A 2 ½ -hour drive to the north-east of Nairobi, The Aberdare Country Club is in the Aberdare Highlands, which forms part of the Great Rift Valley. Originally a colonial family home lovingly built on a sloping hillside with sweeping views over the countryside below, the Club has been carefully developed to retain the grandeur of its past. The views are spectacular: the plains below, the Aberdare Mountains to the west and Mount Kenya to the east.
A luxurious and exclusive safari camp, Bateleur Camp has a distinctive style and glamour reminiscent of bygone days, yet with all the modern comforts and conveniences. In a private concession on the edge of Kenya's famous Maasai Mara National Park, Bateleur and its sister camp, Kichwe Tembo, are in the direct path of the annual Great Migration.
All the rooms and main lodge at Borana Ranch & Safari Lodge overlook a popular water hole where wildlife frequently come down to drink – and cool off. There’s always game activity for you to enjoy - watching from the lodge, game drives, bush walks, horse-riding safaris, mountain bike safaris, helicopter and biplane flights, quad bike and buggy trips.
Known for its excellent sightings of lion and leopard, the Samburu National Reserve offers a wealth of unusual fauna and flora. Elephant Bedroom Camp is perfectly located to get the best of all the sightings this reserve has to offer, especially of the rarer northern species.
Named for Joy Adamson’s famous lioness, Elsa’s Kopje reflects her “Born Free” legacy and era. Meru National Park is wild, remote and wonderfully uncrowded. Situated in a very scenic part of Kenya – just 10 km north of the equator, between Mt Kenya and the Nyambeni Mountains, its landscape is incredibly diverse, ranging from open plains to dense thickets and wooded grasslands – which also attracts a surprising variety of game.
Named for Denys Finch Hatton, one of the early British explorers, conservationists and safari pioneers, Finch Hatton’s Camp is a luxury bush camp set in a 35-acre concession in the southern corner of Tsavo West. The camp overlooks three spring-fed pools that attract some of the many game in the area, from herds of buffalo and elephant to lion, leopard and hippo by the pod.
Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s best-known lodges: full of character and steeped in history. Its ivy-clad buildings are set in 12 acres of private land, surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest. Reminiscent of its 1930s ‘Out of Africa’ heydays, it is named for its resident herd of Rothschild giraffe that often ‘pop in’ for a visit.
This luxury safari camp is set at the edge of a riverine forest, overlooking the sweeping plains of Maasai Mara – and it lies within the path of the incredible annual Great Migration. At Kichwa Tembo, you can expect an authentic African safari experience with legendary Kenyan hospitality.
Mara Plains Camp is within a 30,000 private conservancy on the northern border of Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. In the heart of one of the most abundant game areas in the world, you’ll be in the midst of big predator country and often fall asleep to the sounds of lions roaring …
Besides daily game drives through the scenic and game-rich private conservancy, Mbweha Camp offers a variety of activities – visits to hot springs at nearby Lake Elementaita, local prehistoric sites and the Menengai Crater as well as bicycle safaris and hot air ballooning over the majestic Great Rift Valley
Beautifully located on the confluence of the Sand and Keekorok Rivers, Sala’s Camp is a small, intimate tented camp in the heart of the Maasai Mara, Kenya - one of the most game-rich areas in the world and site of the mighty annual Great Migration, one of nature’s greatest spectacles.
Sasaab lodge near the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya's northern district offers you a great chance to view some of the rare northern species, especially those known locally as the “Samburu Special Six”: Grevy’s zebra, the Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, the long-necked gerenuk, Guenther's dik-dik and the beisa oryx.
Solio Lodge is situated in a wildlife conservancy in the game-rich Laikipia district. Solio Game Reserve is recognised globally as the most successful private rhino breeding reserve in Kenya, where both white and black rhino live in harmony with plentiful herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe and numerous other big game species.
Very iconic, somewhat quirky, The Ark was built to resemble Noah’s creation. It overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick which attracts a wealth of wildlife, especially herds of elephant. There are viewing areas on four different levels as well as a bunker right next to the waterhole where you can watch and photograph the animals so close you can almost touch them, yet remain unseen.
Privately owned, The Driftwood is near the historical town of Malinda, on the shores of Kenya’s tropical coast, with its own private beach lapped by the warm Indian Ocean. There’s a rich local history, excellent water sport, diving and snorkelling, excellent birding and, of course, plenty of time to relax and unwind.
Just 25 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International, Wilson Airport and the city centre, The Emakoko is a 20-bed luxury lodge adjoining and overlooking Nairobi National Park. Built into the side of the valley, you have incredible views out over the river and park itself, which is home to the Big 5 and a great variety of wildlife and birds.
About 140km south of Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is second only to the Maasai Mara as the most popular safari area in Kenya. It’s famous for its huge elephant population and scenic beauty, with the iconic snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Tortilis Camp is recognised as the only boutique safari camp within the area
The star rating refers to the official grading given to this lodge or hotel by the Tourism Grading Council. In some cases the star rating is not official, but represents our own estimate of the accommodation.
One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.