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Laikipia Eco-Lodges In Private Community And Group Ranches

May 3, 2012

Laikipia Accommodation -Eco-Lodges Tented Camps in Private, Community And Group Ranches

Eyrie House sanctuary of ole lentille

You have been to Kenya But I say NO!! You have not been to Kenya. Kenya is and has always been about Dynamism, Adventure and discovery And to a bigger extent Missing in Action. If Kenya to you is Amboseli, Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, the Tsavo and the beaches of Malindi and Mombasa then you are a little off mark. Visiting these places is great MEANING there are greater places in Kenya. Yes! Greater in the sense timelessness, privacy, discovery and adventure. Before I go very far let me whisper a secret to you. Laikipia is the only place in the world that can challenge Maasai Mara in terms game watching, some endemic.

What is the attraction in Laikipia? What is it that World celebrities like Prince William find attractive in Laikipia? Of late Prince William has decided to make Lewa Wildlife Conservancy his annual retreat. At Segera Ranch Usain Bolt had his day when the bull elephant came close their truck. What is it in these desolate arid lands?

The wilds of Laikipia and Chyulu hills are dreamlands of timeless beauty, with open spaces, characterized by fresh air, and starlit nights. Laikipia is Africa’s foremost of successful wildlife conservation site with numerous private and community ranches all engaged in wildlife conservation and Eco-tourism. Adventure abounds in plenty that your once in a lifetime adventure will last a lifetime. The luxury exhibited in the ranches, lodges and private houses of Laikipia is beyond the imagination of an ordinary traveler. Originally, Laikipia was the home of the Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, and Il Dorobo. During the colonial times, a handful of white settlers parceled out large pieces of land for themselves with the sole purpose of raising beef cattle. However due to falling market prices, they diversified into wildlife conservation which has so far proved lucrative beyond their original imagination. The only threat to the newly found golden goose was the local communities. Predators (lions and leopard) would stray into the grazing grounds of the local communities and kill livestock, who (locals) would retaliate by killing and even poisoning the animals. This state of affairs could not continue forever and the white ranchers decided to involve the local communities in their conservation efforts. The white ranchers helped the locals to establish their own community ranches complete with Eco-lodges to accommodate their guests. The success of some of the projects like Il Ngwesi has been overwhelming and serves as a model in other parts of the world. But that is a story for another day. Today we want to look at accommodation options in this vast region.

Laikipia plateau has a varied landscape of stunning beauty. The high plains and low valleys are homes to some of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, featuring some of the finest and luxurious accommodation facilities in the country. The cattle ranches have free roaming wildlife including elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, gerenuks, rhinos and zebras. Famous sanctuaries include the Ol Pejeta for Chimpanzees and Lewa the breeding ground of black rhinoceros.

The private and community ranches of Laikipia include, Mugie, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Ol Pejeta Game Ranch, Borana, Sweet Waters Game Sanctuary, El Karama, Tarsia, Il Ngwesi Group Ranch, Segera, Ol malo, Lekurruki, Ol Ari Ngiro, Loisaba. Accommodation in these ranches is provided by private houses or eco-lodges. See R&N Xplorer Africa Safaris Travel Map for details on the location of the ranches and their accommodation facilities.

Lewa House/ Lewa Safari Camp and Wilderness Trails:

Perhaps one of the best places to stay in Laikipia is Lewa House. Lewa House, Wilderness Trails and Lewa Safari Camp are located in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Lewa house and Lewa Safari Camp are ideal for those who wants all their spending channeled towards local community projects and conservation. Unlike the other ranches, Lewa dedicates most of its earning to healthcare and educations for locals (30%), Community projects (40%) and the reminder on conservation and security. Lewa covers an area of 18,000 Hac. It is located to the south of Isiolo immediately after Isiolo Nanyuki junction. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has been instrumental in developing community lodges of Il Ngwesi and Tassia. Lewa is the home of 8% of Kenya’s black rhino population. Other animals in the conservancy are lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants and white rhinos. It accounts for 20% of the Grevy’s Zebra population in Kenya.

In all the three accommodation facilities on offer are day and night game drives, visits to local Maasai manyatta (Bomas), bush walks, bush breakfasts, camel rides,

Wilderness Trails (USD 370 per person sharing on full board basis) features 8 cottages and salt water swimming pool. Rooms have a fire place, en-suite bedrooms, four poster beds and a fire place

Lewa Safari Camp (USD 480 pp sharing full board) has 12 tents and a swimming pool. In the main building are bar, dining and a fire place overlooking the floodlit water where animals come to quench their thirst. The rates includes activities-game drives, house wines, local air transfers to lewa, guided walks.

Lewa house (USD 460 pp sharing on full-board), can take a maximum of 12 persons.

A major plus of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is the Lewa Safaricom Marathon. This is held every end of Jun to raise funds for conservancy where participants run in close proximity of wildlife.

Il Ngwesi 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 (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. Il Ngwesi Lodge is reached using a 4WD from Borana Ranch or a short flight from Nanyuki. Il Ngwesi counts Prince William among its celebrity guest list.

Activities in Il Gwesi 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.

Lekurruki Community Ranch & Tassia Eco Lodge Lekurruki Community Group Ranch (60,000 Hac) is located to the north of Il Ngwesi Community Group Ranch in the vicinity of Lewa and Borana ranches.

Tassia Community Eco-Lodge (USD 400 PP sharing) is cut into a steep cliff face commanding panoramic views of the northern plains and the sacred Il lolokwe hill. It has a bunkhouse for children.

The Tassia Eco-lodge is run by Laikipiak (Mukogodo) Maasai. The 6 individual rooms offer en-suite facilities and privacy. The rate include activities- visits to local Manyattas, day and night game drives, bush walks and picnics, camel rides and treks. The lodge has a natural rock swimming pool and natural water hole where animals come to quench their thirst.

Borana Ranch and Lodge Borana Ranch occupies 14,000 Hac. Besides keeping the local borana breed of beef cattle it is involved in conservation of wild animals. On offer at the ranch are horse riding, day and night game drive, guided tours, sun-downers, fishing in Mt Kenya. The Ranch also owns Rutundu lake log cabins on Mt Kenya.

Borana Lodge (USD 640 pp sharing on full board) offers 6 individual cottages with en-suite bathrooms, large bedrooms, sitting area with a fire place and open verandas with great views of the plains below. The main building offers spectacular views of the northern plains. The lodge has a swimming pool.

Laragai lodge located in Borana Ranch has 8 en suite rooms and a swimming pool. The main activities-guided walks, day and night game drives, horse riding, bush meals, excursions to lewa conservancy and Samburu national reserve, fly fishing.

The Rutundu Log Cabins caters for a maximum of 8 persons. The rate for exclusive use of the whole place is USD 460.00 per day self catering. Fishing fee is USD 15.00 per person per day.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweet Waters Tented Camp and Ol Pejeta House.

Ol Pejeta conservancy inclusive of Sweet Waters Game Sanctuary occupies an area of 90,000 Hac. The conservancy is located between Mt Kenya and Aberdare national parks. Originally owned by Lord Delamere, Ol Pejeta has changed ownership several times. From Lord Delamere, It went to Roussel (Father in law of Christina Onasis) and later to Adnan Khasoggi. Today it is run by Serena Hotels. It has all the big five-rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion. Also found here are chimpanzees, Grevy’s Zebra, Jackson’s Hartebeests anc cheetahs. Besides chimpanzee tracking and game watching, Ol Pejeta offer tree planting, bird walks, camel rides, cultural tours to Maasai Manyattas, safari sun-downers, lion tracking,

Sweet Waters Tented Camp (USD 150 PP sharing on full board) comprise comfortably furnished en-suite tents overlooking the waterhole. The camp also has a swimming pool.

Ol Pejeta Ranch House (Rate available on requets) has a total of six suites and a swimming pool. Originally the home of famed multi-millionaire, Adnan Khashoggi, Ol Pejeta House is a beautiful private house set within the pristine calm of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. If one of your ambitions is to retreat back to history, to the bygone traditions of Kenya’s farmhouse hospitality, then the Ol Pejeta House is the place to stay. Accommodation -2 superior guest rooms with queen size beds, ensuite bathroom, dressing room and large balcony with excellent view of game teeming plains; 2 standard guest rooms with double bed, en suite with bathroom and terrace, Buffalo Cottage with2 Deluxe Rooms and a Fireplace

Mugie Ranch and Mutamaiyu House:

Mutamaiyu House is located in 49,000 Hac Mugie Ranch. A visitor described it as “Heaven on a Hill”. Mugie ranch lies at 6000 ft above sea level. Though warm, nights can be chilly. Mugie Ranch is home to all the big five. You can fly into Mugie from Nairobi Wilson or drive from Nanyuki. The dressing code is informal. Wear a sun cream to protect from sunburn, carry long sleeves and trousers for evenings, swimwear and sunglasses. Activities included in the rate are, guided bushwalks, day and night game drives, swimming, bush breakfasts, picnic lunches, sundowners Extra activities: clay pigeon, painting and sketching, camel and donkey treks, visits to the Pokot cultural boma Laundry: Washing and ironing is taken care of daily Beverages: Mutamaiyu has a well stocked bar with wines, beers, spirits and soft-drinks, all included except Champagne

Mukutan Retreat in Ol Ari Ngiro Ranch:

Mukutan Retreat (USD Rate available on request)is located in the 40.500 hac Ol Ari Ngiro Ranch and has a swimming pool. It is an exclusive hideaway in simple yet extremely sophisticated comfort, built using local stone, native woods and papyrus thatch. Each cottage is original in layout and décor. Perched at the edge of the gorge the three cottages offer double beds with spacious bathroom, a fireplace and private verandahs. A central lounge and dining area has the atmosphere of a private home, furnished with authentic Lamu and Swahili furniture. Organic food is served in the Retreat – Italian, Indian and Chinese with exotic touches. The shop sells a variety of locally made artifacts and Wild Sage essential oil products. Activities include bird watching, camel and horse riding, swimming in natural pools, fishing, and health spa and visits to Gallman Memorial foundation projects.

Makena’s Hill Tented Camp (USD rate available on request ) located in Ol Ari Ngiro is a permanent camp comprising of 8 comfortably furnished tents and a swimming pool. Each tent is carpeted and has a 4 poster bed with en-suite bathroom plus flush toilet. On offer are sundowners, meditation and yoga, bird watching, camel safaris, fishing, cultural visits to local Pokot villages, helicopter tours and visits to Gallman memorial foundation projects.

El Karama Ranch Bandas, comprise of nine basic self catering bandas situated on the banks of Ewaso Ngiro River. Swimming is possible in the river. They have long drop toilets and watchman 24 hours. Available are hurricane lamps, basic beds, mattresses, tables, chairs, beddings and utensils. Activities include-nature walks, fishing for barbels and catfish (bring own tackle), game drives, horse riding, camel rides. Basic accommodation is also available at Mpala Research Centre, a Kenya/US collaboration on sustainable development of Savannah and semi arid ecosystems in East Africa

Sosian Ranch House/ Sosian lodge is a beautifully restored African ranch house with a swimming pool, tennis court and wide expanses of wilderness to explore, comprising of seven cottages overlooking Mt Kenya and miles of un spoilt African Wilderness. Sosian is well known for its delicious home cooking using fresh ingredients from the organic vegetable garden and for its warm and friendly hospitality. Sosian Ranch covers 24,000 Hac. Activities include walking, horse-riding, camel safaris, game-drives, night-drives, fishing, bird-shooting, archery, tennis and swimming in the waterfalls behind the ranch house.

Ol Malo Ranch and Cottages comprise of 4 individual cottages with a swimming pool. Ol Malo, a place of Greater Kudu in local parlance is a 2000 Hac ranch 2 hours drive from Maralal. Ol Malo is located top of escarpment with spectacular views of Laikipia plains all the way to Mt Kenya. Each cottage is private with a veranda, spacious bedroom, lounge, en-suite bathrooms. Activities-bush walks, camel rides, birding, day/night game drives, bush picnics and sundowners, cultural visits to the bomas, excursions to Kirisia hills.

Sabuk Lodge comprise of five cottages located on a gorge 50 metres above a Ewaso Ngiro falls. Activities include bush walls, camel walks, birding, day and night game drives, sundowners, bush picnics, cultural visits. In Sabuk ranch you are likely to see greater kudu, klipspringer, reticulated giraffe, lion, eland and leopard.

Loisaba Wilderness Lodge is the former home of Count Ancelotto. The lodge has 7 cottages and a swimming pool. It is situated on 25,000hac Colcheccio ranch. Activities: day/night game drives, sundowners, bush walks, picnics, camel riding, horse riding, spa and health treatment, bush lunches, river rafting and fishing in season, helicopter excursions and night in a star-bed

Koija Star beds. Do you want to sleep under the stars? The exclusive star beds are half thatched platforms where your bed can be wheeled and you sleep under the stars. The 4 poster beds are on 4 wheels complete with mosquito netting. The platforms have showers and flush toilets. The star beds are managed by Koija community adjacent to Loisaba Ranch.

Loisaba Wilderness Lodge

Kitich Tented Camp, MathewsRange (USD 370 PP sharing)

Kitich means “the place of happiness”. At Kitch the local Samburu and Soyei people met for celebrations marked by dances, singing, drinking and feasting. Kitich Tented Camp is located in Mathews mountain range, overlooking Ngeng River. Kitich evokes the bygone era of the traditional African safaris of tents, hurricane lamps and attentive service. The camp can accommodate a total of eight guests in four luxurious tents. Each tent has a large comfortable bed, en-suite bathroom with safari-style hot water showers. The separate open-plan cottage houses a bar, dining and sitting room with a fireplace.

Activities include; walking and hiking in the wilderness, elephant trekking, bird and butterfly watching, bush picnics, swimming, visit to local Samburu village their market.

Closed Season: April, May, June and November to mid December.

Access: By private charter to Ngelai airstrip (10 kms from Kitich).

This dreamland of timeless beauty, Laikipia is a melting pot of humanity. With all the big five and luxurious accommodation in pristine settings, Laikipia is the next frontier of adventurous travelers.

Book these facilities via Gorilla Safaris Rwanda, Doris House 1st Floor Tom Mboya Street Meru-Kenya; Tel: +254 723 684 974;Email:  rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

R&N Xplorer Africa safaris specializes in tours, car hire and rental, hotel accommodation and attractions in East Africa-Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Car rental locations are in Kampala, Jinja, Entebbe, Kigali, Bujumbura, Malindi, Mombasa, Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

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Rutundu Log Cabins Mt Kenya National Park

May 7, 2011

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge knows very well that in a marriage proposal, the where and when is very important. The location has to be special, a hide away in a special settingIt is no surprise that he found Rutundu Log Cabins worth that special honour.  Located higher up the slopes of Mt Kenya (10,000 feets above sea level), Rutundu Log Cabins enjoy a romantic location, a fairy-tales setting for happily ever after….The Rutundu log cabins are park of the famous Laikipia Tourism Circuit which comprises of private ranches, eco lodges and tented camps of Laikipia Kenya

Rutundu Log Cabins, Mt Kenya National Park, a luxury accommodation facility 10200 feet above sea level.  The cabins are self contained with log fires and en-suite bathrooms. To book the cabins email us rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

Rutundu log cabins also called Rutundu lodge enjoy a beautiful location overlooking Lake Rutundu in Mt Kenya National Park, surrounded by alpine country.  It is a private,  memorable hideaway,  a paradise for lovers away from public scrutiny.  Like Adam and Eve, in the Garden of  Eden, it you, your partner and nature.  Activities include trout fishing, fly fishing, horse riding, nature walks, Arial tours on Helicopters, hikes to nearby  lake Alice.

Lake Rutndu, Mt Kenya National Park.   The lake is small, deep and the waters not very clear.  However trout catch is superb with some weighing up to 6lbs. Averages of over 2 lbs are caught regularly.  There is a small boat to take you round the lake.

The Rutundu Log Cabins comprise of  two separate log cabins overlooking Lake Rutundu.  Each features en-suite bathroom  with open log fires.  The bigger or main cabin has a sitting and dining room, a verandah (which is perfect for breakfasts), and a kitchen.  The other cabin  has a bedroom and bathroom. All bedding, towels, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are provided.  For comfort only a group of 4 people should use the cabins.  Four extra beds can be fitted in to make a total of eight when privacy is not a big issue.  Just like the Alaskan log cabins, they are made of large cedar log with moss filling in the cracks to keep them warm.  Floors are wooden.

Rates/ Prices of Stay at Rutundu Log Cabins USD 548.00 for exclusive use of 4 pax of less on self catering basis.  An extra USD 110 per person per day is charged for full board accommodation.  That means USD 768 for two persons per day or USD 988.00 for 4 persons per day on full board basis.  Please seek clarification as prices are subject to change.

Getting to Rutundu Log Cabins

Hire 4x4 Car to visit Rutundu Log Cabins

Hire 4×4 Car to visit Rutundu Log Cabins

You can fly from Nairobi Wilson to Rutundu Airstrip.   The airstrip is 1.5 km from the cabins.  The helipad is 100 meters from the cabins.  Scheduled flights are available from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Nanyuki.  From Nanyuki you drive for 3 hrs to the Cabins. Whether you drive from Nairobi or Nanyuki, your final destination is Kazita Gorge, 15-20 minutes walk to the cabins.  The cabin staff will meet and assist you with luggage.  To book your Helicopter flight to Rutundu contact Gorilla Safaris Rwanda , Tel +254 723 684 974 or email rnxploresafaris@gmail.com.  Also contact the same for Helicopter Safaris within Mt Kenya and Laikipia.  Alternative you can  horse ride  from nearby Lewa Wildlife Conservancy or Borana Ranch.

Helicopter Tours

This Bird will take you to fly fish in Mt Kenya. The cost is about USD 2700 per hour. The price is subject to confirmation

Helicopter tours are very popular with the rich and famous who frequent this destination.  A helicopter trip will cost you on average USD 2700 per hour.  The rate is subject to confirmation.  You can arrange for pick up from your lodge.   Trips up the mountain are subject to weather conditions.

Lake Rutundu & Lake Alice Fly Fishing Trout

Fly fishing is superb at Rutundu and Lake Alice (12, 5000 feet above sea level) only 2000 feet above Lake Rutundu.  Lake Rutundu is small, deep and the waters are not clear thus making it more difficult to catch trout.  However fishing at the lake is superb with trout averages over 2 lbs being caught regularly.   Some over 3 lbs have been caught.  The lake also has punt to paddle around and fishing platforms.

In contrast Lake Alice has crystal clear blue waters.  The scenery around is beautiful with three peaks of Lenana, Batian and Nelion casting a dramatic backdrop.  The presence exotic vegetation of senecio and giant lobelia around the lake gives the location a surreal atmosphere.  Hiking from Rutundu Log Cabins to Lake Alice will take you from 45 minutes to 75 minutes of hard hiking.  However the dramatic appearance of the blue waters of the lake will melt away any tiredness.  Take your time to enjoy the outstanding beauty of the country side and an occasional sighting of various animals.  Lake Alice is named after.

Getting to Rutundu Log Cabins.

Gorilla Safaris rWanda has organized several expeditions to Rutundu log Cabins.  From our offices in Meru Town, Rutundu log Cabins is approximately two hours driver away.

From Nairobi you can fly into Nanyuki Airstrip and we drive you from Nanyuki to Rutundu.  You can also drive from Nairobi to Rutundu.  You need to leave early.  Alternatively you can drive from Nairobi to Meru and drive further to Rutundu.

Another alternative is a helicopter ride to the the log Cabins.  What means you use, you will finally have to cross Kathita Gorge and walk to the cabins.  At Kathita Gorge is a cable car specifically for luggage.

To Book Rutundu Log Cabins Contact,

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda , Tel +254 723 684 974 or email rnxploresafaris@gmail.com, info@gorillasafarisrwanda.com

A visit to Rutundu can be combined with nearby Laikipia community and private ranches. These include Il Ngwesi Community Ranch, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sanctuary at Ol Lentille, Loisaba Wilderness.

Loisaba Wilderness Lodge / House Ranch Kenya

February 16, 2011

Loisaba Wilderness is amazingly beautiful with its diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife.  Loisaba wilderness is located on 61,000 Acres private ranch where guests are free to roam freely.   Accommodation in Loisaba is not only diverse but luxurious beyond imagination of seasoned travellers.  Each day in Loisaba is an adventure.  Nights bring in other delights in terms of sleeping arrangements.  Adventurous visitors have an options of  sleeping under the African night sky in one of the unique star beds. Daily activities include, guided nature and bird walks, day a night game drives, bush meals and sundowners, horse and camel riding, mountain and quad biking, helicopters tours, cultural visits and seasonal rafting down the majestic Ewaso Ngiro and Ng’are Narok Rivers.  Guests also can play tennis courts, boules an croquet or relax in the swimming pools.  A visit to Loisaba spa after a day’s work will revive your mind, rejuvenate your body and revitalize your soul. A visit to Loisaba is best combined with nearby attractions-Ol pejeta Ranch, Sweet Waters Game Sanctuary, Saruni Samburu, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Makena’s Hills, Mukutan Retreat, Il Ngwesi and Kitich

Accommodation in Loisaba

Accommodation at Loisaba is luxurious and authentically African. Whether you choose to stay at Loisaba LodgeLoisaba House or Loisaba Cottages, you are guaranteed of being pampered and well looked after while experiencing the atmosphere and energy of wild Africa. You also have the unique opportunity to try a night under the un-spoilt Kenyan stars on one of our Star Beds or a revitalizing treatment at the renowned Loisaba Spa. Your dream luxury getaway retreat awaits you in Kenya at Loisaba.

Loisaba Lodge –USD 595 pp sharing High season1st Jul-30Sep;21Dec-02Jan.), USD 370 pp sharing Green season(01May-31 May and USD  495 pp sharing mid season (03 Jan-30Apr; 01-30Jun; 01Oct-20DEc). Entry fee for adults is USD 70.00, USD 35 for under 16s.

Constructed from stone, local timber and thatch, the lodge is perched high on the edge of the plateau looking south towards Mount Kenya. Each room has large French windows that open onto a private deck cantilevered off the escarpment. The views are legendary, and a water hole a few hundred feet below draws continuous wildlife.

All the furniture in the lodge is handmade at Loisaba. The lodge has a swimming pool, tennis court, bocce court and croquet lawn. The spa offers massage and beauty treatment and a romantic open-air bubble bath, all with a tranquil view of the unspoilt Karissia Hills.

Loisaba House –Rates based on 5 Pax Exclusive Use USD 3280 High season 1st Jul-30Sep;21Dec-02Jan.), USD 2910 Green season(01May-31 May and USD  2910 mid season (03 Jan-30Apr; 01-30Jun; 01Oct-20DEc).  Rates are all inclusive.  Entry fee for adults is USD 70.00, USD 35 for under 16s.

Loisaba House Kenya

The House is truly exclusive, self-contained private house built on the edge of the escarpment entirely from local stone and thatch. The location and architecture of the house are breathtaking, as are the furnishings, most of which have been designed and made at Loisaba.

The house has its own staff, game-drive vehicle and a private, cliff-top swimming pool. The ultimate hideaway, for small groups. The house is a private house on Loisaba. Built entirely from local materials gathered on the ranch and thatched with Mombasa palm, the house commands a spectacular view over the Laikipia plains towards Mount Kenya.

Two large en-suite bedrooms surround a duplex sitting room, bar and dining room. An eye-level swimming pool on the lip of the thousand foot escarpment lies at the foot of the garden.

Guests at the house enjoy the service of its own staff, cars and drivers: it is completely independent of the lodge, allowing guests all the facilities of the ranch with absolute privacy and exclusivity.

2 Bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin (convertible to double) both with en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower.

Loisaba Cottage- Rates based on 4 Pax Exclusive Use USD 3640 High season 1st Jul-30Sep;21Dec-02Jan.), USD 1600 Green season(01May-31 May and USD  2100 mid season (03 Jan-30Apr; 01-30Jun; 01Oct-20Dec)

Loisaba Cottage is located 9kms from the main lodge.  The Cottage comprises of  three double en-suite rooms with shower and one double/twin room with access to large bathroom via an external staircase.  It is set back from the escarpment in beautifully landscaped gardens with a private swimming pool.

Loisaba Cottage- can accomodate a total of 10 pax (6 adults and four children)

Loisaba Cottage is fully self contained complete with its own staff.  Guests have their own guide and exclusive use of a custom game drive vehicle. The cottage is suitable for groups of up to 6 adults and 4 children or indeed 8 Adults and 2 children or even as an exclusive honeymoon getaway. Guests at both exclusive properties have full use of all the lodge facilities and activities, including the beauty spa, lodge shop, tennis courts, horse riding, camel treks, mountains bikes, river rafting, balloon safaris, and the lodge main pool.

The Loisaba Star Beds- USD 595 pp sharing High season1st Jul-30Sep;21Dec-02Jan.), USD 370 pp sharing Green season(01May-31 May and USD  495 pp sharing mid season (03 Jan-30Apr; 01-30Jun; 01Oct-20DEc). Entry fee for adults is USD 70.00, USD 35 for under 16s.

A unique attraction at Loisaba are the star beds, where guests have an opportunity to sleep under the stars. Two sets of Star Beds at Loisaba.  Kiboko Star Beds are  located on top of a kopje  overlooking the “Kiboko” waterhole.  Koija Star Beds are located about 8 Kilometres further on the banks of the Ewaso N’giro River.

“Koija” Star Beds and are a new joint venture undertaken in partnership of Loisaba and Laikipiak Maasai people from the Koija community.

Each Star Bed is set on an intricately designed, handcrafted wooden raised platform, and partially covered with a thatched roof.  Homemade “Mukokoteni Beds” (uniquely designed bed on wheels), can either be wheeled onto the open deck area for a night under the stars, or left under the shelter of the roof.All the beds have complete “four-poster” insect netting. The Star Beds are normally reached by one of many options; on foot, horse, camel or vehicle and with two sets now in place create a unique opportunity to travel between them both and the lodge as part of a Star Bed Expedition.
Guests are guided and hosted by a team of traditional Samburu and Laikipiak Maasai warriors. Food is prepared in traditional camp kitchen, Barbeque style.Both the Kiboko and Koija Star Beds comprise of 2 double sleeping platforms and one twin platform. Each double platform is designed for 1 or 2 people. The family platform accommodates 4 people (sharing bathroom facilities). Each platform is en-suite and has a large camp-style shower. The platforms are sited to ensure complete privacy.
The Loisaba Spa

Loisaba has further enhanced guests’ safari experience with the opening of the Loisaba Spa.

Loisaba Spa

Loisaba Spa offers the sheer indulgence of enjoying a soothing massage overlooking the vast Laikipia Plateau in between game viewing activities takes Kenyan safaris to a new level. Loisaba’s “Mind, Body & Soul” concept encompasses the enriching experience a stay in the wild can evoke, one which affects visitors not only visually but also spiritually and emotionally – vast tracts of wilderness alive with wildlife of every shape and form, local tribes continuing their traditional lifestyle little changed for centuries, and a majestic landscape sweeping down to the indomitable Mount Kenya. The Loisaba Spa offers guests the opportunity to relax and absorb this awakening of senses.

Together with our masseuse we have blended qualified knowledge with local traditions to provide a unique range of complementary treatments. As well as full body massages and delicious wraps in mineral-rich Dead Sea mud, the spa also offers facials, manicures and pedicures.

Getting to Loisaba

You can either fly or drive to Loisaba.  Daily flights are available from Wilson Nairobi.  You can fly to Nanyuki and drive to Loisaba.

To book Loisaba Contact

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda , Tel +254 723 684 974 or email rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

Book a 4×4 car to Loisaba /Hire Car Nairobi Kenya

Hire 4x4 Car To visit Loisaba
Hire 4×4 Car To visit Loisaba Wilderness

Our car  Hire  services / Rental company locations include-Nairobi City Centre Office, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Coded NBO or JKIA) serving the whole of the country and Nairobi.  Other locations in Kenya include, Mombasa TownMoi Airport Mombasa (MBA), Malindi Airport (MYD), Kisumu, Nakuru, Nanyuki. They  open from 08:00to 18:00 hrs from Monday to Saturday.  Rental Cars can be returned at the point of pick up, at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) or at the hotels in Nairobi, Mombasa or Malindi. In the rest of East Africa rental locations (locations des voiture) are Kigali (Rwanda),  Kampala , Jinja and Entebbe (Uganda),  Bujumbura (Burundi) Dares salaam, Dar Es Salaam Airport (DAR), Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Arusha ( Tanzania) and Zanzibar.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy | Lewa Down-Prince William Hideout

November 18, 2010

The history of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy can be traced to the decline of wild black rhino population.  The intense poaching 0f the 1970’s had reduced the wild populations from the high of 20,000 individuals to a mere 300 individuals scattered in different locations. By 1980’s to safe the black rhino was the number one priority of the governments and conservations.  It was an enormous task requiring heavy investments in terms of land and security.  The government appeal to the private individuals to chip in bore fruits.

In 1983, David and Delia Craig set aside 5000 Acres of their ranch as Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary.  Anna Merz, a renowned conservationist and philanthropist contributed her savings.  With land and cash at hand, they captured and trans-located the wild populations into the sanctuary to form a breeding herd.  Today the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, employs over 300 people and occupies an area of 40,00o acres.

Location of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The conservancy is located on along Isiolo Road, two Kilometers from Meru/Isiolo/Isiolo Nanyuki junction.  It is approximately 260 Kilometers from Nairobi on a paved road.

Getting to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The critical mass of Lewa is worldwide.  It is a famous destination attracting a diversity of guests, the list of which includes no other than Prince William. From Nairobi, you can either fly or drive into Lewa.  A fly/drive arrangement is possible.  Two road options are available.  From Nairobi you can either drive as follows

  • Road A2-Nairobi-Karatina-Kiganjo-Nanyuki-Subuiga-Lewa
  • Road A2-Nairobi-Makutano(Take B2 Road)-Embu-Meru-Subuiga-Lewa
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Whichever road you use, you drive all the way to Isiolo Junction (Subuiga) from where the gate of Lewa is 2 km down Isiolo Road(A2).

Accommodation at Lewa Wildlife conservancy is offered by Lewa House, Lewa Safari Camp, Wilderness Trails, Kifaru House, Sirikoi Camp.

Lewa House consists of the main house and three cottages. It can accommodate in total 12 guests.  It has a large swimming pool

Lewa Safari Camp (USD 180 (Low Season)-USD410(High Season pp sharing) provides 12 tents with a swimming pool. The camp offer spectacular views of snow capped Mt Kenya and Laikipia.

What to do/ Activities at Lewa Wildlife Conservation.

The activities at Lewa are diverse.  Within the sanctuary itself

  1. Game viewing – with the option of day and night drives
  2. Bird
  3. Bush walks with local guides
  4. Lion tracking
  5. Visits to local villages(Bomas)
  6. Visit the pre-historic archaeological site
  7. fly fishing (weather permitting)
  8. Participation in wildlife management activities
  9. Educational talks on the history and day-to-day operation of the conservancy.
  10. Massage and Beauty therapy
  11. Sundowners
  12. Bush meals
  13. Game watching from blinds
  14. Aerial and helicopter rides.
  15. Visits to the nearby attractions and ranches.

While in Lewa one can also visit the nearby private and community ranches of  Il Ngwesi, Borana and Lekurruki.  To the west of Lewa are Il Ngwesi Ranches and Borana ranches.  Borana is a private commercial ranch incorporating wildlife conservation.  The ranch organizes excellent nature walks, horse riding and sun-downers in addition to fishing excursion in the nearby Mt Kenya National Park with overnight stays at Rutundu Log Cabins (Full board USD 570 per day  for exclusive use o f 4 pax).  Accommodation in Borana is at Borana Lodge (USD 560-640pp sharing) and Laragai (Exclusive use of upto 6 pax USD 3400-39oo depending on season per day on full board). Laragai can accommodate a total of 12 pax.

Il Ngwesi is a community ranch owned by Laikipiak/Mukogondo/ Il Ngwesi Maasai. They own the excellent Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge (USD 400 pp per night).  Activities include, exploring the magnificent conservation area that adjoins Lewa, Borana and the Mukogodo Forest Reserve. Others include visits to the cultural boma, excursions along the Ngare Ndare River with local guides which offers special opportunity to get close to the wildlife, picnic breakfasts, game drive, sun-downers on top of  Mukogodo Hills and visits to troops of baboons and monkeys. A popular attraction is OMNI, the habituated orphan black rhino, trans-located from Lewa.

Similar activities are offered at Lekurruki Ranch with accommodation at Tassia Eco Lodge (USD450 PP per night).

Besides the above, one can visit Sweet Waters Game Sanctuary and Ol Pejeta Conservancy.  In the vicinity of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are National Parks of Meru, Samburu, Mt Kenya, Buffalo Springs and Shaba.

Book your Stay in Lewa or any of the above lodge

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Our car  Hire  services / Rental company locations include-Nairobi City Centre Office, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Coded NBO or JKIA) serving the whole of the country and Nairobi.  Other locations in Kenya include, Mombasa TownMoi Airport Mombasa (MBA), Malindi Airport (MYD), Kisumu, Nakuru, Nanyuki. They  open from 08:00to 18:00 hrs from Monday to Saturday.  Rental Cars can be returned at the point of pick up, at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) or at the hotels in Nairobi, Mombasa or Malindi. In the rest of East Africa rental locations (locations des voiture) are Kigali (Rwanda),  Kampala , Jinja and Entebbe (Uganda),  Bujumbura (Burundi) Dares salaam, Dar Es Salaam Airport (DAR), Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Arusha ( Tanzania) and Zanzibar.

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Ol Pejeta Ranch House-Ol Pejeta Private House, Conservancy

June 8, 2010

Ol Pejeta Ranch House (from USD 124-USD 246 PP Sharing depending on season) is an opulent mansion set on immaculate grounds with glorious views of Mount Kenya.  Originally the home of famed multi-millionaire,  Adnan Khashoggi, Ol Pejeta Ranch House is gorgeous and  private enjoying  immaculate setting within the calm of  Ol Pejeta Game Ranch(also called Ol Pejeta Conservacny.  Ol Pejeta Guest House has a series of reception rooms, including an elegant drawing room with baronial fireplace. All round the house are verandas offering panoramic views of the surrounding areas. The house has an imposing dining room an adjacent kitchen with its own chef. Menus can be tailored to suit guests’ wishes. Also included are two private swimming pools, a barbeque site and an external dinning area.

A stay at Ol Pejeta Ranch House is a retreat back to history, to the bygone traditions of Kenya’s farmhouse hospitality.  Accommodation in the main house comprises of:-

  • two (2) magnificent master suites, ‘his’ and ‘hers’ both with king-sized beds, opulent furnishings, private bathrooms,  private dressing rooms and large verandas / balconies with excellent view of game teeming plains
  • two (2) luxurious guest rooms with double bed, en suite with bathroom and terrace

Outside the main house is the Buffalo Cottage with2 Deluxe guest rooms and a Fireplace. The buffalo cottage enjoys its own private entrance and garden.

The Ol Pejeta Ranch House is located in the vast Ol Pejeta Conservancy.  The conservancy inclusive of Sweet Waters Game Sanctuary occupies an area of 110,000 Hac. The conservancy is located between Mt Kenya and Aberdare national parks. Part of ol Pejeta’s attractions is its history.  Originally owned by Lord Delamere, Ol Pejeta has changed ownership several times. From Lord Delamere, It went to Roussel (Father in law of Christina Onasis) and later to Adnan Khasoggi. Today it is run by Serena Hotels. It has all the big five-rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion. Also found here are chimpanzees, Grevy’s Zebra, Jackson’s Hartebeests anc cheetahs. Besides chimpanzee tracking and game watching, Ol Pejeta offer tree planting, bird walks, camel rides, cultural tours to Maasai Manyattas, safari sun-downers, lion tracking

Getting to Ol Pejeta Ranch House

From Nairobi drive to Nanyuki(200Km)  and the from Nanyuki to Ol Pejeta Conservancy(17Km). You will need  a 4×4 Car. You can also fly to Nanyuki Airstrip and drive to Ol Pejeta by car.

Besides the Ol Pejeta Ranch House, other accommodation facilities within Ol Pejeta conservancy include Sweet Waters Tented Camp, Kicheche Bush Camp and Ol Pejeta Bush Camp.

Book these facilities Email:  rnxploresafaris@gmail.com Tel +254 723 684 974

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Our car  Hire  services / Rental company locations include-Nairobi City Centre Office, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Coded NBO or JKIA) serving the whole of the country and Nairobi.  Other locations in Kenya include, Mombasa TownMoi Airport Mombasa (MBA), Malindi Airport (MYD), Kisumu, Nakuru, Nanyuki. They  open from 08:00to 18:00 hrs from Monday to Saturday.  Rental Cars can be returned at the point of pick up, at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) or at the hotels in Nairobi, Mombasa or Malindi. In the rest of East Africa rental locations (locations des voiture) are Kigali (Rwanda),  Kampala , Jinja and Entebbe (Uganda),  Bujumbura (Burundi) Dares salaam, Dar Es Salaam Airport (DAR), Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Arusha ( Tanzania) and Zanzibar.

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

June 8, 2010

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp (USD 385-470 per person sharing on full board)

Located in the 100, 000 acres Ol Pejeta Ranch, the Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is traditional yet very comfortable.  The camp enjoys a beautiful location on the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River, right on the equator. Accommodation is provided in 6 bush tents with twin beds, overlooking the river.  The eco-friendly bush camp has no permanent structures and in case of big groups, additional tents can be added.    Tents either single/double/twin bedded, with duvets and blanket, with en-suite toilets and wash stand on the verandah. Showers are in the form of safari bucket.  Guests are free to order their showers any time of the day.  Water is heated to individual’s temperature requirement. Light is provided by re-chargeable solar lights.

At the camp guests have an opportunity participate in conservation activities like radio tracking of resident lions, rhinos and Cheetah.  Guests can freely interact with researchers, rangers and guides who have insightful information on modern wildlife conservation. Guests also have an opportunity to learn about cattle ranching. Guests are also free to participate in capture and release, treatment of injured and sick animals,  and translocation of wildlife if they happen to be in the ranch during these activities.

Getting to Ol Pejeta Bush Camp:

From Nairobi drive to Nanyuki and drive to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. You will need  a 4×4 Car. You can also fly to Nanyuki Airstrip and drive to Ol Pejeta by car.

In summary activities include, Guided wildlife walks, day and Day and night game drives (with spotlights and night-vision monoculars), learn of wildlife data collection and monitoring, guided tours of sweet waters chimpanzee sanctuary, climbing Mt Kenya, tracking collared lions, elephant and other wildlife monitoring, visit Baraka, a blind black rhino, learn about Boran and Ankole cattle pastoral care and integration techniques with wildlife, game watching at the water hole, visit a local primary school or dispensary supported by Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Rhino tracking with the rangers (by special request only, maximum 2 guests per patrol)

Book Ol Pejeta Bush Camp via Gorilla Safaris Rwanda, Doris House 1st Floor Tom Mboya Street Meru-Kenya; Tel: +254 723 684 974;Email:  rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

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Our car  Hire  services / Rental company locations include-Nairobi City Centre Office, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Coded NBO or JKIA) serving the whole of the country and Nairobi.  Other locations in Kenya include, Mombasa TownMoi Airport Mombasa (MBA), Malindi Airport (MYD), Kisumu, Nakuru, Nanyuki. They  open from 08:00to 18:00 hrs from Monday to Saturday.  Rental Cars can be returned at the point of pick up, at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) or at the hotels in Nairobi, Mombasa or Malindi. In the rest of East Africa rental locations (locations des voiture) are Kigali (Rwanda),  Kampala , Jinja and Entebbe (Uganda),  Bujumbura (Burundi) Dares salaam, Dar Es Salaam Airport (DAR), Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Arusha ( Tanzania) and Zanzibar.

Kicheche Bush Camp

June 8, 2010

Kicheche Bush Camp (USD 335 PP sharing)

Kicheche’s new Laikipia Camp is a small luxurious tented camp, nestled at the foot of indigenous forest overlooking a waterhole, in the centre of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy (90,000 Acres). It accommodates 12 guests.

Accommodation consists of six luxurious tents. The tents are custom-designed and are fully insect-proof with en-suite bathrooms equipped with a dresser, flushing toilet and hot showers. There are comfortable chairs on each veranda overlooking the plains. One tent can be converted into a triple on request. There is a spacious well-furnished lounge and dining tent.

Getting To Kicheche Bush Camp

From Nairobi drive to Nanyuki and drive to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. You will need  a 4×4 Car. You can also fly to Nanyuki Airstrip and drive to Ol Pejeta by car.

In summary activities include, Guided wildlife walks, day and Day and night game drives (with spotlights and night-vision monoculars ), learn of wildlife data collection and monitoring, guided tours of sweet waters chimpanzee sanctuary, climbing Mt Kenya, tracking collared lions, elephant and other wildlife monitoring, visit Baraka, a blind black rhino, learn about Boran and Ankole cattle pastoral care and integration techniques with wildlife, game watching at the water hole, visit a local primary school or dispensary supported by Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Rhino tracking with the rangers (by special request only, maximum 2 guests per patrol)

Book Kicheche Bush Camp via R&N Xplorer Africa Safaris, Doris House 1st Floor Tom Mboya Street Meru-Kenya; Tel: +254 723 684 974;Email:  rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

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Makena’s Hills Tented Camp

June 8, 2010

In Kimeru Language, “Makena” means the “happy one” . As if to proof this true, Makena’s Hill Tented Camp enjoys one of the most scenic and dramatic locations in the world.   The camp is surrounded by series of ridges, amidst steep gorges and valleys in an open savannah plain.   In this location is the  private paradise, home of conservationist and author Kuki Gallman.   Wildlife spotting is amazing with over 400 species of birds.

The camp is sited on the southern end of Kuki Gallmann’s Ol Ari Nyiro ranch, overlooking the rift valley down to Lake Baringo.  In this fantasy location, in the furthest west of Laikipia, the film “I Dreamed of Africa” was shot.

Accommodation is provided by 8 enormous Arabic desert style tents.  The décor is Arabic with luxurious furnishings, antiques and mirrors.   You can either choose to stay in tent fitted with two queen size beds or on with a four poster double bed.   Each tent is attached to a spacious dressing room /bathroom and a private massage bed and yoga mats.  Each has a private verandah overlooking the Great Rift Valley.

Facilities include a central area with two giant fireplaces, adjacent to a study and reading room, a   front terrace with a camp fire, dining room, bar, shop and swimming pool.

Quality organic food is served.

Activities include walking and hiking the hills, game drives and tracking, camel walks, horse riding, bird walks, botanical walks, fishing for black bass and crayfish, night under stars in moonlit cottage, visits to local Pokot and Samburu homesteads, aromatherapy, massage and yoga, visit to archeological sites and aerial safaris.

Closed Season: Open all year round

Getting to Makena’s Hills Tented Camp: By private charter flight to Engelesha airfield.

Book these facilities via Gorilla Safaris Rwanda, Doris House 1st Floor Tom Mboya Street Meru-Kenya; Tel: +254 723 684 974;Email:  rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

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Laikipia Tented Camps-Accommodation In Group, Community And Private Ranches

May 25, 2010

Laikipia is a dreamland of timeless beauty, enjoying pristine settings, the home and next frontier for adventurous traveler. If you imagine peace of mind, plenty of wildlife, pampered luxury and extreme adventure, Laikipia is your destination.  In gathering the scattered information on tourism in this region, we focus on luxury tented camps.

The luxury tented camps of Laikipia include among others Lewa Safari Camp, Makena’s Hills, Sangare, Kitich, Elephant watch, Ol pejeta Bush Camp and Kicheche Bush camp.

Definition:– Laikipia is a vast region encompassing the Central Northern Kenya.  For tourism purposes our Laikipia is that circuit between the towns of Nyeri, Merille, Barogoi, Lake Baringo, Marigat, Ol Kalau back to Nyeri inclusive of Nyahururu, Aberdare and Mt Kenya massifs, to the west of road A2.  That region inclusive of Nyeri, Maralal, Nanyuki and Nyahururu towns, Samburu, Buffalo Springs Reserves, Mathews range, the private, group or community ranches of Mugie, Lewa, Ol Pejeta, Borana, Tassia,  Sweet Waters, El Karama, Tarsia, Il Ngwesi, Segera, Ole Lentille, Sangare, Solio, Ol malo, Lekurruki, Ol Ari Ngiro, Loisaba, ll Motiok, Maralal Game Sanctuary, Namunyak conservancy.

Below are the luxury tented camps in this region, their location and other details. Tented camps must not be mistaken for campsites.  Campsites are basic, providing grounds where you can pitch your tent, firewood and maybe water.  Campsites are mostly self catering while tented camps are establishment bordering on luxury with permanently erected canvas tents, with additional local roofing, complete with flush toilets and even bath taps similar to a five star hotel.

Elephant Watch Safaris Tented Camp ( 470 PP sharing)

Situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river in Samburu National Reserve.  Described as exotic, the camp very exclusive catering for high end guests, who desire to gain intimate knowledge of elephants. The area has over a thousand elephants in herds of 66 families.  Accommodates a maximum of 10 guests, the camp has five custom made desert tents with en-suite bathrooms.  Activities include, daily elephant watch tours, bird and nature walks, visits to safe the elephant project and local bomas.  All safaris are conducted by excellent local guides.

Closed Season: Closed in April and November during the rains.

Access: By Air Kenya & daily scheduled flight from Wilson, by private charter or by road via Nanyuki town.

Kitich Tented Camp, Mathews Range (USD 370 PP sharing)

Kitich means “the place of happiness”. At Kitch the local Samburu and Soyei people met for celebrations marked by dances, singing, drinking and feasting.  Kitich Tented Camp is located in Mathews mountain range, overlooking Ngeng River. Kitich evokes the bygone era of the traditional African safaris of tents, hurricane lamps and attentive service. The camp can accommodate a total of eight guests in four luxurious tents.  Each tent has a large comfortable bed,  en-suite bathroom with safari-style hot water showers. The separate open-plan cottage houses a bar, dining and sitting room with a fireplace.

Activities include;- walking and hiking in the wilderness, elephant trekking, bird and butterfly watching, bush picnics, swimming, visit to local Samburu village their market.

Closed Season: April, May, June and November to mid December.

Access: By private charter to Ngelai airstrip (10 kms from Kitich).

Lewa Safari Camp

Located in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.   The camp provides visitors with an insight into conservation and wildlife management. The camp can accomodate 26 guests, the permanent luxury tents are comprised of nine twins, two triples and one double. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water and flush toilets. The camp also has a pool.

Activities: game viewing – with the option of day and night drives, bird and bush walks, lion trekking, visits to local villages, visit the pre-historic archaeological site, fly fishing (weather permitting, participation in wildlife management activities, educational talks on the history and day-to-day operation of the conservancy.

Optional activities include horse riding and camel trekking, visits to Il N’gwesi Maasai cultural village, scenic flights up Mt. Kenya for trout fishing and walking with an overnight stay at the Rutundu log cabins.

Closed Season: 1st April to 15th May and November.

Access: By daily schedule flight from Wilson Airport (Nairobi) to Lewa Downs, by private charter flight direct to the Lewa airstrip, or by road from either Nanyuki (2 hours) or Nairobi.

Makena’s Hills Tented Camp

In Kimeru Language, “Makena” means the “happy one” . As if to proof this true, Makena’s Hill Tented Camp enjoys one of the most scenic and dramatic locations in the world.   The camp is surrounded by series of ridges, amidst steep gorges and valleys in an open savannah plain.   In this location is the  private paradise, home of conservationist and author Kuki Gallman.   Wildlife spotting is amazing with over 400 species of birds.

The camp is sited on the southern end of Kuki Gallmann’s Ol Ari Nyiro ranch, overlooking the rift valley down to Lake Baringo.  In this fantasy location, in the furthest west of Laikipia, the film “I Dreamed of Africa” was shot.  Accommodation is provided by 8 enormous Arabic desert style tents.  The décor is Arabic with luxurious furnishings, antiques and mirrors.   You can either choose to stay in tent fitted with two queen size beds or on with a four poster double bed.   Each tent is attached to a spacious dressing room /bathroom and a private massage bed and yoga mats.  Each has a private verandah overlooking the Great Rift Valley.

Facilities include a central area with two giant fireplaces, adjacent to a study and reading room, a   front terrace with a camp fire, dining room, bar, shop and swimming pool.

Quality organic food is served.

Activities include walking and hiking the hills, game drives and tracking, camel walks, horse riding, bird walks, botanical walks, fishing for black bass and crayfish, night under stars in moonlit cottage, visits to local Pokot and Samburu homesteads, aromatherapy, massage and yoga, visit to archeological sites and aerial safaris.

Closed Season: Open all year round

Access: By private charter flight to Engelesha airfield.

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp(USD 385-470 per person sharing on full board)

Located in the 100, 000 acres Ol Pejeta Ranch, the Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is traditional yet very comfortable.  The camp enjoys a beautiful location on the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River, right on the equator. Accommodation is provided in 6 bush tents with twin beds, overlooking the river.  The eco-friendly bush camp has no permanent structures and in case of big groups, additional tents can be added.    Tents either single/double/twin bedded, with duvets and blanket, with en-suite toilets and wash stand on the verandah. Showers are in the form of safari bucket.  Guests are free to order their showers any time of the day.  Water is heated to individual’s temperature requirement. Light is provided by re-chargeable solar lights.

At the camp guests have an opportunity participate in conservation activities like radio tracking of resident lions, rhinos and Cheetah.  Guests can freely interact with researchers, rangers and guides who have insightful information on modern wildlife conservation. Guests also have an opportunity to learn about cattle ranching. Guests are also free to participate in capture and release, treatment of injured and sick animals,  and translocation of wildlife if they happen to be in the ranch during these activities.

In summary activities include, Guided wildlife walks, day and Day and night game drives (with spotlights and night-vision monoculars), learn of wildlife data collection and monitoring, guided tours of sweet waters chimpanzee sanctuary, climbing Mt Kenya, tracking collared lions, elephant and other wildlife monitoring, visit Baraka, a blind black rhino, learn about Boran and Ankole cattle pastoral care and integration techniques with wildlife, game watching at the water hole, visit a local primary school or dispensary supported by Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Rhino tracking with the rangers (by special request only, maximum 2 guests per patrol)

Kicheche Bush Camp (USD 335 PP sharing)

Kicheche’s new Laikipia Camp is a small luxurious tented camp, nestled at the foot of indigenous forest overlooking a waterhole, in the centre of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy (90,000 Acres). It accommodates 12 guests.  Accommodation consists of six luxurious tents. The tents are custom-designed and are fully insect-proof with en-suite bathrooms equipped with a dresser, flushing toilet and hot showers. There are comfortable chairs on each veranda overlooking the plains. One tent can be converted into a triple on request. There is a spacious well-furnished lounge and dining tent.

In summary activities include, Guided wildlife walks, day and Day and night game drives (with spotlights and night-vision monoculars ), learn of wildlife data collection and monitoring, guided tours of sweet waters chimpanzee sanctuary, climbing Mt Kenya, tracking collared lions, elephant and other wildlife monitoring, visit Baraka, a blind black rhino, learn about Boran and Ankole cattle pastoral care and integration techniques with wildlife, game watching at the water hole, visit a local primary school or dispensary supported by Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Rhino tracking with the rangers (by special request only, maximum 2 guests per patrol)

Sangare Ranch Tented Camp (USD 135 PP sharing)

Situated in a 5000 acre Sangare Private Ranch at the foot of Aberdare Range the camp lies on the shore of a soda bird lake surrounded by wooded ravines, open meadows and dense thickets – ideal habitat for birds, elephant, buffalo and leopard.

The camp has twelve double tents with en-suite bathrooms. The main building has a lounge, a dining room with a fireplace, and a veranda for relaxation.  The well trained staff who takes good care of the guest is a major plus of the camp. Of particular notice are the excellent driver guides and trackers, with enormous knowledge of their environment.

Activities include days and night game drives, bird watching (over 300 species), nature walks, horse riding, picnics, mountain bike, fly fishing for rainbow trout, night game walks, bush breakfast and sundowners.  Other activities include visits to nearby Solio Ranch and Aberdare National Park.

 

Access: By scheduled flight to Nanyuki with transfers or by private charter to the Sangare airstrip. Guests without 4-Wheel Drive vehicle can be met at Green Hills Hotel in Nyeri.

To Book any of these properties contact

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda, Tel +254723684974, Email: rnxploresafaris@gmail.com Websites:  http://www.gorillasafarisrwanda.com

Kitich Tented Camp Mathew’s Range

May 20, 2010

Kitich Tented Camp, Mathews Range (USD 370 PP sharing)

Kitich means “the place of happiness”. At Kitich the local Samburu and Soyei people met for celebrations marked by dances, singing, drinking and feasting.  Besides  the valley of Ngeng River,  guaranteed the locals of plenty of water for their livestock and hence the name.  Kitich Tented Camp is sited on a mountain range, overlooking Ngeng River. Kitich evokes the bygone era of the traditional African safaris of tents, hurricane lamps and attentive service. The camp can accommodate a total of eight guests in four luxurious tents. Each tent has a large comfortable bed, en-suite bathroom with safari-style hot water showers. The separate open-plan cottage houses a bar, dining and sitting room with a fireplace.

Activities include; walking and hiking in the wilderness, elephant trekking, bird and butterfly watching, bush picnics, swimming, visit to local Samburu villages and their market.

Closed Season: April, May, June and November to mid December.

Access: By private charter to Ngelai airstrip (10 kms from Kitich).

This dreamland of timeless beauty, Laikipia is a melting pot of humanity. With all the big five and luxurious accommodation in pristine settings.  Laikipia is the next frontier of adventurous travellers.

Book these facilities via Gorilla Safaris Rwanda, Doris House 1st Floor Tom Mboya Street Meru-Kenya; Tel: +254 723 684 974;Email:  rnxploresafaris@gmail.com