Kenya's best camps and lodges offer unparalleled luxury in the bush and on the beach. This top selection of lodging in Kenya
showcases the unique accommodation available; from community run safari camps to luxury villas on the beach.
Thanks to Yvette de Vries with African Portfolio for her expert advice.
Rates are subject to change and also depend on the exchange rate and season. Tour operators may get you better rates, but check directly with the lodges for specials.
Cottars is located away from the crowds in the south-east corner of the Mara very close to the border of Tanzania. The camp is in a stunning location and consists of just 8 luxury tents decorated in the 1920's style. If you're looking to recreate the golden age of the colonial style luxury safari, this is your camp. Each white canvas tent comes with en suite bathroom and flush toilet and you can even enjoy a drive in a 1920's car to complete the fantasy. Cottars has excellent safari guides and is also very child-friendly. It's on community concession land so you can enjoy night drives and walking safaris as well as the regular game drives.
Rates: Start at $490 pp
Web Site: Cottars 1920's Safari Camp
Tortilis Camp is located in an Acacia woodland, with spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, near Kenya's Amboseli National Park
. Tortilis has 17 en-suite luxury tents and a two-bedroomed family house, all luxuriously furnished using local materials with private verandas and thatch roofs. An on site garden provides fresh produce for delicious meals served in the main lodge that overlooks a waterhole, frequented by habituated elephants. While Amboseli
can get busy with safari traffic, Tortilis has its own private concession to retreat to during peak safari hours for your maximum wildlife viewing pleasure.
Rates: Start at $440 per person, per night
Web Site: Tortilis Camp
Mara Bushtops is a luxury tented camp in the Mara Siana Wildlife Conservancy, it borders Masai Mara National Park
. Visitors fly in to the camp, which is set up high on a hill, overlooking a scenic valley. All day game drives are offered so you can pack a lunch and spend the day doing what you came for, viewing wildlife. A recent guest
recalls "You can swim in the pool and watch giraffe, baboons, gazelle and other wildlife at the same time, a few hundred meters in the distance". Maasai guides accompany all game drives, the food as well as wine choice is excellent and the tents are extremely comfortable. Mara Bushtops will not disappoint, it's truly a 5-star experience.
Rates: Contact directly for rates
Web Site: Mara Bushtops Safari Camp
The Ngong house is one of the most luxurious as well as unique hotels in Nairobi
, Kenya's busy capital. Ngong house is situated on 10 private acres and offers real luxury in a variety of treehouses; a pool side cottage; and suites in the main house. It's located in the Karen/Longata area of Nairobi, just 20 minutes drive from the center of town, and close to where Karen Blixen had her coffee farm. The food is excellent; breakfast and lunch are served in the garden, dinner is served around a fireplace in a thatched roof rondavel. If you like small, intimate hotels, this is the perfect option and a wonderful way to start or end your vacation in Kenya.
Rates: Contact hotel for rates
Web Site: Ngong House
Luca Safari Ltd
Campi Ya Kanzi is a unique camp built at the foot of the Chyulu Hills, on communal land owned by the Maasai
. Campi Ya Kanzi is both socially and ecologically responsible, you can enjoy true luxury here and feel good about it. The 6 tented cottages and 2 suites lie within 400 square miles of pristine bush, filled with wildlife, in southern Kenya. Check out the spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro with your morning coffee and dine under the stars after a day's walking safari with your Maasai guides. Your unique vacation can be further advanced with opportunities to volunteer at Nyati camp, a Conservation and Research Center.
Rates: Start at $595 per person per night
Web Site: Campi Ya Kanzi
Sasaab is located on Samburu communal lands in northern Kenya, perched above the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River with views across the Laikipia plateau and Mount Kenya. Sasaab has 9 luxurious, Moroccan themed, spacious tents. All are very private and come with their own views and plunge pools. The communal area is perched on a rocky ridge with incredible views of the river below. Samburu guides will take you on a walking safari, camel safari or traditional game drives in a 4x4 where you'll no doubt see huge herds of elephants, this area is famous for. Sasaab is a short drive away from the Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves.
Rates: Start at $590 per person
Web Site: Sasaab
Alfajiri is made up of 3 spectacular villas along Diani beach on Kenya's southern coast. Children will love the private swimming pools, warm Indian Ocean and soft beach. Adults can relax (there are nannies available) and enjoy boat trips or just relax on the hand-carved patio furniture with a sundowner. Cooks and butlers serve each villa and prepare gourmet meals using fresh fish and vegetables. Each villa is unique: the Cliff Villa has glass walls in its main bedroom offering perfect ocean views; the Garden Villa will delight your children with its giraffe patterned pool bottom; the Beach Villa is airy and spacious and filled with art gathered from all corners of the globe.
Rates: Start at $400 per person
Web Site: Alfajiri
Ol Donyo Wuas
Ol Donyo Wuas is located in the Maasai-owned Mbirikani Group Ranch, nestled in foothills of the Chyulu Hills range, overlooking Mt. Kilimanjaro. Ol Donyo Wuas Lodge consists of ten guest suites in six stand-alone unique villas. Every villa has a dramatic view of the plains and Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance. Each suite has a rooftop “star-bed” accessed from the patio via a winding stone staircase. To sleep under the African sky is an amazing experience, and even better when you have all your amenities just steps away. The landscape is open savannah, dotted with acacia trees where more than 7000 wild animals roam, and they're for your viewing pleasure only, by foot, horseback or 4x4.
Rates: Start at $530 per night
Web Site: Ol Donyo Wuas
The highlight of anyone's stay at Loisaba is the experience of sleeping in one of the Star Beds
. But there are plenty more highlights when visiting this luxury lodge close to the equator on the border of Laikipia. For those who want pure luxury with swimming pool, Loisaba Lodge House
, and/or Cottage
won't disappoint. The views are spectacular and the waterholes attract plenty of wildlife. And the wildlife is amazing here. Guests are guided and hosted by a team of traditional Samburu and Laikipiak Maasai warriors. There are game drives, horseback rides, river rafting, camels, and even mountain bikes available to explore the bush around you.
Rates: Start at $260 per person sharing
Web Site: Loisaba
Closed September 2011, unknown when it will reopen...
Shompole Lodge is an absolutely magnificent place to stay and your main reason for coming here, is the lodge itself rather than the safari experience. The environment is remote and gorgeous. The lodge is set up on an escarpment overlooking the volcanic hills and plains of the Great Rift valley. The architecture of the lodge itself is simply a work of spa'art. Water flows through each of the 8 rooms and ends in private plunge pools. You can enjoy walking safaris, game drives and a visit to a local Maasai village on market day.
Rates: Contact the lodge directly
Web Site: Shompole Lodge
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The amazing list of luxury lodges in Kenya just goes on. You're just a click away from spectacular views, amazing safaris, and true wilderness all neatly packaged and wrapped in luxury...
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