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Best Kenya Safari Lodges A Curated Selection Of Kenya's Best Safari Lodges

There’s no shortage of stellar Kenya safari lodges on offer. This selection has been cherry picked by the Art of Safari team following first-hand experience; whether it’s a treehouse in the Masai Mara or a hilltop villa in Samburu, you can be sure it’s one of the best African safari lodges.

Ask anyone involved in Kenya safaris, and they’ll tell you that this is where the concept of safari was invented. Safari, after all, is a Swahili word. The benefit of having a head start is everywhere on display: Kenya offers a range of unparalleled, sublime accommodation options, and Kenya’s safari lodges are among the best in Africa.

Kenya does, of course, have some distinct natural advantages: few other countries can compete when it comes to variety of landscape and location. Kenya’s lodge owners have made the most of this, designing accommodation options that fit perfectly in settings ranging from savannah to seaside.

Wherever they’re found, these lodges invariably offer a seamless entry into their surroundings. Luxury tented camps on the plains of the Masai Mara are perfectly suited to setting out on the trail of the Great Wildebeest Migration (indeed, some camps are themselves mobile). On the Indian Ocean coast, beachside villas take their design cues from traditional Swahili architecture to give unfettered access to pristine, palm-fringed beaches.

In Kenya’s Laikipia high country and in the semi-arid Samburu region, different styles prevail – but again, they draw on local traditions and organic materials to underline the sense of place and create a comfortable closeness to the surrounding bush. Whether facing sunrise or sunset, the best Kenya safari lodges truly have a glow about them.

Lewa Wilderness

Lewa Wilderness | Lewa Conservancy

Bottle feed baby rhino at Lewa Wilderness, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges with dramatic Mount Kenya views. Set in 25,000ha of remote wilderness in northern Kenya, this family-run establishmentContinue Exploring…...

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The tents at Ngare Serian are set right on the Mara River.

Ngare Serian | The Masai Mara

Get the ultimate escape at Ngare Serian, just four tents scattered along the Mara River accessible only by narrow rope bridge and one of Kenya’s best safari lodges. Set inContinue Exploring…...

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Sirikoi House is set on lush lawns.

Sirikoi House | Family Safari | Lewa Conservancy

Nestled in a shady acacia forest overlooking a waterhole, Sirikoi House is a private Kenya safari house with its own chef, guide and safari vehicle. Comprised of two cottages, aContinue Exploring…...

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You can enjoy bush dining in Kenya throughout the year. © Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Cottar’s 1920s Camp | The Masai Mara

Take a step back in time at Cottar’s 1920s Camp, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges where the golden age of exploration meets modern-day adventure safaris in an untouched, exclusiveContinue Exploring…...

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If you get really lucky you might spot a cheetah and her cubs while on a game drive from Mara Plains Camp.

Mara Plains Camp | The Masai Mara

Cross a narrow wooden bridge suspended over the Ntiakitiak River to reach Mara Plains Camp, located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy just north of Masai Mara National Reserve. One ofContinue Exploring…...

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Elephant Pepper Camp is small and exclusive, located away from other lodges in the Masai Mara.

Elephant Pepper Camp | The Masai Mara

Enjoy privacy and seclusion at the intimate Elephant Pepper Camp, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges nestled in a grove of elephant pepper trees in a prime but remote gameContinue Exploring…...

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You’ll be able to gaze at Mount Kilimanjaro while sipping on sundowners when you stay at Tortilis Camp Amboseli.

Tortilis Camp Amboseli | Amboseli National Park

Enjoy unobstructed views of Mount Kilimanjaro from Tortilis Camp Amboseli, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges set on a 12,000ha private conservancy where some of Africa’s largest elephants roam. FromContinue Exploring…...

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All guests get private safari vehicles at Sirikoi, so you can linger at rhino and other game viewings as long as you choose.

Sirikoi Lodge | Lewa Conservancy

Nestled in a shady acacia forest overlooking a natural waterhole, Sirikoi offers private game drives and activities in the mammal-rich Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Stay in a luxury tent, a two-bedroomContinue Exploring…...

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The guest area at Elephant Watch Camp provides a cheerful sanctuary from the wild Samburu National Reserve.

Elephant Watch Camp | Samburu National Reserve

Get to know the elephant families of Samburu National Reserve at Elephant Watch Camp in the wild Samburu region. Here you can stay in one of six unique tents, locatedContinue Exploring…...

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Giraffe Manor is a grand colonial-era mansion that dates back to the 1930s.

Giraffe Manor | Nairobi

Get up close and personal with the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe at Giraffe Manor, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges with a beautiful garden in Nairobi. Stay in one of 10Continue Exploring…...

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Safari sundowners at Saruni Mara come with a gorgeous view. © Saruni

Saruni Mara | The Masai Mara

Situated in the private Mara North Conservancy, where it operates in harmony with local Maasai communities, Saruni Mara offers an exclusive safari experience. From this – one of Kenya’s bestContinue Exploring…...

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You’ll see the most spectacular sunrise right from your four-poster when staying at Loisaba Star Beds.

Loisaba Star Beds | Loisaba Conservancy

Appreciate the vastness of Kenya's wilderness from your plush double bed, which can be wheeled outdoors for an incomparable night under the stars. Located in Laikipia, Loisaba Star Beds isContinue Exploring…...

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Sasaab | Samburu

Discover the country's lesser-known Samburu National Reserve from the comforts of Sasaab, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges, located just west of it. With Moroccan-style suites, indulgent spa treatments, game drives,Continue Exploring…...

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Wildlife, like giraffe and zebra, can often be seen from camp at Segera Retreat.

Segera Retreat | Laikipia Plateau

Segera Retreat, made up of eight amazing villas on a private reserve on northern Kenya's Laikipia Plateau, showcases African art from a private collection, as well as rare explorer's memorabiliaContinue Exploring…...

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Guests take a break from their game drive with refreshments under a tree in the Masai Mara.

Bateleur Camp | The Masai Mara

Gaze over the plains from an intimate forest setting at the foot of the Oloololo Escarpment – one of Kenya’s best safari lodges located at the very edge of MasaiContinue Exploring…...

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The upstairs guest area at Solio Lodge overlooks the outdoor dining area, and the conservancy beyond.

Solio Lodge | Solio Reserve, Mount Kenya

Enjoy guaranteed sightings of the endangered black and white rhino at Solio Lodge, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges located in the country's oldest rhino sanctuary, the private Solio Conservancy.Continue Exploring…...

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You can go on walking safaris from The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille.

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille | Laikipia Plateau

At first glance, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is not dissimilar to the rest of Kenya’s best safari lodges: a spectacular location in a game-rich setting. It offers an unabashedly differentContinue Exploring…...

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Loisaba Tented Camp has nine tented suites, including three doubles.

Loisaba Tented Camp | Loisaba Conservancy

Whether relaxing in the infinity pool, lazing on your sundeck or dining al fresco, you’re guaranteed uninterrupted views of pristine wilderness from Loisaba Tented Camp, all the way to MountContinue Exploring…...

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The deck at Serian The Nest affords spectacular views over the Mara River.

Serian The Nest | The Masai Mara

Experience a true African adventure by sleeping under the stars at Serian The Nest, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges, in a treehouse in next to the Mara River. WhetherContinue Exploring…...

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AfroChic Diani Beach has a glorious pool. © AfroChic Diani Beach

AfroChic Diani Beach | Kenya South Coast

To the south of the historic port of Mombasa stretches a long sliver of white sand, and AfroChic Diani Beach is ideally situated to make the most of its beautyContinue Exploring…...

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You can learn all about the Samburu people during Saruni Samburu’s Warriors Academy.

Saruni Samburu | Samburu Region

Feel like you’re on top of the world at Saruni Samburu, where six luxury villas perch atop a rocky outcrop overlooking 8,000ha of pristine wilderness. With private game drives, indulgentContinue Exploring…...

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The guest tents at Sand River Camp all have amazing views of the river.

Sand River Masai Mara | The Masai Mara

Set along the Sand River with three crossing points, there’s no better place to watch the Great Wildebeest Migration than at Sand River Masai Mara. When not witnessing this miracleContinue Exploring…...

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Enjoy sundowner snacks when staying in a family villa at Saruni Samburu.

Saruni Samburu | Family Safari | Samburu Region

If you want a private Kenya safari house, pick a family villa at Saruni Samburu, one of Kenya’s best. The four options overlook 8,000ha of exclusive and untouched conservancy borderingContinue Exploring…...

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Serian The Original has impressive views of the Mara River, and of the Pusinkariak Conservancy beyond it.

Serian The Original | The Masai Mara

Set your own pace at Serian The Original – one of Kenya’s best safari lodges – with your own dedicated safari vehicle, guide and spotter and a host of activities, includingContinue Exploring…...

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Cottar's Bush Villa has magnificent views over the Masai Mara. © Cottar's 1920 Camp

Cottar's Bush Villa | The Masai Mara

Cottar’s Bush Villa is situated at the epicentre of safari action, being close to both the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kenya’s Masai Mara. This private Kenya safari house – oneContinue Exploring…...

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Bush sundowners are done in style at ol Donyo Lodge.

ol Donyo Lodge | Chyulu Hills

Sleep under the stars, enjoy horseback safaris or mountain biking, or simply gaze at Mount Kilimanjaro, the distant plains or the much-visited waterhole at ol Donyo Lodge. Set on aContinue Exploring…...

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The fire pit at Angama Mara, perched high above the Great Rift Valley, is perfectly positioned for sundowner drinks.

Angama Mara | The Masai Mara

Share endless views over the Masai Mara with raptors and hot-air balloons from the luxurious Angama Mara, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges, high above the Great Rift Valley. IndulgeContinue Exploring…...

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Rhino tracking is a highlight of a Kenya safari. © Saruni Rhino

Saruni Rhino | Samburu

The pared-back (yet elegant) style of Saruni Rhino, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges, is entirely in keeping with its semi-arid surroundings. Here, the truest expression of indulgence is beingContinue Exploring…...

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Bush sundowners are a must when staying at Elsa’s Kopje in Meru National Park.

Elsa’s Kopje Meru | Meru National Park

Take an open-air bath on your porch, overlooking the plains of Meru National Park in northern Kenya at Elsa’s Kopje Meru, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges. Then walk inContinue Exploring…...

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The shorter dry season between December and March tends to offer exceptional value for Kenya lodges. © Alfajiri Villas

Alfajiri Cliff Villa | Kenya South Coast

Having exclusive use of the Alfajiri Cliff Villa – one of Kenya’s best lodges – gives your family members the opportunity to enjoy the Kenyan coast at their own paceContinue Exploring…...

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Sala’s Camp has just seven tented suites.

Sala’s Camp | The Masai Mara

Set under tall riverine trees on the banks of the Sand River in the southern Masai Mara, Sala’s Camp is perfectly situated for lengthy sightings of the Great Wildebeest Migration.Continue Exploring…...

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A resident warthog takes a quick drink out the infinity pool at Kichwa Tembo while others wander nearby.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp | The Masai Mara

Enjoy uninterrupted views of the Masai Mara and the Oloololo Escarpment at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges: from your tent, the restaurant or the infinityContinue Exploring…...

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At The Ocean Spa Lodge you can lunch right at the pool.

The Ocean Spa Lodge | Kenya South Coast

Kenya’s south-coast beaches host some wonderful hidden gems.. The Ocean Spa Lodge, one of Kenya’s best lodges, takes the Indian Ocean experience to a new level by offering not justContinue Exploring…...

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