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November 15, 2018

Travel Review: Fun and relaxing glamping in Laikipia

Sieku Glamping
Sieku Glamping

My brother and I recently decided to check out Sieku Glamping, which is located in Timau, about an hour’s drive from Nanyuki and three hours from Nairobi. The main attraction was its proximity to Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve, coupled with the fact that accommodation was only Sh5,500 per double tent, which seemed like a steal, given that other high-end places in Laikipia often cost thousands of shillings. 

My room was a high-quality bell tent imported from the UK, a first of its kind in Kenya. It was about 5m wide and furnished with thick sheepskin rugs, a comfortable bed with two hotwater bottles for those cold Timau nights, and the flaps unzipped and rolled out onto a private balcony with deck chairs, where I would take in every spectacular sunrise or magical starry night with freshly baked cookies. 

The tent was covered by a thatched hut structure on the outside, which only lent to its rustic ambience. Bathrooms were outdoors and water had to be heated first then loaded onto the safari bucket and hauled up by rope, complete with eco-friendly drop loos, with scenic views of the plains.

The set-up was small and intimate, which only made the service more personalised. The camp only sleeps a maximum of two groups at any one time. An instant favourite was the open plan mess tent and lounge. At the far end of the space was a rustic farmhouse-style kitchen, which was well equipped, complete with a cooking station and refrigerator. Guests can either make their own meals or hire the camp’s chef. 

For our stay, we selected from a menu that had been sent to us at the time of booking, and the chef was tasked with buying and preparing all meals, including our premium wines and ciders. These were served on a long wooden table with several lanterns hanging above it, and when lit at night, added quite the romantic ambiance. The plates and bowls were handmade from Fired Earth pottery in Naivasha, with Kitengela drinking glasses and locally sourced table mats, Maasai coasters and colourful kanga napkins. 

The bohemian living area was inviting, with plush sofas, indoor plants, wooden shelves, great quality cowhide and sheepskin rugs, board games, books and maps. In the cold evenings, there were always logs crackling in the grate of the fireplace.

Sieku has several lounging areas: swing sets, swinging day beds and hammocks overlooking the plains. The property is set up in an ecosystem that was previously depleted, with a lot of the red cedar trees being cut down and the land being used for wheat farming, grazing and charcoal burning. Looking around the property today, a lot of trees have been replanted and the flora is thriving. 

My favourite thing to do was lie on one of the hammocks overlooking Borana conservancy below, with a glass of wine and pair of binoculars at hand, taking in wildlife-like zebras milling about.

Legei, one of the longest-serving staff members at the camp, was our liaison for everything, taking us out on early morning bush walks, setting up a breakfast picnic and packing up what turned out to be a feast for our hike up Ngare Ndare.

 

LOCATION: Rivaan Centre, Muguga Green Road, Nairobi

CONTACTS: 0772 776308

 

Star Rating: 5/5

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