The drive from Nairobi takes around 2.5 hours depending on traffic and covers approximately 120 kms. A map is provided on this website – we suggest you download it and bring it with you on your journey.
Driving from Nairobi
Take the main highway out of Nairobi in the direction of Naivasha and Nakuru – this exits the city as ‘Waiyaki Way’ and climbs the wall of the Great Rift Valley before continuing to Naivasha. Do not take the left-hand turn that leads into the town of Naivasha but continue in the direction of Nakuru.
About 45 km after the turn-off to Naivasha, the town of Gilgil will be signed to the right. Do not take this turn but continue on the steep downward slope until you see Lake Elmenteita on the left.
Soon after this you will notice a small settlement lining both sides of the road, which is now used as a truck stop and is a popular stop-off point for ‘nyama choma’ (roast meat). Slow down and look for the large red sign reading “Kikopeye Niama Choma” – turn left here on to a dirt road that passes through the various restaurants and bars and then heads in the direction of the lake.
After 1.3 km you will see a large cactus bush on your right and a stone sign indicating “Lake Elementeita lodge”. Turn right onto this simple dirt road. After 500 meters the trail divides. Take the left fork and go down the hill (as a marker note that you will now be heading back towards the pylons that mark the passage of the high voltage electric line).
Follow the track for about 4 km, at which point it will pass under the high voltage electric line. Follow the track until after 800 meters you see a sign on your left that reads “Sleeping Warrior Camp”. Pass through the gate on to the Soysambu Conservancy.
If you need help or guidance:
Call John Mwangi on 0735 527 007 or Mr Jean Francois Damon on 0733 385 156.
To find the camp
Follow the road that leads from the gate (ignoring the right-hand fork marked ‘to the lodge’) for 4 km as it skirts the foot of the volcano known as the Sleeping Warrior (or Delamere’s Nose) until you reach the camp. Standing on a slight rise it is marked by a pink house that can be seen from the road, which swings around to climb a short steep hill at the top of which is a sign pointing to the right: this is the Sleeping Warrior Camp. Please park in the spaces provided and await the arrival of our welcome team.
To find the lodge
After turning on to the Conservancy follow the road for a short distance (approx. 400 metres) until it divides – the track to the left goes to the camp, the track to the right leads to the lodge (signed) – take the right-hand track and follow it until you see the lodge above you on the hill. Climb the steep track up to the lodge and park outside the main building. Reception is straight ahead.