THE SIRIKOI STORY
Willie and Sue Roberts, the founders and owners of Sirikoi, have poured their soul into the lodge, and it shows. The family has been in the safari industry for over 50 years, guiding safaris across the continent and developing lodges across Kenya. Sirikoi is the third lodge Willie Roberts has built, his first being when he was just nineteen, with no help from an architect – just vision, experience and a great sense of style. Sue’s passion for botany has resulted in beautiful grounds and the organic vegetable garden – one of the most exceptional of any lodge gardens in East Africa. Most evenings, Willie and Sue join their guests around the fire for a sundowner, making sure everyone feels at home.
CONSERVATION AND COMMUNITY
A passion for wildlife and commitment to conservation and community development are at the heart of the Sirikoi philosophy. At Sirikoi we don’t just talk about conservation – we live it. We are surrounded by, and directly support one of the most iconic and successful wildlife conservancies in the world – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy - which not only protects iconic wildlife species, but also directly improves the lives of communities in the area.
Lewa is internationally renowned as an innovative model for the conservation of wildlife and habitats, including endangered species such as black rhino and Grevy’s zebra. A key to this success is engagement with local communities, achieved through the initiation and support of community conservation and development programmes, and the education of neighbouring communities in the value of wildlife.
Together with the generous help of our guests, Sirikoi contributes significant amounts towards Lewa’s conservation, community, education and health projects. Our guests have the unique opportunity to see conservation in action – to go behind the scenes at Lewa’s headquarters, to experience first-hand how conservation and anti-poaching really work. Guests are show around the operations room and tracker dog unit, have the opportunity to meet members of the anti-poaching team, and may also like to visit Lewa’s health clinic or one of the schools supported by the education programme.