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Desert Rose Lodge

Kenya's Northern Most Luxurious Lodge On the Slopes of Mt. Nyiru near the Southern end of Lake Turkana | Kenya

(Desert Rose Lodge is a bush home nestled quietly on the Southern slopes of Mount Nyiru. The Lodge is on the way from Maralal to Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya, about 350 kilometers from Nairobi. By road it's a 10 hours drive from Nairobi.)


Desert Rose Lodge

Desert Rose Lodge

Desert Rose Lodge

Desert Rose Lodge


Desert Rose Lodge

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Desert Rose Lodge is nestled on the slopes of Mount Nyiru in the far North of Kenya, commanding breathtaking views over the vast rugged wilderness that only the Northern Frontier can offer. Because of its remoteness, Desert Rose lodge is the only way to experience, in comfort, the unique & diverse Lake Turkana & its environs and the peoples & cultures of the area.


Guests can hire a plane or a helicopter and have the pilot and plane stay with them there during their stay to enjoy exploring the Turkana environs by air. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of the cultures and scenery that you will never forget in your lifetime. The remote location ideally requires 3 or 4 days in order to fully appreciate the tranquil ambience and the multitude of activities to choose from.


These incredible adventures offer a chance to fly low & explore the Desert, the volcanoes, the Awesome Lake Turkana & to visit the El Molo & Turkana peoples and land the plane wherever you like for brunch! Return each evening to Desert Rose lodge, on the tranquil, cool green mountain.


Desert Rose lodge has five charismatic cottages all built and crafted to blend with the surrounding nature. The five houses accommodating up to twelve people are individually designed around various natural features. They are all en-suite with wonderful starlit open air bathrooms, the swimming pool, dining and lounge areas all over look the dramatic view into the valley and plains below.


Desert Rose Lodge is a remote bush home, which is both eco-friendly and culturally integrated with the local Samburu people. The main lounge and pool area have been hand crafted to blend with the indigenous gardens, landscaped to enhance the dramatic views and all the power is solar generated.


The lodge serves entirely home-cooked and home-grown produce. There is also a fully stocked bar.


Desert Rose Lodge

Desert Rose Lodge


Desert Rose Lodge Non-Residents Accommodation Prices

Non-Residents Accommodation Rates Per Night Include: Full board accommodation + Wines, Beers, Soft drinks + Tea & Coffee + Transfers to & from the airstrip + Airstrip transfers + Bird Watching + Bush Meals + Sundowners + Cultural visits to Turkana & Samburu communities & Camel Safaris

Dates From
Dates To

Single Room

(1 Guest)

Double Room

(2 Guests)

Child Sharing

3-16 Years

1st Jan 2014
31st Dec 2014
602 US Dollars
1,140 US Dollars
127 US Dollars



* Check out 1000 Hours

* Extra Lunch per person 30 US Dollars per person
Late departure can be arranged but must be pre-booked through African Spice Safaris and surcharge may apply for extra lunch, activities& other services

Desert Rose Lodge Accommodation Exclude:
* Camel safaris

* Air safaris to Lake Turkana

* Fishing trips to lake Turkana

* Scenic drives to further locations




Desert Rose Lodge Residents Accommodation Prices

Residents Accommodation Rates Per Night Include: Full Board Accommodation

Dates From
Dates To

Single Room

(1 Guest)

Double Room

(2 Guests)

Child Sharing

3-16 Years

1st Jan 2014
31st Dec 2014
375 US Dollars
750 US Dollars
215 US Dollars



* Check out 1000 Hours

* Late departure can be arranged but must be pre booked and a surcharge may apply for extra lunch, activities & other services

Residents Accommodation Rates Exclude:
* Bush meals
Camel walks

* Guided Walks

* Bird watching

* Camel Safaris

* Air Safaris to Lake Turkana

* Fishing trips to Lake Turkana

* Scenic drives to further location
Cultural visits to Turkana & Samburu communities




Accepted Mode of Payment


online payment





Desert Rose Lodge Activities

Game Drives & Walks
Desert Rose lodge stunning landscape and interesting vegetation provides great inspiration on a variety of our abundant walks. Game in the area is shy and scattered. Baboon and leopard are often heard close-by in the granite rock cliffs and the fig trees that abound with bird life.


In very close proximity to the lodge we have an exciting natural rock slide and a perfect picnic site, a fun spot to spend the midday hours. There are a multitude of walks one can take from the lodge in the dry rugged country on the valley floor or high in the Cedar and Podo forest.


Cultural Interactions and Fishing Trips

After more than a decade of close cooperation with the local Samburu community, Desert Rose lodge has become not only an integral part of local life but a lifeline for its pastoralist neighbors. As well as employing 30 local people, Desert Rose has built a small primary school and a vital medical clinic.


The depth of their bond with the community means that Desert Rose guests are always invited to local celebrations from circumcisions to colorful wedding parties, granting the guest a rare insight into Samburu life. There are also journeys by road, either north to Lake Turkana for fishing and an adventure into this rugged part of the world or towards the Ndoto Mountains for some wild rock climbing.

Wood Workshop

Take your experience home with you. Desert Rose has a small wood workshop where we offer the opportunity for our guests to create their own piece of furniture. Instructed by our local craftsmen and using fallen wood from the nearby forest. You can make anything from a simple key ring to a rocking chair to take home with you.


Fishing on Lake Turkana
One hundred kilometers north of Desert Rose Lodge a mere five hours drive, The jade sea or Lake Turkana as it is now known lies like a jewel in the craggy heat of the Saguta Valley, its northern windswept shores holding testimony to prehistoric life.


On the south eastern shores of the lake, is a small house boat, accommodating up to four people, with an excellently equipped fishing boat available for the serious to go for the Nile perch, and winds permitting, some excellent sport.




Kenya Northern Frontier
Northern Frontier District Laikipia Samburu and Meru
Kenya Northern Frontier District consist of Laikipia Samburu and Meru. This area is wild and sparsely populated offering a real sense of freedom and adventure, with far reaching views of Mount Kenya. Much of this Reserve is covered by large, privately owned ranches, populated by cattle sharing the land with free ranging wildlife.


The Ewaso Nyiro River links Laikipia to the adjacent Samburu region where highlights include Shaba National Reserve. It was here that Joy Adamson spent her final years, returning Penny the leopard to the wild.


Samburu Region

Samburu is situated in the more arid region of northern Kenya; Samburu is an altogether refreshing experience. Not only is the landscape quite unlike elsewhere in Africa it also boasts some of the most distinctive and unique wildlife - from the alarming Vulturine Guinea Fowl and cartoon-book appearance of the Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy's Zebra, to the perfectly adapted Gerunuk and Beisa Oryx.


In truth the Samburu region encompasses not only the Samburu but also the Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves and also includes the adjoining grasslands and thorn scrub of Laikipia, Loisaba and Lewa Downs extending to the foothills of Mount Kenya.


With the beautiful Ewaso Ngiro river running through the region and with its characteristic landscape of stunning acacia forests, doum palms and distant hills, the Samburu region is more than just well worth a visit.


Meru Region

Meru - once part of Kenya's old Northern Frontier District, Meru National Park is perhaps the least visited of all Kenya's parks. Wildlife is not as abundant as in other places, but this is a spectacular land of kopjes, streams, baobab trees and riverine forests.


It is certainly one of the prettiest parks in Kenya and boasts many of the same species as Samburu - Grevy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, and Gerenuk - but without the crowds! To walk with a professional guide through the bush, stopping en route for 'sundowners' on a rocky outcrop, is to experience raw wild Africa at its most alluring.


Meru was also the former home of George & Joy Adamson who helped to return orphaned lion cubs to the wild, in particular Elsa of Born Free fame.

Lodges, Hotels and Camps in the Northern Frontier District Laikipia Samburu and Meru

* Sasaab

* Joy's Camp

* Kitch Camp

* Elsa's Kopje

* Desert Rose

* Sabuk Lodge

* Mbweha Camp

* Lemarti's Camp

* Saruni Samburu

* Loisaba Northern

* Rhino River Camp

* Elephant Bedroom

* Samburu Serena Safari Lodge



Booking & Reservations for Desert Rose Lodge located on the way from Maralal to Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya, about 350 kilometers from Nairobi - Kenya

Booking Office Tel: + 254 (0) 20 2437871
Mobile : 0721242711 (Safaricom) - Kenya







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