Kenyan En­core

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Ex­clu­siv­ity is a word that can be tossed around eas­ily when de­scrib­ing soli­tude and fash­ion­able sur­round­ings, but the op­u­lent oa­sis of Segera goes well be­yond that sim­plis­tic de­scrip­tion. A step into an unimag­in­able world and sur­rounded by in­spir­ing na­ture sums it up. An ex­haus­tive Google search would never dis­cover words that ad­e­quately cap­ti­vate its ex­trav­a­gant ap­peal.

Prior to ar­rival onto Segera’s pri­vate airstrip, the over­head view ex­poses an in­ti­mate com­plex of six tim­ber and thatched vil­las en­cir­cled by lush land­scap­ing, a cen­ter­piece swim­ming pool, and breath­tak­ing views of Mount Kenya as a back­drop.

Un­fore­seen class is com­ple­mented by the prop­erty’s ex­ten­sive African art col­lec­tion, thanks to the dis­crim­i­nate eye of vi­sion­ary owner, Jochen Zeitz. Fab­u­lous paint­ings and sculp­tured art cre­ate a gallery com­pa­ra­ble to mu­seum-qual­ity mas­ter­pieces. In fact, Zeitz is re­spon­si­ble for the cre­ation of his name­sake con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum in Cape Town. The main villa was ini­tially the owner’s pri­vate home, but even­tu­ally opened to public reser­va­tions, which es­tab­lished jobs and a deeper en­gage­ment with the sur­round­ing pop­u­lace.

The re­treat prides it­self on its ex­ten­sive con­tri­bu­tion to the preser­va­tion of not only threat­ened wildlife, but also the re­gion’s del­i­cate ecosys­tems. The sur­round­ing 50,000 acres of game sanc­tu­ary pro­vide habi­tat for lion, leop­ard, buf­falo, gi­raffe, and ze­bra along with an as­sort­ment of plains game that com­plete the struc­ture and nat­u­ral bal­ance of life in the bush.

Paramount to the wildlife al­lure is the un­re­stricted hi­er­ar­chy of com­plex animal sur­vival. Our first out­ing re­vealed a li­on­ess drag­ging a de­feated wilde­beest into the bush, a tes­ta­ment to the re­al­ity of en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­is­tence.

The most un­der­scored char­ac­ter­is­tic of each of the four Wilder­ness Sa­faris camps is the con­sis­tency of com­fort slathered with lux­ury. Loung­ing un­der a star-stud­ded canopy with a sooth­ing li­ba­tion in hand, ex­otic din­ner be­ing cre­ated by pam­per­ing staff, all the while en­veloped in the un­touched panorama of the bush as star per­former, and you have an Os­car-wor­thy cine­matic pre­sen­ta­tion.

The ap­peal of each camp is out­stand­ing, but even more im­pres­sive is the pre­cept of sus­tain­able eco-tourism that ben­e­fits the lo­cal com­mu­nity. As de­scribed by Jens Kozany, man­ager of Segera, “The Long Run Ini­tia­tive was founded based on the holis­tic bal­ance of the four ‘c’s: con­ser­va­tion, cul­ture, com­mu­nity, and com­merce.”

Get­ting away from it all is an un­der­state­ment. Get­ting into it all is ex­pe­dited by an ex­ten­sive port­fo­lio of lux­ury prop­er­ties through­out Africa. Ur­ban dwellers can re­joice. Bush elegance is ex­actly what the doc­tor or­dered, bare­foot lux­ury in an es­cape for the soul’s re­ju­ve­na­tion.

Gi­raffe spot­ting

Patas mon­key

Segera Spa

Open-air bath and deck

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