Martin Wheeler & Anikia Henley
In 2006 the Lekurruki Community approached Martin Wheeler to form a management agreement and sustain the Tourism interest for Tassia Lodge and the Local Mokogodo Maasai Community.
Martin Wheeler has devoted 13 years to managing Tassia Lodge and assisting in community projects within the Lekurruki Conservancy. This includes introducing donors for the now 13 sand dams that have become a highly valuable and sustainable water source for the Lekurruki Conservancy and Tassia Lodge. We look to complete the project with a further 5 in the upcoming year.
Martin was born and raised on Lewa Conservancy. He is an avid naturalist and knowledgable on the history and flora and fauna of this area. He is also a falconer and in his spare time rescues and rehabilitates birds of prey. He has incredible wildlife tracking abilities and a morning walk with him in the bush is sure to be an adventure of the good sort.
At Tassia you will be hosted mostly by Martin and a bit by Anikia, who is mostly involved in the marketing and bookings side of things as well as the catering. We have three lovely children Kailani, Tristan and Shay who are also based part-time at Tassia. We live part time here and now have our home base, in some renovated Wagons, on a regenerated piece of land that is fast becoming a permaculture farm on the Mt kenya slopes, couple of hours drive just above Tassia. This farm now assists in providing Tassia with its healthy tasty farm fresh Cuisine.
We are forth generation kenyans both born and raised into the Safari lifestyle. Anikia has a diploma in Graphic design & Art directing and before meeting Martin has worked as a freelance graphic designer for conservation N.P.O.s and the Tourism industry. Having lived in Lamu for 10 years and helping to run Mikes Camp along with other small conservation and community projects and setting up Kai House Kiwayu Island which is a now a Community run holiday home.
We are both Creatives, living Holistically, Keen photographers and both Artists. We create Art and Design utilizing sustainable and locally collected materials within our surroundings and support communities to support everyones inherited Wilderness. Our creativity and this has influenced Tassias unique style. Martin is an exceptional host as well as Pilot to his Foxbat light aircraft which he flys for conservation purposes as well as doing scenic flights for guests to raise money for his falcons.
We look forward to hosting you here at Tassia.