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A magnificent five-bedroom private safari house in Laikipia

Arijiju is a luxury retreat on Kenya's Laikipia Plateau in the Borana Reserve

ABOUT the property

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The accommodation

Arijiju is a stylish private villa that was built and designed to blend seamlessly into the bedrock and hillside, with a wild grass roof and walls clad with local Meru stone. Inside, you’ll find exposed stone and polished concrete walls, with inspiration taken from famous Ethiopian monasteries, along with splendid western-style furnishings and luxurious furniture, including beautiful chandeliers, huge French mirrors and indulgent copper bathtubs. The central courtyard is cloistered much like an ancient French Abbey, with suites and sitting rooms arranged around it.

The villa is in the heart of the Borana Reserve where wildlife abounds (think Africa’s ‘Big Five’, along with wild dogs and cheetahs). You’ll also find nomadic Maasai tribes as they manage their herds. Exploration of the area is encouraged by mountain bike, on foot or on horseback, and of course no stay would be complete without a game drive safari or two.

After a day of exploration, enjoy the wide range of experiences on offer at Arijiju as part of your stay. There is a gym, spa, Hammam, yoga deck, tennis court and squash court, all skilfully blended into the valley, and there’s a highly skilled masseuse and beauty therapist at your disposal to ease those tired muscles.

  • Five stylish and generously sized suites, three in the main house around the central courtyard and two in adjacent cottage suites
  • All suites have private bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, as well as freestanding bathtubs
  • Enjoy a wide range of delightful healthy food and drink. A farm-to-table approach is taken with Ottolenghi-style cuisine that combines modern, classic and local
  • Meals can be taken in the beautiful dining room, or on one of the decks and patios, or you can dine further afield in the bush if you prefer
  • Excellent range of facilities including tennis and squash courts, gym, yoga deck, hammam, and spa
  • Relax on a lounger by the stunning 25-metre infinity pool
  • Families are welcome and babysitting facilities are cheerfully provided 
  • Relax and enjoy the Sonos multi-room music system, Apple TV and movies in the home cinema (with popcorn provided if you wish)
  • 5 hours per day of spa and beauty treatments with an expert therapist are included

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Game Drives

Head off on a guided Big 5 game drive in an open 4x4 Land Rover. With the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Kenya and the rich diversity of flora & fauna on the privately owned Borana Conservancy, this will be an unforgettable experience

Game Drives

Rhino Tracking

An extraordinary & emotive experience, wake up with the dawn and walk side by side with expertly trained rhino rangers. Learn first-hand what it takes to protect this species from extinction.

Rhino Tracking

Running & Walking in the Wild

Arijiju is one of the few places where one can go trail running, hiking and walking in the pristine African wilderness. All running & walking is accompanied by a range while a support vehicle & spotter trails behind you for extra safety.

Running & Walking in the Wild

Mountain Biking

Explore the endless rugged tracks and trails, spotting wildlife from a unique perspective. Refuel with a picnic in a unique outdoor location.

Mountain Biking

Fitness & Wellness

Arijiju is home to the most sophisticated wellness facilities of any private home in Africa including a spa, gym, yoga deck, squash & tennis court. The local Arijiju football team is always up for a friendly match with Arijiju's guests too.

Fitness & Wellness

Where is it?


Arijiju is situated in the Borana Reserve in Laikipia, Kenya, approximately 250 km north of Nairobi. There are three daily flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Lewa, or you can take a private charter to Borana airstrip. Road transfers are included from either Borana or Lewa (90 minutes from Lewa, and 25 minutes from Borana).

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