“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.”

WB, USA

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

  • A magnificent, exclusive-use safari house in a spectacular setting
  • Built and furnished in grand traditional ‘Laikipia Baronial’ style
  • Swimming pool, pool house and beautiful gardens
  • Tennis court, gym, games room, media room and more
  • Exceptional game viewing, safari activities, horse riding and walking across 32,000 acres
  • Borana Conservancy is home to the Big Five and many rare and endangered species
  • Managed and staffed with great charm and professionalism
  • Accommodates up to 16 guests in four double, two twin and two children’s twin bedrooms
  • Rates from Ksh 28,000 per adult guest per night ‘full-board’

Accommodation and facilities

  • Four double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • Two twin bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • Two children’s twin bedrooms sharing a bathroom
  • Baronial drawing room with twin fire places
  • Dining room and bar, outside deck with dining table
  • Pool house with dining table
  • Swimming pool, clay tennis court (racquets and balls provided)
  • Extensive gardens, dam
  • Games room, satellite TV, large selection of DVDs, table-tennis room, croquet and boules.
  • Full size electronic keyboard with amplifier, sound system
  • Gym equipped with cardio-machines, weights and yoga equipment
  • Wi-Fi is available across the house
  • Good cell phone signal
  • Guide / pilot double room available in manager’s house

Laragai House sits just 27 kilometres north of the equator and 6,000 feet above sea level within the 32,000-acre Borana Conservancy on the Eastern edges of the Laikipia Plateau. A combination of rugged hilly terrain and sweeping savannahs, Borana’s landscapes epitomise East Africa. The house and its surroundings enjoy panoramic views into the Wamba Mountains of the Northern Frontier District, across Borana Conservancy and up to Mount Kenya.

This unique geographical location makes the Conservancy a haven for a wide diversity of wildlife, with large numbers of buff­alo, eland, hartebeest and sizeable herds of plains game. Rare reticulated giraff­e are commonly seen nibbling the acacias, while the cooler forests shelter bush buck, colobus monkey, the endangered Patas monkey and elephant.

Borana is host to over 50 species of mammal including some of the world’s rarest and most endangered animals, including black rhino, wild dog, leopard, cheetah and lion. For keen ornithologists, Borana is home to over 350 species of birds, including a variety of eagles, vultures and the stunningly bright superb starling. Borana also is host to a working cattle ranch.

By air – there are daily flights to and from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport on Safarilink and Air Kenya to the Lewa Downs airstrip, about 50 minutes’ game drive from Laragai.  Private charters can land at the Borana airstrip, a ten-minute drive from the house.  The house also has a helipad.

By road – Laragai is a 4 or 5 hour drive from Nairobi via Nanyuki and Timau.  The house is about 45 km / 1 hour’s drive beyond Nanyuki.

“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

“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.”  

WB, USA

“Eleven of us ranging in ages from 21 to 60 took over the wonderful Laragai House for a week – it was quite simply the best holiday ever. The accommodation is first class and the staff are absolutely wonderful. Our rooms were kept tidy and welcoming at all times by the house ‘angels’, lighting fires in the evenings and providing us with hot water bottles, and bringing us welcome tea and coffee in the morning before our game drives. The food was excellent all week and the barman makes a mean Bloody Mary! Ekai, Martin and Peter were excellent guides and full of information. We saw a cheetah with cubs, lions with a kill, elephants, buffaloes and all sorts of plain game. All in all an amazing experience – plenty to do for everyone in a simply stunning place. I cannot fault it and very much hope I will get to go back one day.”

Sarah, UK

Exclusive-use stays at Laragai House

  • Minimum – 6 adult guests
  • Minimum stay – 2 nights
  • Children under 5 stay free
  • Maximum occupancy – 16 guests (ideally maximum 12 adults and 4 children)

Standard season – 6th January – 31st May 2021, 11th September – 19th December 2021

  • Ksh 28,000 per resident adult per night
  • Additional adult guest – Ksh 26,000 per night
  • Additional child guest (5-15) – Ksh 12,000
  • Children under 5 stay free

High season 1st June – 10th September 2021, 20th December 2021 – 5th January 2022

  • Ksh 50,000 per resident adult per night
  • Additional adult guest – Ksh 40,000 per night
  • Additional child guest (5-15) – Ksh 20,000 per night

Conservation fees

  • Ksh 4,000 per adult, Ksh 2,000 per child (5-15), No charge for children under 5

Included in your stay

  • Exclusive use of the house, grounds and facilities
  • Full board accommodation
  • Beers, house wines, selected house spirits, soft drinks
  • Local airstrip transfers
  • Games drives, exclusive use of vehicle
  • Sundowner excursions
  • Swimming pool and tennis court
  • Laundry & WiFi
  • Visit to Kisima Floriculture Project
  • Guided bush walks
  • One horse riding excursion per person

Available at additional cost

  • Late departure (with extra lunch) Ksh 3,500 per person
  • Additional horse rides Ksh 8,000 per person per excursion
  • Massage and beauty treatments (please request in advance of your stay)
  • Cultural visits
  • Visits to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
  • Ngare Ndare Forest conservation fee
  • Champagne, premium spirits and cellar wines
  • Helicopter and quad bike excursions

Check-in from 3pm and Check-out by 10 am

These rates, terms & conditions are for resident guests – please contact us for non-resident rates

These rates, terms and conditions are valid for stays up until 5th January 2022

Please contact us to make a booking

Please familiarise yourself with all our terms & conditions when making a booking

The owners require all adult guests to sign an indemnity form on arrival

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