We’ve long considered the bowerbird (native to Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia) the uncontested master builder of nests. For the seemingly romantic and undeniably creative male Bowerbird is driven by a unique courtship ritual that compels him to build a structure of such fantasy that it comes complete with its own entrance and lawn, and is typically adorned with color-coded flowers and all manner of detritus such as coins, plastic, and glass. The express intention being to create a nest of such beauty that he will easily nab himself a mate. ‘Suffice it to say if I were a female bowerbird,’ says Deborah Calmeyer, CEO, and founder of ROAR AFRICA. ‘It would be a case of hook, line and sinker.’
So, imagine our collective delight when we clapped eyes on the debut Nay Palad Bird Nest, a one-of-a-kind luxurious bush retreat offering at Kenya’s award-winning Segera Retreat on the Laikipia Plateau. The visual feast of this two-story, 20-foot by 20-foot nest is as extraordinary as the experience it offers as it takes the concept of sleeping in the bush, to heady new heights, literally. Made from farmed wood and actual tree branches, the suite has indoor and outdoor beds prepared with luxurious linens and hot water bottles, a bathroom with solar-heated water and a 360-degree view terrace. The idea is simple. After an exhilarating game drive or bush walk, guests are brought to the Bird Nest just before sunset, aglow with lanterns, and laid out with all manner of champagne and culinary delights for a quintessential picnic-style dinner in the luxury of your very own open-air nest. Whether you choose to sleep outdoors beneath a star-studded African sky or indoors with the sounds of the bush as your auto-repeat soundtrack, you will be transported. The following morning, you can expect a surprise breakfast delivery on your doorstep that must be enjoyed whilst watching elephants, giraffe, and other wildlife gather at the river.
‘The fantasy of such a place and the fact that it exists at all, let alone in such a true and untouched environment is what makes Segera one of ROAR AFRICA’s prime luxury safari destinations,’ adds Deborah. ‘It is true to all that we try to achieve when planning the typical ROAR AFRICA luxury safari. Namely an experience that is bespoke, luxurious and life-changing.’ For more on Segera’s Nay Palad Bird Nest call us on +1 855 666 7626 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.