In the Samburu language, ‘Loisaba’ is the name given to the Seven Sisters constellation of stars, which are best viewed in perfect safety from the serene comfort of your open-air ‘starbed’. The Loisaba Conservancy, in Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau, spans 56 000 acres and is yours to explore in search of a sizeable elephant population, agile predators like lion and leopard, and packs of endangered wild dog. At night, snuggle into your ‘starbed’, which is rolled out of your suite onto a raised wooden platform, for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience (you can, of course, also choose to sleep indoors).
In addition to day and night game drives in a custom-made open-side Land Rover, you can undertake nature walks with a qualified Samburu guide, saddle up to go horse riding among giraffe and zebra, or go lion tracking with Loisaba’s conservationists. On other days, you may find yourself traversing the conservancy by camel or mountain bike, or dropping in at the anti-poaching unit and learning how their intelligent and brave canine units has had major success with trained sniffer dogs.
Perfect as a honeymoon destination for an adventurous couple, the Loisaba Starbeds are one of East Africa’s most unusual lodges and have only four different suites available, all overlooking part of the Eastern Valleys and the Kiboko waterhole.