Safari is not for the slim in pocket book. Seriously guys, it is so expensive, but for your cash people often stay in beautiful lodges or camp in some pretty sweet digs. That being said when you're spending two months in country and your living on a residents salary sometimes you just need something a little cheaper. When we planned our first trip down to Nakuru/Navasha Kristin asked the guy who owns the taxi company where we could stay that would not break the bank. He told her about this place called Camp Carnelleys. They have bandas, places to camp, dorm rooms, and twin rooms. The first time we went with Kristin we rented a full dorm room. The door room had 8 twins beds, access to showers and toilets that were just down the path and it cost us only 6000 shillings or 71 US dollars. We split that between the four adults, so it only cost us (me and Dr. J) 35.50 for the night. The best parts about Camp Carnelley's are the lake, I mean it is right on the lake, just a beautiful spot to be and the restaurant. We got there pretty late at night and we were lucky they had a place for us to eat. The first night we got pizzas, they have a pizza oven there. The beds were so/so and the bathrooms were a little rustic but the price was so great and the view so spectacular that when we went back down to lake Navisha we again stayed, only this time they were pretty booked so we ended up with their last two twin rooms. They cost us 2500 a night...so not so cheap as when we went with Kristin, but still a great deal for the night. The second time we were at Camp Carnelleys we spent some time out on the dock, you can take boat trips on Lake Navisha for 3,000 shillings. This lake has hippos in it and we saw one actually get out of the water and stroll up to eat near the boats. It was crazy how close it was and how huge it was. Luckily the camp is fenced off from the lake with an electric fence that is put on at night and the path down to the lake is closed down. I say luckily because late into the night we could hear the roar of hippos. Hippos are seriously adorable but they scare me. Hippos kill almost 3000 people a year. They are extremely territorial and extremely fast. I was grateful to know there was an electric fence standing between them and me. That second night we got fish and chips, baked chicken, and nachos. All of them were delicious! If you by chance are ever hanging out at Lake Navisha I would definitley recommend Camp Carnelley. Really for the price it couldn't be beat.
The outside of the dorm room.