Il N’gwesi Eco Lodge is a huge tract of land owned by many Maasai villages and gives them a source of income away from what they have been known – nomadic pastoralism. The ranch is located in the Il N’gwesi Group Ranch which lies north of Mount Kenya and covers an area of 16,500 hectares.
Its serene location, away from any towns and on the edge of Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau, provides an escape plan from the busy urban areas.
The Lodge is sited on a rocky outcrop in the north-eastern part of the Il Ngweso Group Ranch. From its position atop the kopje, it looks over miles of wilderness. A peaceful place with nothing but melodies of birds singing and other wild animals.
All the furniture in the lodge is built by the Maasai from local materials, giving it the most natural outlook.
An open-air dining room, with hand-carved furniture, exists at the top of the kopje. A pool overlooks a waterhole and from here, sandy paths lead through the bush to the various bandas.
It has a total of six bandas built around the hillside. Each is unique and built around the trees and contours of the hill. The spacious bandas have wooden floors, hand-carved beds covered in Maasai fabrics, and panoramic views. Trees support the thatch roof and hand-made chairs look onto the view.
From Nairobi, one can access Il N’gwesi Lodge by daily schedule flight from Wilson Airport to Lewa Downs followed by about an hour and a half road transfer or by private charter flight direct to the Il N’gwesi airfield, or by road via Ngare Ndare.
Activities from Il N’gwesi include game drivers, nature walks, and time spent in local Maasai villages. For a wilderness experience, you simply can’t beat it.
The Maasai touch in the conservancy provides the unique culture that is not only praised in the country but has gone global. It is also a way of preserving and portraying the Kenya culture to the world.