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Kenya Believe It?

by Anthony Lassman Photographed by Durston Saylor
Thursday, August 30, 2018
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Grassy plains, snowcapped mountain peaks, verdant forests, vast deserts and ancient Swahili settlements. Here, in the shadow of Mount Kenya, is a tapestry of African landscape at it finest: the world of Ol Jogi.


An enormous private estate of unparalleled luxury blends harmoniously within a wildlife sanctuary, where magnificent panoramas stretch away in every direction. Home to cheetahs, hartebeests, Grevy’s zebras, lions and wild dogs, all protected by wildlife rangers and a sophisticated security systems, it stretches for thousands of uninterrupted hectares.


On arrival in Nairobi, you are whisked through immigration onto a private charter for a 45-minute trip. From the moment you set down on the estate’s airstrip, you are enveloped by luxury in the wild.


A host of well-trained staff will attend to your every whim. If you’d like a massage, just meander over to the Moroccan hammam and see the resident masseuse. And whatever time you’d like to go on a game drive or lunch, the staff are here to work around your timetable, not theirs. Nothing is set in stone.


Everything waits for you whenever you choose. And you are offered the finest cuisine and wines, exquisite table linens and bathrooms stocked with the best unguents. Time and space are at guests’ disposal—and for us this defines the true concept of what pure luxury is about.


In this vast and beautiful land, Ol Jogi’s owners have created a world-class home. There has been no compromise in quality and comfort, from the enormous “his and hers” bathrooms and separate dressing rooms to the magnificent sitting and entertaining areas, beautiful billiards and games rooms, and well-being facilities.


There are floodlit tennis courts, a swimming pool and opportunities for horse riding. And if you ever tire of the scenery, a five-star mobile camp is at hand to head out into the bush, where you can sleep under the stars. Of course there are game drives over the rocky hills and the open savannah.


The team is always coming up with new ways to surprise and delight their guests. They might take you to an idyllic spot for a picnic lunch or set up sundown drinks and a candlelit dinner in a location offering spectacular views. It is this unstinting attention to guests’ comfort, experience and well-being that marks out this exclusive property as a truly exceptional world-class private estate.


Several days at Ol Jogi can be combined with the contrast of Tanzania’s Serengeti for the ultimate African experience. If time permits, add other destinations in Kenya and discovering the country’s exceptional topography and proud people. It’s a magical journey of discovery and one not to be missed.


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