Funny - one reviewer says that food portions were too small, I found that they were too big (American-sized portions), so I guess there is no pleasing everyone.
This camp is in an absolutely beautiful setting. It can be a little tricky to find, since the road is quite bumpy once you turn off the main road, and you would certainly need a 4x4 if it has been raining a lot. Yes it is pricier than some accommodation in the area, but I preferred it any day over the tourist trap hotels bordering Nakuru/Naivasha. It felt like our luxury safari had already begun, before we hit the Mara itself.
And what a view! We were in the Eagles Nest tent, perched above the camp with its own stone veranda and amazing views over to the mountain and lake. And you can roll your bed outside your tent if you fancy sleeping under the stars - a very romantic added extra.
Remember that you share your space with wild animals (and I don't just mean the cute rock hyrax who gather around while you are eating), so take heed of the managers' advice regarding wandering outside of the camp boundaries unaccompanied - always tell them where you are going and ask for advice.
Unfortunately we only stayed one night at the camp, and most of our time was spent at Nakuru, so we did not have time to explore the area around the camp itself. In hindsight we should have planned for an extra day.
The roads from the lakes to the Mara are an absolute DISGRACE once you pass Narok. You have to ask yourself where all our park fees are going ... but I still think, bad roads aside, that it was worth all the driving just to be able to see the lakes and stay in a camp like Sleeping Warrior.
Thank you also to Lawson and of course Jean Francois for hosting us at supper and providing such fascinating insight into the local dynamics and the area's history.
- Also Known As:
- The Sleeping Warrior Camp Hotel Lake Elementaita