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Il N’gwesi Lodge

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The Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge is set in the idyllic Mukogodo Hills adjacent to the Ngare Ndare River. Constructed from local materials, the open-air design allows for stunning panoramic views. Opened in 1996, the Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge has been the recipient of numerous eco- and community- tourism awards. It is owned and managed by the Laikipiak Maasi of the Il Ngwesi Group Ranch who will host your stay.



Situated on the edge of the Mukogodo Hills, Il Ngwesi boasts commanding panoramic views across Northern Kenya. The community-run lodge looks out over the vast landscape of Kenya's Northern Frontier District -- over unspoiled land where not a single light shines out and only the chorus of African bush is heard both day and night.


Il N’gwesi can accommodate up to sixteen people in six thatched, open-plan cottages, with adjoining open air showers, positioned to ensure both fantastic views and privacy. Il N’gwesi has a large sitting area, a striking swimming pool with an ideal lunch venue, and a covered viewing hide overlooking a waterhole.

Two bandas include a platform in which the bed can roll out so guests can truly spend a night under the stars in comfort.

Guests can often view game from the comfort of the lodge that overlooks a watering hole.


  • Exploring the magnificent conservation area that adjoins Lewa, Borana and the Mukogodo Forest Reserve
  • Visit to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
  • Following the Ngare Ndare River with local guides followed by a picnic breakfast
  • Game drive, followed by sundowners on the Mukogodo Hills
  • Visit the hand-reared orphan black rhino
  • Visits to see the baboon troop and monkeys
  • Bird watching

Optional Extras: Camping within the conservation area, camel safaris, and cultural visits to witness the cultural practices and daily living including livestock keeping, hunting techniques, rites, rituals and dances. Vehicle hire available.


By daily scheduled flights on SafariLink or Air Kenya from Nairobi Wilson Airport to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and a short road transfer to the lodge. Private charters are also available that can be booked directly to the Il Ngwesi airstrip. Access by 4x4 vehicle from Nairobi is through the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and takes approximately five hours or through Borana Ranch.

Hosted by: The Il N’gwesi group ranch members.

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Tel: (254) – (0) 20 2033 122

Guests can also book through Il Ngwesi’s appointed agent This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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