Arijiju Retreat

An incredible and exclusive use 5 bedroom, private safari villa with the design inspired by Ethiopian monasteries.

Not just a safari but a wellness retreat too and rates include 4hrs of spa or beauty treatments per day

Described as the most beautiful house in Africa by Condé Nast

Facilities at Arijiju Retreat

Air Conditioning
Game Drives
Horse Riding
Swimming Pool

When to go to Arijiju Retreat



Arijiju is an exclusive use retreat, beautifully designed, inspired by the monastic buildings of Ethiopia and ancient earth architecture. The villa is carved into the hillside rock, blending in so seamlessly with its surroundings you could easily be forgiven for not realising it was there at all. A central arched cloister surrounds a courtyard at the heart of the house and linking the main rooms.

Within the villa itself the rooms are vast with high ceilings and enormous windows to make the most of the views and fill the house with light. There is an open-plan living room and dining room, a separate lounge area and bar, a library, cinema room, yoga pavilion, gym and hamman, and roof terraces with various seating and dining areas. There are five bedroom suites in total, three contained within the main residence, and two additional guest cottages connected to the main house to provide slightly separate but still linked accommodation for larger groups. The villa also comes with a complete team of staff to see to guests every need including butlers, chefs, guides, drivers, housekeepers and security. In short guests will want for absolutely nothing during their stays here.

Arijiju has been designed as a restorative and peaceful retreat and so with this in mind a lot of focus has been put on wellness; with delicious food with lots of locally sourced fresh ingredients, a twenty metre infinity lap pool, a fully equipped gym, tennis and squash courts, a hamman and spa which includes a steam room and cold plunge as well as a spa therapist to provide a range of restorative treatments. Incredibly rare for the bush at Arijiju you can also go on early morning runs, escorted by a running guide and vehicle. At 2,000 metres and with a temperate climate you couldn’t find better conditions for enjoying a job as the sun rises before you.

There are also plenty of activities on offer such as game drives, fly fishing, bush walks and horse riding safaris, and for anyone wishing to go further afield, helicopter safaris to remote locations are also possible.

Arijiju Retreat is located on a private sanctuary in the Borana Conservancy of Laikipia in Northern Kenya. With Mount Kenya and its snowy peaks and glaciers to the south, the fertile and lush landscape of the Ngare Ndare Forest to the east, and vistas of mountains and desert to the north towards Ethiopia, this really is one of the most tranquil and breath taking locations imaginable.

The design of Arijiju is unlike anywhere else we have ever come across. Everything about the retreat is calming and restorative, and whether you’re in need of a well earned break and time to relax, or wish to travel with a group of friends for an unforgettable celebration Arijiju will exceed your every expectation.

Children of all ages are welcome and children up to the age of six stay free of charge. There is a child rate for children aged 6 to 16.

Arijiju Retreat can be reached by three daily flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Lewa, or private charter to Borana airstrip. Road transfers are included from there. 

Arijiju Retreat is open all year round. Rates are the same all year round excluding the festive season from 20th December to 10th January which is peak season. Arijiju Retreat has a minimum stay policy of 3 days and 5 during the festive season.

Rates include: all meals (whether served at home or in the bush), all beverages, airstrip transfers, laundry, babysitting for children, game drives and bush walks, mountain biking and bush running with experienced guides, use of tennis and squash courts, gym, yoga deck, hamman and spa, Wifi, Sonos multi room music system, Apple TV and movies in the home cinema, 4 hours per day of spa and beauty treatments with expert therapist. Arijiju can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests.

Game drives
Walking safaris
Fly fishing
Forest walking trails
Tennis and squash
Running accompanied by a supporting vehicle and guide
Horse riding safaris
Helicopter safaris