Lake Ellis is located on the eastern slopes of Mt Kenya in Meru County at 3,470m above sea level. Lake Ellis possesses a beauty that will captivate anyone daring enough to take the journey there. It also offers stunning views of the peak and fresh crisp air.
This is as far up as one can drive on Mt Kenya. Otherwise, you will need to navigate up the mountain on foot. Here is what you should know before visiting Lake Ellis.
Nobody is going to cater for any of your needs at Lake Ellis safe for yourself so you need to plan accordingly. Camping is available at Lake Ellis, so you need plan accordingly. You will have to carry everything you need including firewood and your own gas cooker.
2. Travel Warm
Its very cold at Lake Ellis since you are climbing almost 3000 feet above sea level. You need to travel warm by carrying warm clothing including gloves. Carry heavy sweaters, warm sweatpants of sweatsuits if you can.
3. No Cash Payment at The Gate
There is no cash payment at the gate. Kenya Wildlife Service officials at the gate only accept cashless payments via Mpesa. You can also find the latest KWS fees here.
Be very aware of this as you can be denied entry but you have cash money on your hands, funny huh.
4. 4X4 or Walk
The road from Chogoria to Mt Kenya National Park’s Chogoria Gate is easily navigable by any car. A drive past the Gate up to Lake Ellis requires just nothing other than a 4X4. The 7 km stretch up to the Lake requires a skilled driver to take you up safely. Otherwise, this is a stretch you can cover in 2 hours if you decide to go on foot.
5. Carry Multiple-use Water Bottles
Carry multiple-use water bottles to use while camping. Kenya has banned single-use plastics in national parks and game reserves all over the country.
6. Carry Lots Of Firewood
Now that you are going for camping and it is freezing cold, you will need to carry lots of firewood to help you keep warm and keep conversations going during the night. When the fire dies down and sleep beckons, make sure you have a good sleeping bag and thermal wear to keep out the near-freezing temperatures and make the cold night more bearable.
You can also carry a fishing rod if you love fishing.