Inspired by Ethiopian monasteries, this exceptional private house is steeped in to the landscape and leaves a very subtle footprint on the view to Mount Kenya. Arijiju, described as the most beautiful house in Africa by Conde Nast, has five bedrooms and can only be rented exclusively.
Built on the Borana conservancy in Laikipia, the land is teeming with wildlife, including Africa’s Big Five, wild dog, and cheetah. Game drives are a must but Arijiju also encourages guests to explore on foot, go jogging or mountain biking.
Arijiju is not just a safari but a wellness retreat too. Home grown produce and fresh daily juice blends lend to the healthy lifestyle Arijiju supports. There is a 25 meter infinity lap pool, a spa, Hammam, fully equipped gym, yoga deck, clay tennis court and squash court, all inconspicuously blending in to the valley, and the highly skilled masseuse and beauty therapist is available at no extra cost.
The Borana Reserve, Laikipia, Kenya
— Fantastic game viewing in a private reserve. Huge lion and elephant populations.
— Superb wellness and fitness facilities including clay tennis court, 25m lap pool, squash court and fully equipped gym.
— Rate includes 5hrs of spa or beauty treatments per day
— Home cinema, yoga decks
— Rooftop star bed
Arijiju can only be booked exclusively and the rates are fully inclusive. The 2019 rack rate is $9000 per night for up to six guests and $800 per additional adult per night ($300 per child). During Christmas and New Year, the rate increases to $10,500 for up to six guests and $800 per additional adult per night ($300 per child.)
WHEN TO GO
Laikipia is a year round destination, however it can rain heavily in November so Arijiju tends to close during that month for refurbishments.
Five double en-suite bedrooms: one master and two smaller bedrooms are in the main courtyard, while two more spacious bedrooms are just outside the courtyard.
No age limit and children up to the age of 5 are FOC. Child rate applies from 5 to 16 years old.
Three daily flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Lewa, or private charter to Borana airstrip. Road transfers are included from there (1.5 hour from Lewa, and 10 minutes from Borana.)