After a seven-year closure, it's up and running. Love the wooden chalets and the log fire in each. The walks in the sanctuary offer amazing views of Kirisia Hillls. At night or early morning you may see the zorillas (not to be confused with gorilla) and aardvarks. There are good chances of seeing colobus monkeys, genets and leopards.
The lodge - built in 1962 - has old world charm and a great stop-over between nairobi and Lake Turkana.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maralal Safari Lodge Welcome to Maralal Safari Lodge and Wildlife Reserve, the most historic Colonial Era safari lodges in northern Kenya located in the unique Maralal National Sanctuary: the very heart of Samburu County, Kenya. Fully renovated in 2015. Owned and operated by AFRICALITY, a UK registered charity, all proceeds from your visit support the wildlife. We are 100% not-for-profit. Guests enjoy free high speed satellite based WIFI, a big screen television in the lounge with international news and sports channels, swimming and much more including a modern kitchen offering both local and international cuisine. Experience wildlife as you've never seen it before as the animals approach within a few meters of the cabins, monkeys clamber on the roofs and more. Guests love opening their doors and seeing zebra, eland and impala grazing on the lawns, or hearing the leopards and lions roar in the night. We offer 18 luxurious Swiss chalet style rooms, each equipped with a fireplace and a private balcony. With our conference facilities too, we are the perfect choice for pleasure or business travellers who seek tranquility. Maralal, just 1.5Km down the road, is the seat of government for Samburu County. This bustling town of 15,000 people offers many local crafts and a variety of lively places for both modern and traditional night life. The lodge is built of cedar and stone, and sits on the hillside overlooking Maralal. Here, in the heart of the National Sanctuary, the wildlife reserve thrives as the animals roam freely from the forests on three sides to the lowlands to the south. Five square kilometers of lush woodland and pasture straddle the hillside, with leopards and other mammals living in the natural caves. Within the lodge, the AFRICALITY bar is, perhaps, the best stocked bar in northern Kenya, boasting no less than 15 famous malt whiskeys, 15 types of vodka and much more ... Oh, and a full range of cold beers too. One of the most appealing aspects of Maralal Safari Lodge is that it's a meeting point for the local people too. Above all, Maralal Safari Lodge exists to support the wildlife. All profits are devoted to the employment of Game Rangers to protect the wildlife from poachers, and to find the wildlife orphanage. So now, your visit to Kenya can really make a difference! Karibu (Swahili for 'welcome') ... more less