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Arijiju, Laikipia

Touted as one of the most beautiful private houses in Kenya, this exclusive-use retreat boasts a beautiful location on the Laikipia Plateau.

Inspired by the rock-hewn churches of Ethiopia, this elegant stone-and-timber property sits inconspicuously amidst the rolling hills of northern Kenya. Arijiju can only be rented exclusively, making it the perfect choice for friends or multi-general families. Three rooms lie in the main house and share a lavender-scented courtyard garden, with two ‘cottage’ suites completing the accommodation. 

Blending traditional Kenyan and modern European design, the communal areas feature a candle-lit lounge, a dining area with floor-to-ceiling arched windows, a library and even a cinema. All are linked by stone pathways to the infinity pool overlooking a waterhole. Meals are prepared using quality ingredients and can be enjoyed out in the bush or on the sun-drenched deck.

Days are entirely at your leisure, with a 14-strong team of private game rangers, chefs, housekeepers and butlers to cater to your every need. Enjoy bush walks and game drives on the game-rich Borana Conservancy, go horseback riding, fly fishing or practise your swing on the tennis court. Don’t forget to take full advantage of The Retreat – your personal spa sanctuary with its own wood-burning hot tub and vaulted hammam.

Arijiju, at a glance

  • Elegant, exclusive-use safari house set on a 90,000-acre private conservancy in northern Kenya 
  • Overlooking a waterhole frequented by elephant, rhino, cheetah and giraffe 
  • Built from local Meru stone and timber with stylish grass roofs 
  • Five suites accommodating a maximum of 10 guests 
  • Furnishings include king size beds, stone fireplaces and luxurious ensuite facilities 
  • Impeccable service from a team of 14 professional staff 
  • Farm-to-table approach to dining
  • Dining area boasting two large fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling arched windows

For leisure and pleasure

  • Privately guided bushwalks and game drives in search of the Big Five, wild dogs and cheetah 
  • Horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking and fly fishing
  • Candle-lit lounge, library and bar area
  • Spa house offering tranquil treatment rooms and a hot tub 
  • Yoga studio, clay tennis court and squash courts 
  • 25-metre infinity lap pool 
  • Running trails leading through the bush 

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