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Perth, Australia
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

This Lodge, run by the local Maasai is, for me, heaven on earth. It's so well hidden that you really can't see it from the base of its little hill. The chalets are built from natural local dead wood and red mud and each has its own shower In some, you can have your four poster bed complete with mosquito...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Well what can I say about this place? After travelling on bumpy dirt roads for many hours we arrived to be greeted by the entire contingent of staff and introduced to each and every one of them. All staff are from local Maasai villages and are the warmest and welcoming of people. I had become ill from some unknown source...

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California
Reviewed 1 April 2016

We were greeted on arrival with other staff singing a welcome song to us. The rooms were built into the side of a hill. Ours overlooked the water hole where elephants, zebra, baboons, pumbas (warthogs) and the like visited throughout the day. Note: it was the same room Prince William and Princess Kate stayed in. We visited a Maasai village...

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Reviewed 21 February 2016

Have just returned from a 4 day stay at Il Ngwesi Lodge. It was nowhere near long enough! It is a bit of a drive to get there along some ordinary roads but that is part of the beauty. It is isolated and remote which is one of its draw-cards. The rooms are incredible!!! Very roomy, an outside shower and...

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1Thank Kellie B
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Reviewed 17 October 2015

After camping several nights we climbed the path to this most stunning lodge, the views with wildlife drinking at a waterhole and grazing a short distance away, absolutely breath taking. The local Masai warm, welcoming and very attentive. Rooms - open air - I did not want to leave.....shower with a view, loo with a view....beautiful views all around. Being...

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Woodland, California
Reviewed 17 August 2015

Il Ngwesi is isolated, north of the Lewa Conservancy in arid country, but well worth the drive to get there. We spent two nights there in June2015. The facility is lovely, and our rooms were amazing—completely open on one side with great views of animals at a watering hole. The emphasis on Maasai culture was most educational, and James our...

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2Thank Ann B
Tidworth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Before you even get there, you think you’re lost, it can be a little bit hard to find. However when you get there you won't be disappointed. The lodge itself is magical, the views amazing and the staff very helpful. We arrived later than we had planned due to being temporary misplaced and a late lunch was provided. The rooms...

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Thank JohnLewis17
Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 2 August 2015

We really did have a wonderful time at Il Ngwesi. The journey to the conservancy through Lewa was amazing. Sleeping under the open starlit sky is something that I'd love to do again and again. James is a great host and storyteller who informed us and kept us entertained throughout our two day stay at Il Ngwesi. The hospitality afforded...

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1Thank Njaramba
Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 18 June 2015

Stayed here for two nights and it was amazing! The room is completely open, but very comfortable. From the warm welcome song we were greeted with, the amazing staff, and breath taking views, we could have not asked for anything more.

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1Thank Wendy B
Lafayette, United States
Reviewed 5 June 2015

Love this place. Spectacular view. Beautiful sunrise in the mornings. The staff was top notch from James, Fred and Franklin and Ellen who helped us get our bags to the room. Thank you for everything!! :)

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast included
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  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A Maasai community run lodge, on the Il Ngwesi Group Ranch, made of local materials located on a rocky outcrop beside the Mukogodo escarpment, north west of Mount Kenya. The award winning lodge is often considered a role model for community based tourism. A great opportunity to be hosted by these forward thinking Maasai and be immersed into the Maasai culture and enjoy walks and visits to their manyattas (villages) as well as wildlife game viewing. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Il Ngwesi Lodge

Address: Laipha house, 3rd floor Nanyuki Town, Room 23, Nanyuki Town, Nanyuki Municipality, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Laikipia County > Nanyuki Municipality > Nanyuki Town
Number of rooms: 6
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“Banda's 1 & 2 have sky beds & great views of the watering hole. Banda 4 is also great for families, spacious with great views of the valley.”
 of 5 bubbles 238bettym, 9 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The views are all good”
 of 5 bubbles Bzingger, 29 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The two best are cabins #1 and #2 for overlooking the watering hole but they all have open vistas.”
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