When most people think about experiencing the African wildlife, what comes to mind is the rustic setting and backpacking through the forests. However, Kenya with its unique luxury Safari camps offering a combination of nature, comfort and style give a totally different definition of the safari experience.
It is not for nothing that Kenya is reputed as the dream destination for perfect safari camps in Africa. In fact, if sleeping under a tarp is not your style and you prefer the comforts of a luxury hotel but still like want to experience the wildlife expedition, then these luxury safari camps are more your thing. Here are the most luxury safari camps in Kenya, where you won’t have to worry about pitching a tent or finding food to eat;
Situated in the nearby lush valley to the north of the popular Maasai Mara National Reserve, the camp is well positioned for a wonderful view of nature and the wildlife. This luxury camp is ideal for those who want to experience nature and still enjoy the beautiful things in life such as deluxe accommodation and fine dining. The camp features 12 luxurious tents and each has an en suite bathrooms and a private deck to get amazing views of the game. They have an interesting package of activities which include: the Game Drive; a chance to experience exciting sightings during the day and at night, the Maasai Community Tours; an opportunity to explore the native culture in the nearby villages and the spa treatments which offer facials and massages using African skin care products. The nightly rate for double occupancy starts at $830 and in the high season; 16 June -15 October goes up to $1200.
Location: Motogori Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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This luxury safari camp is located on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River which demarcates it from the Buffalo Springs Game Reserve. Each of the 30 luxury tents has a spectacular view of the river and en suite facilities. There is an on-site restaurant which serves a variety of local and international and the Lounge bar also serves a nice selection of drinks. They offer game drives in their vehicles and guided walking tours for guests to have an exciting encounter with the wildlife. There are also night entertainments which cultural talks and dances for an immersion into the culture of the Samburu people. Some of the wildlife attraction in the camp is the abundance of bird species and a variety of reptiles in the Ewaso Nyiro River. The average rates for a standard room start from $278-$604.
Location: Buffalo Springs Reserve, Samburu National Reserve 00100, Kenya
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Sweetwaters Serena Camp
Sweetwaters Serena Camp is reputed for having one of the highest wildlife-to-area ratios in Kenya. It bears the presence of the unique wildlife collection of the ‘Big Five’ – elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, and leopard. The camp offers 39 luxury tents with a private veranda that gives a good view of the waterhole so guests can observe elephants, rhinos, birds and a number of other species. There is also 24-hour electricity and tent service; inclusive of a hot water bottle during the cold seasons for guests to stay warm. Their Rhino dining room offers a buffet-style breakfast and lunch with international options such as a full English breakfast. Guests can enjoy special discount offers such as the Great Morani Safari Air Package which includes 2-nights’ accommodation and starts from $940 per person.
Location: Sweetwaters Tented Camp, Nanyuki, Kenya
This camp is situated on a private stretch of the Mara River within the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The camp is ideal for anyone desiring a private, exclusive safari experience as they only have 12 spacious luxury tents on site, with each tent featuring a private veranda and en suite bathroom. The luxurious camp features a host of fun activities including game drives, cultural visits, scenic flights and balloon flights and bush dinners. The Wildebeest Migration is one of the unique wildlife appeals for the camp. Guests can enjoy special offers based on extended stay from 3-4 nights to 8 nights stay with a discount starting from 30-40%.
Location: Maasai Mara Reserve, Mandera, Kenya
Cottar’s 1920 Safari Camp
This timeless safari camp is one of the oldest in Kenya. It is located just a kilometre away from the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The camp features 10 luxury tents inclusive of an exclusive honeymoon tent, four family suites, and five double tents. All the lodges come with en suite bathrooms and the family suites have a fireplace. Cottar’s 1920 Safari Camp is unique for its provision of a private experience being the only camp situated in the 6000-acres conservancy without any disturbances. The camp also offers an authentic Maasai experience with unique cultural displays such as the Maasai Warrior School and the cultural visits. The rate for a luxury camp tent per person sharing rates during the high season starts at $1,036, at mid-season – $840 and during the green season goes for $600.
Location: Maasai Mara, Olderkesi Private Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya
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Soak up the sun in Kenya's lap of luxury
With these luxury camps, you don’t need to sacrifice style and comfort to experience the African wildlife and natural wonders the country offers. You'll get the 5-star treatment while you're surrounded by the most beautiful natural wonders you'll never lay our eyes on which is a combination not found easily anywhere else in the world. Experience the magic of the East Africa with all your modern creature comforts and have a unique holiday you'll never forget.