BY Lisa Lindblad
October 10, 2009
Zoe arrived at Sirikoi, the beautiful, small, private camp of Sue and Willie Roberts, located at the center of Northern Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, when she was a week old. And, along with the warthogs, the impala, the waterbuck and flocks of guinea fowl, she feels right at home on the great lawn that sweeps down to the marsh in front of the camp. There’s a bit of tension between Sue and Willie as to who – warts or Zoe – are responsible for the divots that have to be constantly pushed back in to the soil but, for the rest of us, it is pure joy to see Zoe grazing blissfully away. Zoe kicks so the gardeners chase her around the garden with a broomstick; Zoe thinks it is a wonderful game!
Sirikoi is gorgeous, comfortable and friendly. With six huge permanent tented structures that boast a fireplace and bathroom with tub, rain shower and double sinks, plus a two-bedroom cottage that affords complete privacy, this is a place to come and settle for a while. The game is all here — visible from camp to an extraordinary degree — but the most fascinating aspect of a game drive is to see the quantity of rhinos, both black and white, which have disappeared from much of Kenya.
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has an interesting history and the conservation and social work they are doing is groundbreaking. It is ideas like theirs, coupled with a widespread commitment, that offers Kenya the best chance to preserve the beauty and the bounty that it has.