I was tingling with excitement as the Travel Diaries crew set out on what we knew would be a great adventure, to a place that had only been described as the holy land…the origin of life… spiritual and pure. We would have to drive many hours to get to this special lodge on the slopes of a holy mountain, Mount Nyiru.

Early start to Desert Rose

Early start to Desert Rose

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As the landscape starts to change, the anticipation grows, wondering when we would finally arrive and just how beautiful could this spot be compared to others

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The drive up was an experience in itself, at a very steep incline. Only an experienced driver will have the nerves to get you safely to the top.

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Desert rose is a unique eco friendly lodge located on the slopes of Mt Nyiru  which towers majestically above the Elbarta plains, between Karisia Mountains and Lake Turkana. Considered holy by the Samburu people most important celebrations of the community traditionally take place at the top of the mountain. They claim a visit to desert rose is life changing, if there ever was a perfect place to find inner peace, to meditate or reflect upon life, its right here.

Pool view, Desert Rose

Pool view of Mt Nyiru, Desert Rose

A stay at Desert Rose is very relaxed and serene and you can spend a lot of the time walking around their pretty garden and lawns, lounging by the pool and taking in the sights or relaxing with a good book

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Since this is considered a spiritual spot, I then went further out in search of their labyrinth.

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth

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The labyrinth has long been used as a creative or spiritual tool. It’s a meditation tool consisting of an intricate single line path and can calm a distracted or over active mind. They say when troubled by disturbing emotions or unfortunate events in your life, walking a labyrinth can help resolve your inner discomfort and still your mind enough for you to get clarity of what is going on.

Walking within the labyrinth

Walking within the labyrinth

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Peace and Serenity

Peace and Serenity

Accommodation consists of five unique houses, two cottages with double beds, two twins and a family house. The houses are entirely secluded, which guarantees comfort and intimacy. All are hand-made and individually designed around various natural features.

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Lunch proved to be an exciting and grand affair. It started off with a short walk from the lodge through the forest. And it opened up to a beautiful sight and perfect location for a meal.

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You may have been entertained by traditional dancers at modern hotels but nothing beats the authenticity of experiencing it in a forest!

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Our journey back to Nairobi wasn’t an easy one with lots of car trouble and break downs along the way, almost a slap of reality after spending a few days under a magic spell at Desert Rose.

Road trouble

Road trouble

Spiritual, remote and hidden on the slopes of Mt Nyiru. Desert Rose is guaranteed to be one of the most scenic spots in Kenya you’ll ever experience.


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