22-26 November

Arijiju for Carissa and the Custodians

Your adventure

A private paradise

In a spot specially chosen for its sunrise, sunset and Mount Kenya views in Laikipia’s beautiful Borana Conservancy, Arijiju is one of Africa’s finest private safari properties. A fabulous space for the group to unwind with plenty of scope for adventure.

Partly inspired by Ethiopia’s rock-cut churches and a 12th-century French abbey, Arijiju is hewn from the hillside, with a dramatic pathway leading to an imposing Lamu door and chic sanctuary beyond. Surrounding the arched cloister and courtyard garden, over 2000 square meters of living space includes five generous suites, a cinema, games room, library, spa, bar, and a vast living and dining area, all decorated with a subdued mix of bespoke handcrafted furniture and antiques sourced from around the world. The infinity pool overlooks a waterhole below and a roof terrace has the best vista of all.

We can completely tailor your time here. The experiences and suggested itinerary below are just a suggestion of what's possible.

Facts

At a glance

  • Five suites

  • Living area, dining room, cinema, games room, library and bar

  • Swimming pool, tennis and squash courts

  • Spa, gym and yoga deck

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Experiences

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    Rhino tracking

    Rhino tracking is an extraordinary and emotive experience. Guests wake up with the dawn and head out to meet the rhino rangers, expertly trained security guards who have dedicated their lives to protecting these endangered and magnificent creatures.

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    Helicopter flights

    There are some extraordinary landscapes to discover from the air, from Mount Kenya’s peaks to forested valleys, desert dunes and flamingo covered lakes. Touch down in remote and locations to meet local people, swim, fish and hike.

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    Walking and running

    Go trail running, hiking and walking in the pristine African wilderness. There are several different routes with varying degrees of difficulty and options are discussed and planned with the managers and guides. All running and walking is accompanied by a ranger, support vehicle and spotter.

Your itinerary

22nd November

On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you’ll be met and escorted to a private charter aircraft for a short flight north to the Borana Conservancy and your first night at Arijiju.

23rd November

After a sunrise yoga session, join the Borana Conservancy rangers first thing in the morning to track and identify rhinos. Viewing such large creatures on foot provides an exhilarating experience as well as an insight into the life of a member of the Borana Conservancy anti-poaching team.

24th November

Today is a real adventure. Take to the sky in a helicopter for an epic flight to see Mount Kenya’s peaks, a hike on sacred Mount Ololokwe and a visit to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, the first community-owned elephant orphanage in Africa and a truly inspiring place. Finally, touch down at a remote spot in Samburu Country for a very special night fly camping under the stars surrounded by the wilderness.

25th November

Fly back for your last full day at Arijiju. Head out on game drives or walks, explore on horseback or mountain bike, relax in the spa or even take a spin in neighbouring Lewa’s famous Waco biplane.


26th November

A charter aircraft will take you all back to Nairobi in time for your homeward flights.

Community & Culture

One of the core objectives of Borana Conservancy on which Arijiju is situated is managing the interactions between humans and wildlife. With this in mind, they not only invest in the protection of wildlife with rangers on the ground, but they also help to build local livelihoods. Borana has always shared the benefits of tourism with its neighbours and helped change the perception of wildlife by increasing its potential value. They do this by supporting the development of various community tourism enterprises, including a mobile health clinic and the Borana Education Support Programme.

Conservation

In 2007 the Dyer family which owns Borana Conservancy decided to commit all retained earnings to support conservation activities. Its aim is to make conservation a long-term viable option through business resilience, strong community connections, and providing a habitat for the region’s most endangered species.

The land to build Arijiju was leased from Borana’s owner Michael Dyer on the condition that the profits made from paying guests would be reinjected into protecting wildlife, notably the conservancy’s successful rhino project and other conservation initiatives. The conservancy, along with neighbouring Lewa, is home to 14% of Kenya’s endangered black rhinos and works closely with the Kenya Conservancies Association and Northern Rangelands Trust. Constant biodiversity studies and species surveys are conducted here and plans are in place to protect threatened species. A team of 120 rangers employed from local communities has helped stave off poaching incidents in recent years.

Footprint

Borana Conservancy is committed to achieving and maintaining energy efficiency and minimizing carbon footprint on the environment and surrounding community. The house is fully powered by solar energy, recycles all grey water, uses minimal plastic, and uses a borehole to provide all drinking water.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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