This small camp near Lake Elementaita brands itself as having American hospitality and French ambiance. I have to say that it more than succeeded on both accounts; the manager John-Michel was a delightful conversationalist and very solicitous of our needs, and the staff was excellent.
The tents were comfortable and cozy, with thatched roofs and a bathroom just outside (ours had an attached bathroom with 3/4 walls, my brothers a separate structure). The food was simple, filling, and elegant, with breakfasts on a patio with an outstanding view of the eponymous collapsed caldera, and an entertaining resident population of hyrax and various birds at the feeders constantly. In the evening we had a fire in the lounge/dining room.
The lodge itself is built from haybails, electricity is from generators, and the fire was from a relatively invasive small tree of which there was ample supply, for low environmental impact.
We were able to enjoy an excellent sundowner (very reasonable) on another ridge with 360 degree views, and went on a nice hike throughout the Soysambu reserve on our second day.
We stayed at another camp and lodge during our trip (Sleeping Warrior was our first) and we really felt like this was the most atmospheric of them all.
- Also Known As:
- The Sleeping Warrior Camp Hotel
- The Sleeping Warrior Camp Hotel Lake Elementaita
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the shores of Lake Elementeita, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Great Rift Valley, lies a vast, extinct volcano, the Sleeping Warrior. With stunning views over the lake and Sleeping Warrior, the camp offers four widely-spaced safari tents, each with its own bathroom and veranda; a bedroom within the lodge; and a honeymoon getaway with a starbed, large private terrace, en-suite bathroom and outdoor bathtub for two. ... more less
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