Located in the heart of the Laikipia plateau on a 20,000 hectare private wildlife sanctuary, Segera is positioned in the path of one of the main migratory corridors for elephant and offers phenomenal game viewing opportunities.
The six contemporary private thatched and timber villas are all built on raised platforms above the beautifully landscaped botanical gardens, with breath-taking views of the surrounding plains and Mount Kenya.
With large bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, the elegant and stylish designs offer everything from swing beds, sun loungers and private in-built jacuzzis, Segera offers a retreat to relax at the end of a dusty day on safari.
The retreat, as its name implies, isn’t a camp but a wilderness escape, with inspired gardens – a jigsaw of weird cacti, waterfalls of bougainvillaea, sinuous salt pools and beds of exotic flowers – surrounding six two-storey villas, plus the larger Villa Segera and stone-clad Segera House.
Each is different: one has a big outdoor bath carved from a single rock; another features photographs by Michael Poliza. Segera’s owner, Jochen Zeitz, is also crazy about African art and it’s everywhere: contemporary sculptures standing beside pools, installations in the converted stable block, paintings hanging in the wine tower. Like the art, the food is sensational and African-grown, and every meal is served in a different spot: by a pool, at a riverside picnic table, in the candle-lit stables.
The solar-power and rainwater-harvesting plants are fascinating and you can learn about wildlife conservation in the museum.
This is ideal for families of all ages; children are very welcome but for families with children under 12, private game viewing vehicles must be arranged (at an additional cost).
Stretching over a huge area from the foothills of Mount Kenya, the Laikipia Plateau is one of Kenya’s lesser known wildlife areas.
This is the best place in Kenya to see wild dog. Many northern species are found including reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, Grevy’s zebra and the antelope that wants to be a giraffe: the gerenuk. There are abundant elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah populations.
The plateau is divided into vast conservancies for the protection of wildlife: Lewa Wilderness Conservancy, Borana Ranch, Il N’gwesi Group Ranch, the Lekurruki Group Ranch, Sabuk Wilderness, Loisaba Wilderness and Sosian Ranch.
Lewa is a leader in research and education and as a guest you can learn about the ongoing projects, and Loisaba created the ‘star bed’ which is a remarkable experience.
All of the conservancies are off the beaten track and offer the quintessential wilderness experience.