African Living on the Savanna Plains1st Mar 2018
Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate is, located on the vast Ol Pejeta Conservancy, allowing residents to be immersed in Kenya’s tradition of abundant wildlife, right on their doorstep. The estate also offers a viable investment opportunity for a wildlife enthusiast looking for a settled lifestyle in the African bush.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy spans more than 36 000 hectares, and is well known for its extensive population of rhino and its chimpanzee sanctuary. The conservancy boasts the largest black rhino population in East Africa, four of only seven northern white rhinos left in the world, and some of the greatest densities of wildlife in East Africa.
Ol Pejeta strives to be both ethical and sustainable, and constantly looks at ways to protect and sustain the environment, so that wildlife can thrive and local people benefit. The actual estate is situated in the northeastern corner of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, on 400 hectares of unspoilt savanna plains
The estate has 100 homes, conceptualised and constructed to capitalise on both the plethora of wildlife and the African bush. Each house is situated on a footprint within the estate, which leaves adequate space for game such as zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala and a large variety of small game and birdlife to meander around the homes at their leisure.
One of Kenya’s most celebrated architects worked on the homes, which are spacious, and their immediate surroundings have been carefully considered. Homes are clustered around waterholes and salt licks, which ensures wildlife sightings, and boast panoramic views of Mount Kenya, Lolldaiga Hills and the Aberdare mountain ranges. In an interesting juxtaposition with their wild surroundings, the homes are imbued with a regal African style.
Homes have been architecturally designed with the strong use of exposed stone and dark, rich wood.
They are contemporary and chic, with neutral shades and ample entertainment space, and viewing areas from both patios and balconies. The interiors are just as lavish, with large bay windows for endless hours of wildlife viewing.
The area in which the Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate is located, Nanyuki, has become an investment hotspot in recent years, with land prices increasing rapidly. The rise in land and property values shows no sign of decelerating, and substantial increases are predicted over the coming years as the area continues to develop and reach its full potential.
An animal-proof fence, which keeps dangerous animals separate from the Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate, offers residents and visitors the freedom to roam around on foot or bicycle, while enjoying 9km of paths leading through the unfenced savanna. The estate has been carefully designed to offer residents a lifestyle in which they are able to explore the African bush at its wildest, away from traffic or danger – a truly unusual experience, for any wildlife and bush aficionado.
The Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate really is a remote paradise, where dreams of perfect African sunsets come true.