SIRIKOI LODGE, COTTAGE AND HOUSE – LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY – CENTRAL KENYA

As a small and intimate family-owned safari lodge, Sirikoi offers exclusivity and charm. The four luxury tents, Sirikoi Cottage and private Sirikoi House are perfectly positioned along the spring fed Sirikoi stream, immersed in nature with wildlife all around.

Surrounded by 68,000 acres of pure wilderness of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – a World Heritage Site – the location of the lodge is exceptional. With Kenya’s arid north to one side, and the lush foothills of Mount Kenya on the other, Sirikoi enjoys a beautiful spring-like climate year-round.

The lodge offers adventurous activities for all ages from game viewing on morning, evening and night game drives on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in their own exclusive and open vehicle to guided walks and kitchen garden visits.  A range of other activities is available at extra cost.

Run 100% Solar power with a backup generator for those cloudy days, the lodge has been awarded a Gold level Eco rating for 3 years.

LOCATION

Sirikoi Lodge is located on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in central Kenya.  Access is by light aircraft to Lewa Airstrip where you will be met and transferred to the lodge which takes around 20 minutes.

LODGE

Sirikoi resembles an eco-chic African home and while it offers a sure sense of luxury and high level of service, it manages to be welcoming, comfortable and unpretentious. All the rooms are spacious and tastefully designed, with unique décor touches, a sitting area, big Victorian bathtubs, rain-showers, fireplaces and a private deck.

Each of the 4 luxury tented room has a sitting area leading onto the outside deck, a large double bed or two single beds with a wardrobe behind the bed, a fireplace which is lit each evening, and an en-uite bathroom with a free-standing bath and rain shower with more beautiful views. The tents are sold individually.

The Sirikoi Cottage is perfect for with families with children or friends traveling together. The Cottage has two ensuite bedrooms with large bathrooms, a central living and dining room, and small kitchen. The shared living space opens out onto a spacious private deck from which to enjoy beautiful views of the waterhole.

The Sirikoi House includes three ensuite bedrooms which lead on to a central living and dining cottage renowned for its unique positioning and decor.  There is a private deck built overlooking the wetland, perfect for private meals and sundowners. Sirikoi House is only sold on an exclusive use basis and comes with its own private safari vehicle and guide, as well as chef and team of staff. Guests at the Sirikoi House have the choice of private dining or having meals on the main Sirikoi deck.

Sirikoi has always strived to operate in harmony with their beautiful environment. The lodge runs off solar power, taps all water from a natural spring, uses natural cleaning products and toiletries wherever possible, follows a strict recycling policy and grows their own fruits and vegetables. As a result of these efforts, Sirikoi has been honoured with a Gold level Eco-rating for the last three years running.

The food at Sirikoi is always thoroughly enjoyed, and the farm-to-table experience is extraordinary. Meals are colourful, fresh and unpretentious. Guests are delighted by the simple and elegant home-styled cooking, and even more so when they see where most of the fresh produce comes from – the prolific vegetable garden. With spring water feeding the garden, naturally rich soil, organic elephant-dung fertilizer made on site, and equatorial sunshine, the garden produces an impressive number of fruits, vegetables and herbs – over 80 in fact – all year round.

ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is teeming with birdlife with over 350 species across the diverse topography which includes rolling open plains, hills and kopjes, thick forest, valleys, escarpments, wetlands and rivers.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has a huge variety of wildlife with over 70 different species of mammal. There are roughly equal numbers of black and white rhino – at the latest count there were 65 black and 46 white. The world’s largest resident population of the endangered Grevy zebra resides on Lewa as well as elephant, buffalo, greater kudu, oryx, lion, leopard and cheetah amongst many other mammal species.

Game Drives and Guided Walks – day and night game drives in exclusive vehicles, and guided bush walks on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are included activities for guests staying at Sirikoi Lodge.

Conservation in Action – you have the unique opportunity to see conservation in action – to go behind the scenes of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy’s operations to experience first-hand how conservation and anti-poaching really works, and to see all that Lewa is doing for wildlife and the surrounding communities. This includes visiting the Operations Room, Tracker Dog Unit, meeting the security or anti-poaching team, and visiting the Lewa school and clinic. These are all included activities for guests staying at Sirikoi Lodge.

Horse Riding – ride on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and on Borana Conservancy. Riding is a fantastic opportunity to get close to plains game such as zebra and giraffe, and to view the beautiful scenery from a new perspective. You are matched to your horse based on your level of experience and confidence, and we cater for both amateur and expert riders. Rides are led by an experienced riding guide and are usually taken exclusively rather than with other riders (extra).

Ngare Ndare Forest Visit – offers a complete contrast to the wide, open plains of the conservancy, and you can walk through the forest canopy of enormous indigenous trees on the elevated walkway and dive into the blue glacial pools and waterfalls (extra).

Il Ngwesi Cultural Visit – a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the ancient customs, culture and the daily lives of the Laikipiak Maasai. You depart after breakfast at the lodge, and the game drive to Il Ngwesi is about 90 min. You will be shown around their ‘manyatta’ or homestead, learn about their traditions and share in their rich singing and dancing. On the way back to Sirikoi, you may choose to have a picnic lunch (extra).

Helicopter Excursions – The Mathews Range, Mount Kenya, northern Kenya and Reteti Elephant Sanctuary.  Sirikoi offers a variety of helicopter excursions, taking you through incredible scenery on an immersive and thrilling wilderness experience (extra).

Children – Sirikoi is an ideal family holiday destination. The big open lawns, swimming pool and spacious rooms make it perfect for families. More than toddler-to-teen activities, we offer flexibility around meals and menus, educational and fun activities and child-care. Children thrive in discovering a new place and exploring freely around the Sirikoi grounds with the Masai and Samburu warriors – and also love a visit to the vegetable garden to see the chickens and rabbits! A Sirikoi safari is an unforgettable and life-changing experience for parents and children alike.

GIVING BACK

We contribute through conservancy fees and donations to support Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (wildlife, education & health).

We also assist with the use of our tipper truck for road maintenance, our water Bowser that then acts as a fire engine when necessary and paid for 315 Acres of fencing to create an essential exclusion zone.

We contribute to Ngare Ndare Forest and Il Ngwesi Community through guest visits.

All Proceeds from Beauty treatments are donated to local schools/orphanage. We also support local school visits to Lewa for the children to learn about wildlife donated.

We contribute to education Bursary programmes from Lower school to university and school supplies through pack for a purpose.

A clear mountain spring, which is gravity fed to the lodge, provides us with all the water we need. All drinking water is filtered and purified on site, so no plastic bottles are used.

We send the majority of our re-cycling i.e. glass, metal and plastic to a recycling centre to our nearest town, where further processing then takes place (i.e. glass bottles are ground down and used as an aggregate in buildings).

SIRIKOI LODGE IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND

 SIRIKOI LODGE WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OF ALL AGES.  CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 STAY FREE OF CHARGE BUT MUST BE BOOKED INTO SIRIKOI HOUSE OR COTTAGE.  CHILD CARERS CAN BE ORGANISED ON REQUEST FOR AN HOURLY FEE – PLEASE ASK.

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