The Eco Lodge
Opened early 2012, The Sleeping Warrior Eco Lodge stands high on a volcanic hill known as Mawe Mbili (two stones). Commanding stunning views over the private Soysambu Conservancy towards UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Elmenteita, it was conceived and built by Frenchman, Jean-Francois Damon, who now runs it together with his American wife, Jacqueline.
On top of the hill stands the stone-built reception, lounge and dining room, below which is a stone terrace with fire-pit, a safari bar and extensive landscaped gardens.
Below, a track snakes through the acacia to the landscaped terraces where the eight wide-spaced natural stone cottages look out across an addictive view of Africa as she used to be. Kidney-shaped, and thickly thatched, each features an impeccably presented net-draped bed, a seating area, bathroom and outshot deck.
The Sleeping Warrior Eco Lodge is powered entirely by solar electricity. The water is heated by sustainably harvested Leleshwa wood, gathered by women of the local community and transported by donkey. The tents are roofed using traditional methods, locally sourced hay and local labour. The majority of the furniture is made from re-cycled cedar poles, once used for fencing on the colonial ranch.