Initially opened to showcase the conservation work being carried out to regenerate the degraded landscape, Segera has maintained its ethos as its popularity with visitors has grown. Segera is an immersive experience and this is part of the appeal. Guests can help with reforestation, join rangers on a foot patrol to track animals or gather wild honey in bee suits. Wildlife is also unparalleled here on this 50,000 acre estate.
Segera is a stunning safari retreat in the heart of the Laikipia plains, one of Kenya’s most spectacular wildlife regions. Set on 50,000 acres of private land, Segera offers an exclusive and luxurious escape from the crowds, with only 10 elegant villas and homes scattered around a lush garden. Each villa is eco-conscious and spacious, with a thatched roof, wooden floors, a king-sized bed, a lounge area, an en-suite bathroom and a private deck with a Jacuzzi. Some of the homes also have their own pools, kitchens and dining areas, making them ideal for families or groups. The décor is a blend of African art and contemporary design, with colourful fabrics, sculptures and paintings from the Zeitz Collection.
Segera has plenty of facilities to keep you entertained and pampered, including a salt-water pool, a spa, a gym, a wine tower, a library and a cinema. You can also enjoy delicious meals made from organic produce grown on site, served in various locations such as the main dining area, the stables, the fire pit or the Nay Palad Bird Nest. The Bird Nest is a unique accommodation option that allows you to sleep under the stars in a woven structure resembling a giant bird’s nest, surrounded by wildlife.
The main attraction of Segera is the incredible wildlife that roams freely on the reserve. You can explore the savannah on daily game drives in open-sided vehicles with expert guides, spotting lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, buffaloes and endangered species such as Grevy’s zebras and wild dogs. You can also go on bush walks, horseback rides, camel safaris or helicopter flights for different perspectives of the landscape. Segera also offers cultural and community experiences, such as visiting local schools, villages and markets, learning about the Samburu and Maasai traditions and participating in conservation projects.
Segera is committed to sustainability and social responsibility, using solar power, rainwater harvesting, recycling and composting to minimise its environmental impact. It also supports various initiatives to protect the wildlife and habitats of Laikipia, such as anti-poaching units, wildlife corridors and veterinary services. Segera works closely with the local communities to empower them through education, health care, microfinance and entrepreneurship. Segera also hosts artists-in-residence programs and cultural events to promote African art and creativity.
Laikipia is one of Kenya’s most diverse and scenic regions, with rolling hills, forests, rivers and lakes. It is home to many ethnic groups, such as the Samburu, Turkana and Pokot, who have maintained their traditional lifestyles and customs. Laikipia is also a hotspot for wildlife conservation, hosting the second-largest population of elephants in Kenya and the largest population of endangered black rhinos. Laikipia offers a range of activities for adventurous travellers, such as hiking, biking, fishing, rafting and climbing.
Segera is easily accessible by air or road from Nairobi or other major cities in Kenya. You can fly to Nanyuki or Lewa airstrips and then take a 45-minute charter flight to Segera’s own airstrip. Alternatively, you can drive from Nairobi to Segera in about five hours on well-maintained roads.
The room rate at Segera starts from $1,500 per person per night (all-inclusive), based on double occupancy. The room capacity ranges from two to eight people depending on the villa or home. Segera welcomes children of all ages and has some accessible facilities for guests with disabilities.
Source: Conversation with Bing, 04/10/2023
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