Borana Lodge – Laikipia, Kenya
(An exclusive retreat in Laikipia, Kenya)
Intimate and exclusive, Borana Lodge is perched on the slope of a hidden valley overlooking a waterhole, where many animals come to drink. It was here that the Disney animators came to draw their inspiration for the Lion King. Built mainly from fallen cedar, and almost wholly constructed from natural materials, the lodge blends with the craggy stone outcrops of the escarpment and appears to grow organically from the hillside. Large windows in the drawing room allow wide panoramic views across the arid grasslands and all the interior spaces use and reflect the light and space of the surrounding plains. The decorations echo the use of natural materials, soft tones, African prints, and a variety of polished woods.
Delta Dunes – Tana River, Kenya
(Tana – The Wild Place by the Sea)
Less than 3 hours drive north of Malindi, standing high on miles of sand dunes, with sweeping views of the wild beaches of Ufungamana Bay, the Delta Dunes lodge offers Robinson Crusoe-style accommodation with all the comforts of modern living – electricity, cold drinks, hot showers and a swimming pool. Rates include a wide range of activities with boat trips on the estuary, sundowner cruises, game and bird walks with local trackers, channel fishing for rock cod and red snapper, plus sand-yachting, windsurfing and canoeing. Water skiing, sea cruises for snorkelling and more serious fishing are also available at additional cost. With only six cottages the lodge is an oasis of tranquility in a wilderness of water and bush, and will appeal equally to romantics of all ages, seclusion searchers, and those looking for a more active holiday in a pristine environment.
Desert Rose Lodge – Lake Turkana, Kenya
(Northern Frontier District [NFD] – Kenya)
On the southern slopes of sacred Mount Nyiru, sheltered by a spring-fed forest, Desert Rose Lodge looks out over the semi-arid northern wilderness. Offering just five cottages and accommodating a total of 12 guests, desert Rose is a remote bush home, which is both eco-friendly and culturally integrated with the local Samburu people. The main lounge and pool area have been hand crafted to blend with the indigenous gardens, landscaped to enhance the dramatic views and all the power is solar generated.
Elsa’s Kopje – Meru, Kenya
Elsa’s Kopje is named after Elsa the lioness who was made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical film “Born Free”. Elsa’s Kopje is almost invisible to the eye as you approach it’s home on Mughwango Hill in Meru National Park. It blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill), built very near to the site of George Adamson’s original campsite. The cottages are the ultimate rooms-with-a-view, uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside. Each cottage has spacious double or twin beds with en-suite, elegantly appointed bathrooms. There is an open bar, lounge and dining room with an exceptionally inviting infinity pool overlooking the Meru plains.
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club – Kenya
(Mount Kenya National Park)
The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is built on the equator on a ridge facing Mount Kenya with a magnificent view. The grand main building gleams white against the green sweep of the surrounding lawns and there are dramatic views of the foothill forests rising to the peaks of Mount Kenya.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge – Serengeti, Tanzania
(Serengeti National Park – Tanzania:- See the famous migration of the wildebeest in ultimate luxury)
Located at the heart of the Serengeti National Park, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge is set to become one of the world’s dream African hideaways. This luxury lodge offers spectacular views, wildlife roaming over miles of bush, an active waterhole and the magical sunsets of the African savannah. All of its 77 luxury rooms and private safari villas are decorated with handpicked African artwork and give an irresistible feeling of freedom and comfort.
Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge – Laikipia, Kenya
(The award winning Eco-Lodge – Laikipia, Kenya)
A much lauded eco-lodge, Il Ngwesi is utterly unique. Constructed by the local Maasai community using age-old skills and locally sustainable wildwood, it offers stunning views, impeccable service and innovative cuisine.
The area itself is wild and beautiful and provides a much-needed haven for 250 species of birds and 50 species of mammal, amongst which, elephant, buffalo, Grevy’s zebra and greater kudu abound. It also promises sightings of those species that are only found in the north of Kenya, such as gerenuk. The wilderness is also rapidly gaining a reputation for big cats and the elusive wild dog, which was thought for many years to be extinct.
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge – Tanzania
(Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania:- Adventure safaris, flamingos, action sports and more)
The Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only lodge to lie within the boundaries of the Lake Manyara National Park. Lying in the heart of the park, the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge offers stunning views of the towering escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, while its exclusive position allows for extensive safari game drives in the southern section of the park, which is dominated by its soda lake, often home to thousands of greater flamingos and lesser flamingos. Designed to resemble a tree house, the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge offers just ten individually-designed rooms and a central dining and bar area.
Leopard Rock Lodge – Meru, Kenya
Leopard Rock Lodge stands on the site of the former lion camp of George and Joy Adamson, of Born Free fame. Overlooking a river, it is located in one of the last surviving great wilderness areas of Kenya, Meru National Park. A traditional safari lodge, Leopard rock offers just 15 cottages, 10 suites and 5 luxury family cottages, all of which enjoy magnificent views over the wild and seldom-visited Bisanadi Reserve, beyond which lies Somalia, Ethiopia and the Indian Ocean. The lodge offers a charming lounge, two bars, one outdoor bar and a spectacular swimming pool which offers an island bar in its centre and glass partitions through which guest’s can view the crocodiles in the adjacent river.
Lions Bluff Lodge – Taita Hills, Kenya
(Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary – Taita Hills, Kenya )
An ecological oasis
An exclusive eco-lodge, conceived, built and run by the local Taita community, Lions Bluff Lodge stands high on a rocky bluff looking towards the North Pare Mountains, Kilimanjaro, the West Usambara Mountains and the Taita Hills.
Loisaba Wilderness – Laikipia, Kenya
(Northern Laikipia – Kenya)
Loisaba Lodge – Loisaba House – Loisaba Cottage… Luxury Under the Kenyan Sky!
Loisaba Wilderness, consisting of the Loisaba Lodge, Loisaba House and Loisaba Cottage, stands at the centre of a 61,000 acre wilderness, which was originally owned by the late Count Carletto Ancilotto, who fell in love with it after visiting Kenya on safari in the early 1960s. The Wilderness accommodation, which was the Count’s home, was built in the 1970s and, while considerably renovated, it remains very much as he planned it. Not only did the Count love the Loisaba wilderness, but it was also his aim to preserve it for future generations. Thus, he ran it as a cattle ranching operation, rearing the superb Boran cattle of Kenya, 1,700 of which still roam the plains today.
Malu Lodge – Naivasha, Kenya
(Naivasha – The Great Rift Valley)
Secluded in an ancient forest, which once clothed great tracts of the Great Rift Valley, Malu Lodge is a working farm located on 1,800 acres of private forest reserve. Offering an Italian restaurant, a series of cottages and a tree house, Malu is utterly unique. Located between Naivasha and Nakuru Malu makes a stunning weekend escape, or acts as the perfect base for exploring the Rift Valley, Nakura National Park, Lake Naivasha and Crescent Island, Hell’s Gate National Park and Kigio Game Reserve: a magical encounter with Africa – just 90 minutes from Nairobi. A small country hotel, yet offering luxury accommodation, superb service and acclaimed cuisine, Malu offers its guests the freedom to walk and ride through one of East Africa’s original highland forests, where leopard, buffalo and zebra roam. The farm also provides horses and mountain bikes for further exploration.
Mivumo River Lodge – Selous, Tanzania
(The Selous National Reserve, Tanzania:- The largest wildlife reserve in Africa: one of the most unique East African Safari destinations)
Standing high on the banks of the slow, brown Rufiji River, with glorious views down to the plunging torrents of Stiegler’s Gorge, the Serena Mivumo River Lodge offers just twelve luxurious rooms, each of which is housed in a timbered chalet with private viewing deck and plunge pool. Traditionally thatched, with high vaulted ceilings and picture windows, each room features an engaging mix of classic safari antiques and ultra-modern leather and rattan styled furniture. Softly lit and breeze-cooled, the Serena Mivumo River Lodge offers the ultimate escape to one of the world’s last undiscovered wilderness frontiers.
Mukutan Retreat – Laikipia, Kenya
(Laikipia West – Laikipia Nature Conservancy – Kenya)
A unique refuge, the romantic Mukutan Retreat stands high on the cliffs that overlook the spectacular Mukutan Gorge, with its spectacular waterfall, palms and extraordinary thermal Hot Springs. Located on the community owned ranch known as Ol Ari Nyiro Ranch, it offers just three cottages, all of which are located on the. Each cottage has a spacious bedroom, a double fireplace, a private verandah and a spacious bathroom. The central building offers a luxurious dining, lounge and bar space, which has been presented with considerable rustic elegance. The décor also reflects the intricate carving of the Swahili tradition, much of which has been done by local craftsmen from sustainable indigenous hardwoods. With a maximum of six guests, the retreat offers a degree of exclusivity, cuisine and service that is seldom found in modern-day Kenya.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge – Tanzania
(The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania)
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is perched on the edge of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. It lies within the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, which covers more than 8 000 square kilometres (3 100 square miles) of pristine African wilderness.
This top-of-the-range lodge was originally built in 1934 as a private hunting lodge with a commanding view over the crater and was converted to a hotel shortly after independence in 1961, The property as bought by &Beyond (formerly CCAfrica) in 1995 and rebuilt from scratch with the stated aim of creating ‘the finest safari lodge in Africa’.
Architecturally, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is literally fantastic. Each individual suite consists of two adjoining round structures, similar to African huts. The large interiors boast a décor as ostentatious as it is eclectic combining elements of baroque, classical, African, colonial and more; in a manner the management describes ‘Maasai meets Versailles’.
The entire Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has been designed in such a way that the crater is almost constantly in sight (even in the bathrooms) and the food and service and ambience are world class. Commended in Conde Nast Traveller’s magazine 1998.
Olarro – Masai Mara, Kenya
(Masai Mara National Reserve – Kenya)
Arena of the annual wildebeest migration and one of the most renowned Kenya Safari destinations.
A unique, artistically-styled retreat built with undulating curves that mimic the rolling hillside in which the lodge is set, Olarro -a luxury safari lodge -blends effortlessly into its surrounds. The interior is a cool white, accented by earth tone accessories and enhanced by modern décor chosen for its quality and the integrity of its design.
Olarro runs on eco-friendly principles not only in design but in its use of resources. It employs state-of-the-art wind and solar power technology. The lodge offers seven cottages, one exclusive house, central dining and bar options, swimming pool, spa and a wide range of unique activities.
Ol Malo Lodge – Laikipia, Kenya
Situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, Ol Malo Lodge is nestled in a rugged escarpment looking out across the time-honoured lands of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. An ancient land inhabited by wildlife and peoples of a time long ago, undisturbed and living by the rhythm of nature, there, as part of this untamed and beautiful landscape is Ol Malo – Place of the Greater Kudu.
Ol Donyo Wuas Lodge – Chyulu Hills, Kenya
(Mbirikani Maasai Group Ranch – Chyulu Hills National Park)
Located in the midst of the isolated and seldom-visited Chyulu Hills, the Ol Donyo Wuas Lodge is ecologically built on lava rock overlooking the vast plains. Kilimanjaro rises from the mists in the distance.
A magical land of black-frozen lava flows studded with blazing red-hot poker trees; of shoals of extinct volcanoes wreathed in dense forests and hung with Spanish moss, the Chyulu Hills coil like a sleeping dragon on the lion-gold plains of his treasure. To the west the pink-haloed peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rises like a Hollywood backdrop and all around stretch the mirage miles of Maasai land, dusty, dry and stalked by scarlet herders and dust-plumed cattle.
Ol Pejeta House – Laikipia, Kenya
(Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Laikipia, Kenya)
Once the exclusive ranch house of multi-millionaire Adnan Kashoggi, this magnificently presented Ol Pejeta House stands at the centre of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Set in extensive grounds, with glorious views of Mount Kenya, this opulent mansion features a series of reception rooms, including an elegant drawing room with baronial fireplace and a series of scenic verandas, which extend right around the house. The imposing dining room is served by its own dedicated chef and kitchens, and menus can be tailored exactly to suit our guests’ wishes. Accommodation includes a private guest cottage, two master suites and two guest bedrooms while the grounds include two private swimming pools and a barbeque and external dining area.
Royal Mara Safari Lodge – Masai Mara, Kenya
(Masai Mara National Reserve – Kenya)
The Royal Mara Safari Lodge is magnificently sited on the Siria Escarpment, which forms the western boundary of the Masai Mara Reserve. Offering just eight luxurious and spacious tented suites and a tented dining room and bar, the lodge stands directly on the wildebeest “Great Migration” route, near the two world famous wildebeest migration Mara River crossing points and near Leopard Gorge, all made internationally known by the BBC’s Big Cat Diary television program.