Segera Retreat in Kenya embodies a philosophy of living the healthiest and most harmonious of lives, being mindful and thankful for the gift of nature whose wealth we are responsible for leading into tomorrow. Find out why we are in love.
PHOTOS: DAVID CROOKED FOR WILDERNESS SAFARI
The pleasure of the true dreamer does not lie in the substance of the dream, but in this: that there things happen without any interference from his side, and altogether outside his control. Great landscapes create themselves, long splendid views, rich and delicate colours, roads, houses, which he has never seen or heard of…
Karen Blixen, Out of Africa
We’re always on the lookout for fresh new wellness-minded holistic places to introduce to our readers – the kinds of places that make us live for a while in the sun and the wind and fall head-over-heels in vast horizons and wildlife.
Segera Retreat is set in an idyllic 60,000-acre wildlife sanctuary on Kenya’s Lakipia Plateau, the land lying north of the iconic Aberdares mountain range and Mount Kenya that is considered one of Kenya’s richest ecosystems and vital migratory corridor for species like elephant. Segera Retreat with its six timber and thatch villas raised above a profusion of botanical life looking out to Mount Kenya makes a safari holiday a luxurious and romantic experience. Each large, en-suite bedroom has a private sun deck with sun loungers and a swing bed and a Jacuzzi bath, sunk into the deck outside the bedroom. The main lodge welcomes you to make the most of its spa facilities, steam bath, salt-water pool and gym. You can practise yoga at the sunset, admire Africa’s largest private art collection, have a picnic in the middle of the bush, sleep out under the stars in your own private swing bed or take to the air like Streep and Redford in Out of Africa.
6 REASONS WE LOVE THE SEGERA RETREAT
Laikipia is Kenya’s most extensive wildlife haven after the Masai Mara and part of Ewaso ecosystem. Segera’s land forms part of migratory corridor for elephants and is home to lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, eland and a wealth of plains game. The number of bird species recorded in the area totals 365.
Segera Retreat operates on what is called the 4Cs policy: conservation, community, culture and commerce, four categorical pillars for the operational relationship between the land and the people. In order for the outstanding quality of the Kenyan safari to be maintained, it is imperative that the tourism development does not negatively impact the wildlife sanctuary that is hosted on these most beautiful savannahs. The local people who live simply and naturally off the Earth must be able to sustain their livelihoods. Guest at the Segera can take part in conservation projects and engage with local community by planting indigenous trees, taking part in daily tracking and monitoring of the endangered Patas monkey or Grévy’s zebra, visiting the villages and learning about the agricultural, beading and rainwater-harvesting projects that have been initiated.
They run on solar energy and water is sustainably harvested and recycled.
A range of treatments and massages can be enjoyed in the privacy of guests’ villas or at the spa. An array of scrubs (made from soil, salt and local spices), full body therapies and massage treatments help guests unwind in luxury and comfort amidst the peace and beauty of Segera’s surroundings. A Kenyan spa expert with international experience manages the exclusive offering at Segera, ensuring that all oils are blended with herbs from the garden and that body wraps and detox treatments use locally grown ingredients.
When it comes to dining at Segera, fresh ingredients are sourced from local farmers and what is not grown or raised on their ow land is grown on neighbouring farms and ranches, providing a mutually beneficial relationship with local growers, minimising a carbon footprint and encourgaing sustainable practices for now and for the future.
Spend a magical and romantic evening out on your swing bed in the botanical garden or at the cattle ranch and soak up the African night.