A charming, characterful and luxurious new boutique guest house, quietly situated in one of Nairobi’s best neighbourhoods, Karen Gables is a world away from the hubbub of central Nairobi and close to the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre and all the other attractions of the area.
With its prominent twin gables and broad porch, this boutique property is unmistakable. Karen Gables delivers all the warmth and charm associated with its classic Cape Dutch facade – mornings on the veranda sipping coffee, delicious breakfasts with homemade breads and jams, evenings by the fire. Set in the upmarket suburb of Karen in southwest Nairobi, the hotel lies peacefully in its surrounding greenery, undisturbed by the traffic jams and chaos of other parts of the city. And there’s something of the old colonial atmosphere in the air.
There is a small but professional staff who look after your every need, from your in-house experience to your airport shuttle and adventures in Nairobi.
The gardens ramble, alive with mature trees, rolling lawns, a gentle river and offer plenty of places to enjoy tea or a quiet and restful place to enjoy that good book.
There are seven double rooms in this rambling house, each with a different vantage on the garden. All have large windows with oodles of natural light, en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, and an abundance of unique character. With classic features such as window seats, wood-panelled walls, skylights and French doors, they’re undeniably charming. Second-storey rooms have a balcony, while those on the ground floor lead into the garden.
Lewa Safari Camp
The private Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a pioneer in wildlife preservation and one of the most spectacular game-viewing destinations in Kenya. Lewa Safari Camp treats visitors to an exclusive and luxurious retreat while allowing them to join a renowned legacy of wildlife conservation.
The camp has the whole eastern half of the Conservancy to itself, giving guests a chance to enjoy an almost private game-viewing experience.
Each one of the 11 open and spacious Safari Tents is covered in thatch and consists of a main bedroom, en-suite bathroom, and a private verandah. The two Family tents share a verandah and come complete with double and twin beds. The main area has a simple and rustic atmosphere reminiscent of a colonial farmhouse inside which open fireplaces, wooden floors, and comfortable sofas are found.
Activities offered from camp: Game drives, guided bush walks, and horse or camel rides give guests the opportunity to witness the world’s largest population of the rare Grevy’s zebra, a healthy population of black rhino (which the conservancy protects), as well as elephant, buffalo, and resident predators.
Elephant Pepper Camp
Located in the Mara North Conservancy, the heart of the Masai Mara ecosystem, Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp is the perfect luxurious base from which to explore the wonders of the Mara.
The vast, fertile plains of the Maasai Mara boasts a plethora of wildlife; with over 450 bird species and both resident and transient populations of lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, to name a few, the plains are dense with game. Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp is perfect for those wanting to observe the spectacle of the migration, classified among the “Seven Wonders of the World”, when, from July to November, over 1.3 million wildebeest and zebra cross from the Serengeti in search of greener pastures.
The camp’s remote location allows the stars to shine bright at night, undimmed by harsh lighting; guests enjoy the unique experience of listening to the sounds of lion, leopard and hyena foraging and hunting, whilst being cosseted with traditional and modern comforts such as a campfire and cosy duvets.
Adventures offered from camp: game drives and guided walks.