From its lofty vantage point, above the plains of Laikipia, Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp provides guests with an upmarket safari experience coupled with superb panoramic views. Staying here gives you access to 56,000 acres of private reserve that you share with the wildlife that roams this expansive area.
The main areas of the camp are found in a spacious permanent tent. This is where you'll find the lounge and bar area. Polished wooden floors are home to comfy seating set around low tables. Neutral safari tones have been used throughout, but splashes of bright colours and patterns add style and panache. The lounge leads through to the open plan dining area. The front and sides of the tent are open and the spacious deck stretches out beyond the canvas roof, perfect for dining out under the stars or relaxing as you watch wildlife moving across the plains. Just below the deck, to the side, is the infinity pool which also benefits from those amazing panoramic views that you won't be able to get enough of.
The six guest tents are spacious and just as stylish as the main area. Once again, polished wooden floors are covered with cosy rugs. Floor to ceiling doors and windows look out over the escarpment. There is a lounge area, and en-suite bathroom with rain shower, flush toilet and twin basins. The veranda has sun loungers, perfect for a relaxing afternoon between activities. Two tents can be connected to form a family unit that benefits from its own plunge pool.
Loisaba is home to the Big 5 and you may also see cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, oryx and the rare Grevy's zebra. Birders won't be disappointed either with over 500 species recorded in the area. With a wide variety of activities available, guests will never be bored. Game drives take place early morning and late afternoon. You can explore the varied landscape, made up of plains, woodland, scrub, rivers and streams. Mountain bikes and camel trekking are on offer along with guided nature walks. A highlight for many is a visit to a local Maasai village, you can learn about the Maasai way of life. Why not meet the dogs that form part of the Loisaba anti-poaching team? It's a great experience, especially for those interested in conservation.
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Open: Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp is open all year round.
Location: The camp sits on an escarpment in the Loisaba Private Conservancy in Laikipia.
Rooms: The 6 tented rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished. Bright textiles plush rugs add colour to the neutral safari colours. The netted windows admit the breeze and provide access to the stunning views. There are 3 doubles and 3 twins that can be converted to doubles if required. The en-suite bathrooms have rain shower with solar-heated water, flush toilet and double basins. Tents all have private verandas overlooking the escarpment. The double tents can be joined with a twin tent to form a family unit, one of which has a private plunge pool.
Activities: Early morning and late afternoon game drives allow you to explore deeper into the conservancy be it across the plains, along the river bank or through the bush. Keen riders can explore on horseback. Get closer to the diversity and explore on foot with a traditional Samburu guide. Those wanting to learn more about the local culture can spend an afternoon at a Maasai village and see how they live. Camel safaris are another option and a great way to see more of Loisaba from a different vantage point, or if you prefer two wheels, then take to a mountain bike and explore some of the trails together with a guide. A highlight for many is a visit to the Loisaba sniffer dogs and the anti-poaching team. Warrior, Machine and their handler will take you through an anti-poaching demonstration.
Facilities: There is a comfortable lounge tent with open sides and a high canvas roof. This leads through to the dining area. The expansive deck is also perfect for dining al-fresco. Steps lead down to the grassy area where you will find the fire pit. To the side of the deck is the infinity pool. The main areas all look out over the conservancy.
Dining: Delicious meals are served in the dining room or al-fresco. A children's menu is also available.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
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.