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Mukima House

Laikipia, Kenya

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.

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

Adventure, Fishing, Eco/ethical tourism, Family

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.

Camilla Whitworth

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

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.

When to go

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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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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