THE JOURNEY FROM DARK AND DINGY TO BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
When Big Life Foundation took on the management of Kimana Sanctuary at the beginning of 2018, various recommendations on “what to do” with Kimana House (at that time known as Sidai House) were voiced. The most frequently heard was “Knock it down! It’s disgusting!” With its dark and overcrowded rooms, tinted windows and shiny tiled floors, it really was an unappealing prospect.
Richard Bonham, Big Life Foundation Director of Operations and founder of the renowned ol Donyo Lodge as well as other tourism entities, was not to be deterred. He immediately set about clearing the overgrown vegetation at the front of the house to allow light in and reveal the beautiful view. The house is in an incredible location, nestled under huge ancient yellow fever trees and on a bend of the Kimana River, but at the time it was a jungle adventure to even get a glimpse of the water.
With a plan in place for major renovation works, and an aim for the house to re-open at the start of Kenya’s high season in July, work preparations got under way.
“Aha”, said Mother Nature, “Not so fast… Here, have 2 years worth of rainfall in 3 months!”