This intimate eco-lodge is located on the equator at an altitude of 2 000 metres or 6 500 feet, delivering magical views of Mount Kenya, the Aberdares and the Lolldaiga Hills. El Karama Lodge is situated on a private working ranch in the heart of Laikipia, a must-visit destination for those who want an air of exclusivity and a diverse Kenya safari experience far away from the crowds.
Recognised as leaders in sustainable and responsible tourism, El Karama is owner-run and hosted by a superb team of Kenyans, many of whom helped to build the lodge. You will enjoy warm hospitality, guided nature walks and photographing wildlife from a rock hide. Guided game drives will give you an understanding of the working farm and reveal the area’s mammal species like lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, hippo, reticulated giraffe, rare Grevy’s zebra, the strange long-necked gerenuk, and much more. Twitchers will revel in the opportunity to tick off some of the over 420 recorded bird species like African finfoot, goliath heron, giant kingfisher, buff-crested bustard and the unusual Temminck’s stint.
El Karama comprises family-friendly stone, thatch and canvas cottages lovingly put together with natural materials found on the ranch. There are also comfortable safari tents located along a river away from the main lodge, where animals like giraffe, zebra and even elephant can stroll by.