SUSTAINABLE SAFARIS | FAMILY TRAVEL | ADVENTURE

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THE LODGE:

 

The perfect African safari destination with complete privacy in the wild and tailor-made Luxury for small groups, couples and families. 

 

This very private lodge is located in the foothills of Mount Kenya, in the heart of one of Kenya's most beautiful wildlife conservancies. With 14,000 acres of private land and views of over 200,000 acres, El Karama is one of Laikipia's most magical habitats. 

 

Home to several endemic and endangered species including the Grevy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hippo, Greater Kudu, Aardwolf, Aardvark, African Hunting Dogs to name but some of the wildlife found here.  The landscapes are diverse, incredibly beautiful and the safari experience unforgettable.   Our team of guides are as curious about the Trees, Birds, Plants and Insects as they are about the bigger creatures and they will make sure you have the time to absorb and connect completely on foot, in vehicles and even on horse back.

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THE EXPERIENCE:

FARM TO FORK DINING

Visit the organic garden, orchard and working farm to see where your food comes from

OPEN TOP CARS

For amazing game

viewing experiences

FULL DAY ADVENTURES

TO THE WATERFALL

WILDLIFE HIDE

For photography, next to a

large dam

FLY CAMPING

For under the stars adventures

BUSH SCHOOL FOR KIDS

Activities to engage and educate young minds on safari so that parents can relax!

INTERACTIVE CONSERVATION EXPERIENCES

Including ranger patrol, tree planting and school visits

HORSE RIDING

Explore the Laikipia landscape on horseback -  for experienced riders only, book in advance 

THE BUSH KITCHEN

For cooking experiences

TRACKING

Reading footprints

DAY AND NIGHT 

GAME DRIVES

with wildlife friendly spotlights

GUIDED WALKING

Short and long activities with experienced and

knowledgable guides

THE SPA

For massage and beauty treatments

FISHING

In dams and in the river

ADVENTURE SAFARI ITINERARIES

Curated by our team, tailor-made for your group or family

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THE WILDLIFE

 

The wildlife experience here is world–class, offering immersive and very private experiences, with abundant daily sightings of iconic East African Wildlife including Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Grevy Zebra and Reticulated Giraffe and much more...  Recognised as a Globally Important Bird Area, our guests can explore this stunning landscape on foot with experienced guides, by car in open canvas topped vehicles, on horse back and under the stars with our exclusive fly camp adventure.  

 

"With only one lodge inside the conservancy, this level of privacy in Kenya is unparalleled." 

Interactive conservation projects for guests to be involved here in include El Karama Lodge's unique Leopard Mirrors, Lion behaviour research and monitoring through Lion Landscapes and a lodge-funded Reforestation and Seed Bank for the Acacia Nilotica tree species.

 

Families on safari can enjoy Laikipia's first Bush School for Kids, which means parents can relax in the knowledge that between 1030am and 1230 each day children are busy and happy in the bush with our educators.

 

The lodge is also a hub for Wellness Retreats and Education Safaris: we offer courses led by expert tutors throughout the year, ranging from Yoga, Pilates, Cooking, Guide Training, Birding, Botany and Entomology.


 

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OUR CONSERVATION MODEL

Protecting this habitat since 1964 through small sustainable business

This private conservancy has been stewarding this habitat since 1964 when it began. This family has always had a passion for protecting wildlife and supporting biodiversity through holistic management and sustainability.  Conservation starts with People, Passion and Purpose.

 

"A wildlife safari here is so much more than a vacation: it was a vital life experience for our family..."

 

El Karama Lodge is family-owned and run.  The guest experience is truly bespoke and thanks to a very warm and hospitable team of 25 Kenyans who have been trained from grass roots level to manage the experience, guests can enjoy tailor made, authentic experiencesKnown for it's commitment to sustainability, this lodge has pioneered the use of renewable green technologies in Laikipia including their state of the art solar system and a gorgeous  chemical- free swimming pool in the heart of the Lodge - the first of its kind in Kenya...

With a strict local procurement strategy, our tourism model supports a multitude of artisans and entrepreneurs in the region.  The organic garden, kitchens and homestead were created by Sophie Grant and ensure that all our food is organic, homegrown and farm to table.

The Lodge operations are not currently supported by any donor funding,  we believe in the power of small business and thanks to continuous innovation on the ground this safari business ensures that if we rise, we rise together.

All guests who visit become a part of our journey and their stay contributes directly to conservation here.

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Arriving at El Karama Lodge, is like walking into a unique bush home. The privacy, freedom, the authentic feel of a lodge that offers every comfort without feeling detached from surroundings.

 

You will head out every day in search of adventure, gazing over vast rollings plains, stunning riverine habitat, rocky escarpments and a dramatic waterfall, this landscape provides it all.  Whether you like getting out on foot, in vehicles, sleeping under the stars, cooking on open fires or simply sitting patiently at the rock hide with your camera and binoculars waiting for hippos or water birds, our team will make it happen.  Private vehicle use is no problem for us as are private meal experiences, day trips and well being (Massage, Yoga). ) Just let us know when you book.

Follow the link to learn more about

your stay at El Karama Lodge.

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Since we first began building the lodge back in 2006, it has grown organically into a beautiful, self-sustaining eco-lodge well-loved by visitors from all over the world.

Sophie and Murray and their team have put time and energy into this very special place, and welcome their guests to enjoy a taste of life in the wilderness. Their hope is that time spent in natural world has the power to inspire, invigorate and create well-being for all travellers in search of that all import personal connection and adventure.

"Our core philosophy is sustainability. We have a collective responsibility as stewards of this landscape and welcome all guests to actively take part in this journey."

Follow the link to learn more about

our story

OUR STORY

IMPACT

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WILDLIFE

 

Our primary goal as an lodge driven by core values is to protect Kenya's wildlife through the revenue generated by eco-tourism.  

Private conservancies  that provide safe haven to wildlife in this country do so at their own cost.  There are many different conservation models out there, ours is fairly unique in that we receive no donor funding or outside support in what we are doing,, choosing sustainable and diversified business as our models to implement our habitat management strategies and use our business as a platform for livelihood improvement over time.   This habitat is home to 4 of the Big 5 and several endangered and indigenous species to Laikipia including Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy Zebra, Gerenuk and the Laikipia Hartebeeste.  This small business was created to help cover the cost of protecting this habitat.  Guests who visit us are therefore directly contributing to conservation by choosing to stay here.  This conservancy has a dedicated anti-poaching team of trained rangers who are charged with protecting the entire ecosystem. The lodge also collaborates with national and regional organisations specialising in wildlife protection including  Kenya Wildlife Service, Lion Landscapes, Mpala Research Unit and the Great Grevy Trust to ensure that our data collection and monitoring efforts are shared over the entire Laikipia landscape.  The verified bird count here has reached 432 species including migrants and this landscape has been included as an Important Bird Area since 2018.

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2021/2022 Brochure

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Conservation Activities 2022

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El Karama Wild: Safari Immersion 2021/2022

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CONTACT

Email: reservations@elkaramalodge.com

Phone: +254 (0) 702 996 902

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LODGE EVENTS

  • Healthy, Wild And Free! Yoga, Nutrition and Wellness Retreat March 3/4/5 -6 2022
    Healthy, Wild And Free! Yoga, Nutrition and Wellness Retreat March 3/4/5 -6 2022
    03 Mar 2022, 12:00 EAT – 06 Mar 2022, 10:00 EAT
    Nanyuki, 6GGR6W43+QP, Nanyuki, Kenya
    A dreamy retreat full of yoga, nutrition and wellness experiences. Lovingly put together by Leyla Meredith of Karuna Yoga Journeys and Amina Foramitti of By Amina Health Coaching, this retreat is all about resetting the soul through yoga, health, nutrition. Revel in the wild magic of nature.
  • Global Big Day May 14th 2022
    Global Big Day May 14th 2022
    14 May 2022, 00:00 EAT – 15 May 2022, 00:00 EAT
    Nanyuki, 6GGR6W43+QP, Nanyuki, Kenya
    Twice a year the world counts its birds and we love the chance to welcome special guests to come and participate in our bi-annual bird census. 24 hours of birding non stop, help us complete the count and enjoy this stunning eco system on foot and in vehicles with our expert guides.
  • Wild Walking Weekend November 26th/27th until 28th 2021
    Wild Walking Weekend November 26th/27th until 28th 2021
    26 Nov, 12:00 – 28 Nov, 10:00
    Nanyuki, 6GGR6W43+QP, Nanyuki, Kenya
    A weekend of immersion, long distance walking from the lodge and into this 14,000 acre eco system. Learn about tracks and signs, wildlife and walking. Find a slower pace and relax into our way of life. Night 1 in the Lodge, Night 2 in a simple fly camp. Explore. Immerse. Connect.
  • Global Big Day October 8/9/10 2021
    Global Big Day October 8/9/10 2021
    09 Oct, 00:00 – 10 Oct, 00:00
    Nanyuki, 6GGR6W43+QP, Nanyuki, Kenya
    The chance for you to take part in the world's largest global bird count! We are delighted to be participating once a year in the world's biggest census for birds. In 2020, El Karama Conservancy ranked 3rd in Kenya with a full count of 192 bird species, we hope to carry on the legacy. Join us!
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