Renowned safari journalist and expert Lisa Grainger recommends her favourite African camps, from savannahs teeming with Big Five, to star-lit desert wildernesses.
This elegant camp, owned by Kenyan legend Willie Roberts, is set in the Lewa Conservancy in the north of the country, and blessed with prolific game. In mere days you might see it all – the Big Five, including both kinds of rhino, cheetah and leopard. Lewa is known as one of Africa’s key reserves for the preservation of both black and white rhino (regularly seen).
With just six tents and two cottages, Sirikoi feels like an intimate home from home, thanks to the capacious living spaces, polished staff and delicious, locally-sourced food.
The variety of activities is a special bonus – from Masaai village visits to fly-camping, and unusual biplane, helicopter, camel and horseback safaris. Sirikoi can arrange overnight quad biking excursions, where you sleep in camp beds with mosquito nets underneath the starry sky.
This is a warm, reassuring camp whose family comforts are as appealing as its wildlife
Guides & guiding
Willie Roberts has passed his love of the bush on to his guides, all of whom are extremely well-trained, constantly educated and connected with wildlife, and involved in community projects.
Lewa Conservancy – a key player in Kenya’s conservation efforts – works extremely closely with local Maasai tribespeople to protect endangered species, as well as preserving the paths of the great migration.
Taking the kids
No specific kids activities or babysitting, but children love the Masai – learning their crafts from beading to tracking – and the Masai clearly love the kids back. Masai-led activities for children include nature walks, bow and arrow making and fishing for frogs.
Il Ngwesi village is an hour away, and villagers welcome children – to their school, to play football, and to learn bush skills. Adults can go to.
It feels like a home, so is ideal for those worried about taking children into the bush. The tents are not suitable for children, but the spacious two and three-bedroomed houses are great for families, with private living spaces – and excellent game-viewing over the waterhole. The three-bed comes with a private vehicle and guide, too.
Lewa Downs is a 50-minute flight from Nairobi, and Sirikoi a 15-minute drive from the airstrip.
Food & drink
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