Sosian is an elegant yet informal lodge offering a friendly home-from-home atmosphere. Today the original ranch house is now the centre piece of Sosian Lodge, made up of a large sitting room, dining room, bar and billiards room, with an expansive wrap around veranda, offering undisturbed views of the bush beyond. The bedrooms (eight in total) are spaced out across the lodge gardens. The swimming pool is a popular place at Sosian and is the ideal way to cool off after a long & dusty game drive!
There is reliable wifi available in the main mess area. Phone signal can be intermittent.
The lodge offers an outstanding dining experience. Being so remote, popping into town is not always very easy, so over the years they have nurtured their own extensive kitchen garden, and have become largely self sufficient, growing their own salads and vegetables. They also rear their own pigs and source high quality, farm fresh beef, chicken and lamb from our neighbours.
The lodge can cater for any dietary requirements for all the family.
The weather in Kenya is fine all year round with little seasonal variation.
The long rains fall in April and May and the short rains in November. During the day it will get hot while at night temperatures can drop quite sharply and it can feel cold.
February, March, and April are the hottest months with an average of 20-21° C in the day and maximum of up to 27° C.
The temperatures in May are around 19 ° C.
The coldest months are June, July, August with temperatures between 16 and 17° C with a maximum of 25° on better days .
Temperatures in September are around 18° C.
October, November, December and January have daytime temperatures around 19-20° C and 26° C on better days.
Guide and local team
Managing the stables is Charlotte who, until moving to Kenya in 2004, had evented and hunted in the UK her whole life. Coming
from a racing and eventing family, Charlotte has grown up on the Pony Club and British Eventing circuits. Together with her team of 5
grooms they make sure that all the horses are well schooled, fit, sound and in good condition at all times.
Sosian head guide, plus one groom will always accompany guests riding, and all are experienced riding guides in the bush.
If you wish to leave a tip at the end of your stay this is at your own discretion.Tips are accepted in any denomination and there is a tip box at each property into which you may place your chosen amount. This is then shared amongst all staff, both back and front of house who all work hard to make your stay special. Recommended amounts are $15-20 per room per night. Driver guides are tipped separately and directly and a recommended amount is $15-20 per day.
There is a 15kg luggage limit, but toiletries, towels, dressing gowns and hairdryers are all provided and there is a laundry service.
NB: Please be aware that Kenya has a strict law against single use plastic bags, which have been banned since 2017. Please do not use them for any of your packing and do not bring them into the country.
-Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
-Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and thorns
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee and it's better to be prepared.
- Casual clothes for the evening
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening
Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps to protect against thorns. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the lodge and camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided, particularly for light air transfers. There is usually a luggage limit of 15kgs for the light aircraft transfer.
- Wherever possible you should wear neutral colours, such as beige, brown or natural bush colours for riding as bright colours, such as red, yellow or white can startle the wildlife and they will see you long before you've seen them
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for plunge pools
- Binoculars for viewing game
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Insect repellent and bite relief cream