Ministry of Tourism classification 4****
Safari destination Loisaba Lodge
Loisaba Lodge is a remote destination in northern Kenya where the stunning Loisaba Lodge is located clinging to the edge of a thousand foot escarpment at the western edge of the Laikipia Plateau. The Lodge is set in a private conservancy, this luxurious ranch has fabulous views of Mount Kenya attracts more than two hundred and fifty species of bird and fifty of wildlife.
Loisaba Lodge elevated position is breathtaking and all the seven cottages have decks built facing into the escarpment that overlooks a waterhole enjoys a continuous parade of four-legged visitors. A lavish suite with its own staff and cliff top swimming pool is superb, but what makes Loisaba really special are the ‘Starbeds’ a few miles away. Run in conjunction with the local Samburu tribe, these thatched wooden platforms are half roofed and equipped with a shower and a Toilet. King sized beds that can be rolled in and out of cover, so romantics can sleep beneath the huge African sky whilst the agoraphobic remains under shelter.
How to get to Loisaba Lodge
Access by air
Access by air is on daily scheduled air Kenya Wilson/Nanyuki - 0915/0955 hrs and return daily 1115/1215 hrs. There is also a 25-minute private charter from Nanyuki to Loisabas all weather airstrips. Alternatively, a 50-minute private air charter directs to Loisaba from Nairobi.
Access by road
Access by road is 70 kms (2½ hours) drive from Nanyuki on the slopes of Mount Kenya (2½hour drive from Nairobi by tarmac road) or a 3 hour drive from Nakuru in the rift valley (1½ hours from Nairobi
General description of the Loisaba Lodge Description
The lodge is constructed from stone, cedar and thatch, the lodge is perched high on the edge of the plateau looking south towards Mount Kenya. The lodge was chosen by Prince Bernhard and Princess Juliana of the Netherlands as the venue to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary together with the entire Dutch royal family.
Accommodation at Borana Lodge Safari
The lodge has 7 rooms (04 doubles and 03 twins). One room has a separate sitting room that can double as a further bedroom for a family group. Room décor, Each room has large French windows that open onto a private deck cantilevered off the escarpment. The views are legendary, and a thousand feet below a water hole draws continuous wildlife. All the furniture in the lodge is handmade at Loisaba.
Each room has an en-suite bathroom.
Special feature of the Accommodation at Loisaba lodge
The star beds - Kiboko and Koija these two sets of star beds are unique to Loisaba.
The Star Beds Of Loisaba Lodge
The first and original sets are located among a kopje of rocks in one of the eastern valleys overlooking a large water area at Kiboko.
The second and newer set is located about 8 kilometers further south on the banks of the Ewaso n’giro river. These are dramatically hung over the flowing waters below and are reached by boat from the opposite bank. These are known as the Koija star beds and are part of an exciting new joint venture project that Loisaba has undertaken in partnership with the Laikipiak Maasai people from the neighboring Koija tribal lands.
Each star bed is different and comprises a raised, handcrafted wooden platform semi-covered with a thatched roof. homemade ‘mukokoteni’ beds can either be wheeled out onto the uncovered area for a night under the stars, or left under the shelter of the roof. the star beds are normally reached on one or a combination of foot, horse or camel and with two sets now in place create a unique opportunity to travel between them both and the lodge as part of a star bed expedition. Guests are guided and hosted by a team of traditional Samburu and Laikipiak Maasai warriors. Food is prepared in traditional camp style over a fire at the open walled, central mess area.
Both the KIboko and Koija star beds comprise 2 double sleeping platforms and one large family platform. Each double platform is designed for 1 or 2 people but one can easily accommodate a third bed. The family platform accommodates 4 people. Each platform has a flush toilet and large camp-style drum showers. Each is sited to ensure complete privacy.
Loisaba cottage is a truly exclusive, self-contained private cottage built on the edge of the escarpment entirely from local stone and thatch. The location and architecture of the cottage are breathtaking, so are the furnishings, most of which have been designed and made at Loisaba.
The cottage has its own staff, game-drive vehicle and a private, cliff-top swimming pool.
The ultimate hideaway for small groups with 2 bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin is convertible to double and both are en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower.
The ‘lookout’ is inconspicuously nestled in an outcrop of rocks in the valley below the lodge overlooking a rich natural spring. The lookout provides a rare opportunity to spend time with animals and in particular some unusual nocturnal species, at close up and can be visited for a few hours during day or night it is also designed to accommodate up to four people overnight. The blind is charmingly and comfortably furnished and has a lavatory. An armed ranger accompanies the guests at the blind.
*subject to availability these can be sold at short notice to guests staying in the lodge or the cottage.
The lodge has a swimming pool, tennis court, bocce court and croquet lawn.
Recreational facilities found in Loisaba Lodge
Camel and horse riding, driving or walking safaris with local guides including an ‘elephant whisperer’, river rafting, tennis and much more in this wildlife rich and unchanging tract of Africa render Loisaba absolutely unforgettable Swimming pool,Tennis court,Sky-bed based, walking/riding safaris
- Day and night game viewing drives in customized open topped safari vehicles.
- Camel safaris during day time or overnight with lightweight fly camp
- Horseback riding,
- River rafting,
- Visits to local Samburu and Laikipia Maasai Manyatta,
- Bird watching
- Bush dinners, breakfasts, picnics and sundowners
- Tennis and Swimming
- Painting and drawing (equipment supplied)
Helicopter excursions by the millennium, a 5 passenger squirrel helicopter based at Loisaba available to guests for tailor made excursions (trout fishing on Mount Kenya, trips to Lake Turkana and the Northern Deserts, morning hilltop breakfasts etc.)
4 brand new exciting all-terrain vehicles are available for the ranger escorted off-road patrols. Minimum age allowed is 18 years old. This can be added to overnight fly camping.
At 6,500 feet above sea level, Loisaba has a temperate climate making all its activities both pleasurable and viable for most of the year. The days are generally sunny and warm and the evenings clear and cool.