Leleshwa: Information from the owner
- Mobile Camp
- No. of rooms
About this information
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 full report on Leleshwa, which contains our own observations and views.
- Last updated by Owner
- 11 Dec 2019
Facilities at Leleshwa
- Property facilities
- 24-hour Security, Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Eco Friendly, Internet Access, Kiddies Club, Library, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity
- Room facilities
- Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fireplace, Lounge Area, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
- Activities on site
- Big 5, Bird Watching, Boules, Canoeing, Cycling, Fine Dining, Fishing, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Gourmet Picnic, High Tea, Horse Riding, Horse-back Safaris, Safaris, Walks
- Nearby activities
- Animal Encounters, Big 5, Bird Watching, Child Friendly Activities, Cultural Tours, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, General Sightseeing, Helicopter Rides, Hiking, Horse Riding, Horse-back Safaris, Hot-air Ballooning, Mountain Biking, Quad Biking, Rock Climbing, Safaris
Room types at Leleshwa
Luxury Tent - double or twin
The camp is taken on an exclusive basis for each group.
4 Tented rooms accommodating eight guests in double or twin rooms with private verandah and en-suite bathrooms. Larger groups can be accommodated upon request.
20’ x 10.5’ sleeping area
8’ x 10.5’ en-suite bathroom with toilet, shower & changing area
6’ verandah in front
8’ high in centre / 5.5’ high on side walls
All tents are made from heavy duty canvas with insect proof door and window linings.
Activities at Leleshwa
On private conservancies & ranches, we can walk out of camp to explore the surrounding area and a range of terrain. We can tailor short walks or longer hikes of two to four hours for our more active guests. You will be escorted by your guide and tracker who will point out tracks and signs left by the animals as well as provide insight into various plants used as sustenance or traditional medicines by the local tribesmen.
The private mobile camp is an ideal location for a family with children of all ages. Safari is an environment that provides endless space for fun and interactive activities focused on fully immersing and encouraging them in nature, wildlife and culture. While parents are relaxing together on an early morning game drive or share a fabulous bush lunch under the expanse of an acacia tree, our friendly staff will delight in entertaining their kids leaving them free to enjoy time together and your surrounding.
Along with their guide and Maasai spotter they will enjoy:
- bush walks to identify tracks & signs
- help make handcrafted spears and bows & arrows and learn how to use them
- visiting our chef in the kitchen and making animal bread
- using a range of arts materials to recreate their days' adventures
- roasting marshmallows around a camp fire
- treasure hunt around camp
For the more adventurous at heart, enjoy a family walking safari amongst the plains game & beauty of the conservancy to your fly camp for a night - camping beneath the stars and enjoying a hearty meal around the fire whilst your Maasai guide shares stores of his childhood.
Day & night game drives
Depending on our location, enjoy a full or half day game drives around the parks or conservancies. Your guide and tracker will set the route for your game drive depending upon the season and their local knowledge of where the best wildlife viewing is to be found. As the animals are most active during the early hours of the day, we recommend an early start with a mid morning picnic breakfast pausing for lunch under a shaded tree. Your guide and tracker will set out a traditional picnic with ice cold drinks after which you can enjoy a siesta on the blankets and cushions we provide before continuing your game drive.
Explore a rich diversity of game and bird species in each of the areas. In private areas in the late afternoon, on your game drive, stop for a ‘sundowner’ cocktail to watch the sun set and prepare for your night drive back to camp. where you will discover many different nocturnal animals as well as predators coming out to hunt.
Each of the tribes across Kenya follow a calendar of celebrations, graduations & weddings. Depending on where we are staying, there might be an event which we are invited to take part or observe. These are colourful & joyous events where local traditions are followed and large groups gather from the community to take part.
Each area has a local school in the near vicinity that you might choose to visit. These schools have limited facilities and at times no permanent structures in which to learn, however the children are eager to learn and will invite you in to spend some time with them.
Visit a Manyatta.
Leleshwa is committed to promoting responsible culture travel that connects guest with local people in a mutually respectful and beneficial manner. A visit to an authentic manyatta or local village is an exciting cultural experience and provides an opportunity to explore their ancient traditional way of life. Village visits give you the opportunity to observe how their traditions have evolved around their cattle.
Weddings & Blessings
Kenya is an ideal location for your wedding, honeymoon or renewing your marriage vows. Your ceremony will be one of the greatest occasions throughout your life’s journey and Leleshwa will ensure that you celebrate in style and make your day truly memorable. We offer a flexible service tailored to your exact requirements be it for a group of friends and family joining you or just for the two of you.
In the Maasai culture the wedding is all about the journey of the bride to her groom at his manyatta (village) and her welcoming. These traditions and associated blessings are incorporated into your ceremony. Each of the bride and groom are met by a group of dancing warriors and ladies and led to the Masai Laibon (spiritual leader) who performs the blessing, as you overlook the surrounding plains. The day is ended with cocktails (or a local brew if you prefer), an African sunset and further celebrations around the fireplace before a starlight dinner with new friends.
Other lodges in Maasai Mara Conservancies
Alternative places to stay in this same area.
Kicheche Bush Camp
Kicheche Bush Camp is a smart and intimate tented camp with a relaxed atmosphere and the perfect base in the Mara for keen photographers.
Kicheche Mara Camp has just eight tents and a rustic and comfortable feel. It is set by a stream in a pretty area of the Mara ecosystem's Mara North Conservancy.
Naboisho Camp is one of the most luxurious of the handful of camps in the Naboisho Conservancy. It offers day and night game drives, game walks and full creature comforts in the bush.
Kicheche Valley is a boutique tented camp in a wooded district of the Mara ecosystem's Naboisho Conservancy, with plenty of wildlife in the area.
Offbeat Mara is a small traditional camp that appeals to safari traditionalists, located in one of the Maasai Mara’s quiet conservancies.
Encounter Mara is located in the private Naboisho Conservancy – a game-rich area of the Mara ecosystem – and offers a contemporary take on the traditional, low-impact luxury safari camp.
Mara Plains Camp
Mara Plains is one of the very best camps in the Mara ecosystem. Located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just outside the Mara reserve, it has access to three wildlife-viewing areas.
Elephant Pepper Camp
Elephant Pepper Camp is a small 10-tent bush camp, put together in the traditional "campaign" style, and including a large honeymoon/family tent.
Serian is a luxury tented camp on the east bank of the Mara River in the Mara North Conservancy. It is the sister camp of Ngare Serian, on the west bank.
Porini Lion Camp
Porini Lion Camp is a pioneering, community focused eco-camp, with excellent guides and game viewing, in the predator-rich, Olare Motorogi Conservancy.
Ol Kinyei Adventure
Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp is a satelllite of the larger Porini Mara Camp. Both of them are located in the Maasai-owned Ol Kinyei conservancy, the oldest community conservancy in the Maasai Mara ecosystem.
Hemingways Ol Seki
Magnificently located tented lodge on a bluff looking south across the Naboisho Conservancy toward the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Kicheche Fly Camp
Kicheche Walking Wilderness Fly Camp is a temporaray dome tent camp set up for participants in Kicheche's two-day walking safari between Kicheche Valley and Kicheche Bush Camp.
Basecamp Eagle View
Basecamp Eagle View is a community-focused safari camp in the Naboisho Conservancy, with a strong emphasis on responsible tourism and a spectacular location.
Porini Mara Camp
Porini Mara Camp is a small, pioneering eco-camp in the first private conservancy in the Mara region, with comfortable accommodation and a range of activities.
Saruni Wild is a rustic and traditional safari camp in the Lemek Conservancy, with just three tents and limited electricity.
The luxurious Ngare Serian and its sister camp Serian face each other across the Mara River on the western side of the Mara North Conservancy
Cottars 1920s Camp
Cottar's 1920s Camp is a classic, luxury tented camp with a 1920s safari theme, located in its own conservancy on the southeast border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Basecamp Leopard Hill
With six beautiful tents, Basecamp Leopard Hill is a smart safari camp in the Naboisho Conservancy in the Maasai Mara ecosystem.
Small and intimate, Offbeat Mara is set in a valley above the (often dry) Olare Orok River within the Mara North Conservancy.
Karen Blixen Camp
Karen Blixen Camp sits on a meander of the Mara River in the Mara North Conservancy, just beyond the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Mahali Mzuri is a strikingly modern tented camp in the Virgin Limited Edition group, in a remote part of the Mara ecosytem's Olare Motorogi Conservancy. It has lovely views and all the luxuries of a five-star hotel.
Saruni Mara is a luxurious permanent lodge, on the remote northern edge of the Mara North Conservancy, with stunning views, good guiding and very private and comfortable rooms.
Mara Nyika is one of the newer additions to the Naboisho Conservancy and offers a luxurious and exclusive safari.
Basecamp Wilderness Camp is a simple, traditional tented camp, set in a remote valley in the Naboisho Conservancy in the Mara ecoystem.
Mara Bushtops is a luxury safari hotel on a private concession, outside the Maasai Mara National Reserve, with the emphasis on comfort, relaxation and good food and wine.
Cottars Private House
Cottar's Private House is one of the few truly luxurious, modern private houses in the Mara ecosystem, spoiling its guests with first-rate staff, a swimming pool and wonderful views.
Entumoto is a high-end tented camp, with a swimming pool, situated in a very pretty location on the east side of the Maasai Mara ecosystem.