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We at African Propoor Tourism
Development Centre always works hand in hand with leading
and finest ecolodges, hotels and safari camps throughout
East Africa Region. In addition, we carry out routine
checks on all the properties that we use to make sure
that they adhere to our set standards.
Il Ngwesi is owned and managed by the Il Ngwesi Group
Ranch. Situated to the east of the Mukogodo escarpment
at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sea level, the lodge
allows you to experience a true paradise in the rugged
African bush. To the North, you can see the majestic
Mathews Range and the legendary flat topped rock of
Lolokwe where little has changed for centuries. To the
south are game conservancies Lewa Downs and Borana who
have joined forces in the commitment to wildlife conservation.
This lodge is the first of its kind, fully serviced
and owned by local Africans. With its construction and
success, the Il Ngwesi Group Ranch, has established
that wildlife and local communities can co-exist for
the benefit of each other. Much of the income from the
lodge is used for community projects. Il Ngwesi's culture
center was established to demonstrate the customs of
the Ndorobo tribe, the original hunters and gatherers.
Here you can watch the Ndorobo using skills such as
Bee keeping and learning about traditional medicines
taken from indigenous plants.
Tassia Lodge looks out over the Northern Frontier District
towards Samburu, Shaba and the sacred Lolokwe Mountain.
Tassia sprawls gently over a rocky bluff, which protrudes
from the Mukogodo escarpment and overlooks a valley
in which grow many Loimugi trees, a favourite food for
the Elephant that visit the area.
The interiors have been carefully and tastefully decorated.
Although simple, Tassia offers every comfort, including
large double beds, plunge pools, roman couches and even
a two-storey folly.
Accommodation at the lodge comprises five double bedrooms
and one twin room, all with ensuite bathrooms. There
is also a kid's bunkhouse with three double bunk beds
and a shower room. Tassia is designed to be booked on
an exclusive-use basis. A comfortable sitting and dining
area overlooks a stunning swimming pool, which is built
into rocks with extraordinary shaped fig trees adorning
the cliff edge. The lodge also has an attractive and
An unforgettable combination of spectacular scenery,
hospitality, privacy and abundant wildlife...Lewa Tented
Camp's twelve luxury double tents are discreetly sited
and comfortable, with twin beds and ensuite bathrooms.
The camp's excellent chefs produce delicious, freshly
cooked home fare, with emphasis on locally available
ingredients. Adjoining the dining area is a warm and
cosy lounge, and in the evening guests sit around a
campfire under the stars.
Some activities and excursions available on the conservancy
are: day and night game drives, on which guests are
accompanied by experienced guides;guided walks, especially
bird watching; horse riding; camel safaris;
visits to an ancient acheulian archaeological site;
visits to Lewa's unique game blinds; excursions to a
Maasai cultural boma on Il Ngwesi, the neighbouring
community wildlife scheme that Lewa has helped to establish;
educational lectures on the history, development and
day to day operation of the conservancy; flights to
Rutundu, a beautiful montane tarn on Mount Kenya offering
superb trout fishing and where a beautifully rustic
lodge provides accommodation for up to ten
Camp - Great Rift Valley, Kenya
Situated on the side of the Nguruman escarpment, overlooking
the stunning expanse of the Great Rift Valley, the camp
is positioned ideally to make the most of both an incredible
view and the cool breeze. Constructed using naturally-occurring
white quartz stone, pale thatch and other materials,
and using water as a prime feature, each tented room
provides a very spacious, shady oasis in this green
desert environment. With privacy, comfort and relaxation
in mind, each room consists of a cool-pool and informal
sitting areas, a bathroom with a view and a specially-designed
tent which includes vast windows and a high canopied
A unique and artistically appointed camp, using natural
materials, smooth white walls and water to create a
fresh and unusual approach to the bush experience. 6
tented rooms: 4 doubles, 2 twins. All rooms en-suite
with private cool-pool and lounge. Extra beds can be
added. The main lounge and dining area consists of a
high thatch roof overlooking Mount Shompole and the
Rift Valley. Various levels accommodate seating areas
and a lofted recess high in the roof provides an additional
quiet area. Should guests wish to take meals by their
tent, the main pool or in the bush, special arrangement
can be made to provide for their individual needs.
The lodge is situated on Namunyak Conservation Area.
Namunyak is a vast Samburu community wilderness area,
administered by the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust
in close conjunction with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
The conservation area is an un-spoilt wilderness with
few roads. The trust therefore emphasizes on walking
excursions with local Samburu game scouts as guides.
Riding camels are provided at no extra charge to carry
equipment for fly camps and picnics. During the heat
of the day, the camp has a free form swimming pool as
well as a nearby natural rock water slide - offering
great fun for all the family.
The conservation area is host to many elephant during
the dry season. The nearby Sarara wells provide the
only permanent water for many miles. There are numerous
buffalo, which however prefer the forested hillsides
during the drier periods, venturing down into the low
country in the wet season. Lion and cheetah are resident
at all times but are easily seen. The Leopard is very
Wild dog has also been seen in a group of 30. Other
animals are Grevy's Zebra, reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk,
Dikdik, Black-Rhino and a host of other wildlife. The
camp is run by Acacia Trails, and work in hand with
the Samburu community. The Sarara area therefore maintains
a low impact on the environment, and provides quality
tourism. The local community is also assisted to earn
AWF worked with two neighboring pastoral Maasai communities
to establish the Starbeds camp. Rooms at this exceptional
lodge are half covered platforms that rise from the
banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River in Northern Kenya. On
these platforms sit large rolling beds - or Starbeds.
Starbeds feature the breathtaking beauty of the Kenyan
night sky - an ideal way to take in the wonder of the
The success of Starbeds has proven beneficial to both
the community and wildlife, creating new jobs for local
Maasai, provided scholarships for secondary education
and providing an important source of income for these
This unique lodge overlooks the Ewaso Ngiro River. In
the distance Mount Kenya rises out of a vast African
plain that has remained unchanged since the dawn of
time. Gaze at wild herds of elephant, giraffe, zebra
and a host of Africa's spectacular wildlife from the
luxury of the Koija Starbeds.
Local Maasai provide all services for the camp attired
in their colorful traditional dress. Their naturally
friendly demeanor and knowledge of the bush are a highlight
of the Starbed experience. During the day there are
many activities to choose from and by night, marvel
at the magnificence of the African sky from the comfort
of a Starbed.
For booking and more information, please visit
The eco-lodges of Laikipia are situated adjacent to
the Ngare Ndare River on the edge of the Mukogodo Hills
and further along on the northern end of the Mukogodo
Forest, where both boast commanding panoramic views
across Northern Kenya.
A third eco-lodge is in the process of being constructed
on Kijabe Group Ranch and will be completed by 2004.
The Eco-lodges are constructed with materials from the
local area and each comprises six individual `bandas'
(cottages), which all have adjoining showers. They are
thatched, open plan and on high supports to fully ensure
both fantastic views and privacy. Groups of up to 40
can easily be accommodated.
Each eco-lodge has two large sitting areas and a strikingly
designed swimming pool that appears to overflow into
the wilderness below.Water comes from a spring and then
is gravity fed to the lodge. Water heating and electricity
are powered by solar systems.
With Rift Valley Adventures, visitors to the eco-lodges
are spoilt with a variety of things to do, please our
activity page for a full list. In addition to visiting
the Cultural Boma, there is the option of exploring
the area by foot, or by camel, following the Ngare Ndare
River with local guides, which offers a special opportunity
to get close to the wildlife.
Another very popular attraction is the hand reared orphan
black rhino, Omni and his two white rhino friends. Omni
is the first black rhino to come back to the area in
30 years and with his two keepers is now a daily sight