The unique setting, the silent and the evocative sounds of Africa, make the Mukutan Retreat an exclusive hideaway for discriminate travellers, in simple yet extremely sophisticated comfort. Built in elegant African style, using local stone, native woods and papyrus thatch, each cottage is original in layout and d?®cor.The Mukutan Retreat featured in Architectural Digest, when just opened, May 1995.
Mukutan means "the meeting" and it is here that the fingers of surrounding hills meet. A staggering amount and variety of wildlife, including black rhino and over 470 species of birds make of this one of the most extraordinary destination for people seeking total exclusivity.The conservancy is run holistically and the spirit of the land is very powerful and healing.
Three traditional dwellings perched at the edge of the gorge, offer accommodation with double beds, a spacious bathroom, a fireplace and private verandahs. A central lounge and dining area has the atmosphere of a private home, furnished with rare antiques, sophisticated Africana, individually selected items.
A stunning resort for 12/14 people,Lodging is provided by three traditional dwellings, perched at the edge of the gorge and patterned after native African rondavels.. ROOM DCOR: Each is dressed with Swahili and Lamu furniture and built of local stone, papyrus and native woods.ROOM AMENITIES: Each hut offers luxurious accommodations with double beds, a fireplace and a private veranda overlooking the cliffs. The six enormous tents, three with two large queen beds each, and three withromantic four-poster beds, are sheltered by a sloping tent -like roof and erected on red cedar terraces.
SPECIAL FEATURE:Very recently Stone Age and Iron Age archaeological remains of immense potential value which have now been officially investigated by The National Museums of Kenya- have been discovered in Ol ari Nyiro. Makena's Hills and the Mukutan Retreat in Ol ari Nyiro have both been awarded a green tick by the Green Globe Award organization in recognition ofenvironmentally responsible activities and eco-tourism.
From fresh, organic ingredients all locally grown on the ranch, and fish from our lakes, guests will have a choice of famous Italian cuisine and Indian /Chinese spicy vegetarian and evocative food prepared by our trained chefs. All food is organically grown in the estate gardens.
A satellite telephone is available for guests at a charge of $6 per minute.
Power at the retreat is supplied by solar panels and batteries. Guests can recharge batteries for video equipment with a 220-240 volt transformer.
A private herd of 100 camels.-A central large reception area with two giant fireplaces, vast front terrace where a fire is lit every night for a stunning campfire effect, dining rooms and bar, a shop with a selection of rare local crafts, a panoramic swimming pool, and secluded viewpoints amongst clumps of trees for sundowners, meditation, yoga and relaxation are all part of the layout.
- Special yoga and holistic stress healing sessions are offered to interested guests in addition to horse riding, camel walks, fishing and the most extraordinary scenic game drives and walks in Kenya.
- Sight seeing: The forest of Enghelesha, the only indigenous and protected forest in the area, home to the last remaining troupes of the rare and endangered Colobus monkey. Endless hills covered in wild sage -leleshwa- whose leaves produce an exceptional healing essential oil, locally extracted. An extraordinary series of dramatic ridges, steep gorges and open savannah,valleys and plains.Natural springs and waterfalls, including natural thermal Hot Springs,whose water has unusual deep blue and golden reflections.Mysterious ancient caves and a sacred red hill of Ochre, Mlima Ndongo, where since time immemorial pilgrimages to collect the holy ochre were made.
- Amazing wildlife: Elephant, the largest population of Cape buffalo on private land in Kenya, Eland, Waterbuck, Lion, Leopard and Cheetah and over 400 species of birds makes of Ol Ari Nyiro a rare and extraordinary place.
- Over thirty horses, with riding equipment and syces.