The Segera Retreat in Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

The Segera Retreat in Laikipia Plateau, Kenya 2

Segera Retreat lies on the grasslands of the Laikipia Plateau, its six timber and thatch villas raised above a profusion of botanical life looking out to Mount Kenya. Each large, en-suite bedroom has a private sun deck with sun loungers and a swing bed and a Jacuzzi bath, sunk into the deck outside the bedroom. The gracious Segera House and Villa Segera boast even greater privacy and luxury. And the main area comprises the Paddock House, Wine Tower and renovated stables, complete with bar and dining room filled with art.

A cascading waterfall flows from the Segera River and the natural Ivy Springs, found in the Valley of Kiseregai Creek, attract herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, warthog and many other native species throughout the year. Preserving the unique biodiversity in the Laikipia region is an essential cornerstone of the conservation efforts in Kenya as a whole. Here, wildlife populations and habitats are being conserved on mostly private and communal lands.

With Mount Kenya as the backdrop and spectacular views over the Laikipia Plateau, Segera Retreat is an extraordinary oasis of beauty. Private villas surrounded by unspoiled African landscape, a vast and varied botanical garden with lush native and exotic plants, and a sculpture garden whose works of art stand sentry over native African wildlife—around every corner awaits another striking and unforgettable vista.

Situated on 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of preserved land, Segera Retreat is a wildlife sanctuary that offers a unique experience of utmost luxury amidst natural beauty and personal enrichment from conscientious, sustainable living. The Segera lifestyle, focused around conservation, community, culture and commerce—the 4Cs—is carefully designed to inspire your soul as much as your senses while promoting practices that impact the environment and the community in positive ways.

 

History: Before the mid-19th century the lands surrounding and encompassing what is now Segera were rarely seen by Europeans. In 1846 German missionaries Johannes Rebmann and Johann Ludwig Krapf explored Laikipia after having already earned the distinction of being the first Europeans to see Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. British explorer Joseph Thomson followed almost 40 years later while travelling through Maasai country on his way to the Great Rift Valley, and his book, “Through Masai Land,” became a best-seller upon his return. As the years went on, travel through this past of the country increased and Segera attracted professional hunters lured by abundant safari experiences. Writer Robert Ruark was among them, and his novels “The Horn of the Hunter” and “Something of Value” are inspired by his travels throughout Kenya in the 1950s. By the mid-20th century, Segera’s land was primarily used for farming, raising livestock and cultivating wheat. Wildlife safaris did become a focal attraction later however, after the land changed hands, and revenue then was augmented by cattle farming.

 

 

 

 

 

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