Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge | Il Ngwesi Group Ranch / Community Lodge

Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge & Il Ngwesi Group / Community Ranch.

Il Ngwesi Group ranch (14, 500 Hac), is located at northwest edge of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and is owned by Il Ngwesi community of the Mukogodo division of Laikipia district. The local community often referred to as the Laikipiak (or Mukogodo) Maasai were hunter gatherer Ndorobo (Il dorobo) called the Yiaku untill the 1920′s when they slowly changed their traditional custom as hunters and bee keepers and got assimilated to the “superior”, cattle keeping tradition of the local Samburu. They also changed their language from cushitic to maa speakers. The “inferior” culture, coupled with intermarriages hasted the assimilation process. Their ladies would even prefer the rich men from the Maasai and the farming communities.

The Il Ngwesi Community Lodge (USD 400 pp sharing full board) comprises of 6 bandas all with adjoining open showers. It location on the banks of Ngare Ndare River on the edges of Mukogodo Hills commands panoramic views of Northern Kenya. IL Ngwesi is constructed local materials. Some of the bandas allow you to roll out your mattress on a platform and spend the night under the stars. An attraction in the lodge is a swimming pool, which appears to overflow into the wilderness below. All heating and lighting is provided by solar power.

Getting to Il Ngwesi

From Nairobi, you can either fly or drive to Il Ngwesi.  Il Ngwesi Lodge is reached using a 4WD from Borana Ranch or a short flight from Nanyuki. You can also drive from Lewa Conservancy to Il Ngwesi.  Il Ngwesi counts Prince William among its celebrity guest list.

Attractions, Activities/ What to do in Il NGwesi

Activities include, exploring the magnificent conservation area that adjoins Lewa, Borana and the Mukogodo Forest Reserve, visits to the cultural boma, excursions along the Ngare Ndare River with local guides, offers a special opportunity to get close to the wildlife, followed by a picnic breakfast, Game drive, followed by sun-downers on one the many different vantage points along the Mukogodo Hills and visits to troops of baboons and monkeys. A popular attraction is OMNI, the habituated orphan black rhino, trans-located from Lewa.

Book Il Ngwesi lodge
Email us: rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

Tel: +254 723 684 974

Visit Nairobi Car Hire /Rental Company and hire dark green 4×4 land cruiser to visit Il Ngwesi community and group ranch.

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