It's not often you walk into a place and can't stop saying "wow! that's amazing" but that was certainly our reaction when we entered the communal areas of Sleeping Warrior. Despite the photos on the website, the view in reality is even more spectacular -it's hard to listen to the person in reception when you can't take your eyes off the view!
Dragging ourselves away from the views to our cottages, we were once again in "wow" mode. Each cottage is beautifully finished, and I could have happily sat on the verandah or relaxed on the day bed for the whole stay! The whole setup was just so lovely and the hot water was very much appreciated. It's heated by timber collected with some effort by the local men and women and it surely does its job. And from your balcony you have another perspective on that amazing view. The pool has an equally good view but unfortunately we didn't find time to just hang out there.
Someone comes down to collect you for dinner to ensure your safety - you just use the walkie-talkie provided by reception. The first evening there was a lovely fire in the open fireplace on the deck but the weather had different ideas and we were driven inside where an equally welcoming fire blazed in the hearth. It was very companionable to sit around the fire with an evening drink and chat to other guests. I loved the gorgeous blue/green soapstone bowls on the tables!!
Meals were delicious with a great variety of food. If anything there was too much for us to eat, and we felt bad when we couldn't get through it all....the cook does a great job so it feels personal if you run out of culinary puff. The staff were just so pleasant and friendly and we really enjoyed talking to Ken who served us both nights. We were so impressed by their personal motivation to work hard.
By the time you get back from dinner your bed has big fat hot water bottles in it and is lovely and warm. They're so toasty that they're generally still warm in the morning. I also liked that there is a thermos of hot water, with coffee/tea for you to drink before you go to bed or in the morning. This was a great bonus for this couple of coffee-holics.
Lawrence was our guide on our trip to Lake Nakuru National Park and unfortunately I've lost where I wrote down our driver's Kenyan name (he was a very careful driver and learning the nuances of the bush after driving in Nairobi-I know which I'd prefer to do!). Unfortunately the animals weren't being cooperative for any of the guides on that particular day, and while we saw a rhino close up, and giraffes, we decided to focus our enthusiasm on the birds....nature is just like that some days. We were delighted to see the flamingos at Lake Nakuru and also on our morning game drive on Lake Elementaita.
This is an intimate camp where the staff have a real personal engagement with the place, some having worked initially on the construction of the cottages and it shows in how they interact with the guests.
The owner/manager is such an interesting person ...very informative to chat with. It must have taken enormous vision, and attention to detail, to bring this wonderful camp to fruition.
This camp is off the beaten track, peaceful, with an amazing view, great service and beautiful rooms. Just Wow!
- Also Known As:
- The Sleeping Warrior Camp Hotel Lake Elementaita