El Karama Lodge

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El Karama Lodge, El Karama Ranch, Segera Location, Off Naibor Road, Laikipia, Kenya
Member Number: 206227 Tel: +254 0702 996 902
  • Family Travel and Sustainable Safari Destination in Laikipia, Kenya
  • Award-winning, intimate and family-owned/operated safari lodge hidden in the heart of Laikipia, Kenya. 
  • Known for authentic experiences, adventure and engagement

We attract families with children and small groups (photographers, naturalists and adventurers) looking for a private, adventurous and authentic safari experience with first-class wildlife experiences in an private conservancy of 14,000 acres with direct views of Mount Kenya.  The Lodge is known for its emphasis on sustainability and the variety of wildlife and birds founds in this protected ecosystem.

We offer hearty, organic food straight from our garden, meat from the farm and milk products from a small, calf friendly dairy.  Our team offers top notch Kenyan hospitality, our guides are knowledgeable and passionate, having grown up on this property, their knowledge spans several decades.

"Our lodge design is a bush home in feel and style, built and designed by the owners and their team using materials from the ranch. We will do all we can to make you just the right balance of comfort and adventure!"

The lodge is located in the foothills of Mount Kenya on El Karama Ranch, a 14,000 acre privately owned working cattle ranch with stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife and birds. It is the only tourism lodge on the property.

Guests can enjoy direct views of Mount Kenya, the Aberdares and the Lolldaiga hills and sleep with the calming sounds of the Ewaso Nyiro river and the distant and not so distant sounds of wildlife from the salt lick opposite.

We are only 42km from Nanyuki town and the local airstrip there services transport links and scheduled flights from around the country using Safarilink, Air Kenya and Jambo Jet. Private Charters can be organised with East African Air Charters based in Nairobi or Tropic Air Kenya, based in Nanyuki, to arrive directly at the property on the private airstrip, which is just 2 km from the lodge.

This lodge is intimate and comprises just 2 family/group friendly stone, thatch and canvas cottages and 4 double “bandas”, a large eco swimming pool and dining room and river dining room overlooking the salt lick and natural outdoor fire pit for star gazing.

For 2019, we also have 2 brand new luxurious River Cottages with a private dining room and kitchen, for smaller groups looking for even more privacy and a touch of luxury!  These new private camp brings the total number of cottages tin the lodge to 8 in total, sleeping a maximum of 20 people in busy seasons.

Guests can relax in front of large fireplaces or open fire pits under the stars depending on their preference. There is are cosy reading areas, hammocks for lounging and a large and lovingly created eco swimming pool (100% salt and chlorine free), which has been named the best pool in Laikipia.  

The lodge is hosted by a fantastic team of Kenyans trained by the Owners over 15 years, many of the team built the lodge originally. The Owners/Founders Sophie and Murray Grant, live next to the lodge full time with their two children, chickens and bunny rabbits and often meet guests. Murray Grant is an exceptional wildlife sculptor known for his stunning wildlife bronzes www.murraygrantbronzes.com. 

Our aim is to offer a unique, authentic and tailor-made experience wherever possible including offering the option to dine privately or have exclusive use of our open game drive cars.

Our guests can enjoy for following activities with first-class guiding experiences:

-Guided bush walks - from 2 - 5 hours inclyuding full day walks for wildlife monitoring 

-horse riding adventures
-Birding Walks
-Tracking with the anti-poaching rangers
-Game drives
-Night drives with spotlight
-Adventure fly-camping under the stars 

-cooking on open fires
-photography Rock hide by the main dam 
-Sundowners and kids dinners on the rocks
-Bush meals 

-Bush school for kids

-fun fishing in the river and dams
-Farm/organic garden and calve boma visits
-Day trips to see Rhino, walk with camels and cultural experiences

We are also the first lodge in Laikipia to offer tailor-made children's' activities unique to this property. Our morning 'bush school' is designed for children between 2 and 12 years. Our set up includes a natural history corner, kids welcome packs, clay sculpting, fishing and specialized meal plans for families. The lodge can also provide basic babysitting for families with very small children on request.

We have over 80 mammal species including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, hippo, reticulated giraffe, common and Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, eland, oryx and much more. 

Bird species identified here number 432 bird species in 2021. Please contact us for the bird list.

The lodge won the 2018 Eco Warrior Award, presented by the Permanent Secretary for Tourism for Kenya. It has been awarded Silver rating and we are headed for Gold by Eco Tourism Kenya. Also voted one of the Top 5 Best Ecologically Responsible Properties in Kenya (Safari Awards), Best Family Destination, Best Cuisine, Best Design and were awarded a spot in Kenya's prestigious Signature Experiences Portfolio in 2020.

Our lodge is a bush home in feel and style and we will do all we can to make you just the right balance of comfort and adventure!

The lodge is located in the foothills of Mount Kenya on El Karama Ranch, a 14,000 acre privately owned working cattle ranch with stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife and birds. It is the only tourism lodge on the property.

Guests can enjoy direct views of Mount Kenya, the Aberdares and the Lolldaiga hills and sleep with the calming sounds of the Ewaso Nyiro river and the distant and not so distant sounds of wildlife from the salt lick opposite.

We are only 42km from Nanyuki town and the local airstrip there services transport links and scheduled flights from around the country using Safarilink, Air Kenya and Jambo Jet. Private Charters can land on the registered conservancy airstrip, which is just 2 km from the lodge.

This lodge is intimate and prides itself on a personalised experience.  Comprised of  just 8 beautiful and very private cottages including 2 family friendly stone, thatch and canvas cottages and 4 double banda style cottages, a large eco swimming pool and dining room and river dining room overlooking the salt lick and natural outdoor fire pit for star gazing.  We offer all our guests private dining, private cars and tailor made activities each day.

Our extension to Main Lodge is our new River Camp offering 2 brand new luxurious river cottages with their own private dining room, bar and fire pit.  Designed for smaller groups looking for even more privacy and luxury, these new rooms bring our sleeping limit to 20 pax.

Guests can relax in front of large fireplaces or open fire pits under the stars depending on their preference. There is are cosy reading areas, hammocks for lounging and a large and lovingly created eco swimming pool (100% salt and chlorine free), which has been named "the best pool in Laikipia".  

The lodge is hosted by a fantastic team of Kenyans, many of whom built the lodge originally. The Founders Sophie and Murray Grant, live on site full time with their two children and often meet guests. Murray Grant is an exceptional wildlife sculptor and has his private studio next to the lodge.  

Our aim as an owner operated lodge is to offer a unique, authentic and tailor-made experience to guests from all around the world. Immerse. Connect. Explore.

Our guests can enjoy for following activities with first-class guiding experiences:

-Guided bush walks - from 2 - 5 hours/Full Days

-Horse Riding
-Birding Walks
-Tracking on foot with the anti-poaching rangers
-Game drives
-Night drives
-Adventure fly-camping under the stars
-Photographers Rock hide by the main dam and salt lick

-Bush School for children - 2.5 hours every day
-Sundowners and childrens' dinners on the rocks
-Bush meals in the wild under candlelight
-Farm/garden and calve boma visits
-Day trips to see Rhino, ride horses, walk with camels and experience a school environment 

We are also the first lodge in Laikipia to offer tailor-made children's' activities unique to this property. Our morning 'bush school' is designed for children between 2 and 12 years. Our set up includes a natural history corner, kids welcome packs, clay sculpting, fishing and specialized meal plans for families. The lodge can also provide basic babysitting for families with very small children on request.

We have over 80 mammal species including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, hippo, reticulated giraffe, common and Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, eland, oryx and much more. 

Bird species identified here number over 430 bird species in 2021. Please contact us for the bird list.

The lodge won the 2018 Eco Warrior Award, presented by the Permanent Secretary for Tourism for Kenya. It has been awarded Silver rating by Eco Tourism Kenya and won a spot in the national portfolio Signature Experiences Kenya in 2020. We were also voted one of the Top 5 Best Ecologically Responsible Properties in Kenya (Safari Awards).

Where we operate

  • Kenya

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Beach Holidays
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Flying Safaris
  • Mobile Safaris
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Photography
  • Riding Safaris
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Self-Drive Holidays
  • Camel Safaris
  • Walking Safaris
  • Air Charters
  • Guided flying safaris
  • Eco tourism
  • Art tours
  • Cultural activities
  • Trekking

News

24 September 2021

El Karama Wild

El Karama Wild: Dry Season Under Canvas Adventure for Jan 2022 onwards: For those guests looking for an extra level of adventure, the team who created El Karama Lodge,  have a brand new under canvas adventure experience coming just in time for the new dry season beginning in January 2022.

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21 September 2021

El Karama Lodge: New Horseback Riding Adventure

El Karama Lodge: Adventures on Horseback from October 1 2021 El Karama Lodge, Laikipia’s leader in family travel and sustainable tourism, has a brand new adventure activity to share with our guests just in time for the Red List lifting.

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17 June 2019

How to Rewild with El Karama Lodge, Laikipia Kenya

El Karama Lodge has been steadily refining its unique Re- Wilding and safari adventure programmes for groups and families this year in Laikipia Kenya.   Thanks to a new creative collaboration with the team at Finnegan Flint www.finneganflint.com, who also shot the amazing short film on East Africa’s first Dhow made from recycled Plastic, El Karama Lodge’s story is now ready to share with all of you.

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26 April 2019

Wildlife Education at El Karama Lodge, Laikipia: Tracks and Signs Course May 24/25/26 2019 with Professional Guide Andreas Fox

El Karama Lodge, Laikipia's family-focussed eco lodge is hosting their 2019 Tracks and Signs Short Course on May 24th to 26th 2019.  The lodge has been offering a unique events and short course calendar for the past 3 years including enigmatic speakers such as Adventurer Charley Boorman, Environmental Activist and Author George Monbiot, Explorer Col John Blashford-Snell and Paleoanthropologist Don Johanson.  Short Courses have included Tracking, Walking with Dangrous Game, Botany, Entomology, Geology, Open Air Cooking and Astronomy.

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