Kenya Where to Stay

Little Governors Camp

Little Governors Camp Kenya Masai Mara

On the lip of an old oxbow of the Mara River, now a broad marsh frequented by elephants, Little Governors’ Camp is one of only two places to stay in the Mara Triangle sector of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Mahali Mzuri

Mahali Mzuri Mara Kenya

Mahali Mzuri, which means ‘beautiful place’, is a relatively new and very upmarket property for the Mara, having opened in 2013. It is part of the Virgin Limited Edition range – built and owned by Richard Branson and located in the 133km2 Olare Motorogi Conservancy.

Mahali Mzuri’s main areas are set on a big wooden deck overlooking a deep valley. Between the dining and the lounge tents is an outside deck, with a long sofa-bench looking across the firepit to the views beyond. Tables and chairs are set here for alfresco dining: simple and modern in...

Mara Bushtops

Mara Bushtops Mara Kenya

Hugging the brow of a hill in its own private game sanctuary, Mara Bushtops is an exclusive, hotel-style, tented lodge a few kilometres outside the Maasai Mara National Reserve’s busiest gate. Based around the former home of Mara hunting and safari legend Glen Cottar, it features personal butlers and a well-stocked wine cellar.

Opened in 2007 as Mara Bushtops, the lodge was previously Cottars Mara Camp and before that a family home. It stands sentinel over a 26km² private game sanctuary on Siana Group Ranch, northeast of Sekenani Gate. In theory,...

Mara Ngenche Safari Camp

Mara Ngenche Safari Camp, Masai Mara Kenya

Tucked into quite thick indigenous riverine forest, Mara Ngenche Safari Camp is situated at the confluence of the Mara and Talek rivers. Historically this was an important place, where the local Maasai community would come to share the loot that they had raided from neighbouring tribes – hence the name Ngenche – meaning ‘to share’ in the Maasai language. The camp has been built to disturb as little of the surrounding bush as possible.

Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp Mara Kenya

Nestled in the trees on the edge of the Ntiakatek stream in the 120km2 (30,000 acre) private Olare-Motorogi Conservancy (previously known as Olare Orok), Mara Plains is a small, luxury tented camp which prides itself on offering a personal and high level service. Along with access to Olare-Motorogi, the camp is within easy reach of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, so you have almost 2,000 square kilometres to explore.

In 2013 the camp opened after major refurbishments and the tented rooms are significantly larger and more luxurious than before....

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Serena Safari Lodge Mara Kenya

Located on Ol Donyo Oseiya hill, in the western ‘Mara Triangle’ sector of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the 74-room Mara Serena Safari Lodge is one of the oldest and largest properties in the Mara ecosystem. Dating from 1973, this substantial hotel is part of the international Serena Hotels group owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, and it has the full roster of hotel facilities.

Naboisho Camp

Naboisho Camp Mara Kenya

Appealing both to safari purists and those seeking a little luxury, Naboisho Camp is the most upmarket of the handful of new, small camps in the relatively little-visited Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Surrounded by untouched savanna and dense thicket, it is located in a game-rich area where guests are frequently witness to spectacular wildlife events.

Naboisho Camp is the sister camp of seasonal Rekero inside the national reserve, and it shares Rekero's focus on top-quality guiding. Guests at Naboisho often do an all-day game drive in the national...

Naibor Camp

Naibor Camp, Masai Mara Kenya

Naibor Camp is a collection of three interlinked tented camps – Main Naibor, Little Naibor and Naibor Wilderness – nestled together in a small stretch of green woodland on the banks of the Talek River, right in the heart of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Each offers varying degrees of luxury to accommodate different tastes and budgets. Their separation is limited, though, as the same team serves all and all guests have access to the same central areas.

Ngare Serian

Ngare Serian Mara Kenya

On the west bank of the Mara River, tucked between the river and the escarpment on its own 16km2 private conservancy, Ngare Serian is the sister camp of Serian, and faces the main camp, which is sited 100m upstream on the east bank within the Mara North Conservancy. The camp is owned by a veteran of the East African safari scene, Alex Walker.

Ngare Serian’s four capacious guest tents – they call them marquees, and that aptly suggests their size and appeal – sprawl along the riverside to the north of the bridge and dining-lounge tent. Widely spaced...

Offbeat Mara

Offbeat Mara Kenya Mara

Located in the quiet Mara North Conservancy, Offbeat Mara sits near the Olare Orok River and is nestled into the bush so discreetly that you can barely see it once you are outside of camp. It’s small, comfortable and unfenced: an authentic tented camp. The Offbeat lion pride are regularly seen and heard around the camp.

Sister camp to Offbeat Meru in Meru National Park and Sosian in Laikipia, Offbeat Mara has no obvious permanent structures, which lends the camp a great wilderness feel that will appeal to safari purists. Constructed of canvas and...

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