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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, 2-6 pax (85kg weight limit), this is one of the most incredible ways to experience El Karama Wildlife Conservancy.  This activity must be booked in advance at with the primary reservation.

The horses are medium sized bush horses, savvy to the eco system and animals.  They are strong and hardy and led by two equine guides from our partner company.  Guests will be asked to adhere to the rules of the ride for their own safety.  Helmets and chaps are provided unless experienced riders prefer to bring their own.

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.  With direct views of Mount Kenya, the Aberdares and the Lolldaiga Hills the light and colour changes over the seasons are mesmerising.  The lodge has a hidden rock hide for photographers at the central Murera Dam, salt licks in front of the main parts of the lodge that attract wildlife and specialised guides who understand positioning of vehicles.  Exclusive use of a vehicle is possible, with an extra charge.  Please ask for this at the primary reservation point to avoid disappointment. In high season our vehicles get busy.

 

Walking Safaris

Walking safaris are one of the most amazing way 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 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, albeit with a bit of rolling around! Our Canvas Bell Tents for cooler seasons and our  North Kenya see through mozzie 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 simple and authentic experience. Think 'less is more'.

All fly camps are hosted by a guide and manned by an armed ranger/s at night while guests are sleeping for additional safety.  Children must be accompanied by an adult in their party in order to fly camp.

Fishing

Fishing here is the traditional way, with land liines for catfish.  Guests can learn this unique method from our guides who grew up doing this.  Patience is a virtue and with some time spend at the river, the luggas and dams most guests can emerge with a few catfish to catch and release.  If you are an experienced fisherman and are particular about rods and equipment, we suggest you come with your own kit to avoid disappointment.  We do have spinner rods and reels for children, but they are simple and basic to make it easy for the children to use.  The fishing is always weather dependent, when waters are high in flood fishing is not accessible due to safety and a lack of catchable fish when the water is high and fast.

For more thrilling fishing experience we can offer fly fishing on Mount Kenya via Heli-Safaris, just ask at the point of booking and we can quote for that incredible adventure!  Lift off first thing in the morning from the lodge and land on one of Mount Kenya's high altitude lakes, fish for some monster trout and head back for a game drive a few hours later.

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.  Guests who stay 3 nights or more can experience at a bush breakfast and bush dinner, weather permitting. Please note, when camp is busy these may not be private for smaller groups but combined where needed.

 

The Farm

 

The property that you are visiting is also a successful working ranch supporting cattle and sheep. For over 50 years this conservancy has produced high quality breeding stock for Kenya and the wider East African region, whilst protecting wildlife and habitat through a form of holistic management. 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, which allows for regenerative land use. Guests may visit the ranch HQ, the cattle and herdsmen and can see some of the farming activities 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/ Pinpong at the Pool

 

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