Segera Retreat: A Review

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The great migration has finally arrived in Kenya where the Mara River takes centre stage each year for one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles. The Masai Mara boasts the highest concentration of wildlife in Kenya and is a wish list destination for most first-time safari travellers. Yet there are many other regions to explore and some, where unlike the Mara, you’ll barely see another soul during your visit.

Against the backdrop of Mount Kenya, Laikipia is largely comprised of private ranches and conservancies, and offers some of the most exclusive accommodations in the country. Segera Retreat is one of these – a 50,000-acre eco-ranch belonging to Jochen Zeitz, philanthropist, conservationist and founder of Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA.

“Retreat” summarizes Segera perfectly. There are seemingly endless plains of honey-coloured grasses still long from this year’s abundant rainy season and accented by whistling thorn acacias. The entrance to the lodge is quite inconspicuous. No immediate sign of the exquisitely-planted tropical gardens, compelling collection of art and artefacts, sumptuous villas and beautifully-appointed spa. Yet this is Kenya’s most sophisticated lodge and they have spared no expense where the finest details are concerned. Guest interaction is measured with precision and private dining throughout the property means they completely avoid the communality which isn’t usually favoured by guests travelling at a certain level. Each villa has its own housekeeper, wildlife guide and assigned waiter, so the same questions need never be asked twice. Even before you’ve stepped through the doors everyone knows your name by heart and extends the welcome one might expect for a friend or guest of many years. There is just the right balance between distance and familiarity. Jens Kozany is a superb General Manager and his approach to hospitality aligns him with the very best in the industry. With an amazing ability to make everything seem completely effortless, nothing is ever too much trouble, there is no such word as “no”.

Location-wise Segera is well-placed for helicopter trips to Mount Kenya, Lake Turkana, the Suguta Valley and Matthews Range and we particularly recommend sequencing it at the end of a trip to unwind and completely self-indulge. Contact us at info@anotherafrica.com to plan the ultimate Kenyan wildlife and cultural experience.