Sometimes it is difficult to find the words to express just how fabulous a place is. It almost feels like you ought to be waxing lyrical and using poetic words to describe where you have been so that your readers are enticed to visit, but as I have mentioned in previous posts, travel for me has become a lot about the feelings that have been evoked in a place because ultimately, how you feel about a place is what leaves a lasting impression. This post has been long overdue and I am guilty of procrastination in writing it but even as I sit and reminisce, I am taken back to a little slice of paradise in the plains of Laikipia, Central Kenya, to Segera Ranch: a property that makes you have several “pinch me, is this real” moments because you feel like you have stepped into the pages of Conde Nast Traveller and are in a dream!!!
Set in a private conservancy amidst lions, cheetah, elephants and other wildlife, Segera is the kind of place you go to for true escapism, to get off the beaten track and away from the masses: making this the very definition of a hidden gem. Acres of beautifully manicured botanical gardens with cascading waterfalls, bespoke, luxurious safari chic villas that those with a keen eye for detail will appreciate, timeless memorabilia and a modern art collection are just the tip of the iceberg of treasures to be found. Segera is the epitome of luxury and I count myself amongst the lucky few that have experienced the magic this bespoke property in Kenya holds.
Footsteps in Segera…My Story
The large iron gates with “Segera” sculpted across swing open, beckoning the start of a new adventure. I am excited because I have heard so much about this place and I cannot wait to be spending the next couple of days at this private ranch, rumoured to be the epitome of luxury. I am not disappointed. The staff are waiting to welcome us as we drive in, and I can feel the warmth in their smiles as everyone gathers around to shake hands and usher us into this fabulous oasis in the midst of the parched Laikipia plains.
Jens, the general manager is happy to show us the stunning ranch and we cannot stop admiring every facet of the property. From the main farmhouse, to the wine tower, stables, Villa Segera, Segera House and the individual villas, every detail has been thought of and executed to perfection with the discerning, chic luxury traveller in mind and the elegant touches do not go unnoticed. If I were to describe Segera in one word: it would be exquisite. It certainly would be deserving of the accolade of the most luxurious property in Laikipia that I have set footsteps in so far.
I am super stoked checking in to our private villa, set in the botanical gardens and overlooking the savannah that forms part of the 50,000 acres that make up this ranch. A warm welcome awaits: personalised chalkboards and a letter from Jens in the most beautiful handwriting, the same penmanship that adorns the labels of goodies that can be found in the room. The furnishing in the villa is decadent yet subtle enough to be cosy and our bathroom, with its twin sinks and open shower looking out onto the plains is something I would love to replicate in my dream holiday home someday!
My favourite part of our villa has to be our wooden deck with a fluffy daybed and a sunken jacuzzi overlooking the savannah. I perch on the daybed and soak it all in for a few minutes: the silhouette of Mt. Kenya visible in the distance, birds chirping away, the gentle breeze that whistles across the arid and parched land, rustling the poky cactus fence that separates the ranch from the plains. Within an hour of checking in, I am ready to throw in the towel of corporate life and retire in Segera to while away my days honing in my creativity and hopefully writing something fabulous…
Segera is full of endless intricacies and I feel like my entire time here has been one of discovery. From admiring the décor and uninterrupted views of the Laikipia plains from Segera House, the signature villa with its own private plunge pool, to ambling around in the beautifully manicured gardens and appreciating the glorious flora and fauna and art that is carefully placed around, to pottering around in the lounges in Villa Segera and the Farmhouse and gawking at memorabilia that honours the past and to spending time by the salt water pool and soaking in the sunshine. Bliss.
I love that there are plenty of cosy places to sit and soak in the gorgeousness around. The decorative style is contemporary mixed with classic: from large sofas in the farmhouse to smaller ones in the stables, with touches like cookery books and other bits and bobs artfully placed to give the whole place an opulent feel that is still cosy and makes it feel like home away from home. Indeed, Segera feels like a palatial oasis where no detail has been overlooked.
I also love that Segera honours creativity. Villa Segera’s main bedroom is simply stunning and I fall in love with the décor and want to move in! One of my favourite rooms in this villa is the lounge that dedicated to the amazing photographer Michael Poliza and aptly named the Poliza Room. I could spend hours in this gallery alone: it is wanderlust inducing with a fabulous collection of Michael Poliza’s photographs and coffee table books.
Segera follows the principles of wellness and holistic living, and so the food is organic from farm to table. We have several amazing meals out here, with the chef paying particular attention to ensuring that we have all we want and more. Jens is the perfect host and we have our meals in different places every day, which enable us to have a well- rounded experience of the culinary delights that Segera has to offer. Breakfast overlooking Mt. Kenya on the terrace of the farmhouse, lunch by the pool in Villa Segera one day and by the main salt water pool the next, dinner in the stunning dining room in The Stables…there is no time to get bored out here…
….and indeed, there is lots to do other than just switch off. Join me in my next post to see what else there is to do, and all the fantastic treasures that are to be found at Segera! Until then, Happy Wanderlusting! xoxo
Another beautifully written account of your stay at an exquisite place. The descriptions made me feel like I was there and now cannot wait to experience it in person. Waiting in anticipation of the next blog on the activities. Three questions:
1) How many nights would you recommend staying there?
2) What time of the year did you visit?
3) How does the property compare to Sasaab in terms of the rooms- more luxurious?
Thank you so much Kamal and Purvi! Glad you enjoyed this! Answers to your questions:
1)I would recommend a minimum of 3 nights at Segera;
2)We visited in April so the weather was really pleasant. Warm days, chilly nights and lots of wildlife.
3)Segera and Sasaab are unique in their own ways. They are both luxurious and high end, however the main difference would be the private plunge pools in every room in Sasaab, and the art decor in Segera.
Gosh this looks amzing. Adding it to my bucket list and your subbing to your awesome blog
Hello Nadine! Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by! So glad you enjoyed this, thank you so much for subbing and for your support! Segera is really something else…I hope you get to visit soon!
Wow this is so interesting. There’s alot Segera has to offer. I already feel like coming to have First hand Experience myself. You didn’t left any stone unturned. Funny enough I’m a Nigerian from Africa, I didn’t know such place exists… Thanks for the light you’ve shared.
Thank you so much Nicholas! Yes, Segera does have so much to offer and is a very special property. I am happy to read you experienced it vicariously through me but I do hope you get to experience it in person when you visit Kenya some day!
Segera looks idyllic Harpreet! I think I’m in love just be reading your post and would love to see it in person! I can only imagine it’s beauty in real life! Seriously got me wanderlusting now!
Awww Bejal, thanks so much love! You have to put this on your itinerary when you come to Kenya! Glad you enjoyed the post xoxo
An absolutely breathtaking piece of text, accompanied by phenomenal photography. I will forever say this, you have a way with words that just allow us, readers, to escape and embark on your amazing journeys and footsteps across the globe 🙂
Thank you so much my lil Harks for stopping by and for your sweet comment! Glad you enjoyed the post! xoxo
Wow! Looks amazing, perfect for relaxation! Did the place had also animals?
Thanks Annemarie! Yes, there was a lot of wildlife – elephants, buffalo, hyena, lions, common game like antelope, common zebra and also the endangered Grevy’s Zebra. I will be capturing this in my next post on Segera xoxo
Segera is beautiful and so is your writing ? new subscriber here
Awww thank you so much Wanjiru, so glad you stopped by! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, and I am so happy to hear you enjoy the content. I hope you stay a while :):) xoxo
Segera is beautiful and so is your writing ?