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Ol Jogi safari lodge in Kenya is eco-conscious luxury at its finest

Old-world opulence meets enduring wildlife conservation at Ol Jogi safari lodge

Everything about Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy Kenya is unexpected. Starting from the lavish safari lodge to the 235 square kilometres of untouched wilderness that guests have all to themselves. This is Africa at its purest – wild, unspoiled and intriguing. Tourism is playing a vital role in Ol Jogi’s conservation efforts.

Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy

Ol Jogi was originally the private estate for the art-dealing Wildenstein family. The property has since been converted to more altruistic pursuits.

The legacy of the previous owners’ globetrotting hedonism lingers on in the Hermès linens, Buccellati silver and high-style African decor. But the current caretaker, Alec Wildenstein, appreciates another side of the property.

“It’s not about the house,” says Alec. “The house alone gives the wrong impression. Ol Jogi is about experiences and unbridled nature.”

The wildlife

Cheetahs, lions, giraffes, hippos and elephants wander the burnished plains and graze here, completely undisturbed.

Ol Jogi hosts the single largest population of critically endangered Grevy’s zebra in the country. It is also home to more than 100 eastern black and southern white rhinos.

The conservancy has its own veterinary clinic that services the entire region to support this precious biodiversity.

Exclusively private

Guests at Ol Jogi have it all to themselves. As an exclusive-use property, Ol Jogi can be booked out for a single couple, a multi-generational family, or even a corporate function.

In-house activities include private game drives with conservation managers, helicopter flights, horse riding and guided bush walks. Guests also have the opportunity to visit Ol Jogi’s primary school and wildlife rescue centre. At the lodge is a gym, full-service spa, tennis court and resort-style pool with cascading waterfalls and in-built islands.

In the lodge, no expense has been spared. The seven cottages that are nestled around the main house deliver effortless luxury. The living areas double as wildlife-viewing platforms with the addition of expansive, curved glass.

The final flourish is a secret tunnel that leads to a nearby waterhole where guests can watch wildlife from the safety of a concealed animal hide.

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Where is Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy?

The property is situated on the Laikipia plateau, 225 kilometres north of Nairobi. Ol Jogi sprawls from the base of Mount Kenya to the edge of the Great Rift Valley.

This article originally appeared in Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine. Subscribe to the latest issue today.