Day 4 of my East African Safari by Safaris into Africa with Clive Arnold at the helm. Naked Wilderness Afrika Ltd have supplied the vehicles and drivers Dominic and Norman both very knowledgeable and energetic men.
The day begins early with another morning drive and then enroute to Pelican Lodge Lake Elementaita.
We arrived at the lodge in time for lunch but had seen so many animals enroute including not one but two leopards crossing the road. We also stopped to see where Out Of Africa was filmed which overlooks Nakuru Reserve which in September was flooded and cutting road access. Locals have not seen as much water as is in Lake Nakuru and as the lake has no natural drainage it may take years for the water level to drop.
The lodge overlooks Lake Elementaita and if you ask at the front desk a guide for a small donation will escort you to the lake so that you may walk around it. It is not recommended that you do this unescorted.
When you reach the lake you may be lucky to see flamingos, pelicans lots of birdlife as well as donkeys that they use on the property. In the distance you can see the sleeping warrior mountain which I believe was so named because when in times of trouble people hid in the caves there.
I had a guide by the name of Elizabeth and she wasso informative and well worth the donation at conclusion Elizabeth is employed by the lodge as a worker to make ones stay more pleasant.
My lodge was amazing very spacious for one with an outside shower which I used and can recommend that you do the same. Even though outside it was not cold .
To conserve generator usage one must give reception a 10 min request to turn the boiler on and then you do have hot water. Of a morning if you inform reception of departure time they will make sure that you have hot water.
A bathrobe and a selection of toiletries are supplied for personal use a nice touch.
I encountered one small problem as it was getting dark I attempted to turn the lights on only to have the cord from the ceiling land in my hand so no lights no worries a torch is suppled in the room so I had this along with my own torch lighting the room till the fix it man arrived. Having recovered from how did that happen and in the dark he fixed it so much for work safety.
Food is adequate although a bit bland again complimentary water is supplied in the room.
Tomorrow I leave for Masai Mara.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is an Exclusive, Luxurious and Outstanding lodge with ten cottages six doubles and four twins, three of them with outdoor showers. Located at the shows of Lake Elementaita, each cottage has a large balcony and a spectacular view of the lake. Overlooking Soysambu Conservancy. The sunset view from the lodge is a site to behold. ... more less