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El Karama

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

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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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  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

  • I had just the most incredible time on the climb.

    The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.

    George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.

    MissingFinn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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