Of Beautiful Cows & Fly Camping at El Karama Lodge!

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El Karama

 

Are you craving a sunny escape? ๐Ÿ™‚ Grab your hot cup of Cocoa and let’s escape into the bright, sunshiny arms of El Karama Eco Lodge, in Laikipia East!ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

 

As promised, today on our #DestinationLaikipia Series we explore the rich offerings of Laikipia East with TJ (the_mentalyst), Mutua Matheka (Truth Slinger) Rachel (Safari 254) and Josh Kisamwa.

 

El Karama

 

We spent our first day in Laikipia playing with graceful Llamas and maze-running at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

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Destination_Laikipia

 

 

Day 2: Into The Wild…

After hitting up Cedar Mall for supplies, we left Nanyuki and all civilization behind, in great anticipation of Laikipia East. ๐Ÿ™‚

The drive to El Karama Ranch was nice and leisurely, promptlyย  getting immersed in Mother Nature’s gifts…

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Travel Tip:

  • A 4-wheel drive vehicle is most ideal to conquer the rough roads leading up to the lodge…
  • Grab a Map of Laikipia from the local tourism shop in Nanyuki for navigation, to El Karama Eco-Lodge as connectivity for Google Maps will be limited

 

 

What To Expect: El Karama Eco-Lodge

El Karama Ranch has been in the Grant family since 1963, and sits on 14,000 acres of prime land. It’s about a 4-5 hoursโ€™ drive from Nairobi.

Joseph, their Head Guide gave us a nice welcome & tour. You get a true sense of being in the wild, as theyโ€™ve done little to disturb nature in creating El Karama Lodge.

Located by banks of River Ewaso Nyiro, you’ll love the calming sounds of water echoing through…

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El_Karama_Eco_Lodge

 

They have 6 cottages or โ€˜bandasโ€™ made of stone, thatch and canvas. The Lodge is adorned with beautiful artworks, some produced locally by their neighbouring community.

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El_Karama_Eco_Lodge

Mutua bonding with Mother Nature

 

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The Hobbit House

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El_Karama_Eco_Lodge

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Gorgeous Cows For Days!

While lunch was cooking, Joseph showed us to El Karama’s Dairy & upcoming Bio-gas Project, a short drive away.

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Here, we met the most beautiful cows Iโ€™ve ever seen! Their deep, brown hues gleaming in the warm, afternoon light were dazzling! ๐Ÿ™‚

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One cow caught our attention, Miss #3158. ๐Ÿ˜€ She takes her head-grooming job very seriously!

We laughed our heads off as she went from one cow to the next, grooming them with her tongue. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Le Culprit… #3158 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

They keep a total of 50 bulls,ย  17 cows & 17 calves.

That clean, healthy look they have going on is no coincidence! The cows are on a steady, nutritious diet of hay and barley. ๐Ÿ˜€

Milked twice a day by machine, each cow gives about 15-20 Liters of milk.

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El_Karama_Eco_Lodge

El_Karama_Eco_Lodge

Tip: Keep some distance; these raging beauties will not hesitate to ‘shower’ you, on their frequent ‘bathroom breaks’. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Apparently, El Karama Eco Lodge is the only lodge with pure Sahiwal, a breed of Zebu cattle. Sahiwals are well-suited to dry areas and give more milk than the Borana breed.

As their Bio-gas project is still Work-in-progress, they recycle waste as manure for their organic garden.

We ran into these lovely beasts grazing freely on our way back…

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El_Karama_Eco_Lodge

Rachel & ‘Whitey’ having a moment ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Master Chef: A Lunch To Remember

At the Lodge, a delightful scent pulled us into the kitchen. We found Isaac, their Head-Chef, making his finishing touches…

Isaac is like a Master Chef of sorts! Trained in-house by a Maasai, he enjoys cooking up creative recipes with fresh herbs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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And, oh how the food looked scrumptious! ๐Ÿ˜€

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El_Karama_Eco_Lodge

 

I think Josh and Rachel enjoyed it the most, esp. the fresh bread & salads! From that point on, El Karama became the place to beat on their refined palates. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

A Taste Of Fly Camping!

Hoping to catch sunset shots and taste of El Karamaโ€™s vast wildlife, we took off on a late, evening game drive.

 

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Night quickly crept upon us… leading up to a Fly Camping site, lit up tastefully with lamps.

Fly camping is excellent for true adventure lovers. It’s a great way to experience the wild, under the star-studded skies.

The tents are suspended in the air and fastened to trees with firm ropes. They provide a comfortable mattress, so it’s like you are in bed, except itโ€™s hanging in the air. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mutua captured these surreal long exposure shots…

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El Karama Eco Lodge

 

Thereโ€™s something about being in the bush at night that makes my skin crawl. Mental visions of a lion leaping out of nowhere & dragging one of us mercilessly into the darkness…

I don’t know if the rest noticed, but I hang close the entire time. (Don’t judge, we all know how horror movies go.) Hehe ๐Ÿ˜€

Lucky for me, we spent the night back at the lodge, with the calming sounds of the river lulling us to sleep. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Travel Tips:
  • El Karama is a perfect escape with friends & family. They have kids’ activities like sculpting with clay.
  • Try a walking Safari or a bush meal for a unique experience…
  • Pack a pair or two, of closed, comfortable shoes, a hat & sunscreen
  • Request for information about complimentary activities like the day trips to neighboring Conservancies

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS:

Josh Kisamwa

Tj (the_mentalyst)

Mutua Matheka (Truth Slinger)

&

Marion Mithamo

 


 

I appreciate you for sticking to the end!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I would love to hear from you! Leave your comments, questions or input down below! ๐Ÿ˜€

Until the next adventure, keep warm & stay safe! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

<<Stay. Inspired. Always>>

 

 

 

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Wairish
    March 17, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Wow. I didn’t know Laikipia East had such awesomeness. I come from the West side. Time I explored the East side. #dazzling.

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      March 21, 2018 at 7:40 am

      Hi Wairish! Whoa, your home is one beautiful County for sure! ๐Ÿ˜€ And true, time to explore the offerings of the East Side! Good stuff! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply
    Wairish
    March 16, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Wow. I didn’t know Laikipia East had such owesomess. I come from the West side. Time I explored the East side. #dazzling.

  • Reply
    Stom al-Madusi
    March 16, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Laikipia again seducing me I keep crashing in love with each post.

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      March 21, 2018 at 7:39 am

      Haha, really good stuff! I am glad to hear it! Don’t stop there, now it’s time to visit and see the real thing! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Reply
        Stom al-Madusi
        March 21, 2018 at 11:02 am

        I accept the challenge. I’ll tell them I know you. I just might get huge discounts

  • Reply
    Nesh
    March 16, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Why should I go to Dubai and Mauritius yet Kenyaโ€™s Majicalness is sooo untamed. I believe Mara is overrated and such beauty in what am aiming in my next destinations. What are the probable costs for spending a night there.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      March 21, 2018 at 7:38 am

      You said it Nesh! ๐Ÿ˜€ We are truly blessed, and there’s so much of Kenya to see and discover… ๐Ÿ™‚ Their rates change depend on the time of year… You can get more info by contacting them on elkaramalodge@gmail.com

      • Reply
        Nesh Ule Msee Wa B4
        April 20, 2018 at 3:25 pm

        Thanks for the feedback, will check them out.

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