Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

Sirikoi

Insider’s Review of Sirikoi

One of the true soul-soothing, life-unjangling joys of Sirikoi takes place from the comfort of a deck chair in quiet, silent, ahh-ing observation of elephant families drinking from the watering hole of life. This “armchair game-viewing” is a defining feature of life at Sirikoi. Surrounded by the 68,000 acres of UNESCO World Heritage Site Lewa Wildlife Conservancy wilderness, abundant ellie herds are joined by, among others, rare and endangered reticulated giraffe, black and white rhino, and the largest resident population of Grevy’s zebra anywhere. This splendid setting is matched by the reposeful grace of Sirikoi’s sublime tents, private cottages and warm African hospitality.

Accommodations at Sirikoi

Whether you choose The House for exclusive-use of six, The Cottage for a cozy group of four, or one of the splendid and rather luxurious two-person tents (each evening your fireplace is lit for you and a free-standing tub and shower have an unworldly view)…you will feel welcome, fortunate and most of all at home—in a magnificently safari sort of way. The main lodge is a study in Kenyan comforts: family heirlooms, African art, and sink-back sofas that invite good conversation and total relaxation. Linger over the farm-to-plate dinner served on the candlelit deck overlooking the animal-rich waterhole. Tour the verdant vegetable garden with head groundsman George whose handiwork nurtures more than 80 types of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs year round.

 

Activities at Sirikoi

Thrilled by the wildness of the wildlife we encounter on morning and late afternoon game drives, the additional—and rarer—option at Sirikoi of a night drive reveals Africa’s less-seen nocturnal delights. (At the cutting edge of conservation and sustainability, Lewa Conservancy is famed for not only its rigorously protected white and black rhinos, but a full repertoire of free-ranging African beasts; watching a leopard on the prowl under starry African skies is a vision not soon forgotten.) Later, set out on foot with our deeply knowledgeable, ever present Micato Safari Director for a revealing bush walk, perhaps followed by a dip in the cooling infinity pool or an indulgent massage. Happily fixed up by helpful lodge staff at any moment are additional pursuits such as horseriding parties, quad bike safaris, and traversing the tree-top canopy bridge. The more adventurous may opt for a dive into deep blue pools in Ngare Ndare Forest, or helicopter sojourns onto mighty Mount Kenya for a spot of fly-fishing or flamingo exploration.

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