Kenya offers an extensive and varied choice of safari accommodation. We want our clients to experience the best of what Kenya has to offer and benefit from an 'insiders view' of the country, therefore we recommend using smaller camps and lodges.
Below is a taste of what is available, all hosted by a dedicated team of well trained guides and camp staff or your own personal safari guide. A number of these places are owner operated, this personal touch of being welcomed into their homes, offers a unique insight in to their family life and how this has helped mould the history of this country.
Rutundu Log Cabins: situated on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya, at 10,200 feet just above the forest line. In total privacy, these log cabins are positioned overlooking Lake Rutundu, surrounded by alpine moor land, a home for unique bird life and vegetation. The cabins are an ideal spot for fishermen and hikers. Accommodation consists of two log cabins, with open log fires, en-suite bathrooms and flush toilet facilities. One room is attached to the sitting/dining area, veranda and kitchen. The other is detached from the main building. Rutundu can accommodate four people comfortably, but another four beds are available, providing that sharing rooms is acceptable. (for privately guided fishing safaris)
Kiandongoro Fishing Lodge: set high on the moors with spectacular views, an ideal spot for fishermen to base themselves. Run by KWS, accommodation comprises two large basic stone-built, three bedroom cottages each with a kitchen, living area with log fire and veranda. Each cottage has two double bedrooms each en-suite and one single bedroom. The lodge has a caretaker who can help with day to day chores. (for privately guided fishing safaris)
Tortilis Camp: situated just outside the Park in one of Amboseli's few remaining areas of unspoilt woodland, with the majestic backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Accommodation is in 17 spacious tents all with en-suite bathrooms, steaming hot showers and modern flush toilets. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with a magnificent view of Mt Kilimanjaro. Activities include game drives, guided bush walks, sundowners and cultural visits.
Amboseli Porini Camp: an exclusive bush camp in the Selenkay Conservancy (owned by the local Maasai community), beside Amboseli National Park in an unspoilt wilderness and well off the beaten track. The facilities include nine spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished and with en suite bathrooms including shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Tents have solar-powered electric lighting. The camp is small and is on the lines of the traditional luxury safari camp, it is run on environmentally sound principles with minimum impact on the area and no permanent structures. The camp provides an exclusive experience catering to a maximum of 18 guests at a time. Activities include day and night game drives, walks with Maasai warriors, bush sundowners.
Elerai: is located in a
quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5000 acre private conservation area
10 kms south east of Amboseli National Park at the foot of Africa's
largest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The camp looks down onto the Amboseli
National Park in one direction and up to Mt Kilimanjaro in the other
direction, giving clients what is arguably the best location of any camp
in Amboseli. The camp currently has five large luxurious lodge style
rooms with large bathrooms equipped with a bath and shower with hot
water provided by eco friendly solar units. By the end of this year
there will also be 10 luxurious en suite mountain facing tents.
Activities include day and night game drives, game walks, cultural
visits and bush sundowners. Satao Elerai is a community project with the
local Maasai in the area.
Satao Elerai: is located in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5000 acre private conservation area 10 kms south east of Amboseli National Park at the foot of Africa's largest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The camp looks down onto the Amboseli National Park in one direction and up to Mt Kilimanjaro in the other direction, giving clients what is arguably the best location of any camp in Amboseli. The camp currently has five large luxurious lodge style rooms with large bathrooms equipped with a bath and shower with hot water provided by eco friendly solar units. By the end of this year there will also be 10 luxurious en suite mountain facing tents. Activities include day and night game drives, game walks, cultural visits and bush sundowners. Satao Elerai is a community project with the local Maasai in the area.
Ol Donyo Wuas: 275,000 acres of privacy located on the slopes of Chyulu National Park, midway between Amboseli and Tsavo West, the lodge looks up on to Mt Kilimanjaro and down on to miles of rolling savannah. Ol Donyo Wuas has just undergone a major rejuvenation and reinvention, a new sustainable model for conservation which ensures upliftment in the neighbouring community and the subsequent protection of the wildlife in the area. Richard Bonham set up the Maasailand Preservation Trust in 1992 one of the longest serving and most successful Trusts in East Africa. Accommodation is in individual thatched cottages each with en-suite bathrooms and veranda’s with stunning views. A horizon pool overlooks a waterhole. Activities include day and night game drives, walking, cultural visits, bush breakfasts and bush dinners. Horse riding (experienced riders & novices) with 20 horses to choose from. An ideal base for horse riding safaris and sleep outs.
Elsa’s Kopje: is almost invisible to the eye as you approach its home on Mughwango Hill in Meru National Park. It blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill), built very near to the site of George Adamson’s original campsite. The eight open-plan cottages are the ultimate rooms-with-a-view, uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside. Each cottage has spacious double or twin beds with en-suite, elegantly appointed bathrooms. There is an open bar, lounge and dining room with an exceptionally inviting infinity pool overlooking the Meru plains.
Elsa’s Private House is a spacious, stylish, exclusive hideaway set slightly apart from the main lodge. It has two twin rooms both with en-suite bathrooms. There is a living and dining area, leading seamlessly outdoors into its own private swimming pool. Activities include day and night game drives, guided bush walks, bush meals and sundowners, line fishing.
Offbeat Meru Camp: is a 12 bed luxury semi-permanent camp situated just outside the park in Bisanandi National Reserve, set above the pretty Bisanandi River. Accommodation comprises six large tents all with en-suite bucket showers, wash basin and flush loos. The sitting room tent is equipped with a bar, library and comfy sofas, with a separate dining tent and swimming pool. Activities include day and night game drives, walking safaris, bush breakfasts and sundowners. This small camp has a warm and friendly atmosphere offering great hospitality.
Finch Hattons: a privately owned and managed camp offering elegance in the heart of the great African wilderness of Tsavo West. The camp surrounds a natural freshwater spring, flowing through three crystal clear pools, with tents along the water’s edge. There are 25 tents each with an en-suite bathroom and large deck balconies. Amenities include a bar and restaurant and a comfortable private lounge with an extensive library of books. Breakfast and lunch are served al-fresco on the open terrace with views across the springs and beyond to the snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro. Dinner is a formal affair served in the main dining room with waiters dressed in traditional kanzu & fez of the by gone ‘Out of Africa’ era. Activities include game drives in Tsavo West National Park.
Galdessa: spread along the banks of the Galana River under Doum Palms, overlooking the Yatta Plateau in Tsavo East. Accommodation is in 15 comfortable and spacious bandas (thatched, semi-tented bungalows on wooden platforms) each of which has en-suite bathrooms, verandas and are situated a good distance apart to provide privacy. The bathrooms are large and have traditional bucket showers, flush toilets and basins with running water. The camp has been built with great care not to adversely impact the environment and recycles its waste, uses solar power for electricity and has installed a water treatment plant. Activities include game drives, walking along the river, sundowners with night game drive back to camp & bush breakfasts.
Satao Camp: set in the vast scrubland of Tsavo East, nestled amongst trees and surrounding a central water-hole. The semi-circular layout of the camp provides an excellent viewing point from the comfort of your veranda where one can watch many different species coming down to water. Accommodation is in 20 tents all with en-suite bathrooms with flush toilet and safari shower. Each tent has a private patio and is topped with a makuti roof. Activities include game drives in Tsavo East and bush sundowners.
Joys Camp: an elegant oasis in the arid lands of Samburu, the camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented home in Shaba National Reserve. The 10 chic canvas bedrooms are set raised off the ground with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. The camp overlooks a large natural spring where elephant and lion jostle for watering rights with herds of buffalo and the rare desert species of Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra. Each tent has its own private veranda, ideal for private game viewing as well as relaxing, reading and soaking up the truly wild environs offered by Shaba. Cool off in the swimming pool after hot and dusty game drives. Activities include day and night game drives, guided bush walks, bush meals and sundowners.
Sasaab: situated on the Ngutuk West Gate Community Group Ranch just outside Samburu National Reserve. The camp's tranquil setting on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river offers views towards the Laikipia plateau and Mt Kenya. The swimming pool is perched on the hillside overlooking the river. Accommodation is in 8 tents, each with a bedroom, sitting room and bathroom. All tents have a private plunge pool. Electricity is solar powered. Activities include day and night game drives, bush walks, camel riding, mountain biking and Samburu cultural visits.
Samburu Saruni: situated on the 95,000 hectare Kalama Wildlife Conservancy just 3km away from Samburu National Reserve. Perched on top of a spectacular view point this boutique lodge has a large swimming pool which overlooks several waterholes where Elephant and numerous other animals gather to drink. Accommodation comprises four one bedroom cottages and two family cottages with 2 bedrooms each, all with en-suite facilities, offering a high level of comfort. Activities include day and night game drives, guided bush walks, bush meals and sundowners, learning about the traditions and semi-nomadic heritage of the local Samburu people, Samburu Well being Space (massage & beauty treatments).
Elephant Bedroom Camp: Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in the renowned Samburu Game Reserve, surrounded by palms and other beautiful indigenous trees lies this small and intimate tented camp. The spacious lounge and dining tent opens out on to a large veranda in order to maximize views. Weather permitting breakfast and lunch are served ‘al-fresco’ on the banks of the river under the shade of the trees. Accommodation is in 12 large tents all with ensuite bathrooms and individual verandas. At night elephants, buffalos and hippos roam through the camp in search of food and water. Activities include day game drives, bush meals & sundowners, cultural visits and entertainment by local Samburu warriors.
Rekero Camp: situated in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, close to the confluence of the Mara and Talek rivers, the camp is shaded by a riverine forest and overlooks the Talek River, often a prime area during the wildebeest migration. The Reserve and the adjacent Conservation area totals 750 square miles and forms the northern tip of the Serengeti – Maasai Mara eco-system. Owned and hosted by Gerard and Rainee Beaton and Jackson Ole Looseyia. Jackson, a local Il Dorobo Maasai has a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw from, having first started guiding with Ron Beaton some 20 years ago and became the first professional Maasai guide in Kenya. Gerard was bought up in the Mara and worked alongside his parents and has now taken over the business. Accommodation is in seven spacious tents, including one family tent. All tents have terraces overlooking the river and have en-suite bathrooms with flush loo and safari shower. Activities include day and night game drives, guided bush walks, sundowners & bush meals, cultural visits to local Il Dorobo Maasai villages. A morning balloon safari is an optional extra.
Ol Seki: set on a rocky promontory, overlooking the Isupukiai River Valley, Ol Seki a luxury seasonal camp enjoys panoramic views of an area teeming with game on the eastern Koiyaki Conservancy, north of the Mara Reserve. The area provides a rare opportunity to enjoy wildlife viewing, in a pristine setting away from mass tourism. The oasis of inspired and beautifully designed tents is nestled amongst Cordia and Acacia trees attracting an abundance of wildlife and birds, many of which are seen from the tents in the valley below. The camp is hosted by Sue Allan and a team of dedicated and friendly staff. Accommodation is in 8 tents, including 2 family tents all en-suite. Activities include game drives within the Koiyaki Conservation Area, guided bush walks, bush picnics and sundowners, cultural visits & visit to the Koiyaki Guiding School. Optional extras include balloon safaris, game drives in the Masai Mara Reserve, day trip to Lake Victoria for fishing.
Sala’s Camp: straddling the Sand River in the south of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the camp is nestled in a shaded forest that looks southward towards Tanzania and the Serengeti. This peaceful spot offers tranquillity and tremendous views down the Sand River and is at the centre of the wildebeest migration routes which cross to and from the Serengeti to the lush grasslands of the Mara. Accommodation is in 7 en-suite tents, one being a family/honeymoon tent. Activities include game drives, picnics and sundowners and cultural visits. Hot air ballooning is an optional extra.
Kalacha Camp, North Horr: situated in the Chalbi Desert in North Eastern Kenya, Kalacha sits on the edge of a permanent oasis, fed by a natural artesian well. Kalacha started in 1999 as a community project with the local Gabbra people, whose adaptation to a nomadic way of life ensures their survival. The oasis is an assured watering point for their livestock; camels, cattle, donkeys and goats gather here en-mass. This simple unique camp is built using all local materials. Accommodation is in 4 bandas with huge convex thatched roofs which help keep the rooms cool. Each room has twin beds and an en-suite bathroom, a small verandah overlooks the oasis. The sitting area is open plan and a kidney shaped plunge pool enters into the area which is an extremely refreshing escape from the hot dry desert weather. Activities include cultural interaction and amazing photo opportunities. Pre-arranged visits to Lake Turkana for fishing, visit ‘Koobi Foora’ the cradle of mankind. The area is famous for Sand Grouse shooting.
Samatian Island, Lake Baringo: spectacular sunsets, colourful birdlife and the imposing Laikipia escarpment as a back drop, the camp is set on a 30 acre island with breathtaking views across the waters of Lake Baringo. Accommodation is in 5 airy open plan cottages, one cottage is a family cottage with 2 adjacent rooms. All cottages have en-suite bathrooms, solar lighting and sitting areas with panoramic views. The dining area is situated next to a large infinity pool. Activities include boat trips, walking on the islands, bird watching, cultural visits to the Pokot tribe and Njemps villages, visits to close by Lake Bogoria (pre-arranged).
Mbweha Camp, Lake Nakuru: nestled up against the southern border of Lake Nakuru National Park on the private 6400 acre Congreve Conservancy with beautiful views of the Eburu and Mau Ranges. Accommodation is in 10 charming cottages built of lava stone with thatched makuti roofs which blend effortlessly into the surroundings. Each cottage has en-suite bathroom and terrace. Activities include daily game drives throughout the beautiful Conservancy and the nearby Lake Nakuru National Park, visits to Lake Elementaita hot springs, the Kariandusi Prehistoric Site or the Menengai crater, bush meals & sundowners, guided bush walks or trekking on bicycles.
Chui Lodge, Lake Naivasha: is situated just above the shores of Lake Naivasha on the privately owned 20,000 acre Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary overlooking a waterhole with the dramatic Mau Escarpment as a back drop. There are eight individual well-spaced luxurious cottages, each with an en-suite bathroom and delightful veranda with views of the Sanctuary and the Rift escarpment. The dining room, lounge and bar area is simply unique and features pillars and murals with intricate African carvings and African antiques. A short walk from the main building is a heated swimming pool with great views of wildlife visiting the waterhole. The Lodge boasts a wealth of activities which include day & night game drives, guided bush walks, sundowners, visits to Hells Gate National Park, boat trips & fishing on the Lake filled with hippo’s, horse riding or a visit to the Oserian Flower Farm, one of the largest growers and producers of ‘cut flowers’ in the world!
Shompole: close to the Tanzanian border near soda Lakes Natron and Magadi. Perched on the side of the Nguruman Escarpment overlooking the stunning expanse of the Great Rift Valley. The Lodge is a joint venture with the Maasai community of the Shompole Group Ranch which surrounds the 35,000 acre Conservancy. A unique and artistically appointed camp using water as a prime feature. Accommodation is in 6 tented rooms, all en-suite with private cool-pool and lounge. The main lounge and dining area consists of a high thatch roof overlooking Mount Shompole and the Rift Valley. Little Shompole which is sited further away from the main Lodge consists of 2 suites which can be booked on an exclusive basis for those seeking the ultimate in relaxation and privacy. Activities include day and night game drives, guided walks, river trips (seasonal), sundowners & bush meals, mountain biking, cultural visits to the local Maasai community.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
A 62,000 acre private conservancy on the northern slopes of Mt Kenya. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a pioneer in wildlife preservation, which has gained a reputation for extending benefits of conservation beyond its borders with a major commitment to community development and participation. Visitors have privileged access to a scenically spectacular area, densely populated with exciting wildlife including the endangered species - Rhino, both Black and White, Grevy's Zebra, and Sitatunga.
Lewa House: a private house set on top of a hill with panoramic views of the Conservancy and distant views of the Mathews Range and Ol Lolokwe. All income generated by Lewa House is directly reinvested towards Lewa’s conservation and community projects. The house is booked on an exclusive basis and can sleep up to 12 people in three double cottages; each room has an ensuite bathroom. The main lounge and dining area opens out onto a huge veranda with a swimming pool in the gardens overlooking a water hole. Activities include day and night game drives, bush walks and sundowners, visits to a pre-historic archaeological site, horse rides and camel walks.
Lewa Safari Camp: a luxury permanent tented camp. All income generated by the camp goes directly towards Lewa’s conservation and community projects. There is a total of 12 tents all with en-suite bathrooms. The sitting and dining room has a huge fireplace, the outside deck overlooks beautiful gardens and a swimming pool. Activities included shared day and night game drives, bush walks and sundowners, visits to a pre-historic archaeological site, horse riding and camel walks.
Lewa Wilderness: is the original family home of the Craig's and is still home to Will and Emma Craig who host with their team of professional guides. Accommodation is in nine comfortable thatched cottages with ensuite bathrooms. Amenities include a horizon salt-water swimming pool and tennis court. Activities include shared day and night game drives, escorted bush walks, horse and camel riding, visits to a pre-historic archaeological site.
Borana Lodge: a small luxurious lodge with a horizon pool, situated on a 35,000 acre ranch on the slopes of Mt Kenya, overlooking the Northern Frontier District. Borana is a working ranch and a haven for a wide diversity of wildlife. Accommodation is in 8 private & spacious guest cottages all with a veranda and open fireplace. Activities include game drives, walks, night drives, picnics & bush dinners, horse riding (experienced & novice) and mountain biking.
Loisaba: a 61,000 acre private game ranch in northern Laikipia. All profits generated by tourism activities are dedicated to the conservation of the private wilderness area, in addition to supporting the local Samburu and Laikipiak Maasai community outside its boundaries. Various accommodation options are available including the main Loisaba Lodge which is set on the escarpment with 7 rooms. The lodge has a swimming pool, tennis court, spa and massage room.
The unique Kiboko and Koija Star Beds are within easy reach of the lodge. Each Star Bed is designed on a raised, handcrafted, wooden platform that is partially covered with a thatched roof. Homemade ‘Mukokoteni’ can either be wheeled onto the open deck for a night under the stars, or left under the shelter of the roof. Two private houses are also available for those that want exclusivity. Activities include day and night game drives, guided bush walks, horse and camel riding, mountain biking. Quad biking, spa/massage & hot air ballooning are available at additional cost.
Sabuk: perched on top of a 150ft gorge overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro river below, with views of the Laikipia Plateau and Samburuland. The Sabuk team have been operating walking and camel safaris for over 20 years through areas where there are no roads or vehicles and no other tourists. Accommodation is in 6 spacious open fronted stone & thatch cottages plus one Family unit which has its own exclusive plunge pool and mess. An infinity swimming pool overlooks the valley below. Activities include day and night game drives, guided bush walks, camel safaris, bush breakfasts lunches & sundowners, fishing & swimming in the river.
Sarara: is found within the lands of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust. An area of approximately 75,000 hectares lies folded around the southern corner of the fabled Mathews Mountain range of northern Kenya. This is home to the proud Samburu people, a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists who have for long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle. The Trust was set up in 1995 specifically to promote wildlife conservation and to assist the local community to benefit from tourism, in return for protecting the wildlife species living on their land. Sarara is hosted by Piers and Hilary Bastard, and their dedicated and friendly team. Accommodation is in five spacious tents each with flush lavatories and open air showers. A natural rock swimming pool overlooks a wildlife waterhole frequently visited. Activities include escorted bush walks with expert local field scouts, shared game drives, hiking into the Mathews forest, walking with camels along wide sand ‘luggas’, visits to the Samburu Singing wells (only in the dry season).