Camps

KAREN GABLES

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.

Il Moran Camp

Hidden under ancient trees deep in the forest, are just ten tents which line the winding banks of the Mara River. Each canvassed room is expansive and newly furnished to a superior standard. Beautiful old wood furniture and muted natural tones are a natural extension of the environment around. Each stylish bathroom boasts a Victorian style bath and his and her vanities. A large verandah is designed for relaxing in comfort in the peaceful surroundings.

Small and supremely personal in nature, Il Moran is a chic and intimate retreat in the best wildlife location in Kenya and arguably Africa. A brand new dining and lounge area set along the riverfront is beautifully furnished and our superior team of chefs create dishes that tantalize the eyes and taste buds. Meals are served on the raised wooden decking of the main mess and dining tent which offers a bird’s eye view of the snorting hippos below. The main feature is a sunken fire pit which is lit in the evenings – the perfect spot to sit back with a cocktail of your choice.

Activities offered from camp: Game drives, hot air balloon safaris, guided bush walks, community visits, Mara-Meru cheetah project and photographic safaris.

Ngare Serian Camp

Ngare Serian is one of the most intimate and luxurious exclusive camps in the Mara.

This camp is located in the Mara North Conservancy and has an air of seclusion – the camp can only be accessed via a rope bridge.

Ngare provides fabulously stylish and charismatic lodging – each of its four luxury marquees with Four poster beds are situated on an elevated, solid hardwood decks offering views of the local pod of hippos. Bathrooms are built skillfully into the decking, producing a seamless style, with endless comfy chairs and sofas to relax whilst watching the wildlife go by.

Each tent is provided with a personal game viewing vehicle and trained guide for optimal game viewing and decorated in stylish, yet traditional safari style. The communal dining area is great for relaxing with a good book.

Friend and family groups will enjoy this intimate 4 000-acre setting; and there are a variety of activities to keep everyone entertained: from walking safaris to river fishing. Expect to be wowed by gorgeous views overlooking the Mara River from your bedroom and waking up to the rich inimitable smell of the bush each morning.

Adventures offered from camp: Hot air ballooning and fly camping.