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Segera Retreat

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Photo: Mike Myers/Courtesy of Segera Retreat

In central Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau—an untrammeled alternative to the Masai Mara—the lush Segera was born out of a partnership between former Puma CEO and environmentalist Jochen Zeitz and the Wilderness Collection of African lodges (also behind Congo’s Odzala Camps, another It List 2013 winner). The property takes its community engagement seriously, offering guests the opportunity to help with reforestation efforts or to monitor the area’s population of endangered patas monkeys and Grevy’s zebras. All these hands-on activities come without compromising luxury, as evidenced in the expert-led game drives around the 50,000 acres of privately owned savanna and the eight thatched-roof villas, with their ebony interiors and contemporary African art.

Room to Book:

Of the five “standard” one-bedroom villas, request No. 5, which features a huge sundown-facing deck and an outdoor bathtub carved out of an African-stone boulder.

Insider Tip:

Take a walk on the wild side and do as Zeitz himself does, going on a walking safari—the better to get up close and personal with the animals, without engine noise scaring them off. (And if you do want to drive, see if Zeitz’s vintage Land Rover or Rolls Royce convertible are available.)

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Family Friendly
  • Green/Eco-Friendly
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Horseback Riding
  • Maid Service
  • Manor/Estate/Villa
  • Parking Available
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Safari Lodge

Year Opened: 2012

Number of Suites: 6

Other:

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