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“Remote and stunningly beautiful” 4 of 5 stars
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PO Box 63704 / Laikipia Plateau, Nairobi 00619, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)   |  
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Ranked #12 of 96 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
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“Remote and stunningly beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Such an amazing place to visit and stay. Stunning and beautiful views of the Mukutan gorge from the lodge. Views that can't be beaten!! We also loved sundowners overlooking Lake Baringo and the mountains to the north.
Staff were excellent and provided in room dining as a birthday treat.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We stayed for three nights at Mukutan and I have to say it was one of the most memorable experiences we have ever had. We arrived rather late on the first night and drove in the dark to the conservancy centre. There, we were met by a guide who escorted us to Mukutan which was about a 20 minute drive. On the way, we came across a herd of buffalo and stopped to watch them watching us. Pure magic. We got to Mukutan and were immediately charmed by the place. Our rooms had what is surely the best bed in the business, a most romantic stone hewn bath, and a huge fireplace in the middle of the room. A fireplace in the middle!

The next morning, we had breakfast on a cliff edge facing the gorge and nothing could ever beat that view of the three hills with miles and miles of forest. We then were quite fortunate to have a guide take us on a walk through the forest which was capped by a swim in some hot springs deep in the woods. Later that evening, the rain came down heavily and we sat in the common dining area with our coffee and the world's best home made cookies (the coffee was amazing but not world's best). The dining area has open air panoramic views of the hills and as we sat there, we saw a herd of elephants in the hills frolicking in the rain. Actually, do elephants frolick or am I thinking of mermaids? Anyway, I'll settle on the elephants frolicking.

I could sit here and write forever about how amazing I found this place. But I will just say for now that it is my absolute favourite destination in the world and you would be very lucky to visit it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2010

We felt there should have been more advance notice to the guests that once one arrives at the "reception office", which is a 45 minute drive on a poor road from the conservancy gate, one must transfer to one of the Lodges' 4 wheel drives for another 40 minute drive on very poor roads. We did it in the rain, and there were no sides or canvas roll-downs to protect us from the rain. We arrived to our accommodation soaked and then had to dry off and change before we had lunch which by this time was 3:20 pm (and we had arrived at the reception area at noon in order to have the full afternoon there. We had to wait over 1 hour to be transported in their vehicle to the "retreat". Once there, it was amazing...increadible scenery, with 3 huts perched over the gorge. Open air rooms, bathrooms and eating area....was nicely decorated and appealing in every way - though be careful, the stone floors in the bathrooms are treacherous with wet feet. We had a wonderful drive to Kiki's Lookout, about 45 mins. from our lodging, for sundowners - that was memorable, watching the sun set over Lake Baringo. One other disappointment was that we had wanted to meet Kuki Gallmann. We had been told she would come to meet us while we waited for our transport to the accommodation. She never arrived. Then we were told we would meet her the next day....we never did. She was there, and was busy with the upcoming Highland Games, but we were the only guests and it would have been nice if she had made the effort to meet us. One other point....you should arrange to stay for more than 1 night. Had we known how long it would take to get to the location, and then to wait around for our transport to Mukutan Retreat, it would have been helpful if they had recommended that we stay a minimum of 2 nights. It was a great experience, but there are a few things they can work on.

Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Sveva G, Owner at Mukutan Retreat, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Thank You for your review and your compliments. Yes, part of the magic of the Mukutan Retreat is that it is one of the wildest and most private places on earth, so getting here in rainy season can be a little challenging. That said, in 2010 we had unusually heavy rains, we have do from Nairobi we would certainly recommend a minimum stay of 2, ideally 3 nights. Many Guests want to meet Kuki Gallmann. She is exceptionally busy running many, many projects and often in very remote parts of the conservancy but usually if we have advance notice that guests are interested to meet her she will make special arrangements to be able to do so and will often come to the Mukutan Retreat for lunch or dinner.
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Address: PO Box 63704 / Laikipia Plateau, Nairobi 00619, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi > Nairobi Central Business District
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Ranked #12 of 96 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi

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