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.
Eating is an important part of any holiday and we take great pleasure in offering up home-grown farm to fork food that is as nutritious as it is delicious.
Sophie, the Owner, is a French foodie with a love for long tables and outdoor gatherings; 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 cosy thatch 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 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 hives.
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 the chickens, taking cooking lessons, sharing recipes and kneading dough for the daily loaves! Look out for their new cookbook coming in December 2020!
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!