Segera turned traditional safari design on its ear when it first opened in 2013 in Kenya’s wildlife-rich Laikipia Plateau. The modern-day camp is all style—and substance—with lushly landscaped grounds, thatched villas filled with eclectic furnishings, and a spectacular selection of contemporary artworks from co-owner Jochen Zeitz’s extensive collection (the German entrepreneur is the force behind Cape Town’s acclaimed new Zeitz Museum Contemporary Art Africa).
For a 360-degree view of the region, however, the best place to stay is the property’s new Nay Palad Bird Nest. Woven organically from actual tree branches and other natural materials, the inspiring nest-shaped living space was designed by architect Daniel Pouzet in collaboration with the design firm Nay Palad. The solar-powered sleep-out retreat accommodates up to four guests on two circular platforms with a shared bathroom. Luxuriously warm bedding, lanterns, and hot water bottles add to its appeal, whether sleeping under the stars on the open-air top level or in the enclosed bedroom below.