Before going to Segera Retreat (SR) we stayed at several high-end, luxurious camps in Kenya and Tanzania. Here are some of the features that set SR apart for me: 1) guests stay in a second-floor luxury villa above a private patio rather than a tent; 2) SR has 6 villas total, each located privately from the others; 3) the entire resort is protected by thorn and electric fence so you don't need an escort to walk back to your villa at night; 4) meals are served at a number of fabulous venues around the property including "the stables," a candlelit wine cellar, and the Explorer's Lounge (full of memorabilia from "Out of Africa, Hemingway's travels, etc.; 5) the spacious grounds are immaculately and beautifully landscaped with trees, bougainvillea, water features; 6) the owner's fascinating and important African modern art collection is displayed inside and out; 7) SR has a beautiful swimming pool and adjacent patio bar; 8) Chef Elizabeth made fantastic and healthy meals loaded with veggies grown on site, customized to our pescatarian preferences; 9) Rossanne the wonderful masseuse is on site every day; 10) every time you leave your villa throughout the day, the staff refresh the linens and well-stocked complimentary mini bar; 11) our safari guide Elvis was passionate and knowledgeable about every animal we saw on drives and during a walk, 12) manager Jentz was a delight to talk with and made everything go seamlessly; . . . . I could go on and on but SR seemed as much a unique luxury spa retreat as a safari camp. The game is not as plentiful as in Maasai Mara but nevertheless we saw lions, cheetah, elephants, the rare Grevy's zebra, oryx, abundant birds, and the reticulated giraffe. I was told that SR employs a total of 200 staff. I've never experienced this level of service, pampering, and privacy at any other safari venue.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you’re seeking to reconnect with nature and embrace a new way of viewing humanity’s relationship with the natural world then Segera is the place for you. Considered the gateway to Kenya’s wild, we bring you exceptional private service in a unique oasis. Six timber and thatch villas surround a profusion of botanical life in the landscaped gardens and from their raised wooden platforms gaze out over the savannah. The sumptuous Segera House and perfectly positioned Villa Segera boast similarly spectacular views and even greater privacy and luxury. The owner’s exceptional African Art Collection is presented throughout, while the magnificent backdrop of Mount Kenya can be viewed from our common areas. Delicious home-grown food is the order of the day at Segera, served in a number of locations around the Retreat. Experience the difference with a guided camel safari at Segera! Whether you decide to walk amongst the herd or ride through the Laikipian bush on these magnificent creatures… a camel safari promises to deliver a totally unique African experience! Our expert guides and friendly herders will take you on an adventure of a lifetime to get up-close and personal with the wildlife of this beautiful area and a delicious gourmet picnic completes your “Out of Africa” camel expedition.Did you know?With the support of the Zeitz Foundation, Segera is at the forefront of change in Kenya, in which it contributes to the vision of an ecosystem in the healthiest possible state. At 20 000 hectares, Segera consists of high-altitude acacia grasslands and is centrally located in the highlands of Laikipia. The activities here include cultural tours, bush walks, game drives and spending time with game scouts and anti-poaching staff. Helicopter flights are also available. This area is a sanctuary for elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, eland and a wealth of plains game, including the endemic reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and beisa oryx. ... more less