Top 8 Luxury Lodges & Camps in Kenya

by Sandy Salle on June 25, 2013

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Image to the left of Mara Plains Camp taken from the Great Plains Conservation website

Home to a portion of the Great Migration, the beautiful Maasai and Samburu people, and exceptional wildlife and big game, Kenya is one of Africa’s most diverse and culturally stimulating and wildlife-rich places in all of Africa.

Below are some of our favorite luxury accommodations in Kenya:

Mara Plains Camp: A Great Plains Conservation property, Mara Plains Camp in the Masai Mara Game Reserve of Kenya, guarantees to offer guests one of the most luxurious experiences in Africa. The camp was strategically built within a 30,000 acre conservancy that offers non-stop game-viewing. Guests are always right in the midst of nature in action—whether it’s witnessing a cluster of zebra pass in the afternoon or hearing the distant sound of a lion’s dramatic roar. With only seven luxury, canvas tents, Mara Plains Camp is celebrated for its personalized service and Kenya safari tours.


Image above taken from the Great Plains Conservation website


Image above taken from the Great Plains Conservation website

Some of the activities offered at this exclusive camp include early morning, late afternoon, and nighttime game drives, hot air balloon safaris (*additional cost), walking safari tours, and interactive village visits with the Maasai people.

Ol Donyo Lodge: Another Great Plains property, Ol Donyo Lodge is a spectacular accommodation that sits within 275,000 acres in the Chyulu Hills and Amboseli region of Kenya.  And unlike some of the more touristy destinations found throughout Kenya, this area is reserved EXCLUSIVELY for Ol Donyo Lodge guests; therefore, you won’t find any other tourists trying to get their game vehicle positioned in front of yours for the best shot. One of the best things about this lodge is that everyday is completely different from the next and there is no set schedule on what you have to do. Whether you want to soak in some rays at your own private pool, enjoy stargazing from your rooftop star bed, embark on early morning or late afternoon game drives, take part in guided bushwalks, delight in a romantic bush dinner, go on a hike, take a horseback riding safari, or get some exercise on a mountain biking excursion, the possibilities are endless at Ol Donyo.


Image above taken from the Great Plains Conservation website


Image above taken from the Great Plains Conservation website


Image above taken from the Great Plains Conservation website

And for a little taste of Ol Donyo Lodge, check out our recipe book, a Taste of Africa, which is a compilation of recipes from some of our favorite properties in southern and eastern Africa.

Sanctuary Olonana: Famous for their game drives, scenic flights, hot air balloon safaris, Maasai cultural visits, and relaxing bush dinners, Sanctuary Olonana is a must-visit for travelers interested in experiencing ALL that Kenya has to offer. The camp boasts an intimate ambiance, featuring only 14 en-suite tents, each overlooking the Mara River, where wildlife congregates daily.


Image above taken from the Sanctuary Olonana Camp website

It’s also worth noting that the food at Sanctuary Olonana is simply exquisite. All of the food is freshly prepared using local ingredients and can be enjoyed on the privacy of your very own verandah, in the midst of the African bush, or at the camp’s main deck.

Giraffe Manor: You’ve probably seen us mention Giraffe Manor A LOT on our blog and it’s for a good reason. It’s one of the BEST places to stay in Kenya. With the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the residential giraffes of this astonishing estate, it’s no wonder Giraffe Manor is at the top of most African-enthusiasts’ lists. Want to see just how close you can get to the giraffes? Click here.

Little Governor’s Camp: From hot air balloon rides over the majestic Masai Mara to exhilarating walking safaris, and Maasai cultural visits to exceptional game viewing experiences on the Masai Mara reserve, Little Governor’s Camp is one of Kenya’s most spectacular gems. With just 17 lavish en-suite tents, Little Governor’s Camp does get its name from its size, intimate setting, and spectacular personal service! Each of the tents is situated around a large watering hole that attracts some of the reserve’s most awe-inspiring animals, including elephant, wildebeest, and a wide variety of exotic birds.


Image above taken from the Governor’s Camp Collection website


Image above taken from the Governor’s Camp Collection website

Ride Kenya Safaris: For avid horseback riders, Ride Kenya Safaris is a mobile safari experience that takes guests across the wildlife-rich Amboseli and Chyulu Hills National Parks via horseback. These mobile safaris often consist of four to seven hours of horseback riding, as well as a variety of other safari experience options, including game drives, bush walks, and nighttime game drives. Nights are spent in a traditional mobile camp, offering guests the opportunity to experience Kenya’s nature in its purest form.


Image above taken from the Great Plains Conservation website


Image above taken from the Great Plains Conservation website

Segera Retreat: You’ve never experienced anything quite like the Segera Retreat by the Wilderness Collection—even if you’ve been to Kenya before! This spectacular camp offers guests the ability to customize their entire safari experience, thanks to the camps boutique size of only 6 villas. Game viewing opportunities include day and night game drives, walking safaris, camel safaris, and picnics and sundowners. On these exciting wildlife excursions, you might witness lions, zebras, buffalo, elephants, giraffes, baboons, and much more. In addition to the property’s stunning wildlife, Segera Retreat is also celebrated for its stunning works of art, décor, and spectacular cuisine.

Borana Ranch & Safari Lodge: With eight, beautifully appointed cottages, each with views of Samangua Valley, the Lewa Plains, and Mount Kenya, Borana Ranch & Safari Lodge offers a unique experience and setting for guests.


Image above taken from the Borana Ranch & Safari Lodge website


Image above taken from the Borana Ranch & Safari Lodge website

Each of the lodge’s cottages have their own fireplace and private veranda—perfect for relaxing during the evenings. One of the best features about the design of the Borana Ranch & Safari Lodge is the infinity pool, where guests can observe elephants and other large game as they enjoy a drink at the nearby watering hole. As for activities at Borana, there are a wide selection to choose from, including game drives, guided walks, mountain biking, horseback riding safaris, scenic flights over Mount Kenya, and much more.


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Africa Inside June 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Great list and I would add one of my favorites: Rekero Tented Camp which is situated on the Talek river in the Maasai Mara with the resident hippos grunting lullabies each night.
I interviewed the amazing young managers of this place on my site recently:

Sandy Salle June 26, 2013 at 7:37 am

Another fantastic property, Lori! Glad you mentioned this one. Amazing wildlife viewing and such lavish tented suites.


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