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Luxury safari style lodges: East Africa Top 10

Although I don’t necessarily associate safaris with luxury accommodation, I must admit that the following lodges/tented camps are absolutely divine!

If you’re looking for a unique honeymoon or don’t mind spending a substantial amount of money for something “extra special”, then you’ll most definitely enjoy what I’m about to unveil here! And even for those of you who don’t feel concerned by what I just said, remember it is never forbidden to DREAM! 🙂 Besides, dreams do come true (if you firmly believe in them, no matter what)! So keep dreaming, and make sure you reach some of them…  ;).

Campi ya Kanzi

The camp of the hidden treasure!

Located in Kenya’s prime game area between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks (Chyulu Hills), the camp provides a luxury tented experience for your exclusive private safari.

Highlights of Your Stay:

– Maasai-led walking safaris.

– Tembo house balcony overlooking the plains & Mt. Kilimanjaro!

– Conservation and ecotourism. Help the Maasai in preserving their wildlife and cultural heritage.

Visit: maasai.com

Galdessa

Tsavo East National Park, Kenya.

Set on the southern banks of the Galana river, Galdessa Main Camp is partially concealed in a grove of doum palm trees.

Particularities:

– Splendid deck overlooking the river. Relax and enjoy the plentiful wildlife coming down for a late afternoon drink!

– Thatched and semi-tented bungalows with private veranda and en-suite bathroom.

– Activities include open vehicle game drives, walking safaris and bush breakfast/sundowner by the river.

Website: galdessa.com

OL Donyo Wuas

Amboseli region, south-east Kenya.

20 bed luxury lodge set in a 275,000 acres of beautiful wild Africa! “Richard Bonham could well be the father of the bush guest house. He built Ol Donyo Wuas many years ago and it still sets the standard.” – John Hemingway, well-known writer about Africa.

What to Expect from Your Visit:

– “Tourist mini-bus-free” big 5 game area overlooking the spectacular Mt. Kilimanjaro.

– Private villa experience & lodge totally refurbished in 2008.

– All-inclusive tariff & largest array of activities in all of Africa. They include game drives, night drives, walks, horse safaris, mountain biking safaris, etc.

Find Them @: oldonyowuas.com

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania.

On the rim of the world-renowned “Heritage Site”, the Crater Lodge is architecturally one of the most unique and prestigious safari lodges in Africa. In fact, it is often considered as the “African Versailles”. A pure jewel! 🙂

Originality:

– Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead) style!

– Colonial style interior: silver, gold and ruby colours!

– Spectacular scenic view over the crater from above 2000 m.

Karibu Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: craterlodge.com

Sand Rivers Selous

Selous, Tanzania.

The Sand Rivers Selous Lodge is part of the Selous Game Reserve ecosystem, Africa’s largest unspoilt gem! A must visit in one of the country’s reserves I love the most!

Why Go There?

– The lodge is along the Rufiji river bed, a stunning location on its own!

– Impeccable hosting, rare cottages (two sumptuous suites), and the perfect honeymoon nest known as the Rhino House!

– Activities to die for: the best boat cruises, walks, fly-camping, game drives, etc!

Hippo Point Private Estate & Wildlife Sanctuary

Lake Naivasha, Kenya.

Private luxury home in Kenya’s Rift Valley!

What to Expect from Hippo Point?

– 1930’s Elizabethan house completely restored in 1998.

– An ornithological paradise with over 520 recorded bird species in the Naivasha area + wild animals such as buffalo, giraffe and zebra wandering about the lush lawns.

– Health program, day safaris, walks and birdwatching.

Borana Lodge

Samangua Valley, Kenya.

Kenyan ranch set in the Laikipia region of Mount Kenya! Its name comes from the “Boran” cattle, a local breed raised to resist droughts and pests.

Interests:

– Rich wildlife, including over 3000 elephants and big cats like the lion, cheetah and leopard.

– Visit the ranch, and learn about the major difficulties faced by the owners as there is constant conflict between livestock and carnivores.

– Stay in the Laragai House, the private home of George and Lucilla Stephensen.

Home Page: borana.co.ke

Richard’s Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya. Small, private & exclusive! 🙂

Experience Real Africa in one of the continent’s most remarkable and animal-rich of national parks: the Masai Mara!

Attractions:

– Individually decorated tents with en-suite bathroom & clean, solar system power.

– Escorted bush walks, day/night game drives, sundowners, picnic lunches & even balloon safaris (at an extra cost).

– Exquisite meals under starlit Kenyan skies!

Ready for It? Visit richardscamp.com

Loisaba

Laikipia, Kenya.

“Revive your mind, rejuvenate your body and revitalise your soul!”

About Loisaba:

Where to stay

The House: Exclusive, self-contained private house built on the edge of the escarpment.

The Main Lodge: Spa, various activities (game drives, rafting, camel safaris, horse riding, walking…) & unique star beds (watch below)!

Klein’s Camp

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

“This private and remote camp offers guests the spirit of wild Africa – wooded hillsides, rolling grasslands and forested river banks all teeming with the rich wildlife of this natural sanctuary lie sprawled at your feet.”

Why Klein’s Camp?

– Awe-inspiring view of the Serengeti plains from the edge of the Kuka Hills.

– One of the only areas in the Serengeti where you can do night drives!

– In the path of the annual Great Wildebeest Migration.

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4 Responses to Luxury safari style lodges: East Africa Top 10

  1. LaConsuelo October 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    Agree with Sandy – great spots. I’d add Alex Walker’s Serian.

    • africafreak October 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

      Awesome! Just learned something thanks to you! 🙂

  2. hillsofafrica October 9, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    I love this post, you have captured some of the true greats. I would also include Sabora and Sasakwa in your list, as well as Serengeti Safari Camp, a Nomad Camp.

    • africafreak October 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

      Thanks a lot Sandy, great names indeed! 🙂 Have linked the camps you mentioned in your comment! 😉

      Keep well…

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