Elementeita Holidays

Elementeita Travel


Lake Elementeita (also spelled Elementaita) is a small soda lake, nestled in the eastern sweep of the Great Rift Valley. The Lake is surrounded by spectacular country that played an important role in the early colonial history of Kenya.  This was the estate and stronghold of Lord Delamere, the builder of the Kenya colony. The Lake Elementeita area saw its first white settlement when Lord Delamere (1879-1931) established his Soysambu, a 48,000-acre ranch, on the western side of the lake. Delamere gifted the land nearest the lake to his brother-in-law, the Honorable Galbraith Lowry Egerton Cole (1881-1929), part of whose "Kekopey Ranch", where he is buried, is preserved today as the Lake Elementaita Lodge. The nearby Soysambu estate is still occupied by Lord Delamere's descendants, while Ututu House was built by Thomas P. G. Cholmondeley who was also instrumental in setting up the Soysambu Conservancy. The Conservancy covers 2/3 of the shoreline and is home to over 12000 mammals.

Today Elementeita is a peaceful and low-key place, lying in the shadow of an impressively peaked hill known locally known as the ‘Sleeping Maasai’. Elmenteita is derived from the Masaai word muteita, meaning "dust place", a reference to the dry and dusty quality of the area, especially between January and March.

The lake attracts many visiting flamingo, and it shores are grazed by zebra, gazelle, eland and families of warthog. The lake and its surrounding forests are perfect for long walks and birding.

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