Kenya – Our Personal Picks
Kili’s Pick: Mara Plains Camp, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Masai Mara
There are many luxury camps throughout Kenya, but none captures the essence of Africa as well as Mara Plains Camp. Every single detail of the camp is exquisite and in harmony with the surroundings. Guests have the luxury of experience here, not just luxurious accommodations. There is maximum flexibility in what guests can do, unlimited explorations through the two massive conservancies plus the reserve, and attentiveness from the Great Plains team that make Mara Plains Camp a retreat rather than a lodge.
Mara Plains Camp
Nicole’s Pick: Sabuk Lodge, Laikipia
Sabuk Lodge is perched on a rocky ridge tucked between boulders and the sturdy trees that survive in this arid climate. This magical place was created as part of the landscape and seems to grow right out of the rocks. The open-sided suites have stunning views of the dramatic landscape, and your charming hostess is a living legend in Kenya history. Discover wildlife with expert Samburu guides from a walking safari, a camelback safari, or by safari vehicle. Be welcomed into the nearby Samburu villages and hear the rumble of the Ewaso Nyiro River through the canyons below, all while marveling at the remote wilderness that is Sabuk.
Louise’s Pick: Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills National Park
The Chyulu Hills, or Volcanic Hills, are a series of hundreds of small volcanic cones, craters and flows that have created a uniquely dramatic landscape between Kenya’s Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks. The area is known for its giant migrating bull elephants and the spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, ever-present on the horizon. Ol Donyo Lodge is located adjacent to the national park on the 275,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, a Masaai-owned community partnership with Great Plains Conservation. The lodge is one of the finest in all of East Africa with breathtaking common areas, stunning architectural elements and thoughtful attention to every luxurious detail.
Ol Donyo Lodge
Jeremy’s Pick: The Emakoko, Nairobi National Park
The Emakoko has a quality that’s hard to put your finger on. Perfectly set in a lush ravine, you cross a narrow wooden bridge and enter a true sanctuary. The Emakoko is peaceful and airy, the service is personal, and a sense of warmth and hospitality extends throughout the lodge. As you settle in to enjoy the wide open decks and outstanding food, it seems impossible that you’re in Nairobi National Park, just a 40-minute game drive from Nairobi International Airport. The Emakoko has that little touch of magic that truly sets a great lodge apart, and it’s a superb bookend to any East Africa itinerary.