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“Lovely, Peaceful, Feels like going back in time... to the 80s!” 5 of 5 stars
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Elsamere Conservation Centre | Moi South Lake Road, Naivasha, Kenya   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Los Angeles
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4 hotel reviews
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“Lovely, Peaceful, Feels like going back in time... to the 80s!”
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 - like staying at a great-Aunt's house that you don't really know.

I really enjoyed the service - food (Esp. High Tea) - and experience. The best part was having a 2 month old fuzzy baby zebra graze about 2 feet away from me. Hearing the monkeys, birds and hippos by the lake was really special. Definitely would recommend.

Oh, and any net profit goes to the conservation center that allows Kenyans and the public to go to the museum for free, also helps with free field trips for Kenyan kiddos.

Room Tip: Most rooms face the lake - just ask. Beware of the hippo at night! But there's a guard to help y...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elsamere1, Trustee of the Elsa Conservation Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
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 have, the comfort is up-to-date and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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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 building its enormous nest, along with various sunbirds flitting around in the smaller trees. The garden is a wonderful place to sit and sketch. A hippo wandered about the site in the late night, but we were safely tucked into our little cabins by then. The research and study center onsite has nice staff who normally guide the school groups who visit the center, but were happy to show us around, too.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elsamere1, Trustee of the Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
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 Field study centre and all the profit from your visit goes towards continuing our Conservation Education program throughout East Africa.
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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 expect it would benefit from subtitles because the sound quality is poor. The monkeys came down to see us and we enjoyed exploring the grounds. There was no traffic noise because we were tucked away on the lake shore below road level. It was perfect and I really wish we had been able to stay the night, so we'll just have to return one day. Tea or coffee and cake and biscuits was plentiful.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elsamere1, trustee of the Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
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 the lake around 6pm so we have to turn away visitors after this time for their safety. We have askaris patrolling at all times and will escort people from their rooms to Dinner to ensure their safety. Often at night you can see hippo, zebra and gazelle grazing and giraffe are also known to walk amongst the grounds.
I am glad you did get an essence of what Elsamere is about and enjoyed the peace and serenity the following day.
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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 gardens was stunning. During the day we were entertained by numerous birds and the antics of the colobus monkeys, and every night we were visited by hippos, zebras and dik dik right outside the window. In the mornings there was also evidence that the gardens had been visited by buffalo and giraffe. A boat trip on the lake revealed yet more birds including fish eagles and culminated in a visit to Crescent Island where you could walk among the animals. Similarly in several other nearby national parks it is possible to walk in close proximity with the wildlife. Elsamere is an excellent place to experience the wonderful richness of Kenya's hospitality and wildlife.

Breakfast and evening meals were taken in the main building which was still furnished with Joy's original furniture which provided a lovely atmosphere in which to enjoy the excellent meals. Breakfast started with an amazing range of really fresh fruit and continued with a range of cooked items if required. The buffet lunch was taken in the garden. A choice of several hot dishes or a cold option followed by several desserts. During the afternoon freshly baked cakes and biscuits were available to enjoy outside. Tea and coffee was on tap all day. The evening meal was served in the dining room around large tables and was hosted by Sam, the site manager, who always enjoyed talking to guests and entertained with lively stories.

The rooms were simple but comfortable, well appointed and clean although in our banda, the bathroom could be improved by updating rather tired fittings. However there was plenty of hot water whenever required. The laundry service was first class. Other bandas built more recently were excellent throughout.
There is also a real bonus in knowing that through the work of the conservation centre at Elsamere local children and other visitors are being shown how to conserve Kenya's rich variety of wildlife.

We could not have wished for a more relaxing holiday in such an endlessly interesting location.
Highly recommended, without reservation!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elsamere1, Trustee of the Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
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 Dougan
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11 helpful votes 11 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... The rooms are basic but clean and warm.. The deserts, lunch and afternoon high teas with good cakes and bi tings did it for me....

Room Tip: Call and ask for Johnson... He will ensure your stay and visit is worth it
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Elsamere1, Trustee of Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
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 the continuation of Joy Adamson's work.
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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 afternoon tea. The place has lots of character and even if you have never heard of the Adamson's, you should make it a point to stop, if only for the afternoon tea!!

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms close to the main house, which have the best view's to see the hippos come up...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elsamere1, Trustee of the Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
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 lodge provides funding to the Field Study centre on the site and it's conservation education program in East Africa - so thank you again
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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 good but not excellent. We loved the warnings about hippos at night and seeing the Land Rover that George Adamson was murdered in while fighting poachers. A "must do" is a canoe ride to Crescent Island and a walking safari.

Room Tip: All the cottages seemed pretty similar so I don't think it matters which one you choose. However...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elsamere1, Trustee of the Elsa Trust at Elsamere, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
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 Adamson
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Address: Elsamere Conservation Centre | Moi South Lake Road, Naivasha, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Naivasha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Naivasha
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Elsamere Field Study Centre Hotel Naivasha
Elsamere Naivasha, Kenya - Rift Valley

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