Art and wildlife compete for guests’ attention at Segera, Jochen Zeitz’s wilderness retreat in Kenya. But in Cape Town the entrepreneur is dedicating an entire museum to his superb collection of contemporary African art. Sophy Roberts flew out to meet him
It is springtime in Laikipia, in Northern Kenya. Beneath our helicopter, the grass is sun-scorched and brown veined, with green riverine loops and bends. Yellow fever trees line the waterways and a pool where Lord Delamere used to come and bathe, according to Karen Blixen’s memoir, Out of Africa.
We can see wildlife — a rhino in the 58,000 acres that belong to the Wildenstein family, large herds of giraffe, and strings of cattle that belong to the Masaai. There are areas that are heavily grazed. Then the landscape changes again, to acacia bush and elegant, rolling savannah, as we approach Segera, the luxury lodge at the heart of a 50,000-acre swathe of Laikipia wilderness owned by the German entrepreneur, conservationist and art collector, Jochen Zeitz…
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