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Tucked away in a secluded corner of Kenya's Great Rift Valley, Crater Lake offers a stirring encounter with wild Africa, just ninety minute's drive from Nairobi or less than half a hour flight. This magical lake ‘green’ lake is the perfect escape off the beaten track as well as romantic getaway by itself.
The Crater Lake Camp fits easily into this natural paradise.

ln keeping with its owner's conservation ethic, the ten tented bandas have been built entirely from their environs, with pillars and stairways of finely-carved acacia set on foundations inlaid with chunks of glinting obsidian. Each tent occupies its own clearing, with secluded verandah offering spectacular views across the lake.The tents are a picture of rustic sophistication, with elegant four-poster beds and reproduction furniture combined with modern ensuite bathrooms in a charming, comfortable blend of old and new. Five of the tents at Crater Lake Camp have single beds, five doubles; two are solid bandas, with bunk-beds available for children.

Crater Lake lodge is set is an absolutely stunning location, very magical indeed, with the steep forested slopes of the crater plunging down to this small soda lake. Unfortunately the lodge falls a long way short of living up to its surroundings, being decent enough in concept, but extremely run down and tired looking. But this is just an impression.

The rich history of this sanctuary is dearly fascinating. The 10,000-acre Crater Lake game sanctuary houses the famous hilltop grave where Happy Valley's tragic heroine, Lady Diana Delamere, is buried with her last two husbands, Gilbert Colvile and Thomas Delamere. For the truly intrepid, there are the mysterious 'Caves of God' in the golden wheatfields of Ndabibi, reputed to be an inspiration for H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quartermain.

At Crater Lake, the wild world of Africa meets the refined elegance of the colonial era in an utterly enchanting location. Here, you can sip chilled champagne and dine on the finest cordon bleu cuisine under the watchful gaze of genet cats and Colobus monkeys. After dinner, the expert trackers will take you to another world among the hippos, giraffes and leopards that call the Camp's private game sanctuary home.

Activities at the camp are centered round nature and wildlife. There are guided nature walks in the crater and the Sanctuary. The bird list is over 400 species, of which it is easy to spot more than 100 species in a day. There are 30 species of wildlife in the sanctuary .At night the Hippo come out of the main Naivasha Lake to graze, and it is possible to see the Aardvark and spring hares on night game drives. There is a colony of over 70 Colombus monkeys living here. In addition for the most of the year are Flamingoes covering almost the entire lake, numbers of which can go up to 3 to 4000 .

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