendors, tuktuks, boda bodas and pedestrians rule the roost in Kitengela. Forty-five minutes later, I was cruising past Kajiado town towards the small settlement of Kumpa, the last enclave before tackling the steep incline to the infamous hilltop. In fact, I had been warned that only the best make it to the top. But don’t let such thoughts scare you though. Your well-serviced family car can make it to the top of the hill. Just don’t look back at where you have come from!
Lerruat is an architectural masterpiece. The cabins are well-plastered on the inside with neatly overlaid logs on the exterior giving the resort a rusty but elegant look. The proprietor has gone all out to transform the formerly barren land into a fertile ground where floral beauty catches the eye. In addition, she has worked hard to retain much of the natural vegetation, carefully weaving the buildings around it. It is a true jewel in the windswept landscape.
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While the structures are enchanting, the experience is equally thrilling. An indoor game room means even the very young have something to do. But it is hard to remain indoors here. Lovers of nature will find Lerruat the perfect getaway with picturesque hills on one side and wide open plains on the other. The rays of the setting sun reflected on Lake Magadi to the west create a magical vista. The physically fit can test their stamina by taking a hike to the top of the hill behind Lerruat’s tower – a raised structure that acts as a water tower but with some accommodation facilities. While on top, the world seems to come to a stop. Save for the chirping birds, the other loud noise can only be your breathing… or that of your loved one. This is Lerruat where listening to the sound of silence is the usual pastime.
While Lerruat may be tucked deep in rural country, the service might as well be in any top notch establishment. From the well furnished rooms to the dining, everything here is carefully laid out to near perfection. And being a small establishment means any guest receives personal attention from the team. Whether it is in the preparation of the signature farm fed roasted chicken with rosemary herbs or the tender loin beef fillet, Lerruat does not disappoint.
So the next time you feel like taking in some fresh air away from the busy city, consider a day at Lerruat.