Private Kenyan hideaway for discerning design and nature lovers offers unrivalled safari experiences, world-class wellness and pioneering conservation efforts.
Hewn into a rocky hillside on the Lewa Borana Conservancy in Kenya, Arijiju is an enchanting private house available for exclusive hire for groups of up to ten. Designed by a combination of leading architects and interior designers, this magical home opened in November 2016 and offers world-class wildlife, outdoor adventure and wellness facilities in one of Kenya’s most staggering landscapes, alongside a pioneering approach to conservation.
Blending inconspicuously into the surrounding valley, Arijiju is home to the most sophisticated wellness facilities of any private home in Africa, including a spa, gym, yoga deck, squash and tennis court. The elegant Spa House boasts a vaulted hammam, cold plunge pool, rain shower and monastic treatment room, whilst a well-appointed gym opens up into the wild and contains TRX equipment, a treadmill, rowing machine, spinning bike, free weights and boxing equipment. Outside, a wood-burning hot tub and chill-out space offer meditative views across the valley, and the 25m lap swimming pool is popular with guests and local elephants alike, who often arrive at sunset to quench their thirst. A range of tailored wellness programmes are available to groups and individuals, and guests can opt to work with Arijiju’s range of highly-skilled local trainers and therapists for the entire duration of their stay or design their own bespoke retreat.
Apart from the spa retreat, Arijiju is a sanctuary for African adventure, hidden away in one of Kenya’s most successful conservation reserves and with the nearest neighbour over six kilometres away. To the north and east lie snow-capped mountains, dense forests and sprawling deserts whilst to the south looms Mount Kenya. Alongside the usual 4×4 safaris, Arijiju offers horseback riding, walking, mountain biking, quad biking safaris, in addition to unique ‘running safaris’ along carefully mapped routes. Each offers the chance to spot Africa’s coveted Big Five, as well as Grevy Zebra, reticulated giraffe and cheetah. Further afield, guests can camp amidst the lush interior of the Ndare Ngare jungle, board a helicopter to journey deep into deserts untrodden by tourists in Northern Kenya and fly-fish in otherwise inaccessible lakes on the slopes of Mount Kenya.
A team of 14 resident staff – from knowledgeable guides and rangers to charming butlers and world-class chefs – are on hand to cater to every need. Arijiju’s head gardener is fully trained in permaculture, and the organic garden provides healthy farm-to-fork menus with energy-rich, quality ingredients that regenerate and renew a sense of wellbeing. Breakfast
You can reach Arijiju via a scheduled flight to Lewa Downs (90 minutes from Arijiju) or a private charter to the Borana Airstrip (15 minutes away) or a helicopter directly to the house, or by road transfer (around 4.5 hours drive from Nairobi via Nanyuki).
Arijiju offers rates from $9,000 per night on an exclusive basis for up to six guests, with additional guests charged at $800 per adult per night and children $300. This includes all meals and beverages, Borana or Lewa airstrip transfers, babysitting and laundry facilities, game drives and wilderness walks, mountain biking and bush running with experienced guides, use of tennis and squash courts, gym, yoga deck, hammam and spa, five hours per day of spa treatments and all local taxes.
All visitors are required to pay an additional $175 per adult per night conservation fee to the Borana Reserve. 100% of the conservancy fee goes towards supporting local education, community and wildlife conservation projects.
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