Lodges

Enasoit Camp

A small, exclusive use private ranch exuding style and panache

Enasoit Camp

Set inside the world famous Laikipia Plateau at the foot of Mount Kenya, Enasoit House is located in the Enasoit Private Game Sanctuary, part of the Laikipia Conservation Project in which ranches and communities work together to preserve essential wildlife corridors. Previously a private home (built specifically for catering for lots of friends - lots!), the house itself is warm, welcoming and totally bohemian, and can sleep up to 12 guests in the charming tented cottages plus a further two in the Pool House. As a guest, the 4500 acre private game sanctuary is yours to explore on day and night game drives, guided walks, horse safaris and even helicopter trips. A fabulous experience if ever we saw one!

At the lodge

The hotel

Full of character and bohemian charm, the main lounge and dining area is very much the heart of the camp. It's full of wonderful, old-school safari paraphernalia (think early binoculars, a gramophone and Persian rugs) and there's plenty of squashy sofas to sink into and enjoy the views. Outside there's a large deck - perfect for watching snuffling animals passing by the adjacent waterhole - and a heated swimming pool with an unusual indigenous plant bed in the middle.

The rooms

The six tented cottages are spread out amongst the dramatic outcrops. Each is simply enormous, and the vast outside deck serves both as a chill out area and an excellent viewing point. Decor is a sort of faded-grandeur mixed with safari elegance, with hand-woven rugs adorning the floors and Indian throws across the furniture. Bathrooms are magnificently carved from stone, with flushing loos, twin basins and hot showers. The separate two-bedroom Pool House is set in the middle of the beautiful gardens with its own dining and lounge area, and is just as lovely.

On safari

Experiences

Activities at Enasoit are fabulous, very well organised and a whole lot of fun. There are game drives, day or night, for the chance to see leopard, lion, elephant and wild dog, alongside excellent bush walks, all with highly skilled guides who know the bush like the back of their hand. Bush picnics and bird watching are also on offer, and for the adventurous, horse safaris and camel treks can be arranged. And if that all sounds too much like hard work, how about an open-air massage or a morning in the swimming pool?

When to go

Laikipia by month

January

Season: Dry

February

Season: Dry

March

Season: Dry

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Wet

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

Wildlife


The greatest conservation success of the region remains with the black rhino, almost half of Kenya's entire population can be found in this area. Laikipia is a real up-and-comer on the African safari circuit, with an impressive diversity of unique species, not to mention home to the famous Big 5. Encounter elephants, big cats (often collared for research purposes), buffalo, Grevy's zebra, numerous antelope and more recently, an increasing wild dog population. Laikipia consist of a mix of high altitude grassland, dotted with rocky outcrops, low lying bush and patches of riverine forest.

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