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Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

Governors' Il Mugie Camp

Admire the wildlife of this private conservancy

Explore the land of Laikipia

Set on a private 50,000 acre-wide conservancy in Laikipia, Governors’ Il Mugie Camp allows you to explore the vast landscape and come face-to-face with the rare northern rangeland species that call this place home. During your stay in one of the eight stone cottages, you’ll be able to enjoy refreshing cocktails around a cracking log fire within the main house, or indulge on a creative menu prepared with ingredients sourced from the camp’s own vegetable garden.

Take a dip in the infinity pool or dine alfresco pool-side as you look out to the waterhole set in front of Governors’ Mugie. Here you’ll be able to watch as wildlife such as elephants and giraffes wander up for a drink.

Activities at Governors’ Mugie include traditional shared game drives with a dedicated, highly qualified and experienced guide, or you can treat yourself to a spot of self-care at the camp’s spa if you don’t fancy heading out. You can also enjoy the open air and vivid scenery on Mugie Conservancy’s nine-hole golf course.

Highlights

8 stone cottages give sweeping views over the Laikipia plains and to Mt Kenya

Embark on game drives to spot species such as Grevy’s zebras and Jackson’s hartebeests

Relax in the cool waves of the infinity pool

Admire the expansive views across the Laikipia plains

Tee-off on the 9 hole golf course

The impact of your stay:

  • Governors’ Mugie Camp is one of two small tourism properties on the Mugie Conservancy, a 50,000-acre area of ecological importance. It collaborates with local communities to protect and conserve the land and its wildlife, including endangered species. The camp pays monthly lease fees to the conservancy and nightly bednight fees for each guest, supporting the ongoing success of this conservation project.
  • The camp actively supports local wildlife conservation efforts through its partnership with Mugie Conservancy. Recent projects include deploying lion collars to address human-animal conflict, participating in reticulated giraffe research with The Giraffe Conservation Foundation, establishing a vulture-safe feeding site, and making substantial donations to the Grevy’s Zebra Trust.
  • The Mugie Conservancy’s community outreach team conducts weekly wildlife and conservation education mentorship sessions at Mugie Primary School. The success of this programme has led to an expansion into other schools. These talks address challenging topics such as sexual health, early marriages, teen pregnancies, STDs, and drug abuse. The aim is to educate children on diverse subjects, including careers, menstruation, self-awareness, poaching, tourism, and environmental care.
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Solio Private Reserve

Solio Lodge
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Samburu

Sasaab Lodge
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