Recommended Hotels, Lodges, Camps and Resorts
An awe-inspiring view of Mount Kilimanjaro awaits you in lush surroundings at Amboseli Serena Lodge. Amboseli Serena Lodge, is framed against the glorious backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, the magnificently beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro. Set inside a grove of Acacias, within the Amboseli National Park, about 270km South-East of Nairobi and surrounded by miles of rolling grasslands, home to herds of elephant and plains game. The lodge offers comfortable accommodation in 96 guest rooms, each with an uninterrupted view over the ever-changing vistas of the African plains. Each room has its own en-suite bath and shower, and all have spectacular views of the National Park. The lodge is built using materials which are in harmony with the environment and draws on traditional Maasai culture and style. Each guest room is styled in a Maasai theme featuring beadwork, gourds, hand-painted murals and the architecture of the lodge is based on a traditional Maasai homestead.
Perched on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the heart of Samburu National Reserve, Samburu Intrepids enjoys a unique perspective of one of Africa’s most celebrated wildernesses. Located 345 kilometres north of Nairobi, the journey to the camp involves a 50-minute flight to the Samburu airstrip followed by a 20-minute drive or a four and a half hour drive from Nairobi for those with more time on their hands. Twice-daily game drives with resident guides, Camel and walking safaris outside the reserve, Seasonal rafting trips on the Uaso Nyiro River, Bush breakfasts and dinners under the stars, Romantic sundowners overlooking the plains, Visits to neighbouring Samburu communities, Traditional dancers by local warriors and maidens, Lectures and slide shows on culture and wildlife, and Heritage's famous Adventurers' Club for the kids. This luxurious tented lodge offers 27 modern tents with a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks.
Sweetwater’s Game Reserve, also known as Ol Pejeta Ranch is located in an expansive 24,000 acres of a privately owned ranch, famous for its non-indigenous chimpanzees.
The Jane Goodall Institute established a Chimpanzee Sanctuary at the site. The sanctuary does not encourage breeding but it recognizes the importance of raising baby chimpanzees to adulthood.
A walk around the Chimps Sanctuary will give you an opportunity to spot the orphaned chimps. It’s also the largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa. Apart from the chimps and the black rhinos, you have a chance to view the amazing variety of wildlife such as the zebras, lions, leopards, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, Oryx, eland, baboons, elephants and various species of birds.
The Amboseli National Park lays North West of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest Mountain. From Amboseli, it is possible to engage in a scenic flight to see the top of the Mount Kilimanjaro. The name Amboseli is a Maasai word which means place of dust. Indeed herds of elephants can be spotted covering themselves in dust or wallowing in the swamp which is full of birdlife. Covered by savannah and acacia trees, the open flat plains are ideal places to search for the wildebeests, buffaloes, cheetahs, lions, hyenas, zebras, hippos etc. The two permanent water springs are underground seepage from the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro which the Park has as its magnificent backdrop. Large wildlife concentration mostly occurs here in dry season because of permanent swamps. Indeed there is no place in the world where game drives are possible with the backdrop of the Africa’s highest mountain.
Mara is a Maasai word for “spotted”. From the air, the visual effect of the Mara thickets looks like spots hence the name of Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Maasai Mara is one of its kind as this is the home of all the big five – rightly named big five – not because of their size but because of each of these animals were highly poached. Some for their horns believed to be aphrodisiac whilst others for their skin. Whatever the reason, the Maasai Mara has continued to be a safe haven for these animals. The Masai Mara boasts more than 450 species of birds which includes raptors. This park is home to astonishing number of animals, umbrella shaped trees, the beautiful sunsets (always at the same time every day of the year), the winding Mara River and the rugged Ololoolo Escarpment Here you will enjoy exotic experience of hot air balloon gracefully drifting above the Mara River and the game rich African savannah.