Il Ngwesi Lodge


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  • Owned and run by the Maasai community
  • Mix of safari and cultural activities
  • Just 6 guest rooms, 2 with starbeds
  • Inviting swimming pool
  • Watch wildlife at the waterhole

Il Ngwesi means 'people of the wildlife'. This is a pioneering and award-winning community-owned and run lodge in the Laikipia region of Kenya. Since it opened in 1996, Il Ngwesi has been used as a role model for other community lodges, and the reason is simple -it works! It works for guests, for the local Il Ngwesi Maasai community, the environment and the wildlife.

Set on 16,500 acres of north west of Lewa, at an altitude of about 1400m, the six bandas are beautifully and organically constructed with thatched roof and local wood (from elephant damage etc), and have great views from the verandas. Each has an open air shower and locally made furniture.

The main lodge has lounge, bar and dining terrace, where you'll spend most of your time between activities. There's a deck with a good view of a waterhole, and a swimming pool and sundeck. 

Friendly and well-trained local staff look after you in the lodge, and expert guides take you on game walks and drives, birdwatching, and into Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. You can also visit the cultural village to see fire-making and hunting skills, and spend an evening here enjoying traditional food and dancing. Il Ngwesi can also be used as a start or end point for Walking Wild camel-assisted walks (another project part-owned by this community), or even as a stop on a horse riding journey in the region. You might also want to consider walking to the nearby Tassia Lodge on the Lekurruki Group Ranch.

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Il Ngwesi Lodge

Il Ngwesi Lodge

An excellent and pioneering community-run lodge north of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

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