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Maasai lodge

Hi

We're planning a trip to Kenya and would love to stay in a Maasai operated lodge.

In the program "The History Of Safari" with Richard E. Grant he referred to the lodge run by the Maasai people he stayed in as "Inguezi".

Forgive my spelling as I am writing it down as it sounded phonetically.

Has anyone heard of this lodge or know how to get in touch with the Maasai people who run it?

Thanks

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Nairobi, Kenya
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for Kenya
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2. Re: Maasai lodge

I think it would have been: http://ilngwesi.com

This is not in the Mara, but is a community run lodge in Laikipia.

There is also Tassia Lodge - http://tassiasafaris.com/page2/page2.html.

It would be best to get a tour operator to book this for you with internal transfers (best to fly to these remote locations from Nairobi).

RWA

Cairns
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3. Re: Maasai lodge

Greetings and thank you.

Will follow your advice and look forward to an interesting itinerary.

Cheers

nyc
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4. Re: Maasai lodge

I too thought OP was referring to Il Ngwesi. But know that from the closest airstrip in the Laikipia (not Masai Mara) area, there is still a road transfer of close to 2/hrs which incurs an additional cost both directions.

UK
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5. Re: Maasai lodge

Il Ngwesi is indeed run by Maasai, the Laikipiak Maasai who live up in that area between Lewa and Samburu. It's a fantastic, small lodge, on a ridge, with a little swimming pool and amazing wildlife and cultural encounters. One of the oldest established community eco lodges in Kenya. Highly recommended. And by the standards of many camps and lodges these days, not that expensive. It is a bit tricky to get to, however, and the transfer from Lewa airstrip can certainly take a couple of hours. Especially if you stop to watch wildlife en route… ;-)

Richard Trillo

Cairns
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6. Re: Maasai lodge

Thank you all

Sounds like a worthwhile all round experience and even more so if hard to get to.

Looking forward to our stay.

Nairobi, Kenya
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You can splurge and take a flight to Nanyuki airstrip from where a helicopter can drop you at the lodge :)

Cairns
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8. Re: Maasai lodge

Thanks

We have taken the odd flight in remote parts of Australia.

Always amazed at the difference our world looks like from the air than from the land

Safe travels

nyc
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9. Re: Maasai lodge

RWA - a heli vs a road transfer? The former is tres tres expensive, the latter in comparison is rather reasonable.

Cairns
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Thanks

We always travel slowly so we get to feel where we are rather than rushing through to get to somewhere else. Our visit to Kenya / Tanzania and if convenient a side trip to the Falls and Capetown is for 4 weeks, so a two hour drive through the Laikipiak area is no problem time-wise. it will give us a good insight into the country before we get to the lodge. We have done quite a lot of remote driving in Australia and enjoy the journey as well as the destination. We usually only fly to places when there is little or no opportunity to get there by 4wd.

Thanks again