Ikweta was our first stop on our 17 day safari .it was a long drive from Nairobi but I had chosen the itinerary and we had decided to go the bumpy road around the east side of mount Kenya loads of sleeping policemen ,but nice to see all the town and little villages on the way .
Our driver did get a bit lost on the way and we did get a puncture but all part of the adventure.
the camp is really well set out we had a tent called hippo all the tents are covered by a roof and have a lovely porch not much view but look out for the little birds on the grasses and plants and Susan the owner said there is also naked moles didn't see them though.
The room is lovely with a comfortable double bed and a very modern sink and bathroom.
You are woken in the morning with coffee and biscuits before your game drive and when you return there's a full English breakfast on the patio.
There is a large room that serves as TV room lounge and restaurant .
The camp has a very warm pool which we used even though Susan was very worried we would burn in the midday sun.
luckily for us there wasn't many other guests when we were there in January so it was like having our own lodge, Susan and John came for a chat each evening and were pleased with what we had seen in the park .they are a lovely couple and have worked hard to get the property to the standard it is and the staff were really happy and helpful.
The park gate is 2 minutes from the camp and I think we were the only people in there the one day.
I would definitely go again we had 3 nights and it was lovely having time to relax as well as do the park properly. The park has a rhino sanctuary and we spotted just about everything there are grevy zebras, loads of giraffes and elephants and we watched 3 lions watching the giraffes. Really Excellent Park.
Susan if you read this we had a fantastic safari and we did manage to find all the other 6 lodges. Though some were a challenge especially in laikipia We wish you good luck for the lodge and hope to see you in near future sure it won’t be long before were looking for route plans again.
Julie, Karl, Adrienne and David (travelling with Gilbert from glorious safaris)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- iKWETA Safari Camp is by choice a small owner-operated intimate camp offering personalized service and safari luxury accommodation. Located just 2 km from the Murera Gate of Meru National Park, iKWETA is a year-round destination and a convenient base for exploring both Meru and Kora, two of Kenya's national parks to offer a complete wilderness safari experience. We are a ***Star-rated establishment in the Kenya East African Community classification of Tourism Enterprises (Category: Tented Camps, in accordance with the Tourism Act, 2011, Tourism Regulatory Authority Regulations, 2014 (Kenya Gazette, Notice No. 6111, Vol. CXVIII No. 87, 5th August 2016). iKWETA Safari Camp is proud to be among the very few star-rated establishments in the Mount Kenya region. iKWETA offers ten spacious canvas tents on elevated permanent foundations with thatch roof overlay of doum palm (Hyphaene thebaica) indigenous to the area. Tents are tastefully decorated in safari-style with high quality furnishings. Each tent is designed with an airy-by-day and cozy-by-night bedroom area separated by a natural stone wall from the bathroom en-suite, with walk-in shower and toilet. There is a writing table and safe box in every tent. All tents face East for guests to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Meru National Park from the comfort of their beds. Each tent has a private verandah. You can sip your early morning steamy hot Kenya coffee or Kenya tea on your private veranda while watching the sun rise over Meru National Park. Tents are amply fitted with electric power sockets for guests to be able to power their laptops or charge their electronic devices and camera batteries. Our large Swimming Pool is delightfully warmed year round by glorious sunshine. Our "Two Zebras Restaurant" serves all meals to order using fresh produce grown in the Camp's own Greenhouse and on iKWETA Farms. We offer international and vegetarian cuisines as well as children's menus. No night time blackouts or '10:00 o'clock night-curfews": There is mains electricity backed-up by a high-capacity generator. If you are awaked by the sounds of nature you can snuggle under your duvet and read or watch movies on your iPad or DVD. We have improved accessibility for guests who are wheelchair users and for those with reduced mobility. Your main attraction will be spectacular game drives through Meru National Park, one of Kenya's most beautiful and truly pristine national parks and the land of the "Big-Five" - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. With over 400 bird species reported, the park is also a birdwatchers' paradise. There are also interesting places in the vicinity of the Meru-Kora Conservation Area. Nature walks to the Gatwe ("Skull") Hill for panoramic and spectacular views of the Meru-Kora Conservation Area and the Nyambene Hills. Accommodations are on Full-Board basis (all meals included as well applicable taxes). Since opening for business in October 2011, iKWETA Safari Camp has hosted many foreign and domestic film crews. ... more less
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