Segera Retreat

LAIKIPIA PLATEAU, KENYA
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Segera Retreat
Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

A gorgeous, inspiring and one-of-a-kind wilderness retreat set in 50,000 rewilded private acres, Segera successfully combines the very best in traditional safari adventures with an original and contemporary focus on art and design, wellness, conservation, community and sustainability.

Segera’s ten private villas and houses each accommodate from 2 to 6 guests.

“Between decor, food, and staff, Segera is one of the most beautiful properties I’ve ever experienced anywhere in the world” 
Segera is an extraordinary and unexpected oasis of luxury and sustainability in the heart of the bush.  Once a private family hideaway for Puma and Harley Davidson CEO Jochen Zeitz, it has in recent years been transformed into one of Africa’s most sophisticated and enlightened safari destinations, while still maintaining an atmosphere of absolute seclusion and exclusivity.
Segera offers a choice of stylish and accommodation – from romantic cottages for two to spacious safari-chic villas for families or groups of friends.  All are private, self-contained and designed and furnished to the highest international standards – combining traditional African design elements with antique European furniture and artworks from the owner’s remarkable private collection.
The Retreat is set in 10 acres of botanical gardens filled with lush plantings of palms, cactus, succulents and colourful bougainvillea. Spectacular sculptures, original art and brilliant birdlife abound. An extensive and exceptional team of staff are on hand to provide service that is always warm and welcoming, thoughtful and engaging.
A stay at Segera brings together all the best elements of sophisticated safari life and wild game viewing in spectacular and uncrowded Kenyan landscapes – together with the opportunity to delve deeper into its commitment to culture and conservation, sustainable tourism, community development and ecological and environmental imperatives.
“The Retreat’s villas are unique and inspiring in design. Filled with a mix of antique heirlooms, provocative artworks and covetable trinkets, they strike a fine balance between gallery good looks and cosy comfort – it’s like snuggling up in an exhibition space when there’s no show on…” 

The World of Segera Retreat

Spend a wildly romantic night or two at the extraordinary Nay Palad Bird Nest, a strikingly original elevated hideaway with 360-degree bird’s eye views across the surrounding wilderness.

Enjoy champagne sundowners and a candle-lit, picnic-style gourmet dinner as the night draws in, then retire to the indoor ensuite bedroom or spread out on the rooftop bed for a night under the stars.

The following morning, breakfast will be delivered the doorstep, to be enjoyed while watching elephants, giraffe and other wildlife along the nearby Sugoroi River.

As the East African hub of Cape Town’s Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Segera is home to an extraordinary collection of modern African artworks.

A stroll through the botanical gardens will reveal dramatic wire sculptures, monumental bronze, stone and steel works, land and earth art and outdoor installations.

In the Stables and Paddock House you can view watercolours, video installations, prints, etchings and oil paintings from many of the continent’s most significant contemporary artists.

For a truly memorable experience, take to the skies in the lovingly-restored G-AAMY. Fondly remembered from the Oscar-winning movie ‘Out of Africa,’ it is the 1929 yellow Gypsy Moth biplane which soared above Kenya’s spectacular landscapes and which Jochen Zeitz brought back to Paddock House, Africa 2013, fitting it with a new engine and returning it to its previous glory.

In the evenings guests can settle down for an indoor or outdoor screening of ‘Out of Africa’ or another classic film, complete with blankets and popcorn.

Segera’s personalised and creative meals feature organic vegetables and herbs harvested from the property’s own organic ‘shamba’ and kitchen garden, together with the freshest produce from neighbouring communities, farms and ranches.

Eat al-fresco by the swimming pool, in the striking and intimate Wine Tower, or in one of several other beautiful inside and outside dining venues dotted around the property.

Meals are accompanied by an extensive and expertly-chosen wine list sourced from sustainable African vineyards, together with the finest French champagnes.

At the Wellness Centre guests enjoy a variety of holistic spa therapies including massages, scrubs and luxurious botanical treatments.

Here you will also find East Africa’s only Rasul Steam Tower, a fully-equipped Techno gym, a Pilates studio and yoga and meditation sessions.

Every aspect of the retreat has a light footprint – the entire property is powered by a vast solar installation, rain water is captured and re-used and waste is recycled or composted. In-house distilling and bottling of still and sparkling water mean an end to plastic bottles.

Segera loves hosting families with children. As well as having an amazing holiday, younger guests can learn so much about wildlife, local cultures and the natural world and take part in a variety of fun, educational and eco-conscious activities in a safe and malaria-free environment.

Activities range from fishing and football to learning traditional Kenyan arts and crafts, vegetable and fruit picking, collecting eggs and honey, and interacting with local communities through school and village visits.

Baby-sitting services also enable parents to enjoy a little quiet time to themselves.

Location

Laikipia

Straddling the Equator and stretching from the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya to the eastern rim of the Great Rift Valley, the Laikipia plateau is one of Africa’s most exciting and exclusive wilderness safari destinations – with abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery, extraordinary cultural and bio-diversity and some of East Africa’s most successful nature and game conservancies.

Ranching, conservation and high-end tourism go hand-in-hand, with few of the constraints that often apply in Kenya’s national parks and reserves.  Night game drives, bush walks, bike tours, horse-riding, camel treks, scenic flights and helicopter safaris are a few the exhilarating pursuits on hand in the extensive private ranches and conservancies that make up much of the region.

Laikipia hosts a wealth and diversity of wildlife second only to the Masai Mara in Kenya. It has significant populations of predators and the “Big Five”, with over 50% of Kenya’s rhinos, thousands of elephants, about 25% of the world’s endangered Grevy’s Zebra, and an increasing population of rare Wild Dogs. The region is home to more at-risk species than anywhere else in East Africa.

Segera Ranch and The Zeitz Foundation

Segera’s 50,000 wild acres sit at the very heart of the Laikipia Plateau at an altitude of 1,800 metres above sea level and just 30 kilometres north of the Equator and 60 kilometres north west of Mount Kenya.

Its diverse landscapes include savannah, woodland, grasslands, and fertile riverbeds and provide a migratory corridor and habitat for wildlife such as elephant, giraffe, buffalo and zebra, as well as endangered species specific to northern Kenya including Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, African Wild Dog and Jackson’s Hartebeest.

Segera’s resident predators are also frequently seen and include lion, cheetah, and leopard. The Retreat’s lush botanical gardens also attract and support an extraordinary variety of colourful birdlife.

Since 2005, Segera has been revived, rewilded and repurposed into a fertile and thriving home for the 4Cs – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce.

In previous years the area had been frequented by poachers, the land was overgrazed, and the region struggled to support its communities and wildlife.  Determined to restore and protect Segera, new owner Jochen Zeitz developed the 4Cs concept and focused on conservation of flora and fauna, engaging and employing local communities and preserving the cultural legacy of its indigenous peoples.

In 2009, the non-profit Zeitz Foundation was formed with the purpose of ensuring the land will remain protected in perpetuity.

2019 saw the formation of East Africa’s first All-Women Anti-Poaching Ranger Academy at Segera, set up with advice from the International Anti-Poaching Foundation and led by highly-qualified instructors.

Following an intense selection process and after months of holistic training and field exercises, 27 female rangers have now graduated.  Rangers are also encouraged to act as mentors in their communities, empowering other women, sharing their education and promoting dialogue as a primary driver for peace, intercultural understanding and preservation of wildlife.

Also tracking and keeping poachers at bay are a team of three female bloodhounds, and guests are welcome to take part in their training and practice deployments.

The Zeitz Foundation has built six secondary and primary schools which educate 1800 local children – these include the “Waterbank School” which harvests rainwater and won LEED Architecture’s ‘Greenest School in the World’ award.

Its unique 600 sq metre roof catchment area can harvest, store and filter more than 350,000 litres of rain water annually, which allows the pupils to grow their own vegetables in the school garden and take clean water home.

The next objective is to educate 2,500 children by building two additional ‘Waterbank Schools’ by 2028, as well as to provide 100 school bursaries and vocational training education for 35 trainees from rural communities annually.

The SATUBO Beading Group has transformed the tradition and craft of beading into a financially- viable enterprise – bringing together and empowering local women from three separate tribal groups, the SAmburu, TUrkana and BOrana peoples, preserving their culture and offering them an opportunity to earn an independent income and gain financial freedom and security.

The SATUBO Kindergarten safely cares for the pre-school children, giving the women more time and freedom to create handmade pieces that are both beautiful and symbolic.

Guests can visit the village where these women work, gain an insight into their culture and community and witness the revival of an age-old craft.

The foundation’s ‘Tree of Life’ initiative aims to tackle deforestation by planting over 2 million indigenous trees – with each new forest created in the shape of an endangered wildlife species – the first 150,00 trees resembling a rhinoceros.

The construction of a new 19-hectare water dam on Segera will provide a reliable source of water for wildlife, as well as protect the conservancy against the impacts of climate change and Africa’s infrequent rainfall patterns.

A new Vocational Training Academy for Forestry and Permaculture on Segera, placing the interests of small-scale rural farmers at its core by significantly enhancing farming techniques and making them more productive and sustainable.

In Detail

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Accommodation and Facilities

Garden Villas

Garden Villas 1, 2, 3, 5

  • Each villa accommodates up to 2 guests in 1 ensuite bedroom

Family Villa (Garden Villa 4)

  • Accommodates up to 4 guests in 2 ensuite bedrooms
  • Central living room and extra-large deck
  • Private vehicle when booked for 4 guests

The Garden House (Garden Villa 6)

  • Accommodates up to 4 guests in 2 ensuite bedrooms
  • Double-height with mezzanine floor
  • Garden Views
  • Private vehicle when booked for 4 guests

Villa Segera

  • Accommodates 4 guests in 2 ensuite bedrooms
  • The two bedrooms are connected by an elevated walkway
  • Ground floor open-air living and dining spaces
  • Private Swimming Pool – 13 metres
  • Private Gardens
  • Private Dining
  • Private Vehicle

All the above Garden Villas are built on elevated wooden platforms with makuti-thatched roofs.

Each villa features –

  • King-size bed(s) with mosquito net
  • Savannah views (with the exception of Villa 6 which has garden views)
  • Spacious ensuite bathroom(s) with extra-large showers and twin basins
  • Private deck with outside bath
  • Sundeck with sun lounger
  • Hanging swing-bed and outside lounge area
  • Hairdryer
  • Electronic room safe
  • In-room drinks selection
  • Wi-fi Internet
  • Selection of art from the owner’s private collection
  • Personal villa attendant
  • Laundry service

Segera Greenhouse

  • Accommodates up to 4 guests in 2 ensuite bedrooms
  • A stylish and airy new villa with a contemporary feel
  • High-ceilinged central ‘conservatory’ living and dining room
  • Private Gardens
  • Private Dining
  • Private Vehicle

Segera House

  • Accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 ensuite bedrooms
  • A grand double-storey house with expansive living and dining areas
  • Upstairs and downstairs verandas, outside dining area
  • Private Gardens
  • Private Plunge Pool – 6 x 2.5 metres
  • Private Dining
  • Private Vehicle

Segera Farmhouse

  • Accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms
  • The owner’s house – a beautifully-renovated former ranch house
  • Additional single bedroom – ideal for nanny or extra guest
  • Sitting Room, Dining Room, Farmhouse Kitchen, Veranda
  • Private Plunge Pool 5 x 2.5 metres
  • Private Gardens
  • Private Dining
  • Private Vehicle

Outside Spaces and Places

  • 10-acres of gardens and grounds
  • Eat, drink and relax in
    • The Paddock House
    • The Old Stables
    • The Pool Bar area
    • Wine Tower with private dining
    • Stables lounge and bar area with fireplace
  • Wellness Centre including a double spa treatment room
  • Well-equipped gym
  • Mobile massage bed for private in-villa massages
  • Rasul tower with steam bath
  • Salt-water swimming pool – 17 metres
  • Poolside bar and sun loungers
  • Boutique and Shop
  • Art gallery
  • 4Cs Centre with interactive sustainability and conservation exhibitions
  • Botanical gardens with sculptures from the owners African Art Collection
  • Star Deck
  • Airstrip

Activities

  • Day and night game drives
  • Picnics and sundowners
  • Bush breakfasts and lunches
  • Guided bush walks
  • Camel walks
  • C4C Tours
  • Interpretive tour of private art collection
  • Tour of botanical garden
  • Sleep outs
  • Indoor or outdoor movie nights
  • Cultural visits with local communities and schools
  • Wellness centre (gym, spa, Rasul tower)
  • Children’s and family activities

Optional extra activities include –

  • Spending the night at the romantic Nay Palad Bird Nest
  • Fixed wing charters and scenic flights
  • Helicopter excursions to attractions around Northern Kenya

Connectivity

  • Internet wi-fi throughout the property
  • Good cell phone signal

Management and Staff

Key members of the Segera team include
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How to get there

  • Private charters land at the private airstrip alongside the property – flights to and from Nairobi take around 45 minutes and around 55 minutes from the Masai Mara.
  • There are daily scheduled flights on Safarilink and Air Kenya from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Nanyuki airstrip – the flight takes around 1 hour followed by a 90-minute drive to Segera.
  • Driving from Nairobi to Segera takes 4-5 hours.
Location Map

Rates

Standard Season
01 October 2022 to 14 December 2022, 9 January 2023 to 30 June 2023

High Season
01 July 2022 to 30 September 2022, 15 December 2022 to 08 January 2023

All rates are per guest per night

Rates for the exclusive use of Segera Retreat are available on request

Garden Villas 1-6  Adult  Child (3-12) Single Supplement 
Standard Season $1700 $625 $735
High Season $1995 $765 $890
Conservation Fee $195 $95

Garden Villas 1,2,3 and 5 each accommodate up to 2 guests
The Family Villa (Villa 4) and The Garden House (Villa 6) each accommodate up to 4 guests
The Family Villa (Villa 4) and The Garden House (Villa 6) include the use of a private safari vehicle for parties of 4 guests
Private vehicles can be pre-booked at US$ 490 per vehicle per day. Families with children 2 years old and under are requested to book a private vehicle.

Villa Segera Adult Child (3-12)
Standard Season $2400 $915
High Season $2950 $1150
Conservation Fee $195 $95

Villa Segera accommodates up to four guests in two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
Minimum occupancy – 2 guests.  Includes private dining and private safari vehicles

Segera Greenhouse Adult
Child (3-12)
Standard Season  $2400 $915
High Season $2950 $1150
Conservation Fee  $195 $95

Segera Greenhouse accommodates up to four guests in two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
Minimum occupancy – 2 guests.  Includes private dining and private safari vehicles

Segera House  Adult Child (3-12)
Standard Season $2400 $915
High Season $2950 $1150
Conservation Fee $195 $95

Segera House accommodates up to six guests in three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
Minimum occupancy – 2 guests.  Includes private dining and private safari vehicles

Segera Farmhouse  Adult Child (3-12)
Standard Season $2400 $915
High Season $2950 $1150
Conservation Fee $195 $95

Segera Farmhouse accommodates up to six guests in three bedrooms with three bathrooms
Minimum occupancy – 2 guests.  Includes private dining and private safari vehicles

RATES INCLUDE

  • Full-board accommodation and all meals
  • All drinks – both non-alcoholic and alcoholic from a selected wine list
  • Retreat Activities including –
  • Game Drives
  • Guided Walks
  • Art Tours
  • Conservation, Cultural and Community Activities
  • Sleep Outs
  • Visit to a Local Homestead
  • Laundry
  • Wireless Internet
  • Gym
  • Local Taxes

RATES EXCLUDE

  • Nay Palad Bird Nest Experience at $1700 (low season) and $1995 (high season) per guest per night surcharge to normal accommodation rate
  • Wellness treatments in Segera Spa and Rasul Chamber
  • Wines, spirits and champagne from the owner’s selection of imported brands
  • Day trips and excursions outside Segera
  • Helicopter / aeroplane excursions
  • Air and road transfers to and from Segera and any related taxes
  • Gratuities / tips
  • A fully comprehensive travel insurance policy is required for all guests
  • Private guide/pilot/tour leader accommodation is available at $250 per person per night

These rates are for guests who are non-resident in Kenya.  Please contact us for resident rates