GOVERNORS' MUGIE HOUSE – MUGIE CONSERVANCY - LAIKIPIA
Mugie House is located within Mugie Conservancy - a private wildlife conservancy in Laikipia of almost 50’000 acres hosting an array of impactful community and conservation programs.
Mugie House offers a wonderful variety of activities explore and enjoy the conservancy’s vast landscapes and outstanding wildlife.
Mugie Conservancy is at the forefront of modern conservation models operating as a low-impact cattle ranch alongside preserving the delicate eco-systems. Cutting edge community grazing and livestock trading programmes have engaged the local community as stakeholders in the protection and conservation of Mugie. Also supporting wildlife research by Cheetah and Wild Dog Project and Lion Landscapes - Mugie Conservancy is a successful 21st century model of profitable conservation.
Mugie House is located in the private Mugie Conservancy in Laikipia, northern Kenya. Most ssheduled flights are to Loisaba Airstrip and there is a 90 minute transfer to Mugie House. The road transfer from Nanyuki take s approximately 3 hours.
Perched on a hill are eight stone cottages each with sweeping views of the Laikipia landscape and to Mt Kenya. A large main house with open log fires will host guests for relaxing cocktails and meals prepared from a creative menu with ingredients sourced from the house’s vegetable garden. An infinity pool offers lovely shaded areas and a casual alfresco dining area and a waterhole set in front of Mugie House attracts a variety of wildlife with a hide to offer some close encounters and photo opportunities.
There are 6 twin or double ensuite stone cottages which are furnished with fireplaces and luxurious baths. Each enjoys an expansive view over the landscape or over the colourful Mugie House garden.
Two Suites enjoy a private plunge pool on their verandas with views out over the Laikipia plains and the family Cottage has ensuite double and twin rooms which are interconnected by a spacious lounge area and a wide veranda with private plunge pool.
Mugie House welcomes children of all ages – special children’s meals and early mealtimes are available. The Family cottage sleeps up to four and cot beds, high chairs and baby-sitting service are available on request.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
Covering almost 50'000 acres, Mugie Conservancy provides a key wildlife access route between the Laikipia plateau, the Mathews Range and the Samburu lands to the north and east. Vast acacia-dotted savannahs, scrubland and olive forests are a haven to a multitude of wildlife in plentiful numbers, including all the big cats, buffalo, elephants and endemic northern Kenyan species such as Grevy's Zebra, Jackson's Hartebeet and Reticulated Giraffe.
Day and Night Game Drives - traditional shared game drives with a dedicated, highly qualified and experienced guides are available daily. Explore the varying landscape of Mugie from the dam to olive tree forests and acacia scrubland which are host to a wealth of diverse wildlife including northern endemic species Grevy Zebra, Jackson's Hartebeest, Reticulate Giraffe and Gerenuk.
Tala the Reticulated Giraffe - At just a few days old Tala was brought to Mugie Conservancy by a local herder after she began following his herd of goats. She was cared for by Margaret, who quickly became her surrogate mother. Now four years old she wanders freely within the conservancy.
Mugie Dam - the third largest private dam in Kenya - Mugie Dam in the heart of the conservancy is an important water source for the wildlife and birdlife. Bring a fishing rod and a cool box of refreshing drinks and while some time away at the dam's edge trying to catch tilapia and catfish.
Anti-Poaching Unit - Mugie Conservancy's anti-poaching team is headed up by the Mugie bloodhounds and their handlers. Visit their headquarters to learn about the work they do.
Big Cat Tracking - research on predators in the area has seen a cheetah and a lion collared in order to monitor their movements and better understand where interactions occur that can lead to human-wildlife conflict. Head out with the researchers to track these big cats and learn more about the work being done to allow pastoralists and wildlife to live alongside each other.
Sundowners and Bush Picnics - Mugie's undulating landscape offers some excellent lookout points for a perfect sundowner or bush picnic.
Guided Bush Walks - get up close with nature on a foot safari and experience the untamed beauty of the Laikipia region. Being out of a car will allow you to get down to the same level as the wildlife and the smaller creatures that inhabit this incredible ecosystem.
Waterhole Hide - a hide has been set up near the waterhole in front of Mugie House. Take some drinks and snacks and enjoy a few hours watching the and photographing the wildlife.
Golfing - Mugie Conservancy has a 9-hole golf course - the golf course is also a good place for a walk or jog, or a spot of birdwatching.
Ranching and Farming - you are welcome to visit the ranching and farm operations to understand how each functions alongside securing essential habitat for wildlife.
MUGIE HOUSE IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
THE HOUSE IS FAMILY FRIENDLY AND WELCOMES CHILDREN OF ALL AGES