Laikipia, in Northern Kenya, is often overlooked in favor of the more famous Masai Mara. However, it has so much to offer with the safari experience made up of vast open spaces, a variety of activities, amazing game viewing and one of the most extraordinary luxury properties in Africa – Governors’ Mugie House.
An idyllic area that is often referred to as the ‘gateway to the Northern Frontier’ the Laikipia Plateau is an undiscovered ecosystem of wilderness terrain that covers over two million acres and is home to indigenous Pokot, Samburu, Kikuyu and Boran tribes.
The colourful Pokot tribe – photo credit Nick Penny
The unique and varied habitats here create stunningly scenic landscapes, from arid plains to icy mountains and sweeping hills, making it an excellent choice for the discerning safari enthusiast looking for something authentic, away from the usual tourist trails.
Governors’ Mugie House is located in Mugie Conservancy which is a private wildlife conservancy in Laikipia of almost 50,000 acres.
The family cottage at Governors’ Mugie House – photo credit Felix Rome
The House is the latest addition to the Governors’ portfolio and its unique location, fabulous interiors and dedicated staff provide an unrivalled setting for guests to connect with nature and each other, while having access to extraordinary safari experiences.
There are just eight beautiful stone cottages, with spacious interiors and furnishings which strike the perfect balance between luxury and functionality, each resting effortlessly on a hill looking over this wild landscape.
Amid this remarkable setting, Governors’ Mugie House design aesthetic is wholeheartedly dedicated to celebrating Africa, craftsmanship and creativity.
Inside one of the luxury suites at Governors’ Mugie House – photo credit Felix Rome
A large main house with open log fires hosts guests for relaxing cocktails and delicious meals, prepared from a creative menu with ingredients sourced from the organic vegetable gardens. The infinity pool offers unhindered views over the wilderness, while a waterhole, located in front of the house, attracts a variety of wildlife that comes by to drink.
The grand and inviting living room at Governors’ Mugie House – photo credit Felix Rome
Second only to the Masai Mara in terms of wildlife density, it is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in East Africa. It is famous for The Mugie Five which includes Grevy’s zebras, reticulated giraffes, common beisa oryx, Jackson’s hartebeests and striped hyenas.
The Grevy’s zebra is part of our ‘Mugie Five’ – photo credit Nick Penny
Each of these mammals is classified as ‘endangered’ on the IUCN’s Red List of threatened species – except for the striped hyena whose status is currently ‘vulnerable’.
Night drives offer sightings of the elusive striped hyena, part of The Mugie Five – photo credit Nick Penny
In addition to a healthy population of lions, Laikipia boasts over two thousand elephants and many leopards. Other carnivores here are cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, aardwolves, bat-eared foxes and wild dogs – in fact, the region is home to 85 mammal species.
The ‘Gaby’ Pride of lions are resident on Mugie Conservancy – photo credit Nick Penny
The birdlife of Laikipia is seriously impressive too. The official checklist records over 500 species including ostriches, pelicans, cormorants, herons, egrets, storks, spoonbills, flamingos, eagles, sandpipers, bee-eaters and hornbills. This is a birder’s paradise and we urge you to pack your binoculars!
The grey crowned crane is listed as ‘endangered’ in the IUCN’s Red List and Laikipia boasts the 5th largest population of these birds within Kenya – photo credit Nick Penny
The abundant wildlife is, in many ways, thanks to the pioneering commitment of the Laikipia community and the Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF) which was established to promote conservation across the district’s private reserves. Animal sightings are boosted by close tracking of species such as lions and elephants, enabling guests to take part in conservation activities.
Our guests can head out to track lions and learn about the use of this technology – photo credit Nick Penny
Mugie Conservancy is at the forefront of conservation, operating as a low-impact cattle ranch alongside preserving the delicate and productive ecosystems that host its abundant wildlife. Cutting edge community grazing programs and community empowerment projects through micro-economic assistance have encouraged engagement and investment from the local community in the conservation goals of Mugie.
Mugie Conservancy combines sustainable conservation and productive rangeland management – photo credit Felix Rome
Providing the utmost seclusion and comfort, this expansive standalone property offers everything from spa treatments, to lion tracking, canoeing, exclusive game viewing, guided bush walks (coming soon) and visits to the local community projects.
Canoeing on Mugie Dam at sunrise, is one of the signature experiences available at Governors’ Mugie House – photo credit Nick Penny
Travelers choose to stay at Governors’ Mugie House because of the expansive space and beauty of the remote location. They value the deeply restorative effects of this pristine location as well the limited guest and vehicle numbers, exceptionally consistent game viewing and unrivalled intuitive care they receive during their stay.
Guided bush walks will soon be available at Governors’ Mugie House – photo credit Nick Penny
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