Very few places succeed in multitasking their facilities, but Elsamere has done it for decades since its inception. Located by the shores of Lake Naivasha, the Elsamere Centre is a one-stop destination for those seeking for relaxation, education, adventure and nature appreciation. Here is all you need to know.
The Elsamere Centre started out as a trust established by its founders, Joy and George Adamson. The couple were famous wildlife conservationists in the early and mid 1900’s, perhaps best known for nurturing Elsa the lioness from infancy to adulthood. Elsamere is in fact named after this lioness. After their deaths, the home of the Adamsons was turned into a lodge and museum on top of still being a conservation centre.
The Elsamere Centre offers accommodation for different types of guests including luxury travellers and student groups that come to learn more about conservation. The different accommodation facilities vary in price depending on the level of luxury and type of season it is in the travel calendar.
The Elsamere Restaurant serves buffet lunches on weekdays, open to both in-house guests and day visitors. The lunches run between 12 noon and 2.p.m. with a special high tea offer at 3.p.m. The high tea is made in the most traditional English way and is rated as one of the best in Kenya. The outside garden comes to life especially at night when different animals walkthrough including giraffes, zebras and sometimes hippos.
The Elsamere Museum is open on weekdays between 9.00 a.m and 6 p.m. This museum showcases a variety of things including dozens of photographs that show the lives of the Adamsons and their several endeavours including rescuing the lioness Elsa. Other famous residents of the Elsamere are Pippy and Penny the cheetah and leopard respectively. The museum also shows a documentary every afternoon on the same.
The Elsamere Conservation Centre is one of the biggest and longest running of its kind in the country. It is mainly an educational site that provides friendly yet thorough environmental courses that help propel the message of sustainability and conservation of nature and the environment at large. The centre receives hundreds of students from different schools that come to learn about the vast works of the Adamsons and their successors.
Guests of the Elsamere Centre can get different excursions arranged for them. Some of these activities include a visit to Lake Naivasha, Olkaria Geothermal Centre, Hell’s Gate, Lake Oloiden and the Crescent Island.
For more information, visit their website or contact:
P.O Box 1497-20117, South Lake Road, Naivasha, Kenya.
Tel: +254 (0)50 2021055
Fax: +254 (0)50 2021248.
Mobile: +254 (0)722 648123
Wireless: +254 020 2050964.