Kenya Safari

Top Safari Camps in Kenya

Kenya has plenty of stunning landscapes with sweeping savannas, mountains and a scenery to die for. Not to forget Kenya’s famed big 5. The country is always synonymous with its safari tag. If you are looking for an authentic safari experience, then East Africa, notably Kenya and Tanzania, should be at the top of your bucket list. There is no better place to get the safari experience than in Kenya’s many safari lodges and conservancies.



Shompole is a chic and romantic safari lodge that consists of some eight thatched and open air rooms that sit on the edge of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. The experience and customer service here is truly first class. There cozy beds, bathrooms as swell as private plunge pools all built in an open air environment while still cleverly concealed into the natural landscape. The design will make you feel like you are the only person around.

Shompole Lodge in Kenya
Shompole Lodge in Kenya

There is good food and an impeccable customer service. You will be pampered every minute that you spend here. You can partake of the game drives that take you through the reserve and gives you an up close view of the wildlife in the area including the giraffes, lions and other big game. There are also sundowners on the plains, and night drives. You can also take a trip to Lake Natron with its massive flamingo population. This will be a one of a kind safari that is simply unforgettable.


Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is situated in the Northern part of Kenya and is owned privately by a nonprofit. Apart from carrying out wildlife conservation work, the conservancy also supports various community development projects including 12 schools in the locality with more than 3000 students. The Lewa Safari camp consists of 12 thatched tents with en suite bathrooms. There is also accommodation around the Wilderness Trails. The professional guides at the conservancy can take you on excursions where you can learn more about the wildlife.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy


Il Ngwesi

Ilngwesi is a pioneering eco-lodge that has been around since 1996 and is dedicated to protecting the local wildlife including the black and white rhinos.  It is unique in the sense that it is owned by the local Maasai community rather than private investors or nonprofits as is the case with many of the other conservancies. The accommodation at this eco lodge consists of rooms or bandas that have been constructed in an open bush design. The rooms have en suite bathrooms as well as outdoor showers that are powered by solar heating systems.

Il Ngwesi Lodge
Il Ngwesi Lodge

There is a communal mess where the meals are served with great views over the landscape. The property also has a swimming pool. The lodge supports 32 people directly and thousands more indirectly.


Elephant Watch Safaris

Elephant Watch Safaris consists thatched desert tents that can accommodate up to 12 guests. It also has a thatched mess tent. The bathrooms in the lodge have been built under around a tree and the water is solar heated. Activities in this game lodge include walks, picnics and game drives.

Elephant Watch Camp
Elephant Watch Camp


Olerai House

This is a private game reserve owned by Iain and Oria Douglas Hamilton. The couple also owns Elephant Watch Safaris. The game reserve includes five en suite bathrooms that have been built around a cottage. The cottage has since been converted into a stylish dining room or living room. The game reserve is situated 90 minutes from Nairobi central business district and is generally full during the weekends. It is also popular with those starting or coming to the end of their safaris. A swimming pool has been constructed a short walk from Olerai. There are various activities that you can undertake in the lodge including using the gondola or taking walks around the game reserve. Excursions to nearby game parks and reserves can also be organized.

Olerai House
Olerai House


Ol Donyo Wuas

The Ol Donyo Wuas lodge is owned by Richard Bonham and includes ten suites and six villas. This is a fairly recent lodge that was constructed in 2008 after the old camp was demolished. It has good views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amenities at the facility include a rooftop bedroom although you need to place a request for a stay here.  You can partake of diverse activities at the lodge including horseback riding safaris, game drives, walking safaris, picnics among others.

Ol Donyo Wuas Lodge
Ol Donyo Wuas Lodge

Cambodian VISA for Kenyan Citizens

Cambodia is increasingly becoming one of the destinations for Kenyan globetrotters. Most of the Kenyans who move to Cambodia are either aid workers, workers for non profits, educational consultants, teachers and the occasional nomads looking for new experiences. There are also Kenyan spouses of Kenyans or citizens of other country who moved to Cambodia.


The small Kenyan community in Cambodia stays mostly in Phnom Penh although you can meet a few Kenyans in Cambodian cities like Siem Reap.  


How to Apply for a Cambodian Visa as a Kenyan Citizen

Kenya is one of the countries that qualify for a Cambodian e-visa. That means for a fee of $30 plus $7 visa processing fee, you can apply for a Cambodian visa while still in Kenya to make things easier for you as you move to Cambodia.


Important things to keep in mind when travelling to Cambodia as a Kenyan:-


  • Make sure you have booked a return ticket otherwise most airlines will not allow you to board your flight.
  • Make sure you have booked an accommodation where you will stay and you have a receipt and contact details for the accommodation establishment to smoothen your way with the immigration department. Most accommodation in Cambodia is quite cheap and you can easily book online.
  • Have at least $1000 in cash with you.


Details about the Cambodian Tourist Visa

  • This is a single entry visa. If you are looking for a multiple entry visa that allows you to visit surrounding countries before jetting back into Kenya, you can apply for that on arrival at the Phnom Penh International Airport.
  • The Visa is valid for only 30 days. You can renew visa when you are in Cambodia for longer stays.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry.
  • You can renew your tourist visa for another 30 days for a cost of $45.
  • You cannot renew your tourist visa twice. After the initial renewal, you must make a “visa-run” and re-enter Cambodia to get a new visa. You can do this by taking a bus tour to Vietnam or Thailand. You can also take a flight to nearby countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Laos etc.


Other types of Cambodian Visa

Apart from the 30 day tourist visa, there are other types of Cambodian visas that you can apply for depending on your purpose for travel. These include the following:-


Ordinary Visa

You can apply for the Cambodian ordinary visa if you are planning to stay in the country for a longer period of time. The visa is valid  for only 30 days but the advantage over the tourist visa is that you can renew it indefinitely. The visa does not, however, give you the right to work in Cambodia. To work in the country, you must obtain a Cambodian work permit although you can get a visa even without a work permit.


Details About the Cambodia Ordinary Visa


  • The ordinary visa can be extended inside Cambodia for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 12 months. It is generally advisable to extend it for either 6 months or 12 months. The 6 and 12 month ordinary visas are multiple entry visas while the 1 and 3 month ordinary visas are single entry.


Important details to keep in mind: A lot of airlines will not allow you to board a flight to Cambodia with a one-way ticket so you may need to book a return ticket or a fully refundable ticket that you will be able to cancel once you arrive in Phnom Penh.




Can a Tourist or Visitor in Kenya Use MPESA

As a tourist or business visitor in Kenya, you can use MPESA even if you are visiting Kenya for only a few days. All you need to use an MPESA service is a Safaricom SIM Card which costs anywhere from $0.50 to $2. If you are a tourist, you are likely to be charged $5 or more especially if you are buying the SIM card at the airport.

SIM cards are sold all over including outside your hotel. Look for a Safaricom shop that is branded in green in Safaricom’s brand colours, images and logo. Below are examples of Safaricom shops in Kenya.

Safaricom Shop
Safaricom Shop


Safaricom Street Shop
Safaricom Street Shop


Safaricom Agent Shop
Safaricom Agent Shop


Applying for MPESA

Apply for MPESA when buying your SIM card. The registration can be done in less than 10 minutes. All that you will need is your passport.


Topping Up Your MPESA Account

To top up your MPESA account, you will need to visit an MPESA agent. These are all over the place in Kenya. Every 50m, you will find an MPESA agent shop anywhere in Kenya. A typical MPESA shop looks like this:-



Please note that all Safaricom shops offer MPESA services and vice versa. You can deposit and withdraw money at a Safaricom shop and you can access Safaricom services at an MPESA agent almost 100% of the time. Don’t put all your cash on MPESA. There are certain retail outlets that will still insist on cash payment. 


Turkish Airlines Nairobi Office Contact Details

Turkish Airlines Nairobi Office Contact Details


Tel: +254 20 2217888



Working Hours

weekdays 09.00-17.00

Saturday 09.00-12.00

Turkish Airlines Air Sea Logistics Contact Details

+254 722 535 255



Lufthansa Airlines in Kenya

Lufthansa Airlines Offices in Nairobi Kenya

Lufthansa Reservations in Nairobi
Lufthansa Reservations
Regal Plaza, 1st Floor, Parklands, Limuru Road
P.O Box 30320-00100 GPO
Phone 1  +254 202666969
Phone 2  Mobile + 254 722 277 105


Lufthansa Nairobi Central Business District Offices

Lufthansa German Airlines in Nairobi City

Address 1: Regal Plaza, 1st Floor, Parklands, Limuru Road

Address: P.O Box 30320-00100GPO

Phone 1  +254 202666969Phone 2

Mobile + 254 722 277 105

Service hoursSaturday – Sunday Off



Lufthansa Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Offices

Address: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Phone 1: +254 770136670


Service Hours: Open Only on Flight Days





JamboJet Contact Details and Customer Care Service




Barclays Plaza (Ground Floor) 

Weekdays: 8.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 1.00pm
(Closed on Sundays and public holidays)


Sarit Centre (Ground Floor)

Weekdays: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Weekends: 9.00am – 3.00pm
(Closed on Sundays and public holidays)


Yaya Centre (Ground Floor)

Weekdays: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 3.00pm
(Closed on Sundays and public holidays)


Superior Arcade Plaza “Tea Room” (Accra Road)

Weekdays: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Saturdays: 9.00am – 2.00pm
(Closed on Sundays and Public holidays)


The Junction (1st Floor)


Weekdays: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 3.00pm
(Closed on Sundays and public holidays)


JKIA Terminal 1D

Daily: 5.00am – 10.30pm



The West End Shopping Mall

Weekdays: 8.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 2.00pm
(Closed on Sundays and public holidays)


Kisumu Airport Arrivals

Monday-Saturday: 7.00am – 8.00pm
Sunday: 9.00am – 7.00pm 



Electricity House (Ground Floor)

Weekdays: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 1.00pm
(Closed on Sundays and public holidays)


Nakumatt Nyali (Ground Floor)

Monday-Friday: 8.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday: 8.30am – 1.00pm
(Closed on Sundays and public holidays)


Mombasa International Airport Unit 3

Daily: 8.00am – 9.15pm



Nandi Arcade

Weekdays: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 2.00pm
(Closed on Sundays and public holidays)


Eldoret International Airport

(Main Entrance)

Monday – Saturday: 6.30am – 7.00pm
Sunday: 10.00am – 5.30pm

Nairobi Travel Facts

Fast Facts About Kenya Travel

Currency: The Kenya Shilling. The currency is currently weak so a dollar with stretch quite far. For information on current exchange rates, check out


Electricity: The electric sockets in Kenya supply power at between 220V and 240V at 60Hz. Choose an adaptor that is compatible with 220V to 240V. Kenya uses the British Standard.


Primary Airports: There are two main international airports in Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the Moi International Airport in Mombasa. There are other domestic airports that you can use when travelling around the country such as the Kisumu International Airport and the Eldoret International Airport. To hop from one tourist lodge to another, you can also use other smaller airports situated in the country such as Malindi Airport, Lamu Airport etc.


Water: Unless you in a hotel, water supply is sporadic. Do not drink the tap water. You can use a water filter or simply by bottled water from the supermarket. A litre costs Ksh.40 to Ksh.50 or $0.4 to $0.50.


Internet: Internet access is largely reliable and affordable. You can use either a costly hotel Wi-Fi or simply use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot after purchasing a Kenyan SIM Card and credit. 150mbs of data costs $0.50 with Safaricom. You can also buy an Orange SIM card that has various data packages. For $10, you could purchase 1GB of data.


Visa: Visa rules vary from country to country although citizens from most countries are generally able to secure a visa on arrival. Check the Kenyan immigration website or the immigration website of your country for information on visa rules for your country. Or simply email us for advice.


Safety: Take basic safety measures. In the Nairobi CBD, the biggest security problem is pickpockets so watch out and incorporate personal safety measures as you travel around the city centre. A lot of opportunistic crimes such as theft and pickpocketing will surely happen in the city centre and everywhere you go. The western side of Nairobi tends to be safer while the eastern part is crime-prone. However, most violent crimes such as carjacking, shootings etc generally target locals and not tourists.


Food Considerations: Nairobi has amazing food options with cuisines from all around the world. You can eat in Kenyan restaurants, Chinese restaurants, Japanese restaurants, Indian restaurants, Nigerian restaurants, Ethiopian and restaurants and many more depending on your preference. There are also lots of fast food joints in the city where you can grab some fish, chips and chicken.

Local SIM: There are numerous mobile shops around town selling the local SIM for the local mobile operators such as Safaricom and Orange Kenya. SIM cards generally cost $0.50, $1 or $2 depending on the shop you are buying from. Instructions on topping up your SIM card are also written on the back of the top-up card.


MPESA: MPESA is the most common payment option in Kenya and also a safe way to store your cash as you travel around Kenya. Tourists can apply for MPESA as soon as they arrive which they can use for the duration of their stay. However, make sure you carry some cash that you can spend on street food, shopping etc.


Accommodation: There are various accommodation options available in Nairobi ranging from the five star hotels to Airbnb, private homes and hostels.


Transportation: Nairobi is well covered by Uber so you can use your Uber app to order a cab virtually anywhere in the city. Apart from Uber taxis, you can also use the public bus or matatu transportation, motorbikes and local taxis although Uber cabs are safer, cleaner and more professionally run than the local taxi services. If you are commuting to other cities in Kenya, you can use luxury buses or train services. You can also take domestic flights to visit the other cities in Kenya.

Emirates Airlines Flights in Nairobi

Emirates Airlines in Nairobi: Flights and Customer Care Details

Emirates provides direct connections between Nairobi (NBO) and Dubai (DBX) although there had been talk in the past of the introduction of flights to Mombasa but that has not materialised yet.


Nairobi is by far Kenya’s most exciting city. It is the administrative and commercial capital of Kenya with lots of businesses, hotels, international organizations, corporations and multinationals headquartered here. The city in the sun is also abuzz with a fast growing startup environment. Nairobi is generally a top destination for all kinds of visitors and Emirates serves this destination with regular flights at affordable pricing. Emirates is also a popular choice withy many Kenyans flying to the UAE.


VISA Requirements


Check online on Kenya’s immigration website. Citizens of most countries are generally able to get a visa on arrival as long as they fulfil the necessary requirements. If you are a Kenyan citizen, make sure you are have checked the visa terms of the country you are flying to. Some might require that you submit your application in advance while in some countries, you will be issued with a visa on arrival. You can also apply for an e-visa for countries where that is allowed as long as Kenya is eligible.


Emirates Airlines Baggage Allowance


The baggage allowance for Emirates airlines depends on the class you are travelling in as well as starting point of your flight departure. If you are beginning your Emirates flight in Nairobi or any other African country, you are allowed to check in up to two bags that weigh up to 23Kg each in the Economy Class. For Emirates First Class and Business Class, you are allowed to check in up to 32Kg each of your bags.


Customer Care Details for Emirates Offices in Kenya

Emirates (Town office)


9 West Building
Opposite Sarit Centre Ring Road Parklands
P.O. Box 40993-00100
Nairobi. Kenya


+254 20 76 02 519 , +254 20 32 90 329 (Reservations Centre – 24 hours)


Working hours

Ticket office: Monday to Friday, 08:30 to 17:00

Saturday, 09:00 to 12:00

Sunday and public holidays, closed


Baggage services


+254 20 52 93 684

Top Upper Middle Class and Upper Class Residential Estates in Nairobi

Once known as a top safari city in Africa, Nairobi has grown by leaps and bounds into a top metropolis in Africa with more than 5 million. It is the administrative and commercial capital of Kenya, hosting all the leading financial institutions, multinationals and corporations operating in Kenya. Nairobi is also Kenya’s technology and innovation capital with thousands of tech startups operating out of the city.


The real estate industry Kenya is currently booming. The Kenyan property market is currently experiencing a massive boom, a “bubble” that has been growing bigger and bigger over the past 10 years. The property values are expected to continue appreciating over the next decade.


There are hundreds of neighbourhoods in Nairobi many of which are higher middle class and upper class. Here is look at some of Nairobi’s posh where you can buy or rent homes:-




Gigiri is only a few metres from the Nairobi Central Business District, separated from the CBD only by the urban Karura forest. The estate includes a large selection of high end and beautiful real estate properties that are available for sale and for rent. It is an exciting and cosmopolitan part of Kenya with people from all over the world. Many of them work for global institutions such as the UN as well as for a host of corporations and multinationals.

A Home in Gigiri Nairobi
A Home in Gigiri Nairobi

The Gigiri area is home to various diplomatic missions such as the US and the Canadian Embassy and international nonprofits such as UNEP, World Food Program and many others. It is a secure neighbourhood with plenty of amenities, upscale homes as well as lush green tropical gardens.


Various types of real estate developments can be found here including modern townhouses, spacious homes that have expansive gardens, beautiful villas, guest houses and many more. Most residents love Gigiri because of its convenience, which is simply unmatched with good proximity to the Nairobi CBD and various upscale shopping malls in the surrounding area.  Properties here are quite expensive but they make for a worthy investment.



Hurlingham is a popular middle class suburb that is situated some 15 minutes from the central business district of Nairobi. It is a cosmopolitan neighborhood with houses which are available for sale and for rent. Live here and you will get easy access not only to the CBD but also to the surrounding business and leisure spots around the area.


Hurlingham is both a commercial and residential address that hosts numerous non governmental organizations, corporations, international nonprofits, financial institutions, guest houses, health amenities, recreational amenities, top restaurants and many more organizations, businesses and social areas.

Apartments in Hurlingham Nairobi
Apartments in Hurlingham Nairobi


Most of the properties mostly comprise flats and apartments due to the limited space in Hurlingham. You can also find both furnished and unfurnished apartments based on your preferences. Furnished apartments for rent in Hurlingham generally fetch a premium price.


The properties in Hurlingham are in pretty good shape with well appointed finishes. Many of these properties are occupied by expats working in Nairobi as well as working professionals.


If you are looking for properties that are a little more spacious, there are lots of stately homes and free-standing homes that are available for sale in Hurlingham. This is address is also an entertainment hub in Nairobi with lots of clubs, restaurants, casinos and various nightspots assuring you of a comfortable and convenient upper class lifestyle.




Karen is a posh upper class Nairobi neighborhood that is home to the rich, famous and powerful of Nairobi. The neighborhood is named after the famous Danish author Karen Blixen who once lived in this leafy suburb. Today, it is a comfortable, affluent and luxurious neighborhood where some of the wealthiest people in Nairobi.

A Home in Karen Nairobi
A Home in Karen Nairobi

The suburb is sandwitched between the famous Ngong Forest and the Nairobi National Park to the east and west respectively. Homes in Karen are generally surrounded by immense natural beauty. It is a leafy neighborhood with lots of greenery away from the hustle and bustle of the Nairobi Central Business District.  The environment is tranquil, ideal for a peaceful and luxurious lifestyle. There are numerous high end homes where wealthy locals, businessmen, senior government officials and foreign expats live.


The properties come in different styles including apartments as well as expansive free standing homes on well manicured gardens. The homes for sale and for rent here also give you good proximity to the Nairobi CBD, educational institutions, health amenities and retail amenities within a few minutes’ drive. The homes for sale are generally quite expensive.




Kileleshwa is another quiet upper class neighborhood that offers you a tranquil life away from the hustle and bustle of the Nairobi CBD. There are large stately homes here with lush green gardens as well as modern apartments that are available for rent and for sale. Many of the bungalows here are built in the mid-century style.


It is mostly a middle-class neighborhood where you can enjoy a stress-free and calm lifestyle. The neighborhood is also relatively secure and is a perfect place for families and young kids. Many first-time buyers in Nairobi looking for a starter home generally prefer Kileleshwa.

Kileleshwa in Nairobi
Kileleshwa in Nairobi

Other admirable features of the area include its great parks. You also get great proximity to a lot of social amenities including schools making it ideal for many starter couples. The infrastructure here is fairly well developed with wide roads that are bordered by low green hedges.


With its close proximity to the Nairobi CBD, you can easily access many of the popular recreational areas in the city within a few minutes. There are shopping centres, golf courses as well as restaurants where you can dine out.  All these great amenities help in adding to the value of the homes in Kileleshwa. There are lots of beautiful bungalows that were built in the 1950s and 60s as well as modern luxurious apartments built more recently.




Kilimani is one of the best residential addresses in Nairobi, being situated only 6km from the central business district. The apartments here are generally in very high demand and also quite pricey. The estate is ringed by three main roads giving you easy accessibility namely, Ngong Road, Lenana Road and Argwings Kodhek Road.

An Apartment Block in Kilimani
An Apartment Block in Kilimani


The flourishing residential estate offers an array of property types including apartments, flats, spacious townhouses, mansionettes and luxurious urban villas that you can rent or buy. The free-standing homes in the Kilimani area are well fenced and gated and the neighborhood is generally quite secure.


The apartments in the Kilimani neighborhood offer residents several advantages including great views from the balconies, communal pools and health club facilities. It is close to the shops, medical amenities, schools, health and fitness facilities and many other perks.  

Top Reasons to Take a Luxury Trip to Kenya

Kenya is one of Africa’s foremost travel destinations and it is not just about the safari and the wildlife. One of the beautiful things about Kenya is the life-changing experiences that one can have here. The luxury travel infrastructure is also fairly developed here with top notch services, comfort and a tradition of excellence in some of the luxury locations and facilities. Another thing about the Kenya luxury market is its incredible variety. If you are considering choosing Kenya is your next luxury destination, here are some of the top reasons why that will be a great decision:-
Good variety
Kenya is not just about the safaris and it therefore offers the luxury travelers an incredible variety. Whether you are looking for a cosmopolitan and modern city experience in Nairobi, a Safari in Maasai Mara, white sandy beaches and blue waters on the Kenyan coast of expansive wilderness to the North of Kenya, you will have very good variety here that will test all your senses.
Good internal travel network 

Kenya has one of the most developed air travel market and infrastructure. There are several airlines and charter aircraft to fly you to the four corners of this vast country. Additionally, there are lots of luxury car rental options offered by very professional and reliable rental companies.

Lodges and camps to die for

If you are looking for luxury lodge accommodation in Africa of the highest quality possible, then you cannot just look past Kenya. Kenya has refined the art of the luxury lodge design and there are plenty of beautiful choices here that will offer you the ultimate in cool luxury. These take you deep into the Kenyan wilderness while retaining all the comforts of living. They really go out of their way to pamper you and offer you an out of this world experience. There is good style, good comfort along with world-class professionalism and service in the luxury Kenya lodges. Designs of the luxury Kenya lodges are also quite varied and are guaranteed to appeal to every taste out there.

Private conservancies 

One of the most ubiquitous trends in the Kenyan luxury circuit is the conservancy. They are remote, they are intimate and they are well equipped with finest of the modern comforts. They are owned by some of the biggest names in the luxury market and you can thus look forward to a quality and luxurious visit without any surprises.

The typical Kenyan conservancy is generally leased from the local community and part of the proceeds from the tourist visits will go towards the development of the local communities. These conservancies therefore provide some of the most effective conduits for ethical tourism in Kenya. Your visit makes a real difference in the Kenyan communities.

The Magical Coastal Kenya

Coastal Kenya is one of the best gems of African tourism. Savour the white sandy beaches, blue oceans, rich coastal culture and some of the best hotels and resorts in Africa. Many of these cater to the luxury tourists and you can therefore look forward to an awesome experience.

Shopping in Nairobi 

Nairobi is a modern and cosmopolitan African city where you cans sample some of the finest treats in the world. Its coffee houses are legendary; there are restaurant cafes, shopping vistas, exclusive luxury villas and so much more to make your Kenyan trip as enjoyable as possible.


Kenya is an affordable luxury travel destination. In the recent years, the luxury lodges and resorts in Kenya have been pushing hard for tourists to come visit and they have lowered the costs considerably.