Just a 45-minute flight from Nairobi brings you to this stunning 58,000 acre private wildlife conservancy within the Laikipia Plateau. Whether you are looking to relax in beautiful surroundings, connect with nature or enjoy a variety of exciting activities, Ol Jogi is nothing short of breathtaking, with a diverse landscape, sweeping views of Mt. Kenya, an array of wildlife and incredible facilities.
Established over 60 years ago, Ol Jogi Ranch describes itself as a safe haven for the preservation and future development of wildlife conservation, particularly endangered and threatened species such as Eastern Black Rhinos, Southern White Rhinos, African Wild Dogs, Cheetahs, Lions, Reticulated Giraffe, Laikipia Hartebeest and Grevy’s Zebra.
Ol Jogi also includes an impressive Wildlife Rescue Centre and state-of-the-art Veterinary Clinic. The centre was originally developed to take care of orphaned and injured animals but it soon became a home for other ‘problem’ animals such as livestock raiding lion and leopard. Set within a fully fenced 500 acre predator proof enclosure, the centre includes a large aviary, monkey enclosures, an open cheetah pen and an elephant house. The rescue centre also acts as the basis of Ol Jogi’s Conservation Education Programme which helps to educate thousands of students and adults from all over Kenya on the value of the wildlife and the need to protect it for future generations.
Nestled within a protective rock outcrop are seven elaborately furnished and individually designed cottages containing 13 suites. An example of understated luxury at its finest, the cottages offer striking views of the bush and every possible comfort you could dream of, from bespoke furniture and spacious sitting rooms with blazing fires to charming bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and dressing rooms. Shared verandas overlook the watering hole below meaning you don’t even have to move from your sun lounger to catch sight of an elephant enjoying its daily bath or a rhino quenching its thirst.
The main lodge exemplifies refined elegance, combining fine art, antiques and sculpture with tribal art and Eastern African inspired decor. The main communal area centres around a cosy living room and an expansive terrace where you can enjoy delicious meals whilst admiring the mesmerizing views. A secret tunnel extends from the bar out to a hide by the watering hole, allowing you to get up close and personal with the amazing wildlife.
If you can tear yourself away from the wildlife, a pool complete with cascading waterfall and adjoining spa and steam room awaits. There’s also a TV room with a fully stocked film library, a tennis court, fitness centre, yoga room, Jacuzzi and sauna if exercise and relaxation is the order of the day.
A stay at Ol Jogi wouldn’t be complete without partaking in one of the many activities on offer. With rangers and safari vehicles available night and day, ready to find you fantastic wildlife encounters, there is no excuse not to explore this incredible reserve, whether that be on horseback, off-roading or on foot.
You can also enjoy bird watching along the Ewaso-Ngiro river, learn about the local way of life at the Twala Cultural Centre or visit the Curio shops of Nanyuki. Exploring Northern Kenya via helicopter, with excursions to Mt. Kenya, the lakes of the Rift Valley or a Pokot tribe village are all possibilities too.