The property boasts panoramic views over sprawling savanna rich in wildlife. Privately owned and operated, Mutamaiyu comprises the large communal house and six guest cottages, which can be booked on an individual or exclusive basis.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Mutamaiyu House is situated in the Mugie wildlife conservancy, in North Laikipia, on top of a hill! Mugie Sanctuary is located almost 300 kilometres from Nairobi, and it’s accessible via flight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Guest accommodation at Mutamaiyu consists of six cottages, all built using the same materials as the main house. The cottages are individually furnished and very well appointed overall. Each has a bedroom containing a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, some art and artefacts, and a warming fireplace for chilly nights! The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, washbasin, shower, and bath. As mentioned, there’s room for at least one extra bed in all cottages. Many of the cottages have Wi-Fi access and all have spectacular mountain views!
At an elevation of 1,800 metres, the property has been described as ‘Heaven on a Hill’! Surrounded by the olive trees that inspired the name Mutamaiyu, the main house is a charming timber-and-stone structure with a makuti-thatch roof. Inside, the communal lounge features super-comfy sofas and armchairs around a central coffee table, occasional tables set with elegant lighting, bookshelves full of interesting reading material, a few intriguing artefacts, and a lovely cosy fireplace. The dining room has a fireplace too, in addition to a large table flanked by smart upright chairs, an impressive chandelier, and wide windows with views over the wildlife conservancy. Mutamaiyu also has numerous verandas, perfect for relaxing and marvelling at the scenery! The house’s grounds are beautifully kept, and include a sparkling cliff-top swimming pool and adjacent bar.
Mutamaiyu offers a great range of activities – game drives, bush walks, school visits, village visits, painting and sketching, ranch days, and golf. Drives are available by day and by night, and there’s lots of wildlife to see in the Mugie conservancy! All Big Five are in residence – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. Other predators include cheetah, hyena, civet, genet, aardvark, aardwolf, jackal, and wild dog. The herbivore count features Grevy’s and Burchell’s zebras, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, eland, impala, dik-dik, and gerenuk. Keen birders can look out for over 250 species of feathery friend, not least Mugie specials such as martial eagle, Denham’s bustard, and four-banded sandgrouse.
Close encounters of this treasure trove can be enjoyed on bush walks, which are also an opportunity to check out the insect life and plant life of the conservancy. Nature lovers will also be thrilled to join in with the ‘Laikipia Predator Project’, which involves tracking lions, and also to check out the Mugie Sanctuary. Travellers who like to combine their safari with a little culture will love visiting Mugie Primary School and a local Pokot village, to learn about the people’s history and to experience their daily lives.
If you are feeling artistic during your stay in Mugie, you can do a little painting and sketching with accomplished painter Susannah Mortensen. You can get to know the ranch too, through helping out with the livestock and watching a demonstration of the canine anti-poaching team. There’s even a golf course here! With six holes, three sets of tees, and a replica apiece of mounts Kenya and Kilimanjaro, the course never fails to entertain. And watch this space! In August 2009 the construction of a dam was completed in Mugie, and today this is a lake, soon to provide bass and other fishing for guests of Mutamaiyu.