You will sleep in gorgeous airy cottages made of burnished river stone, carved fallen wood, thatch and canvas. We have eight in total meaning complete privacy and intimacy throughout your whole experience here. Each cottage is unique and varies in size and feel. All except one 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 percent 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 RIVER COTTAGES
We are delighted to share with you our newest addition to the lodge. The Little River Camp is made up of two luxurious cottages with stunning ensuite bathrooms, roomy verandas, a private dining area, bar and fire pit all nestled on the river bank along from the main lodge. Perfect for groups wanting extra luxury and privacy during their stay.
This cottage is our largest. 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 8 years and a living area with a sofa and armchairs.
The second bedroom is smaller with two twin beds and a round glass window for game viewing. Look out for genet cats, they seem to love this part of the lodge! The bathroom is large, with a river-facing bath and a separate shower. There is a lot of additional space around this cottage for kids to run and explore.
All the bandas have a spacious central room with a double bed (one is a twin), covering in mozzie nets, a seating area with a small table for writing, furniture for storing/hanging clothes and an ensuite bathroom with a large stone bath (and overhead shower) that you can sink into after a long day out.
Bandas have their own verandas for reading and star gazing.
They all over look onto the river.
This cottage was built with families and small groups in mind. With a large double bed that could fit four, two single beds and sofa, it is ideal for those wanting to stay together. For additional privacy, we’ve built the bathroom a step away.
Like the bandas it has a large stone bath and shower with an open window looking directly onto the river – if you’re quiet you may see African Finfoot or Hippo moving down river!
Gathering for meals is an important part of any holiday and we take great pleasure in offering up home-grown farm to fork organic food that is as nutritious as it is delicious.
Sophie, the Owner, is a French foodie with a love for long tables and outdoor eating; the lodge's fantastic team of cooks make sure the dining experience at El Karama is always fresh, hearty and creative. Whether you're eating in one of our airy thatch and stone dining rooms overlooking the river or out in the bush under the stars, it's all about fun gatherings in nature.
The provenance of our food is important to us as sustainable operators; everything we eat is either grown here in our shamba or sourced locally - within 70kms of the lodge- so that we can support local producers and organic suppliers for any ingredients we do not grow or rear ourselves ensuring a true ripple effect from this small business.
We are fortunate the small calf-friendly dairy up at the farm provides us with fresh milk everyday, the farm sheep are a staple on the menu and our catfish recipes from the bush are something to remember! All salads, herbs and many vegetables are grown in our organic garden and we also harvest our own honey from the lodge bee hives and community honey projects nearby.
Guests are welcome to visit The Bush Kitchen whenever they like and can get involved in everything from harvesting fresh veggies from the 'shamba', collecting the eggs from our chickens, taking cooking lessons, sharing recipes and kneading dough for the daily loaves! Look out for our first cookbook coming at the end of 2021!
If you are Vegan, Vegetarian or have special requirements, we are always happy to create something tailor made. For children, we know exactly how important the right food at the right time is for you as a family. Kids menus have been honed to a tee: think hot chocolate and banana rolls to coax little ones up at sunrise, early supper cooked out on the rocks and thermoses of soup with warm bread to keep everyone going on their adventures and marshmallows roasted on open fires!
All our food is home-made, 90% is home-grown in our organic garden at the farm HQ and all of the meat is locally sourced if not from here then from within a 60km radius. The only fish we offer is locally sourced trout.
All meals are hearty and clean, full of herbs, fresh vegetables and salads and lots of flavour. You can expect a full cooked breakfast, fruit smoothies and home made healthy juices, buffet lunches, afternoon tea and a three course meal in the evening – we promise you won’t go hungry!
FARM TO TABLE
Using eco-charcoal ovens, our cook produces freshly baked rosemary breads, shortbread cookies and cakes for tea. You are welcome to come to the kitchen to see what we’re up to and to learn about “bush” cooking styles.
We can cope with all special diets including gluten-free/coeliac and vegan so make sure you let us know when you book.
We have a fully stocked bar with beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks. We have fairly straightforward choices, we’re not pretending to offer the height of urban sophistication here, but we do make sure we always have enough! Ask for our signature El Karama cocktail menu made with herbs straight from the ‘shamba’.
We also offer fresh juices and hand harvested and mixed herbal teas straight from Sophie’s own garden. Being half French she will ensure there are always fresh “Tisanes” available should you want to take your tea to bed in the evening.
We love our guests joining us in our wonderful kitchen, which was recently rebuilt as a light barn-style open kitchen. It is filled with light and delicious aromas and speaks of our passion for farm to fork food!
Kids can come in and bake treats for tea time and adults can take notes on delicious recipes first-hand with our chefs.