Hotels in Kenya

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.

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.

In two adjacent Swahili houses in the heart of Old Town, 10 guest rooms are handsomely decorated in traditional style.

Stay in one of the six thatched cottages (net-draped beds, ceiling fans, large baths). Each bungalow faces an open-air restaurant where the spicy fish curry pairs well with a Tusker Ale.

Hillside domed huts modeled after a Masai village look onto a migratory path for elephants and giraffes.  

Book one of the 18 deluxe tents, just outside Tarangire National Park, to see the vast herds of elephants and the huge baobab trees.

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.