Etched into the rock bed, Arijiju, with its wild grass roofs and considerate structure, disappears into the landscape akin to a leopard slumped over his chosen branch in a nearby tree. Within, polished concrete and exposed stone walls, stunning in their calming simplicity, allow the oversized chandeliers, sumptuous furniture and opulent trimmings - such as the splendid copper bath tubs and enormous French mirrors - to do the talking. Central to Arijiju is a cloistered courtyard inspired by a 12th century French Abbey, flooded with light that feeds into the sitting rooms and bedrooms that flank it.
Outside, you’re immersed in Laikipia’s wonderfully unpretentious and diverse plains, where nomadic Maasai tribes endlessly shepherd their herds and wildlife roams. Working tirelessly in close alliance with the neighbouring Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a longstanding frontrunner in rhino conversancy, Arijiju raises funds to support local conservation. Ten years on and with the arrival of 22 black rhinos relocated from other national parks in 2016, this brilliant and ingenious home, a truly special place to discover and explore, is available on an exclusive basis to its discerning guests and is guaranteed to get under your skin.
Three of the suites, including the master suite are situated in the main house flanking the central courtyard, and a further two are found nestled into the olive groves that surround. All are generous in size and have private bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers.
- Five couples looking for a truly authentic African safari holiday
- Celebratory occasions
- Families. Baby sitters and children’s entertainment is on call.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients. Please contact our Kenya specialist, Chris Evans, for your own tailor-made holiday on +44 (0)1242 787806.
Upon visiting Arijiju recently, one of travel’s most respected writers posed the question, ‘Is this the most beautiful house in Africa?’ Our verdict? ‘It is so much more than simply a safari lodge and could very conceivably be so’. The textured raw materials of stone, copper, leather and weathered wood form a natural backdrop to exquisitely styled furnishings, full of character. The atmosphere, created through interior design and discrete hospitality, is one of peace and calm, making this a journey for the soul amidst the beautiful Kenyan savannah.