Rating: Mid-range Price from: Â£360-Â£430 pp full board
A gorgeous manor house (the private home of Nicky and Gaby Hahn) on the 49,000 acre Mugie Wildlife Conservancy in Laikipia in Northern Kenya. There are six spacious luxury cottages with spectacular views of this amazing remote region. Each room has a fire place and large bathrooms.
A unique feature of staying at Mutamaiyu is that guests can participate in daily ranch life and assist in conservation projects including lion tracking. There are a range of activities here including several cultural interactions with the local community - there is enough to occupy a visitor for many days if you wish!
Day and night game drives are included and the conservancy is home to the 'big 5'. Bush and camel walks are available as are bush breakfasts, sundowner drinks in the conservancy and ranching activities. Mugie is part of the Laikipia Predator Project which helps avoid human-wildlife conflict in the area. Guests can also visit the Mugie School, have an insight into the lives of Pokot and Samburu tribes people, visit the weekly market at Suguta Marmar and visit the Gala Graves. A cultural boma visit is available at extra cost.
Open: Mutamaiyu House is open from February to April, July to October and December (ie closed in the months of January, May, June and November).
Location: Mutamaiyu House is in the 49,000 acre Mugie Wildlife Conservancy in Laikipia. It sits on the top of a hill with sweeping views of the plains below. The nearest airstrip are Mugie (a 10 minute drive) and Loisaba (a 45 minute drive). Mutamaiyu House is part of Mugie ranch, the main building is the manor house in which the family still lives.
Rooms: There are 6 en-suite cottages. They are spacious and have sitting areas with open fires. Bathrooms have both a bathtub and a shower.
Activities: The lodge offers day and night game drives, guided bush walks, lion tracking, fishing and bush breakfasts. You can also visit the school in Mugie village with which the ranch has strong links, and take part in activities around the ranch.
Facilities: The main building, a manor house, has ample indoor and outdoor seating areas. Rooms are elegant with vaulted ceilings and wooden furniture and walls adorned with artwork. There are large open fires in each room which come into their own on chilly evenings. There are sitting and dining areas and a bar. The lodge sits in attractive gardens which include a heated infinity pool at the edge of the cliff with its own bar. This is a favourite location for lunch. There is a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are generally eaten communally, though private meals can be arranged.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome though there may be age restrictions for certain activities.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.
Funds from this great lodge backs the conservation of the black rhino. It also contributes to the local community and saves natural resources.
"What a beautiful place. Good choice to add this luxury at this point. Culturally interesting to make contact with white Kenyans. Another perspective. The game drive was excellent. Great opportunity to see the black rhino and talk to Elena and her dad about the efforts of the owner with their conservation and rhino projects."