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About Us

About Us

Our aim as a family is to preserve this unique habitat for the wildlife, birds, insects and people of Laikipia. Eco-tourism contributes significantly to this purpose and we welcome the chance to share it area with you.

This lodge is family owned and our team -some of whom have been here for up to twenty years -will encourage you to engage as much as possible in all areas of life at the lodge and the wider ranch. The lodge site has a long history and started out as a simple campsite used the Grant family for friends and visiting clients during the 1970’s -1990’s. Over the decades it has slowly evolved, with building beginning in 2006 when Murray Grant, the son of the family, designed and built six stone, thatch and canvas cottages or ‘bandas’ and the central mess and kitchen area that we have now. His hope was that eco tourism would help to generate a viable income to assist in the land management goals for El Karama, thus preserving a vital part of the Laikipia habitat and eco system.

The original project took more than a year to complete and involved over forty men and women (including members of our current staff and the local community). Materials were sourced from the ranch and all the work was done by hand and without mechanized machinery!

Recent projects include the beautiful swimming pool and thatched ‘chill out’ pool houses all surrounded by dry stone walling, indigenous flowering aloes and natural crafted nilotica woodwork.

We are lucky that this family is an artistic one; in addition to Murray’s design/construction work in all the buildings, the artwork you see is produced and donated by his mother Lavinia Grant and soft furnishings were made locally by various Laikipia community groups.

We hope you will feel at home here and will take the time to read and learn about this wonderful environment.

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The following information booklet describes in detail our approach to our operations and the ethos central to our work: long term sustainability for this environment, the animals and the people.

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