Ragati Cabin Retreat
1 Nov – 31 May*
(*) Excludes 20 Dec – 5 Jan
3 Days, 2 Nights
Start & End Points
Children of any age are welcome
Must be accompanied by adults at all times
About This Asilia Adventure:
The 5,000-hectare Ragati Conservancy on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya is an idyllic retreat, which perfectly complements a safari elsewhere in the Laikipia area. The montane forest and Ragati River and tributaries are home to some exceptional birdlife, larger mammals including buffalo and elephant, and rare species such as the African clawless otter and the critically endangered mountain bongo. This is not primarily a wildlife destination, but the real draw is the seclusion and opportunity to enjoy forest walks and hikes, and some of East Africa’s finest trout fishing. A stay here offers a different environment to explore and the chance to be active, or relax in nature away from the distractions of modern life.
What Is Included In This Adventure?
Private transfers from Nanyuki to Ragati return in 4×4 vehicle, conservancy fees, guided walks, fishing fees, gillies, firewood, meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3, and house drinks (limited soft drinks, local beers, and house wines), Asilia conservation charge and Medevac cover.
Snapshot of this Asilia Adventure
Depart Nanyuki by road in a 4×4 vehicle, driving approximately 2.5 hours to the Ragati conservancy on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya. Your driver will have all of your food and drink supplies for your stay and will help unload these at the log cabin on the conservancy before leaving you in the capable hands of the Ragati team who will give you an orientation about the fishing and walks available and show you the cabin’s facilities. The rest of the day is yours to spend however you wish.
Overnight: Ragati Cabin
A full day to explore the 12 kilometres of pristine and wild rivers for fishing with the guidance of the Ragati gillies, or enjoy guided forest walks, or a combination of the two. The fishing is some of the best in East Africa, focussing on the river, but there is also a dam. The rainbow trout that were first introduced in the 1930s have changed over time and are now known as Ragati Reds, and these, along with brown trout, are regularly restocked. The walks vary in difficulty, and the team will guide you on the trails, looking out for birdlife or wildlife along the way.
Overnight: Ragati Cabin
After a final breakfast, you will be picked up and driven back to Nanyuki in a 4×4 vehicle, where you can catch a light aircraft flight onward to another safari destination or back to Nairobi.
Good To Know
The log cabin at Ragati is simple and rustic but very charming and comfortable. There are three double bedrooms, one twin, and one bunk-bed room, bathroom facilities with hot and cold running water, and a large lounge area with an open fireplace to keep the cabin warm in cooler months. There is no electricity, so lighting is by a solar lamp, and the food is kept in cool boxes rather than a fridge. The cabins are normally self-catering, but we will provide all of the food and house drinks needed for you to be able to cook yourself delicious meals during your stay.
While you’ll be doing all of the cooking, the staff are on hand to make fires in the cabin and do washing up. The team at Ragati include 5 fish gillies who can also accompany guests on guided walks. Flies for fishing can be purchased on site. Gumboots, waterproofs, and long trousers are recommended due to the forest terrain and stinging nettles. Fishing rods are available for hire but are limited, and we recommend that serious fishermen bring their own gear.