Enasoit

Laikipia
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Enasoit
Laikipia

“If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience together with friends or family, then this is the place.”

One of Kenya’s most delightful private safari destinations, Enasoit only ever welcomes one small and fortunate group of guests at a time. A cherished family retreat turned exclusive-use camp, it provides a wonderfully personal and laid-back safari experience with exceptional game viewing amid spectacular Laikipia landscapes.

Enasoit Camp accommodates up to 16 guests in 8 tented cottage bedrooms, with additional accommodation for up to 4 guests in the Pool House cottages

All About Enasoit

“This is by no means the biggest or fanciest camp in Kenya, but Enasoit’s strength lies in the fact that it’s a real home. Created by a Norwegian family in love with Africa, it has six canvas and stone rooms with roaring log fires and hot water bottles popped between the sheets on chilly nights. Wake up to spectacular views across the plains to a water hole where elephant, gazelle, zebra and wild dogs gather as they travel the game trails that pass through camp. Days can be as adventure-packed as you like – there are game drives where you won’t see another vehicle, helicopter trips for fishing on Mount Kenya and a resident pride of lions that can be tracked. If that sounds a little taxing there are long lunches with binoculars at the ready, an orphaned cheetah to play with or the option of an open-air massage. Unusually for a safari camp, guests can do anything whenever they want because Enasoit feels like it’s your own – and that’s worth far more than anything big and fancy.”

Condé Nast Traveller

“If your notion of happiness is to do nothing more than loll in comfort, contemplating the animals as they come down to the watering hole to drink, Enasoit is a lovely place to do just that. A ranch bordered by the Lolldaiga Hills not far from Mount Kenya, it can take up to 16 guests in double or twin tent-cottages and has a mess tent and pool house too. The camp sits within a natural game-rich corridor and in our first 24 hours we tracked down a pride of seven or eight lions and a pack of fourteen wild dogs, and these were quite apart from the family groups of elephant wandering over the ranch and the continuous parade of zebras, buffalo, Grants gazelle and giraffe.”

Financial Times

Enasoit’s sister property is Tusitiri, a magnificent 65-foot dhow converted for private charter and available for day excursions from Lamu as well as longer sailing safaris. Tusitiri comes complete with speedboats and water sports & fishing equipment and there is no better or more luxurious way to experience the magic of East Africa’s Swahili coast.

In Essence
  • Private, exclusive, intimate, welcoming and authentic
  • Situated in a naturally rich wildlife corridor teeming with animals
  • Exclusive use of the camp and the 4500-acre private Enasoit Game Sanctuary
  • Access to the neighbouring 50,000-acre Lolldaiga Hills Ranch and Conservancy
  • Guided game walks, day and night drives, horse riding, bush meals, children’s activities
  • Central living and dining ‘mess’ looking out onto the floodlit waterhole
  • Swimming pool and pool house with additional dining and lounging areas
  • Accommodates up to 20 guests in the Tented Camp (16) and Pool House Cottages (4)
Destination - Laikipia

Straddling the Equator and stretching from the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya to the eastern rim of the Great Rift Valley, the Laikipia plateau is one of Africa’s most exciting and exclusive wilderness safari destinations – with abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery, extraordinary cultural and bio-diversity and some of East Africa’s most successful nature and game conservancies.

Ranching, conservation and high-end tourism go hand-in-hand, with few of the constraints that often apply in Kenya’s national parks and reserves.  Night game drives, bush walks, bike tours, horse-riding, camel treks, scenic flights and helicopter safaris are a few the exhilarating pursuits on hand in the extensive private ranches and conservancies that make up much of the region.

Laikipia hosts a wealth and diversity of wildlife second only to the Masai Mara in Kenya. It has significant populations of predators and the “Big Five”, with over 50% of Kenya’s rhinos, thousands of elephants, about 25% of the world’s endangered Grevy’s Zebra, and an increasing population of rare Wild Dogs. The region is home to more at-risk species than anywhere else in East Africa.

Location - Enasoit Game Sanctuary

Enasoit is located in southern Laikipia around 25 kilometres / 15 miles from Nanyuki Town, bordering the Lolldaiga Hills and Ol Jogi conservancies. Enasoit Camp and the surrounding 4500-acre private reserve sit within a natural wildlife corridor which is key to the safe and free movement of numerous endemic and endangered species. Guests can explore the reserve on horseback, on foot or by vehicle, or simply watch the wildlife wander past from their veranda – enjoying the thrill and the tranquility of a safari without seeing any other visitors.

Conservation is at the heart of Enasoit and all proceeds from tourism and the camp go to support the management and preservation of the reserve’s unique ecosystem. Enasoit’s rangers work hard every day to safeguard and protect habitat and wildlife and also run a number of special-focus projects. These include the Indigenous Tree Initiative protecting precious tree and plant species from damage by elephants and climate change, and the Environmental Scholarship Programme supporting secondary education and mentorship of children from local communities.

Enasoit is a 4+ hour drive from Nairobi via Nanyuki. The reserve has its own airstrip (a 5-minute drive from camp) where private charter flights and helicopters can land. There are daily scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Nanyuki (1-hour’s drive from camp) on Safarilink and Air Kenya.

In Detail

Accommodation and facilities

  • 7 tented cottages with wooden floors, ensuite bathrooms and verandas
  • Each tent has indoor & outdoor sitting areas and fireplace
  • The family tent has two interconnecting bedrooms
  • Central living and dining ‘mess’ with wooden deck
  • Waterhole attracting an abundance of wildlife
  • Pool House surrounded by tropical gardens and birdlife
  • Pool House living and dining room
  • Swimming pool with sun loungers
  • 2 additional ensuite double bedrooms in the Pool House cottages
  • The pool area is 5 minutes by car or a 20 minute walk from the main camp area
  • The Study – wi-fi, satellite tv and dvds
  • The Games Room – croquet, table tennis, volleyball, boules
  • The Massage Room – massage and beauty treatments
  • Library with African history and wildlife books
  • Camp fire overlooking the waterhole and salt lick
  • Baby cots, highchairs and extra children’s beds available
  • Complementary laundry service

Activities include

  • Explore the 4500-acre private conservancy
  • Game viewing at the waterhole
  • Day and night guided game drives
  • Open-sided game vehicles
  • Guided bush walks
  • Track the resident lions
  • Sundowner drinks
  • Bush dinner under the stars
  • Horse riding
  • Bird watching
  • Explore the neighbouring 50,000-acre Lolldaiga Hills
  • Discover ancient rock art sites
  • Relax around the swimming pool
  • Massage and spa treatments
  • Croquet, table tennis, volleyball, boules
  • Children’s activities

Junior Warrior Programme activities include –

  • Tree planting
  • Nature walks
  • Bow and arrow making
  • Beading
  • Bush survival skills
  • Making breakfast in the bush
  • Cookery classes
Visitors' Book

“A wonderful and unique lodge with five star food and, most importantly, incredible safari experiences!  Very small and unique with incredible staff and set in a wonderfully exotic Kenyan environment. There is a water hole set right next to the main living area – you can relax and dine with the animals just a few feet away.”

“A completely indescribable experience. Enasoit is very comfortable with friendly staff and a place full of positive surprises. If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience together with friends or family, this is the place.  A must for anyone who wants to experience something extra.”

“Words just can’t describe the magic of the Enasoit Camp! It was the perfect balance of luxury (gorgeous sheets and pillows, fireplace lit at night, massage, etc), cuisine (amazing 3 meals a day with many choices for vegetarians), activities and an amazing abundance of animal species in their natural habitat.”

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All About Enasoit

“This is by no means the biggest or fanciest camp in Kenya, but Enasoit’s strength lies in the fact that it’s a real home. Created by a Norwegian family in love with Africa, it has six canvas and stone rooms with roaring log fires and hot water bottles popped between the sheets on chilly nights. Wake up to spectacular views across the plains to a water hole where elephant, gazelle, zebra and wild dogs gather as they travel the game trails that pass through camp. Days can be as adventure-packed as you like – there are game drives where you won’t see another vehicle, helicopter trips for fishing on Mount Kenya and a resident pride of lions that can be tracked. If that sounds a little taxing there are long lunches with binoculars at the ready, an orphaned cheetah to play with or the option of an open-air massage. Unusually for a safari camp, guests can do anything whenever they want because Enasoit feels like it’s your own – and that’s worth far more than anything big and fancy.”

Condé Nast Traveller

“If your notion of happiness is to do nothing more than loll in comfort, contemplating the animals as they come down to the watering hole to drink, Enasoit is a lovely place to do just that. A ranch bordered by the Lolldaiga Hills not far from Mount Kenya, it can take up to 16 guests in double or twin tent-cottages and has a mess tent and pool house too. The camp sits within a natural game-rich corridor and in our first 24 hours we tracked down a pride of seven or eight lions and a pack of fourteen wild dogs, and these were quite apart from the family groups of elephant wandering over the ranch and the continuous parade of zebras, buffalo, Grants gazelle and giraffe.”

Financial Times

All About Enasoit

Enasoit’s sister property is Tusitiri, a magnificent 65-foot dhow converted for private charter and available for day excursions from Lamu as well as longer sailing safaris. Tusitiri comes complete with speedboats and water sports & fishing equipment and there is no better or more luxurious way to experience the magic of East Africa’s Swahili coast.

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