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Sirikoi
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Even better the second time ...”
Reviewed 24 March 2012

We returned to Sirikoi six months after our first visit and had an even richer experience. Rather than visit a series of camps, we decided to spend five nights at Sirikoi. We would have stayed longer but the camp was closing briefly for the wedding of one of the owners' daughter. Despite the logistics of organising this event in the bush, my wife and I were still given the extraordinary level of service and hospitality we experienced on our first visit.

We were fortunate to have the same guide and spotter, James and Burcha, who got to know us in September and gave us the warmest welcome at the airstrip on our return. The celebrated film maker and author, Natasha Breed, was in camp again and helped add to the sense of a real homecoming. The owners, Sue and Will Roberts, were kind and hospitable as before and really cared that we have another great visit.

Familiarity with the camp routine made this an even more relaxing trip with time to enjoy the camp and not think about getting ready for a transfer after the second or third night. We got to know where certain animals lived in the conservancy and the familiar site of the male Somali ostrich as we drove out made us feel part of the environment and not just passers through. In September, we walked in the forest ending with the breathtaking views from the canopy pitched high above the trees. This time, we walked with Burcha and a ranger through a magnificent valley. Seeing the animals on foot has been described as 'reading the book,' more intimate than the view from a vehicle even if the vehicle brings you closer to the animals. This time, we saw a vast herd of elephant at a safe distance, followed the trails of a leopard, lion, and hyena to a zebra kill without ever seeing the predators. Walking also gave us the rare chance to experience the details not visible from a vehicle: a bird next with three small eggs, the leopard tortoise in a stream, brilliantly coloured lizards all up close.

Animal sighting in the vehicle were spectacular, including seeing a lion kill. We then followed the huntress back to her family where after a joyful reunion, brought them to dinner. Seeing this incredibly sociable family, three generations, express their happiness at meeting will always stay with me. Again, I appreciated the fact that James was always respectful of the animals. Night drives were special as well with sightings of bush-babies leaping from tree to tree.

Although everyone comes to Kenya for the wildlife, getting to know people can be even more interesting: on this second visit, I gained a deeper insight and appreciation of how much work it takes to run a camp like Sirikoi.

The food was even more delicious than I remembered, including one traditional African dinner. The fresh fruits and vegetables are fresh from the incredible garden - worth a visit - and the tents remain more comfortable than suites at many top hotels and offer a wonderful view of wildlife on the edge of camp and of course admit all the astonishing sounds of the bush.

We're already plotting our return and would highly recommend you come too. Stay a bit longer and really get to know Lewa Downs. You will be richly rewarded and have a chance to dig a bit deeper into this extraordinary corner of Africa.

Room Tip: Tent 4 - our favorite!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

My husband and I visited Kenya for the first time in September 2011 - Amboseli, Masai Mara, and Lewa Conservancy at the beautiful Sirikoi. While we had wonderful experiences at all three, Sirikoi really stood out as the exceptional and most memorable, and we vowed to return. So when a small break appeared in our schedule in March (and it coincided with availability of frequent flyer reward tickets to Kenya), we decided for a quick return.
We were a little apprehensive, only because sometimes there's a let down on the second visit; too often it's impossible for a property or staff to live up to the expectations after an initial "wow" experience. We needn't have worried! Six months later, the camp was even more beautiful than we'd remembered, the staff just as gracious. This time, instead of camp-hopping, we remained at Sirikoi for five nights, the only other stop on our itinerary being an overnight in Nairobi necessitated by airline & transfer schedules. We loved being able to really settle in for several days, and the 5 days gave us enough time to fully appreciate and enjoy the pool and gorgeous grounds while still having ample opportunity for rich game-viewing. Taking a swim in the heat of the day with giraffe drinking from a watering hole 30 yards away is a wonderful experience!
The tents were as we remembered, huge and luxurious with a fireplace set into one stuccoed wall that held glowing coals each evening when we returned from the sunset game drive, to chase away the night chill. Big comfortable beds with fluffy duvets. The bathroom was as big as my first apartment, with excellent rain shower (great water pressure), flush toilet, double sink vanity, and big claw foot soaking tub. Hair dryer was provided, full length mirror. The tents have electricity 24 hours a day, and there are multiple electrical outlets with plug adaptors thoughtfully provided, so one can charge batteries for cameras, phones, computers. Free wifi throughout the camp worked quickly and well in our tent, and on the lovely deck outside it, so we could sink into the big comfortable chairs in the shade of acacia trees and keep an eye on the zebras or giraffe grazing at the edge of camp while we emailed photos of the day's experiences to friends back home.

This is pure luxury in a beautiful open-country setting, and the staff have been well-trained to be courteous, kind, and unobtrusive. Although Sirikoi was hosting a massive wedding on the weekend, they somehow kept us well-insulated from the extensive preparations - other than meeting the bride's family who arrived the day before we left, and the discreet erection of some extra tents to handle the imminent arrival of overflow guests, we would never have guessed they were gearing up for a huge event. This shows an incredible dedication to providing a serene and wonderful experience to every guest, and thanks so much to Sue Roberts, Natasha Breed and Amory for the very gracious hospitality!

Food was of a very high standard all week (again, even better than we'd remembered). Be sure to request a tour of their expansive and impressive organic garden, which provides most of the fruits, veggies and eggs you'll be served.

But let's face it, the reason most people will come is for the wildlife, and it is abundant. During our five days, we saw enormous herds of elephants (once, a group of about 60 including the tiniest baby), many rhinos - both white and black, a lovely pride of lions with proud papa playing with his cubs as the lionesses looked on indulgently, a pair of cheetah brothers, many grazers including zebra (both Common and the endangered Grevey's), giraffe, gazelle, impala, eland. Our highlight was watching a sunset hunt, the lioness patiently stalking a big zebra and finally attacking; when she failed to bring him down we followed her at a respectful distance to a family of eland, where she successfully brought down the young one, dragged it off, and shared it with her hungry cubs. Amazing! I tell this story to illustrate both the skill of Sirikoi's trackers and guides (thank you, Burcha and James!) but also to show that they are able to discern your interest and to tailor your game drives accordingly. Since we were enthusiastic cat-lovers and interested in the hunt, they stayed with it as long as we wanted; I've no doubt that had we evinced any squeamishness, they would have detected that and moved us away from the hunting zone to view elephants splashing in the water or some other equally wonderful scene. While the game in the Mara is more densely concentrated, the viewing experience in Lewa is just as rich, enhanced by the fact that very rarely will you see another vehicle - it seems as if you have this entire world all to yourself.

For a top-quality, totally relaxing Kenyan vacation, I most highly recommend Sirikoi. Try to stay for at least 4 nights if you can - because from the moment you settle in to your beautifully-appointed "tent" on their gorgeous grounds, you won't want to leave.

Room Tip: All the tents are lovely, but we especially like #4 or #6 for a little extra privacy. If you don...
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

This review is long overdue so my apologies. However, perhaps just the sheer fact that my vacation was in July 21, 2011 and I still want to write a review for Sirikoi should really mean something.

We (family of four, two adults and two teenage girls ages 17 and 15) stayed at Sirikoi as our second stop on a 15-day safari in Northern Kenya. We stayed at some great places and this was by far the best. Sirikoi Lodge beats out any five star hotel I've been in outside of the United States. We stayed in the cottage, which was superb. The refrigerator and bar were stocked with all of our preferences, the staff was on top of everything--always, and the place itself is absolutely gorgeous.

Like many places, it's remote so we thought we would be bored--silly us. We had a great time all three days. We went on safaris in the morning and evening and during the day we walked the grounds and played with Sheba the pet cheetah and Ndito, the giraffe. Sue and her staff were always friendly and accommodating. In fact, Sue gave us a complete tour of the grounds and entire facility. From the gardens, to the animals, to the staff, to the ambiance--we couldn't have asked or wanted for more. One evening the staff arranged for us to have dinner outside on or patio. We were expecting a run of the mill dinner. Were we ever wrong! When we returned to our cottage, the staff had come in before and set up a beautiful table on the patio with candlelight and had started a roaring fire in the outside pit. Then, they were on hand to serve our drinks while we relaxed and them moved to the table where they served us a great dinner. Throughout our trip, we were fortunate enough to meet a family who were also staying at the Sirikoi and the staff arranged for the two families to get together for a nightcap after dinner. It was heaven.

The safaris were outstanding as well. Our guides Legai (a Masai warrior) and James (our driver and safari manager) were amazing. They arranged for us to have sundowners one evening while out on an evening safari. They kept us entertained and always had our favorite drinks in a cooler when we set out on a trip. When the sun went down and it got a little chilly--they had blankets for us to make sure we stayed comfortable.

If you are planning a safari to Northern Kenya and the Lewa Conservancy, I would recommend you only consider Sirikoi as the place to stay. Anywhere else would pale in comparison. Oh, and if you do, give Sheba a kiss from us!

Room Tip: I should have mentioned that this isn't lodging on a budget, but if you can swing it, stay in th...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

The camp is very luxurious , with large open lounges, luxurious rooms with fireplaces for the chilly evenings.
Wildlife comes to you , elephants, buffaloes, antelope , lion and cheetah and more!
Food is excellent , and large choice of wines and spirits for those in need.
Unfortunately Kenya wildlife service who should be busy with anti poaching are taking away a cheetah that was born at lewa.It became tame and used to walking around Sirikoi as it was nursed by the owners when its mother died early.KWS are moving it out of lewa where it has become used to hunting and surviving in the wild for reasons that baffle most!
Sirikoi is managed by very friendly folk , it's a must visit for those that can afford it !

Room Tip: The cottages are v luxurious huge baths if you like , fireplace in room, lounge. Tents are also lux...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

The first time to Kenya started on a high note. We travelled from Jamaica over two days to get to Sirikoi. Fortunately, I travel light and my one small bag went on a different plane from Nairobi to Nanyuki but met me at Sirikoi a day later.

After landing on a grass strip we were quickly met by Michael and his team who were excellent from start to finish. I did not realize that we would see so much so quickly. The amount of game and birds were so abundant every where.

Sirikoi it luxury beyond compare. The owners clearly have put an enormous amount of effort in to every detail. We stayed in a tent which was luxurious with a fire king bed and separate bath room with tub two sinks and walk in shower. The water was always very hot.

The food was also excellent, served family style. A great way to meet other travelers. Thank you Sue for showing the resort. Great vegetable garden!

Of course, the main reason to go here is to see the animals and you will not be disappointed,
our guide Michael was very knowledgeable and we saw the big five with in the first two days.

My lasting impression of Sirikoi though will be the excellent staff who gave such great service.

I will return hopefully for a longer visit.

Room Tip: not a bad room in the place - The tents are amazing.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Austin, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 21 January 2012

Fantastic permanent tented camp along a small river with a pond that draws the animals in. Small fireplaces in the tents warm the nights, while dining under the stars is warmed by a fire pit and small braziers. Fabulous game.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

We went for a two night safari to Sirikoi! It is a stunning place, beautiful located. Our Safari couldn't have been better. Being the only car and we saw the big five in 2 hours! Beautiful! The Lodge is very well planned and the interior is perfect, the tents is very private located and comfi beds! The food was very good. The service was excellent, we felt very well treated with professional staff. We are definitely coming back!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sirikoi
Address: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy | Box 1690, Nanyuki Town, Nanyuki Municipality 10400, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Laikipia County > Nanyuki Municipality > Nanyuki Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Nanyuki Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sirikoi is a beautiful small family run lodge situated on private land & surrounded by the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Set in a shady acacia grove & overlooking a natural waterhole, Sirikoi offers some of the best game viewing in East Africa, as well as some of most unusual activities in Kenya. Sirikoi offers everything from helicopter excursions, to flying bi-planes, nights spent out fly camping on quad safaris, and riding safaris. SIRIKOI HOUSE awarded BEST SAFARI HOUSE KENYA and runner up to BEST SAFARI HOUSE AFRICA, by the Good Safari Guide awards. ... more   less 
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Sirikoi Hotel Nanyuki
Sirikoi Kenya/Nanyuki Town

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