Mukima House

Laikipia, Kenya

At a Glance

  • Found on a 360 acre private conservancy

  • The house has wonderful views of Mount Kenya

  • Relax by the large swimming pool

  • Enjoy a game of tennis on those cooler evenings

  • Play croquet on the lawn with the incredible backdrop of Mount Kenya

  • Perfect for a family stay or special celebration

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Best time to Visit

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The main season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.

Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.

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Insider's View

A fantastic affordable place to take a family or group who want to stay somewhere spectacular but do day trips for safari, fishing and other exploring.

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Mukima House or take a look at our itineraries to Laikipia and Northern Kenya

Description

Mukima House is a grand country house built in the 1940s, offering a glimpse into what life was like in the colonial days. It has been lovingly restored and comes fully staffed, accommodating up to 14 guests, ideal for a family or group of friends.

Hand-made cedars floors, immense wooden beams and extensive gardens make Mukima House one of Kenya's most exceptional surviving examples of a past era. Here you can unpack your bags and spend your vacation relaxing in the luxury and privacy of your own spectacular home, go for walks on the estate or visit the many local national parks and amenities as and when you please.

The 360-acre property is located just a 15-minute drive from Nanyuki in the stunning Laikipia region and the house is set in colorful gardens, with beautiful views of Mount Kenya. There is a large swimming pool and also a sauna. Guests can even play a game of croquet on the expansive lawn in front of the house or a game of tennis, balls and rackets are even provided. The food is home grown, fresh and wholesome, carefully prepared and served by friendly staff.

The magnificent double storey house has eight spacious en-suite bedrooms, a games room, house office with WiFi internet, a large kitchen with store, laundry room, cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, a generous entrance hall and an upstairs gallery. There is a first floor open terrace; perfect for sundowners while watching the white egrets fly home to roost on the dam against the backdrop of Mount Kenya. It is booked on an exclusive basis, so you have the entire home and staff to yourselves.

The beauty of a stay here is in the total flexibility you have. There are numerous activities to enjoy at the house, whether you want to spend days on safari in nearby reserves, go for strolls through the grounds watching the resident birdlife, fishing on the lake, or simply unwinding and enjoying the beauty of the surroundings of your Kenyan home from home.

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Accommodation

Mukima House, set in vivid tropical flowerbeds with expansive lawns, has eight en-suite bedrooms (five double and three twin rooms). There is a first floor open terrace, perfect for sundowners while watching the white egrets fly home to roost on the dam against the backdrop of the mountain and the African dusk.

Childcare

Children of all ages are most welcome at Mukima House. However, parents should be aware that there are no specific child care facilities. If you would like some time out, babysitting can be arranged.

Facilities

Mukima House has its own swimming pool, badminton court and tennis court, as well as a pool terrace with fireplace, enclosed poolside dining room and lounge. There is a games room with table tennis and darts, and TV with a DVD player. A massage and sauna is also on offer if you are in need of a bit of pampering. There is WiFi internet connection, too. Helpful and friendly staff are on hand to make your stay perfect and memorable.

Activities

There is an array of activities you can partake in during your stay at Mukima House. There is a boating lake where you can enjoy a spot of fishing or rowing on one of the two boats. You can take a leisurely stroll around the estate, bird watch, and play tennis or croquet. Visits to local private game reserves and national parks can also be arranged. As can fishing on Mount Kenya, hiking on Mount Kenya, horse ridding, helicopter trips and walking safaris can also be arranged. There are activities to suit all guests!

Reviews

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Set amid tropical flowerbeds and surrounded by well-tended lawns, this double-story grand colonial farmhouse was built in the 1940s. A mere 15 minutes outside Nanyuki, it occupies a 146-hectare (361-acre) estate, and the sturdy, handsome house overlooks a pretty dam (where you'll spot a diversity of waterfowl) and affords views of Mount Kenya's peaks. It was recently salvaged from disaster thanks to a large-scale renovation. Restored to echo its days as a grand colonial house, it's been tastefully decorated with African and Eastern accents that set a formal tone. Yet the place is homey and intimate enough that you can't help but relax -- you're attended to by a dedicated staff, have full run of the estate (it's rented on an exclusive basis), and have the option of visiting various local parks and sanctuaries as you please. There are six bedrooms, all en suite and all comfortably, tastefully kitted out with furniture sourced from Lamu and as far away as Java. Get up early to witness the first rays lighting up Mount Kenya; take a long, languid breakfast on the wraparound veranda; and then spend your day loafing by the pool, saddling up for rides on a nearby ranch, or fishing for rainbow trout on the slopes of Mount Kenya - or even spend a couple of nights on the mountain in a log cabin.

Experiences

  • Fly Fishing in Northern Kenya

    If you want to try something really different during your vacation then why not take a fishing trip up to Lake Rutundu or Lake Alice. Situated at 10,000 feet above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Kenya this is a totally unique fly fishing experience.

  • Game Drives in Lewa Downs

    Explore this beautiful area of Kenya with your professional safari guide in search of some of the fantastic wildlife of Laikipia. Enjoy the opportunity to track and view some of the critically endangered white and black rhino of the conservancy.

  • Riding in Northern Kenya

    Horseback safaris are the most exciting way to see the bush and in Kenya they are without a doubt the most exciting and adventurous safari you can do.

  • Scenic flights

    A scenic flight is the ultimate way to enjoy Kenya's spectacular landscapes, whether by helicopter or in the wonderful Waco bi-plane, it is an experience of a lifetime.

  • Walking Safaris in Laikipia

    Explore the African bush on foot with your experienced guide and tracker. A fantastic opportunity to experience a different perspective, away from the noise of a safari vehicle.

Location & directions

Laikipia, Kenya

Mukima House is a 15-minute drive from Nanyuki. Standing on a 350 acre triangle, which was once a cedar forest. There are clear views of Mount Kenya, the Aberdares and the Loldaiga Hills from all corners of the property.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Mukima House or take a look at our itineraries to Laikipia and Northern Kenya

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