Tassia Lodge


Wild Laikipia

Tassia can be found perched on the edge of a rocky bluff overlooking a rugged valley in the stunning Lekurruki Conservancy, the only lodge in 16,000 wild hectares of Laikipia's wild north.

Six rustic but comfortable rooms are carved into the slope, each shaped by the rocks and trees with unobstructed views out into the bush. With luck you can watch elephants browse branches as you shower. Other features of the lodge include a horizon swimming pool, dining room, bar and various spots to chill out with freshly prepared meals also served at different scenic spots.

You’ll be hosted by Martin Wheeler – a fourth generation Kenyan born on the neighbouring ranch – who has worked with the local community for over 20 years to create this special place – guided by Maasai who grew up in this landscape.


At a glance

  • Six rooms

  • Swimming pool

  • Bar and varied dining spots

  • Solar powered

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    The purest way to explore and experience the bush is on foot. Walk here range from gentle botanical strolls to tracking wildlife and learning bush craft. For those that really need to stretch the legs and explore further, there are numerous hills, mountains and ridges to summit.

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    Game drives

    Best undertaken in the early morning or evening and can be combined with a gentle walk. Tassia also offers night drives after sundowner drinks, a good opportunity to see leopard, hyena as well as porcupine, and the rare wild cat plus more of the nocturnal wildlife.

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    Fly camping

    Take a night out of the lodge and sleep out under the stars. Walk out in the evening after a shower and end up in the dry riverbed to some sundowners and a hearty campfire cooked meal before sleeping out under the stars.

Community & Culture

Tassia lodge and the 15,872 hectare Lekurruki Conservancy on which it is situated are owned by a community of Mukogodo Maasai, part of a network of community owned eco lodges and conservancies under the Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT).

The lodge employs almost all its staff from the local area, and provides valuable revenue for the conservancy, split between the annual operating costs (40%) and community projects such as water pumps, school bursaries and infrastructure (60%).

Other projects supported by the lodge and NRT include working with local pastoralists on regenerative cattle rearing, honey production and beading.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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