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El Karama Lodge

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El Karama Bandas consist of an exclusive selection of beautifully constructed stone and canvas bandas (cottages) set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro. This affordable and comfortable riverside retreat provides the perfect setting for nature lovers seeking the ultimate Kenyan safari experience.

The Grants are passionate about wildlife and lead an outdoors lifestyle where ranching, painting & sculpture and walking safaris are central to the way they live.



El Karama Ranch is a 15,000 acre cattle and wildlife ranch, situated in the heart of Laikipia, between Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley. The ranch has been home to Guy Grant and his family since 1963. The bandas are situated at a safe distance from the rivers edge and look across to a salt lick where wildlife often congregate in the early morning and evening.

With 75 identified species of mammal including elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion and over 350 species of birds, El Karama is a nature lover’s paradise.


Guests have the choice of a comfortable private banda complete with verandas for star-gazing. We also have a stone rondavel and the family sized upstream cottage for larger groups. Each banda/cottage has a spacious ensuite stone bathroom and face onto the river and a salt lick making them ideal for game watching.

The camp sleeps up to 16 pax comfortably

Special Bookings

It is possible to reserve the entire camp for large family groups and special occasions(conferences).


Under 4 hour’s drive/35mins flight from Nairobi and only 1 hour’s drive from Nanyuki.


  • Day and night game drives
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography and filming
  • Farm Visits
  • Bush Walks
  • Camping - In addition to the Lodge, El Karama Ranch has a simple riverside campsite available.
  • Fly camping
  • Fishing
  • Horse and Camel Safaris (with partners)
  • Swimming - new natural, solar driven, chemical free pool and baby pool

Hosted by: A team of dedicated Kenyan staff who have a long history with this lodge. Background support from lodge owners Murray and Sophie Grant

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Contact details

Murray Grant/Sophie Mills

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