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Elsamere
is located in the Lake Naivasha area of Southwest Kenya.

During the Colonial Era, the picturesque Lake Naivasha was used as the main airport for the country, an essential stop on the flying boat mail service which connected London with Cape Town. Soon the aristocratic settlers were building fabulous mansions around the shoreline, becoming the infamous 'Happy Valley Set', renowned for their debauched lifestyle which has since been immortalised by Hollywood.

Situated on the southwest shore of Lake Naivasha, this place used to be the home of George and Joy Adamson, of Born Free fame and is now home to the Elsa Conservation Trust, which acts mainly as a kind of educational establishment, hosting lots of local school groups. Simple accommodation is provided in 16 cottages around the main house, but is mainly used these days by researchers and conservation groups.

Activities include motorboat safari on the lake itself. Lake Nakuru can be accessed on a day trip. Other trips further afield include some great hiking, notably up to the mysterious hidden crater of Mount Longonot, as well as tours of local villages and the industrial flower farms.

The main potential downsides are that the lodge is very simple indeed and the fact that this area has recently become heavily urbanised in parts and the southern side of the lake is now dominated by huge commercial flower farms, geo-thermal power plants and a rash of lower quality lodges, although these elements are largely avoided when staying here.
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