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El Karama Ranch, 10400 Kenya See on map
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Free Internet
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Pool
Non-Smoking Hotel
Restaurant
Airport Transportation
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Greatly enjoyed our 4 nights stay in the Hobbit cottage, so relaxing, friendly discrete service and excellent food, topped by crispy farm fresh salads & vegetables. Early morning walks and night drives with professional guides were such a joy; 80 + bird species recorded without...More

Thank Joan W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It took my wife and I a long time to get to the lodge, this is because we were stopping every 200m to take photographs (and we got lost coming out of Nanyuki). We were greeted with smiles and a lovely lunch, even though we...More

Thank Jon S
Reviewed 31 August 2018

This was our 4th Safari in Kenya and 8th in Africa and we wanted to head a little off the tourist track. Our travel agent, Steppes, recommended El Karama. It was the highlight of our trip - the food was fabulous, the staff were attentive...More

Thank TDJ2015Asia
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

In Aug 18, we visited EKL for one night as a family of 4 (kids ages 4 & 8). We stayed for 1 night, but this was our biggest regret... we should have stayed longer! We arrived before the check in time and were greeted...More

Thank Roger H
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

We had the best time over our 3 generations and with the age gap from youngest to oldest of 63 years all enjoyed ourselves.The Bush school was loved by the small ones. Guiding is excellent and the food and service impeccable. This is a resort...More

Thank Peter W
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About
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El Karama Eco Lodge is an award-winning, intimate and family friendly eco lodge located on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river on a private working ranch with wildlife of 14,000 acres in Laikipia, Kenya. The lodge More is hosted by a team of local professionals many of whom built the lodge and overseen in the background by the owners Sophie and Murray Grant who live here full time with their two small children. This charming lodge specialises in offering guests an intimate, memorable and active Kenyan safaris at an affordable price. El Karama is home to over 80 mammal species including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, cheetah as well as endangered species such as the African Hunting Dog and Grevy's Zebra. We also have over 427 bird species including indigenous species and European migrants at the relevant times of year. The accommodation options here vary: In the main lodge there are 4 bandas, 2 family cottages: The Rondavel and the Hobbit House and 2 brand new safari tents in the little sister camp 'The River Camp'. Rates include fully inclusive full board packages, self drive basic packages and self catering. There is also a natural campsite on the property for small groups. Bookings are taken through the lodge for all of the above. Guests at El Karama have a broad range of activities to choose from and the emphasis here is getting out and enjoying the freedom of this incredible wildlife area. They will be given the choice of guided game walks - including long tracking activities and half day treks all with professional guides, game drives, night drives, bush meals under the stars, fly camping during longer stays, specialized kids activities including clay sculpting, tracking and cast making following in this family's artistic heritage. The working farm also welcomes visits from guests to see the cattle, the dairy and biogas production area, baby goats and calves and the impressive organic garden that feeds the lodge and the ranch. All activities are included in the full board rates. The lodge is run entirely on solar energy and our overall aim as a family is to work closely with the community around us and with our guests to ensure that we preserve the habitat and wildlife of El Karama and Laikipia through responsible eco tourism and sensitive management of our natural resources. Less
Hotel Amenities
HOTEL FEATURES
Pool
Free Internet
Free Parking
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Breakfast included
Room Service
Airport Transportation
Babysitting
Breakfast Available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Concierge
Laundry Service
Meeting Rooms
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Wheelchair Access
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Suites, Accessible rooms
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Suites, Accessible rooms
Number of rooms
8
Location
Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Laikipia County
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Suites, Accessible rooms
Number of rooms
8
Location
Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Laikipia County
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m0tm0t
9 February 2015|
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Response from SophieGrant16 | Property representative |
Apologies for the lateness of this response! But for any other travellers out there let me share some information on weather patterns here. Our seasons at El Karama have varied in the past 10 years due to climate change we... More
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"The 'river houses' are stunning"
MCH184
01 Aug 2018
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"They were all free standing buildings, wonderful.."
MarilynO284
21 Sep 2017
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"The bandas are super but for a more traditional African safari experience try staying in their new tented..."
RexTaylor
11 Aug 2017
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"The hobbit house is fantastic for families, but all rooms provide peace and privacy. Fly camping is also..."
Andi_Rush
14 Jun 2017
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