Lewa Downs, Kenya
At a Glance
Ride on horseback through the bush and have an unparalleled opportunity to get close to wildlife
Learn first-hand about local customs, culture and the daily lives of the Maasai with a visit to the Il Ngwesi community
Take a guided walk within the protected Ngare Ndare forest, accompanied by an experienced ranger
Cool off in the infinity swimming pool
Sit on the deck and watch the animals come in to drink at the waterhole
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Sirikoi is closed in April & November.
The main season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.
Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.
To start planning your vacation to Sirikoi
Sirikoi is a beautiful lodge set in a peaceful glade within the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The lodge comprises a mix of luxurious tented rooms and a couple of small private residences. Lewa offers some of the best game viewing in Northern Kenya.
Formerly known as Willie’s Camp, this is arguably one of the finest camps in Kenya. Sirikoi has been designed and built with the detail and attention that has come from years of experience running customized safaris in East Africa. At Sirikoi the spacious living and dining area, infinity swimming pool and veranda deck are set within extensive lawns, scattered acacia trees and overlooking a natural waterhole where wild animals frequently visit to wallow and drink.
The camp has four luxury tented rooms which overlook the waterhole. Beautifully furnished with soft throws, relaxing arm chairs and even a roll top bath, these tented rooms offer the perfect place to relax and soak in the surrounding wilderness.
Sirikoi Cottage comprises two ensuite bedrooms with an adjoining living area in between. With its own private kitchen and outdoor deck with fire place, guests can be as private as they like and take meals here or join guests at the main lodge and share stories around the camp fire.
Sirikoi House is ideal a small group or family traveling together and taken on an exclusive basis with private chef, guide and team of staff. The house is split into three main areas comprising a master bedroom cottage, a large central living and dining area and a separate two-bedroom cottage to the right. The rooms are large and sumptuously decorated, all overlooking manicured gardens and wetlands beyond - the perfect place for private sundowners or dinners.
The style of the camp is in keeping with the unrivalled hospitality of Sirikoi. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has had a pioneering role in conservation, the incredible array of game is testament to this. The beautiful landscape varies from rolling hills to the thick Ngere Ndare forest. Lewa holds 12% of Kenya's black rhino population and the largest single population of the endangered Grevy zebras in the world.
As well as walking and game drives there are also horse safaris. A new activity at Sirikoi (which must be prearranged) gives guests the opportunity to book a few nights at a specially developed mobile camp which can be set up at remote locations throughout Kenya, from the dry bush of Samburu to the forests of the Matthews Range to the shores of Lake Turkana. The camps are set up for you and you can join by road, plane or helicopter.
Sirikoi has its own extensive vegetable garden supplying the camp’s kitchen, which produces excellent food.
The camp has four luxury tents, each built on a platform with a private veranda overlooking the waterhole. Each have their own fireplace with armchairs and an elegant bathroom with a Victorian bath and a shower. There are two further traditional tents with en-suite showers which are usually reserved for guides.
In a private corner of camp there is a secluded two-bedroom cottage, made from wood, thatch and stone with a large deck area. The cottage has its own kitchen, dining room and living space so that you can be totally independent if you wish.
There is also a self-contained three-bedroom house that can sleep up to six people in stunning style and comfort. It has its own kitchen, dining room and living spaces. Guests also have their own chef, driver and guide.
The four luxury tents are raised on a private veranda overlooking the waterhole. Each have their own fireplace with armchairs and an elegant bathroom with a Victorian bath and a shower.
Sirikoi Cottage comprises two ensuite bedrooms with an adjoining living area in between.
The house sleeps six and is split into three main areas comprising a master bedroom cottage, a separate two-bedroom cottage and a large separate central living and dining area.
Children of all ages are welcome at Sirikoi and although there are no specific facilities available for children, babysitting can be arranged if parents need some time out. Sirikoi is able to arrange a more child friendly menu and can be flexible with meal times to accommodate the younger guest.
Sirikoi has a lovely infinity swimming pool and veranda deck set within extensive lawns, scattered acacia trees and overlooking a natural waterhole where wild animals frequently visit to wallow and drink. Sirikoi has its own extensive vegetable garden supplying the camp’s kitchen, which produces excellent food.
With the use of a plane or helicopter there are many places that become accessible from Sirikoi. From camp the activities include bush walks and day and night game drives with skilled and experienced locals to guide you. Bush picnics and dinners can be arranged, as well as horse riding, fishing and trips to visit the local community.
is personally operated by Willie and Sue Roberts, a Kenyan couple known for their classy safari operations. Their latest creation breaks new ground with its beautifully designed tents and attractive setting in a shaded grove of acacia tortilis trees overlooking a busy waterhole. Although Lewa is plump with game, you could do worse than to plant yourself on your deep veranda and just watch the unfolding scene around camp.
There's been no corner-cutting here. Each of the six tents is vast and infinitely stylish, with wood floors covered with hand-woven rugs and impeccably detailed with chunky wood furniture, hurricane lanterns, and freshly cut flowers -- draw back the curtains to reveal huge screen windows with views into the bush. Most of the tents have Victorian baths and built-in fireplaces, as well as verandas overlooking the waterhole. In the attached bathrooms, you'll find ball-and-claw tubs, showers, and twin basins with antique-style faucets (dispensing filtered spring water). Those looking for more privacy -- and space -- can opt for the two-bedroom family cottage; its large deck and location in the wetlands make it a good spot to view elephant and buffalo.
Much of the socializing happens on the alfresco deck with cushioned wrought-iron sofas and a raging log fire; sit back and let the animals come to you, as they regularly do. Taking advantage of the magical setting, most meals are served outdoors, shaded by the trees or under a canopy of stars. And much of what you'll eat is grown in the camp's own organic garden.
Buggies and Quad Bike Safaris
For a real adrenaline driven adventure take a buggy or quad bike out on safari and explore areas game vehicles cannot.
Fly Fishing in Northern Kenya
If you want to try something really different during your vacation then why not take a fishing trip up to Lake Rutundu or Lake Alice. Situated at 10,000 feet above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Kenya this is a totally unique fly fishing experience.
Game Drives in Lewa Downs
Explore this beautiful area of Kenya with your professional safari guide in search of some of the fantastic wildlife of Laikipia. Enjoy the opportunity to track and view some of the critically endangered white and black rhino of the conservancy.
Riding in Northern Kenya
Horseback safaris are the most exciting way to see the bush and in Kenya they are without a doubt the most exciting and adventurous safari you can do.
A scenic flight is the ultimate way to enjoy Kenya's spectacular landscapes, whether by helicopter or in the wonderful Waco bi-plane, it is an experience of a lifetime.
The Life of the Samburu Tribe in Kenya
Learn about the life of Kenya's beautiful Samburu people from their most sacred mountain to the daily activities of their village on this private guided journey.
Walking Safaris in Laikipia
Explore the African bush on foot with your experienced guide and tracker. A fantastic opportunity to experience a different perspective, away from the noise of a safari vehicle.
Location & directions
Lewa Downs, Kenya
Sirikoi is a spectacular lodge situated on private land and surrounded by the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya. Set in a shady acacia grove and overlooking a natural waterhole fed from a mountain spring.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International. Lewa Downs airstrip is a 50-minute flight from Nairobi Wilson airport, which is served by both private charter and scheduled flights. Sirikoi is just a 15-minute drive from the airstrip. To drive from Nairobi takes approximately 5-hours.