(Kenya photos by Cheli and Peacock)
Cottars 1920's Camp
Conservation area in South East Masai Mara
As shown in Architectural Digest, Cottar’s harkens back to the era of romance, elegance and adventure. As the first safari camp in Kenya started by Calvin Cottar it is still family run by his great grandson, Calvin Cottar. Cottar’s is the winner of Best Tented Camp in the world by Tatlers, Harpers and Queens’ Magazines.
Elephant Pepper Camp
Masai Mara National Reserve
Elephant Pepper is the return to traditional bush safari camps, overlooking the Mara Plains, with dinner family style under a starlit sky. It is in the style of a luxury mobile camp with bucket showers and hurricane lamps. This eco-friendly camp when dismantled leaves no trace of human impact on the world heritage site of the Masai who make up 80% of the staff.
Meru National Park
Elsa’s Kopje is a hidden jewel in the remote and wild Meru National Reserve made famous by the book and movie Born Free and named after the lioness Elsa. The lodge built on the site of George Adamson’s first campsite, consists of nine luxurious cottages that offer complete privacy and the ultimate “room with a view”. A private two en suite bedroom house with it’s own pool and dining facilities is also a perfect retreat for a family.
What could be more exciting to a child than touching a baby elephant, feeding giraffes from their hand or finding a lion in the wild? Kenya is the best choice for a family safari because of the availability of family rooms and Ayahs, child-friendly activities and guides and the cultural interaction with the Masai.
Loisaba Wilderness Lodge
Laikipia Wilderness near the equator in Northern Kenya
Loisaba is a private working game ranch where the rare northern species of Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe can be found. Here the Samburu and Masai tribes are full partners in this remote and magnificent region. Loisaba is made for adventure. Here guests can enjoy camelback and horseback safaris, bike down the escarpment, or raft the great rivers. Here there are no game park rules; you are completely free to do what you want, when you want. With the star beds -four poster beds on a raised platform, you have only the starlit sky for a ceiling and you awaken to find elephants swimming in the river below you.
Lamu Archipelago Kenya
Manda Bay is a small, intimate beach resort overlooking the warm Indian Ocean on the Kenya coast. Renowned for its relaxed and casual atmosphere the lodge offers gourmet seafood, water sports, and dhow cruises in a style that epitomizes “Barefoot Luxury”. Sail, surf, snorkel, scuba dive, windsurf, tube, deep sea and creek fish or relax in one of the twelve spacious bungalows. Candlelit dinners under the stars overlooking the beach are the ultimate in romance.
Richard’s Camp consists of just seven tents with en suite bathrooms, flushing toilets and hot showers in traditional African style, but furnished with modern luxury. Evenings begin with cocktails by the campfire, followed by a three-course meal under a canopy of stars. At the end of the day guests can indulge in a Victorian bath tucked away in the forest, surrounded by flickering candles and the sounds of the bush.
Day and night game drives, bush walks, a visit to a local village and a day trip to Lake Victoria for trout fishing can all be arranged. Richard grew up here from the age of three.
Laikipia at Northern Frontier
Sabuk remains a family home with five guest cottages that are open fronted, with hand carved furniture, en suite bathrooms and stone bath tubs with amazing views. Children are welcome with baby “look out” service. There are camel assisted walking safaris-walk or ride-tailor made to suite all guests, along with night game drives, horse riding, bush breakfasts, line fishing, and evening sundowners overlooking a favorite watering hole for elephants.
Conservation area on western edge of the Mara
Saruni is a home away from home with six cottages furnished with Colonial antiques, Persian carpets and African art. Watch a wildlife show on the Mara Plains from the hammock and sun bed of your veranda or onboard an open Land Rover with professional guides and Masai trackers. Enjoy a bush walk with the Masai trackers, bird watching or a cultural village visit in this eco-friendly camp.
Amboseli National Park
Tortilis Camp features unrivaled views of Mount Kilimanjaro from each of the seventeen-ensuite luxury tents and the best food in the bush served from the open fronted dining room. The lantern lit bar is the jovial meeting place where travelers of like mind exchange tales of the bush. Tortilis employs over 80% of its staff from the local Masai community and is the winner of British Airways award for eco-tourism.
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