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Loisaba Conservancy is a 57,000 acre wildlife sanctuary located in Northern Laikipia in Kenya. The Equator crosses the region a few kilometers from the conservancy.
The Loisaba Community Trust, which runs the conservancy, ensures Loisaba is a catalyst for community development, a hub for wildlife research, and a world-class ecotourism destination offering unique opportunities for guests to experience the uniqueness of Loisaba. Loisaba is part of a larger area on the western edge of one of Kenya’s most important elephant movement corridors.
Loisaba supports sustainable livestock production and improving the lives of neighbouring communities. Tourism and livestock keeping by the local communities earn revenue consequently achieving self-sustainability. This has also enhanced regional peace and security.
In Loisaba, guests have complete freedom to choose how to spend their time on various activities to experience the wildlife and nature. The activities include trekking through the bush with camels, guided bush walks, fishing, mountain biking down the escarpment, game viewing on horseback, game drives both day and night and cultural visits to Samburu villages.
Two permanent rivers and abundant permanent springs make Loisaba attractive to wildlife throughout the year. There are more than 260 bird species and 50 mammals. Loisaba serves as a migration corridor for 800 elephants. Other wildlife found here includes large herds of buffalo, the endangered Grevy’s zebra, the endangered reticulated giraffe, the greater kudu, prides of lion, leopard and cheetah.
All the properties in Loisaba have stunning views of Mount Kenya. There is Loisaba Tented Camp with its unique Starbeds. Loisaba Tented Camp is located on the kopje of rocks on the eastern escarpment of the Great Rift Valley facing Kiboko Dam full of hippos. Wildlife watering here can be viewed from the comfort of the tent veranda.
The Starbeds are an attraction in themselves – handcrafted four posters beds sitting on wheels. They are rolled out onto a wooden platform for the guests to sleep under the starry African sky. Lying at the Equator, you can imagine the excitement in the experience.
Loisaba Lodo Springs is another property in the area. With only eight rooms, Lodo offers magical views of landscape of northern Kenya stretching all the way to Mount Kenya.
In 2016, International Union for Conservation of Nature classified reticulated giraffe as vulnerable and placed it on the red list. Loisaba Conservancy in collaboration with scientists has started research programs to establish the cause of the decline in the number of the giraffes.