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Vanity Fair praises Arijiju’s “sensuous genius,” and Condé Nast Traveler rhetorically asks, “Is this the most beautiful house in Africa?” Nestled in the private Borana Conservancy overlooking the game lands of the Laikipia Plateau, graced with views of lordly Mount Kenya, the grand estate and home is an epitome of thoughtful luxury, with five gorgeously appointed suites (and a rooftop “Constellation Suite” for sleeping under the stars). It has its own spa, gym, clay tennis courts, extensive sun-dappled gardens, a talented resident chef, and a staff of 14.
(And, if private helicopter is your vehicle of choice, Arijiju has a handy pad.)
Arijiju is a private, exclusive-use home enveloped in the calm, majestic style of a 12-century French monastery. Its vaulted archways and stone passageways give way to a landscaped courtyard flanked by three suites, with two more hidden in nearby olive groves. King-size beds, leather desks and indoor and outdoor showers are among the comforts here, and thoughtfully eclectic furnishings like copper bathtubs and Indian campaign desks are accented by chandeliers, walk-in fireplaces, and other grand touches. A terraced pool, game room, library, spa, gym, yoga studio, and tennis and squash courts complete this serenely private oasis.
The Laikipia Plateau is famed for the richness of its wildlife, and Arijiju’s location within the private, non-profit, conservation-intent Borana Conservancy allows us to game drive with our Micato Safari Director in carefree privacy. The Big Five are all to be marveled at (including fiercely protected and healthy rhino and elephant populations), along with scores of mammal and avian species (including the millions of flamingos who flock to the shores of Lake Bogoria).
This part of Kenya is exceptionally scenic. We’re great admirers of Mount Kenya, and enthusiastically arrange helicopter-supported fly-fishing jaunts and montane-forest rambles on the iconic mountain’s slopes. Before and during your Arijiju sojourn, we’ll discuss other outings: picnic excursions to the giant sand dunes of Suguta Valley or the Samburu singing wells, where the local Samburu people gather to water their livestock and share stories. Or you might pay a visit to the reclusive Pokot tribe, the Reteti Elephant Orphanage, or the southern reaches of the Turkana Basin, where Micato’s old family friends, paleontologists Louise and Meave Leakey are presently exploring.