Out of Africa biplane flight
Laikipia, Northern Kenya, Kenya
At a Glance
Activities include Day and night drives, walks, camels, sleep outs and cultural visits
Interpretive tour of the extensive private art collection - the largest private collection in Africa
Film theatre, full spa wellness centre and gym
Sleep out under the African night sky
Rolls-Royce, Corniche 1976 Convertible can be rented for special occassions
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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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Segera Retreat is in the heart of the Laikipia Plateau on an important migratory corridor within the Ewaso ecosystem and offers fantastic biodiversity. A unique oasis which boasts spectacular views of the surrounding savannah and even greater luxury.
Segera Retreat is the new Wilderness Safari's property set in a wildlife sanctuary on the Laikipia Plateau. It is situated in the wooded savannah and grasslands of the Laikipia at an altitude of 1,700 – 1,800 meters, immediately north of the equator. Home to a vast array of animal, bird and plant life, Segera Retreats provides an important corridor for the migration of elephant and other wide ranging species.
However, as the name suggests the property is also a place to relax and unwind; there is a gym here, wellness centre and a theatre. There is also the largest private collection of contemporary African art in the world.
Owned and run by Wilderness Safaris - a famous safari operator in Africa means the lodge will deliver incredibly high standards in terms of food, service and guiding.
Segera’s central location and expansive 20,000 hectares at the very heart of Laikipia ensures that it is essential to effective wildlife and habitat management for the Ewaso ecosystem as a whole, forming part of a vital migratory corridor and providing a permanent home to many endangered species.
Six timber and thatch villas are raised above a carpet of botanical life in the Segera “Oasis” with its sculpture garden. Each has an elevated wooden platform, which looks out onto the surrounding savannah and swing beds below providing the perfect shaded place for some midday relaxation as well as for a night out under the stars, surrounded by the sounds of Africa. The gracious Segera House and perfectly positioned Villa Segera boast similarly spectacular views and even greater privacy and luxury. They run on solar energy and water is sustainably harvested and recycled. The villas gaze out over the Laikipia Plateau towards the spectacular Mount Kenya.
Within the privacy of the villas, a large bedroom and en-suite bathroom fill the upstairs space under timber trusses. A private sun deck in the garden offers comfortable sun loungers for soaking up the African sun, while a Jacuzzi bath, sunk into the deck outside the bedroom, offers a unique vantage point. Each villa includes in its décor original, individually selected paintings and other art from a range of Africa’s most inspiring artists.
Segera Retreats consists of eight villas. Five villas are raised on wooden decks comprising one bedroom with en-suite bathroom and have an outside deck. Beneath each Villa lies an outside lounge and comfortable swing-bed.
There is one family villa which has one double and one twin room, each with an en-suite bathroom and a shared lounge and deck area. Beneath the Villa lies an outside lounge and two comfortable swing-beds.
Segera House has a reception area, one double and one twin room each with an en-suite bathroom, a shared lounge, a raised outside deck area and private sala, garden and plunge pool. There is a private villa attendant who is of assistance at all times.
Villa Segera has one bedroom connected to an observation lounge and deck area by bridge, with a private lounge area downstairs and large pool with a private bathroom, outside shower and sunken hide. Please note that Villa Segera is available on request only.
Children of all ages are most welcome at Segera Retreats. There is a two-bedroom family villa which is an ideal type of accommodation for families.
Segera is found overlooking the African savannah with distant view of Mount Kenya. Guests have the choice of three dining areas: the Paddock House, Stables and Pool Bar area. There is also a curio shop, an art gallery and gym. The wellness centre includes a double spa treatment room, there is also a mobile massage bed for private in-Villa massages and The Rasul tower has a steambath. There is a main salt-water swimming pool.
Guests can visit the C4C (4Cs Centre with innovative exhibition of this sustainability framework) and also explore the botanical garden including sculptures from the owners Contemporary African Art Collection.
Segera Retreats aims to inspire its guests through sustainable, private luxury experiences. Activities are offered off a ‘4C menu’, which is based on the 4Cs philosophy which was developed by the foundation of the owner. All are delivered through the villa attendant, are flexible and can be tailor-made to your requirements and preferences. Activities include: Day and night game drives, guided walks, picnics and sundowners in beautiful locations. There are hides from which to view the game, camel walks, C4C (The Centre for the 4Cs). There is a fantastic private art collection, a botanical garden to explore. There is also a Wellness centre (gym, spa, Rasul tower). Segera Retreats can also arrange sleep outs and they also have children and family activities.
The Segera Spa uses carefully developed products and treatments designed to relax and revitalise mind, body and soul. Signature treatments are designed around a Rock Stone Bath, the Rasul Chamber experience and a holistic facial skin care approach.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
Segera Retreat is nothing short of spectacular - a beautiful, lush green oasis in the middle of the dry and dusty bush. Surrounded by a fierce, 25 foot thick cactus fence which will keep anything and everything out, the lodge has fabulous, meticulously tended gardens brimming with fantastically huge succulents which look like they've just come down from Mars. Sweetly scented flowers, swathes of the brightest bougainvillea, hanging cacti, orchids, ferns, mosses and trees all compete with each other and form the most extraordinary backdrop to the art sculptures dotted around the garden. You could get lost for a morning just wandering around, it is breathtakingly beautiful. In the centre is a salt water pool, bright blue and refreshing, and the villas are ranged around the outside, of the garden, each with its own view over the wilderness beyond. There is a spa with a veritable smorgasbord of treatments, and its own rasul tower (this has to be tried to be believed) and an art gallery set up in what is known as the stables. Everything is beautifully designed, and yet the lodge retains a very relaxed feel - there's no need to dress for dinner here, unless you wish to. The food is - as you would expect - some of the best we had during our trip to Kenya, and the service is discreet, ever-attentive and friendly. Venturing further, we visited the actual plane in which Denys Finch-Hatton flew Karen Blixen - the gypsy moth used in the film - an incredible piece of history.
Segera is perfect for guests who want a beautiful safari retreat - you could come here, game-view from your terrace and spend the rest of your time admiring the art and enjoying the spa - or you can rise early, and head out with your guide to explore the area; the game is very good here, and we watched as two male lions fronted up to each other, fighting over the resident female. Herds of elephants are often seen, and the plains game is exceptional, attracted by the waterholes dotted around the lodge. It's an incredible place.
Of course there is game here - curious giraffes so close you can count their long, curling lashes; elephants swirling their trunks and chomping on grass - but really, the wildlife is almost a sideshow to Wilderness Collection's newest retreat. The 50,000-acre private reserve is home to Jochen Zietz, an out-of-the-box thinker doing all sorts of brilliant things with the local community (like creating the Wonderbag, a kind of energy-saving slow cooker). You can poke about the vegetable garden, help with beekeeping or cheetah conservation, flop by the pool on giant, marshmallow-like cushions or luxuriate in the super-styled spa's stone tubs. Have a picnic down by the river and sundowners on the Star Deck (ask barman Bernard to whip up some of his vodka-based 'medicine'). Then later it's back to your thatched villa, with its sunken outdoor hot tub on the deck, cool wooden floor and huge, sink-in-and-sigh bed, where you'll fall asleep listening to the chirruping crickets and calling creatures out there in the wild.
There is no shortage of beautiful safari lodges on the Laikipia plateau, including the rhino sanctuary of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and art-filled Ol Jogi. But there is nothing like Segera Retreat, a contemporary collection of thatched wooden villas at the heart of a 50,000-acre property, with Mount Kenya rising in the distance. The retreat, as its name implies, isn't a camp but a wilderness escape, with inspired gardens - a jigsaw of weird cacti, waterfalls of bougainvillaea, sinuous salt pools and beds of exotic flowers - surrounding six two-storey villas, plus the larger Villa Segera and stone-clad Segera House. Each is different: one has a big outdoor bath carved from a single rock; another features photographs by Michael Poliza. Segera's owner, Jochen Zeitz, is also crazy about African art and it's everywhere: contemporary sculptures standing beside pools, installations in the converted stable block, paintings hanging in the wine tower. Like the art, the food is sensational and African-grown, and every meal is served in a different spot: by a pool, at a riverside picnic table, in the candle-lit stables. You can do what you like, when you like. One day, explore the solar-power and rainwater-harvesting plants (more fascinating than they sound) or learn about wildlife conservation in the little museum; another day, hike with a guide to spot elephants or lie by the pool after a massage, watching luminous sunbirds.
FLASH POINT Segera is proof that it's possible to build something eco-friendly and luxurious that also supports the local community.
Family adventure at Segera Retreat
Embark on a real family adventure at Segera Retreat. With a wide range of children's activities on offer, a stay at Segera Retreat makes for the perfect safari experience for guests of all ages.
Fly Fishing in Northern Kenya
If you want to try something really different during your holiday 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.
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.
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, Northern Kenya, Kenya
Segera Retreats is situated in the central Laikipia Plateau in Kenya, just north of the Equator. The Segera wildlife sanctuary is situated in the wooded savannah and grasslands of the Laikipia Plateau at an altitude of between 1,700 and 1,800 meters.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi. Daily scheduled flight to Nanyuki departing Nairobi Wilson Airport or private charter flight (1-hour), directly to Mukenya airstrip. By road, Segera is a 2-hour drive (or a short private charter) from Nanyuki and a 5-hour drive from Nairobi.