Stayed for several nights whilst on a birdwatching holiday. The location is fantastic, with nice grounds right next to the lake. They feed the birds and colobus monkeys so it is a good place to relax in the gardens and watch the wildlife. There are also hippos on the lawn close to the rooms, at night!
The whole place is run with a focus on the consevation work started by the Adamson family, with a museum and room you can watch related films in. There is a somewhat colonial feel to the place in terms of the way staff dress, the decor and dining "family style" with other guests in a big old-fashioned dining room. It took us a bit of time to break down the rather formal approach of the very hard-working staff; but in the end they seemed more relaxed.
The food was generally excellent, though the vegetarin dish was a bit strange on one occasion (seemed to be cold baked beans covered in cheese !?). The afternoon teas with a vast selection of homemade cakes are famous and rightly so - superb!
Unfortunately there is no guides / drivers accomiodation so ours had to stay elsewhere.
- Also Known As:
- Elsamere Field Study Centre Hotel Naivasha
- Elsamere Field Study Centre Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elsamere is the former home of Joy and George Adamson, renowned for Elsa the Lioness who's story was told by Joy in her international bestseller "Born Free" and in the film of the same name.Today Elsamere is a friendly lodge run by the Elsa Trust offering twin bedded accommodation in individual cottages set in the beautiful grounds and offers a homely atmosphere, good food and a relaxing stay.The grounds and lake provide a peaceful environment which abounds with wildlife -notably over 300 bird species making it an ideal stay for all bird lovers. ... more less