Located in Kenya, Sirikoi Lodge has been on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold list of the world’s favourite hotels three times, in 2016, 2017 and 2018. It was crowned Africa’s first luxury lodge by the World Travel Awards in 2017. In 2019, Sirikoi Lodge is awarded 1st Lodge in the Luxury Resort and Safari category in Kenya. Hamaji Magazine invites you to discover one of the most beautiful travel experiences in East Africa.
It takes its name from the river along which the lodge extends… Sirikoi Lodge is located in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Reserve, one of Africa’s main rhino reserves. In total immersion in nature and with wildlife, its position in the heart of the reserve gives it an exclusivity and a unique charm.
Of medium size, the place is comparable to an eco-chic African house rather than a hotel, with a level of comfort and luxury that has rarely been equalled.
Sirikoi’s owners have pushed the standards and requirements of the service to the highest level. The sense of hospitality of the staff has made the reputation of the lodge. You will be welcomed simply but generously and will feel at home in Sirikoi.
IN IMMERSION IN NATURE
The Lodge was built by second-generation Kenyans and environmentalists in the 62,000 acre Lewa Game Reserve in northern Kenya. Its typical and harmonious decoration gives the premises a Kenyan identity.
Each chalet has a view of the endless landscape, as well as a private terrace to enjoy wildlife viewing to the fullest. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, with unique local touches, a lounge area, large Victorian baths, outdoor showers and fireplaces.
A SAFARI LIFE IN AFRICA
Willie and Sue Roberts, the founders and owners of Sirikoi, have dedicated their lives to this magnificent project, and it shows. The family has been in the safari industry for over 50 years, guiding safaris across the continent and developing lodges across Kenya. Sirikoi is the third lodge Willie Roberts built (he was only nineteen years old when he built his first one), without the help of an architect. Just his vision, experience and a great sense of style. Sue’s passion for botany has resulted in beautiful gardens – one of the most exceptional of all the lodge gardens in East Africa. Most of the time, Willie and Sue join their guests around the fire for a sunset, making sure everyone feels at home.
AN EXCEPTIONAL FAUNA
The fauna of the Lewa Reserve is abundant with many rare and threatened species such as the reticulated giraffe, the black and white rhino and the largest resident population of Grevy’s zebras in the world. Leopards, cheetahs and lions are frequently observed. Sirikoi is located on one of the migratory routes that elephants use almost every day, a show that can last for hours in front of the lodge’s terrace.
CONSERVATION AND COMMUNITY
A passion for wildlife and a commitment to conservation and community development are at the heart of Sirikoi’s philosophy. As explained by the Roberts, “We are not only talking about conservation, we are living it”. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is one of the most emblematic and successful wildlife conservation projects in the world, which not only protects emblematic wildlife species, but also has a direct positive impact on community life in the region.
– One of Sirikoi’s best experiences is the popular water point just in front of the main terrace, which allows you to see a whole range of wildlife without even leaving the lodge. This incredible show makes Sirikoi unique.
– In addition to safaris, visitors can take a bush walk with a ranger, or a horseback ride across the plains. It is also possible to book a helicopter flight to Mount Kenya or an overnight quad safari around the camp.
– Visiting Sirikoi’s organic vegetable garden and taking a guided tour with George Kaberia, the master of ceremonies, is an unexpected moment. Learning from George about the organic farming process is fascinating and extremely rewarding.
Sirikoi is easily accessible by air and road.
The Lodge is located a 20-minute drive from the Lewa airstrip, which is served by private and scheduled flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport and JOMO Kenyatta International Airport – 50 minutes away. We recommend a private charter flight with Tropic Air Kenya or regular flights with Air Kenya or Safarilink. Flights can be arranged for you by the lodge’s booking office. Helicopters can land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi or Wilson Airport.
The journey from Nairobi to Sirikoi takes about 5 hours. This is a scenic route through the highlands of Kenya and beyond Mount Kenya, but due to the length of the route, we recommend that you fly.
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