Adventure, wildlife and nature
Mugie was established by the Hahn family who have been committed to Africa’s wildlife and people for over forty years. For the last 32 years, Mugie has been managed by Claus Mortensen who was born and brought up in Kenya. Mugie has preserved and increased its population of critically endangered Grevys zebra and Jackson’s Hartebeests. Through their preservation of the delicate ecosystem, the sanctuary has boosted populations of lion, oryx, elephant, giraffe, cape buffalo, eland, as well as over two hundred unique bird species.
Mugie is 46,000 acres but 22,000 acres have been set aside to create Mugie Sanctuary. The Mugie sanctuary is home to around seventy species of mammal including lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, elephant, eland and hyena. We have many endangered species residing on Mugie including the Grevys zebra and Jacksons Hartebeest.
Ekorian's Mugie Camp
If you are looking for a private intimate safari experience Ekorian’s Mugie Camp offers just that! Ekorian’s Mugie Camp is the family base of Josh and Donna Perrett, who own, manage and host the camp with a small team of staff and their two young children, dogs and cats. The Camp is simply designed with a social/dinning area and six spacious but cosy tents raised on wooden decks under thatched roofs. Each tent has plumbed hot and cold running water and flush toilets. It is a small safari camp with an exclusive location in the heart of the Mugie Conservancy in NorthWest Laikipia, where game and birdlife viewing are prolific.
This Destination in pictures
Where to find Mugie Conservancy
Visiting & Activities at Mugie Conservancy
Mutamaiyu has various 4x4 safari vehicles to offer both night and day drives. Claus Mortensen, Mugie’s manager, frequently takes the game drives so guests can learn about the history of the ranch, the Rhino Sanctuary or the Laikipia Predator Project. There are also expert guides who will help to identify the wildlife and birdlife and answer questions on flora and fauna. Game drives often finish with a bush breakfast in the morning or a sundowner drink in the evening.
One of the benefits of visiting a private conservancy like Muvgie is not being confined to safari vehicles. Walking is a most rewarding wildlife experience, an opportunity to decipher the stories told by animal tracks, learn the defence mechanisms used by the acacia trees, look inside a termites nest or glimpse a feeding elephant.
Visit to the School
A visit to Mugie Primary School is a mutually rewarding experience. Many of our visitors have been impressed at the high standard of achievement particularly with Susannah Mortensen’s art room and the singing. Many visitors have generously bought with them small gifts (pens, notebooks & pencils) which you are most welcome to do. Sweets are discouraged!
Visit to the Cultural Village
A visit to a local Pokot village is a unique opportunity to understand the way of life of this local tribe. A visit may includes an opportunity to be shown around their “rondavals” - round thatched houses, hearing about their history and day-to-day life and perhaps watching a tribal dance in their traditional dress.
Painting & Sketching
Whether you are an accomplished artist or an interested novice, a day spent painting your impressions of Africa with guidance from Susannah Mortensen will make a memorable contribution to your safari. Claus’s wife Susannah was born and brought up on a neighbouring ranch to Mugie and studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Art, London University. She is an accomplished water colour painter specialising in landscapes, people, animals and flowers. Susannah regularly exhibits in Nairobi and the UK.
A Day in the Ranch
Guests interested in farming are most welcome to inspect or help out with the livestock. Mugie has also been planted a substantial number of indigenous trees and has developed a 12 hectare irrigation project to provide fresh vegetables for guests and employees. Along with the re-introduction of rhino to Mugie, bloodhounds have been introduced primarily to assist in security. These working dogs are trained to track human scent and are a great asset against poaching. Bloodhounds are friendly dogs and happy to demonstrate their tracking talents.