Luxury safari camp and lodge operator Elewana has opened a new luxury tented camp on the site of the former Loisaba Lodge.
Located on a 600ft escarpment, every room in the Loisaba Tented Camp has views stretching across the Laikipia Plains to Mount Kenya.
Elewana has been chosen by Loisaba Conservancy, with support from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to partner with it in the development and management of its primary tourism assets in this conservation area.
The new camp is part of the Elewana Collection – a portfolio of 15 properties spanning the highlights of East Africa's safari and beach offerings.
Loisaba Tented Camp comprises six spacious ensuite tents (three double/three convertible twin/double), three family combinations each consisting of two ensuite tents with adjoining walkway. The Private Residence houses three ensuite tents (one family combination and one convertible tent) complemented with a private bar, dining area and infinity pool.
The bar and restaurant team endeavours to source ingredients from a 50km radius including fresh produce from the camp’s gardens. Typical dishes might include a duo of carrot and beetroot soup with basil oil and sour cream, or deep fried brie with cucumber and mango pickle followed by pea and lemon risotto with grilled baby leeks and poached egg, or crispy pork belly with roasted beets, glazed baby onions and whole grain mustard sauce.
The Loisaba Tented Camp has two infinity pools (one for guests in the Private Residence) and activities including bush walks, mountain biking, camel riding, lion tracking, horse riding (for experienced riders), fishing, local village excursions and the opportunity to spend a morning with the resident sniffer dogs, Warrior and Machine.
Loisaba represents the single largest conservation investment in East Africa in 2014/15 and was born from a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, Space for Giants and The Northern Rangelands Trust. In recognition that responsible tourism is vital to long-term conservation, a third of the investment will contribute to tourism infrastructure.
Karim Wissanji, Elewana’s CEO, said: “The partnership with The Nature Conservancy highlights Elewana's passion and commitment to conservation, one that is reflected in its support (financial and otherwise) for this exciting new project; a project that sits at the very heart of TNC's community, wildlife and land conservation philosophies and their important collaboration with tourism."
Matthew Brown, Africa conservation director, The Nature Conservancy, added: "Tourism support helps make Loisaba a self-sustaining engine for peace, community development, and wildlife conservation. This is an innovative example of how Africa can both preserve its heritage and create economic opportunities for its people. We are excited to be working with Elewana.”
The Elewana Collection is also now managing the Loisaba Star Beds. June 2015 saw the completion of a US$150,000 refurbishment of the Star Beds. The upgraded Star Beds now consist of four accommodation platforms (previously there were three), including one family skybed and a new dining area with a stunning stargazing platform. Guests at the Loisaba Starbeds and Tented Camp have the entire conservancy to themselves.
The Loisaba Conservancy provides a sanctuary for over 700 elephants (resident and non-resident) that have been individually identified (and named) by Daniel Lentipo, the conservancy’s resident researcher provided by Space for Giants.
Loisaba Tented Camp starts from US$490 (per person per night and the Loisaba Star Beds start from US$300 per person per night.