Descriptions of Game Lodges Around Kenya
Treetops, Aberdare National Park
Treetops is situated in the Aberdare National Park only 45 minutes from The Outspan Country Club. It's unique and well-known feature is that it overlooks a waterhole and salt lick, both of which attract a great variety of animals, which means guests do not need to go out on safari. The lodge is a single structure raised off the ground on stilts and comprises of small cabin like rooms, various platforms, photographic hides and viewing decks. With the focus being game viewing the décor is simple and the dining area sociable with its refectory tables and bench seating.
There are 50 twin bedded rooms with shared bathrooms and shower only facilities. The open platforms and decks provide excellent viewing and photographic opportunities. Guests are encouraged to stay awake and watch animals making their way to the waterhole throughout the night. For those that can't stay awake an optional buzzer in each room will alert them should there be an unusual sighting. Treetops does not offer extra activities such as game drives and walks as the game comes to the lodge, it is therefore recommended that the length of stay does not exceed one night.
The Ark, Aberdare National Park
Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park in a beautifully forested area of the Aberdare Mountains. This unique game lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of wildlife. This boat like structure resembling and named after the biblical Noah's Ark comprises three decks from which four game viewing areas protrude from bow and stern. Together with two non-smoking lounges these decks provide superb vantage points for game viewing.
The 59 cabins with en suite shower only facilities are small but comfortable and are all fitted with buzzers to announce the arrival of one of the 'big five' at the waterhole. The ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you closer to the animals than you would have thought possible. Optional activities include lectures by the resident naturalist or afternoon game drives into the Salient. Daily genet and bird feeding provide exciting viewing and photographic opportunities. The gift shop has a variety of curios and also sells goods such as camera films and batteries.
The Aberdare Country Club (outside Aberdare National Park)
The Aberdare Country Club nestles on the slopes of Mweiga Hill, three hours from Nairobi. Based on the old colonial style of décor, the hotel comprises of 48 en suite rooms and one family cottage with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. All rooms have spectacular views of the vast plains below the Club, the Aberdare Mountains to the west and Mount Kenya to the east.
The Club's wildlife sanctuary abounds with the Thompson's and Grant's gazelle, zebra, giraffe and the more elusive leopard. You can horse ride or walk through the sanctuary, play a round of golf or a game of tennis, fish for trout or just relax by the pool or in the beautiful gardens. Game drives in the Salient and Solio Reserves can be arranged at an additional cost. The club has three fully equipped conference rooms. The Aberdare Country Club has a reputation for hospitality and excellent cuisine and is a popular weekend resort for Nairobi residents.
Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli
Situated in the heart of the Amboseli National Park, Ol Tukai is camouflaged in a forest of fever trees and palms. From your room stretches a panorama of landscape, sky and wildlife with the massive majesty of snow capped Kilimanjaro in the background. The 80 cottage style rooms with shower only facilities are spread out on either side of the main lodge. There is villa, which is usually recommended for families, and there are two rooms especially designed for the physically handicapped, ramps for wheelchairs are the norm. The architecture is unobtrusive with lots of wood, local stone and slate.
The lodge caters for weddings with it's own little chapel and it makes an unusual and very attractive conference venue and all visual aids and facilities are on hand. Optional champagne breakfasts, bush dining or sundowners at the summit of Observation Hill, where the 360-degree view is superb, compliment morning and evening game drives.
The afternoon allows for a siesta, a massage or a refreshing swim before the afternoon game drive where one can view the profusion of game and bird life supported by Amboseli National Park. Large Elephant populations are known to frequent the area. Evening entertainment includes Maasai dancing and optional cultural lectures for an additional cost. Make time to sit, watch, listen and relax, Ol Tukai has plenty to offer.
Tortilis Camp, Amboseli
Seductively embraced by the hillside and hidden in a forest of the umbrella Acacia tree after which it's named, Tortilis Camp lies on the edge of Amboseli National Park. This exclusive camp is home to 17 private tents, each with en suite bathrooms that offer steaming showers and flush toilets. Built from local materials the camp blends in with the natural environment. Capturing imaginations of evocative Africa, the camp is renowned for its delicious home-style cuisine, high standards of service and views of truly memorable sunsets over the famous Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.
Home to over a thousand elephants, herds of wildebeest, lions and over 300 species of birds, Amboseli is an exciting and diverse game viewing destination. A wide range of activities are offered such as early morning and late afternoon game drives, horse back riding, guided game walks, local community visits and bush dining. Day visits to Chyulu Hills and Kimana Sanctuary can be arranged at an additional cost. Alternately you can laze around the pool with a cocktail.
Amboseli Serena, Amboseli
Amboseli Serena Lodge stands in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, beside a copse of giant acacia trees and a gently flowing natural spring. With Kilimanjaro's high snow-capped peaks presiding over the landscape, the setting is unrivalled. The 96 rooms are influenced by native Maasai architecture and are in perfect harmony with the environment. The guest rooms are individually appointed with authentic African art and murals painted by a local African artist, covering a distinctly Maasai manyatta mood.
Of the 96 rooms 17 are interleading, 12 have splendid views of Mount Kilimanjaro and ten have baths and showers, the rest have showers only. Besides the three daily game drives, guests can enjoy bush dining, talks on local culture and ecology by the resident naturalist, Maasai dancing, music and entertainment or just relaxing by the pool and watching the animals coming to drink at the nearby waterhole. All around the lodge roams the big game that has made East Africa legendary - lion, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle and wildebeest. The lodge has a fully equipped conference centre that can accommodate up to 100 delegates.
Camp Ya Kanzi, Tsavo
Campi Ya Kanzi means 'camp of hidden treasure' and is situated in the prime game area of Southern Kenya bordering Amboseli and Tsavo. The main area has been named Tembo House, referring to the great elephants that roam the surrounding wilderness. The lounge and dining room are situated in this main area and it where guests can relax and socialize between safaris. Tembo House has been beautifully constructed out of local materials such as wood and lava rock and is open to the surrounding environment. The majestic Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen from the main terrace as well as from each of the tents.
The camp consists of five comfortable double tents, each stands on a large wooden platform and has it's own verandah with spectacular views. The tents feature Colonial style beds and en suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, shower facilities, a basin, flush toilet and bidet. Each tent has a dedicated Maasai attendant assigned to it and the camp is patrolled by night by a Maasai Askari, (guard). Campi Ya Kanzi is very small and personal, it has a very relaxed atmosphere and is very flexible in that there is no predetermined safari schedule. The camp offers morning and afternoon game drives, nature walks with an experienced Maasai tracker and sundowners on one of the surrounding volcanic hills.
Borana, Laikipia Plateau
Borana is situated in the north in one of the meandering valleys of the Laikipia Plateau in the foothills of Mount Kenya. The six individual cedar and stone thatched cottages are very spacious, each with a private verandah and en suite bath and shower facilities. The lodge blends in with the surroundings as it has been built with rustic wood furnishings and decorated with African fabrics creating a natural look and feel. Borana is self sufficient in home grown vegetables and dairy products.
All breads, pastas and cakes are home made. The lodge offers both day and night game drives, walking safaris, trout fishing and a refreshing swimming pool. Optional activities at an additional cost include visits to the nearby Ilngwesi cultural village and rhino conservancy, horse riding, golf at Mt. Kenya Safari Club, a sightseeing flight around Mount Kenya and visits to Samburu Game Reserve and the Aberdare National Park. There is an abundance of game in the area including lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, hyena, rhino and a large variety of antelope. The lodge has also raised two orphaned bush pigs that wander freely around the grounds.
Mugie Camp, Laikipia Plateau
Tucked away on a private ranch within the vast 9000 sq kilometer Laikipia Plains is Mugie Camp. Laikipia was the setting for the famous novel ' I dreamed of Africa: written by neighbouring ranch owner and conservationist Kuki Gallman. It is situated north of Nairobi on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. The camp is shaded by Acacia trees and well spaced out for privacy and comfort.
There are four tents, each having a double bed, en suite bathroom with shower facilities and flush toilet. The tents are romantically lit at night with paraffin lamps. The camp offers morning, afternoon and night game drives in 4WD vehicles, nature walks with an experienced guide, bush breakfasts, picnics and sundowners, horse riding, camel riding and donkey treks to the edge of the Great Rift Valley.
Mukatan - The Retreat, Laikipia/Timau
The Retreat is a unique refuge overlooking the spectacular Mukutan Gorge on the end of the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. It is situated on the extreme western region of the Laikipia region on the ranch of Ol Ari Nyiro. Ol Ari Nyiro, the place of dark waters in the Masai language, is a 100 000 acre ranch where conservationist and author Kuki Gallmann's hunting autobiography, 'I dreamed of Africa', is based. Mukutan means 'the meeting' and it is here that the fingers of the surrounding hills meet. The Retreat is perched on the cliffs overlooking the gorge with it's waterfalls, palm trees and extraordinary hot springs. The central area with lounge and dining area has a pleasant, relaxed and homely atmosphere.
The accommodation consists of three spacious and uniquely designed cottages, elegantly built using traditional styles, local stone, papyrus and wood. All cottages have a double fireplace, with open private verandahs, spacious bathrooms with double beds. Throughout The Retreat, Swahili and Lamu furniture features prominently, supported by pieces hand hewn by local craftsmen. The Retreat offers a wide range of activities including; nature walks, game drives, bird-watching, horseback and camel rides, picnics, fishing and swimming in one of the waterfall pools.
It has recently become possible for guests to have a glimpse of the local Pokot people and their ceremonies and dances. All available activities are included in the rate. Excursions can be arranged to destinations such as Lake Turkana and the archeological diggings at Koobi or to the Rift Valley lakes of Borgoria, Baringo and Nukuru for their flamingoes, birds and hippo's. Fishing at Lake Victoria and Mount Kenya can be organized at an additional cost.
Lerai Tented Camp, Laikipia
Situated in the Laikipia region in the heart of Kenya, Lewa Downs is a 40 000 acre ranch, home to a diverse array of wildlife and some of Kenya's most spectacular scenery. The snowcapped peaks of Mount Kenya dominate the views to the south, and to the north, the terrain drops away rapidly with breathtaking views of Samburu, Olokwe and the Matthew's Range beyond. Lerai Tented Camp is a permanent camp with discreet and comfortable tents placed on raised platforms.
The main area of the camp accommodates the dining area, bar, curio shop, kitchen and barbecue area, it overlooks a waterhole and is the central point from which the tents spread out on either side. There are 12 tents with twin and double options, two of which are slightly larger to accommodate families. All of the tents have 24-hour electricity, en suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, a shower and a flush toilet. The camp offers day and night game drives, nature walks and escorted rhino tracking. Other excursions offered include camel and cultural safaris, Chalbi Desert and Lake Turkana flying safaris and fly-fishing trips to Mount Kenya.
Lake Naivasha Country Club, Lake Naivasha
The old colonial architecture of Lake Naivasha Country Club is solid and comfortable with accommodation in cottages. It is set on the banks of Lake Naivasha in 12 hectares of green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees. There are 51 standard cottages with the typical colonial style of the 1930's when the hotel was built. The public rooms are elegant and cool. The residents' lounge has a massive fireplace and large bay windows. The bar is cosy and adjoins an immaculately equipped snooker room.
Lake Naivasha is the focus of activity. There is good fishing for black bass and tilapia and a boat trip during the day is recommended for a close-up of Naivasha's remarkable variety of bird life and its hippo colonies. You can see the lake in a different light on a romantic sundowner boat trip, which combines a beautiful sunset with exotic drinks. A visit to Crescent Island should not be missed. It is one of the few places in Africa where you can wander on foot among herds of antelope, Zebra, Wildebeest and Giraffe. There are no predators here. Naivasha is one of the world's outstanding birding destinations with over 300 species. Three bird walks a day are offered in the grounds of the Country Club. The Club offers satellite TV in the main lounge, a swimming pool, bicycles for hire and conference facilities for up to 50 people.
Lolodia House, Lake Naivasha
Loldia House nestles under acacia trees on the western shores of Lake Naivasha. It is one of the country's oldest farms, built in the Second World War and has breathtaking views of the dormant volcano, Mount Longonot. There is a choice of seven en suite double bedrooms with bath and shower facilities, many of the rooms are still furnished with original furniture. Mouth-watering meals are served under the trees or in the dining room.
Loldia is ideally situated for visits to the flamingo lakes of Nakuru, Elementaita, and Bagoria.
Lake Nakuru also offers excellent viewing of black and white rhino in the rhino sanctuary. By foot or on horseback guests can explore the farm where cattle graze amongst flocks of ostriches and herds of wild antelope like waterbuck and impala. For an additional charge there is also fishing and bird watching on Lake Naivasha and visits to the nearby Hell's Gate National Park with its spectacular canyons, hot springs and wildlife.
Crater Lake Camp, Lake Naivasha
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary is situated near Lake Naivasha. It is a beautiful setting overlooking a small crater lake and shaded by large fever trees that are inhabited by families of Colobus Monkeys. The camp consists of eight scattered tents and two wooden cabins that are ideal for families, all tents have en suite shower only facilities. The restaurant, lounge and bar overlook the lake providing the guests with excellent opportunity to watch the flamingo's wading at the waters edge in search of food or the Colobus monkeys playing on the surrounding lawns.
The camp offers many activities from game drives, sailing and boating on the crater lake and on the neighboring Lake Naivasha, bush dining and star gazing. There are various nature walks and trails in the area surrounding the camp. The camp's access is steep making it a difficult visit for the physically handicapped and elderly. An outdoor conference area that accommodates up to 20 people is available with audio-visual equipment.
Nderit - Dodos Tower, Lake Naivasha
A private homestead set in amongst a forest of Acacia on the banks of Lake Naivasha. Nderit is an old four storey colonial house, which was built in 1933. Spread over four floors the rooms are exquisitely decorated with antique and fine local furniture. There are five rooms in the house, some with private bathrooms and the others with adjoining showers. The lounge and dining rooms are always accessible but many of the meals are served in the beautiful areas surrounding the house, such as breakfasts by the lake, poolside buffets, or picnics up on the hill.
Daytime activities include game walks and game drives, water activities such fishing, boating and sundowners on Lake Naivasha and relaxing by the swimming pool. Horse riding, scenic flights over the rift valley and visits to Hells Gate Park, Elsamere Conservation Centre, Crescent Island or any of Kenya's parks can be arranged at an extra charge. The homestead offers a range of beauty therapy treatments such as yoga, acupuncture, massage and reflexology.
Nderit - Hippo Point House, Lake Naivasha
An old colonial house built in 1933, Tudor style completely refurbished to the highest standards. Set in a traditional English garden and furnished with antiques and fine local furniture. The accommodation is made up of eight rooms ranging from suites to double and twin rooms, each has a private or adjoining shared bathroom with either bath or shower facilities. The house has three floors, the lounge and dining rooms are always accessible but many of the meals are served in the beautiful areas surrounding the house, such as breakfasts by the lake, poolside buffets, or picnics up on the hill.
Day time activities include game walks and game drives, water activities such fishing, boating and sundowners on Lake Naivasha and relaxing by the swimming pool. Horse riding, scenic flights over the rift valley and visits to Hells Gate Park, Elsamere Conservation Centre, Crescent Island or any of Kenya's parks can be arranged at an extra charge. The homestead offers a range of beauty therapy treatments such as yoga, acupuncture, massage and reflexology.
Desert Rose, Mount Nyiru (Samburu)
Desert Rose has been hand-carved out of the side of the mountain in 25 hectares of indigenous forest on the southern slopes of Mount Nyiru, which is believed to be the home of the Samburu God. There are five cottages with bathrooms that allow for privacy and simultaneous exposure to the wilderness, as the bathroom is open air. The lounge and dining room are perched on the edge of the plateau and have a panoramic view of the landscape.
Desert Rose is well situated and the vegetation surrounding the lodge is very interesting, it varies from the hot, dry valley floor to the cool, green forests at the top of the mountain. This beautiful area ensures that there is plenty of variety in the many possible walking trails. Walks are done at no extra cost and are accompanied by lectures on geology or the customs and culture of the Samburu people. The homestead also offers game drives, bush dining, camel safaris, helicopter rides, a swimming pool and natural rockslides.
Mfangano Island Camp, Lake Victoria
This secluded camp is situated on the unspoiled paradise of Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria; it's shaded by giant fig trees and lost to the world. The only way to reach the island is by a light aircraft which lands on a dusty airstrip, and then there is a short ride by speedboat to the camp. The lawns hug the waterline, flowerbeds and rock gardens surround the camp and enormous boulders sit at the water's s edge, a perch for cormorants and monitor lizards to sun themselves.
The camp occupies an entire secluded bay on the western shores of the island and the buildings are attractively built of clay and thatch in the local Luo tribe style. The main area with a lounge and dining room is open and fanned by breezes from the lake. There are six rooms, each close to the water's edge and decorated with local handcrafts. The en suite bathrooms with modern fittings are finished in local stone. There are plenty of activities to choose from, these include bird watching, island exploring, fishing for Nile Perch and visits to local villages and other islands. Mfangano Island is not only for overnight stays, it can also be used as a day trip from the Masai Mara as there are daily flights between Lake Victoria and the Masai Mara.
Rusinga Island Lodge, Lake Victoria
Situated on Rusinga Island on the northeastern shores of Lake Victoria. The waters edge is dotted with huge wild fig trees and the garden is home to exotic trees, flowers and birds, many of which are unique to the area. The lodge is small and homely accommodating a maximum of 16 people in individual thatched cottages. There are four standard cottages and two family cottages, all have en suite bathrooms with shower only facilities, private verandahs and a view of Lake Victoria. The cottages are made from local papyrus, stone and wood and are decorated with local ornaments and colourful fabrics.
Being by the waters edge the lodge is able to offer a variety of activities. Aquatic activities include fishing for Nile perch and tilapia, skiing, windsurfing and boat rides to the nearby bird islands where many bird species exist. The bird islands also offer exciting walks and trails for bird enthusiasts. A short walk from the lodge brings one to a gorge in which fossils dating back 20 million years can be seen and the site where in 1946 Mary Leakey found Proconsul Heseloni, the last common ancestor of the great apes and man.
Visits to Ruma National Park can be arranged at an additional cost, these visits can include an optional bush breakfast. The park has a great variety of animals and birds; it is where you can see the last surviving group of Roan antelope as well as the Jackson's hartebeest, oribi, Rothschild's giraffe, leopard, buffalo, topi and impala.
Olonana, Masai Mara
A luxury tented camp idyllically nestled in the heart of Kenya's big game country. Olonana extends a service and style reminiscent of the halcyon safari era of the early 1900's and offers a peaceful haven from which to explore the Masai Mara, one of nature's most thrilling ecosystems. The camp is very well positioned on the banks of the Masai Mara River. The 12 tents are spacious and comfortable, discreetly distanced from each other and the white canvas gives a very luxurious and romantic feel.
Each tent has two queen size beds, a large verandah and an en suite bathroom, with showers only. All of the tents as well as the lounge, bar and dining area are situated on and have a view of the Mara River. Some of the meals are served on the deck that overlooks the river where crocodiles and hippo's bathe in the sun. Olonana offers night and day game drives, bush walks, a visit to near nearby Maasai village, bush dining and sundowners. The library and swimming pool are an ideal venue for a relaxing afternoon.
Keekorok Lodge, Masai Mara
One of the first lodges built in the Masai Mara, Keekorok has retained its charm and hospitality over the years. It is situated in the southern end of the Mara and lies on the migratory route of thousands of wildebeest every year. The waterhole in front of the lodge attracts an abundance of animals all year round. The verandah and Kiboko Bar at the end of the 300 m walkway provide guests with optimal viewing points. Accommodation at Keekorok Lodge is in bungalows, single storey blocks and in comfortable chalets.
The liberal use of cedar wood, pink and grey Sand River stones and other indigenous building materials offset the green lawns and colourful bougainvillea flowers. There are 89 rooms of which 79 have both baths and showers, the remaining ten have shower only facilities. All rooms have private verandahs. The lodge offers two game drives daily, bush dining and bush sundowners, nature walks, cultural lectures and Maasai dancing. Hot Air balloon safaris can be arranged at an additional cost. The lodge can facilitate up to 40 guests in its conference centre and is fully equipped with audio-visual equipment.
Kichwa Tembo Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara
The Masai Mara National Reserve lies directly in the path of what is considered to be the greatest spectacle in the animal kingdom, the annual migration of thousands of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. The main tent, which is shaded by a dense forest canopy, consists of a reception area, small curio shop, swimming pool, lounge with jet master fireplace, dining area and verandah with a view of the endless game filled plains of the Mara. Accommodation is in nine extremely spacious tents with shingle roof, wooden doors, hard wood floors and a private verandah.
Each tent is luxuriously furnished with twin beds that may be converted to double beds, ceiling fan, twin hand basins, shower, private toilet, cupboards, leather chairs, hairdryer, safe, writing table and subtle lighting. Beautifully hand crafted artifacts, fine antiques, leather buttoned Chesterfield sofas, books, crystal and candlelight will transport guests back to the heyday of the romantic colonial safari. Morning and afternoon game drives are done in open Land Rovers. Night game drives on the camp's concession, guided nature walks, Maasai community visits and lectures, sundowners at a location offering spectacular views across the Mara. Hot-air ballooning may be arranged at an additional cost.
Kichwa Tembo Main Camp, Masai Mara
Overlooking the endless game-filled plains of the Masai Mara and shaded by dense forest canopy, this oasis of Hemingway-style tents nestles below the Oloololo Escarpment. Kichwa Tembo's public areas include a reception area, lounge, bar and dining area, shaded swimming pool and leisure area all overlooking the endless game-filled plains of the Masai Mara. A romantic candle lit courtyard completes the spell. Each well-appointed tent affords sweeping views over the greatest grassland system on earth, still under the guardianship of the pastoral Ilkareskeshe Maasai tribe. Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp comprises 45 twin bedded safari tents with en suite facilities. All tents with stone floors and classic safari tent structure are spacious and have a shower, WC, washbasin, dressing table and wardrobe.
Each tent has a flysheet roof and zip-up front entrance and windows. Electric outlets are available in each tent. The camp also has a superbly appointed curio shop and gallery. A well equipped, but informal meeting room is situated in arboreal tranquility away from the central living/dining areas. Besides witnessing the ancient and often tragic spectacle of the migration, other marvels include black-maned lions, cheetah, giraffe, elephant, red-tailed monkeys and a host of antelope. Interpretive game-drives and bush-walks with resident guides and naturalists reveal the wonders of the Mara - as do bush-breakfasts, visits to the Maasai cultural villages, sundowners on the escarpment or candlelit dinners beside the Mara River.
Siana Springs, Masai Mara
Fringed by marshes and surrounded by ghostly fever trees, Siana Springs is situated on the eastern edge of the Masai Mara. Perfectly capturing the romance of the early style pioneers, the camp possesses a tranquil atmosphere with spacious safari-style tents amongst shady trees. The public areas of this tranquil camp include a convivial dining area and a swimming pool - an irresistible oasis on hot days. Siana Springs comprises 35 twin bedded safari tents and three exclusive tents with double beds. All of these classic safari tents are well spaced from each other, ensuring privacy and exclusivity for guests.
Each tent has a hanging cabinet, huge dressing and shaving mirrors, showers and WC. The camp also has an indoor bar/lounge area and leisure deck, where poolside dinners and parties are hosted. Relax in the indoor recreation/games room, where one can enjoy various board games. A curio shop and gallery is situated close to the reception area. A well equipped, but informal meeting room is situated in arboreal tranquility away from the central living/dining areas.
Elephant and leopard lookout hides offer wonderful viewing opportunities of these animals and much more beside. The lodge offers two daily game drive, bush dining and sundowners from a viewpoint, Maasai dancing and slide shows by the resident naturalist can be arranged. The naturalist also offers bird and nature walks, but these as well as the balloon safaris are at an additional cost.
Governors Private Camp
Governors' Private Camp is the jewel in the Governors' Camps crown, for those who want an exclusive taste of the Governors' experience. The camp takes up to 16 guests, in eight individually appointed tents, and is ideal for families and groups. Each tent has been furnished with handmade furniture and has en suite bathrooms with hot water showers, flushing toilets, a private verandah and a beautiful stretch of the Mara River to themselves. The Mara River attracts a host of animals that frequently come to drink and is home to hippo's that laze in the sun. The tents are luxurious, the meals are sumptuous.
This backed by the vast resources of the Governors' family makes it an ultimate safari destination. The camp offers morning and afternoon game drives, nature walks, bush dining and traditional Maasai dancing. For a unique experience, enjoy game viewing adventures from the Governors' hot air balloons. The adventure begins just before dawn. There is absolute stillness as you float above the plains. The sounds below drift clearly upwards, a lion's roar or an elephant crashing through the bush. At the finish of a balloon safari enjoy a champagne breakfast in the bush cooked on the balloons burners. Balloon safaris and fishing excursions can be arranged at an additional cost.
Il Moran, Masai Mara
Situated in the wild and untamed part of the Masai Mara, Il Moran is a small and exclusive camp nestled in a forest on the banks of the Mara River. The forest has many species of birds and butterflies, and the river that runs in front of the camp attracts a great variety of animal species. There are ten individually appointed tents spread out along the banks of the river, each has an en suite bathroom with flush toilets, bath and shower facilities, a private verandah and is romantically lit by candles and gas lamps. There is a dining area, bar and lounge but most of the meals are set under the giant trees in camp or out in the bush, both settings create an unforgettable experience.
The camp offers morning and afternoon game drives, nature walks, bush dining, sundowners and traditional Maasai dancing. For a unique experience, enjoy game viewing adventures from the Governors' hot air balloons. The adventure begins just before dawn. There is absolute stillness as you float above the plains. The sounds below drift clearly upwards, a lion's roar or an elephant crashing through the bush. At the finish of a balloon safari enjoy a champagne breakfast in the bush cooked on the balloons burners. Balloon safaris and fishing excursions can be arranged at an additional cost.
Little Governors Camp, Masai Mara
Intimate in character, Little Governors' Camp has just 17 tents set in a tranquil and secluded spot around a large watering hole that teems with animal and bird life. Access to this camp is unique as it involves a short boat ride across the Mara River followed by a short walk through the forest escorted by armed guards. The camp is cozy and the tents are comfortable. Each of the tents has ensuite bathrooms with flush and hot water showers. The camp is romantically lit up at night by candlelight and gas lamps. Meals are served outdoors during the day and in the candlelit-dining tent by night. The camp offers morning and afternoon game drives, nature walks, bush dining, bush sundowners and traditional Maasai dancing.
For a unique experience, enjoy game viewing adventures from the Governors' hot air balloons. The adventure begins just before dawn. There is absolute stillness as you float above the plains. The sounds below drift clearly upwards, a lion's roar or an elephant crashing through the bush. At the finish of a balloon safari enjoy a champagne breakfast in the bush cooked on the balloons burners. Balloon safaris and fishing excursions can be arranged at an additional cost. Dawn is the best time to be out in the savannah to catch the game as it wakes, and come the evening it's time for chilled drinks and tall tales around the blazing campfire. Then finally a delicious dinner and a hot water bottle to warm your bed.
Main Governors Camp, Masai Mara
Situated in the Masai Mara, a place of natural drama and a kaleidoscope of colour and life. This entire safari camp is under canvas, yet has all the comforts of a five star hotel. The 38 tents are in the classic safari style, spacious and tasteful. Some line the riverbank, others have views across the sweeping plains. Each has its own verandah, en suite bathroom with constant hot water showers, flushing toilets and even bidets. At night candlelight and gas lamps romantically light the camp. Breakfasts and lunches are served on the shady riverbank while cordon bleu dinners are served by candlelight under canvas, a truly unforgettable experience.
The camp offers morning and afternoon game drives, nature walks, bush dining, bush sundowners and traditional Maasai dancing. For a unique experience, enjoy game viewing adventures from the Governors' hot air balloons. The adventure begins just before dawn. There is absolute stillness as you float above the plains. The sounds below drift clearly upwards, a lion's roar or an elephant crashing through the bush. At the finish of a balloon safari enjoy a champagne breakfast in the bush cooked on the balloons burners.
Balloon safaris and fishing excursions can be arranged at an additional cost. After the rains, when the first flush of grass turns the Mara's golden savannahs green, the most mesmerizing wildlife spectacle takes place here: the great migration. This is the time when one-and-a-half million wildebeest accompanied by vast numbers of zebra and gazelles make their long and dangerous trek.
Mara Intrepids, Masai Mara
Situated in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Accommodation consists of 30 individual tents each equipped with en suite shower only facilities, mosquito nets, a ceiling fan and a private verandah. A dining area with tables and a bar is situated between every four tents. The barbecue area can be used for private functions. The fully equipped conference centre is able to cater for up to 20 delegates. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives, bush dining, nature walks, traditional dancing and cultural lectures.
The camp provides good photographic opportunities by having leopard feeding in the evening. The resident naturalist and culturalist offer informative lectures on the local area and people. Children are very welcome at the camp and a specially designed children's program, called the Adventurers Club, is aimed at keeping children entertained. Fishing excursions and balloon safaris can be arranged at an additional cost.
Mara Safari Club
The Mara Safari Club is positioned on an Ox Bow of the Mara River, bordering the world renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, at the foot of the Aitong Hills. Surrounded on three sides by the river, all the tents have their own private river frontage. The camp has eight double and 50 twin bedded tents, each with four-poster beds and a veranda overlooking the hippo filled river. The height of luxury in the wild, each tent is superbly furnished and has its own private bathroom with shower facilities and hot and cold water. There are five exclusive tents with sunken baths and mini-bars.
The main building houses the lounge, wildlife library, bar and dining room where a cosmopolitan combination of food is served, including traditional Kenyan dishes. Buffet lunches and barbeques are sometimes held by the poolside. There are morning and afternoon game drives, bird walks, Masai dancing and village visits, cultural lectures, bush dinners and sundowner cocktails offered at the lodge. Balloon safaris and fishing excursions are offered at an additional cost. Children are very welcome and are invited to join the camp's Children's Explorer Club, where they have the opportunity to learn about the local environment.
Fig Tree Camp, Masai Mara
Situated on the banks of the Talek River in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Fig Tree Camp has been designed to blend in with the surrounding environment. Facilities include two dining areas, two bars, a 'look out' tower, a boutique, a swimming pool and a conference room for up to 100 delegates.
The camp consists of 65 tents and cabins. All tents have en suite bathrooms with shower only facilities and a private verandah overlooking the Talek River. The camp offers morning and evening game drives, nature walks, bush dining, traditional dancing, cultural lectures, balloon and horse safaris which are all offered at an additional cost.
Mara Simba, Masai Mara
Situated in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Mara Simba was conceived, not as an overnight stop but as a safari resort. The emphasis is on exclusivity and comfort, the ambience is Maasai, and the décor incorporates ethnic design elements from the culture of the proud tribe in whose realm the lodge is set. The grounds extend almost a kilometer along the Talek River. The river bank is left in it's natural state, while further back the lush landscaped gardens of indigenous plants and trees, attract a variety of birds and butterflies. The public areas overlook the Talek River and have floors of cedar wood decking, elevated on timber posts and are shaded by high makuti palm thatch roofs.
Other facilities include a dining area where a wide range of mouth-watering specialties are served and a bar where the relaxed and friendly atmosphere creates an ideal place to spend a quite afternoon and cool evenings. A curio shop and swimming pool are also available. Wide, well-lit pathways link guest rooms and public areas. The 84 guest rooms are arranged in clusters of six and made with natural wood and stone.
All rooms have en suite tiled bathrooms with showers, a private verandah and uninterrupted view of the river. As the rooms are spacious they can easily accommodate an extra bed where necessary. The lodge offers lectures and slide shows by the resident naturalist, traditional Maasai dancing and evening entertainment by the resident guitarist. Game drives, walking and birding safaris, balloon safaris, bush dining and sundowners at the river can be arranged at an additional cost.
Sekanani Camp, Masai Mara
Situated just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve, Sekenani has an unusual setting on the side of a grassy ridge with spectacular views of the surrounding hills and plains beyond. Sekenani is small and simple with basic facilities and a feeling of exclusivity and personal attention. A suspension bridge leads to the dining area; which is a log and canvas structure open at both ends to permit maximum air and light. There is a wide open terrace off the dining area with tables and chairs where there is yet another view point where guests can sit and relax and watch the animals feeding on the plains below.
The camp has 15 tents, all raised off the ground on wooden platforms and set well apart amidst lush vegetation. Attractively furnished, they are lit at night by the gentle light of hurricane lamps. Each tent has a writing table, an open hanging clothes unit, a private verandah and an en suite bathroom with bath and shower facilities and hot and cold water. The camp offers game drives, nature walks, bush dining and sundowners. An observatory, built from local river rock and overlooking a stream in an ideal spot to observe animals coming to drink as well as the great variety of birds. Balloon safaris over the Mara and fishing trips to Lake Victoria can be arranged at an extra cost.
Sarova Mara Camp, Masai Mara
Situated just outside Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, which is indisputably the richest game sanctuary in Kenya. The great expanse of plains set against the distant hills provides a unique backdrop from which to enjoy the magnificent wildlife. The area is world-renowned for it's annual wildebeest migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania. The camp is set on an elevation surrounded by two streams and hidden amidst wide gardens with manicured lawns and exotic flowers.
Facilities include a dining area that has internal and external seating and two bars, one internal with a fireplace and the other near the poolside. There is a swimming pool and curio shop. There are three tents which can be used to seat up to 300 conference delegates. The camp consists of 75 tents, of which three are permanent triple rooms. All rooms have 24-hour electricity and a private en suite bathroom with a shower and hot and cold running water.
Game drives are done in a four-wheel drive vehicle, and bush dining and sundowners are offered. Evening entertainment includes two resident guitarists who play by the fireside and traditional Masai dancers. Balloon safaris can be arranged at an additional cost.
Mara River Camp, Masai Mara
Nestled in the foot of the Oloololo Escarpment on the northwest boundary of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Mara River Camp has a lovely position in a beautiful forest on the banks of the Mara River. There are green lawns and safari chairs, big shady trees, and hippos in the river.
The dining area is largely outdoors under trees and has pleasant views across the river. Guests can attend cultural lectures or take bird and nature walks with the resident ornithologists. In the evening a campfire is lit and guests are sometimes treated to performances by the staff band and traditional dancing. There is electricity, but no fences and no swimming pool. Mara River Camp is homely and intimate with only 16 tents.
All of the tents have electricity, en suite bathrooms with shower only facilities and flush toilets, hot and cold running water and a private verandah. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives, bush dining, visits to the cultural village and at an additional cost guests can go on a balloon safari.
The river is home to many hippos' and is frequented by a variety of animals including large breeding herds of elephants. The forests surrounding the lodge attract a great variety of birds and butterflies and are favoured by naturalists, wildlife photographers and conservationists.
Mara Serena, Masai Mara
Situated in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve, this safari lodge is set on the saddle of a hill overlooking 1 800-square kilometres of rolling plains and woodlands that contain one of the world's richest wildlife sanctuaries. Few other lodges have such a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape or the game and birdlife that inhabits it. It is on this very terrain, stretching endlessly before the lodge, where the annual migrations take place, when millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle traverse the landscape to feed on the rich new grass and give birth to their young.
The Mara Serena is an interpretation of a traditional Masai Manyatta village of domed huts that are styled and arranged to blend into the natural landscape. The public areas of the lodge include a restaurant, bar, lounge, curio shop, swimming pool and beauty salon. There are 76 huts with en suite shower only facilities, mosquito nets, direct dial telephones and a private verandah. Each hut is well spaced to give an uninterrupted view of the plains, the meandering riverine forest and the silhouetted hills beyond.
Breakfasts, cocktail parties and dinners are served on the terrace overlooking the waterhole where big game comes to feed. The evening entertainment includes musicians, Maasai dancers, wildlife films and talks given by a resident naturalist. Game viewing can be done from the lodge or on the daily game drives onto Masai Mara plains. Safaris by balloon or plane are also offered at an additional cost.
Cottar's 1920's Camp, Masai Mara
Cottar's 1920's Camp is situated on a private concession between the Mara, Serengeti and Loliondo reserves. It is on the South Eastern border of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The camp lies in a cusp of a forested valley beside a spring with extensive views across three reserves. Each of the six luxuriously furnished tents has a private en suite dressing room/bathroom with a bucket shower, flush toilet and on request a safari-style tub.
The tents are made from traditional white canvas and are decorated with safari antiques dating back to the 1920's. The camp offers both morning and evening game drives in 4-wheel drive vehicles or, if the guests choose, in an authentic old wooden car. An ox wagon can be used for short trips. It also offers fishing, aromatherapy massages, bathing in natural rock plunge pools and the use of the tented library and reading room with interesting mementos from the Cottar's illustrious history.
Mara Sopa Lodge, Masai Mara
Masai Mara Sopa Lodge is located on the eastern boundary of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, close to the Oloolaimutia Gate. The public areas of the lodge are spacious and airy and house the dining area, bar, lounge and curio shop. Directly in front of the public area lies the inviting swimming pool and beyond that stretches the endless plains of the Masai Mara.
The lodge has made use of the 'rondavel' style of design in an attempt to blend in with the surrounding environment. Accommodation consists of 77 standard rondavels, 12 suites and one presidential suite. Each rondavel has a private en suite bathroom with a flush toilet and walk in shower, a small hand basin and a private verandah with views of the vast Oloolaimutia Valley. The suites are slightly larger as they have a spacious lounge, luxurious finishes and a mini bar.
The Sopa has a variety of activities to offer including guided walking safaris and visits to a local Maasai manyatta where guests can experience the true Maasai culture and traditions. Game drives and balloon safaris can be arranged at an extra charge. A 1500 sq ft conference facility together with it's own cocktail bar is located in a private section of the lodge.
Elsje's Kopje, Meru
A private hideaway perched on top of Mugwongo Hill in the old Northern Frontier District of the Meru National Park. The lodge is named after Elsa, the orphaned lioness reared by Joy and George Adamson and returned to the wild in Meru. The lodge an open plan design which incorporates the surrounding rocks into the structure. The dining area, lounge and swimming pool provide ideal venues for relaxing and taking in the spectacular view of the vast plains below.
The eight rooms are all individually designed and have an open airy feel to them. There are two rooms with twin beds and the rest have king-sized beds. All rooms have en suite bathroom facilities and a sunken bath with an uninterupted view of the plains. Elsa's Kopjie offers game drives in 4WD vehicles as well as guided nature walks, fishing, rafting on the Tana River and bush dining.
Mount Kenya Safari Club, Mount Kenya
Situated on the lush lower slopes of Mount Kenya at Nanyuki, the Mount Kenya Safari Club offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Set amongst manicured lawns, ornamental ponds, flowerbeds, this famous retreat exudes quiet elegance against a dramatic backdrop. Mount Kenya has a total of 114 rooms, comprising two villas, 13 riverside and 12 William Holden cottages, eight garden suites, clubrooms and studio suites. All rooms have a private bathroom with shower, telephone, minibar and log fireplace. The luxury villas, William Holden cottages and the presidential suite each have a large sitting room.
Most rooms have a private veranda overlooking the majestic Mount Kenya. There is a choice of two dining rooms, the Mawingo and the Kirinyaga. There are also two bars, the Zebra Bar and the Trophy Lounge, which has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and is the ideal setting for cocktail parties. Nightly, guests are treated to a performance by the traditional Chukka drummers at the bar. There is a heated swimming pool, tennis court, horse riding, putting green, nine-hole golf course, bowls, croquet, trout fishing, art gallery, health and beauty centre, club shops and bush dinners are arranged on the banks of the River Likii.
Located 320km north of Nairobi, Larsen's is a small luxurious tented camp set in lush lawns on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro, a river in Samburu National Reserve. The 17 tents each shaded by palm trees and named after a bird, have en suite bathrooms and all face the river.
There are birds and monkeys everywhere and dik dik's wander freely around the camp. An animal viewing platform in the trees lets you scan the vast Samburu Plain. In the heat of the day you can relax on your private deck while the monkeys play in the trees around you and animals drink from the opposite bank.
The sounds you will hear are birdsong, flowing water and the breeze whispering through the doum palm. This is camping in high style with colonial elegance, hot showers, toweling gowns in your tent and a surprising degree of comfort. The safari chairs have maroon leather seats and a complimentary sherry aperitif is served before dinner from a cut glass decanter.
The dining tent is open on three sides and faces the river. A first class dinner is elegantly served by candlelight on tables set with silver and Larsen's china. In the bar Eric Larsen's old cabin trunks and pith helmets add to the period flavour while you play backgammon or chess on his original boards. After dinner you can sit around a campfire and meet your fellow guests or train your binoculars on the Milky Way and see the galaxy as you have never seen it before.
Samburu Lodge, Samburu
Samburu Lodge is set in a rugged landscape with a backdrop of jagged mountains and its own indigenous animals, unique to the region. It gives you a taste of the romance of the desert. Samburu Lodge is beautifully situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River with a wide choice of accommodation spread along the river bank in cottages, bandas and single or twin rooms, all facing the river. Everything is geared to making the most of the lodge's spectacular setting. The dining room is open on the riverside with long tables and large buffets.
The very popular Crocodile Bar overhangs the water and is a great vantage point for the nightly feeding of the crocodiles. On your game drive you are likely to see the whole range of East African wildlife. Animals of special interest in Samburu and rarely found elsewhere are the grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and beisa oryx.
The birdlife is especially notable. During the day you'll be grateful to be able to fall into the attractive pool but after sunset the temperature drops and you find new energy, enough for a sundowner or two at least, while watching the traditional dances of the Samburu warriors.
Night brings its own special atmosphere to Samburu with a different cast of characters and strange new noises. The secretive, solitary and nocturnal leopard may silently arrive attracted to the fresh meat bait in a tree across the river.
Samburu Intrepids, Samburu
Perched on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the soul-stiring wilderness of Samburu National Park, Samburu Intrepids is one of the most remarkable safari getaways in the reserve. The public area, which is open and airy, is where guests enjoy all their meals and where they can relax in either the bar or lounge area. All rooms, including the main area overlook the river where huge herds of elephant, buffalo and a variety of other animals and birds come to drink on a daily basis.
Accommodation comprises of 27 tents, each set at the rivers edge with it's own secluded deck. The tents are furnished with four-poster beds and elegant mahogany furniture, mosquito nets, a mini bar, ceiling fan and modern en suite bathroom with a shower and flush toilet. Samburu Intrepids offers morning game drives, delicious bush breakfasts, candlelit bush banquets, walking safaris with skilled Samburu guides, camel rides, spectacular hilltop sundowners and even rafting when the river is in full flow.
Samburu Serena, Samburu
This safari lodge is situated on the fertile banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, in the centre of the Samburu Game Reserve in Kenya's rugged, semi-arid Northern Province. Samburu Serena Lodge echoes the robust rhythms of riverfront life and the rustic yet convivial lodge blends well with the environment.
There are 62 standard rooms with shower only facilities, this includes the eight family rooms that have bath and shower facilities. All the rooms have ceiling fans, direct dial telephones and private verandahs that overlook the river where crocodiles feed in full view of the guests.
The main area of the lodge has a dining area, bar, lounge, curio shop, beauty salon, library and swimming pool. The surrounding terrain is renowned for its rare game. Morning, afternoon game drives and bird watching safaris are the ideal way to experience the wildlife in its natural splendour. A qualified naturalist gives slide shows and lectures every evening. Champagne breakfasts overlooking the aptly named Crocodile River are offered at an extra charge, as are moonlit dinners in the bush and beside the pool. Other services offered, for an additional cost, include camel rides, traditional Samburu dancing, nature walks and bird walks by the resident naturalist. Beauty therapy is available and includes massages, aromatherapy, manicure and other treatments.
Sarova Shaba Lodge, Shaba
Known as 'Born Free' country, this semi desert reserve was made famous by Joy Adamson and her lioness Elsa. The park is home to a host of wildlife, unique to the area, including the reticulated giraffe, grevy's zebra, gerenuk, beisa oryx and ostrich. Sarova Shaba is an oasis of flora and fauna with sparkling spring water flowing and cascading through the grounds. The lodge is a unique African experience for those with a true sense of adventure. The lodge facilities include 80 thatched roof bedrooms and four luxury suites, all including private toilet and bathroom with shower and hot and cold running water. Mosquito nets, fans and electricity are also standard. The superior suite also has a jacuzzi. There is also a dining room, two bars, a swimming pool featuring a waterfall, curio and gift shop, conference facilities for up to 100 people and a medical clinic. Activities include game drives in four wheel drive vehicles and camel back safaris.
Sweetwaters Tented Camp, Mount Kenya region
Sweetwater's Tented Camp lies in the heart of privately owned Sweetwater's Game Reserve, enjoying magnificent views across the game studded plains to the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya. Overlooking a floodlit waterhole, the camp offers the visitor an unforgettable opportunity to watch and photograph animals in their natural habitat. Accommodation is provided in luxuriously appointed tents, with en suite facilities and private veranda.
Each tent overlooks the waterhole. Within the quaint original farmhouse is the dining room, bar and reception area. Day and night game drives by four-wheel drive vehicles, walking safaris escorted by a knowledgeable ranger, bird walks, camel safaris and outdoor dining ensure there is always plenty to do. With its superb accommodation, personal service, first class cuisine and outstanding array of activities, Sweetwaters is in a class of its own.
Galdessa Camp, Tsavo
Galdessa Camp is beautifully situated on the banks of the wide Galana River in Kenya's largest national park, the vast and untamed Tsavo National Park. Nestled under the shade of doum palms, the camp has a very relaxed feel to it and has been designed to blend in with the environment by using earthy colours and natural woods throughout. All the guest facilities including the main dining and lounge area face onto the Galana river and the Yatta Plateau beyond. There are eight spacious bandas all with twin beds, solar electricity and en suite bathrooms with traditional bucket shower, flush toilets and basins.
Each banda is built on a timber floor under a palm-thatched roof and has a canvas front that opens onto a verandah during the day and is zipped closed at night. The lodge offers both game drives and nature walks, but their specialty is the bush dining and sundowners that take place in the surrounding hills where the views are spectacular.
Finch Hattons, Tsavo
Nestling at the foot of the Chyulu Hills in the wild and diverse expanse of the Tsavo National Park, is Finch Hattons. The main area comprises of a dining hall, lounge, bar and terrace. Breakfast is served on the terrace, which overlooks the main hippo pool and the majestic Mount Kenya. The dining area has been furnished with many interesting period features including a stone fireplace, high vaulted ceiling, chandelier, latticed windows and doors, the tables are decked with silverware, cut crystal and porcelain.
There are 35 luxury tents all equipped with electricity, mini bar, an en suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, basin and slate walled shower room. The swimming pool and sundeck provide an ideal place to hide from the hot sun. Finch Hattons offers morning and afternoon game drives.
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