The land around Loisiijo Community lodge

Michel wrote this at 10:05 :

The river is a fascinating place with its fig trees and group of baboons roaming the banks, but the plains beyond the lodge are just as fascinating. Here are few pictures of what you can expect.





The Ewaso Ngiro River, the fig trees and us

Michel wrote this at 16:46 :

I have forgotten to mention where we are: a secluded place on the banks of the river Ewaso Ngiro in close proximity of Lakes Magadi and Natron.


It is, incidentally, where the first few images of the film “The Queen of Trees” an award winning film by Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone have been shot. It is the remarkable story of an African fig tree and the special relationship it has with a tiny insect partner.

The Queen of Trees website

The Queen of Trees Trailer

Plumbing! What plumbing?

Michel wrote this at 15:53 :

Pipes were coming out of the walls but going nowhere.


It was major excavation work to put the complete sewage in place.


Phase One - Demolition

Michel wrote this at 15:14 :

Building of the lodge was started in 2005 but it was never completed. Time, dust,& wind has degraded the buildings as they sat unoccupied. Error in technical design didn’t help much either, so it was decided to keep the bedrooms main structure and to make them more open to the outside breeze.
Some of the wood was also badly attacked by `dudus` ( swahili for insects). So frames and doors had to be rebuilt. We thought it would take on more character with some `Masai` flair.
The reception area being opened up to create the new main entrance which was lacking in the original building.


Michel wrote this at 13:46 :

Today a couple of hundred Masai from the Shompole community gathered at the Loisiijo Lodge grounds. Joining them were the Government Area Chief, various community leaders and a comittee from the African Conservation Center, and of course myself and Robyn.


Speeches went on for while, a few goats were slaughtered and eaten. I was handed ceremoniously a cheque of 1.7 million shillings granted by donors to start the rehabilitation work on the lodge.


Now we can start the work of rebuilding the small lodge. Once finished the lodge will provide work and revenue to the Shompole community.