Spotlight on…… Mutamaiyu House!

06/08/2012

Perched on a panoramic hilltop, with hundreds of miles of sun streaked savannah spread out below, Mutamaiyu is a spectacularly refined retreat in one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas – the 49,000 acre Mugie Wildlife Conservancy in Laikipia …..now this is what we call exclusivity.

Laikipia is a vast expanse of wild country divided into a patchwork of enormous ranches. Over the years with cooperation from their owners, these farms were transformed into game reserves and now contain some of the most exclusive lodges in the remotest parts of Kenya.  Why is Mutamaiyu House so different? Just have a look at these USP’s and find out:

1. Totally committed to Conservation.
For over forty years the Hahn family have been committed to Africa’s wildlife and people preserving the delicate ecosystem thereby increasing its population of critically endangered Grevys zebra and Jackson’s Hartebeests. The sanctuary has boosted populations of lion, oryx, elephant, giraffe, cape buffalo, eland, as well as over two hundred unique bird species. Mugie is also a vital part of the local economy providing employment and medical care to the surrounding communities.

2. Only six superb luxury cottages surround the manor house boasting historical furnishings and the private art collection of Gaby Hahn, an internationally acclaimed artist, who draws her inspiration from Mugie’s wildlife and people. All proceeds of her artwork go towards supporting Mugie Primary School.

3. Mugie is one of the core study areas of the ‘Laikipia Predator Project’, a research aimed at improving the conservation of large carnivores throughout Africa. Guests may join in on tracking the lions.

4. Guests may also visit the blood hounds used to track the scent of humans to help with anti-poaching initiatives. These dogs are trained on the ranch and sent all over Kenya. Talk to their handlers about their training and put the bloodhounds to the test by heading out into the bush on foot accompanied by a ranger to see if the dogs will find you! 

5. Walking is a most rewarding wildlife experience, an opportunity to decipher the stories told by animal tracks, learn the defence mechanisms used by the acacia trees, look inside a termites nest or glimpse a feeding elephant.

6. Guests can choose to be a part of the action; They are welcome to participate in vital conservation work.helping our rangers with their daily activities.

7. Guests can enjoy a 9 hole round of golf on Kenya’s most northern golf course set amongst a grove of olive trees. Its two-tier greens challenge even an experienced golfer. The golf course is conveniently fenced so that guests can enjoy a jog or a gentle stroll around the 3.5km track whilst enjoying the views.

From 2004 to 2012 the Mugie Conservancy hosted a healthy rhino population, however early this year all the rhinos were translocated to other conservancies for their own safety. The full story here is a must read.

So…..if you are looking for that special lodge in Kenya to accommodate your conservation minded clients, give us a call or send us an email!

Best regards,

The EAT team

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