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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 the variety of luxury accommodation in Kenya. 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's unsurpassed wildlife conservation areas, Kenya is one of Africa's best luxury safari destinations.

Choosing a place to stay when embarking on a luxury safari in Kenya is almost as important as the national park or game reserve. While most Kenya safari lodges and camps offer fantastic game viewing and experiences, it’s important to choose the right one for you. To make things a little easier, we've rounded up the best safari lodges in Kenya:

Meru National Park

Meru National Park

1. Elsa’s Kopje

Two people overlook part of the Meru National Park from their hilltop position while having a candle- and lantern-lit dinner by the pool at Elsa's Koje in Kenya | Go2Africa
A romantic dinner for two | Elsa’s Kopje

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 of Born Free fame. Named after the beloved big cat, Elsa’s Kopje is an unashamedly romantic Kenya safari lodge settled on a rocky hill in the heart of Meru. The views are breathtaking, the service exceptional and the quality of guiding is superb. Not only will you enjoy great sightings of lion, elephant, leopard and cheetah, but also endangered rhino, as Meru is a thriving rhino sanctuary.


  • Award-winning lodge sculpted into Mughwango Hill
  • Built above the original Born Free camp site
  • 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
  • One of the best locations to track & view rhino

Best For:

  • Families
  • Honeymooners

2. Rhino River Camp

A look through trees and shrubbery across to a pristine pool on a raised deck with a small seating area that all overlooks an adjacent river found a level below | Go2Africa
Relax in the pool while overlooking the river | Rhino River Camp

Undoubtedly one of the most charming Kenya safari resorts due to its unusual leafy grove locale, Rhino River Camp borders Meru National Park in an exquisite private concession. This location not only offers fantastic Big 5 sightings, but also close proximity to the dedicated rhino sanctuary in the park. During your time here, learn about Elsa the lioness and how she inspired the famous book and film, ‘Born Free’.

The camp’s canvas tents can be found amongst the lush canopies of a riverside forest – perfect for privacy, peace, and quiet comfort. During the day, embark on exhilarating game drives, guided walks, and even mountain biking excursions. Wind down with an indulgent spa treatment, a dip in the swimming pool, or perhaps a cocktail while watching one of Africa’s iconic sunsets.

Rhino River Camp also forms part of a Positive Impact initiative which aims to protect and conserve local wildlife and support local communities. As an eco-camp focused on sustainable ecotourism, the camp endeavours to ensure the environment, visitors, and locals all benefit from its existence.


  • Fantastic Big 5 sighting opportunities
  • Fewer visitors offering a more intimate safari experience
  • Massage and spa treatments
  • Game drives, bush walks, mountain biking, and local village visits
  • Visit a nearby rhino sanctuary
  • Support a Positive Impact initiative

Best For:

  • Families
  • Couples
  • Adventure travellers

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Chuyulu Hills

Chuyulu Hills

3. Ol Donyo Lodge

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Ready for a private dinner for two? | Ol Donyo Lodge

Set on the private Mbirikani Group Ranch, located between Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks, Ol Donyo sits among 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. There are also several conservation and community out-reach programmes for guests to take part in.


  • Gorgeous views over the plains to Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Spacious villas with lounges, verandas and private pools
  • Sleepouts under the night sky in roof terrace star-beds
  • View wildlife from an open-air hide
  • Horse riding, mountain biking & guided nature walks

Best For:

  • Couples
  • Family getaways
Lakes District

Lakes District

4. Loldia House

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Admiring the views from the pool | Loldia House

Loldia House evokes a sense of nostalgia reminiscent of a slower, more gracious time –  where playing croquet on the lawn and nights spent chatting around a roaring fire were commonplace. Lying on one of Kenya’s oldest farms, Loldia is a luxury safari lodge within arm’s reach of everything from dormant volcanoes and beautiful lakes to the spectacular canyons and hot springs at Hell’s Gate National Park (which was the inspiration for scenes from the original Lion King movie).


  • Idyllic lodge in a bird-lover’s paradise
  • Tennis, golf, angling, swimming & croquet
  • Boat excursions & horse riding
  • Stunning views of Lake Naivasha & Mount Longonot
  • See animals like the colobus monkey, endangered white rhino, lion & leopard
  • Witness a million pink flamingos feed in Lake Nakuru (June to August)

Best For:

  • Couples
  • Family getaways
Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park

5. Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp

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Breakfast by the pool | Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp

The epitome of wild luxury, Finch Hattons is the most upscale and opulent camp in Tsavo National Park. Overlooking a freshwater spring that’s popular with resident hippo and crocodile, and boasting incomparable views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Chyulu Hills, the camp provides a perfect blend of modern-day comforts and old-world safari experiences. From the tranquil yoga room and chic contemporary décor to the game drives through the wild-life rich park and watching elephants roaming near camp, guests are treated to an authentic safari experience without missing the creature comforts accustomed to a luxury safari in Kenya.


  • Reliable elephant sightings around camp
  • Hammam, fitness training & yoga room
  • Beautiful views of Mount Kilimanjaro & Chyulu Hills
  • The Chyulu Spa is the largest bush spa in East Africa
  • Kids’ play area & bush activities
  • Crater climbs & scenic air flights
  • Stay at one of the best Kenya safari resorts

Best For:

  • Family & group getaways
Southern Rift Valley

Southern Rift Valley

6. Lentorre Lodge

Looking out from a four-poster bed across two chairs with a small coffee table and a pool and onto the bush beyond at Lentorre Lodge | Go2Africa
Nothing quite like a view and a private pool | Lentorre Lodge

When staying at Lentorre Lodge, you’ll feel as if you have the entire Southern Rift Valley to yourself. Set far away from the crowds, this Kenya luxury safari lodge is the only property on the Olkirimatian Conservancy, a Maasai community initiative developed to help the local people protect their wildlife, traditional lifestyle and heritage. Set on a spine running off the Nguruman Escarpment, Lentorre has uninterrupted views of Mount Shompole and Ol Donyo Lengai (an active volcano), and provides unencumbered access to this slice of wild and untouched Africa.


  • Exclusive access to the Olkirimatian Conservancy
  • Breathtaking views of the Nguruman Escarpment & Mount Shompole
  • Walk with baboons, track lions & herd livestock back to their boma
  • Tubing on the Ewaso Ng’iro River
  • Scenic helicopter flights

Best For:

  • Families
  • Romantic getaways

Amboseli National Park

7. Tortilis Camp

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The ultimate poolside relaxation station | Tortilis Camp

This sprawling luxury Kenya safari lodge features large tents set far apart, a sizeable 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.


  • Uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Large tents set far apart for maximum privacy
  • Reliable elephant sightings
  • Delicious Italian cuisine made from the freshest ingredients

Best For:

  • Honeymooners
  • Couples

Samburu National Reserve

7. Sasaab Camp

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An ideal spot to unwind | Sasaab Camp

A Moroccan-inspired tented camp, Sasaab brings a touch of luxury and contemporary style to the raw, wild landscape of Samburu National Reserve. Boasting mesmerising views of the sprawling golden plains of the Laikipia Plateau and Mount Kenya, Sasaab offers unique activities that ensure guests’ experience the Kenyan wilderness to its fullest.


  • World-class treatments at SpaSaab
  • Sleep under the stars in a Fly Camp
  • Camel rides
  • Stunning views of Mount Kenya & the Uaso Nyiro River

Best For: 

  • Families
  • Romantic getaways

9. Saruni Samburu

A spacious deck with a four-poster bed juts out from the rocky cliff to provide exceptional views over the surrounding valley and mountains | Go2Africa
Looking out from the villa | Saruni Samburu

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). 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.


  • Innovative & eco-friendly design with stunning views
  • Built into & around a giant volcanic rock face
  • Junior rangers programme for kids
  • Comfortable photography hide overlooking a popular waterhole
  • See the Samburu ‘Special 5’
  • Cultural interactions with one of the oldest remaining tribes in Africa

Best For:

  • Nature-loving couples & families with young children
  • Cultural tourists


10. Hemingways Nairobi

Looking up at the beautifully sculpted Hemingways Nairobi Hotel with its light on | Go2Africa
Lights on and everyone is home | Hemingways Nairobi

A boutique hotel located between Nairobi National Park and the Ngong Hills, Hemingways is the perfect spot to relax after a long-haul flight before heading off into the African wilderness. Set away from the hustle and bustle of city life in the peaceful neighbourhood of Karen, guests are guaranteed a blissful stay. Visit nearby attractions like the AFEW Giraffe Centre, where guests can interact with Rothschild’s giraffe. Or stay in and indulge in gourmet fine dining and world-class spa treatments – a day or two at Hemingway’s is nothing short of exceptional.


  • 5-star hotel in south-west Nairobi
  • Close to AFEW Giraffe Centre
  • Balcony views of Ngong Hills
  • Personal butler service
  • World-class fine dining & spa treatments

Best For:

  • Families & groups
  • Couples

11. Giraffe Manor

An elevated view of the ivy-covered face brick Giraffe Manor with three giraffe leaning up to seating areas with umbrellas while one waits off to the side | Go2Africa
Spotted visitors at the Manor | Giraffe Manor

When in Kenya, it’s an absolute must to spend the night at Giraffe Manor. A bucket-list item of note, people flock en masse from all over the world – including the likes of Naomi Watts and other big names – for the unique experience of having breakfast with the resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffe. The charming old-world building transports you back in time, while the modern comforts make it an ideal overnight stay before or after spending a week on a luxury safari in Kenya. With a waiting list as long as an Antarctic Winter, it’s best to book your stay at Giraffe Manor as soon as possible to be sure you don’t miss out.


  • Charming old-world guesthouse
  • Have breakfast with giraffes
  • Stones-throw from Nairobi National Park
  • Romantic candlelit dinner in the Orchid House
  • Chess, croquet & boules
  • Horse riding

Best For: 

  • Families
  • Couples
Diani Beach

Diani Beach

12. Kinondo Kwetu

A white bedroom with elevated beach decor and a four-poster bed looks out to the beach and beyond to the ocean | Go2Africa
Wake to the sound of the ocean | Kinondo Kwetu

Lazy days on the beach are a staple of any good holiday. Stop off at Kinondo Kwetu for a few days of peaceful relaxation on Kenya’s coastline after your African safari. Located on the pristine shoreline of Galu Beach (just south of Diani Beach), this Kenya resort offers beach luxury in a relaxed and laidback atmosphere. From the various watersports on offer to romantic horse rides and dinners on the beach, Kinondo Kwetu is one of the best safari lodges in Kenya to wrap up a luxury experience.


  • Barefoot luxury at a laidback Kenya resort
  • Beach & forest horse rides
  • Boating excursions & sailing
  • Golf, tennis, yoga & wood-fired sauna
  • Watersports, including kite surfing, snorkelling & canoeing

Best For: 

  • Honeymoons
  • Family vacations & group getaways

13. Alfajiri Villas

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A view of all the beautiful blues | Alfajiri Villas

Rated one of the most luxurious villas in the world by Conde Nast Traveller, this is a beach getaway like no other. Set on the shoreline of Diani Beach, Alfajiri offers dramatic views of the white-sand shoreline and turquoise Indian Ocean. The three unique villas each come with their own butlers and private swimming pools, guaranteeing a personalised experience. Alfarjiri is perfect for ultimate relaxation; whether in the form of a standalone beach holiday or after an enthralling Kenyan safari adventure.


  • Three luxury, exclusive-use villas
  • Personal butler service
  • Fresh sea-to-table seafood
  • Various water-based activities, like snorkelling & kite surfing
  • Golf & skydiving

Best For:

  • Families
  • Couples & honeymooners


14. Segera Retreat

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Beautiful thatch and blue skies | Segera Retreat

Laikipia lies on the rim of Africa’s 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. 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 bring guests close to lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyaena, elephant and buffalo.


  • Sleepouts under the night sky in the star-bed
  • Spectacular wildlife views from hides & lookout points
  • Scenic helicopter excursions
  • World-class spa
  • Superb service & excellent cuisine

Best For:

  • Couples
  • Family holiday

15. Porini Rhino Camp

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Located in the midst of an incredible wildlife conservancy | Porini Rhino Camp

As Kenya safari camps go, Porini Rhino Camp offers it all – Big 5 game viewing, sustainability, and superlative guides. Located in the lauded Ol Pejeta Conservancy found at the bottom of the Laikipia Plateau, the camp is fortunate enough to have access to the northern white rhino enclosure, housing some of the last members of the species.

Sensational wildlife sightings, and even some of the Great Migration timing dependent, can be seem on morning and evening game drives, walking safaris, or from the photographic hide. Enjoy sweeping views from the comfort of each tented suite and their spacious deck. Al fresco dining is the name of the game here with picnics in the bush, dining under the stars, and fresh locally grown ingredients.

Porini Rhino Camp also features as a Positive Impact camp, which they embody by helping to preserve local wildlife, landscapes, and communities.


  • Expert Masai guides for game drives and walks
  • A private conservancy near the majestic Mount Kenya
  • Al fresco dining opportunities
  • Photographic hide
  • A chance to see northern white rhinos in a protective zone
  • Give back with the camp’s Positive Impact initiative

Best For:

  • Couples
  • Adventure travellers
  • Seasoned safari-goers

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16. Loisaba Tented Camp

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Sublime sunsets and endless skies | Loisaba Tented Camp

This camp has the pool that probably has 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.


  • Very upscale camp with magnificent views
  • Hearty meals prepared with fresh organic produce from surrounding community ranches
  • Spend a night in the private star-beds
  • Camel safaris, mountain biking & horse riding

Best For:

  • Couples
  • Family getaways

17. The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

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Time spent looking at this view is never wasted | The Sanctuary At Ol Lentille

Nestled on the verdant hills of the Laikipia’s northern escarpment, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille has unmatched views of the sprawling lush valley below. Offering complete privacy and seclusion in one of Kenya’s most underrated regions, The Sanctuary provides 40 000 acres of untamed wilderness for guests to explore through a variety of different activities. From game drives and guided bush walks to quad biking and kayaking, there’s plenty for a luxury safari in Kenya or one with more of an adventurous spin.


  • Spectacular views of the Laikipia Plateau
  • Individually designed luxury villas with butler service
  • Quad biking, cycling, horse riding & camel safaris
  • Yoga, croquet, boules & jogging trails
  • Kayaking & river rafting

Best For

  • Family getaways
  • Couples
  • Adventurous travellers
Masai Mara

Masai Mara National Reserve

18. Naboisho Camp

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Wake up to a wonderful view | Naboisho Camp

Naboisho Camp is set in the unspoilt wilderness of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, offering high levels of service and an excellent location for game viewing. In fact, this conservancy is home to the highest population densities of lions in the world. Small in size, the camp has an ambience of intimacy, and a thatched lounge and dining room offers superb views of the nearby waterhole. Activities include game drives, guided walking safaris and cultural visits to a local Maasai village.


  • An exclusive safari experience in a private conservancy
  • Fantastic big cat sightings all year-round
  • Night game drives and walking safaris
  • Child-friendly safari camp with a kid’s safari programme (only for ages 5 years and older)

Best For:

  • Families
  • Couples

19. Angama Mara

A large deck with sunken boma and several loungers raised high above the plains enjoy a spectacular view of a setting sun | Go2Africa
The perfect spot for sundowners and stories told around a fire | Angama Mara

Meaning ‘to be suspended in mid-air’ in Swahili, Angama is true to its name. Perched atop three kopjes at the very edge of the Rift Valley, the lodge has breathtaking views of the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara that seem to stretch on forever. At the edge of the Mara Triangle, which is wedged between the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the Mara River and Oloololo Escarpment, this may be the most coveted spot on any luxury safari in Kenya.


  • Ultra-luxury lodge set above the Mara Triangle
  • Fantastic Great Wildebeest Migration viewing (August–November)
  • Walking safaris & hot-air ballooning
  • Garden-to-table lunches in the private garden
  • Reliable predator & black rhino sightings
  • Photography studio

Best For: 

  • Couples
  • Honeymooners

20. Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp

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The ultimate bath | Cottars 1920’s Camp

Established in 1919, Cottar’s Camp exudes the same grandeur of the era in which it was born. The camp is set on the Olderkesi Private Conservancy bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve and Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. This unique position means that the conservancy forms part of a corridor that boasts not only the largest concentrations of terrestrial wildlife on Earth, but also some of the most dramatic vistas in Africa.


  • Vintage-style luxury tented camp with butler service
  • Front-row seats to the Wildebeest Migration (August–November)
  • Unique Maasai cultural experiences
  • Hot-air ballooning & helicopter flights
  • Swim in the nearby waterfall
  • Wood-panelled 1920s safari vehicle

Best For:

  • Safari enthusiasts
  • Nature lovers

21. Bateleur Camp

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Take a dip while watching the sun set | Bateleur Camp

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.


  • Intimate camp in a beautiful private concession
  • Private butler service
  • Excellent year-round Big 5 sightings
  • Witness the Wildebeest Migration (August–November)
  • Hot-air ballooning over the Mara

Best For:

  • Couples
  • Honeymooners

Lamu Archipelago

22. Manda Bay

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Ideal for a siesta on the beach | Manda Bay

Just off Kenya’s north coast lies a cluster of gorgeous Indian Ocean islands – Lamu, Manda, Pate, Kiwayu and Manda Toto – known collectively as the Lamu Archipelago. An area of archaeological and historical interest, these islands are ideal for travellers looking for an away-from-the-crowds beach holiday and a fantastic grand finale to a luxury safari in Kenya. Manda Island offers a more exclusive feel; it’s virtually uninhabited and home to several archeologically important sites including the ruined towns of Takwa and Manda. Manda Bay is a boutique Kenya beach resort situated on a protected sandy stretch that’s lapped by the calm waters of the Indian Ocean. There’s something for everyone at Manda Bay – simply soak in the tranquillity the beautiful setting, or enjoy action-packed water sports like deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, water skiing and scuba diving.


  • Boutique Kenya beach resort on an unspoilt island
  • Deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, water skiing & scuba diving
  • Frequent sightings of dolphins, turtles & humpback whales
  • Cultural tours & dhow (traditional sailboat) safaris

Best For:

  • Honeymooners
  • Families


23. Kifaru House

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Set up for sundowners | Kifaru House

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is one of Kenya’s greatest conservation success stories. This 62 000-acre stretch of land lies in the foothills of Mount Kenya and has become an internationally recognised example of collaborative conservation involving its neighbouring tribal communities. Not only that, Lewa is home to East Africa’s healthiest populations of black and white rhinos. Kifaru House is harboured within this pristine wilderness, an enchanting oasis of lush lawns and breath-taking vistas. It’s arguably one of the most underrated Kenya luxury safari lodges.


  • Private, luxury Kenya safari lodge with magical views
  • See the Big 5, cheetah & endangered Grevy’s zebra on game drives
  • Guided walking safaris with Samburu rangers
  • See critically endangered black rhino

Best For:

  • Families or groups
  • Eco-tourists

24. Lewa Wilderness Lodge

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Ready for morning coffees of afternoon sundowners | Lewa Wilderness Lodge

Tracing its current history back to 1924, this Kenya luxury safari lodge is centred on the original family farmhouse. The owners are involved in all aspects of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and, together with their exceptional guiding team, share their experiences of how education and social welfare can have a positive impact on conservation. Lewa Wilderness Lodge is perfect for true nature lovers looking for a transformative, luxury safari in Kenya.


  • Spacious rooms with fireplaces, lounge areas & private verandas
  • Spectacular views
  • Unique activities like camelback safaris, fly-camping and vintage biplane flights
  • Airstrip for private chartered flights directly to the lodge
  • Gym and tennis court

Best For:

  • Couples
  • Families or groups
  • Eco-tourists

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