It’s hard to believe that El Karama Lodge, set on 14,000 acres of private land, is only about an hour’s drive from Nanyuki, the busiest town in Laikipia County. Manager Sophie Grant has made this place feel like a home away from home for guests. Most of the furnishings are made not only in Kenya, but in Laikipia, by local artisans, and some of the team have been employed here for more than 20 years. A drive through El Karama land is almost certain to include sightings of elephant, giraffe, and zebra, but guests can also see creatures that are unique to northern Kenya here, including the Grevy's zebra, gerenuk, and Laikipia hartebeeste. There are six private cottages at the camp as well as two dining areas and a swimming pool. There’s also the option of fly camping, which involves hiking for a couple of hours to a wilderness location. Here, a suspended tent complete with comfy bedding, barbecue, and drinks table will all be set up awaiting the guests’ arrival. The tents have see-through tops, so as darkness sets in, there’s nothing to do but lie back, gaze at the night sky, and listen to the calls of the wild.