Lake Elementaita Lodge, now a luxury hotel was formerly Kekopey Ranch, built by English Settler Lord Galbraith Cole in 1916. It still retains the features and atmosphere of an early colonial home, red walls and a sitting room with a library and log fire.
The original building houses the hotel's social areas - dinning and sitting rooms, bar and conference room - while the 33 twin and double bedrooms, each with private bathroom, are in newer 'cottages' nestled away in the lush flowered garden behind the house. In front of the hotel, a large terrace overlooks Lake Elementaita.
The lake, home to Millions of Lesser Flamingoes, is also an important stopover for migrating birds over 350 species have been counted by the experts. They accompany guest on bird watching walks and ox wagon safaris.
An original and less intrusive way of seeing the wildlife from the type of wagon used by early Rift valley settlers like Karen Blixen, Lord Cole and Lord Delamere, Lord Cole's Memorial, built on a rocky outcrop, is an enchanting spot for a sundowner after a safari or for a champagne breakfast while watching the wildlife in the plain below.