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northwest of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, west of Isiolo, Laikipia Plateau, 10406, Kenya

A decade ago, these plains on the edge of the Great Rift Valley were dangerously overgrazed. But with help from an innovative trust, local Masai tribes switched from cattle herding to opening high-end lodges like Il Ngwesi. The 12-bed compound, solar-powered and made entirely of natural wood and grass, overlooks a 16,500-acre conservation area where elephants, lions, baboons, and giraffes abound. A day might begin with a safari before a lazy afternoon by the spring-fed infinity pool. For the sweetest dreams, book one of two rooms where you can pull your bed onto a platform and sleep under the stars.

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Il Ngwesi Group Ranch & Lodge

A decade ago, these plains on the edge of the Great Rift Valley were dangerously overgrazed. But with help from an innovative trust, local Masai tribes switched from cattle herding to opening high-end lodges like Il Ngwesi. The 12-bed compound, solar-powered and made entirely of natural wood and grass, overlooks a 16,500-acre conservation area where elephants, lions, baboons, and giraffes abound. A day might begin with a safari before a lazy afternoon by the spring-fed infinity pool. For the sweetest dreams, book one of two rooms where you can pull your bed onto a platform and sleep under the stars.