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A luxury lodge on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River

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Couples & Families

Tucked away in the foothills of Mount Kenya in central Laikipia, and an easy 50 minute drive from Nanyuki airstrip, El Karama Lodge is set among a gorgeous 14,000 acre family-run cattle and wildlife ranch.

Home to over 75 species of mammal, many of which are endangered, as well as 370 species of birds, there are plenty of opportunities here to experience Kenyan nature at its best.

Enjoy unpretentious and sustainable contemporary living on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, a variety of family friendly day and night activities, and a warm family run service. 

A range of solar powered accommodation options makes the lodge great for a tailor made family or couples holiday to Kenya. Guests can go on walking, driving, and even fly camping safaris. Staff choose locations of activities very carefully, making sure that guests see the best of the region’s wildlife safely and in its entirety.

Guests can safari at night and day, weather permitting. Fly camping safaris are great for adventurous guests who want to sleep under the stars in a special tree tent for one night.

There is a medium pool onsite, which is completely eco-friendly, and the property is a working cattle ranch where guests can learn more about its daily operations.

There are a range of activities for kids which bring them back to nature, and day trips and special bush meals can also be arranged.

Call us on +44 117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you


The lodge

El Karama Lodge is a phenomenal family friendly stay in Laikipia. The lodge's Arabic name translates to 'treasured possession', and the property certainly meets this description.  

The bright and airy cottages at El Karama are lovingly made of natural reclaimed materials, and are detailed with solar powered electricity, hot water, and flushing toilets. Bandas are great for couples, consisting of spacious central rooms with double beds, en-suites, and a veranda looking on to the river.

The Rondavel cottage is great for a small group or family, with a large double bed, two single beds, a sofa, and a private bathroom. The Hobbit House is the largest cottage, boasting multiple bedrooms and communal areas.

The river tent area is the newest part of the lodge. It is made up of two room safari tents, close to wild game tracks. Each tent has a riverside veranda, an en-suite bush shower and separate bathroom, perfect for a family safari adventure.


Guests can go on day and night safaris, use the beautiful pool area, and partake in children’s activities, farming lessons & kitchen tours.


All food is home-made, 90% of which is grown in the lodge’s organic garden, with a focus on local, rustic flavours.

Why Wayfairer

The profits from El Karama Lodge go towards land management goals which consist of preserving the eco system for future generations. The lodge is made from reclaimed wood, runs on solar electricity, and has an eco-friendly pool. The lodge employs local people, who are supported through training and assistance in home projects.

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