“A beautiful colonial estate in Borana Conservancy, home to the famous ‘Pride Rock’ seen in The Lion King. The twelve of us spent two magical nights here and would return in a heartbeat if we could. The rooms, food and wild animal viewing were spectacular. Horse riding and a search for the protected rhinos are not to be missed. A traditional Sunday curry brunch was beyond delicious, seated out on the deck overlooking the plains below.”
Laragai House “the place to be” sits atop a 3,000-foot escarpment with staggering views of Mount Kenya (17,057 feet) and the Northern Frontier District. Built in the early 1990s as an idyllic weekend retreat by two English Lords, Michael & Valentine Cecil, Laragai is designed and furnished in grand country-house style, with custom-made ebony furniture, Rajasthani carpets, bronzes of rhino and elephant, antique swords mounted on the walls, family photographs and heirlooms, all dominated by large 19th-century gold mirrors and wildlife paintings from all over Africa.
Laragai House prides itself on its exceptional farm-to-table menus, based around locally sourced ingredients from adjacent Kabati Regenerative Farm, a 100-acre organic agriculture operation. Expect fresh fruit, cereal and traditional English breakfasts, tempting homemade light buffet lunches, and three-course dinners in the dining room or under the stars. The combination of the freshest fruit and vegetables with holistically-raised, grass-fed meat from the Conservancy results in delicious and healthy home-style cuisine. All food preferences and allergies can be catered for.
Game viewing begins at the house whose deck overlooks a dam which attracts herds of elephant, buffalo and even prides of lion. Night and day game drives, guided wildlife, birdlife and scenic walks, horse riding for both novice and experienced riders, sundowners, picnics and bush dinners are all available. The house is run with warmth and efficiency by Bimbi Dyer (also of Lamu’s highly recommended Manda Bay Lodge). Bimbi and her exceptional 16-strong team will do all they can to make your stay at Laragai as enjoyable, fun, relaxing and rewarding as possible.
“Thank you for the most incredible Christmas imaginable. The Big Five, carols on Pride Rock, fabulous food and wine – and those amazing views. We have been immersed in natural beauty and kindness. You are all wonderful.”
The Chapple Family, UK