Kenya’s Most Lux­u­ri­ous Sa­fari Re­treat

The Snobby Runway - - Travel - Writ­ten by Danielle Ham­mond

Segera House Re­treat in Kenya is nes­tled away in the heart of a wildlife sanc­tu­ary on the Laikipia Plateau.

The 20,000 hectare pri­vate wildlife sanc­tu­ary, sit­u­ated at the foot of Mount Kenya, is home to a vast ar­ray of botan­i­cal life and it is not un­com­mon to see ele­phants, buf­faloes, lions, leop­ards, mon­keys, chee­tahs and gi­raffes dur­ing your stay.

The Segera re­treat’s phi­los­o­phy fo­cuses on their four C’s; con­ser­va­tion, com­mu­nity, cul­ture and com­merce. It is care­fully de­signed to in­spire your soul and your senses. This is where lux­ury, art, so­cial­is­ing and sim­plic­ity form a new sig­na­ture style, Segera Style.

Segera of­fers a uniquely re­vi­tal­is­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in a set­ting like no other. It of­fers ev­ery­thing from a well­ness cen­tre to the world’s largest col­lec­tion of African art. The re­sort en­com­passes six tim­ber and thatched pri­vate vil­las raised above an oasis of plant life.

Each villa sleeps up to four guests and of­fers a bal­cony over­look­ing the Sa­van­nah. The bal­conies come com­plete with swing­ing beds, cre­at­ing the per­fect set­ting to watch the sun go down and maybe even catch a shoot­ing star fly past while you mar­vel at the sounds of the Sa­van­nah. The Segera House and Segera Villa of­fer su­pe­rior lux­ury with views over the Laikipa Plateau and on­wards to the spec­tac­u­lar Mount Kenya. The un­der­stated el­e­gance and au­then­tic­ity has been cre­ated through the help of South African based de­signer, LIFE In­te­rior De­sign.

This so­phis­ti­cated but stylish re­treat uses a min­i­mal­is­tic ap­proach, cre­at­ing the feel­ing of a pri­vately owned villa. The eclec­tic ar­rays of build­ings at the re­sort are bound to­gether through nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and curved struc­tures.

The tra­di­tional Kenyan farm­house mar­ries per­fectly with the new Wine Cel­lar Tower, cooled by so­lar en­ergy and a rain­wa­ter tank, an ar­chi­tec­tural ex­am­ple of the four C’s phi­los­o­phy. The in­te­rior de­sign style links the nat­u­ral and raw ma­te­ri­als to­gether per­fectly, form­ing a par­adise of colours with the mod­ern African art in­side and speak­ing to the botan­i­cal oasis out­side. Each ma­te­rial tells a story with weath­ered wood and smoothed stone.

Segera House is a stone clad lux­ury house sleep­ing a max­i­mum of four peo­ple. Segera Villa is a ro­man­tic re­treat for two con­sist­ing of two wooden build­ings con­nected by a bridge.

Din­ing is a per­son­alised and highly cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ence. Guests have the choice of four din­ing ar­eas; the Pad­dock House, Sta­bles, pool side or a lux­ury pri­vate evening in the Wine Tower. Ingredients for din­ner can be found lo­cally in the gar­dens as well as be­ing sourced from the finest fresh pro­duce the lo­cal African farms have to of­fer.

Segeara also of­fers a unique African cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence for fash­ion. Four lo­cal tribes, who have been cel­e­brated for their in­tri­cate bead­work for nearly four cen­turies can be vis­ited at the lo­cal vil­lage.

The SATUBO tribe ( an ab­bre­vi­a­tion of all the lo­cal tribe names) create hand­made beaded jew­ellery in the lo­cal vil­lage were the women sit on a worn wooden bench be­neath a aca­cia tree out­side the lo­cal church.

The items are avail­able to buy al­low­ing the woman to pre­serve their cul­tural her­itage whilst also earn­ing an in­come. The tribe have also worked in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Vivi­enne West­wood and pieces are avail­able to buy on site.

The sur­round­ing ar­eas of­fer many dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties, from a day spent re­lax­ing by the salt wa­ter pool to ex­plor­ing the botan­i­cal gar­dens, bush walks, sa­faris, pri­vate pic­nics, pri­vate he­li­copter trips and even a nights stay un­der the stars. The Well­ness Cen­tre in­cludes a dou­ble spa treat­ment room and they also of­fer pri­vate treat­ments from the com­fort of your own villa.

Peak sea­sons are from De­cem­ber to Fe­bru­ary and July to Septem­ber as this is when the weather is the hottest and dri­est, mak­ing it eas­ier to spot an­i­mals as they con­gre­gate around wa­ter sup­plies.

Segera also has its own pri­vate airstrip for pri­vate char­tered jets and the vil­las have a 1976 Roll­sRoyce Cor­niche avail­able for hire.


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