Sirikoi: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
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Main description of Sirikoi
Sirikoi is a spectacular game lodge set in a shady acacia grove and overlooking a natural waterhole fed from a mountain spring. The lodge offers some of the best game viewing in East Africa. A wide range of activities are offered, including helicopter and bi-plane trips, horseback riding, bush walks and picnics, and visits to a local Maasai community.
Sirikoi is highly regarded as one of Kenya's most eco-friendly lodges. Sirikoi is run on solar energy, has its own extensive organic vegetable and fruit garden, free range chickens and a crystal clear mountain spring providing all the lodge’s water.
The one-acre organic garden supplies fresh daily produce and is the most prodigious of its type at any lodge or camp in Kenya.
A huge selection of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers grow in abundance including bananas, tree tomatoes, avocadoes, lemongrass and cosmos. We grow 60 different fruit and vegetables and 19 diffetent herbs. All the cut flowers found throughout the lodge are grown here.
The camp has four luxury tents, each built on a platform with a private veranda overlooking the waterhole, a living area with a fireplace and an elegant bathroom with a Victorian bath and a shower.
Sirikoi Cottage is a secluded two-bedroom cottage, made from wood, thatch and stone and with a large deck area is situated in a private corner of the camp, near the wetlands where elephant and buffalo are regular visitors.
Sirikoi House is an entirely private three-bedroom house that can sleep up to six people in stunning style and comfort. It has its own kitchen, dining room and living spaces, and comes with its own guides and vehicles. Sirikoi House has an enormous shared living space looking out over the waterhole beyond, as well as a deck where private meals and sundowners can be enjoyed.
|Property facilities||Secure Parking|
|Room facilities||Complementary Wi-Fi, Deck, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fireplace, Internet, Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah|
|Available services||Airport Shuttles, Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service, Travel Desk|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Big 5, Bird Watching, Fine Dining, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Garden Tours, Gourmet Picnic, High Tea, Horse Riding, Horse-back Safaris, Massages, Rhino Tracking, Safaris, Walks, Adrenaline Activities, Animal Encounters, Catch-and-release Fishing, Child Friendly Activities, Cultural Tours, Cycling, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Helicopter Rides, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Paragliding, Quad Biking, Tree-top Canopy Tours|
Room types at Sirikoi
Luxury Tented Room
With beautiful views across the lawns towards the waterholes, Sirikoi's four Luxury Tented Rooms are perfectly positioned to make the most of 'armchair' game viewing. The outside deck has a lounge chair on which to enjoy morning tea, or a sundowner, whilst inside the meticulously designed tent, another sitting area invites relaxation. The room is furnished with a large double bed or two single beds, and a wardrobe area behind the beds. A fireplace within the tent is lit each evening to warm your room. The ensuite bathroom has both shower, a free-standing bath (with views!), WC and a double sink.
Units at Sirikoi
Sirikoi Cottage has been designed with families or friends travelling together in mind. It can be taken as a completely private and separate unit, or as an extension of the main lodge. The Cottage has two bedrooms, each of which is ensuite with bathrooms boasting shower, free-standing bath, WC and double sink. Inside the bedrooms, the large bed is flanked by a sitting area and fireplace. A shared central area with small kitchen links the bedrooms, and leads out onto a spacious deck from which to enjoy views of the waterhole and beyond.
Sirikoi House is the grandest of Sirikoi's accommodation options, recently built with stunningly furnished bedrooms and a shared central area that has become renowned for its unique positioning and decor. Each bedroom can be either a twin or double, and is sumptuously decorated with items from around the world. The front of each room enjoys a picture window almost the width of the room itself, which can be fully opened during the day. The bedrooms are all ensuite with large bathrooms boasting shower, free-standing bath, WC and double sink. Sirikoi House is only sold on an exclusive use basis, and comes with its own private safari vehicles and guides, as well as chef and team of staff.
Activities at Sirikoi
Behind the Scenes at Lewa
Behind the scenes at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy gives you an insight into the operations of one of Africa's most successful wildlife areas. You can meet rangers, see the ops room, meet the Tracker Dogs, and visit the radio rooms at HQ, where key research is undertaken on elephant migration. Lewa also supports schools and clinics in the area, which can be visited.
Exploring Northern Kenya by Quad Bike
The Northern Frontier District (NFD) is a semi-arid landscape of bush and wide sandy riverbeds (known locally as ‘luggas’) lined with acacia and doum palms. The land is seasonally used by elephants but has a resident population of wildlife that included gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, lesser kudu, oryx, Grants gazelle, dik dik, leopard, lion, cheetah, hyena, baboon and vervet monkeys. The bird life is spectacular, with huge clouds of sand grouse arriving at the water holes. Depending on where you are coming from, you’ll be either driving or flying into the NFD. On arrival you will be met by your experienced guide and start your one or multiple night quad bike adventure. Your quad bike journey will take you along exquisite sand luggas and elephant trails, with the possibility of seeing all of the above wildlife.
The nomadic Rendile pastoralists also use the area seasonally for their livestock. Under the banner of the Northern Rangelands Trust the community now take care of and benefit from the wildlife that lives on their land. At the end of your day you will be welcomed at your camp. We offer two different styles of accommodation, depending on when you come and your preference. We have a basic yet extremely comfortable open camp, with flush loos and bucket showers. After dinner around the camp fire, your camp beds will be carried out into the sand lugga for a night out under the stars. Alternatively we accommodate guests in a tented desert camp situated in a beautiful spot along side the lugga.
If you have chosen to stay for two or more nights, you will be up early for breakfast and then continue your quad-journey exploring new areas. After a rest during the heat of the day, you will be taken for a walk or by quad bike to enjoy sundowners at a fabulous viewpoint. Our quad safaris are run by Lattitude Adventures Africa, owned by brothers Jay & Amory Macleod who are nephews of Sue & Willie Roberts.
Fantastic views of distant mountain ranges and a beautiful backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kenya provide a perfect setting for game drives and bush walks.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is teeming with birdlife with over 350 species across the diverse topography which includes rolling open plains, hills and kopjes, thick forest, valleys, escarpments, wetlands and rivers.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has a huge variety of wildlife with over 70 different species of mammal. There are roughly equal numbers of black and white rhino – at the latest count there were 65 black and 46 white. The world's largest concentration of the endangered Grevy zebra resides on Lewa as well as elephant, buffalo, greater kudu, oryx, lion, leopard and cheetah amongst many other mammal species.
Helicopter & Bi-Plane Excursions
Experience the excitement of early aviation days, when Denys Finch-Hatton flew Karen Blixen around Kenya. Based on a model of the original 1920s model, the brand new Waco bi-plane seats two passengers side by side for a nostalgic, once-in-a-lifetime scenic flight over Lewa. These scenic flights last either 30 minutes or one hour.
Parts of Northern Kenya are, as yet, vastly untouched. Enormous wilderness areas are home to remote tribal peoples, and rarely seen wildlife. This area is one of the most exciting to explore - and easily done by helicopter or plane directly from Sirikoi. Please view more detail from the right hand bar of the amazing areas we explore in partnership with Tropic Air Kenya.
Il Ngwesi Cultural Visit
Learn first-hand about local customs, culture and the daily lives of the Laikipia Maasai with a visit to the Il Ngwesi community. After breakfast in camp, you will set off on an hour game drive, passing through Lewa and on to the Il Ngwesi community land. On arrival you will be welcomed into the ‘manyata’ (homestead) where approximately 20 families live an age-old Masai lifestyle. You will learn about traditions that have now passed into history, such as ingenious methods of hunting game animals, and how the community now live alongside the wildlife that thrives in their community conservancy. You will also learn about the critical cultural and economic importance of their livestock, and will be shown around their traditionally built homes. You will also share in their rich singing and dancing. On the way back to camp, you may choose to stop for a picnic lunch.
Magado Helicopter Excursion
This helicopter excursion takes you on a north-east flight over Shaba National Reserve to the extraordinary Magado Crater, where pools of saline water shine with all the colours of the rainbow and local cave-dwelling miners eke a living collecting salt to sell to pastoral people in remote rural markets. You will have the opportunity to explore the area and meet the miners. After refreshments you will return to Sirikoi, flying over the course of the Ewaso Nyiro River where, amongst other animals, you should be on the lookout for crocodiles and hippo. The helicopter takes a maximum of five passengers.
Mt Kenya Helicopter Flight
This early morning helicopter or plane excursion takes you over the peaks and majestic wilderness of Mt. Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. Some guests choose to do a scenic flight and then return to camp for breakfast. Others, if in a helicopter, enjoy stopping for a picnic breakfast on the shores of a remote alpine lake with extraordinary montane scenery, with a chance to fish for rainbow trout. The helicopter takes a maximum of five passengers for a scenic flight only, or four people if landing on the mountain. In a plane the maximum group size is ten people.
Ngare Ndare Forest Walk
A visit to the nearby Ngare Ndere Forest offers a complete contrast to the wide open plains of Lewa. The forest is reached by vehicle - a 40-minute game drive in itself. On arrival at the forest, you will be met by a ranger who will guide you along a track to a glorious pool filled by a waterfall. The waters are a startling glacial blue, being the melt waters of Mt Kenya. The adventurous can bathe and the intrepid can leap from the top of the waterfall!
After a bracing swim you will be driven through the forest to the elevated canopy walkway. 80 feet high, this wood and wire suspension bridge extends for about 400m through the tree canopy. The walkway ends at a wooden deck 30ft high, where you can relax and enjoy a view of the river from this elevated vantage point. Elephants and buffalo frequently come here to drink and wallow. While you relax after the exertions of the morning, you will be served a delicious bush breakfast or lunch from this lofty, leafy deck.
Off the beaten track in a mobile camp
Our custom designed mobile tented camp can be set up in remote locations throughout Kenya, from the dry bush country of Samburu to the forests of the Matthews Range, and the distant shores of Lake Turkana. The rugged beauty and solitude of these far-flung destinations is home to fascinating tribal cultures, and robust wildlife such as the elephants that travel vast distances in large numbers. We will set up the camp, which you can join by road, plane or helicopter. Mobile camps must be planned ahead of time. For more information please look at our safari website www.robertssafaris.com
Orphan Elephant Rehabilitation Project
The inspirational orphaned elephant rehabilitation project of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is located in Tsavo National Park, eastern Kenya. The project takes in young elephants that have been orphaned or abandoned, often as a result of poaching or other human-wildlife conflict.
Initially orphans are brought to the Trust’s nursery in Nairobi National Park, where they are cared for by a ‘family’ of keepers who replace the orphans’ lost elephant family, essential for such social animals. They are gradually re-integrated with other orphans and when ready are transferred to Tsavo where their rehabilitation continues, until they are able to take their rightful place amongst their wild counterparts in Tsavo. This transition is made at their own pace but usually takes approximately eight to ten years. A number of ex-nursery orphans have now had wild born young which they have brought back to show their human family.
After an early breakfast in camp, you will travel to the Trust’s project in Tsavo by helicopter or charter plane. At the project you will have a chance to meet the orphans and their keepers and learn more about their important work. You may also have the opportunity to help the keepers feeding the young elephants with the specially formulated milk that they rely on at this age. After visiting the elephants you will take a scenic flight over Tsavo to the Chyulu Hills for a picnic lunch with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, before flying back to camp. The helicopter takes a maximum of five passengers. In a plane the maximum group size is twelve people.
Pokot Cultural Excursion
This half-day excursion takes you by helicopter or plane to a remote part of the Rift Valley for a unique cultural encounter with the Pokot tribal community, rarely visited by outsiders. The Pokot in this area are nomadic pastoralists, independent by nature and highly dependent on their livestock for survival.
After meeting the community, you will fly over the extraordinary Suguta Valley, forming part of the Great Rift Valley. This is a fascinating geological site with massive sand dunes, ‘painted’ valleys, Lake Logipe (a crater lake seasonally fringed pink by thousands of flamingoes), and the southern end of Lake Turkana (know as the Jade Sea). You will land for a picnic breakfast at the base of Mount Nyiru, before a scenic flight back to the lodge. The helicopter takes a maximum of five passengers. In a plane the maximum group size is twelve people.
Rendille Cultural Excursion
For this half-day excursion you will fly by helicopter or plane over the Kaisut & Chalbi deserts to Kargi, home of the Rendile people, for a rare opportunity to witness this very traditional group of Cushite people watering their camels and other livestock at a desert oasis. On occasions there can be up to 2,000 camels drinking at any one time. If the livestock are not in the area, we may visit one of their villages, an equally fascinating opportunity. Seeing how these tribal pastoralists manage to survive in these extremely harsh conditions is an incredible experience. After leaving the Rendile, you will stop for a picnic breakfast at a remote scenic location before flying back to camp. The helicopter takes a maximum of five passengers. In a plane the maximum group size is twelve people.