15 Best Kenya Safari Lodges & Camps

Considered the birthplace of safari, Kenya is one of those African destinations that can easily conjure up a sense of romantic escapism. You’ll certainly find your Out of Africa moment at one of Kenya’s luxury safari lodges or camps. With the Masai Mara providing a stage for the Great Wildebeest Migration, Amboseli’s mesmerising views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Samburu’s beautiful leopards, and Laikipia and Lewa’s unsurpassed wildlife conservation areas, Kenya is one of Africa’s best safari destinations.

Amboseli Camps & Lodges

Amboseli Safari Camps and Lodges

Tortilis Camp

Type of Accommodation: Luxury Safari Lodge

Go2African Rikke at Tortilis Camp.

 

A sprawling luxury lodge with large tents set far apart, a sizable swimming pool and some of the best views of glacier-topped Kilimanjaro, Tortilis is nestled amid the cooling shade of thriving acacia tortilis trees, after which the lodge is named. With a private entrance on the border with Amboseli, Tortilis gives you the best of both worlds: access to the national park and a private space all to yourself.

Highlights:

  • Uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Large tents set far apart for maximum privacy
  • Game drives in Amboseli
  • Swimming pool and kitchen garden

Best for:

Honeymooners and couples

Porini Amboseli Camp

Type of Accommodation: Eco-friendly Tented Camp

Around the campfire and under the Milky Way…

 

This hidden gem enjoys a tranquil setting in the Selenkay Conservation Area on Amboseli’s doorstep. Porini Amboseli’s location in a private concession means that you can sip on sundowner drinks in magical bush settings and go on night game drives – activities that are not permitted in the national park.

Highlights:

  • Situated in a private, community-owned conservancy
  • Regular elephant sightings
  • Walk with Maasai warriors herding their cattle
  • Night game drives in search of serval, genet, civet and aardwolf

Best for:

Couples

Laikipia Camps & Lodges

Laikipia Safari Camps and Lodges

Segera Retreat

Type of Accommodation: Luxury Eco-lodge

A bird’s-eye view of Segera…

 

Laikipia lies on the rim of Africa’s heavenly Great Rift Valley and is a sanctuary for endangered animals like the patas monkey, African wild dog, and about 40 percent of the world's remaining Grevy's zebra. It’s also one of our Safari Experts’ favourite secret safari spots, as featured in our New Safari Bucket List. Segera Retreat offers its guests superb privacy, luxury, and fantastic indoor and outdoor settings for unforgettable dining experiences. Game drives on the Laikipia Plateau will reveal the area’s good densities of lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyaena, elephant and buffalo.

Highlights:

  • Exquisite and private two-storey villas
  • World-class spa
  • Superb service and excellent cuisine
  • Safaris on camelback
  • Diverse wildlife of the Laikipia Plateau

Best for:

Couples and families

Loisaba Tented Camp

Type of Accommodation: Luxurious Tented Camp

Where to escape the heat of the day at Loisaba.

 

This is probably the pool with the most perfect panorama in all of Kenya: Loisaba’s infinity-edge swimming pool looks out over the Laikipia plains below and allows you a cooling spot from which to track families of elephants down below. Filled with all modern conveniences, including high-tech shower and lighting systems, Loisaba matches its phenomenal views with superb service and delicious cuisine.

Highlights:

  • Very upscale camp with magnificent views
  • Hearty meals prepared with fresh organic produce from surrounding community ranches
  • Game drives and nature walks
  • Spend a night in the private starbeds

Best for:

Couples and families

Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha Lodges

Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha Lodges

Loldia House

Type of Accommodation: Luxury Safari Lodge

Enjoy drinks in the Loldia bar.

 

Harkening back to a slower, more gracious time, Loldia House evokes with croquet games on the lawn and nights chatting around a roaring fire. Lying on one of Kenya’s oldest farms, Loldia is within easy striking distance to everything from dormant volcanoes, beautiful lakes and Hell’s Gate National Park (on which scenes from the original Lion King movie are based) to fishing and birdwatching.

Highlights:

  • Idyllic lodge in a bird-lover’s paradise
  • Access to tennis, golf, angling, swimming and croquet
  • Backdrop of Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot
  • See animals like colobus monkey, endangered white rhino, lion and leopard
  • Witness a million pink flamingos feed in Lake Nakuru (about June to August)

Best for:

Couples and families

Deloraine House

Type of Accommodation: Luxury Safari Lodge

Old-school grandeur at Deloraine.

 

Built in the 1920s on the slopes of an extinct volcano, Deloraine House has a fascinating history and a fantastic reputation as a leading equestrian centre. With stables housing over 60 horses, riders of all experience levels can enjoy rides in the mountains, cross country jumping and even a game of polo. For the non-equestrian inclined, Deloriane offers a tennis court, croquet lawn and gorgeous gardens in which to relax. You can also go on day trips into Lake Nakuru National Park to see animals like lion, leopard, white rhino, buffalo, and of course, the lake’s famous pink flamingos.

Highlights:

  • Elegant manor house, just 45 minutes from Lake Nakuru
  • Tranquil family atmosphere
  • Tennis court, croquet lawn and swimming pool
  • Horse-riding safaris and polo
  • Day trips to Lake Nakuru to see the famous flamingos

Best for:

Families

Lewa Lodges

Lewa Lodges

Sirikoi

Type of Accommodation: Intimate Safari Lodge

Eclectic décor and breezy spaces at Sirikoi.

 

Sirikoi is situated in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a magical sanctuary for highly endangered animals like eastern black rhino and the gorgeous Grevy’s zebra. It’s also one of the two secret safari spots favoured by our own Safari Experts, and featured in our New Safari Bucket List. This intimate lodge prides itself on attention to detail, exceptional service and an extensive array of activities like flips over Lewa’s remote mountains, salt pans and lakes in a helicopter or classic WACO biplane. Sirikoi has an extensive garden kitchen that provides its chefs with fresh organic produce used to prepare mouth-watering meals.

Highlights:

  • Intimate camp within a pristine World Heritage Site
  • Attention to detail and superlative service
  • See endangered Grevy’s zebra, and black and white rhino
  • Flips over Lewa in a classic WACO biplane
  • Horse riding, hiking and ATV trails in Ngare Ndare Forest

Best for:

Couples and families

Kifaru House

Type of Accommodation: Private Safari Lodge

A classic lodge under an impressive traditionally thatched roof

 

With an endless panorama of the surrounding wilderness, Kifaru House is a magical safari lodge renowned for its fabulous service and attentive staff. This oasis-like lodge is situated in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, home to East Africa’s healthiest populations of black and white rhinos. Enjoy game drives in search of the Big 5, cheetah, and endangered Grevy’s zebra against the gorgeous backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kenya.

Highlights:

  • Beautiful views of the Lewa plains and Mount Kenya
  • All-local guides certified by Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association
  • See the Big 5 and rare Grevy’s zebra on game drives
  • Walks in the wild with Samburu rangers
  • Visit anti-poaching tracker dogs at Lewa’s Conservation HQ

Best for:

Couples and families

Masai Mara Safari Camps

Masai Mara Safari Camps

Bateleur Camp

Type of Accommodation: Luxury Tented Camps

Savour breakfast overlooking the Masai Mara.

 

Bateleur is a classic and elegant safari camp set in a private concession on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Blending vintage safari elegance with an intimate ambience, Bateleur Camp will mesmerise you with its intriguing antiques and tasteful décor. Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will revel in game drives, guided bush walks and hot-air balloon safaris in Bateleur’s breath-taking Masai Mara location.

Highlights:

  • Intimate camp in a beautiful private concession
  • Private butler service
  • Excellent year-round Big 5 sightings
  • Witness the Wildebeest Migration (August to November)
  • Guided walks and night game drives

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners

Olonana

Type of Accommodation: Luxury Tented Camp

Starting the day on the Olonana boma deck.

 

Situated in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Olonana is a luxury safari camp that practically guarantees front-row seats to the Great Wildebeest Migration. This camp offers ultra-comfortable spaces from which to view the Mara’s splendour, all cocooned in contemporary design.

Highlights:

  • Unwind in the mini-spa
  • Romantics will love the secluded honeymoon suites
  • Go hot-air ballooning at dawn and start stargazing at dusk
  • Wi-Fi and a large swimming pool sheltered by the forest canopy

Best for:

Couples and small groups

Meru Accommodation

Meru Accommodation

Elsa’s Kopje

Type of Accommodation: Private Safari Lodge

Enjoy a bath overlooking the Meru bush…

 

Meru National Park is one of Kenya’s best-known parks, and one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness from Born Free fame. Named after the beloved lioness, Elsa’s Kopje is an unashamedly romantic safari lodge settled on a rocky hill in the heart of Meru. The views are breath-taking, the service exceptional, and the quality of guiding is superb. Not only will you enjoy great sightings of lion, elephant, leopard and cheetah, but Meru also offers a thriving rhino sanctuary.

Highlights:

  • Award-winning lodge built above the original camp site of Born Free fame
  • 360-degree views of Meru and Mount Kenya
  • Watch big game drink from a spring below the lodge
  • Game drives in elephant and lion country
  • Elsa’s Private House and Honeymoon Cottage

Best for:

Families and honeymooners

Nairobi Accommodation

Nairobi Accommodation

Ololo Safari Lodge

Type of Accommodation: Urban Safari Lodge

Game spotting from Ololo’s famous swing-bridge.

 

An Indiana Jones-style swing-bridge takes you from the entrance of Ololo to the old farmhouse that now hosts guests at this unique lodge. Set on the border of Nairobi National Park, you’d never say you’re less than an hour’s drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This is the perfect place to ease into your safari after a long-haul flight – you can ‘get your eye in’ by relaxing on the terrace with a pair of binoculars to spy birds, gentle plains game and even far-off predators in the park’s ground. Even your rooms have beautiful views of the lush gardens, known as ‘shambas’ in Swahili.

Highlights:

  • Elegant interiors beneath the classic stone-and-thatch exterior
  • Wi-Fi throughout the lodge plus a day room for early or late arrivals
  • Game drives in next-door Nairobi National Park
  • Various stand-alone options like private cottages and stable rooms

Best for:

Couples and families with children

Samburu Camps & Lodges

Samburu Camps and Lodges

Saruni Samburu

Type of Accommodation: Luxury Safari Lodge

Go2Africans Rikke and Liesel game watch in Saruni’s hide.

 

Admired for its innovative architecture, design and décor, Saruni Samburu boasts spectacular views over Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. Go on morning and evening game drives to look for the Samburu ‘Special 5’: Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk (also known as the giraffe gazelle). Take a walk with Samburu warriors to explore the Kalama mountains and ancient rock art, before returning to camp to relax and revive at the fantastic Maasai Wellbeing Space.

Highlights:

  • Innovative and eco-friendly design with stunning views
  • Comfortable photography hide overlooking a popular waterhole
  • Private airstrip – easily accessible on a fly-in itinerary
  • See the Samburu ‘Special 5’
  • Cultural interactions with one of the oldest remaining tribes in Africa

Best for:

Nature-loving couples and families with children

Sarara Camp

Type of Accommodation: Authentic Tented Camp

Watching ellies from the pool at Sarara!

 

Perched on the edge of the Samburu wilderness, an ancient land where no other safari camp or tourist can be seen for 850 000 acres. Each of Sarara’s tents feature alluring views of the Mathews Range and the camp’s waterhole – famous for attracting elephant. Here you can witness the fabled Samburu ‘singing wells’, a fascinating ritual that has remained unchanged for centuries and forbidden to be photographed.

Highlights:

  • Intimate camp in the beautiful Mathews Mountain Range
  • An extra special visit to the fabled Samburu ‘singing wells’
  • Natural rock swimming pool overlooking a busy waterhole
  • Game drives and guided walks in a remote part Kenya
  • Fly-camping with camels

Best for:

Adventurous couples and families

Chyulu Hills Accommodation

Chyulu Hills Accommodation

Ol Donyo Lodge

Type of Accommodation: Luxury Safari Lodge

Sleeping under the stars at Ol Donyo.

 

Set on the private Mbirikani Group Ranch, located between Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks, Ol Donyo sits perfectly in the foothills that border the Chyulu Hills National Park. Explore this beautiful slice of Africa – owned by a community of about 4 000 Maasai – on twice-daily game drives, guided walks, horse riding and mountain biking excursions. Several conservation and community out-reach programmes are also available.

Highlights:

  • Gorgeous views over the plains to Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Spacious villas with lounges, verandas and private pools
  • Romantic star-beds on roof terraces
  • View wildlife from an open-air hide
  • Game drives, guided walks and mountain biking in a private reserve

Best for:

Couples and families with children