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Lewa Sirikoi Camp

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Lewa Sirikoi Camp


... is located on the Lewa Downs area in the Central Region of Kenya.

On the upside ...

+ large private reserve
+ important and pioneering conservation project
+ very pretty landscapes
+ full range of wildlife
+ high quality and characterful lodge
+ good range of activities
+ private vehicles
+ access usually by air
+ minimum child age of 5 years at the lodge, no minimum in the cottages

The Lewa Downs Conservancy is a large private reserve which is an important and pioneering conservation project. The area contains some very pretty landscapes and a full range of wildlife.

Lewa Sirikoi Camp offers very high quality accommodation, set amongst acacia tortilis woodland by a natural spring. It really is a very pleasant spot, often with plenty of wildlife around the nearby waterhole, as well as vervet monkeys and a variety of birds.

The camp is a relatively recent addition, having been developed since 2001 by Willie and Sue Roberts, who are usually on hand to personally host the place, along with their mainly Maasai staff. Despite only being a few years old, the place has the distinct atmosphere of a colonial style homestead, with comfortable furnishings, copious flower arrangements and family photos in silver frames.

Approaching from the vehicle turnaround, we first encounter a modest reception building, with the main back-of-house off to the right. A little further on, across manicured lawns, we reach the main building for the camp itself, which contains lounge and indoor dining areas, leading to an outdoor dining area and a large infinity pool, with views out across a waterhole. Guest accommodation for the camp is in four substantial tented suites, off to the right. Sirikoi Cottage is a separate facility, a very pleasant building with central lounge and dining areas, plus two bedrooms. Sirikoi House is also a separate facility, but having larger central building containing the lounge and dining areas, plus three bedrooms in two separate buildings. The camp can be booked by the room, the cottage and house can only be booked in their entirety for private groups.

Activities include vehicle safari, walking safari, horse-back safari, camel safari, scenic flights and cultural interaction. For the vehicle safari, the camp tries to provide private vehicles for every group of guests, which we think is a major positive, although they do point out that it may not be possible during very busy times.

The camp is usually accessed by scheduled light aircraft flights into Lewa Airstrip, from where it is a leisurely 30 minute game-drive. We always include these connecting flights and transfers as part of your trip unless you specific ask us not to.

The minimum age at the camp is 5 years, although the owners do recommend 10 as the preferred lower age. There is no minimum age for the cottage or house. The camp is not specifically geared up for children, but is partially fenced to keep out the larger wildlife. However adult supervision is still recommended at all times. Although the staff and guides will naturally try to tailor the experience to suit all guests, there are no special facilities for children, who are obliged to behave with due consideration for other guests.

On the downside ...

- fenced reserve
- proximity to human habitation
- rather tame and over-managed
- relatively expensive

Being a fenced lodge on a fenced reserve and given the proximity to human habitation, the area can feel rather tame and over-managed.

The lodge itself is delightful, but could be viewed by some as being rather tame, more of a family homestay than a safari camp.

In common with other facilities on this conservancy, the lodge is also relatively expensive.

A few words about prices ...

We are specialists in helping our guests to build the very best and most suitable safaris for the lowest possible prices. A safari can be a very expensive undertaking and we always do everything we can to meet your target budget.

Further up this page you will see our guide price for this place. This is the high season rate per person per night sharing a double room. For most people this should represent a worst case scenario, since various discounts usually apply at other times of year.

We guarantee that the prices we charge will be the same or, more often than not, considerably less than if you were to book directly with the owner. We also guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotations. Additionally, all our itineraries have fully itemised pricing, so that you can see exactly how much each element costs, which should provide you with great reassurance and help you to make decisions when fine-tuning your trip.

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How we like to include this lodge in trips ...

After decades of intense marketing, Lewa has become very well connected. It often hosts members of the European aristocracy and other high fliers. It is also popular with American guests, donors and zoo-groups who are bought into the conservation project. When we are requested to include it in trips by people who know it by reputation, then we have no problem in doing so.

But for other travellers we tend to recommend Lewa relatively rarely, mainly because our guests tend to be in search of locations which are rather more wild and authentic. But it can work. We most commonly use it as a stop on an overland safari through this part of the world, especially when staying at remote locations such as Tassia Lodge and Sarara Camp to the north, where predator sightings are far less reliable. Guests can stay a night or two in Lewa to get a good share of lion and other sightings, before moving north into the rangelands beyond the fence line.

Lewa Sirikoi Camp is a very pleasant and high quality place, elegant and comfortable. We find that it tends to suit older or more laid-back guests who are primarily in search of a nice place to relax in a safari-style environment.

However the cottage and house, described above, are well suited to families.

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