Rolf’s Place is a bush resort housed in a mansion built like an ancient fortress on the edge of a cliff on the south east border of the Nairobi National Park. The resort is the brainchild of veteran German-born Kenyan chef, police reservist, Judo black belt and Hollywood film star, Rolf Schmid.
Besides the world-class food and spectacular views of Mount Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngong Hills and, of course the national park, Rolf’s Place is also known for its 40 M suspension bridge that gives one the feeling of a jungle adventure. As much as the bridge is not for the faint-hearted, it is the only way to the resort from the car park.
The resort’s interior is as breathtaking at its rugged exterior. The allure of the place begins as you enter the lounge where you are greeted by the aura of a bygone colonial era. Animal trophies reminiscent of the big game hunting days are displayed on virtually every corner of the walls.
Besides the trophies are an assortment of regalia from films such as Out of Africa, Gorillas in the Mist and Africa Mon Amour – probably left behind by the cast he catered as a way of saying thank you for the great meals they had here.
Others film cast Rolfe catered for include Tomb Raider, Constant Gardener, and The Last King of Scotland. So you understand why people coming to Rolf’s Place say they are going to the Kenyan Hollywood.
The 7 rooms at Rolf’s Place tastefully furnished and all en suite, making the resort an ideal place for honeymooners. Newly weds can enjoy the serenity and ambience of the place while indulging in a sauna and massage session.
The swimming pool which overlooks Nairobi’s skyline and the national park, offer a panoramic view of the expansive wilderness.
The 40 or so acres of land here additionally provide ample space for a range of sporting and team-building activities including paintball, archery, mountain biking, football, volleyball, tug of war and horse riding. You can also enjoy some indoor games such as darts and pool.
While Rolf’s profile as a celebrity chef, catering for the palates of the high and mighty of Kenya’s society is legendary, today’s Rolf’s place is a far cry from that heritage.
Perhaps it may have suffered from the absence of its visionary when rolf succumbed to cancer at the age of 69, just after publishing his colourful autobiography, No Need to Lie, but like its founder, it certainly has 9 lives and we may not have seen the last of its hollywood cuisines and jungle adventures!