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The Sleeping Warrior
Mwanza, Tanzania
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“Fantastic Christmas Getaway”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

We stayed at the camp for Christmas and were not disappointed!
We were in the 'guest house' which isn't a tent but we were very happy with the spacious rooms and the amazing view from the outside shower! We did not suffer from cold water as others have mentioned.
The food was delicious, excellent breakfast (having lived in Africa for 3 years - the best in years!) lunch and dinner were great too! We were treated to Masaai dancing in the evening before dinner. We had a game package and enjoyed a night game drive as well as lake walk and drive as well as a walk up the sleeping warrior himself!
The location is absolutely stunning!
A word of warning - the road there is bad and a 4x4 is needed!
Being East African residents the rates were lower than tourist rates which made the whole package a great deal! Would definitely return!

Room Tip: The guest house is perfect - close to the restaurant but very private, amazing views!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

It was my second stay in Sleeping Warrior Camp not the Sleeping Warrior Lodge which is around the corner. I have to say it has really run down and the rooms have not been renovated in the last two years. Showers funny without hot water. Very poor food without any variety. If you like talking managers who interupt your conversations and tell you everything that they think then you are at the right place.

Room Tip: Invest a little bit more money and stay at sleeping warrior lodge.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Nairobi
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

We had a wonderful time at sleeping warrior camp! We stayed in the eagles nest unit which has a breathtaking private view of the Sleeping Warrior Mountain and the valley. The room and bathroom were small but very comfortable and clean, and the food was good. Although less fancy than the lodge accommodations, the camp was simple and beautiful. I didn't see the other cabins, but I would highly recommend the eagle's nest.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

We had a terrible experience at the Sleeping Warrior Lodge, firstly, the lodge is very deep inside the Soy Sambu Conservancy, we were not informed about the road conditions.

The rooms are far from the main dining area and one has to drive each time for meals. Really not safe after 6pm!

The bar had run out of ice on the afternoon of 31 Dec 2013!!!

The beds had all types of bugs and spiders.

No variety of food for vegetarians.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Overall a great stay! Great location and great service. One cannot beat the location for the camp. Lawson, the manager is a great help!
Only drawbacks were the meals and value for money. The food was poor, for the standard of this lodge. They can do much better! Also, compared to other 4 or 5 stars camps in the area, this camp is expensive for what you get at the end. It's fine if the price remains the same but the camp needs to improve its standards.

Room Tip: Take the rooms furthest from the dinning room, if you enjoy the wild.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

The food at The Sleeping Warrior was great. Was disappointed by the breakfast on the first day though as we had asked for it to be served at our rooms. The coffee/tea was served with no cups and we had to wait for almost 30 minutes for a member of staff to come back check on us and to bring the cups. No juice or cereals was served...all we got was Eggs, Sausages and Pancake which I must say is not a full continental breakfast as advertised.
The staff at the camp are not friendly. The manager did not even introduce himself for the two nights we were there. On the contrary I must say the staff at the lodge were really helpful and helped us when we got car trouble at the bush. The driver, Njoroge is such a kind man.
The views are magnificent. I think you could do better in cleaning the rooms though.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

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!

Room Tip: Every cottage seemed to have an amazing view.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Sleeping Warrior
Address: Soysambu Conservancy, Lake Elementaita 00603, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Lake Elementaita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Lake Elementaita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
The Sleeping Warrior Camp Hotel Lake Elementaita

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