As I’m sure you’ll probably already know, most trips to Kenya involve a safari in the Maasai Mara.
Being surrounded by nothing but calling wildlife, the open savanna and nature’s serenity is nothing short of magical. But what if you could have this experience whilst still being conscious of the environment, the surroundings and the planet in general?
Well, Losokwan is definitely the place for you!
As a serious sustainable travel enthusiast, looking for eco-friendly accommodation is incredibly important to me. So when I came across this beautiful camp in the peaceful location of the Lemek Conservancy, I simply couldn’t resist!
When most people think of ‘sustainable accommodation’, it’s often assumed that you’ll be sleeping under a tarp with a bucket as a toilet… But here at Losokwan, combining sustainability with luxury is something they do best!
Thankfully, all of the amazing things that I had read online before my trip, most definitely became a reality when I finally arrived.
After spending a few days in Nairobi, I travelled by plane to a nearby airstrip which was an amazing experience in itself; seeing my first glimpse of the Maasai Mara from high in the sky is a moment I will never forget!
After a smooth landing on the runway (otherwise known as a long patch of dirt) a local staff member was waiting along with many other camp representatives. We travelled for about half an hour along the bumpy dirt roads, and during this journey alone, we saw elephants, giraffe, mongoose, zebra, wildebeest and so much more…
At this point, I didn’t think it could get any better… But it definitely did!
Upon arrival, the staff showed us around the beautiful but simplistic camp, and told us about all of the details and amenities.
If this doesn’t win you over, I’m not sure what will:
- More than 90% of the staff are from local Maasai communities.
- The camp runs entirely on solar energy.
- Water is drawn from a natural hot spring and is heated through an eco-friendly heater that is powered using sustainable firewood.
- The camp has its own organic garden which supplies them with produce for the incredible food they cook, and all other items are sourced through the local market.
- Every room has 24hr solar lighting.
- Water waste is managed in a way that helps to reduce the negative environmental footprint.
- Organic waste is sealed in a bio pit on site.
- And the small amounts of other waste they produce are sent to a plant in Nairobi where they are recycled correctly.
How incredible is that?
Not only does Losokwan constantly strive to preserve the beauty of its surroundings, the camp itself is extremely beautiful too.
Each tent is equipped with luxurious furnishings, an enclosed hide for private wildlife viewing, an incredible view of the savanna, a fully functioning ensuite (although hot water is only turned on when required) and more space than what most city apartments contain.
If that’s not enough, wildlife is totally free to roam and left undisturbed. Going to sleep with the sound of animals walking around your tent is both thrilling and calming at the same time. It’s an emotion you’ll never get anywhere else!
So as I’m sure you’ve already gathered, my experience at Losokwan was beyond belief. Not only was the camp itself a breath of fresh air, the incredible wildlife experiences here were just as I had dreamt them to be.
Full day game drives, hot air balloon safaris and sundowners are available at your request along with many other included activities, but to be honest, here… The wildlife comes to you!
I visited during the great wildebeest migration and the overwhelming amount of wildlife simply took my breath away. If you have the opportunity to visit during this magical event, I couldn’t recommend it enough.
But aside from that, being able to immerse yourself in the local Maasai culture is another big tick in the terms of ethical travel. Learning about the history and the Maasai way of life was one of my favourite parts of my time here.
Unlike a lot of other camps, Losokwan allows you to visit the bustling market where the locals buy their goods. This was no tourist attraction… This was real life, and I think that’s what made me even more grateful for the experience.
At the end of my stay, I left the Maasai Mara with an even deeper love for the planet, the animals and for humanity too. With my hand on my heart, I can definitely confirm that this camp gave me one of my most treasured memories…
And I have no doubt that if you choose to visit Losokwan yourself, it will do exactly the same to you!