Lodges

iKWETA Safari Camp

Exceptional and underrated game park in Kenya's Tana River basin

iKWETA Safari Camp

iKWETA Safari Camp is a basic but charming camp, well-placed to access the beautiful Meru National Park. The park is part of a vast savanna at the basin of the Tana River that connects with four Kenyan parks and reserves, but Meru is by far the most productive. After nearly two decades of neglect and heavy poaching, Meru saw a renaissance of conservation in the late nineties. Now it stands (almost) restored to its former glory with a superb population of buffalo, excellent numbers of reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, elephant and a poacher-proof rhino sanctuary, home to both white and black rhino.Two kilometers outside the park's main gate, iKWETA sits amidst a thick cluster of trees and is easily accessed from the main road. The staff are welcoming and every effort is made to accommodate you - from your meal preferences to your itineraries.

At the lodge

The hotel

iKWETA is not high-end luxury, but it's comfortable, simple and very, very homely. A large, high-peaked thatched structure houses the dining area and bar and there are several tables that can be arranged for private or family-style dining. From the main area, pathways wind through the lush camp grounds, where benches are scattered in the shade - perfect for tranquil mornings and afternoons. The large pool is surrounded by several pool loungers and is always a favorite spot, whatever the time of year.

The rooms

The ten guests tents are well-spaced throughout the lodge grounds, discreetly tucked into the thick tree groves. Rooms exhibit classic safari-decor with solid wood furnishings and satisfactory amenities. They have thatched roofs and canvas walls with floor-to-ceiling mesh windows for good air-flow and even better views. Ensuite bathrooms have hot water showers and flush toilets. Out front is a shady furnished verandah where guests can sit and enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Meru National Park, from the comfort of their beds.

On safari

Experiences

IKWETA is equally popular with those keen to self-drive in Meru National Park, and others wanting a guided safari. Big Five game drives will keep you busy, and yield great predator sightings - lion and cheetah, especially - and a wonderful range of plains game, including reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, lesser kudu, gerenuk, Grant's gazelle and huge herds of buffalo. Visits to the rhino sanctuary can also be arranged and are definitely worthwhile.

When to go

Meru by month

January

Season: Dry

February

Season: Dry

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

Wildlife


Meru National Park is a beautiful region, made up of a variety of thorny bush, mixed savannah, open grasslands and the curious upside down baobab trees. Yet another Kenyan conservation success, this park is home to numerous species, including elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hippo, reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, eland and of course the endangered black rhinoceros. Don't forget to look up in the Meru National Park, with 427 recorded bird species. Noteworthy is the rhino sanctuary home to both black and white rhino ensuring the future of this threatened species.

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