Who would ever have thought of going to Kenya on holiday? Many people! All it takes is booking the right hotel and flights, then taking the plunge to beat the winter blues and get away. Journey in Style offers you the best rates online so chat to one of our consultants today to secure your once-in-a-lifetime journey to Kenya today. Sun, sea, beaches, honeymoon bliss or family fun, Kenya has it all. For some of the best game viewing in Africa, look out for our excellent packages online.
But for most of us, Kenya is out of range in budget and time – we really want to get to the Amboseli and the Masai Mara National Parks but we ask ourselves, “When??” too often. Now you can afford this hop over the border to a country that remains accessible and beautiful, its wildlife still intact, its landscapes vast and wild. Come on, allow us to assist you in planning your holiday at a famous Kenyan hotel and we can put together a package for you where accommodation, meals, game drives and small extras are all-inclusive.
Did you know that there are more than 20 national parks and game reserves in Kenya where visitors can enjoy unforgettable safaris? Organised game drives will take you into the bushveld to experience the country’s rich diversity of wildlife, including the Big Five – often the central focus of game viewing safaris. Did you know that if you plan your trip carefully, you can witness the remarkable annual wildebeest migration which occurs at the Mara?
A holiday in Kenya is not complete until you experience the cultures of the local tribes such as the Masai and Samburu. Your safari can easily be combined with a coastal break where you will spend days enjoying a wide array of watersports. The beaches are fabulous and offer some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world.
Read on to find out more about our choice of 5 Super Kenya hotels in Kenya…
1. The Fairview Hotel in NairobiOwned and managed by three generations of the Szlapak family since 1946, the Fairview Hotel in Nairobi has grown from just 40 rooms to more than 100 rooms. This stately Kenya hotel offers reasonably priced holiday packages for families, honeymoon couples and lone travellers alike with varying room types to suite every budget and personal preference.
Superbly situated on Bishop Road, a side street on Upper Hill Nairobi, just a kilometre away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and 19 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the Fairview Hotel is set within five acres of beautiful gardens opposite the Israeli embassy.
Imagine doing business with this deluxe facility where a world-class business centre and conference facilities are available for positive thinking and corporate achievements? Imagine taking your kids to this hotel where they can play in the swimming pool and enjoy the TV choices in your suite?
Choose from 100 suites and 15 fully-serviced apartments and you simply cannot go wrong. Your electronic key card will ensure your personal belongings stay safe while you explore Nairobi. If it is the exercise you need, hit the gym and grab a massage at the wellness centre.
Eat til you want to pop at one of the four well-recognised restaurants in this top Kenya hotel. Guests can head to the city centre to shop around and even enjoy a Kenya safari at the Nairobi National Park. Tours to Nairobi slums, the largest in Africa can be organised.
2.Amboseli Porini CampIf you are hankering after some of the best wildlife sightings on the continent, then you need to head straight to the renowned Amboseli National Park. This way, you are in the heart of the African bushveld, surrounded by wild animals and rewarded with fantastic panoramas of the statuesque Mount Kilimanjaro.
Bed yourself down in the award-winning Amboseli Porini Camp which is small and intimate and cleverly designed to nestle amongst indigenous vegetation snug within the exclusive Selenkay Conservation area – on the northern border of Amboseli National Park! Here you can sit on the deck and watch game moving in and out of the park. Get those photographs you only dreamed of and remember to be in the NOW as this kind of holiday is rare!
You will find yourself in typical Kenya-style accommodation in nine capacious traditional canvas, cotton and vinyl safari tents – imaginative set-ups which are pitched directly on the flat, sandy ground and shaded by voluminous fly sheets. All of this under the canopy of Acacia Tortilis trees. These luxury tent chalets boast en-suite bathrooms complete with flush toilets and bucket showers.
Climb out of your huge bed as the sun rises over Kenya and sits on your private deck with a cup of freshly ground coffee, watching the birds get busy and maybe a herd of elephants stroll by – the only ‘traffic’ you will see all day!
One of the main attractions of Amboseli Porini Camp is that it is an eco-camp with no permanent structures and it uses solar lighting. That being said, guests can still have all their luxuries as they meet in the communal dining and lounge tent with its comfy couches and armchairs. You can also buy souvenirs from the craft shop that showcases the local community’ artistic talent: jewellery, traditional weapons as well as leather goods are sold at fixed, marked prices with each piece labelled with the maker’s name so that all proceeds go to the rightful maker.
This is indeed the perfect venue for honeymoons and family holidays! Amboseli Porini Camp affords guests an exclusive and wonderful Kenya holiday experience with day and night game drives, guided safari walks as well as sundowners in the conservancy. Guests can also visit a local village to experience firsthand, the Maasai culture. You simply need to chat to one of our consultants who will tailor make your special package according to your budget and personal desires!
3. Mfangano Island CampThe third Kenya hotel that I want to focus on in this blog is Mfangano Island Camp, an intimate and superbly sublime accommodation destination, beautifully set on a lush floating paradise in the waters of Lake Victoria. Not only is it tucked away in a remote bay on the western shores of Mfangano Island, canopied by massive fig trees, away from the hustle and bustle of fish markets and civilisation, but so too is this island retreat the answer for those looking for a tranquil island holiday in the picturesque setting.
You can get to Mfangano Island Camp by plane or by boat, and when you arrive, you see this aesthetic lodge which many treat as the ideal stopover after a hot and dusty Kenya safari – so conveniently positioned a mere 40-minute charter flight away from the Maasai Mara! And for those on a quest for a romantic hidey-hole, your search ends here. With just one road on the island and virtually no vehicles, the only sounds you will hear are those of nature.
Choose from one of the six traditional rondavel style chalets which are aptly created from clay and banana thatch – echoing the houses of the Luo tribe. You will love the individually designed interiors, festooned and kitted with four-poster beds and colourful ethnic fabrics. Enjoy blissful rests on private verandas where day beds invite you to soak up the sun.
Meet fellow guests in the communal areas of this stunning Kenya venue at Lake Victoria – tastefully decked with ethnic décor where the aura of the Lake enters on their open sides. Settle into the rustic lounge, bar and dining area or escape the heat of the searing sun in a small pool made out of natural stone, right on the edge of the lake!
Children are equally welcome for their Kenya island holiday at Mfangano Island Camp where joie de vivre awaits on Lake Victoria. A place where you will fill your blissful days with fun activities including fishing, birding, Luo village tours, sundowner cruises, water sports as well as rock art hikes. You can choose to spend the whole day just lazing in the sun while enjoying the freshest fish dishes and other delectable fares. Book your holiday when the timing is right, bring that camera to capture some of the best wildlife sightings on film…
4. Encounter MaraHere lies a camp based on responsible tourism values and sustainable living ideas that are part of the famous Masai Mara National Park, but far enough away from the crowded western section. Encounter Mara is tucked into the edge of the forest on the banks of the Olmorijoi River in the exclusive Mara Naboisho Conservancy which forms part of the diverse Masai Mara ecosystem in Kenya.
Teaming with wildlife, this awesome always ensures guests rewarding game viewing and, in an era where eco-tourism is all the rage, Encounter Mara is committed to low-impact tourism operations. Here the focus is on community upliftment and conservation of the Masai Mara ecosystem. The eco-camp is an ideal choice for those looking for a genuine wildlife and cultural experience – get back to nature in comfort and style!
There are 12 spacious, elegant tents at this wonderful camp – filled with handcrafted furniture and other natural materials. Guests really feel private as they are spread out within the natural surroundings – lie in your hammock and soak up the vistas before you from your private deck.
Many guests like to spend hours in the small hide close to the salt lick which attracts game close to the shared guest areas – meet people just like you as you sip a sundowner in the lounge tent or enjoy a filling breakfast in the dining tent.
Encounter Mara is a safari experience that can never be rushed or superficial. Go on game drives twice a day or embark on an all-day game drive where you also adventure into the unknown on foot with an armed guide to get closer to nature. Why not settle into the hide to wait for the elephants, buffalo and the occasional lion as they come to drink? This should entice you to contact one of our expert consultants to assist you in planning your safari in Masai Mara!
5. Hemingway’s And now for something completely different – back to the city and to the beaches where airports are close by for convenient travel and where world-class hotels in Kenya await your presence. One of these is Hemingway’s, a beachfront hotel on a beach which enjoys fame as one of the top 10 beaches in the world according to the Sunday Times!
This sophisticated Kenya accommodation venue offers amazing sea facing rooms for up to 173 guests – picture facilities such as air conditioning, fans, safes, telephones, complimentary wireless internet, mosquito nets, minibars, hairdryers and coffee/tea making facilities. The rooms also feature en-suite bathrooms with showers.
You will find Hemingway’s on Turtle Bay beach in Watamu National Marine Park, nearly three hours from Mombasa airport, and 30 minutes from Malindi airport. Watamu Marine National Park protects 32 square kilometres of unspoilt beach and coral reefs where more than 600 species of fish play. This is a divers’ paradise, with 15 different dive sites to discover on your own, without the diving crowds!
Find time to chill in the amazing two restaurants and two bars at this Mombasa accommodation. There are also two outdoor freshwater swimming pools seemingly made for refreshing dips after days spent in the salty ocean waters. No time for boredom at this Kenya hotel with its remarkable spa and beauty centre, well-equipped gym, TV room, gift shop and floodlit tennis courts!
Hemingway’s is an ideal base for deep sea fishing which takes place seasonally, from the start of July through into May. You are likely to hook Black, Blue and Striped Marlin, Sailfish and Broad- billed Swordfish in these waters. Why don’t you try your hand at salt-water fly-fishing and light-line fishing for something new and stimulating?
For those who prefer to spend their time below the warm clear waters, spend blissful days in the water snorkelling or taking part in a variety of watersports. Birding, horse riding, shopping trips and golfing in Mombasa are among the many activities that will keep you on your toes.
Book your Kenya holiday package to Mombasa today and stay at the superb Hemingway’s…
In a nutshell, Kenya is an African lover’s dream destination – authentic and rich wildlife sightings, awesome bush vistas, wonderful beaches and some of the best hotels in the world! Beat the winter blues with these five unique Kenya hotels where boredom does not exist and real relaxation does.