Safari Lodges and Camps are a fantastic type of accommodation to enjoy a holiday in Kenya. These are usually in places very close to the wildebeest migration routes which means that visitors get to see these amazing wild animals close-up. Staying in a lodge really helps tourists get back to nature and experience the real Kenya. This list presents the best luxury camps and Safari lodges in Kenya, as rated by visitors.
The Mara Serena Safari Lodge is located in the Masai Mara Game reserve. Set high on a hill with long views over the savannah and down to the hippo-filled Mara Rive it stands center-stage to the legendary migration of the wildebeest. The hotels features 74 rooms, a swimming pool and a sundeck. Activities include 3 game drives daily with dedicated wilderness guides, guided nature walks or bird-watching walks, dinner in the bush and breakfast by the hippo pools.
Also located in the Maasai Mara, Sarova Mara Game Camp offers front seats to a great wildlife spectacle. The rolling plains around the Camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras, during the Great Migration months and the Camp is situated right in the center of their migration path. Sarova Mara Game Camp is also a great choice for those seeking a richer experience of Maasai Mara that goes much beyond just game drives. Activities and experiences range from luxury tented living to bird-watching, mini golf, sport fishing and a unique insight into the Maasai culture at the nearby Maasai village.
Access to the Shimba Hills Lodge is an adventure itself. Arriving at the Reserve’s gate, guests transfer to safari cruisers and drive to within walking distance of the lodge. The last few hundred meters are covered on foot. There are a variety of walks into the bush accompanied by an armed guard. Early morning game drives by land crusier are also available. The open fronted dining room allows unrestricted game and bird viewing and an elevated walkway extending well into the forest gives visitors a rare few moments alone with nature. All rooms are comfortably and uniquely furnished.
Situated at Lake Naivasha’s southern shoreline in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the resort blends in perfectly with its natural surroundings. The air-conditioned establishment comprises 84 guest rooms and features a hairdressing salon, a games room, a TV lounge and a children’s playground. Guests may dine in the restaurant and sip their favorite drink in the bar.
Surrounded on three sides by the Mara River, the Fairmont Mara Safari Club is the embodiment of tented luxury. Each of the 50 tents at Fairmont Mara Safari Club is superbly furnished with its own private bathroom and a veranda overlooking the hippo and crocodile-filled river. A spacious outside deck overhangs the river and leads to a heated pool, complete with bar and private massage tents. Guests can choose from a wide range of activities including game drives and balloon safaris over the Mara.
Muthaiga Safari Camp lies on the South Eastern border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The camp is composed of seven tents and two villas.The tents are built amongst the trees ensuring privacy and each has a veranda with a spectacular view. All the tents are individually styled and have their own bathroom, with piped hot water , electricity and a veranda set with a table and chairs. Guests can enjoy themselves with game driving, a walking safari, day fishing trips at Lake Victoria, cultural community visits and scenic flight over the Maasai Mara flying just 50 feet above the migrating herds.
The Mara Intrepids Club has 30 tents spread across a large riverside site. They are arranged in small clusters making a number of mini-camps within the club grounds ensuring privacy and peace. The tents sit on a shady raised platform, with extensive views over the riverbanks where a large variety of animals come to drink.
Sitting in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro surrounded by endless grassland and a kaleidoscope of wild animals the Amboseli Serena is the classic Hollywood image of Africa. The lodge is renowned for its reforestation program, and visitors can help to preserve the Amboseli ecosystem by planting a tree. To date more than 750,000 seedlings have taken root over a 9 year period and many visitors have been able see the difference this one simple act can make. It is rated as the best among the Kenya safari lodges.