Sirikoi

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.

Type Safari Lodge
No. of rooms 9
Last updated 2-Feb-2018

Main description of Sirikoi

Sirikoi: Facilities

Property facilities Secure Parking
Room facilities Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complementary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Facilities, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Available services Airport Shuttle (Complimentary), Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service, Travel Desk
Activities on site (some activities may be seasonal) Big 5, Bird Watching, Elephant Interaction, Fine Dining, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Garden Tours, Gourmet Picnic, High Tea, Horse Riding, Horse-back Safaris, Massages, Night Drives, Rhino Tracking, Safaris, Adrenaline Activities, Animal Encounters, Catch-and-release Fishing, Child Friendly Activities, Cultural Tours, Cycling, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Helicopter Rides, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Quad Biking, Scenic Flights, Tree-top Canopy Tours

Room types at Sirikoi

Luxury Tented Room

Luxury Tented Room

4 en suite tents with a private deck sold individually. Each luxury tented room has a sitting area leading onto the outside deck, a large double bed or two single beds with a wardrobe behind the bed, a fireplace which is lit each evening, and an en-suite bathroom with a free-standing bath and rain shower overlooking more beautiful views. Also on the property for guests to enjoy is the organic vegetable garden, Sirikoi Gift Shop, and infinity pool. Guests in the luxury tents enjoy all meals outdoors on the Sirikoi deck. Key facilities: • High-speed wifi • Exclusive game drive vehicles • Private deck • Sitting area • Fire place • Victorian bath • Rain shower • Hair dryers • Handmade, organic toiletries • Laundry • Digital safes • International plug sockets

Units at Sirikoi

Sirikoi Cottage

Sirikoi Cottage

2 en-suite bedrooms with a private living and dining room, kitchen and deck, for 4 guests sold exclusively.

Sirikoi Cottage is perfect for with families with children or friends traveling together. The Cottage has two en-suite bedrooms with large bathrooms, a central living and dining room, and small kitchen. The shared living space opens out onto a spacious deck from which to enjoy beautiful views of the waterhole.

Key facilities:
• High-speed wifi
• Exclusive game drive vehicles
• Private deck
• Private living & dining room
• Fire places in bedrooms and living/dining room
• Wheelchair access
• Victorian baths
• Rain showers
• Hair dryers
• Handmade, organic toiletries
• Laundry
• Digital safes in rooms
• TV and DVD’s on request

Also on the property for guests to enjoy is the organic vegetable garden, Sirikoi Gift Shop, and infinity pool.

Sirikoi House

Sirikoi House

3 en-suite bedrooms with a private living room, dining room, and deck for 6 guests, sold exclusively.

The Sirikoi House includes three en-suite bedrooms (a Master Suite and separate bedroom cottage with two en-suite bedrooms), which lead on to a central living and dining cottage renowned for its unique positioning and decor. There is a private deck built overlooking the wetland, perfect for private meals and sundowners.

Sirikoi House is only sold on an exclusive use basis and comes with its own private safari vehicle and guide, as well as chef and team of staff.

Key facilities:
• High-speed wifi
• Exclusive game drive vehicles
• Exclusive chef, housekeeping and serving staff
• Private deck
• Private living & dining room
• Private bar
• Music system
• Fire places in bedrooms and living/dining room
• Victorian baths
• Rain showers
• Outdoor shower in the Master Suite
• Laundry
• Hair dryers
• Handmade, organic toiletries
• Digital safes in rooms

Also on the property for guests to enjoy is the organic vegetable garden, Sirikoi Gift Shop, and infinity pool.

Guests at the Sirikoi House have the choice of private dining or having meals on the main Sirikoi deck.

Activities at Sirikoi

Behind the Scenes at Lewa

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

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.

Game Viewing

Game Viewing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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