The charms of Ol Jogi’s main house—for many years home of the famous art-collecting Wildenstein family—and its lovely cottages, set on a rocky mount overlooking the vast Laikipia Plateau—are surpassed only by the huge, animal-thronged, but tourist van-free conservancy that surrounds it. Very few places combine unabashed but tasteful luxury with the chance to experience African wildlife in abundant privacy.
Ol Jogi’s thirteen suites are set in cottages, often two per cottage, on rolling green lawns near the main house. And all are next-level luxurious, exquisitely detailed, as Ann Abel writes in Forbes, with “Murano glass globes over lamps, sumptuous Hermès linens, and perfectly polished Buccellati silver.” Each suite is individually designed, and features bespoke furniture, his and hers bathrooms, and bedrooms looking out at nearby and forever compelling Mount Kenya, the only mountain in the world to give its name to an entire country.
Ol Jogi’s pool—“the pool of all pools” one visitor called it—has its own flowery islands and a seemingly natural cascading waterfall, and the large pool house features a gym, steam room, and spa, complete with massage, manicure and pedicure services. Chef Sylvan Bel, long a part of the Wildensteins’ extended family, provides wonderfully varietal meals, will fresh vegetables from Ol Jogi’s extensive garden.
The Ol Jogi Conservancy in Laikipia, only accessible to the few lucky guests, is a paradise of free-roaming African wildlife—with 300 or so rangers protecting myriad endangered species from 65 rhinos to 5,000 reticulated giraffes and 15 per cent of the world’s remaining Grevy’s zebra population. Not to mention herds of peacefully moseying elephants, lions, Cape buffalo…the whole starry cast of Africa’s enchanting animals. The Conservancy, and the elegant cottage at its centre, are prime examples of Micato’s commitment to presenting Africa in warmly enveloping comfort and serene privacy.