Kenya- Loisaba Lodge

Satement by Cheli & Peacock

Dear Friends of Loisaba,

Last Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013, Loisaba Lodge and Loisaba Private House were destroyed by a bush fire; luckily no one was injured and personal belongings and artefacts were saved.

The fire started mid-morning, probably by pastoralists making tea on the north eastern boundary of the conservancy, and due to the dry bush, thick grass and very high winds, it travelled fast, often leaping 30 feet, and burned nearly 25,000 acres of grassland, as well as the Lodge and Private House, before our teams got it under control.

Bush fires happen occasionally especially in the dry months, and we have precautions in place and fire fighting teams with experience.  This fire was particularly large and aggressive, but thanks to our teams, no-one was injured, and Loisaba Cottage, Kiboko Starbeds, conservancy head quarters and staff village were saved.

We would also like to thank all our neighbours, the local community, the County Government and friends who committed time, men and resources to helping us fight the fire. We have also been very touched by all the messages of goodwill that we have received since Wednesday.

Due to the integrated nature of the Loisaba tourism operation, with the loss of the Lodge and the Private House the Loisaba management has had to take the tough decision to close down its tourism operations until further notice. We do this in the firm belief that Loisaba will rise like the mythical Pheonix from the ashes of this tragedy to shine like the seven stars from which it takes its name.

The Loisaba and Cheli & Peacock Team