Located on the Laikipia Plateau around 45 minutes' flight from Nairobi, Ol Jogi is simply one of the most impressive luxury villas in Kenya. It occupies a stunning 58,000 acre private wildlife conservancy home to lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, three species of primate and incredible birdlife to name just a few. The area also provides a sanctuary for endangered Grevy's zebra, African Wild Dog and black rhino - animals that are cared for by the estate's various conservation projects. The lodge itself is beautifully decorated with unique fine sculptures, paintings and hand-crafted furnishings. Views extend across the magnificent landscape, over a series of waterholes which draw a range of animals to drink. The excellent team includes an ingenious chef who prepares delicious meals using produce from the organic garden wherever possible, as well as a resident masseuse specialising in aromatherapy and deep tissue massage, and experienced, knowledgeable guides.
Ol Jogi's shared spaces are centred around the comfortable living room and veranda - an expansive terrace with panoramic views down to an active watering hole. The veranda provides an atmospheric space in which to enjoy delicious home-cooked meals; and it is entirely possible to while away the day looking out over the bush. The Pool House lies in the tropical gardens, and has an outdoor pool, spa, steam room, Hammam, sauna, Jacuzzi, fitness centre and yoga room. If that doesn't keep you busy, Ol Jogi also has a floodlit Astroturf tennis court, a games room equipped with various board games and a piano, a cinema, and a library with over 2,000 books. Accommodation is in seven private cottages named after animals that can be found on the conservancy. All have large bedrooms with separate dressing areas and sumptuous bathrooms. Most share a living area, while some of the cottages have private living areas with pull-out beds ideal for children. All of the accommodation offers shared verandas overlooking the watering hole beneath. Room service is available 24-hours, and in-room amenities include Wi-Fi, phone connection and mini bar.
Big Five experiences (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) are very possible at Ol Jogi. Endangered and threatened species such as Grevy's Zebra and African Wild Dog make a home here, and you may also see cheetah, reticulated giraffe, hyena, baboon, Oryx, impala and eland to name a few; not to mention a diverse array of birdlife. Activities:
- Guided game drives, wilderness walks, and horse riding right from the door
- Morning walks with specialist birding guides
- Fantastic hiking through acacia woodland, along the River Nanyuki and in the hills
- Visiting Ol Jogi's specialist veterinary clinic, one of Africa's best
- Visiting the Wildlife Rescue Center, which rehabilitates orphaned and wounded animals for release into the wild
- Walking with baboons on the Laikipia Plateau with an expert on primates
- Meeting the Maasai women at Twala Cultural Village
- Fly south by helicopter to Mount Kenya for a day's fishing
- Head north to meet Kenya's desert nomads
- Explore the Great Rift Valley and Lake Bogoria - home to the largest population of pink flamingos in the world
- Travel east and follow the Samburu River to the sacred mountain of Ololokwe