“What an amazing place and truly a labour of love. There is so much to see & do around the place – exploring the Chalbi desert, swimming in Lake Turkana, driving up to Sibiloi, visiting Central Island or just climbing up a rock to look at the sunset! But who wants to go anywhere else when you can lounge by the rock pool, sit by the fire and enjoy stunning moonrises right there in camp? All the staff were really helpful and Lepatoiye proved to be an excellent cook. I can’t wait to go back again!”
If you have ever longed to visit Lake Turkana, Kenya’s fabled ‘Jade Sea’, and the beautiful, remote and rugged ‘far north’ of the country, but have been deterred by the apparent lack of comfortable accommodation in the region, then Koros Camp may be the answer to your prayers.
Set on the 250,000-acre Ol Donyo Mara Conservancy, Koros is the inspired creation of a Nairobi family who have been involved for many years with the nearby Lake Turkana Wind Power Project. What started off as a basic weekend retreat became, over time, a comfortable and well-equipped base for family holidays. And now they have decided to share this wonderfully original and much-loved retreat with visitors to the area.
Bedroom accommodation at the camp consists of five safari tents, each of which can be configured either with twin beds or a double bed – sleeping a total of ten guests. Hot showers are alfresco, along with lavatories in the separate bathroom block.
The Mess, the camp’s main living and dining area, is comfortably furnished with dining table and chairs and built-in sofa seats. There is a small and well-equipped kitchen behind the Mess which has its own gas stove, from where David the chef conjures up a range of delicious meals. For keen grillers there is a BBQ inside the Mess where guests can cook while socialising.
“A fantastic camp tucked away in paradise! I have seen the camp evolve and grow into a proper classic rustic luxury safari camp. The staff are wonderful and the chief chef is excellent. You can’t beat the sundowners and star gazing at Koros. A gem for birdwatchers too. Looking forward to being there again soon.”
One of the highlights of the camp is the incredible, and incredibly refreshing, natural rock swimming pool known as the ‘cuddle puddle’. Enjoy a relaxing dip and incredible 360-degree views of the valley and the surrounding hills of Mount Ol Donyo Mara and Mount Nyiru. Here there is also a poolside dining and barbecue area.
The owners of the camp have their own private accommodation not far away, and are often available to greet and host guests and provide advice on what to do and see locally.
And at all times there is a competent team of staff on hand to ensure that your stay is as easy and comfortable as possible. David (ex Lewa Downs), looks after the mess and kitchen, and is a good cook with a wide repertoire of dishes. Lekeren is the tent steward. Nikolos and Lekupe are the camp askaris.
The area has an abundance of bird life including the rare Heuglin’s Bustard. It’s possible to see around 50 different species of bird in the vicinity of the camp – and friendly and entertaining hornbills are always on hand at the birdfeeder beside the Mess.
There is a variety of animal life in the area and if you are lucky you may spot cheetah or leopard. One is also likely to see dik dik, Caracal, Grevy’s zebra, baboons, vervet monkeys, black-backed jackals, honey badger, gerenuk, mongoose, greater and lesser kudu, grants gazelle and porcupine. The resident genet cat ‘Wifi’ may join you for dinner each evening.
As well as trips by road to Lake Turkana or the Chalbi Desert, there is plenty to discover on foot from the camp. Explore the valley on a lugga walk with one of the camp’s Samburu guides, or enjoy a challenging hike up one of the surrounding hills. Of course you may simply prefer to relax in the peace of the camp, enjoying sundowner drinks, camp fires and the lovely refreshing pool.
We have not yet had the pleasure of visiting Koros Camp personally, but have discussed the property in detail with the very proactive owners. We have also borne in mind the very positive reviews from guests who have already stayed there.