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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Booked this at the last minute on a lark for a quiet weekend away. Service was good, accommodation fine, setting pretty and serene. Nice view of the lake. Excellent boat ride with Chege, he showed us an array of birds, hippos, and fish eagles (who swooped down to get some meat we threw in the water, which was exciting). Food... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was a gift from friends and WOW! what a gift it was. It is great to see the continuation of the wonderful work that the Adamson's started. There are no fences so that animals are allowed to wander along their usual paths; so, we asked the askari to wake us up if there were any transits in the night:... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a buffet lunch in the peaceful gardens at the side of the lake. The monkeys are very pretty with their long black and white fur. The house had some interesting exhibits. I had not realised that joy adamson was such an excellent artist. The road around lake Naivashu is not great but there are some villages with colourful... More 

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Nairobi
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34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just had the most relaxing weekend at Elsamere on the shores of the beautiful Lake Naivasha. Having a view of the lake from my bed was definitely priceless. The staff are very friendly and accommodating (especially Penninah and Isaac). Zebras and Hippos were strolling outside after dark for the guests viewing pleasure from the rooms. The property is very close... More 

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Nairobi Region, Kenya
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

I have been to many hotels in my life, but Elsamere is one of those places that stands out. It is amazingly simple and yet has a magnetic pull to it. It could be the history, it was home to Joy and George Adamson. It could be that they only have 10 rooms. It could be that guests are seated... More 

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Elsamere1, Trustee at Elsamere, responded to this review

I first visited Elsamere in 2000 and it had the same effect on me then, so much so I joined the Elsa Conservation Trust and am now a Trustee. Even on my first visit it felt like home and that has never changed over the years. Thank you for taking the time to review your stay and I hope you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Very simple, very clean accommodation. Hot water in each room from solar with an option to boost. Staff are really helpful but remain unobtrusive. Great food and lots to do and see (hippos munching the lawn outside your room). Great variety of wildlife to sit and watch and a really beautiful place to sit back and relax. The educational side... 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 are obviously pleased that you enjoyed your stay and your comments help us understand why people find it a pleasant destination. All the profits from your stay go towards continuing Joy Adamson's conservation work in East Africa which is carried out from the Centre for Education in Sustainability behind the Lodge. Thank... More 

Boston
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Have you ever wanted to have a lake house where you could host your friends? Elsamere makes you feel exactly that. Staff is there to make your stay comfortable but is not hovering over you. Always accomodating your needs. Rooms are spacious enough, with all you need no excess. Food is home cooked, it could almost seem you ordered the... More 

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Elsamere1, Trustee at Elsamere, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Elsamere. The atmosphere you describe is exactly what we are aiming for. Sam and his staff are dedicated to providing a peaceful stay. A visit to the conservation centre, CES is always worth while to see how we continue Joy Adamson's work in East Africa. If you wish to... More 

Los Angeles, California
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43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

The story of Joy & Elsa is truly, and literally, Cinematic. It was wonderful to learn about this historical friendship in it's native setting. I had High Tea here on a stop in Naivasha traveling for 6 months from Cairo to Cape Town. I personally loved all her drawings of tribespeople and found the grounds tranquil and serene. A group... More 

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Elsamere1, Trustee at Elsamere, responded to this review

We are pleased you enjoyed your brief visit to Elsamere - our paradise on earth. The story of Elsa is an inspiring and engaging one and we are pleased that we can continue Joy's work in conservation Education. We hope you can stay longer next time and see all the wonders we have to offer More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Visited Elsamere on 11th to 13th June 2016. Right from the entrance you get a relaxed feeling. Staff are pleasant and service was excellent from all. Rooms are spacious and have bathtubs with solar heated water....so sometimes water is not hot before the sun shines. Best time to shower is when sun is out. All rooms face the lake but... More 

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Elsamere1, Trustee at Elsamere, responded to this review

Thank you for your review- it is a perfect description of Elsamere and what it offers. We cannot guarantee the wildlife but usually there is a lot to see and the peaceful nature of the grounds soon relax everyone to tune into the natural world. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

A serendipitous find, Elsamere on the water's edge at Lake Naivasha is a perfect blend of old world charm, verdant gardens, freshly cooked meals and warm hospitality. Add to that the constant call of the fish eagles, more than 60 species of bird, Colobus monkeys cavorting in the trees by day; giraffe browsing and hippo grazing outside our room at... More 

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Elsamere1, Trustee at Elsamere, responded to this review

I am really glad you found us and now you know where we are and what we do I hope you will come and see us again. The abundant wildlife that passes through our grounds are not predictable but it is rare that nothing visits you during your stay. Our team at Elsamere are in tune with the tranquility of... More 

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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 

Additional Information about Elsamere

Address: Elsamere Conservation Centre | Moi South Lake Road, Naivasha 20117, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Naivasha
Price Range: $88 - $272 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Elsamere 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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Also Known As:
Elsamere Field Study Centre Hotel Naivasha
Elsamere Naivasha, Kenya - Rift Valley
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