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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.

You will sleep in gorgeous airy cottages made of burnished river stone, carved fallen wood, thatch and canvas. We have eight rooms in total, meaning complete privacy and intimacy throughout your whole experience here. Each cottage is unique and varies in size and feel. All are ensuite with large bath/showers made from black river stone and hand-crafted woodwork.

Our linen has a high quality thread count, with plush pillows, heavy hand-spun linen throws from local artisans the Rift Valley. Colours are muted, lots of creams, light greys, pale pinks and blues to make sure everything feels light and fresh.​ All the cottages are lovingly put together and have 24 hour electricity (100% solar) for lighting and hot water, eco -friendly flushing toilets and bath/showers. We have tried to create a peaceful environment that connects you to the bush combining all the important home comforts without losing the magic of this wild space.


The Hobbit House

This cottage is perfect for families. It has two bedrooms: the master bedroom has a large double bed fit for a king, two tree house floors with single beds for children over 10 years and a living area with a sofa and armchairs. The second bedroom is smaller and ideal for young children: with two twin beds and a round glass window for game viewing. The bathroom is large, with a romantic, river-facing bush bath with its own window and a separate shower. There is a lot of additional space around this cottage for kids to run and explore and should you want your meal here we can set up the fire pit and dining tables under the stars for you anytime.


The Bandas

All the bandas have a spacious central room with a double bed (or 2 twins), a seating area with a small table for writing, furniture for storing/hanging clothes and an ensuite bathroom with flushing toilets and a large stone bath (and overhead shower) that you can sink into after a long day out. Each Banda has its own veranda for reading, early morning coffee and star gazing. All 4 of our charming pandas over look the river and salt lick beyond.

The Family Tent

A new rooming option to replace the Rondavel until July 2022. This spacious and airy, 2 bedroom Family Tent and  bathroom is ideal for a small family.  The two bedrooms are adjoining, the bathroom is ensuite and made of sleek polished cement and wooden furniture.   With a beautiful river view veranda (large enough for yoga) and outside space  where the mongoose frolic and the bushbuck browses daily.


As with our other family unit, the outdoor space means families don’t have to worry about squeals of delight and requests for private meals near sleeping children in the evenings is easy to arrange too!


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, it 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, running on a copper based EcoSmarte system. 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 Shop

Our shop has been created to support multiple community projects in our local region producing beautiful artisanal products that celebrate our cultural heritage. From beautiful hand-made soaps and organic essential oils, to local organic honey, beaded jewellery, hand sewn linen clothing and illustrated books by members of the Grant family, including the brand new cookbook The Bush Kitchen: Notes and Recipes from the Wild.   Shopping here can be your non-guilty pleasure as all the profits go to very good causes!