Hotels and Safari Lodges

Kenya offers the traveler a wide range of accommodation options, with over one thousand licensed hotels of international standards to choose from; Kenya presents an Impressive range of accommodation to suit every taste. Elegance, ambiance and quality services are the Hallmarks of Kenya’s hotels and game lodges.

The choice is yours… in the Wilderness from five star suites to nights under canvas, at the Coast choose from luxury villas to thatch beach huts, on the Mountains the choice is from Mountain lodges to climbers’ huts, in the dense Forests you choose from hotel suites to rainforest retreats, while by the lakeside choose luxury to a tent by the shores, in the midst of a desert choose from a desert lodge to nights under the stars with your camel caravan, and while in the cities choose from high rise hotels to nights under canvas within the city limits.

Your choice of accommodation for your stay in Kenya should be dictated by your personal travel budget and own interests. For some people, sleeping under canvas in the Kenyan bush, by an open fire and surrounded by the spectacular night noises of wild animals, is a once in a life time experience that has greater value than the most costly hotel or lodge. For others, the experience of enjoying unparalleled luxury, fine cuisine and world class service while surrounded by the wonders of the wild makes Kenya the ultimate destination.

Budget campsites can be either organized package group or self drive camping. If traveling with an organized group you get camping equipment, safari guide and a safari cook.

It is more like being in the lodges only that the accommodations are in 4-man dome tents, each shared by two. The services offered are more than expected: great value for your money. Prior arrangements not always a must but recommended. They are operated by safari companies that have their own safari fleet and will put the package together for you.

Whether you’re looking to rough it or relax in style, Kenya can cater for every taste, budget and personal interest.

Below are medium to luxury hotels that can be booked through Phistin Safaris. Check the areas you want to visit and enquire for reservations and package tours for the same safari lodges in Kenya.

Nairobi hotels
Boulevard HotelKilaguni hotel
Grand Regency Hotel
Windsor Golf and Country Club
Nairobi Serena
Safari Park Hotel
Meridian Court
Jacaranda Hotel
Utalii Hotel
Holiday Inn Mayfair
Hilton Hotel
Intercontinental Nairobi
Nairobi Safari Club
The Stanley
Windsor Golf and Country Club
Silver Springs Hotel
Panafric Hotel
The Giraffe Manor
Norfolk Hotel

Mombasa & Coastal Hotels
Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel
Kiwayu Safari Village
Voyager Beach Resort
Safari Beach Hotel
Kilifi Bay Beach Resort
Bamburi Beach Hotel
Reef Hotel- North Coast
Driftwood Hotel
Turtle Bay Beach Club
Crystal Bay
Leopard Beach
Leisure Lodge
Travellers Beach Hotel
Club Sun & Sand
Whispering Palms
Shimba Hills Lodge
Sarova WhiteSands Hotel

Masai Mara safari lodges & camps
Keekorok Lodge
Mara Fig Tree Camp
Mara River Camp
Siana Springs Intrepids
Little Governors Camp
Mara Governors Camp
Mara Safari Club
Royal Mara Safari Lodge
Base Camp Mara
Mara Intrepids Club
Sarova Mara Game Camp
Kicheche Mara Camp
Mara Sopa lodge
Mara Hippo Lodge
Mpata Safari Club
Mara Serena Safari lodge
Mara Simba Lodge
Kichwa Tembo Camp

Amboseli Lodge
Voi Safari Lodge- Tsavo East
Kilanguni Serena Lodge- Tsavo West
Tortillis camp-Amboseli
Tsavo Safari Camp (Finch Hattons)
Sarova Salt Lick Lodge
Amboseli Serena Lodge
Ngulia Lodge- Tsavo West
l Tukai Lodge-Amboseli
Amboseli & Tsavo safari lodges

Samburu Intrepids Club
Larsens Tented camp -Samburu
Samburu Serena Safari Lodge
Sarova Shaba Lodge
Samburu & Buffalo Springs
Central Kenya, Mount Kenya & The Aberdares
Mt Kenya Safari Club
The Ark
Serena Mountain Lodge
Outspan hotel, Nyeri
Elsa Kopje-Meru
Great Rift Valley Lodge-Naivasha
Izaak Walton Valley Lodge Embu
Loldia House- Naivasha
Mundui House-Naivasha
Lake Naivasha country club
Treetops Lodge
Sweetwaters tented camp
The Aberdare Country Club

Western Kenya
Sunset Hotel, Kisumu
Imperial Hotel Kisumu
Lake Nakuru Lodge
Lake Bogoria Hotel
Lake Elementaita Lodge
Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
Lake Baringo Club


Just two hour’s drive from Nairobi, the country club is nestled into the slopes of Mweiga Hill. All of the fifty or so rooms are comfortably furnished with private bathrooms and spectacular views of the plains below, Aberdare Mountains to the west and Mount Kenya to the east. Many visitors have lunch here, before transferring to the Ark. However, the Club is a delightful place to spend a night. The club also offers a 9 hole golf course, where you will mingle with resident antelope and baboon, a 1,300 acre wildlife sanctuary, trout fishing and gorgeous gardens, swimming pool, horseback riding and tennis court.


The lodge is set in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, beside a copse of giant acacia trees and a gently flowing natural spring. It is one of Kenya’s finest safari lodges. All around the lodge roams big game that has made East Africa legendary. The lodge has ninety six well decorated, very comfortable rooms, excellent food and very friendly staff. It’s a highly recommend place to stay here.


The all inclusive Baobab Beach Resort is set on the edge of a tropical forest bordering the Diani Beach, south of Mombasa. All of the rooms are air-conditioned, with en suite bathrooms and have a balcony or terrace. The bungalows overlook the garden, whilst the two main buildings look out across the ocean. A large variety of sports and entertainment is on offer, including football, volleyball archery, shuffleboard, windsurfing, tennis, SSI diving centre and a near golf course.


The camp is set amongst forests on the edge of the Masai Mara, just below the spot where scenes from the motion picture ‘Out of Africa’ was filmed. The camp recreates the authentic feel of being on safari during the early twentieth century, when hordes of porters would carry all that was deemed necessary for sophisticated comfort! Vast tented areas have polished floors, leather chairs, huge squashy cushions, an open fire and piles of books… All nine tents are luxuriously well decorated. Activities include game drives and walks, accompanied by an extremely knowledgeable guide.


Situated on the banks of the Talek River, Dream Camp has just 15 tents located on the border of the park. The camp is very ecologically friendly with both electricity and hot water generated by solar power. Tents are comfortable, food tasty and service very efficient. There is a very close working relationship with the local Talek community here, so stays are always interesting. They also have a mobile camping operation in the surrounding Masaai lands, which is highly recommended for two or three nights.


Perched on top of Mugwongo Hill is the site of George Adamson’s first camp. From one of the eight luxury cottages, guests enjoy a 270 degree view of the surrounding park with its scattered kopjes and mysterious baobab trees. The open plan rooms are individually designed, incorporating the rocks into the structure. Traditional African furniture, bright fabrics and whitewashed walls are all simple yet superbly comfortable and stylishly effective. Game drives and walks are focused entirely on guests requirements, which gives one much flexibility when visiting this spectacular area.


At the foot of the Chyulu Hills, within Tsavo National Park, Finch Hatton’s provides a taste of life as it was for the big game hunters in the earlier part of the century. The luxury tented lodge offers thirty five elegantly refined accommodation under canvas. Food is taken very seriously here. Dinner is always a ‘production’. Served by waiters wearing the khanzu, the traditional snowy-white tunic that servants wore in the colonial period but now worn with pride. The private land around camp allows for gentle walks and game drives further afield – all accompanied by a knowledgeable guide.


Funzi Keys is located in an unspoilt spot with an air of remoteness and under development. The hotel looks out over the ocean and offers dramatic views combined with a high degree of comfort, unparalleled on the east coast: Omani architecture, Lamu coral ceilings, arid mangrove poles and intricate plaster carvings. With just six spacious cottages set along the high water line, it’s certainly a small exclusive retreat. There are many activities to take part in here, including boat trips, though the emphasis is on relaxation and exquisite food!


Governors’ Camp lies on the banks of the Mara River to the west of the famous Masai Mara. The camp is in a spot once reserved for the colonial governors of Kenya and their royal visitors therefore placing particular emphasis on comfort, service and excellent cuisine. The thirty comfortable tents are stylishly decorated are carefully positioned for uninterrupted views from the verandas, either of the Mara River or the surrounding plains. Activities are mainly concentrated on game drives and walking safaris, all accompanied by knowledgeable guides.


Il Moran is perfectly suited to those who want that extra sense of luxury. With just ten beautifully furnished tents located along the Mara River, the camp is hidden in the shadow of ancient trees and the surrounding bush. Everything is done to perfection here, from the lodge’s decoration, to the exquisite cuisine. Game drives and game walks are all accompanied by an extremely knowledgeable guide who will certainly bring the bush alive with local facts and folk lore. And yes, the tents do have Victorian baths overlooking the river!


Governors’ Private Camp has all the assets of an individually tailored mobile safari with the advantages of a long established company. There is a traditional safari atmosphere and all the comforts have been maintained through out the eight tents. The food is also of the highest possible quality. Private Camp is generally hired by clients or small groups who seek exclusivity… where everything is tailored around guests requirements.


The Great Rift Valley Lodge sits at about 7,000 feet, with vistas that stretch from the shimmering waters of Lake Naivasha to the jagged volcanic crater of Mount Longonot and, beyond, the sloping shoulders of the Aberdare Mountains. With thirty delightfully spacious and decorated new rooms and various cottages, fine dining and many activities on ones doorstep, this is a superb location for a few nights of rest and relaxation.


Hemingways lies overlooking the ever changing colours of the Indian Ocean. The white sands of Watamu Bay and its crystal waters, form one of Kenya’s finest beaches. There are just seventy eight luxury bedrooms and suites, all within earshot of the ocean. Sparkling swimming pools, delicious meals taken under high thatched roofs or outside, palm trees swaying gently in the breeze, romance, beautiful views, and a vast range of activities to enjoy – this must be one of the best hotels in the area.


Being one of the tallest hotels in Africa, the Hilton offers panoramic views of the city from the upper floors. The hotel is conveniently located in the middle of the shopping and business district of Nairobi and 18kms from the international airport. With over three hundred rooms, pools and all the facilities of a modern hotel, it attracts many business travellers as well as tourists.


Located on a prime spot of beach bordering the marine park and Indian Ocean, the hotel provides good personal service and attention to detail. Designed in Swahili style, and situated next to a 16th century mosque, there are one hundred spacious rooms, set in clusters of thatched cottages and double storey buildings. The baobab trees in the colourful gardens are approximately six hundred years old, so a sense of history combines with modern facilities. There is also a wide variety of water sports on offer.


One of the oldest lodges in the Mara, Keekorok was opened in early 60’s and lies at the southern end of the Mara. With eighty five rooms spread out in the gardens, the lodge doesn’t feel as large as it sounds. Rooms are spacious though are simple. What the lodge lacks in luxury, it makes up for in excellent game viewing, as it’s right in the migration path!
In front of the lodge there is also a 300m elevated walkway that meanders through a small riverine forest to a bar at one end. This overlooks a dam where resident hippo and other game is regularly seen.


Kilaguni lies in the heart of Tsavo, one of the best game viewing areas in the park. Only 100 metres away from the main building lie a series of waterholes that attracts animals from miles around. The lodge has around sixty rooms that are well designed, spacious and include all the modern conveniences one would expect from a top lodge here. With Mzima Springs close by and Mount Kilimanjaro dominating the horizon, this is a highly recommended place to stay. The food and service are very good too.


Overlooking a deserted 14 kilometre beach on the south western tip of Lamu Island, Kipungani Explorer is a dream destination for those seeking a true desert island. With only fourteen spacious chalets perched on the soft white sands, the location is idyllic. Everything here is exquisitely rustic, from the hand made furnishings to large comfortable beds. Food is highly recommended and shell fish straight form the ocean, a speciality. There are a host of activities to take part in, though a stay here is tailored totally around guests.


This enchanting little village with eighteen traditional bajuni cottages is located on the Kenyan mainland in the remote Dodori National Reserve. The cottages are rustic and very swish and constructed mainly from mangrove poles, palm thatch and matting. They are complete privacy and very romantic. The food is always deliciously cooked and consists mainly of fresh seafood such as locally caught fish, lobster and crab. Kiwayu is the perfect get away, offering a wide variety of activities to choose from.


Built in the early 1900’s the lodge still retains much of the grace, charm and features of the early colonial home: red brick building with shady terraces, an internal courtyard, panelled walls, a sitting room with a library and log fires. With thirty three rooms tucked away in the gardens, they are all quite simple, though certainly comfortable enough for a few nights stay. The property overlooks Lake Elementaita and is located in a private estate, so offers a host of activities from walking trips to horse riding. The lodge is well run and the staff very friendly.


The club rose to fame in the 1930’s, as the staging post for Imperial Airways’ flying boat service from Durban to London. With heavily influenced colonial architecture, the main buildings are solid and comfortable, with around fifty rooms stretching out into the gardens – which are lush and colourful. The rooms are quite simply furnished though quite spacious. Being right on the shore line, most activities are focused on the lake, with many boat trips heading to Cresent Island, where one can get out and do gentle walks.


Lake Nakuru Lodge is in the south eastern sector of the park, with commanding views of the lake and flamingos, for which it is justly famous. Lush gardens surround the lodge and cottages, which can accommodate up to one hundred and twenty guests. There is a good daily programme of activities, as this is a very well stocked park with everything from Rothschild’s giraffe to black and white rhino.


The Landmark Hotel is a comfortable hotel set in 4 acres of colourful gardens, just on the outskirts of the bustling capital. Being located in the heart of Westlands, makes the charms and attractions of the city easily accessible. With around one hundred and twenty rooms and all the conveniences of a modern hotel, it’s an ideal hotel for pre or post safari over night stays.


Set in lush lawns on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, Larsen’s has a tranquil atmosphere with elephants, impala and baboons generally always in the local vicinity. There are seventeen spacious en suite tents here that are all raised on wooden platforms with views over the river. The camp retains much of the memorabilia from Eric Larsen’s days, with the added bonuses of being able to offer more game drives, champagne breakfasts on the banks of the river, sunset cocktails in the wild, bird walks and the occasional black tie dinner in the dining tent.


With breathtaking views over Kenya’s most popular beach, this beautiful hotel is built on an old coral reef that’s just above sea level. The hotel offers around 250 spacious modern rooms that are split between the main hotel and golfing complex. With restaurants, bars, boutiques, pools and many activities to take part in, this is a recommended beach hotel. Their beach is also private.


Lewa Tented Safari Camp has just twelve luxury tents that are discreetly sited close to a busy
little water hole that’s flood lit at night. The emphasis here is on activities, from walks, day
and night drives, visiting local sites of interest and horse/camel riding – they are all very well
run and accompanied by brilliant guides. There is also a high emphasis on the quality of the
food, where the chef strives to produce excellent meals using fresh locally grown
ingredients. Camel safaris are also available from here, lasting anything up to a week!


Little Governor’s Camp is built around a small lake that teems with birds and wildlife. The seventeen tents are reached by boat, across the Mara River and are exquisitely set, offering a serene and romantic atmosphere. Built for intimacy, entirely from canvas, the tents look out over the busy waterhole, furnishings are luxurious, bar always stocked and a French chef continues to amaze guests with delightful cuisine. Activities are concentrated on drives, though walks are very popular – all accompanied by experienced and qualified guides.


Adjoining the Masai Mara, the camp is protected by the Koyiaki wilderness area, so away from the other lodges and many of their activities. This is an exclusive seasonal camp with only six tents that are comfortable, very spacious and en suite. All guests are looked after by superb staff and very knowledgeable guides. Activities are focused on day and night drives and particularly the walking safaris.


Mara Explorer is situated on a broad, thickly forested bend of the Talek River in the middle of the Maasai Mara. From here, it enjoys prime viewing of the wildebeest migration. During the remainder of the year, herds of watering elephant, giraffe and other animals can often be seen from guest’s private veranda. This is a ‘five-star’ camp and offers 10 luxurious tents with good river views. Each tent reflects a distinctive ‘explorer’ style, with old wooden chests, tin trunks and historic prints, complemented by a fascinating collection of ‘Africana’ books in the camp’s library. With a host of local activities that would interest any guest, they concentrate mainly on game drives and walks, and visits to local Masaai communities.


Set above a sweeping bend in the Talek River at the confluence of the Maasai Mara’s four game main viewing areas, Intrepids enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the reserve. With thirty luxury tents widely spread across a large riverside site, it ensures guests the optimum privacy and peace. Each tent is furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris, with large four-poster beds and handsome furniture. Each tent sits on a shady platform, with sweeping views over the riverbanks where a wide variety of animals come to drink. With a host of local activities that would interest any guest, they concentrate mainly on game drives and walks, and visits to local Masaai communities.


Owned are run by the Lonrho Group, the club is set in the Ol-Choro Oiroua Conservation Area, bordering the Masai Mara. Surrounded on three sides by the Mara River, all fifty tents have their own private river frontage, with four-poster beds, veranda, electricity, modern en-suite facilities with hot and cold running water. Game drives are guided by experienced naturalists and there are gentle bird walks to enjoy as well. The food here is of a high standard and staff friendly.


The tented lodge is located inside the eastern section of the Masai Mara and hidden in a wonderful little forested valley away form sight of other Mara visitors. There are seventy five tents that are quite luxurious and contain everything one would expect from a permanent bush lodge. Wooden walkways link the tents and manicured lawns with the main dining / bar areas, and are built over wide lily ponds. Bird life is abundant, with kingfishers a speciality. The impressive main building consists of a high thatched lobby, Oloip bar with its cosy log fireplace, a big dining area and outdoor terrace.


A good interpretation of a traditional Masai village, Mara Serena is perched on a hill, with a beautiful pool that looks out over the wide plains below. The seventy two rooms are Masai influenced in style yet extremely spacious and comfortable. Meals are delicious, always plentiful and the staff very friendly. Game drives are the main form of activity here, with excellent concentrations of wildlife in the local vicinity of the lodge.


Mara Sopa is set in the Oloolaimutia Valley and built into the surrounding hillside. The ninety rooms are all spacious, well equipped and have excellent views over the surrounding countryside. The lodge has spacious conference facilities for up to one hundred and twenty guests and is an excellent venue for special occasions. It can cater for birthday and anniversary parties, bush breakfasts, lunches, bar-b-ques, sundowner cocktail parties, gala dinners or theme evenings. The Sopa has all the facilities that a modern traveller could wish for and their pool has panoramic views.


Located on the lovely Shanzu Beach on the North coast of Mombasa, shaded by towering palm trees and draped in bougainvillea, the Serena provides the perfect romantic spot. The resort combines indigenous Arabic/Swahili design with a high standard of staff and cuisine. Serena’s one hundred and sixty six rooms are well-appointed, all have private balconies with vistas of the Indian Ocean or the courtyards. With many restaurants, grills, bars and a whole host of activities, guests are perfectly catered for through out their stay.


At 7,200 feet on the slopes of Mount Kenya, Mountain Lodge is ringed by a dense rain forest that comes alive at dusk with a myriad of sounds of creatures of all sizes. This is the adventure offered at the forty two roomed Mountain Lodge, where animal sightings are fascinating and frequent. The rooms are simple yet adequately comfortable and have spacious verandas with views to the forest and water hole. You can often watch local game including elephant, buffalo, rhino and waterbuck queue up to drink! It’s a great mountain lodge with the atmosphere to match, good standard of cuisine and friendly staff. Gentle walks and fishing trips are popular here.


Retaining a strong sense of history, Mount Kenya Safari Club still connects with Hollywood and the royalty. The main club building is dotted with memorabilia – huge trophy heads from the days when hunting was permitted and photographs of famous actors, actresses and various celebrities, from past to the present day. Cottages retain an ambience recalling the 1950’s – with huge French windows, white terrace furniture and large cosy sofas in the central sitting rooms. Suites are more modern and very private, with vaulted ceilings and river-front sites. The roaring fires, fuelled by huge logs are lit every evening and add considerably to the feeling of soothing relaxation. The huge grounds at the Club are wonderfully kept and have stunning views.


The Serena Group offers excellent hotel facilities throughout East Africa, and the Nairobi Serena is no exception. As a member of the Leading hotels of the World, the Serena is shaded by the jacaranda, bougainvillea and acacia trees and surrounded by lush manicured gardens. Set on the edge of the Central Park and the City Centre, the hotel provides a peaceful and luxurious retreat to travellers and business guests. With several outstanding restaurants, excellent staff and around one hundred and eighty delightful rooms, Serena is one of the finest hotels in Nairobi.


Ngulia Safari Lodge is located on a spectacular site in Tsavo West National Park. It’s been built at the top of a rocky outcrop and carved into two flat terraces. It looks a quite large from a distance due to its construction, but once inside, views ‘out’ make up for this. There is a grassy plain and well visited water hole to the left, then in front of the restaurant, is a ‘strategically’ located dead tree, where meat is put out each evening for a resident leopard. To the right, is a sheer cliff dropping off to the Yatta Plateau below. The pool looks out over this as well! All fifty bedrooms are quite simple and have balconies and en suite bathrooms. The main public area has a large simply furnished lounge, bar and dining area – all looking out over these scenic surroundings.


The exterior of the Norfolk Hotel hasn’t changed since the colonial era. Timbered walls are covered in vines and creepers, old London taxi cabs queue outside, historic cars and farming relics lie in the gardens and inside, old mounted photographs chart the history of Kenya. Its one hundred and sixty six rooms are of a very high standard and the hotel retains a tranquil ambience of the colonial period. The food is excellent, staff friendly and comfort matches any five star property around the world.


Set amidst 20 acres of flamboyant tropical gardens, the hotel has been extensively refurbished and modernised, while still retaining its period charm: whitewashed walls, tiled floors, ceiling fans, potted palms, marble and wicker furniture etc. The atmosphere is laid back and ambience very Casablanca! With around two hundred and twelve modern and spacious rooms, views range from the tropical gardens to the ocean. With all the facilities one would expect from a Mombasa beach hotel, Nyali has them all… and town is close enough for exploration trips.


Gracious, solid and comfortable, the club has amazing views of Mount Kenya, beautifully manicured gardens and lawns, and forty five delightful rooms that still retain the qualities of an historical property. With lots of private land around the club, it’s a great location for conferences, training sessions and numerous activities, including walks and fishing. With excellent restaurants, bars, taverns, a Kikuyu homestead and Lord Baden Powell’s museum to look at, the club is certainly worth a visit.


The hotel is ideally situated to visitors and business travellers, and retains a welcoming atmosphere with friendly and hospitable service. The hotel has modern facilities, around one hundred and seventy two simple yet comfortable guest rooms. The bar is always friendly and attracts many Nairobi residents. With panoramic views over Nairobi, the hotel has a three star rating and around eighteen kilometres from the airport.


Peponi is a small hotel on the exotic island of Lamu. Here there are still no cars and the narrow streets of the old town have changed little over the years. Peponi retains much of its character and charm from the sixties, it’s small and personal, and offers a perfect rest after a safari or a hide away holiday from modern life. With just 24 rooms it’s certainly personal. All rooms are decorated with indoor plants, interesting artwork and Swahili-style furnishings. No two rooms are alike and five of them are built right on the beach. All have ocean views, overhead fans, mosquito netting and personal safes.

The hotel closes in May and June however check with us upon enquiry.


Situated only 10km from the Nairobi City Centre and 20km from the International Airport, the Safari Park is really an African-theme resort providing deluxe accommodation in 64 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and indigenous forest. All of the 204 distinctively designed and decorated rooms are airy and contain television, private bathroom facilities and private balconies. There are also several recommended restaurants to choose from and a host of activities from swimming pools to squash courts.


Salt Lick Lodge is located in the heart of Hilton International’s own private Wildlife Sanctuary which lies adjacent to Tsavo National Park. The reserve plays an increasingly important role in the protection and conservation of Kenya’s wildlife heritage. All ninety six rooms are built in two storey blocks from a central pod and linked together by elevated platforms – overlooking a salt slick and small waterhole. Rooms are spacious and have all the necessary modern conveniences. The restaurant, bar and main balconies have views over the water hole and salt lick, which is constantly in use by local park residents. There is also an underground hide for closer encounters. The property looks a little obtrusive from a distance – somewhat galactic, though certainly worth a stay for a night or two.


Perched on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the heart of the Samburu, Intrepids location guarantees close encounters with the region’s shier wildlife, including elephant, lion and leopard. This luxurious lodge offers twenty seven modern tents that are spacious and have private views over the river – often frequented by much game. Activities are focused on game drives, walking safaris outside the reserve and camel safaris. There are also seasonal rafting trips on the Uaso Nyiro River. It’s a great lodge, that’s flexible, romantic and has close ties to the local Samburu communities.


Located in a rugged landscape with a backdrop of jagged mountains and the beautiful Uaso Nyiro River on the doorstep, the sixty two rooms are spread along the river. The dining room is open on the river side, with long tables and large buffet meals. The bar’s a popular spot and pool is certainly inviting during the heat of the day.


Situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the centre of the Samburu, Serena has sixty two rooms that are very comfortable, thatched and contains all the modern conveniences one would expect from a luxury lodge. Activities include game drives, gentle birding walks and animal watching from the large observation terrace. With a swimming pool, tribal interactions, camel rides and excellent game around the river, this is a highly recommended lodge.


Located high on the plateau overlooking Lake Nakuru, the views are panoramic – shimmering pink shadows created by millions of flamingos, pelicans and marabou storks. The landscape seems to always blossom here, as natural foliage and a variety of wild flower blossom. There are only 65 rooms, all are air-conditioned and have modern conveniences. Views from the room’s verandas are also panoramic. The meals are excellent and served inside the lodge, by the pool or under a forest of towering acacia trees. The Rift Valley bar is always a great watering spot and is located on the ground floor with great views of the lake.


Located on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, Sarova Shaba offers a unique luxury seldom found in a large African bush lodge. There are eighty chalet rooms that are certainly stylish and very comfortable. The lodge’s grounds are well manicured and several springs attract a constant supply of birds. There is always evening entertainment, delicious meals and excellent staff to look after guests.


Set discreetly in the heart of an ancient tropical rain forest, Shimba is constructed from indigenous timber that blends perfectly into the surrounding forest vegetation. It is the only tree hotel on the Kenyan coast, and shares this scenic home with herds of sable antelope, elephant, buffalo, civet and genet cat – all popular at the floodlit waterhole. All thirty rooms (not en suite) are quite small but well designed with big windows and vantage points that overlook the waterhole. The meals here are of a reasonable standard and service friendly.


Just outside the eastern boundary of the Mara, Siana Intrepids occupies a lush indigenous forest watered by the largest natural springs in the Mara ecosystem – Siana Springs. The camp’s location offers guests unique opportunities for excellent private bush walks and drives on the plains and along the seasonal streams beneath Ngama Hills. This luxurious camp offers thirty eight spacious tents surrounded by bamboo groves, flowering ornamental trees, lily clad ponds and a lush indigenous forest. It’s a fun camp, with Siana’s famously fearless bushbucks, vervet monkeys and tree hyraxes keeping guests entertained during the day.


The Southern Palms beach resort is set amongst the palm trees beside the Indian Ocean and offers a unique blend of Swahili and Arabian architecture, fine service, gourmet food, sun, sea and sand. With around three hundred rooms with all modern conveniences, it’s quite an active hotel. They also have a variety of sports available, from gyms, huge swimming pools to scuba diving. You can also dance the night away at an open air disco beside the pool or enjoy one of the colourful local shows.


Situated in the city centre, the Stanley has a history of famous travellers, including Earnest Hemingway, who regularly gathered for a drink at the legendary Thorn Tree Café before or after a long safari. A message board on the acacia tree was and still is used by travellers to make contact with fellow travellers. Today, the Stanley has lost much of its importance as a meeting place, but a drink at the Thorn Tree Café is still a pleasant experience. Recently, the hotel has been refurbished to a high standard and still retains the original Victorian charm. With just over two hundred rooms, popular bars, good food and friendly staff, the Stanley is still one of the best places to stay in Nairobi.


This beautiful tented camp lies in the heart of a private game reserve, with magnificent views across the plains to the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya. The thirty tents are luxuriously appointed and located in typical grassland savannah, dotted with acacia trees. The service here is personalised, with excellent attention to detail. There are also many activities to enjoy, including day and night game drives, nature walks, horse riding and visits to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary.


Taita is located in the heart of Hilton International’s own private Wildlife Sanctuary which lies adjacent to Tsavo National Park, therefore plays an increasingly important role in the protection and conservation of Kenya’s wildlife heritage. The property has a handful of accommodation units, many with nice park facing rooms and some with views over the gardens. The accommodation is spacious though quite basic and consists of sixty two rooms. The food is plentiful and service friendly. Activities include game drives, tennis courts, 9 hole golf course, camel riding or just relaxing around the swimming pool.


Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, this unique game lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of wildlife, including elephant, rhino, leopard, bushbuck and occasionally an elusive bongo or giant forest hog. Resembling, and named after Noah’s Ark, the Ark comprises of three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing. A ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities. Fifty nine simple yet comfortable en suite cabins are fitted with buzzers to announce the arrival of one of the ‘big five’… Before embarking on the half hour drive to The Ark, lunch is often served at the charming Aberdare Country Club.


Tortilis lies on the edge of Amboseli and gazes out onto the snow capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Each of the seventeen tents are spacious and well designed with generous stone verandas with comfy wicker chairs. Tortilis offers fascinating nature walks guided by local Masai, who are happy to pass on their traditions and medicinal lore, and point out which plants they use and which they avoid. Game drives are also available. The food here is deliciously Italian and service excellent. Tortilis is certainly known for its sundowner spots.


Treetops is Kenya’s original tree lodge, legendary for its historical royal connection and for the animals it attracts to the waterhole, including rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, bushbuck, waterbuck and many other species. Treetops is around a ten mile drive from the Outspan, where guest generally visit first. The lodge rises dramatically out of the ground on stilts and overlooks a water hole and salt lick. It has four decks and a rooftop viewing platform. Solely dedicated to game viewing, the accommodation is compact and cosy, and only has fifty rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Note that it gets chilly here during the winter months. Dinner is served at refectory tables with bench seating which is ‘intimate’.


Strategically located in Tsavo East National Park, Voi Safari Lodge stands high above the town of Voi, and overlooks a vast expanse of African bush. With large herds of elephant, buffalo and a wide diversity of animal, bird and plant life, Tsavo is an ideal stop over en route to or from Mombasa. There are fifty rooms here that are comfortable and accommodating. Staff are also friendly. From the lodge, you can look out onto the two water holes below and for the camera enthusiasts, close-ups and excellent pictures can be taken from the hide, as animals come to drink.


Set above the idyllic white sands of a silver beach, this resort is more than a holiday beach hotel. With over two hundred rooms, panoramic bars, restaurants, pools and action-packed entertainment programs, guests are totally spoilt through out their stay. At the water sports centre, you’ll find everything from sailing, snorkelling and water skiing, to glass bottom boat rides among enchanting coral gardens. And there’s scuba diving and deep sea fishing. This is certainly a modern hotel with all the facilities and friendly staff to look after the entire family.


Situated in the shadow of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro on the edge of Tsavo West National Park, Voyager Safari Camp sits on the edge of a small dam on the Sante River. This exclusively tranquil camp offers a close encounter with the resident hippos and crocodiles, as well as the big game of one of Kenya’s most spectacular and least explored parks. All of the twenty five tents look out over the river, and are spacious, comfortably furnished and classic in ambience. The restaurant serves excellent homemade table d’hôte cuisine that’s recommended. Activities are mainly day and night game drives and escorted nature walks.


Situated to the north east of the Mara, within the borders of the Koyaki / Lemek Wildlife Trust, the lodge sits on the banks of a broad bend in the Mara River, with sweeping views over waters inhabited by large pods of hippo. Indigenous forests around the lodge are home to elephant and buffalo, while the plains are frequented by all the big cats. Accommodation is in seventy eight intimate cottage style rooms, all with beautiful views over the river and the forests beyond. The restaurant serves delicious homemade meals that are highly recommended. Activities are mainly game drives and gentle walking trips, accompanied by an experienced guide.


Whitesands enjoys the longest seafront area of the East African coast, and is situated north of Mombasa. With a wide range of facilities, a high standard of cuisine and very friendly staff, this is one of the best resort properties in Kenya. With over three hundred spacious and well decorated rooms, many with sea views, the gardens palm trees and well manicured lawns, make this property feel smaller. There are many bars, restaurants, pools and excellent water sports facilities, which make this a popular hotel for holiday makers, and the business traveller.


Situated in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ziwani is the ideal spot on the banks of the Tsavo River, which is fed by the melting snows of Kili. With around twenty spacious tents, Ziwani retains a rustic ambience that’s comfortable and reminiscent of a bygone era. The food here is excellent and activities range from game drives to gentle walks with knowledgeable guides. Mzima Springs is also a very popular visit for guests.