Laikipia Safari Elegance
Set on top of a hill in splendid isolation, Mugie House commands a stunning view of the conservancy’s plains and forests. Mugie House began its life as a family home. Today it combines the comfort of home with a sense of elegance and grandeur. With six ensuite African style thatched cottages, the House accommodates a maximum of twelve guests. Whether you spend your days lounging by the pool, playing golf, on game drives, or enjoying any of the other activities available, you can count on a welcoming log fire, and excellent service when you return home to Mugie House.
- WILDLIFE - Mugie has thriving populations of Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Impala, Eland, Reticulated Giraffe, Zebra, and the endemic Grevy Zebra, Jackson’s Hartebeest and Biesa Oryx. Mugie’s reservoir plays daily host to herds of playfully bathing elephant; an enchanting scene to observe from a nearby kayak.
- CULTURE – Visits to local Pokot and Samburu community villages.
- CONSERVATION - Training exercises with anti-poaching bloodhounds. Participation in the Laikipia Predator Project. learn about how more efficient livestock management practices benefit community and wildlife conservation working hand in hand.
Mugie house boasts a lavish sitting room, high ceilinged verandas and a large dining room situated in a prime viewing area for the waterhole below where day and night the interaction of wildlife present a wonderful spectacle. A short walk through the impeccable gardens takes you to a cliff-top swimming pool and bar with stunning views.
Mugie house comfortably accommodates 12 guests in six African style cottages, traditionally thatched using "makuti" (palm leaves) over a vaulted wooden frame. Our spacious cottages, all with en-suite bathrooms (including both shower and bath) have a comfortable sitting area with a log fire.
- Game drives
- Guided walks
- Bush Breakfast/Picnic Lunch
- Cultural Visits
- Mugie Ranch Activities
- Anti-poaching bloodhound walks & demonstration
- Camel Treks
Mugie Ranch is diverse in flora and fauna. The Conservancy is home to around seventy species of mammals including lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, elephant, eland, giraffe, zebra, hyena, impala, and warthog. There are many rare and endangered species residing on Mugie, including the Grevy’s Zebra and Jackson’s Hartebeest.
The dam at Mugie was completed in 2009 when the construction of the 500-meter long dam wall was finished and a flash flood filled the dam overnight. As Kenya’s third largest private dam, the reservoir is 156 acres and holds 1.3 billion litres of water. The dam plays a huge role in the ecosystem, providing a year-round source of water, so animals have somewhere to drink, even in the height of the dry season. There is a big population of tilapia and catfish, both introduced, in the dam and so fishing is a rewarding activity.
“The Laikipia Predator Project” is a research study that strives to improve the conservation of large carnivores by tracking their movement and behaviour. For the past ten years, Mugie has been one of the core study areas and several of the lions here are collared. At Mugie we help the predator project by finding the lions and monitoring their location and activity. Each lion has its unique personality and regular tracking allows us to get to know them. We have also been able to find them when they’ve just had cubs. It’s such a privilege to see the pride and such young cubs on a regular basis. We are fortunate have one of the highest lion density populations in Laikipia.
As the border areas of reserves and parks are developed, predators and humans come in to conflict with each other. This conflict is usually due to shrinking habitats and the lions often find the domestic livestock an impossible temptation. So where lions may hunt a person’s livelihood, humans pose a great threat to the lion as they often then kill a lion or leopard out of retaliation.
Laikipia District is one of the few areas where people, livestock, and predators co-exist. By studying this co-existence the aim is to further understand how it is possible, and make its continuation feasible by developing and discovering animal husbandry practices and techniques to manage the mutual threats.
“To accomplish great things, we mustn’t only work but dream, not only plan, but believe.” -Anatoli France
Sheila’s passion for the hotel industry began 10 years ago while working at a private luxury island lodge, she has had the privilege to work in luxury hotels with high maintenance guests and turning them into loyal returning friends. She believes that each guest when planning a holiday has their own unique expectation and preference, and her main goal is to ensure that each guest’s expectation is met and exceeded. She has mastered the art of guest satisfaction and to her hospitality is not a skill gained from training but is in-born. Sheila is an East African at heart, born in Kenya, she attended High school in Kampala, Uganda and moved to Tanzania soon after, she has a bachelor’s in Tourism management and a master in international hospitality management from the University of Derby UK. She prefers to be in the bush listening to nature than in the hustle and bustle of the city. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, travelling to new locations, deep sea diving and reading. She hopes to visit all the African countries.
The ALL INCLUSIVE rates at Mugie House are split into 2 seasons:
REGULAR Season (5th January -30th April 2018 Jun, 1st September - 30th October 2018, 1st December – 17th December 2018): $592 per adult per night (plus conservation fees)
PEAK Season (1st July – 1st September 2018, 18th December to 4th January 2019): $692 per adult per night (plus conservation fees)
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