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El Karama

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Swimming Pool
- Reasonable Value
- Beautiful Landscape
- Family Ranch

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Overview

El Karama Eco Lodge is a family owned lodge on a traditional ranch with a real authentic feel. The lodge is located in the heart of Laikipia on El Karama Ranch, a 14,000acre cattle ranch with stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife and birds. Guests can enjoy direct views of Mt Kenya, the Aberdares and the Lolldaiga hills. Rates are very reasonable for a lodge of this quality.

El Karama is only 42km from Nanyuki town, and with its lovely swimming pool area, works well as a relaxing counterpoint to more adventurous activities in the region. Two or three nights at El Karama is the perfect end to a Mount Kenya trek. It combines similarly well for families who want some time relaxing around a pool before an adventure at Laikipia Wilderness Camp or after a walking safari with Karissia Walking Safaris. El Karama is a 4 hour drive from Nairobi. Flights are also available from Nanyuki to / from Nairobi and the Masai Mara.

El Karama comprises six family/group friendly stone, thatch and canvas cottages or “bandas”, a beautiful central mess with large fireplace, bar and cosy reading areas and a lovely new swimming pool area. The lodge is run by a friendly local team of staff and overseen by the Grant family who live there. It is worth noting that unlike many of the other options in the Laikipia area, this is not a fully hosted lodge, so expect a lighter touch from a service perspective. Guests can enjoy accompanied bush walks, game drives, night drives, sundowners, bush meals and farm visits. There are over 75 mammal species including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, hippo, reticulated giraffe, common and Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, eland, oryx and much more. The landscape is stunning and viewing the wildlife with the backdrop of Mount Kenya really adds to the experience.

For Families: El Karama is a great option for families. There is a magnificent family cottage sleeping up to a family of six in a tree house style building. The double / twin bandas can each take an extra bed. Obviously the pool area is a big plus for families, but there are a number of activities available specifically for children including tracking, making casts of footprints, ranch visits and informal painting / drawing / sculpture sessions (the owners, the Grant family are very artistic).

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Suggested Itineraries for El Karama

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Extended safari in Kenya including the wetland habitat of the Great Rift Valley, the open plains of the Masai Mara & wilderness bush of the Laikipia Plateau. Superb camps throughout.

Tailor-made Luxury 9 days

Adults from $5,602 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $960 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 607 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • Service rating : Best family holiday ever - and we're fortunate to have had a few. Excellent organisation; very friendly and careful driver/guide. This holiday was itself re-booked after we cancelled two years ago; Tourdust were very supportive during the previous cancellation.
    Product : We did Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara and Zanzibar; a superb combination.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara & Laikipia Safari on 13 September 2016

  • The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.

    Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.

    Missingpauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015

  • Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.

    Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.

    Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.

    The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).

    Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.

    Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.

    MissingTim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014

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