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ACTIVITIES

PHOTOGRAPHY

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. Your guide will show you all creatures small and large, focusing on tracks, insects and lowers as well as scanning and incorporating crucial wildlife monitoring exercises for the more interactive guests.

WALKING SAFARIS

WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES

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DRIVING SAFARI

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.

DRIVING SAFARIS

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! 

NIGHT DRIVES

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

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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 and their passion is infectious! They will show you all creatures small and large, focusing on tracks, insects and lowers as well as scanning and incorporating crucial wildlife monitoring exercises for the more interactive guests.

WALKING SAFARIS

WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES

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DRIVING SAFARI

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.

DRIVING SAFARIS

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! 

NIGHT DRIVES

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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.  

FLY CAMPING 

We offer a combination of fly camping options: Our amazing Tentsile Tree tents, which gives 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 cosyness and comfort.  Think hot cinnamon rolls cooked on charcoal when you wake up and fire grilled steak and roast sweet potatoes in the embers at night! A truly authentic experience 

FLY CAMPING 

ADVENTURES

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BUSH MEALS

Eating under the stars in the evening by a fire in the bush or under a Bosquia tree while giraffe browse nearby is one of the most memorable experiences.

BUSH MEALS

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SMALL CHILDREN

Bush School from 10am - 1230 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

SMALL CHILDREN

BUSH SCHOOL

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We love family groups and believe that this environment is ideal for children and teenagers. For this reason, we have developed activities specifically for kids and teenagers.
 
Our ethos is remove the distractions of modern technology and to bring children (and adults) back to nature. 
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OLDER CHILDREN AND TEENS

  • 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

OLDER CHILDREN AND TEENS

 
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THE POOL

THE POOL

Our eco-friendly swimming pool is a pioneering effort that has added something very special to our lodge. Not only does the pool area give you more space to explore, stunning and wide reaching views of the river, the Aberdares and the ridge beyond but has also proved popular with over 80 bird species who visit that space daily. The pool itself comprises of a 14 m by 7m main pool with adjoining baby pool for little ones. It is chemical free and eco friendly. As with everything in the lodge,  we use solar energy from 9 panels to run the filtration system and the water can be recycled back into the ecosystem with no harmful effects.

The lodge has been designed with privacy and conviviality in equal measure; each cottage has its own outdoor area overlooking the river and salt licks for quiet retreats and all communal areas have cosy nooks for reading and swinging outdoor chairs for star-gazing.

 

Our three dining rooms are airy with hand laid thatched roofs, beautiful Nilotica arches and open fireplaces, there are bar areas with stools, comfy sofas with hands-spun throws, fresh flowers and candle light that capture that extra special atmosphere.

We want our guests to feel that this is a wild home from home; the vibe is warm and informal, perfect for small groups and families looking for adventure and a reconnection with nature.

RELAXATION 

IN 

HOUSE

SPA TREATEMENTS

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FARM TO FORK FOOD

Our food is mostly home grown: Salads, herbs and many vegetables are grown in our organic 'shamba', the small calf-friendly dairy ensures we have the freshest milk, home-made yogurt, feta, curds and creams made on site, eggs come from Sophie's chickens and Trout from the edge of the Aberdares.  The lamb and beef are from the working farm here and the herbal Tisanes, rubs and sugars are all made in our kitchen from Sophie's scented herb garden.  

 

Local procurement ensures that our lodge supports many local farmers and entrepreneurs throughout the year.

FARM TO FORK

YOGA AND PILATES

We are in an ideal location for wellness retreats, and have hosted many types of retreats here. If you’d like to know more about this, please get in touch. Currently yoga is only offered on specific retreats or events, but we always keep plenty of yoga mats at the pool for guests who wish to do self practice.

YOGA AND PILATES

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THE FARM

The property that you are visiting is 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. There is also a small herd producing milk in our 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

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FARM

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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.

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DAY TRIPS