North of the ancient Aberdare Forest, and just West of the snow-capped Mount Kenya, the exclusive Mutara Camp sits just above the tropical equator in one of the most unique places on Earth.
Mutara Camp is the only accommodation in the 20,000-acre Mutara Conservancy. At the very heart of this region, nestled high on a cliff-top, Mutara Camp enjoys panoramic views of raw, uninterrupted wilderness. This is where untamed Africa meets true luxury, where iconic wildlife surrounds you, where personal service will cater to your every need, and where safari-chic décor echoes an Africa from days gone by.
Our camp is laid out to ensure you never feel crowded and our service remains personal. Each tent has a deluxe king sized bed and a cozy reading area. With a fully stocked mini-bar, guests can enjoy sundowners on their own private deck, looking out onto endless Africa, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bush.
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Our dining room, lounge and swimming pool provide generous space for rest and relaxation. They are west-facing and offer panoramic views over the expansive Mutara Conservancy.
We can arrange bespoke helicopter safaris for an unbeatable experience of Mutara Conservancy and the wider Laikipia/Mt Kenya ecosystem. Whether you want to see wildlife from the skies, or to have champagne on the peaks of My. Kenya, we will arrange a personalized itinerary.
Mutara is teeming with wildlife, and is a great place to experience the excitement of an African safari. Our guides, who will accompany you on morning and evening game drives, have been professionally trained in tracking, spotting and species identification. They have a wealth of knowledge about the local wildlife that they are enthusiastic to share with guests.
For a more intimate experience with the wilderness, try one of our bush walks. The trails can be tailored to your desire and fitness level, and you will be accompanied by an armed ranger and experienced safari guide. This is a thrilling way to get closer to nature; viewing wildlife on foot is an altogether different experience from being in a vehicle.
Dining in the wilderness is an unforgettable way to enjoy a meal, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the wild. We can treat our guests to breakfast in the bush, where our catering team will set up a luxury outdoor breakfast, cooked on site, for you to enjoy in the midst of Mutara’s awakening wildlife. A popular site for our bush breakfasts is by the dam, where it can be enjoyed by the cool waters edge. We can also organize a bush barbecue, with locally sourced, mouth-watering steaks or ribs, cooked to perfection while you take in the surroundings.
As the orange sun sets over the African wilderness, there is no better way to enjoy it than with a cold drink. While you can watch the sun set from the comfort of the bar in camp, it is very special experiencing it from hilltop in the bush. A great way to round off a game drive, our safari guides will take you to an epic viewpoint in the conservancy, equipped with chairs and drinks of your choosing.
Night game drives are a unique opportunity to experience nocturnal wildlife. Not many conservancies allow this, and many safari-goers miss the chance to see some of Africa’s most unusual creatures. With the help of our experienced guides and a powerful spotlight, our guests might see any number of ‘after-dark’ animals; aardvark, porcupine, honey badger, white tailed mongoose and the bush baby can all be seen in Mutara.
For keen ornithologists, our experienced bird guide can offer an incredible bird-watching experience. The neighbouring Ol Pejeta Conservancy has over 300 species of birds, including some impressive birds of prey, and many of those species can be found here on Mutara too.
Fun at the Dam
Not far from camp are the glistening waters of the Mutara dam. A small rowing boat is available for guests to explore the dam, and get a different view of the wildlife that come here to drink. The dam is also stocked with tilapia for keen anglers.
Ol Pejeta, our neighbouring wildlife conservancy, is home to three of the world’s last remaining seven northern white rhinos, who were translocated here from a zoo in the Czech Republic. The endangered species enclosure here provides visitors with a chance to get close to these rare animals, and hear their story. Ol Pejeta is also the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees. The Sweet-waters Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. The sanctuary is open daily for visitors to watch these remarkable creatures enjoying their spacious enclosure, and read about the individuals.
Mt. Kenya sits at an elevation of 5,199 metres, and is the second highest mountain in Africa. The snowy peaks of this imposing landmark can be seen from Camp, seemingly another world away from the hot, dry bushland of Mutara. For guests who are confident hikers, climbs to the summit can be organized from reception. They can range from three to five day trips.
The Laikpia region is perfect for mountain biking, with an endless web of trails through farmland, wild bush and traditional villages. Trails of varying distances, terrain and difficulty, as well as mountain bike hire can be arranged from reception.
Laikipia holds some of the greatest and most diverse populations of wildlife in East Africa. Significant populations of endangered species live here, including black rhino, the African wild dog and Grevy’s zebra.
One of the main motives in establishing Mutara was to conserve the wildlife and natural resources of the area, and to support local communities. The majority of our staff are employed from local communities, and our wildlife rangers and safari guides are constantly monitoring wildlife movements, behaviour and populations. By visiting the Mutara Camp in Laikipia, our guests are directly contributing to conservation efforts in this precious ecosystem.
Mutara Conservancy has four of the ‘Big Five’ namely; lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant. We are in the process of developing plans with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy to introduce black rhino into Mutara conservancy, in 2019, as another safe haven for this highly endangered species.
Several other animals that can be seen here include plains zebra, giraffe, small antelopes and bucks, Grant’s gazelle, impala, warthog, hyena, the beautiful and endangered oryx, cheetah, and occasional packs of African wild dog.