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.
Day 1.Arrive to Nairobi airport and then transfer to Wilson domestic airport for flight to Loisaba.
Day 2.Loisaba Lodge is located in northern Laikipia, in a private area, which is a haven for wildlife. You will be exclusively in one of seven rooms, each with its own private deck
overlooking the spectacular Laikipia Plateau and Mount Kenya in the distance.
Day 3.Main activities in Loisaba are day-and night safaris, guided bush walks, horse riding, camel riding, cultural visits, bush meals & sundowner, rafting and river fishing (seasonal). Excursions by helicopter
and quad bikes are also available.
Guests at Loisaba have the opportunity to sleep under the African star-sky in Kiboko or Koija Star beds ...
Day 4.Proceed with the flight to the Masai Mara, one of the world's most famous game reserve where one can watch the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and other wildlife. The park is also known for its large number of lions.
Day 5.Elephant Pepper Camp is located in the core of the protected Mara North Conservancy. Elephant Pepper is situated far away from other lodges, in the heart of the African bush. The spacious canvas tents are comfortably furnished, with private bathrooms with showers and traditional safari. Nothing compares to sitting around the campfire and listen to the sounds of the African night.
Day 6.Here you can enjoy long safari tours in the well-equipped 4x4 vehicles, as a guest you get to take part of one of the most unique nature experiences in the world.
Elephant Pepper Camp brings people back to nature ~ no traffic, no permanent structures, just the sights and sounds of the
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.
Tree planting programme for the lodge and also within local schools.
Designed using locally available stones on-site. Maximum accommodation is 8 persons for low impact.
Made up of 4 rooms with a maximum of 8 persons on site, to reduce operational pressure and environmental decadence.
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.
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.
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
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
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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