In the spectacular vastness of The Great Rift Valley
Thatched roof, lava-stone cottages adds glamour and style to this contemporary African camp
This description was written by Rebecca who recently enjoyed life here for two nights.
In the 6400 acre private Congreve Conservancy owned by Lord and Lady Delamere, Mbweha Camp is nestled up against the southern border of Lake Nakuru National Park with beautiful views of the Eburu and Mau Ranges and a great place to see white rhino. Mbweha Camp is a great scenic three and half hour drive from Nairobi, making it ideal for your first stop on a Kenyan safari. The road you'll take to camp is tarmac and really interesting, you reach a viewpoint with a serious "wow" factor at about halfway, as you reach the Great Rift Valley ridge. It's like something out of a movie, but you're seeing it with your own eyes. You can fly to Mbweha's private airstrip, but if you can spare the time, the road transfer is a fabulous way to give you a feel for where you are. The camp itself feels right away from it all with its relaxed atmosphere. Time to disconnect (but they do have wifi in communal areas). Congreve Conservancy is part of the greater conservancy area called Soysambu which has a large part of Lake Elementaita within its borders, perfect for a flamingo safari.
Mbweha Camp accommodation is ten rustic lava-stone cottages with thatched (makuti) roofs, surrounded by euphorbia candelabra, yellow barked acacia and other indigenous trees. This euphorbia is what sets this camp apart from the rest, it creates a spectacular atmosphere, walking through camp, safely escorted by the friendly staff. The spacious open sided dining and lounge area is filled with comforting cushions to make you truly feel at home, especially at night with the fire burning in the centre. Continental style cuisine is served in the dining area, or private meals can be arranged at the guest cottage or under the stars. The swimming pool provides a refreshing treat after a game drive, read your book to the sounds of the birds on the cushioned sun-loungers or in one of the hammocks dotted around camp.
Being situated outside a National Park allows many activities, including guided walking, mountain biking and day or night game drives with expert local guides with a maximum of six guests per vehicle. Guests can also enjoy day trips into Nakuru National Park with the option of a gourmet bush lunch with spectacular views of the Lake and the National Park at an 'Out of Africa viewpoint'. Hot air balloon safaris ending in a champagne breakfast are a memorable way to view the plains game from a new perspective. Guided hiking at ‘Delamere’s Nose’, visits to Kariandusi prehistoric site, Menengai Crater, Hyrax Hill, and Lake Elementaita hot springs are some of the unique activities guests are invited to try at Mbweha Camp. Newly added activities not just to this camp, but to the area as a whole, are camel trekking safaris and lion tracking.
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