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P.O.Box 1497, Naivasha, Kenya
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Elsamere
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

My two girlfriends and I had tried to get a booking in Naivasha for the Easter week-end but all the hotels we knew had been fully booked. We were determined to spend the week-end in Naivasha so I requested DAAH Travel in Nairobi to help. They were great and came up with Elsamere which they highly recommended. We had heard... More

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Elsamere1, Trustee of the Elsa Conservation Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Elsamere. We pride ourselves in our staff , service and food and I am happy to find you agree with us. As a Conservation Education establishment we strive to keep our site as natural as possible which in turn rewards our guests with a peaceful environment in which to relax. We look forward to... More

Los Angeles
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I just stayed for 2 nights - it's super peaceful - quaint... Colobus monkey on the lawns. Zebra grazing on the lawn at dusk, a creaky old dock on the water... felt like 1980. The rooms are spotless, clean and there's a hot shower. The rooms are dated like the house and museum, but it's supposed to feel tht way... More

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Elsamere1, Trustee of the Elsa Conservation Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review

Thank you for your tripadvisor review of Elsamere. Peaceful is the word most used by people who describe their experience of Elsamere and it is something we strive hard to preserve. It is the reason Joy chose this site, that and its beautiful location on the lake. Although we have chosen to keep the house( and rooms) as Joy would... More

Durham, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We stayed two nights at Elsamere when visiting lake Naivasha and going to Hell's Gate. The lodgings and meals are very good, and the small museum with details of the lives of George and Joy Adamson are fascinating. A highlight is seeing Joy Adamson's art work up close. We were entertained by the monkeys in the trees and the Hammerkop... More

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Elsamere1, Trustee of the Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of Elsamere. Like you my wife likes to sit on the lawn and sketch the birds, flowers and scenery of Lake Naivasha. We try hard to maintain the serenity of the grounds and to encourage wildlife to feel at home there so that our guests do as well. We are celebrating 25years of the... More

Doune, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We wanted to stay on Valentines eve but arrived too late so the gate guard turned us away even though it turned out, when we visited the next day, there had been space. We were so pleased we did return the following day because we had the place to ourselves all morning. The crackly old film was interesting, although I... More

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Elsamere1, trustee of the Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your recent visit to Elsamere. I am so sorry that you did not get to spend the night at Elsamere but I hope you will visit again and get to experience Elsamere at night. As a dedicated conservation area we encourage wildlife to roam around the site -however the hippos start coming up from... More

Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Outstanding! We recently spent a week at Elsamere on the shore of lake Naivasha. Absolutely idyllic! We were superbly cared for by a most friendly and helpful staff who were also very knowledgeable about the local wildlife, and the history of Elsamere and its former owner Joy Adamson and her husband George. The range of wildlife in and around the... More

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Elsamere1, Trustee of the Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review

On behalf of the Elsa Conservation Trust I would like to thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Elsamere. As the profits from the Lodge go towards the continuation of Joy and George's work through our Field Study centre, your positive comments will encourage others to stay and help fund our Conservation Education Programme. regards Graeme... More

Nakuru, Kenya
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stayed at in the dorms at Elsamere on our school geography trip and it was a good experience. The location of the place is spot on as it is pretty close to the lake. The staff are more than willing to help and I'm sure I received some really good hospitality in a long time. I wasn't feeling too... More

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Elsamere1, Trustee of Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review

On behalf of the Elsa Conservation Trust I would like to thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay at Elsamere. The comments you made will help us manage the Lodge effectively. The bathrooms are on our list to replace and are part of a continuing process of improvement being currently undertaken. We are... More

Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

We took a drive from the hustle of the city seeking to celebrate Kenya at 50 differently and here we found exactly what we were looking for... The meals, service, ambiance, resident wildlife all seem to work together to give you an awesome time... Elsamere is up on my favourite list... its certainly a must do atleast once a month...... More

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Elsamere1, Trustee of Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Elsamere. Your comments mean a lot to us and help us provide the experience that our guests expect. We work hard to maintain the peace and serenity that is Elsamere and we are pleased that you appreciate it. Every visit you make provides the funding for our conservation education program in East Africa and... More

San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

If you know about Joy Adamson and love lions you MUST stop here and if you can spend at least one night in this lovely place, Joy's & George's home! There is a fantastic small museum with original paintings and things owned by the Adamson's and a delightful garden to sit, relax & indulge in cakes and dessert at the... More

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Elsamere1, Trustee of the Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review

Thank you for taking he time to review your stay at Elsamere. It is important for us to know your thoughts about our lodge so we can improve where necessary. We try hard to maintain the peace,serenity and natural look to the grounds to encourage the wildlife as well as the guests to visit us. Every visit made to the... More

Vancouver Island, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The rooms at this hotel are basic but clean. We enjoyed lunch outside facing the lake while the Colubus monkeys climbed the roof. The main lodge is decorated with Joy's paintings and she was a talented artist. Other than that, it looks just like someone's home and it felt like we were having dinner in Joy's dining room. Food was... More

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Elsamere1, Trustee of the Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Elsamere. It is important to us to know what it is our guests like and would they would like us to improve. Your visit enables us to keep funding the Field Study Centre on site and it's work in conservation education in East Africa that was started by Joy... More

Newcastle, Australia
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
47 hotel reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The rooms are quite basic & in need of a bit of maintenance. The food was very good with a "home made" flavour. Deserts at lunch & the afternoon cakes were very good. We took the 1 hour boat ride but saw little wildlife in comparison to other places we had visited. A lot of pelicans, one pond of hippo's... More

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Elsamere1, Trustee of the Elsa Conservation Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review

Thank you on behalf of the Elsa Conservation Trust for your review of Elsamere.We agree that the rooms needed a bit of maintenance and over the last couple of months we have improved the site and added solar panels for water heating. So if you come back to visit us you will notice the improvements. Whilst we can manage the... More

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Address: P.O.Box 1497, Naivasha, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Naivasha
Also Known As:
Elsamere Field Study Centre Hotel Naivasha
Elsamere Naivasha, Kenya - Rift Valley

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Elsamere is the former home of Joy and George Adamson, renowned for Elsa the Lioness who's story was told by Joy in her international bestseller "Born Free" and in the film of the same name.Today Elsamere is a friendly lodge run by the Elsa Trust offering twin bedded accommodation in individual cottages set in the beautiful grounds and offers a homely atmosphere, good food and a relaxing stay.The grounds and lake provide a peaceful environment which abounds with wildlife -notably over 300 bird species making it an ideal stay for all bird lovers. ... more   less 
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