A Great Safari Camp In The Laikipia Region

Centre of Origin at Makena’s Hills

Centre of Origin at Makena’s Hills Offers:

Lodging Type: Safari Camp

Dining: Full board, Room service

Safari: Game Drives, Game Walks, Local Village Visits, 4WD Vehicles

Adventure activites: Hiking

Facilities: Internet - Wifi, Laundry, Showers - 24hr hot water, Spa - Bush Spa, Swimming Pool, Yoga

Eco & Green: Eco-friendly, Community Development Projects


  • Classic ($250-400)
  • Luxury ($400-600)

About Centre of Origin at Makena’s Hills

Ol ari Nyiro, meaning place of springs, is a 100,000-acre private wildlife sanctuary on the western edge of the Laikipia plateau. The sanctuary was initiated by Kuki Gallmann, the author of I dreamed of Africa and African Nights. The Gallmann Memorial Foundation is dedicated to creative, sustainable conservation: people and wildlife developing together, through research, education and the arts.

Centre of Origin at Makena’s Hills is a stunning residential interfaith and meditation centre. There are 6 en-suite Arabic style tents, made up of doubles and twins. Each tent has a dressing room, veranda, massage bed and yoga mats. The central reception area has 2 fireplaces, front terrace, dining room, gift shop, swimming pool and yoga hall. The camp is adorned with antiques and African artefacts. The centre serves vegetarian cuisine.

Mukutan Gorge, which plunges from 2,100 to 900 meters, slices through the sanctuary. The sanctuary has waterfalls, thermal hot springs and a diverse selection of wildlife including over 400 species of birds and some endemic flora, previously unrecorded. Activities include ethno-botanical walks, tree planting and bird watching. Picnics and sundowners can be arranged, as can cultural visits to local Pokot villages. Yoga and massage are available. Guests are also welcome to visit the conservation projects. Current projects include providing community health facilities, building schools and bursaries.

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