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“Amazing location which is remote but interesting” 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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“Amazing location which is remote but interesting”
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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