Reviews of El Karama Eco-Lodge
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El Karama Eco-Lodge review
Overall outstanding. The site itself is much prettier than I had expected and having the sound of the movement of the stream just below us was wonderful - could have curled up on the verandah with a book for a week or so, just checking out the occasional passers by and the birds. ( In fact a bunch of travel weary Aussies arrived as we were leaving to do just that, had enough excitement on their horse safaris.) Very well appointed accommodation, again, had expected something more modest.
Service/staff: A very good feel, led by the very charming Sophie, all the staff were introduced, jobs specified and there was an atmosphere of mutual respect. People were confident with us, which gave us opportunities to talk to them in broader terms, their own families etc - great. (Set a good tone for the rest of our trip, even where relations may have been less informal, we adopted a similar mode...) All very good.
Food: best we had, not least because they have that veg garden up the farm and have been increasing the veg content of the menu. Jess and I were invited to join Sophie to fetch the vegetable basket, were admiring the fennel, oh you like fennel, out it came and was served at the next meal! Had a lovely 'picnic' (with Michael the chef in attendance in his chefs uniform!) at the riverside Twiga's crossing. And the giraffe came and after hesitation, crossed.
Activities: very happy with the rides and walks we were taken on. Saw lots of game, learnt even more about the combined ranching/game management model, viewed the recent dam extension,met the new cross bred calves. Occasional showers meant sploshing through red puddles - which we loved - and viewing glorious skies. Sophie very good on birds.
Facilities: All delightful, particularly enjoyed browsing through the core books on display in the mess, including mother in law Lavinia's 2 published books about life on the farm. The office/shop/gallery is lovely and pressure will have to be put on Murray before his sculptures, or at least models/pictures of them, are added to the display. (Sophie wants them represented)