Nay Palad Bird Nest

The luxurious Segera Retreat can be found in the high savanna grasslands of Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau, nestled between Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley. It consists of 9 villas in total: 6 of which are the standard timber and thatch villas, the Segera House, the Villa Segera and the Farm House Signature Villa.

The luxurious standard villas rise on wooden platforms above a profusion of botanical life with great views towards Mount Kenya. Each has a large, en-suite bedroom, a private deck with sun loungers, swing bed and a sunken Jacuzzi outside the bedroom. Gracious Segera House, Villa Segera and Farm House Signature Villa boast even greater privacy and luxury.

During your stay at Segera Retreat you will have the opportunity to spend the night at the Nay Palad Bird Nest: A one-of-a-kind accommodation (situated 3 km away from the main retreat, approximate drive of 15 minutes). This is arguably one of the most innovative and luxurious sleep-out experiences in Africa. Perched above the treetops overlooking a river and endless plains, the Bird Nest’s concept is of nesting and sleeping like a bird – above the ground, with literally a 360 degree bird’s eye-view of this beautiful wilderness. The entire nest structure is built and designed from raw materials, such as farmed wood and actual tree branches which have been woven into a nest by local community members. The interior suite features all the trimmings guests could hope for, such as a fully-equipped bathroom with running water (solar heated) and a flushing toilet.

Guests wishing to spend a night at the Bird Nest will arrive there just before sunset, after enjoying an exhilarating game drive or bush walk. The nest is lit up with lanterns, with “Sundowners” of champagne and culinary delights laid out on the top deck, and inviting beds (on the top deck and within the shelter of the first floor) prepared with luxurious linens and comforting hot water bottles, ready for the night ahead. Adventurous guests will enjoy the magical African sunset, feast on a picnic-style dinner on the top deck and fall asleep under the sparkling African sky. The following morning, guests will find a surprise picnic breakfast on their doorstep, to be enjoyed while watching elephant, giraffe and other wildlife at the river.

Why we like it here

Game drives, nature walks and cultural activities showcase the environment, facilitated by an experienced Host and Guide.

Enjoy the rare opportunity to view the private contemporary African art collection of Segera’s owner from the Zeitz Collection.

The sumptuous cuisine comprises Segera’s own free-range beef and organic vegetables.

Segera’s Wellness Centre offers a variety of holistic spa treatments and therapies including massage, scrubs and beauty treatments, a Rasul Steam Tower, fully-equipped Techno gym, yoga and mediation sessions.

Things to be aware of

The Bird Nest is designed to sleep two guests, but a cosy family would also be welcome – for example the parents may choose to sleep in the shelter of the first floor, but the children would love the adventure of sleeping out on the top deck.

Guests will have to book a minimum number of 3 nights at Segera Retreat, to have access to the Bird Nest. The Bird Nest reservation is within the duration of the stay.

As guests’ accommodation at Segera Retreat will be kept exclusively for them while they visit the Nay Palad Bird Nest, there is an additional fee for this extraordinary safari experience.

Where we are situated