Kenya is home to an abundance of parks filled with lodges and tented camps to suit all budgets. Looking for a place to spend your honeymoon, tick off the bucket list and enjoy the ultimate safari – even with the little ones in tow? We’ve got a range of hotels, camps and lodges to suit you. We’ve asked our experts to advise the best places to stay, whether you’re travelling as a couple, with friends or as a family…
Best for Honeymoons
Kicheche Mara Camp
Leave the world behind on a one-of-a-kind safari experience at Kicheche Mara Camp. Tucked within an olive grove in Acacia Valley, there’s a just a handful of tents at this intimate camp. All meals, including three-course dinners, are included and you can be as sociable as you wish – sharing stories around the campfire or dining by candlelight in the privacy of your suite. Find out more.
Mara Plains Camp
An exclusive safari if ever there was one, Mara Plains Camp is built for seclusion with just seven luxury tents offering all the creature comforts of a boutique hotel. Ticking all the boxes for a romantic safari, the suites come with stand-alone copper bathtubs overlooking the open bush. Get up early for sunrise nature walks or a blissful hot air balloon ride and enjoy exhilarating night-time safaris after dark. Find out more.
Best for Family-Friendly
Cottars Private House
Cottars Private House is perfect for families and large groups looking for their own piece of wilderness – complete with a dedicated game ranger and game viewing vehicle. Run by a family with their own children who have grown up here, the camp is well-suited to kids of all ages. Nannies are available for babysitting and children can join in the Maasai Warrior School where they will learn how to track animal footprints, sing songs in Maa and practise the arts of spear-throwing and fire-making. Plus, there’s a fantastic private swimming pool! Find out more.
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
Tucked away beneath the trees of Shaba Game Reserve, Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is the ultimate retreat for all ages. Set along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, the camp is the only game lodge in the reserve, meaning you can enjoy game viewing pretty much all to yourself! Kids will love the activities here as much as the parents – from camel safaris to the Ozone Rangers Club where kids can enjoy mini-soccer, walks with the resident naturalist, board games and kiddies’ movies each evening. Find out more.
Best for Game Viewing
Karen Blixen Camp
For an unforgettable safari, head to Karen Blixen Camp, an intimate camp named after the author of Out of Africa. Designed like the original explorer camps from the 1920s, you can experience some of the most incredible wildlife without even leaving the camp. Set in a private concession of over 900 hectares, you’ll spend your days on the lookout for leopards, grunting hippos and endangered African wild dogs. Find out more.
Elephant Pepper Camp
For an authentic Kenyan safari, Elephant Pepper Camp is the perfect choice. Nestled on the wildlife-rich northern fringe of the Maasi Mara, this boutique camp promises close-up encounters with all sorts of animals, from zebra and giraffe to wildebeest and lions – sometimes even in the middle of the camp! Two game drives are included per day and you can also challenge yourself to a guided bush walk with highly trained camp rangers. Find out more.
Best for Instagram
For a Kenya holiday with a difference, make sure you include a stay at Giraffe Manor – where endangered Rothschild giraffe will join you for breakfast. Set in Nairobi, it’s the perfect property to kick start or end off your safari holiday. The colonial-style rooms bring about the appeal of the 1930s and large windows allow these gentle giants to pop their heads in and say hello. Plus the home-cooked meals on your Full Board plan means the giraffes won’t be the only ones coming back for more. Find out more.
Best for Beach
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa
Extend your holiday with a beach escape in Mombasa. With sprawling grass leading right down to the beachfront, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa is the ultimate coastal break in Kenya. There’s everything you need right here – three restaurants serving the freshest seafood, a beach bar with resident DJ, a kids’ club with daily activities and five swimming pools so you can enjoy a new sun tanning spot every day of your stay. Find out more.
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