El Karama Eco Lodge

El Karama is an intimate, award-winning eco lodge specialising in family and group safaris in Laikipia, Kenya. An owner-operated environment known for our charm and authenticity, we have been recognised as a leader in Sustainable Travel in Kenya and are located on a private 14,000 acre working ranch. The habitat and biodiversity are exceptional and result in world class wildlife experiences including 4 of the Big 5. Only 1 hr from the Nanyuki airstrip and 5 minutes from the private ranch strip for charters, this lodge is the most accessible wildlife lodge in Laikipia. The lodge comprises 8 beautifully designed and constructed cottages of varying size and character. Guests can enjoy Kenya’s first natural swimming pool and stunning communal areas for dining and relaxing. As the only lodge on this private property within Laikipia, an unusual level of privacy and value is offered to guests. We welcome families of all ages and work hard to offer tailor-made experiences as much as possible. Activities include: guided walks, fly camping, Kenya’s first ‘Bush School’ for kids, farm and organic garden tours, game drives, night drives, interactive anti-poaching and wildlife monitoring activities, bush meals and rock hide outings for photographers and birders…Perfect for families with children and groups traveling together who love wildlife, birds, photography and adventure!


Brand New Luxury Cottages addition in 2018 River Cottage 1

The second of our river cottages, currently located on the furthest side of the New Little River Camp absolutely perfect for romantic couples who like outdoor bathing! This room is also set up as a double or twin room, with veranda looking out over a stunning glade with the river on the left handmade. The spacious, light room has his and hers bathroom, plenty of storage in beautiful hand carved shelves and hanging racks, end of bed ottomans and luggage racks and an outdoor tub for romantic baths under the moonlight.As with the other river cottage, this one has a writing desk facing the river, hand carved furniture and hand printed curtains and artisanal soft furnishings from the region!There is also a large veranda for reading and star gazing, take your early morning tea overlooking your own private stretch of river and salt lick attracting elephant, giraffe and other wildlife.

Brand New Luxury River Cottage 2

A brand new more luxurious and higher end offering to our international clients, we have two new river cottages as part of a little sister camp to the main lodge. Offering more privacy and comfort, we are excited to introduce these two beautiful new cottages to our guests. Ideal for honeymooners / 2 couples traveling together or even a family with older children who seek more luxury.This cottage has a large his and hers bathroom with a huge bath looking out to the bush and a double shower that includes space and built in seat for clients requiring additional assistance or wheel chair access.There is also a large veranda for reading and star gazing, take your early morning tea overlooking your own private stretch of river and salt lick attracting elephant, giraffe and other wildlife.

Brand New Addition to River Cottages – Private dining room and bar

The two river cottages can be used either as an extension of the lodge or as a small, private camp for two couples or two small families. To make this work for exclusive bookings we have included a stunning private dining room, living room, bar and outdoor fire pit under the shade of huge fever trees. It has a completely different feel from the main lodge and is ideal for couples travelling together, honeymooners or special family trips where privacy is of the utmost concern.The dining room has a large table fitting 8-10 people, a cosy living room area at one end with a small fireplace and a bar at the other end for cocktails and sundowners. Tucked away behind the dining room is a lovely kitchen for cooking on site and a restroom so that guests do not have to go back to their rooms to find that convenience.The outdoor area in from of the dining room has two grass levels and an open fire pit where we hold bush dinners under the stars, drinks by the fire and we also use our mobile BBQ oven so that we can cook over the embers with our guests. Food being such an essential part of our trips and experience, this is a great addition!

Main Lodge – 4 Bandas (3 doubles, 1 twin)

All the bandas have a spacious central room with a double bed (one is a twin), with hand painted mozzie nets, a shaded seating area for reading and relaxing, furniture for storing/hanging clothes and an ensuite bathroom with quirky large river stone baths and overhead showers.Bandas have their own verandas for reading and star gazing. All four of them look directly onto the the river and a salt lick attracting wildlife.The bandas are have thatch roofs, stone and canvas sides and are lovingly decorated with artwork by the family, artisanal hand made soft furnishings and hand picked wildlife flowers.All have 24 electricity that runs on solar energy, with overhead lighting, reading lamps and outdoor veranda light for easy entry at nighttime.

The Rondavel

This cottage was built with families and triples in mind. With a large double bed, two single beds and sofa with outdoor deck chairs in the mini courtyard, 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!As with all cottages in main camp, there are hammocks hanging outside and looking onto the river for serious lounging and reading space!!

Hobbit House _ perfect for families!

This cottage is our largest and is designed for maximum family fun! 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.

Dining areas and brand new interactive kitchen

We have 3 different dining areas: 1 overlooking the river and 2 overlooking the swimming pool. Both are open under thatch, informal, relaxed and built with beautiful fallen wood including nilotica and cedar and giant bamboo. All our food is fresh, organic, hearty, clean and mostly home-grown in our beautiful organic garden here on the property – we offer farm tours and picking mornings for families with kids and any interested guests. We also have a small dairy at the farm that allows us to provide fresh farm milk and milk products made in our kitchen. We cook all home made breads, desserts, pastries and pastas. We can adapt our menus to suit all dietary needs and we also produce kids food and can adjust the timings of meals for family groups. We have a state of the art open kitchen, for guests to come and watch the food being prepared, bake bread with us and learn about our recipes. In 2018, the owner will be publishing a recipe book for the lodge guests to purchase which showcases our ‘farm to fork’ philosophy.Bush meals are also a big highlight and our bush breakfasts and dinners out in the bush are very special.The relaxed, bush home feel translates to our eating style – a mix of French, Italian and meditterrean influences. We also offer the option when possible of offering private meals or separate dining areas and tables whenever guests prefer this. Our aim is to offer as much flexibility as possible.

Kenya’s first ever natural swimming pool – perfect for families

Our swimming pool is pioneering in its environmentally responsible technology and voted the best in Laikipia by our clients and the Daily Nation newspaper! Laikipia’s hidden gem. It does not use salt or chlorine, but rather a copper based deionising system to kill bacteria. Like our whole lodge this pool is chemical free and runs on 100% solar power. We are the first in Kenya to use this Eco Smarte technology but others are following suit.A fantastic place to relax in the heat of the day, bird watch as the aloes and acacia trees surrounding the pool attract several varieties of sunbirds and finches, this is one of the most popular places within the lodge for groups, couples and of course families with children! The main pool is 12 m long so perfect for swimming laps or just having fun and there is also a two tiered baby pool for small children and parents to relax in shallower depths. The pool has a lush lawn irrigated by recycled grey water and two swinging armchairs, 1o wooden carved sunloungers, multiple areas for lounging and relaxing, two areas for eating with open fire places and plenty of space for having private meals at night under the stars. There is also a bar, an adjoining bathroom and changing room for convenience and beautiful decor including paintings by Lavinia Grant, as in the main lodge.



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El Karama Lodge - Laikipia, Kenya - Our video

A walk around the fabulous and fully eco-friendly El Karama Lodge in a vast, unspoiled area of Laikipia north of Mount Kenya.

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The Hobbit House at El Karama Lodge - Our video

An overview of the largest accommodation option at El Karama – Our video