|Cheers! at the Lewa Air Strip|
|Bidding us farewell from |
Lewa Safari Camp
At Loisaba, were greeted by our drivers and invited to enter a display hall which told the story of the Loisaba Conservancy whose motto is "Better Together." It explained how the local population, which previously had often poached animals on the plains of Laikipia, had bought into the value of tourism and game conservation. The conservancies on the plains have joined together with the government to form the Northern Rangelands Trust. Local pastoralists still graze their herds on the plains, but they are taught how to conserve grazing lands and over-grazing which was previously widespread, has disappeared; farmers are taught modern farming techniques and gifted with manure fertilizer collected from the bomas (corrals) of the pastoralists; poaching which was previously widespread, has diminished to next to nothing. Wildlife, specifically those subject to the most poaching such as elephant, rhino, and lion, are banded with radio receivers and their movements tracked. Rangers patrol the area constantly. Ranger headquarters are equipped with computers, GPS tracking systems, helicopters, and dogs used to direct anti-poaching activity. The area has not had a rhino poached in over three years. Like the Lewa Conservancy, the Loisaba Conservancy has been a win-win for the game and for the local community.
Our glamping headquarters for the next two nights would be Loisaba Tented Camp. The camp occupies a stunning location at the top of an escarpment. Tents are lined up along the edge of the cliff and each has a splendid view of the valley below where a large water hole attracts plentiful game in the dry season.
|Deck of the lounge/bar area of Loisaba Tented Camp |
after a refreshing rain
|Infinity Pool at Loisaba Tented Camp|
Loisaba is a newer and a little more luxurious camp than Lewa, but somehow it lacked the warmth of Lewa. Maybe it was the mist and rain which dampened the mood. Our rooms were huge, luxurious, with better plumbing than Lewa, and the view from their patios spectacular. At any rate, it was a festive day because two of our members were celebrating birthdays on this trip and the party went on into the night, although yours truly has to admit to an early bedtime. Nevertheless, snug in my tent, I could hear the strains of Miriam Makeba's Pata Pata late into the night and feel the joy of another night in Africa.