In Kimeru Language, “Makena” means the “happy one” . As if to proof this true, Makena’s Hill Tented Camp enjoys one of the most scenic and dramatic locations in the world. The camp is surrounded by series of ridges, amidst steep gorges and valleys in an open savannah plain. In this location is the private paradise, home of conservationist and author Kuki Gallman. Wildlife spotting is amazing with over 400 species of birds.
The camp is sited on the southern end of Kuki Gallmann’s Ol Ari Nyiro ranch, overlooking the rift valley down to Lake Baringo. In this fantasy location, in the furthest west of Laikipia, the film “I Dreamed of Africa” was shot.
Accommodation is provided by 8 enormous Arabic desert style tents. The décor is Arabic with luxurious furnishings, antiques and mirrors. You can either choose to stay in tent fitted with two queen size beds or on with a four poster double bed. Each tent is attached to a spacious dressing room /bathroom and a private massage bed and yoga mats. Each has a private verandah overlooking the Great Rift Valley.
Facilities include a central area with two giant fireplaces, adjacent to a study and reading room, a front terrace with a camp fire, dining room, bar, shop and swimming pool.
Quality organic food is served.
Activities include walking and hiking the hills, game drives and tracking, camel walks, horse riding, bird walks, botanical walks, fishing for black bass and crayfish, night under stars in moonlit cottage, visits to local Pokot and Samburu homesteads, aromatherapy, massage and yoga, visit to archeological sites and aerial safaris.
Closed Season: Open all year round
Getting to Makena’s Hills Tented Camp: By private charter flight to Engelesha airfield.
Hire a 4×4 Car in Nairobi to visit Makena’s Hills