THE NDERIT STORY
The name “Nderit” was the name of Richard Britten-Long family estate up country
where he was brought up along side his brother Ian. “Nderit” is Maa (Masai) for sweet water. The Nderit river flows through into what is now The Lake Nakuru National Park in Elmenteita, situated between Nakuru and Naivasha, in The Rift Valley. The land was acquired by “Boy” Long and his wife Genesta in 1924. Richard’s grandfather, Boy, was an expert cattleman, somewhat distant vocation from being an officer in the Grenadier Guards. He came to Kenya with Lord Delamere to run his ranch, Soysambu next door to The Nderit Estate.
Richards father, Robin Long, was born in Kenya. He served in The Royal Navy before taking over the Nderit ranch in 1962 from his mother. Subsequently, Robin and Liza bought land off their life-long friend Dennis Wilson of Kilifi Plantations and set about building Nderit House overlooking the mouth of Kilifi Creek.
They designed it as their holiday home in the early ‘70s and from where they could fish their hearts out for those huge marlin and other billfish off the Kenyan coast. Records set were lost and regained.
Kilifi lent itself to be the perfect venue, set half way between the northern banks off Lamu and the Pemba channel on the border of Tanzania. Set back from the sea so as to catch the wind from both the north and south trade winds, the plot was twice as big as it is now, full of baobab trees. It was the family home by the sea and away from the pillars of dust at Naivasha and Nakuru.
The extensive refurbishment was completed in October 2021. The beautifully decorated bedrooms have bathrooms finished in terrazzo. The paintings are all part of the family collection.
MEET THE NDERIT TEAM
The team at Nderit are on hand to make your holiday one to remember. Many of them have worked for the Britten-Long family since Richard's parents were alive and living in the house. The house manager will help you book and plan your stay and be on call to help with any queries during your stay. The seven strong house team will be with you to look after your day to day needs. You will be met and introduced to the team on arrival.