Travellers seeking a more private and tailored alternative to Africa’s innumerable safari lodges is now able to see what may well be the continent’s most amazing vacation house in Kenya.
Found in Laikipia on the Borana Conservancy, a few km north of the equator, Arijiju is called upon which it is the consequence of a decade of effort and stands. Working together with architects from Johannesburg and London, its Nigeria-born, Europe-based owner wanted to make a base that would permit his children to go through the freedom and simplicity that he loved in his childhood.
Crafted from hand-cut Meru rock and motivated partially by the monasteries of neighboring Ethiopia, the squat five-bedroom land has been clad with rough-hewn rock and capped with grass-covered horizontal roofs to meld with the landscape. Though the surrounding Borana Conservancy homes a working cattle ranch – so does not quite provide the completely unblemished vistas regular safari-goers may be accustomed to elsewhere – it’s still rife with wildlife and also Arijiju’s guests may expect to see elephant, lions, cheetah, leopard, giraffe and black rhino. There are also if not actively seeking wildlife and some 330 bird species in the region, it is possible to enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking or quad-biking.
But the house is an attraction in itself and longer-term occupants may want to simply while away days on site. Using its interiors made by Maira Koutsoudakis (possibly best known for her work on North Island in the Seychelles), rooms are a medley of rustic African fixtures, earthy colors and occasional extravagant European flourishes (such as the grand chandeliers found during). Most set along with a central courtyard, bedrooms feature standalone copper tubs, indoor and outdoor showers and leather cushions; charged the constellation suite, one added plaza functions as an outdoor bedroom for those who want to sleep beneath the stars.
With a resident team of 14 like a butler, ranger and chefs who rustle up healthy and light “Ottolenghi-style” cuisine, up to ten visitors will possess all needs promptly met and full use of facilities that have a games room, cinema, library and infinity pool. Staffed by a masseuse and beauty therapist whose treatments are contained in hire prices, the spa comes with a hammam and yoga deck; more lively types can make use of a fitness center and tennis and squash courts.
It all conspires to offer an offering unlike anything else currently available in Kenya, and to get an entirely private gathering of family and friends it is hard to think of a much more alluring speech in the nation.
Vailable only on an exclusive-use basis, rates at Arijiju start from $7,500 each night for up to six guests (using a minimum stay of three nights). Additional guests will be charged at $600 each adult and $300 per child. Rates include activities, transfers and board. From the United Kingdom, Red Savannah can organize packages.