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News-Lewa Conservancy Loses 4 more rhinos reducing total to 71

December 5, 2012

(Isiolo, Kenya) – In the past week, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy suffered the demoralizing loss of four rhinos to poachers. Two male black rhinos and two female black rhinos were slaughtered, bringing the population of rhino on Lewa back down to 71 individuals. In a country where the population is slightly above 600 animals, these incidents are a devastating blow to conservation efforts and show the enormous pressure that these animals are under.

Rhinotek, an 11-year-old female rhino was found dead at mid-day on the 1st of December. The initial assessment did not give a clear indication of the cause of death but further veterinary examination established that the animal died from a bullet wound to the stomach. Nyota, a 20-year-old female and Serian, a seven-year-old male were shot dead at approximately 1:00 am, on the 2nd of December. Another carcass, later on identified as Jazz, a male rhino, was discovered mid-afternoon on the 2nd of December. Three of the rhino horn sets were intact and have since been recovered for safekeeping. The poachers managed to remove the other set of horns.

Many experts highlight that Africa’s rhinos are facing the worst poaching crisis in decades, with the most serious poaching upsurges in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. Although population figures for both black and white rhinos have increased since 2007, because of the increase in poaching, there is still grave concern for the rhino’s future. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is not immune to this crisis and has lost 10 rhinos in the last three years.

“These incidents serve as a constant reminder of the harsh reality and rapidly escalating threat faced by rhinos. Lewa is now more than ever determined to counter these threats by increasing our security and monitoring efforts, reinforcing the important contribution that Lewa’s wildlife is making to local communities, and minimizing the risk posed to the remaining rhino population,” Mike Watson, Lewa’s CEO reaffirms the commitment towards rhino conservation, despite this most recent setback.

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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
  • Rent 4×4 car to visit lewa

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.

To visit Lewa contact

Gorilla Safaris Rwanda Tel +254723684974

Emails: info@gorillasafarisrwanda.com

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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.