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Peter Browne reports dh a new Masai-owned eco-bdge

Kenya Since it opened quietly last August, Tassia, a Masai-owned eco-lodge in the stunning Laikipia district of northern Kenya, has been gaining a reputation as a worthy companion to its famous sister lodge, II N’gwesi. Now, in addition to five-day camel treks organised by II N’gwesi, a unique four-hour camel safari has been created to link the two lodges. Tassia was built by the Laikipiak Masai on their 60,000-acre Lekurruki Community Group Ranch with help from the Tusk Trust charity and neighbouring Borana Ranch. Leased in its entirety (it sleeps 12 and has a bunkhouse for the kids), it is hosted by the Mas&i, with an excellent chef, and all profits go back into the community. The lodge is an . .ejftraord inary construction, hewn from felled trees, and is solar-powered. The swimming pool is fed by a stream and overlooks a valley with views across the northern frontier. Borana supplies first-rate provisions, including beer and wine. All of which leaves you free to enjoy the local hospitality and dictate your own itinerary.

Book through Journeys by Design (01273 623790). Tassia costs US$450 (one to two people); USS285 (nine to t2 people), both prices are per person per night, wfttNweals and game drives.

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