The Best Hotels in Kenya
Collected by Harriet Constable, AFAR Local Expert
From simply furnished tents to luxury villas with private guides and drivers, Kenya lodgings vary almost as much as the wildlife and landscapes. Whether you're beachside in Lamu or on safari, here's our list of the best places to hang your helmet.
The architects clearly had fun designing Saruni Samburu, a luxurious lodge set on a giant boulder in the middle of the private Kalama Conservancy in Samburu. Here, the rocks form part of the furniture and structure, jutting out of walls, featuring...
The 90,000-acre nonprofit Ol Pejeta Conservancy is famed for its modern conservation methods and work protecting endangered species: The last male northern white rhino in the world resides here. It’s also home to all of the Big Five animals,...
Olare-Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara, Kenya
The ecofriendly Porini camps are well respected in Kenya for good reason—their owner, Jake Grieves-Cook, is credited with being one of the most forward thinking and important individuals in Kenyan conservation and tourism. Porini Lion Camp...
Gogo Falls Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Out in the leafy suburb of Karen, about 30 minutes' drive from central Nairobi, lies the Giraffe Manor. Famously home to the friendly, constantly hungry population of endangered Rothschild's giraffes, this is one hell of a place to spend a night...
94, Kikenni Dr, Nairobi, Kenya
New kid on the block boutique hotel OneFortyEight has just eight exquisitely decorated rooms. Once a family home, the hotel is now filled with artwork by locals, including Sibylla Martin, and furniture custom made by Anna Trzebinski. The...
Kenyatta Rd, Lamu, Kenya
Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful accommodation choices in magical Lamu, but the seafronted Lamu House is up there with the best. Accessed via boat, the 10-bedroom boutique hotel is just a few steps away from the jetty in...
Lamu Road, Malindi, Kenya
The final mile or so of the drive from Malindi to Che Shale, a laid-back beachfront hotel, takes guests through rich, lush vegetation, past swaying palm trees, and over hundreds of coconut husks. The drive sets the scene nicely for this most...
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