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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.