Dream safari Loisaba and Masai Mara

Experience the rich wildlife of Loisaba Wilderness which is incredibly beautiful in the unexplored, animal-rich region of Laikipia in Kenya. Whether you choose to sleep under the star- dressed, African night sky in unique Star Beds, try rafting down the majestic Ewaso Ngiro and Ng'are Narok Rivers, or watching "The big five" walk by during a safari, a visit to Loisaba revive your mind, rejuvenate your body and revitalise your soul.

Sample Itinerary

Ecorating: 3,5
Season: June - april
Airport: Nairobi international airport Jomo Kenyatta (NBO)
Duration: 6 nights or as long as yu wish.
Included in the price: full board, sharing in double, safaris, transfers, park fees, domestic flights return Nairobi -  Laikipia - Masai Mara - Nairobi. 

ENVIRONMENTAL CRITERIA

*Loisaba Lodge

Tree planting programme for the lodge and also within local schools.

*Loisaba Cottage

Designed using locally available stones on-site. Maximum accommodation is 8 persons for low impact.

*Starbeds

Made up of 4 rooms with a maximum of 8 persons on site, to reduce operational pressure and environmental decadence.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

*Loisaba Lodge

Generator operation time reduced by battery inverter systems storing energy during generator run-time. Generator run-time limited for a total of 6 hours a day. Path lamps are set on a light sensor switch. Charcoal fridge used to store fruit and vegetables. Collection of rainwater from the laundry and staff houses. Black and grey water is managed through separate septic tanks into separate soak pits. All inorganic waste from the Cottage and Starbeds is managed at the Lodge. All waste oil is managed offsite. Generator has a silencer to reduce noise pollution.

*Loisaba Cottage

Food waste is taken back for management at Loisaba Lodge. Power provided by solar and battery storage with inverter systems, to heat water and for use by the fridge and deep freezers. Laundry is hand-washed and air-dried.

*Kiboko Starbeds

Kerosene lamps used for lighting. Campfires fuelled solely by deadwood collected from the surroundings. Use of solar-powered fridges and deep freezers. Main source of water is a spring. Drinking water is dispensed in re-usable glass bottles. Bucket showers are used, limiting single baths to 20 litres for each shower. Water use is metered. Room information sheets provided on prudent water use. Waste is separated into different categories

*Koija Starbeds

Solar energy used for heating water. Solar-powered freezers and fridges used with a battery backup system. Dual-flush toilets used to conserve water. Water is dispensed in jugs and basins to encourage frugality and conservation.

PURCHASING AND SUPPLIES

Goods purchased in bulk. Artefacts for the curio shop are acquired locally. A portion of the fruit and vegetables are grown within the property, with the rest alongside beverages being purchased from local farmers.

STAFF, HEALTH AND SAFETY

Charter services are available during emergencies. Guests are debriefed of emergency procedures upon arrival, and information is availed on the same in each room. Staff are trained in First Aid. Fire extinguishers are strategically placed in every room, and serviced regularly in case of a fire. Staffs are provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) at work

SOCIO-CULTURAL CRITERIA

80% of the staff at Loisaba are locals from the Turkana, Maasai and Samburu communities. Staff are provided with accommodation, transport to the nearest centre twice each week, food and medical expenses. Have a workplace compensation scheme for staff. Loisaba provides a dry season grazing area for the community. Supports local women groups, bead work and dance groups through Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF), Loisaba Community Trust (LCT), Koija Group Ranch, Koija warrior dancers & Koija cultural manyattas. LCT supports the education of 2 high school and 4 university students, and  sponsors 5 teachers’ salaries every month

Koija Starbeds is completely owned by the Koija community but is marketed by Loisaba lodge. All the proceeds from the Starbeds goes directly to the community kitty.

Cultural visits are arranged for guests to the local community to interact with the people and culture. Curios and artifacts are procured from the local community and provide livelihoods for several families in the Group Ranch.

Find out more about Masai Mara: Is a large reserve in south-western Kenya, which is the continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The area is named after the Masai ( the traditional inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when viewed from afar: "Mara" , which is Maa ( Maasai language ) for " spotted ," an apt description for trees, shrubs, savannah and cloud shadows that mark the area.

Laikipia: This spectacular region is considered the gateway to Kenya 's wild northern frontier country. Wils and small population,  Laikipia is covered by large privately owned ranches. On most ranches the area is shared with the wild animals. In recent years, these wild animals has become a valuable asset.

Travel ethics: The Masai Mara and Laikipia, water is a scarce resource so use it sparingly. The Masais are proud people, always ask before you take a picture. Bring small bills in local currency to buy local crafts in the villages. Shake hands with those you meet - a courtesy code here.

Mobile networks and email: Email and Internet access is provided. The mobile network works well.
Visa: You can either obtain a visa before departure or buy one when you arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. A visa costs U.S. $ 50 per person, so a good tip is to bring in cash.

Read more about visas here: Visa to Kenya
Time zone: GMT + 3
Vaccinations:  Learn what vaccinations you need
Packing: On safari in the Masai Mara, you are normally 13 - 1500m above sea level , nights and evenings can be chilly. Bring thicker sweater , good shoes to walk in. Bring a small backpack to have water, binoculars, camera in. Soft bags are easier to pack in the cars when you are traveling, if you fly the maximum weight 15 kilos pp. Mosquito nets are provided but please bring mosquito spray.
Local Currency: Kenyan Shilling
Weather: Weather Laikipia, Kenya
Water: Clean water available at camp.
Safety: Your safety is our priority. In Nairobi, do not wander around alone and avoid certain locations Downtown and avoid crowds.
For more information on travel advice: Travel tips Kenya

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