ALL-INCLUSIVE 6-bedroom, 5 bathroom safari home with daily photo game drives
About Donald Young
Donald Young is an unusual combination of outdoorsman and scholar; artist and adventurer. A professional safari guide with over 30 years experience, Don is the owner of the Newland, Tarlton & Co. luxury brand. As a naturalist and conservationist, Don has traveled widely in Africa and Asia, promoting education and conservation for endangered species. As a scholar, Don is regarded as one of the world’s authorities on African explorers and has published several academic works including “The Search for the Source of the Nile” published by the Roxburghe Club. Don is a trained forensic osteologist in the field of paleo-anthropology and is the discoverer (along with the safari group he was guiding at the time!) of an important human pre-historic site in northern Kenya. Don serves on the Board of Directors of Lion Guardians / Wildlife Guardians, and the Elephant Trust / Amboseli Trust for Elephants. Don is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Member of the Explorer’s Club of New York. Don’s safaris, public lectures, and his famous fireside stories, have touched the lives of thousands of people. Don has devoted his life to teaching about the natural world, and hopes that by sharing his knowledge and passion, he can help save wildlife and wilderness for the next generation.
Donald Young purchased this House in 2016
What makes this House unique
Kiota Safari House offers the following all-inclusive benefits: - Book entire House for up to 12 Guests for $1,200 per night/Min 3 nights - location near Mt. Kenya 6 bedrooms with en suite bath, Room 5 & 6 Sharing Bath & Shower Private chef preparing all your meals Custom menus available Daily photographic game drives* (park fee not included) Viewing of lions, cheetah, leopards, rhino, elephant, wild dogs and more "Off the grid" location - totally private setting
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
At Kiota house the staff under chef John Mutungi does an awesome job . John does an awesome job at every meal . The house is very nice the setting is spectacular. The weather during our stay at Kiota it was very uncooperative. It rain every day , that’s not Kiota house fault of course . The game viewing within th spark it wasn’t very good There are other parks within a couple of hours that we visited , much better Overall, a good experience
Our team loved having your group stay with us! You were all were so complimentary of our food and service at Kiota Safari House and you especially loved the spectacular setting! We did have unseasonable rains during your stay which does affect wildlife viewing, however, as you know, we offer our house not as a tourist lodge but as your private home in a gorgeous part of the world with elephants, giraffe, zebra (including the rare Grevy zebra), cheetah, leopard, lion, etc. as our neighbours! It was a pleasure for us to host your group and your compliments mean a lot as we know you have stayed in the most luxurious lodges. Chef Mutungi and our whole team - including our crew in our safari camp in Masai Mara - join me is saying 'Thank You' for staying with us! We hope we will see you back again soon! Don Young
From the moment you arrive at Kiota Safari House and walk up the beautiful brick driveway you sense the magic of this incomparable place. As soon as you enter the tranquility of the house you are greeted by a majestic panorama of quintessential Africa. From the moment the sun rises above Mt. Kenya to the time the lion roars at sunset you realize that you are in a paradise. Wildlife viewing is 360 degrees, and just a short walk into the world class garden reveals a delicious variety of birds. Far from the madness of East African game parks, you are mostly on your own when a leopard looks you straight in the eye and you do hear the roar of another engine...pure magic. Don Young and his team have created an experience that will have you returning time and time again.
Last February I enjoyed my fourth time on safari in Kenya over the past ten years, this time travelling with my sweetheart and brother. By chance we were able to spend a night in Kiota House while traveling between Nakuru and Samburu. And I must say, what a night! After enduring typical Kenyan roads for a few hours, entering this house is like entering a magical kingdom. Once past the beautiful gardens and in through the beautifully carved front door, you encounter one of the most stunning views I have witnessed in Kenya. The house is located on the top of an escarpment, with a view that sweeps down and away until it finally terminates at Mt. Kenya, front and center in the distance. You are looking down at an incredible tableau of wildlife, and it is all so very, very private. Directly in front of the balcony rock hyraxes, sunbirds, and weavers are in abundance. Eagles flying by. a white morph of the Paradise Flycatcher, and more. All in the first five minutes.
Don Young is an experienced safari guide, author, and designer and having spent decades in Africa, has amassed a collection of African artifacts and furniture second to none. The house has all of the atmosphere of the golden safari days of a century ago, but with all of the modern accessories. Staff is first rate. I could spend weeks in this house without feeling any inclination to move on. This is the total African experience. Next time.
The Kiota House Habit
This was not my first stay in Kiota House. I've been before. It's now a habit. Set at the top of a cliff with one of the most spectacular views in Kenya, it's an incredible first stop for the uninitiated. Elephants, giraffe, buffalos, zebra and other plains game can be seen from the veranda. There isn't a finer place to unwind from an international flight. The view across to Mount Kenya is uninterrupted and, at dawn, awe-inspiring. The bird life is amazing too. This time it was a peaceful point to relax mid-safari between the Rift Valley and Samburu. Some of us went on game drives, others didn't. Everybody loved it. The staff are great. 'Mutungi', the chef, is a legend. I can't recommend it more highly.
Magical Private Safari Experience in Kenya
Having now lived in Kenya for many years, it is easy to get spoiled with wonderful experiences, especially on wildlife safaris. It was such a delight to have a new found treasure at Donald Young's Kiota Safari House. The hospitality was unsurpassed and the privacy experienced on the game drives (abundant wildlife) was a total treat as was sitting on the verandah in the morning and evenings watching the wildlife and Mt. Kenya in the distance. Donald's long term Chef prepared healthy, creative and delicious food. I can't wait to return to take a bigger group to take over the house for a special event!
The Luxury of Peace and Comfort in The Beautiful Wilderness of The African Bush
Kiota House is a beautiful home and extraordinarily peaceful retreat in the Laikipia region of Northern Kenya. My memories of staying there are still so vivid and bring back strong feelings of magical relaxation. The house, a large spacious design, is positioned on the escarpment and has spectacular views of Mount Kenya and the golden African plains below, traversed by wild animals and the Uaso Nyiro River. Rock Hyraxes play in the boulders surrounding the patio and many species of birds can be seen from the house. So many enjoyable hours were spent exploring the 30 year old succulent garden, with its winding paths, colourful shrubs and sweet meditation places. A large tree mysteriously covered with long hanging beard moss framed the glass sliding doors of the bedroom which were opened each morning on to the garden, flooding the room with sunlight.
We took wonderful game drives on El Karama Ranch, seeing leopard, lions, elephant and beautiful plains game, and never once put our cameras down. Our drivers were great game spotters and companions and the house staff are delightful in every way, producing delicious and creative meals that we lingered over for many hours.
Don Young, a wonderful friend of many years, has created one of the most beautiful retreats in Kenya which has his very personal touch, providing the luxury of peace and comfort in the wilderness of the African bush.