Zakale Expeditions

Comforts of Laikipia

Lewa Safari Camp

OVERVIEW
Lewa Safari Camp has a stunning location within the wildlife / rhino conservancy, with outstanding game
viewing from camp and views to Mt. Kenya to the south and the arid lowlands to the north. Each tent has a
thatched roof, verandah and full en suite bathroom, very much in the ‘Lewa’ style. The central areas have
exquisite gardens with a sunny verandah and swimming pool to enjoy during the day, and cosy log fires in the lounge and dining room in the chilly evenings.

ACCOMMODATION
Shaded by thatched grass roofs, Lewa Safari Camp’s twelve luxury tents sit on raised wooden platforms. Each tent is simply but comfortably furnished with large, ‘ranch-wood’ beds and safari furniture. All tents have en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets.

FACILITIES
The thatched, open-air dining/sitting room and bar areas look out over a grass and acacia garden. For those not wishing to join all game drives, a stone-lined saltwater swimming pool and pool-cottage are available to relax in during the day.
ACTIVITIES

  • Shared game drives in 4x4 Land Cruisers
  • Guided bush walks
  • Swimming pool
  • Bush breakfasts
  • Sundowners
  • Horse-riding
  • Archaeological site
  • Educational talks on the history and the day to day operation of the Conservancy
  • Gift shop
  • Kicheche Laikipia Camp

    OVERVIEW
    Kicheche 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. Its twelve guests are hosted by Andy and Sonja Webb, an extremely knowledgeable and well-experienced management team.

    ACCOMMODATION
    The camp consists of six luxurious tents. These large tents are custom designed and are fully insect-proof with en-suite bathrooms equipped with a flushing toilet, shower and hot and cold running water. A family tent, sleeping up to 4 guests, is also available.

    DAILY ROUTINE
    Guests are woken with tea, coffee or hot chocolate & biscuits brought to their tent. An early morning game drive sets off at sunrise and returns to the camp late morning. Breakfast is a leisurely affair taken outside in the morning sunlight. Lunch is also served al-fresco in the shade of an olive tree. During the heat of the day, relax your tent or the lounge and appreciate the silence, punctuated only by birdcalls. Alternatively, utilise the reference library in the lounge tent, which has an excellent selection of books. An afternoon game drive departs around 16h00 after tea and returns after sundowners. Freshen up before joining other guests around the campfire for a pre-dinner drink. Dinner is served by candlelight al-fresco or in the dining tent.

    ACTIVITIES
    Kicheche Laikipia offers a full selection of game-viewing activities including Day Game Drives, Night Game Drives which focus on nocturnal species not seen on regular day drives. Interpretative Game Walks are another activity permitted on the Conservancy.

    There is also a Lion Tracking program which monitors the lions of the area (some have been collared with receivers). As part of the program the guides are able to track the lions with a portable satellite dish and remit the data to the study centre. In addition, the Wildlife Educational Centre is interesting for both children and adults alike, and the Chimpanzee Sanctuary for orphaned chimps is an excellent venue to observe the two families and learn about the perils facing chimpanzees in the wild.

    Wilderness Trails 

    OVERVIEW
    Situated in the wildlife-rich Eastern corner of the Conservancy is the Craig family home, Wilderness Trails, where guests have been entertained in luxury for the past 30 years.

    ACCOMMODATION
    Wilderness Trails lodge sleeps just eighteen guests in either family cottages in the garden or private chalets on the hill looking towards the former northern frontier district. Each of the rooms is quite different from each other having changed in style both with the times and with the different generations of the Craig family that have run the property.

    FACILITIES
    All the Wilderness Trails rooms have a sitting room area with bar and open log fireplace as well as private en suite facilities. For those that wisely spend time enjoying and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings there is plenty to keep you busy. A tennis court, swimming pool and table tennis provide onsite activity which is complimented by a well stocked shop, a game viewing balcony in the sitting room and a library for those that seek something a little more sedate.
    ACTIVITIES

  • Day and Night Game Drives
  • Bush Walks with a professional tracker
  • Horse Rides
  • Camel Rides
  • Game Blinds
  • Hiking/Jogging with a Maasai warrior
  • Visiting a Maasai cultural boma
  • Wilderness Trails hosts and flies the only open cockpit biplane in East Africa which will take you around the conservation areas of northern Kenya. It is a truly magical experience and very much returns you to the "Out of Africa" era. The pilot, Will Craig, has over 5,000 hours experience flying mostly in the Lewa area and can show you how the conservation project is improving and positively affecting the local communities.
  • Loisaba Wilderness

    OVERVIEW
    Loisaba Wilderness is a private game ranch in northern Kenya on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau, which borders Kenya’s Northern Frontier District.

    A true wilderness of remote beauty, the ranch offers total privacy and exclusivity, with an abundance of wildlife. It is luxurious, yet in harmony with its surroundings; full of adventure, yet an oasis of calm.

    Just 70 kilometers north of Mount Kenya, this wilderness area has 5 (five) superb accommodations, each with its own unique qualities.

    ACCOMMODATION
    Loisaba Lodge - 7 en-suite rooms. 4 doubles & 3 twins (can also be doubles). 3 rooms can fit extra beds (rms 4, 5 & 8).
    Loisaba House – 1 double & 1 twin en-suite rooms (both can fit 1 extra bed).
    Loisaba Cottage – 3 double en-suite rooms, 1 mezzanine room with a detached bathroom. 2 of the rooms can be triples.
    Kiboko Starbeds - 2 doubles & 1 twin platform. All platforms have space for extra beds, but they do not roll out.
    Koija Starbeds - 2 doubles & 1 twin platform. All platforms have space for extra beds, but they do not roll out.

    Extra beds are provided for children under the age of 16yrs only.

    Loisaba Lodge has 7 rooms, and looks out from the top of an escarpment over many miles of empty wilderness to Mt. Kenya in the distance. Each room has its own private deck and the same magnificent view. The lodge has a swimming pool, tennis court, boules court and spa with a selection of treatments.
    Loisaba House is a truly exclusive, self-contained private house with a cliff-top infinity pool. It is built on the edge of the escarpment. The location and architecture of the house are breathtaking, as are the furnishings, most of which have been designed and crafted at Loisaba.
    Loisaba Cottage is approximately 9kms from the main lodge. It is set back from the escarpment in beautifully landscaped gardens with a private swimming pool.
    Kiboko Star Beds are 20 minutes’ drive from the lodge and overlook a waterhole. Each Star Bed is designed on a raised, handcrafted, wooden platform that is partially covered with a thatched roof. Homemade ‘Mukokoteni’ beds can either be wheeled onto the open deck for a night under the stars, or left under the shelter of the roof
    Koija Star Beds are 40 minutes’ drive from the lodge, overlook the Ewaso Nyiro River & similar in layout to Kiboko starbeds.

    ACTIVITIES

  • Day & night game drives
  • Cultural experiences
  • Guided bush and bird walks
  • Bush breakfasts & dinners & sundowners
  • Horse & camel safari
  • Lion tracking
  • Leopard hide
  • Safaris to nearby Mugie Ranch (private rhino sanctuary
  • with both black & white rhino)
  • Mountain biking & quad biking
  • River rafting & fishing (seasonal)
  • Spa – hot tub, scrubs, wraps, massages, manicure, pedicure
  • Gift shop
  • Tennis, croquet, boules
  • Swimming pool
  • Sirikoi

    OVERVIEW
    Sirikoi is a spectacular game lodge situated on it’s own private estate in the centre of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Sirikoi is surrounded by an acacia grove and overlooks a natural waterhole fed by a spring. Evening sundowners with incredible views of distant mountains, are an absolute highlight, preceding exquisite meals served under the stars or next to the roaring fire.

    ACCOMMODATION
    Four Luxury Tented Rooms
    The four luxury tented rooms at Sirikoi are spacious and beautifully decorated. The tents are on raised wooden platforms affording wonderful views across the gardens to the waterhole, which is constantly frequented by local wildlife seeking water. Each of the tents has a fireplace within the bedroom area, and an en suite bathroom with bath, shower and double sink. On your return from a day on safari, the fire is lit and hot showers await.

    Sirikoi Cottage - two bedrooms
    Ideal for families, Sirikoi Cottage is an entirely private option at Sirikoi. It has two bedrooms with a large shared sitting and dining area, as well as a private deck. Very popular with couples travelling together or families!

    Sirikoi House - three bedrooms
    The latest opening at Sirikoi - the house has three bedrooms, each of which has been opulently designed to give utmost comfort and luxury. Two bedrooms are in one unit, whilst the master bedroom has a unit of its own, and between them the large sitting and dining room area with private deck provides plenty of space for the group to spread out and make it their own.

    ACTIVITIES
    Day & night game drives; escorted wildlife, birding & scenic bush walks; bush breakfasts;
    sundowners; visit one of the schools supported by the Conservancy; learn about the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy; lion tracking; 18m horizon swimming pool.

    Optional extras: Cultural visits to a local Maasai village; horseback riding; scenic flights by helicopter, fixed-wing aircraft or Waco bi-plane; fishing on Mount Kenya for rainbow trout by helicopter; camel safaris & fly camping in northern Kenya; beauty therapist (by prior arrangement only).

    Lemarti’s Camp

    OVERVIEW
    Lemartis’ Camp is an unforgettable safari hideaway in Kenya’s breathtaking Northern Laikipia Plateau, one of the last frontiers of virgin wilderness and home to the majestic Samburu people.  The twist here is that while the local Samburu community owns the land, the camp itself was built and run by local Samburu guide, Loyapan Lemarti and his Kenyan-based fashion designer wife, Anna Trzebinski.  This unlikely duo met on safari – he was her guide – and were later married.  Their dream camp emerged, nestled in an oasis in a spectacular setting beneath a grove of palms and centenary fig trees.  5 stylish safari tents with en suite bathrooms open to the skies.

    ACCOMMODATION
    Lemartis' Camp has 5 comfortable & stylish safari tents with outside en-suite bathrooms that are open to the beautiful African sky with a separate tree shower & bath. Use river water, with sediment removed & heated by a log fire & brought to your tent. The tents are on platforms above the river bend & furnished with tables & cosy beds made dhow boats and decorated with an African-mother-nature inspired theme. The open-plan design allows you to relax on your bed & smell the acacia blossoms while listening to the sounds of Africa around you.

    ACTIVITIES

  • Game drives, guided walks, camel treks, cultural visits,
  • Mountain biking,
  • Sundowners, picnics,
  • Dining under the stars,
  • High altitude running,
  • Bird watching,
  • Visit the local community and partake in ceremonies and activities such as honey harvesting.
  • A Visit the local market.
  • Massages and other treatments,
  • Swimming in the river,
  • Fishing and much more spontaneous fun.
  • Ol Malo Laikipia

    OVERVIEW
    Situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, Ol Malo is nestled into a rugged escarpment looking out across the time-honored lands of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. These miles of dense thorn bush are favoured by the shy, elusive antelope from which the lodge takes its name, “the place of the Greater Kudu”. An ancient land inhabited by wildlife and peoples of a time long ago, undisturbed and living by the rhythm of nature and as part of this untamed and beautiful landscape is Ol Malo.

    ACCOMMODATION
    Comfortable and accommodating sitting and dining rooms provide shady terraces for protection from the sun – and open fireplaces for the cooler evenings. Smooth lawns and carefully tended shrubberies sweep down to a cliff edge, providing a vantage point for activity at the watering hole and salt lick below. A maze of slated pathways wind down to four rock and olive wood cottages.

    Each double room has its own veranda and complete privacy. Large picture windows frame a wild, constantly changing landscape – clouds scud across the sky, stately eagles wheel and glide on thermals above the plains. An infinity pool adds to the beauty as well as the amenity of this place.

    ACTIVITIES

  • Game drives in the company of rangers and trackers
  • Night drives to see the nocturnal inhabitants
  • Game walks with an experienced guide
  • Horse riding for both experienced riders and novices
  • Camel rides across the plains
  • Mountain biking on the hilly terrain
  • Horizon swimming pool with superb views
  • Overnight in the Look Out by a water-hole which is visited by a variety of wildlife
  • Borana Lodge

    OVERVIEW
    Borana faces the snow tipped peaks of Mount Kenya, with a panorama of mountains and desert to the North. Home to the Dyer family, who are third generation ranch owners, Borana is a vast conservation area which works alongside it’s neighbours to preserve the natural environment and its people.

    ACCOMMODATION
    8 cottages, each unique in style but all comfortable and cosy, with fireplaces and private verandas, enjoy views over the Samangua Valley and lake, where elephants love to swim. The sitting and dining rooms are within the main lodge. Log fires, rosewood tables and snug sofas create the atmosphere for entertaining evenings. A stunning horizon pool is ideal for relaxing around with a lunch time Pimms.

    ACTIVITIES

  • Shared game drives and walks in the company of guides and trackers with a broad local knowledge of the area
  • Relax in a blind or a tree house and let the wildlife come to you
  • Night drives to see the nocturnal species
  • Picnics and bush dinners are a regular feature
  • Horse riding for both experienced riders and novices. We breed our own polo ponies and children’s ponies
  • Mountain biking on Giant Iguana mountain bikes
  • OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Fly Camps with or without horses
  • Heli fishing on Mount Kenya – by pre-arrangement
  • Visits to the adjacent Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, to see the endangered Grevy’s zebra and Black and White rhino
  • Visits to the Kisima floriculture project
  • Cultural excursions to nearby Maasai Manyattas
  • Masseuse and beauty therapy using home-produced organic essential oils
  • Solio Lodge

    OVERVIEW
    Neatly tucked away in between the majestic slopes of Mt Kenya and the Aberdares Mountains, Solio Lodge offers the exclusivity of a private ranch and an unrivalled wildlife experience. This modern and exciting lodge is located on the Solio Game Reserve, home to the endangered Black and White Rhino who live in harmony alongside other African wildlife such as leopard, lion and a wide variety of birds. You can enjoy breathtaking Game Drives at our luxurious lodge and experience an East African holiday at its best. Solio Lodge’s close proximity to Nairobi makes it the perfect en route destination.

    ACCOMMODATION
    The lodge has just six cosy and luxurious rooms, each en suite with large glass pane windows to take in the panoramic views of the landscape which is framed by Mount Kenya. Each room has a private lounge area warmed by a corner fire, as well as large bathrooms with double sink, bath and shower. The rooms are designed for warmth (Solio is high in altitude and can be cold at night), as well as outdoor living with each having a deck in front for relaxation during the day.

    ACTIVITIES
    Include horseback riding, walking, mountain-biking, night and day game drives and fishing trips to Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains.

    Sabuk

    OVERVIEW
    Sabuk is remote and beautiful…an exclusive wilderness haven on the edge of the Northern Laikipia Plateau. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River, which cascades beneath the lodge all year round. Sabuk, which remains a family home, offers wilderness and stunning views of the Laikipia plains
    towards Mount Kenya, as well as the Karisa Hills and Mathews Mountains in the North.

    ACCOMMODATION
    Perched high on the riverbanks, Sabuk’s 5 cottages are open at the front with stunning views of the river and cliffs. Each thatched rondavel (circular cottage) has its own unique design, crafted from local stone and ancient cedar and olivewood, gathered from the local area.

    En-suite bathrooms, modern flush toilets and a private verandah with a view make each cottage a haven in itself.

    ACTIVITIES
    Guided nature walks,, game drives in 4-wheel vehicles, camel safaris and full/ half day excursions, fly camping, cultural visits, bush breakfasts, & picnic lunches on the river banks, hilltop sun downers, line fishing, river swimming, tubing the rapids & rock jumping (seasonal), horse riding.

     
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