El Karama Eco Lodge is an intimate, down to earth, owner-operated lodge set in the Central Highlands of Laikipia, Kenya. This private 14,000 acre ranch has an abundance of wildlife and the lodge has been designed for guests seeking a unique African safari experience, off the beaten track. Described as the ‘Hidden gem of Laikipia’ it is in a region known for its stunning landscapes and exceptional wildlife.

Murray and Sophie Grant and their team of Kenyan staff have created a lodge with a unique, warm and homely feel with a stylish, rustic charm and lots of natural light, as well as colourful artwork painted by this talented family. Wildlife bronzes by the owner Murray Grant, a renowned sculptor, highlight this family’s love and commitment to wildlife. This is the perfect place to learn about the East African flora and fauna and to enjoy breathtaking landscapes. The property is home to over 80 mammal species including Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Hippo, Buffalo, Reticulated Giraffe and an enormous number of birds (409 identified by 2015). Other endangered species such as the African Hunting Dog, Grevy’s Zebra and Laikipia Hartebeeste can also be found on the ranch. You will be encouraged to get ‘out and about’ on foot, as well as in specially adapted safari cars, where the wildlife and cattle live harmoniously on the ranch. The environment is the number one priority.

This family owned lodge along with six cottages sleeps up to 18 guests and overlooks the Ewaso Nyiro river and the natural salt lick, which is rich in wildlife. The accommodation has been designed by the owners, using natural materials found on the ranch, soft furnishings made by local social enterprises and paintings provided by Lavinia Grant, a painter and author living on the property since 1969. All operations including the chemical/chlorine free swimming pool are run exclusively on solar electricity. Food is hearty, fresh and seasonal with all vegetables coming from the 100% organic lodge garden. Meat is locally sourced and breads, cakes and desserts are all homemade. Special diets can be accommodated.

Facilities

All cottages and central areas have charging points for cameras and laptops and electricity throughout for lighting needs. Cars are equipped with mammal and bird books for guests to borrow and the relaxing areas have a library of reference books as well. There is limited access to wifi for checking emails only in the ranch office.