A beautiful private home in the captivating Kenyan Highlands
- Five bedroom suites
- Infinity pool
- Courtyard garden
- Spa and hammam
- Clay tennis court
- Library, games room and cinema
- Two lounges, bar and dining room
- 14 staff
- Daily game drives
- Walks with rhino rangers
- Trail running
- Mountain biking
- Horse riding
- Camel back safaris
- Helicopter excursions
Arijiju is, simply put, one of the most beautiful houses in Africa. An incredible piece of modern architecture, the private-use retreat sits in the rolling Kenyan hills of the Borana Conservancy as if it’s always been there, borrowing elements from Swahili and Ethiopian vernaculars. Arijiju works very closely with other nearby properties and communities to protect the wildlife and migration corridors. Besides those efforts, the lodge itself is also constructed of local materials and makes use of solar power.
Vast wooden doors lead down cloisters and through sun-trapping garden courtyards to a waterhole-overlooking infinity pool and the main house with its expansive living space with a library (which can also function as an office), kitchen, games room and cinema, as well as the grand double-height lounge and dining. Gourmet meals are health focussed, farm to fork affairs enjoyed here, on a sunny terrace, by the pool or perhaps on a rustic picnic or decadent safari dinner. There’s also a charming spa, hammam steam room, gym, yoga studio and hot tub.
Arijiju can sleep up to 10 people in its five beautiful suites. Three are located in the main house while two others are in more private buildings a short walk away. Each is unique but all are bathed in light through vast archways of glass, with grand furniture, fireplaces, copper roll-top baths and outdoor showers.
There is no schedule for guests at Arijiju and there are a plethora of adventures on offer. From private game drives and walking safaris in the game-rich Borana Conservancy. You can also mountain bike or go trail running accompanied by a support vehicle, ride horses, take quad bikes out to fly camp for the night, explore verdant Ngare Ndare Forest, or take a helicopter flight to see the summits of Mount Kenya.
Behind the scenes, 14 staff keep everything running smoothly, the team including butlers, talented chefs, private game rangers, grounds and housekeepers, security and your manageress host Karina along with her two dogs, Lula and Digby.
Protecting the wildlife
The Borana Lewa Conservancy is a leading 90,000-acre conservation area that works with neighbouring ranches and communities in a pioneering approach that gives animals more access to wilderness and migration corridors while tracking roaming lions and elephants to minimise human wildlife conflict. As proof of concept, it is the only part of Kenya where wildlife numbers are increasing. The lodge itself is built of local materials, utilises solar power and places a focus on farm to table dining.