Mukima House, Nanyuki, Laikipia
A beautifully restored 75-year old mansion in its own 360-acre private conservancy – magnificent Mukima House is the perfect setting for a wedding or house party, the ideal base from which to explore some of Kenya’s most spectacular scenery and wildlife, and a wonderfully relaxing and luxurious destination in its own right.
Mukima House was built on a grand scale in the 1940s - and has been recently rescued, rebuilt and refurbished to the highest standards. Owned and managed by the same team as Lamu’s acclaimed Kizingoni Beach, Mukima enjoys the same exceptional standards of service and hospitality. Here you can unpack your bags and spend your holiday relaxing in the comfort and privacy of your own splendid home, visiting the many local game parks and attractions as and when you please.
Standing on a 360 acre private conservancy, with wonderful views of Mount Kenya and the surrounding countryside, Mukima comfortably accommodates 14 people in 7 ensuite first floor bedrooms. Downstairs accommodation includes an imposing entrance hall, central courtyard, drawing room and dining rooms with log fires, wrap-around verandas for outside dining and reclining, study/library with broadband internet, satellite television, dvd and games room. A first floor terrace facing the mountain is perfect for scenic sundowners.
Mukima’s attentive staff will discreetly ensure that your every requirement is met. Meals are a delicious combination of international dishes and local farmhouse food – fresh and wholesome, they make the most of local and home-grown organic produce. The Mukima team are also experienced at organising and catering for weddings, garden parties, conferences and corporate events.
Outside there is a 4x14 metre oval swimming pool, a children’s pool, pool house with covered eating area, bar, sauna and exercise room with massage area. The clay tennis court sits to the rear of the house and has a shady pergola for spectators. Croquet and badminton are played on the expansive lawns in front of the house. Walking and nature trails lead through the estate and down to the lake where there is boating and fishing. Inside the house there is a table-tennis and games room for children.
Mukima is also a paradise for ornithologists and attracts over 200 species of bird. The large dam in front of the house, fed by ground water from Mount Kenya, is a haven for egrets, ibis, storks, pelicans, various ducks and two breeding pairs of crested crane. Small herds of impala, reedbuck, steinbuck and bushbuck are breeding on the farm, with zebra and warthogs due to arrive soon.
Laikipia is one of Africa’s most exciting wilderness safari destinations - combining abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery and extraordinary cultural diversity. The ‘Laikipia experience’ comes largely free of the constraints that apply in national parks and reserves. Night game drives, nature walks, bike tours, horse-riding and camel treks - prohibited in most parks - are just some the exhilarating activities on hand, and the team at Muikma will be pleased to organise excursions, game drives and cultural visits to neighbouring game conservancies, safari lodges and private ranches. Riding, climbing, trekking, flying, white-water rafting, fly-fishing, polo, golf, mountaineering and many other sports and activities are also available close by. For more information on the flora and fauna and conservation of the region please visit http://www.laikipia.org/
Mukima House is just 10km away from the busy market town of Nanyuki which still retains a distinctly old-fashioned charm. Nanyuki sits almost on the Equator and is home to the Kenyan Air Force, to the British Army in Kenya, to a new arts centre, and to numerous good places to eat and to shop. Communications with the outside world are excellent - with three scheduled flights a day to and from Nairobi on Air Kenya, Safarilink and Fly540.