Loisaba

Laikipia, Kenya

Loisaba

Loisaba is a combination of working ranch and luxury lodge, situated on a private reserve on the Laikipia plateau, where it enjoys a wonderful location on a high escarpment overlooking the Karissia Hills.

Loisaba is one part working cattle ranch and one part luxury lodge. Located in Kenya's highlands, on the Laikipia Plateau, it occupies a fine position on a high hill from where it enjoys views over the Karissia Hills and, in the distance, Mt Kenya.

Though it is only a small lodge, the existence of a working ranch at Loisaba gives the place as a whole a lively feel. For the active traveller, there's a great deal to do here, with activities ranging from horse riding and quad biking, to bush walks, birding tours and river rafting. And for those who just want to relax, Loisaba's remote location and luxury rooms should prove most accommodating.

In spite of its small size, Loisaba has the facilities of a much larger resort, including spa, swimming pool, tennis court, and even a pétanque court and croquet lawn, relics from the colonial era.

NB. Loisaba has access to a large area of the Laikipia Plateau, which allows for a great variety of activities, but guests should not come here specially to view game. Though game drives are offered, the game in this region is fairly limited (elephant and giraffe, as well as various antelope are sometimes seen, and wild dog very rarely). Loisaba is sometimes sold as a safari lodge—we believe this is somewhat misleading.

Accommodation

Loisaba's seven stone and thatch cottage are situated on the edge of the escarpment, each with views over the Laikipia plateau (and a small watering hole below the escarpment) from its own private deck. Inside they are spacious and comfortably furnished, and feature large French windows that open onto the verandah. Full en-suite facilities.

In addition to the seven standard guest rooms, there is a private villa, Loisaba House, set some distance from the edge of the escarpment in the well-kept gardens. It has four double en-suite rooms and its own private swimming pool. The rooms can be booked on an individual basis, but Loisaba House is better suited to families or small groups.

Guests at Loisaba can also use the Kiboko or Koija Start Beds. Located a short drive from the main lodge, the star beds overlook a waterhole and the Ewaso Nyiro River, respectively. They are built on cantilevered decks (with thatch roofing), furnished with handmade Mukokoteni beds, that can either be wheeled onto an open-air deck for a night under the African sky or left under shelter.

Dining

Bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided, either in the rustic dining room or outside by the pool. Meals are served at private tables, rather than the communal dining table that is a common feature of safari lodge. Private bush dinners are also offered.

Facilities

- Swimming pool
- Lounge
- Deck
- Dining area & bar
- Tennis court
- Croquet lawn
- Bocce court
- Spa
- Hidden lookout affording close up views of the wildlife

Activities

- Bush walks guided by Samburu/ Masai warriors
- Horse riding
- Camel riding, guided by local Masai handlers
- Mountain & quad biking
- Day and night game drives
- Helicopter excursions
- Star beds
- River rafting on Ewaso N’giro River (seasonal)
- Fishing
- Private bush meals and sundowners
- Hot-air balloon rides
- Local village visits

Environmental Policy

The Loisaba Wilderness is run by Oryx ltd, a conservation enterprise established by Peter Silvester, Tom Silvester and Giles Davies in 1997. We are told that all profits generated by tourism activities at Loisaba are dedicated to conservation of the private wilderness area, in addition to supporting community orientated health, education and enterprise programmes outside its boundaries with the neighbouring Samburu and Laikipiak Masai tribes.