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Tassia Lodge Kenya


Set in a stunning wilderness area, situated on the 60,000 acre Lekurruki Community Ranch; Tassia gives a spectacular and breathtaking view of the Northern Frontier District towards Samburu and its neighbours, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Borana Ranch.

Tassia sits on the cliff top positioning itself perfectly to maximize the spectacular view of the Kenyan bush and is an ideal escape for those searching for a taste of unspoiled Africa. It is perched dramatically on the edge of a rocky bluff, which protrudes from the Mokogodo escarpment and overlooks a valley filled with Acacia and Newtonia trees.

They have six spacious rooms which are moulded into the natural surroundings. Each room has it’s own individual design working around the rocks and trees already present at the time of building.

Staying at Tassia means removing yourself from the world as you know it (no TV, no internet, no cell reception) – whether walking through the bush or scrambling up to the caves where the Maasai used to live, you will not meet another car or tourist.

The Lodge has been a premier tourist destination in northern Kenya, incorporating the true spirit of the unspoiled African bush and employs 90% of its staff from the Lekurruki Group Ranch, and provides valuable revenue for the conservancy, split between the annual operating costs and community projects such as water pumps, school bursaries and infrastructure.

Walking

Walking is the true and purest way to explore and experience the bush.

With no pollutants of sound and smell, or the relative safety of a vehicle. The reality of how small you are in such a vast landscape hits home.

One might at first experience a sensory overload. A cocktail of scents, sights and sounds none of which you can differentiate. With each walk, you learn a few of the ingredients, which make up this cocktail of the life you are experiencing.

The diversity of the walks can satisfy all. From gentle botanical walks, learning the traditional uses and medicinal properties of plants. Short Cave walks to see where members of the community used to live. More vigorous bush walks, tracking wildlife and learning bush craft. Forrest walks, to soothe the soul and enjoy the calming effects of a Forrest.

For those that really need to stretch the legs and explore further, there are numerous hills, mountains and ridges healthy enough to exhaust the intrepid.

Further still …. Take a train of camels and walk as far as you want with Martins father Charlie. This is a must do at least once in your life and the likelihood is you will do it again, and again. These trips are also tailored to your abilities and requirements.

Game Drives

These are best undertaken in the early morning or evening, and can be combined with a gentle walk and/or bush breakfast, picnic lunch or sun downer drinks in the evening.  They also offer night drives after sundowner’s drinks, this is a good opportunity to see leopard, hyena as well as porcupine.

Horse Riding

Horse riding at Tassia is outsourced and arranged by Borana Ranch. We can take you on a game drive to the Borana stables (approx. 2.5 hours) where you will be met by the Borana team, matched with a horse, and taken on a 2 hour game ride through the ranch which is teaming with game.

Borana also has Rhino so you may be lucky enough to spot one of these rare creatures on horseback. Alternatively Borana can bring some horses down to Tassia and you can enjoy a 2 hour game ride on your doorstep. Ride amongst the plentiful elephants and canter down the sandy dry river beds.

Riding must be booked in advance and riders must be experienced and capable of cantering out of danger if needed.

Village Visits

A visit to one of the local villages, is not only a unique opportunity to meet members of the community, more of the Tassia team and their families. It is also a once in a lifetime opportunity. To be invited into the daily lives and homes of a community. It is a genuine working village not a tourist trap. It is an amazing photographic opportunity, hugely interesting and humbling.

We encourage guests to visit these communities to experience the success of these projects firsthand.

“Tassia is probably Africa’s best kept secret.”

Pictures by courtesy of Tassia and Video of Stewart Lucy

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