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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

Rutundu Log Cabins Mt Kenya The Love Nest Video

September 25, 2012

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 love nest for lovers away from public scrutiny.  The loft location- higher up the slopes of Mt Kenya (10,000 feets above sea level), is romantic, a fairy-tales setting for happily ever after memories….The cabins are part of the famous Laikipia Tourism Circuit which comprises of private ranches, eco lodges and tented camps of Laikipia Kenya.  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.

The fame of Rutundu log Cabins is legendary.  Prince William engaged his wife Kate Middleton here.  Likewise you can do it here.

Getting to Rutundu Log Cabins

One can either drive or ride by helicopter to Rutundu.  Helicopter rides will cost in the range of USD 2500 per hour.

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.

Combine visits to Rutundu with nearby community and private ranches like Il Ngwesi Community Ranch, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sanctuary at Ol Lentille, Loisaba Wilderness.

To Book Rutundu Log Cabins Contact,

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

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Lewa Wildlife Conservancy-Another Rhino Lost As Poaching Intensify

September 14, 2012

Two nights ago, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy sadly lost a 17-year-old male rhino to poachers. Nengoitei was brutally killed and his horns removed. This is the 5th poaching incident Lewa has suffered to date. Investigations are on-going. The hefty sum paid for African rhino horn today has attracted criminal groups ready to cash in at the expense of an entire species, and this incident is a harsh reminder of the threat facing rhinos across their entire range. Lewa will continue to do its very best to protect this endangered species and avoid any recurrence of this nature.  Details Available at Lewa Wildlife conservancyImage

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
  • 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.  An important activity is Game viewing – with the option of day and night drives.  Other activities include-Bird watching, Bush walks with local guides, Lion tracking, Visits to local villages(Bomas) and visit to nearby pre-historic archaeological site.  Fly fishing (weather permitting) in Mt Kenya National Park. An ideal location to engage in this Rutundu Log Cabins fishing at the nearby Lake Rutundu and Alice.  One can also participate in wildlife management activitie and educational talks on the history and day-to-day operation of the conservancy.  For those who desire pampering the conservancy offers Massage and Beauty therapy,Sundowners and Bush meals.  Adventure lovers can engage in Game watching from blinds, lion tracking and Aerial / helicopter rides into Mt Kenya.

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.

To visit Lewa  Contract Gorilla Safaris Rwanda, Email:rnxploresfaris@gmail.com 

Lewa wildlife conservancy is an ideal location for nature and adventure lovers.

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.

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille | Ole Lentile Hotel Lodge

April 22, 2011

Colonel’s House Sanctuary Ole lentille

A guest who could not believe her eyes, mesmerized by the beautiful scenery, once asked in Kiswahili-”tumefika mbinguni?” translated into English, “have we arrived in paradise?”.  She might not have been far from the truth.  Laikipia is a paradise that has attracted the world attention for the last one thousand years.  . Laikipia is and has always been about Dynamism,  Romance, Adventure and discovery And to a bigger extent Missing in Action. This is the discovery that Prince William, the heir to the throne made the first time he landed at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.  On landing love was in the air.  He could not keep off the alluring Jecca Craig. Rumors of imminent wedding in the world press were spreading like a bushfire in hamatan.  Well! Well! well, today (22 April 2011), wedding bells of probably the greatest wedding of the 21st Century are ringing loud. Unless something happens, Prince William will wed Kate Middleton on 29th April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. Not only is the wedding big news but the mystery of Laikipia features prominently.  The Mystery where in Laikipia did the Prince propose to Kate? Was it at Lewa? Rutundu Log CabinsMukutan Retreat? The Sanctuary at Ol Lentil?, Ol Pejeta? Il Ngwesi?  To cut the long story short, today we bring to you the luxury and the breathing taking scenery at a paradise in Laikipia Kenya= The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille.

Getting to The Sanctuary of Ol Lentille, you can either drive or fly.

The sanctuary of Ole Lentille is located to the North West of Lewa Wildlife Sanctuary near Dol Dol.  The private sanctuary at Ole Lentille occupy an area of 20,000 acres, located 75 km from Nanyuki slightly north of Dol Dol town

 Ole Lentille is a name given to a hill in the centre of Laikipia Plateau with panoramic views of Mt Kenya, the Samburu sacred mountain Ol Olokwe, the Matthews Range and the Karisia Hills .

Ol Lentille Conservancy

The conservancy is 20,000 acres of grassy hills and deep valleys, heavily wooded with many acacia species and African olives. Its sandy laghas are bordered by great stands of fig and fever trees. The Conservancy is home to the endangered African wild dog, greater kudu, leopard, striped and spotted hyena, and klipspringer.

The conservancy is an initiative of the  Kijabe Group Ranch, on the far northern escarpment of the Laikipia Plateau with enormous views to the craggy peak of Mt Kenya, .

Accommodation at  Ol Lentille Conservancy

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille comprises of four fully furnished and staffed private houses perched on the flanks of a wooded rock kopje, in the heart of Ole Lentile Conservancy. The four houses are named, the Chief’s, The Sultan’s, The Colonel’s and the Eyrie ( Eagle Nest-so called because it’s perched up in the kopje)  The description your own place in the African bush befits both the houses and the sanctuary.  Besides own private compound, each of the four houses has a butler, a valet, a guide, a 4×4 vehicle and a guard (Askari).

The Chief’s House


The Chief’s House can accommodate a total of six Guests.  It is a reflection of contemporary Africa combining a sumptuously cool modern interior with the best of African art, fabrics and artefacts. It has three double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. The sitting room has a charming open fire, as well as a plunge-pool on the outdoor deck. Each bedroom has a dressing room and bathroom. The master bedroom has a large outdoor bath set in the rocks for candlelight bathing under the stars.

The Sultan’s House

Can Accommodate 2-4 guests.  This stone-built house is designed in “Lamu” style under a huge roof thatched with twisted papyrus. It has fine plaster carving, and lavish furnishings, including a four-poster bed. The House has one enormous double bedroom, a huge sitting/dining room and a kitchen. The space of this House is such that it can be converted to provide a second (children’s’) bedroom.

The Colonel’s House,

In “Campaign” style, this house seems truly to be the bush home of a well-traveled military man. With brass-bound furniture, oriental carpets, and a beautiful “Knole” sofa in front of an open fire you can feel a connection with a bygone era of comfort and style. The House has two double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. Each bedroom has a dressing room and a sunken bath. The courtyard has a plunge-pool.

The Eyrie House

This special house is perched at the top of our kopje in “African Retro” style. The Eyrie has one bedroom, a sitting and dining room with open fire and kitchen. It is seductively furnished. The circular bedroom has a gigantic round bed, and it is but a few steps to your own secluded outdoor double rock bath with views over our rugged hills to the deserts of the north. The Eyrie can sleep 2 guests.

Activities, What to do, Attractions at Ol Lentille Sanctuary

The Lodge has a gallery and shop  with art and necessities.  Also there is a common pool for swimming, lounging, sunbathing, dining.  There is a Library has books, games, relaxing, fireside.  A Deck – wildlife viewing, with GPS telescope, bar, central fireplace. Also available are Boules/Bocce/Petanque, Croquet,Good food and wine.

In the conservancy are Game drives – day and night,  Walking – day and night,   Abseiling and rock-climbing,   Horse riding,  Camel riding, Mountain biking,  Quad-bikes/ATVs,  Bush Skills course,  Fly camping.

To book  Sanctuary at Ol Lentille Contact

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

Hire 4×4 Car to visit Ol Lentille

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