Lodges

Laragai House

A gracious hilltop country retreat in remote northwestern Kenya

Laragai House

Laragai House is a strikingly lovely property, perched on the edge of a 1000-metre-high plateau in central northwestern Kenya's Borana Conservancy. Sitting far north of Mount Kenya, it's the perfect destination if you're wanting to holiday with family or friends (there are eight bedrooms) in a quiet area, where the game viewing is plentiful and other visitors are rare. Laragai is a private home that is rented out when the owners are away, so the atmosphere is warm and homely, with everything you could wish for, from attentive staff to a well-equipped gym and views to infinity.

At the lodge

The hotel

This sister lodge to Borana, eight kilometres away, is a large country retreat. Here, locally made furniture combines with exotic fabrics and unique Rajasthan rugs. The thatched sitting room has interesting wall art and a top-end sound system. Meals are served around the house – breakfast on a deck overlooking the waterhole, lunch in the pool house (the barman makes a mean Bloody Mary!) and dinner in the dining room. There's a heated pool, tennis court and gym. Wi-fi throughout.

The rooms

The house has eight serviced bedrooms for private groups of six to 14 guests, all furnished with the very best – large beds, fine linen, en-suite bathrooms. You'll need time to make the most of the place, so it's the perfect place for a longer stay. Children of all ages are welcome.

On safari

Experiences

See the game from a safari vehicle, on horseback or on foot, or while pedalling a mountain bike. Visit local villages, see a flower farm, camp outdoors in a fly tent, go fishing, take a helicopter ride, play football with the truly wonderful staff (many with terrific ball skills), work out or practise yoga in the gym, or just give in to the sunshine and take a post-lunch nap in one of the shady alcoves surrounding the pool.

When to go

Laikipia by month

January

Season: Dry

February

Season: Dry

March

Season: Dry

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Wet

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

Wildlife


The greatest conservation success of the region remains with the black rhino, almost half of Kenya's entire population can be found in this area. Laikipia is a real up-and-comer on the African safari circuit, with an impressive diversity of unique species, not to mention home to the famous Big 5. Encounter elephants, big cats (often collared for research purposes), buffalo, Grevy's zebra, numerous antelope and more recently, an increasing wild dog population. Laikipia consist of a mix of high altitude grassland, dotted with rocky outcrops, low lying bush and patches of riverine forest.

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