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ACTIVITIES

While relaxation is an absolute priority at El Karama Lodge, you will also find no end of activities to inspire and energise you. Whether you're on foot, horseback, wheels or lying down by the pool, we've a long list of things to do that will make your memories of this safari that much richer and more colourful. If you have any questions or would like to know more about exactly what's on offer, please do get in touch. 

Horse Riding

A brand new offering for 2022 onwards is our partnership with our neighbouring equine experts. Now experienced riders over the age of 12 years, can ride in this exceptional terrain over 14,000 acres choosing from 3 hour rides to full day rides and over night bivouac experiences with the team. Designed for small groups of riders, this is one of the most incredible ways to experience El Karama Wildlife Conservancy.

Photography

El Karama is known as being one of the most picturesque properties in Kenya. It is a  haven for photographers and in addition to the wider variety of mammals and birds here, El Karama has a stunning landscape to offer.

 

Walking Safaris

Walking safaris are one of the most amazing ways to see El Karama. We love to get out on foot exploring, nothing quite compares to this for connecting with the bush and understanding how everything connects. All our experienced guides are KPSGA rated but more importantly they know the landscape like the back of their hand and their passion is infectious! They will show you all creatures small and large, focusing on tracks, insects and flowers as well as scanning and incorporating crucial wildlife monitoring exercises for the more interactive guests.  Whether you like to walk for a few hours or an entire day, just let us know. 

 

Driving Safaris

 

This is a surefire way to see wildlife on El Karama. Our vehicles offer the best possible game viewing; they have no windows, a collapsible windscreen and a canvas top for sun protection. If you’re a photographer this is the only way to go. We like to strip things down to the bare essentials so that you can smell, hear and see the wildlife you’re watching.

 

Night Drives

 

Because this is a private property night drives are always possible (weather permitting) and can yield really exciting sightings of Aardvark, White-tailed mongoose, Bush babies and predators like Leopard and Serval! 

 

Fly Camping

Enjoy the freedom to walk and to camp under the stars. Nothing quite compares to falling asleep by an open fire listening to the sounds of elephant browsing in the distance or hyena calling to one another over the water.

 

Our fly camping set up is simple and designed for minimal impact on our environment. We offer a combination of fly camping options: Our amazing Tentsile Tree tents, which give you the feeling you are sleeping on air! Our Canvas Bell Tents for cooler seasons and our brand new North Kenya dome tents perfect for the hot dry seasons. 

 

Fly camping meals are cooked on an open fire and are designed for cosiness and comfort.  Think hot cinnamon rolls cooked on charcoal when you wake up and fire grilled steak and roast sweet potatoes from the shamba, softening in the embers at night! A truly authentic experience.

Bush Meals

Eating under the stars in the evening by a fire in the bush or under a Boscia tree while Reticulated Giraffe browse nearby, is one of the most memorable experiences.

 

The Farm

 

The property that you are visiting is also a successful working ranch supporting cattle and sheep. For over 50 years this ranch has produced high quality breeding stock for Kenya and the wider East African region, whilst protecting wildlife and habitat. There is also a small herd producing fresh milk in a calf-friendly dairy for commercial sale to local entrepreneurs in our area.  The ranch prides itself of being an innovator and has pioneered holistic grazing and moveable bomas in this area. Guests may visit the ranch HQ, the cattle and herdsmen and some farming activity taking place: milking, calving and cattle inspections. This is extremely popular for families and groups interested in seeing more of the working ranch and we are delighted to be able to share it with you.​

 

Activities for small children:

 

Bush School from 10am - 1230 pm every day

  • Tracking and plaster casts

  • Clay sculpting 

  • Bread making

  • Drawing

  • Beadwork

  • Safari Passport games

  • Fishing

  • Playing with bunnies

  • Collect the Eggs from the chickens

  • Visit the Shamba and pick your own for lunch

  • Farm visits to see the dairy and calves 

  • Kids mealtimes and flexible food

  • Swimming

  • Boules

 

Activities for older children:

  • Wildlife monitoring using camera traps

  • Lion Predator profiling

  • Horse Riding

  • Cooking lessons

  • Sports (volleyball, running, football)

  • Farm visits

  • Walking with conservancy rangers on patrol

  • Tree Planting

  • Fishing

  • Bushcraft 

  • Behind the scenes tour of the lodge

  • Bush football on the plains