Janet Thomas

Wildlife conservation meets the lap of luxury in Kenya.

Welcome to Ol Jogi, a 58,000-acre ranch and nature preserve set on the lush rolling hills and open plains of the stunning Laikipia Plateau in Kenya. The once-private family compound recently opened its doors to the public — or, more precisely, to 14 extremely fortunate guests at a time. Game drives happen on a whim, day or night, and rather than wait your turn among a slew of camouflaged Land Rovers, as is the case with most other safari camps and national parks, you quite literally have an exclusive front-row seat to view elephants, antelope, giraffes, impalas, gazelles and the endangered Grevy’s zebra. Add to that lions, hippos, cheetahs and the extremely protected Eastern Black Rhino (an impressive 50 of the estimated 790 remaining in the world live peacefully at Ol Jogi), and you have one legendary adventure.

Incredible attention to detail in every furnishing, accessory, whimsical centerpiece, and piece of fine china and silver

Janet Thomas
The compound is comprised of a main house and seven unique guest cottages that overlook a large watering hole and Mount Kenya in the distance. The fairytale-like, thatched-roof guest cottages provide just a hint of what’s to come: namely, incredible attention to detail in every furnishing, accessory, whimsical centerpiece, and piece of fine china and silver. There’s also an underground tunnel that leads to a hidden viewing room; an unimaginable meal at The Top of the World (formal dining on a mountaintop, anyone?); and hikes along the Nanyuki River or in the red-hued Grand Canyon. $30,000 per night, all-inclusive.