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  • My recent trip was absolutely excellent and just about the best safari trip I have done. In terms of game-viewing, conditions could simply have not bee better. The Mara North Conservancy was like a parkland with short green grass and wexcellent visibility. Lions were seen on almost every game drive and we saw a pair of mating leopards. The grass was longer at Laikipia/ Ol Pejeta but there was no problem viewing the animals. Apart from the rhino sanctuary, highlights here included seeing black rhino out in the open (three in on day!). An encounter with a female cheetah and two almost fully grown cubs was also brilliant. There were plenty of elephants visiting the waterhole in front of the lodge. These conservancies in Kenya are brilliant for wildlife watching – particularly combined with staying in a small camp.

    Charles travelled to Kenya

Kenya

Accommodation

Accommodation options in Kenya

Kenya offers a very wide range of accommodation options. For the adventurous, there are well-organised but simple ‘fly-camping’ options, usually associated with walking or horse-riding safaris. At the luxury end of the market, there are various properties that offer very high levels of comfort, but the ‘wow’ factor in these places tends to come more from style, location and exclusivity, rather than the ‘technical’ luxury and sophistication on offer. Traditional luxury mobile safaris offer exclusivity and a taste of what exploratory safaris used to be like, but travelling in this manner tends now to be an expensive way to see the country, unless you have a reasonable size party.

Kenya is perhaps better known for offering superb hospitality, particularly in the many ‘bush homesteads’ and ‘seasonal tented camps’ scattered around the country, some of which are very intimate and can be booked on an exclusive basis for families or private groups. Exclusive brick/solid build safari lodges are found in limited areas, whilst a wide range of permanent tented lodges are available throughout the country, most notably in the Masai Mara, where can vary greatly in terms of size, style and comfort. Although we tend not to recommend the larger, more commercial properties, Kenya does offer a variety of mainstream safari hotels.

On the coast, the hotel options are equally varied, with a few very exclusive ‘beach retreats’ in remote, unspoilt settings, and a large number of more mainstream beach hotels in the more traditional beach centres. Private beach houses are widely available along the coast and on Lamu.

Please find below a variety of individual properties and safari options available in Kenya, listed by accommodation style and where appropriate, by region. Simply click on the name to visit the property website. To learn more about the individual accommodation styles, please visit our ‘Accommodation on Safari’ section off our home page. Please contact us for up to date information and opinions on all properties, or for suggestions for your trip.



Tented Safari Camps - Meru, Laikipia, Amboseli





Safari Lodges - Masai Mara, Meru, Laikipia


Safari Lodges - Chyulu Hills, Rift Valley




Private Safari Houses - Laikipia


Private Safari Houses - Masai Mara