Voi Half Way House – the perfect affordable night stop between the coast and Nairobi

Posted on April 11th, 2013
Categories: News

Image 8   Its always the same scenario in our family – the drive down to the coast is easy, we leave at the crack of dawn, avoid Nairobi traffic, and excited about our holiday don’t mind the 7 ½ hours to Watamu in the least. After a week of bliss on the beach, the only dampening factor is the looming drive back home. The first bit is fine, in fact most of it is fine, it’s the extra 2 (3, 4?) hours of traffic at the Nairobi end which kills it. By the time we get home we’re all stressed and exhausted and the benefits of the holiday as a chilling experience have been somewhat negated. Now I know not everyone feels the same way, and yes it is nice to wake up in your own bed after the long journey, but why not try something different next time? This is how it went for us: rather than waking up in the dark and packing up, we got up at leisure, packed our belongings, had breakfast, then a couple of hours of last bliss by the pool. Lunch and a glass of wine later we were ready to set off for Voi. Via Tusky’s in Kilifi, we arrived at Half Way House at 6 pm , a little late admittedly but just in time for sundowners overlooking the park. Very pleasant! After a snacky supper, a bit of star-gazing and a good night’s sleep, we woke up to coffee on the balcony with a large group of elephants in the park just over the fence. The 4 ½ hour drive home was a joy, arriving back mid afternoon and with considerably less traffic.

Image 4  Image 6  Image 7 Half Way House is a new double-story house just 10 minutes drive in from the Total petrol station in Voi. It sleeps 12 people in the main house and there are also bandas and a facility for camping. It is currently on generator but electricity apparently is imminent. The house is very nicely decorated with a fully equipped kitchen, nice bathrooms and a lovely sundowner terrace overlooking the park. The house is not in the park itself which is a positive if you are looking for a quick stop over without having to pay park fees, on the other hand it is a good base for exploring the park, with the Voi entrance nearby. The only negative are the bugs! Not dangerous ones, just a lots of them at night, and with teenagers sleeping outside in the lovely open area upstairs, rather noisy bugs!

See below write-up by owner for more details!

 

HALF WAY HOUSE – VOI

Halfway House is situated on the fence-line of Tsavo East National Park with 270 degree views over the Park itself and stunning views of the Sagala and Taita Hills. Accommodation is self-catering with availability for up to 8 people in Ndovu Suite at the top level and 4 people in Nyati Suite on the first floor. There are fully equipped kitchens and pleasant relaxing seating areas with splendid views of the Park in each Suite. Sunsets viewed from the “Tusker Terrace” at the highest level are something special! There are also two camping bandas in the grounds, Ngiri One and Ngiri Two, with two sets of bunk beds in each with mattresses, mosquito nets and shower block. There is no bedding supplied in these bandas Game is abundant, especially from March to October when large numbers of elephant and buffalo are in the immediate area, sometimes only metres from the electrified Park fence! Oryx, Warthog and Lesser Kudu are frequently seen. Halfway House is situated just 4km. from the main Voi / Taveta junction on the Mombasa / Nairobi road and can be seen, but not accessed, from the main road 3km. north of this junction, to the east. A map will be provided for access. Voi Town is just 5 minutes drive and Voi Gate into Tsavo East only 15 minutes away. This is a new concept for travellers – comfortable self-catering accommodation within spectacular surroundings, whether taking advantage of the Park and staying several nights, or just as a stop-over on the way to Nairobi or the Coast. You will feel relaxed and refreshed after your stay.

For Bookings and Rates please contact –  Nigel Watson 0733 255389

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