The Starbeds offer guests an adventurous and romantic sleeping experience under the African sky. Each Starbed is designed on a raised, handcrafted, wooden platform that is partially covered with a thatched roof. Homemade 'Mukokoteni' beds can either be wheeled onto the open deck for a night under the stars or left under the shelter of the roof. All the beds have complete four poster mosquito netting.
There are 2 sets of star beds, which feature 2 double platforms and 1 twin platform, all equipped with traditional safari showers and flush toilets.
The Kiboko Starbeds are 20 minutes from the main lodge and overlook a waterhole. The conisist of 3 double platforms and 1 twin or family platform. Each has an en-suite shower room wioth hot running water and flush toilet, and solar electricity. The Koija Starbeds are 40 minutes' drive from the lodge and overlook the Ewaso Nyiro River. These are perched over the flowing river below and are reached by footbridge from the opposite bank. There are 2 double and 1 twin or family platform. All are en-suite, with traditional bucket showers and lighting provided by lamps. The Koija Starbeds are part of an exciting joint venture project that Loisaba has undertaken in partnership with the Laikipiak Maasai people from the Koija community.
Starbeds are set on elevated wooden playforms, high above the ground, and have full mosquito nets. You have the option to sleep out onn the platform, or the bed can be wheeled under the thatch roof if you prefer.
The Star Beds are normally reached by one of many options; on foot, horse, camel or vehicle and with two sets now in place create a unique opportunity to travel between them both and the lodge as part of a Starbed Expedition.
Your hosts at the Starbeds are Samburu and Laikipiak Maasai warriors. There are traditional camp kitchens at both locations serving delicious food. From the starbeds the facilities and activities at Loisaba Lodge can also be used.
Accolades for Loisaba Starbeds
Best Community Safari Property in Africa - The Good Safari Guide 2010
Voted World's Sexiest Honeymoon Hotel Bed - Glamour Magazine 2010
Voted Best Beds - Harper's & Queen
Voted Best Adventure/Helicopter Guide - Harper's & Queen
Fair Trade Responsible Tourism
The local community wholly owns the Koija Starbeds and they are deeply involved in their running on both a daily and strategic level. The community benefits through bed night payments, cultural visits to the Koija community and opportunities to trade with Loisaba guests. The Koija community is a beneficiary of the Loisaba Community Trust.
The Loisaba Community Trust is a locally registered charity dedicated to poverty alleviation and conservation in the surrounding area. Health and education are prime issues and the LCT has already granted 61 scholarships to secondary schools, 8 to colleges/university and 2 to trade schools since its inception in 2008. It has built classrooms, paid teachers' salaries and provided education supplies for hundreds of children.80% of the Loisaba workforce comes from the local area. By staying at Loisaba guests actively contribute to the conservation of not only the 100 sq miles of Loisaba and its diverse flora and fauna but to the wider Laikipia eco-system.