Mukima House

A grand colonial house to rent in Laikipia, Kenya

This colonial-era house offers breathtaking views of Mount Kenya and is within easy reach of the best wildlife viewing in Laikipia.   

Sleeps: 16 + 3

Price Guide 2021:

From US$146 to US$219 per person per night

Minimum stay 4 people, 3 nights to 6 people, 1 week
50% reduction for children under 12 years

No charge for children under 2 years
Rates include all meals, soft drinks, laundry
Lower occupation on request


  • Fully staffed (live in)


  • 4 double bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms
  • 4 double bedrooms with extra single beds, en-suite bathrooms
  • 1 twin bedroom, en-suite bathroom


  • 2 private swimming pools 
  • Sauna (2hrs/day)
  • WiFi Internet access & Netflix cinema room
  • Tennis court, badminton court & table tennis
  • Massages & beauty treatments on request
  • Day trips to private game reserves, including Solio, Ol Pejeta, Lewa, Samburu & Sweetwaters
  • Walking safaris at Ol Pejeta
  • Golf, horse riding, rock climbing, trekking, fly fishing, white-water rafting & quad biking all available nearby
  • Helicopter flights from the front lawn


  • Nanyuki 15 mins drive
  • Nairobi 3 hrs 30 mins drive

As a Kenyan wildlife destination, Laikipia is second only to the Masai Mara, and Mukima House is perfectly positioned for exploring its patchwork of privately owned ranches and wildlife conservancies.

By day you can track the Big Five at Ol Pejeta, watch black and white rhino at Solio or Lewa, or view game from the saddle at beautiful Borana, then return each evening to the comfortable sanctuary of your own private house. Treks up nearby Mount Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain, can also be arranged, along with helicopter flights above the gorgeous Rift Valley.

The house itself is set in tropical gardens with expansive lawns and offers eight en-suite bedrooms, a games room, an office with a broadband connection, a large kitchen and store, laundry room, cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, a generous entrance hall and an upstairs gallery.

There’s also an open terrace on the first floor – perfect for sundowners while watching egrets fly home to roost against the backdrop of Mount Kenya. Just as stunning on clear mornings is the sunrise, which silhouettes the mountain against a sky of pink and blue. The front of the house has a large, wrap-around veranda used for daytime dining.

The rooms are comfortably furnished with local, Lamu and imported Javanese pieces, which all combine well and compliment the formal aspect of the house.

Facilities include a large oval swimming pool, a separate children’s pool, a pool house with covered eating area, bar, sauna, exercise room with massage area and a tennis court.

The generous farmhouse food is fresh and wholesome, with homegrown fruit and vegetables often the stars of the show.

The live-in staff ensure your every requirement is met quickly and discreetly, and love to entertain visitors with a Samburu-style dance on the lawn – something of a Mukima House tradition.

A stay at Mukima House is wonderful to combine with a few days at one of our fabulous Lamu beach houses.

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