Kenya Game Parks
Hotels in Kenya Game Parks
A decade ago, these plains on the edge of the Great Rift Valley were dangerously overgrazed. But with help from an innovative trust, local Masai tribes switched from cattle herding to opening high-end lodges like Il Ngwesi.
Two tented camps—one vintage-luxe style (Bateleur Camp), the other more rustic—on a private concession on the western border of the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Book one of the 18 deluxe tents, just outside Tarangire National Park, to see the vast herds of elephants and the huge baobab trees.
This venue is closed.
Inspired by Masai architecture, in a ridgetop acacia grove; the swimming pool is fed by melting ice from Mount Kilimanjaro.
At Kenya's ol Donyo, Great Plains has partnered with the local Masai community to protect the area's wildlife while helping to support neighboring villages.
A refurbished 1950’s-era hunting lodge in the Mount Kenya foothills with an 120-seat dining room at Tusk Restaurant and Terrace.
Set on Masai land in southern Kenya, the lodge and its foundation employ 214 tribespeople and make a daily $100-per-guest donation to support health, education and conservation programs, in particular compensation payments to Masai who’ve lost cattle to predators.
Riverside tents and some of the area’s best guides, set on the former hunting grounds of colonial-era governors.
Room to Book: Tent 31 for privacy and striking savannah views.
Rustic shingled cottages on the edge of the Northern Frontier District, home to the Grévy’s zebra and the Somali ostrich.
Room to Book: Upgrade to a Deluxe with river views
Doubles from $435, including meals.
The Kenya of Isak Dinesen may be a thing of the past, but a private place in the country’s lush hills can still be found. A 6,500-acre conservancy on the Laikipia Plateau is now home to four recherché rental villas and a spa.
With a silent partner like Paul Allen (yes, that Paul Allen) backing Olarro, it’s no wonder this hillside lodge overlooking the Masai Mara is becoming Kenya’s next high-profile hideaway.
Hillside domed huts modeled after a Masai village look onto a migratory path for elephants and giraffes.
Nairobi-based fashion designer Anna Trzebinski is also dabbling in the world of hotels, opening the tented Lemarti’s Camp near Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau in 2007.
Privacy is guaranteed at these 17 tents around a watering hole: the property is accessed by a hand-pulled river ferry.
Room to Book: Tent 17, at the head of the water hole, for up-close animal encounters