One of our favourite luxury Masai Mara safari camps is Richard’s River Camp –staffed with some of the friendliest and warmest Masai we have ever met! The overall experience here is second to none. The tents are done with beautiful fabrics and furnishings and the location on a small stream is quite magical. Here the emphasis is on freedom in the bush so luxury sundowners and bush meals are a highlight. Richard’s River Camp also has some of the best guides in the whole of the Mara and their eyesight for spotting those elusive big cats and other smaller animals is quite exceptional. You will also enjoy gourmet food and particular attention to detail. A fabulous choice!
Sirikoi sits in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and is run by famous safari guides Willie and Sue Roberts, it is Willie and Sue, both born and bred Kenyans, who give the camp its atmosphere, Their love for their country is infectious and you can’t help but be swept up in their passion! The camp has lovely views of a water hole which is popular with elephant and other species of wildlife. Sirikoi itself has luxury tents with roll top baths, huge showers and private verandahs, or a cottage and extremely luxurious house if you fancy being a little more secluded. The best thing about this heavenly Laikipia safari option is the private guides for everyone and the Gold Eco Rating.
Offbeat Mara is a small, traditional safari camp, situated within the 74,000 acre Mara North Conservancy (MNC). The area is full of wildlife yet far from any other camp or lodge. The conservancy is only open to member camps and has a strict policy on game viewing etiquette. For these reasons guests get a wholly exclusive experience that is otherwise becoming hard to find. With only 6 tents Offbeat Mara has a homely atmosphere with the resident, qualified Masai guides on hand to lead tailored activities such as, day and evening walks, cultural visits to nearby villages and bush meals. Offbeat Mara is ideal for those wanting to immerse themselves in their surroundings whilst retaining the exclusivity of a small camp.
Set on a 24,000 acre private wildlife and cattle ranch, Sosian boasts an impressive array of activities from game drives, to horse riding, to walking, fishing, birding and cattle ranching, Sosian even have their own herd of camel available for half day rides. In all there is a huge amount for guests to choose from when staying at this beautifully located working cattle ranch, though the lush grounds and beautiful pool offer those looking for less active pursuits, a chance to relax and unwind. All of Sosian’s 8 rooms are decorated in a similar style with colourful rugs and bedcovers, writing desk, recliner chairs and generous bathrooms and each benefitting from a private verandah affording guests total privacy. For those wanting a little more room or for bigger parties Sosian also offer 2 larger cottages.
Regarded as one of the most attractive lodges in East Africa, Ol Donyo is a recently redesigned, 20 bed lodge perched on a hillside on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills Natinal Park. Its location is unrivalled with full views of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the path of traditional wildlife migration routes. What makes Ol Donyo unique is feeling of space, the open fronted pool villas offer vistas across the national park, whilst spacious communal areas provide the perfect place to relax and unwind after one of the twice daily game drives. Ol Donyo are also equipped to offer cycling, horseback and photographic safaris as well as community visits and game walks. The perfect choice for travellers with a specialist interest.
Named after Elsa, the lioness made famous in the story of ‘Born Free’ this lodge is set within the species-rich Meru National Park. Elsa’s has repeatedly been awarded the gold status for Eco Tourism, it was the first lodge in Kenya to receive an eco-rating and works hard to ensure its impact on the land on which it sits is kept to a minimum. This boutique camp has minimised its visual impact by being built into and around the existing hills and trees. This means no two of the 10 cottages are the same in layout but all benefit from beautiful decor, an outside bath and private terrace overlooking the park. The lodge’s rich conservation history, luxury accommodation and award winning environmental ethic make Elsa’s a magical place to stay.