Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge
Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge is a rustic, six-room lodge crowning a bush-covered hill on the Il Ngwesi Group Ranch, a community conservation and livestock region in northern Laikipia, north of the Lewa Conservancy. Built in 1996, the lodge is owned, managed and staffed entirely by members of the Il Ngwesi Maasai community. A stay here combines cultural immersion with wildlife-viewing by vehicle and on foot and an opportunity for some very relaxing down time.
Our view of Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge
Ten of us visited Il Ngwesi several years ago for a two-family stay and really enjoyed it. On a return visit in December 2013, we were delighted to find that staying at the pioneering eco-lodge has changed little. We love Il Ngwesi’s commitment to the local community and the richness and wildness of the surrounding bush. The quirky rooms have fabulous views, and the “star beds" in two of the rooms are a special treat for those booking early. Friendly local guides – with armed escorts for walks – and the overall character and charm of Il Ngwesi, easily compensate for minor quibbles about the plain and simple meals, and drinks that aren’t always as cold as you might wish for.
Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge: Traveller ratings
Il Ngwesi features rustic, open fronted cottages set on the hillside facing the Mukogodo escarpment.