Sirikoi is set in the center of Lewa on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya. Surrounded by 68,000 acres of Unesco World Heritage wilderness, Sirikoi is a blend of luxurious and wholesome, offering a farm-to-plate dining experience using produce straight from its organic fruit and vegetable garden. There are three lodges and four luxury tented rooms along the spring-fed stream, each with a private deck. Sirikoi works closely with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and its Rhino Conservation Programme, whose late inspirational co-founder, Anna Merz, is remembered for reading Shakespeare to her beloved rhinos and banishing poachers by integrating local communities in her vision.
Perfectly set on the banks of the Njageteck River, this is a luxury tented camp in the very heart of the Maasai Mara. With seven sumptuous tents, Richard’s Camp is both intimate and adventurous. There’s plenty to do, whether it’s night game drives, visiting a local village or forays in a hot-air balloon. Rangers form the backbone of Mara Elephant Project, whose goal is to improve elephant-human relations. Elephants are tracked using GPS and drones to herd them into sanctuaries. School children are taught anti-poaching values and take great pleasure in telling their parents off for not following suit.
Nestled in thick woodland on a gently sloping hillside, Ol Donyo has views out over the plains to a distant, snow-speckled Kilimanjaro. Six suites are woven into the arid landscape, each with its own plunge pool and roof terrace. Guests can arrange to sleep on the roof, in a gossamer-canopied bed, encircled by candlelit lanterns. Ol Donyo gives off a romantic, old-world elegance, with its wicker armchairs, striking African art and warm ochre walls. It was founded by award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham, who is one of the founders of the Big Life Foundation. Since its inception in 2010, Big Life has employed hundreds of Maasai rangers, who use tracker dogs and aerial surveillance to prevent poaching. Lions have been brought back from the edge of extinction, thanks to their efforts.