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Places to stay in Kenya

Here is our selection of places to stay in Kenya.

Mike’s Camp on Kiwayu Island is around 19.3 kilometres in length and about 800 metres in width, and contains two different villages – Kiwayu and Chandani. Here, guests are offered an exclusive camp on their own private island, surrounded by white sands, turquoise waters and stunning coral gardens. Here you can walk for hours without seeing anyone else. There are plenty of caves and coves for visitors to explore here, as well as a large mangrove creek network which is perfect for bird watching and light tackle fishing. On this beautiful island, guests can partake in canoeing, snorkeling, yachting, kite flying or walks to the local villages, to name a few. Dolphins, whales and turtles can also be spotted quite frequently out in the ocean. There are seven private bandas here that all offer fantastic 180 views of the Indian Ocean. All rooms are equipped with mosquito nets, complimentary towels and toiletries, en-suite bathrooms, hand-painted bucket showers, flushing toilets and laundry services. Overlooking the mangrove groves, the sunset bar is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy a tasty cocktail while admiring the transforming colours of the sky.


For those seeking a little more cultural enrichment, travellers have the option of spending their nights at the Enkereri Village in the Masai Mara. Here, guests are hosted by Masai elder Ben Ramet and his friendly family, or Mr Kipas and his wife. The village offers views overlooking the renowned Mara Conservancy game reserve with its varied and plentiful wildlife. What is specifically unique about this stay is that guests are given the opportunity to learn about Masai culture and traditions first-hand by living among the Masai in this unique homestay experience. Visitors sleep in traditional Masai huts, being lulled to sleep by the distant sounds of cattle and the crackling of the fire outside, only to wake to the sounds of the local ladies milking cows for breakfast. During your stay at the village, your host family will prepare traditional meals for you, such as Ugali with local meat and vegetable cooked in an open fire. Cultural activities to partake in here include taking cattle out to pasture, volunteering at the local nursery school, fetching water, milking cows, lighting fires without matches, and much more. The Masai will also teach you about their fascinating culture and might invite you to attend a traditional ceremony if it occurs during your stay here.  The village can accommodate up to 9 visitors, to which mattresses, pillows and mosquito nets are provided.

Mboi Farm offers visitors a genuine ‘off the beaten track’ experience, allowing you to socialise with locals on an equal footing, to sample their cuisine and to take home wonderful memories of new friends. It is located high in the Aberdare ranges in central Kenya, which is just a short drive to the famous Aberdares national park. Here, guests can partake in activities such as river fishing, park visits, tea and coffee picking, farming, village tours to community projects, local cuisine cooking lessons, and much more. From the farm, village tours, mountain climbing, hiking, camping, and bird watching can be organised upon request.  The knowledgeable hosts here are devoted to making sure guests enjoy all the area has to offer, and will lead you on tours through the region, share local insights with you and provide you with experiences far removed from the typical tourist march. The sophisticated farm house contains one en-suite room with bath and shower. There are also two other standard rooms which share a bathroom and toilet. The spacious kitchen of the house is open to all guests, and visitors are encouraged to enjoy their meals next to the farm’s waterfall, while admiring the area’s exotic birdlife.

About Bronwyn Paxton

Article by: Bronwyn Paxton
on December 17, 2013
Filed under  Africa Blog • Kenya 
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