House of Waine
The family-owned House of Waine in Nairobi, Kenya is a luxury boutique city hotel. The hotel is located on a large property in the affluent suburb, Karen, that is slightly removed from the city and provides visitors with a quiet, tranquil environment that is still close to all of the action.
The hotel has 10 individually named and themed en-suite rooms and one suite. All the rooms have TVs, WiFi, individually controlled air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities among a host of other amenities including fresh flowers. After a day of exploring Nairobi, you can relax in the serene gardens or spend the afternoon at the pool.
Rekero Camp is situated in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve which is renowned for the Great Migration that occurs annually. What makes Rekero special is that it’s the nearest camp to the Talek and Mara Rivers where all the action unfolds, with the dining area of the camp only a mere 150 meters from the Talek River.
The position is ideal to spot the teeming wildlife, such as wildebeest and zebra, as they migrate on their annual journey across crocodile-infested waters. The camp has been known to be surrounded by wildebeest and there are three regular river crossing points in the area.
Head out on game drives and walking safaris to spot the excellent year-round wildlife (the camp is closed from March to May during Kenya’s ‘long rains’ season), as well as the spectacular annual Migration. Species you can look forward to seeing include lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, occasional rare black rhino, and hippo. Look out for the superb birdlife or visit the local Maasai communities to learn about local traditions and cultures.
Rekero has lovely communal areas, a safari shop selling tasteful items from local artisans and a dedicated Wi-Fi tent. The camp boasts nine large, comfortably furnished and well-equipped safari tents. Each tent is furnished with twin or double beds and an exclusive en suite bathroom. The camp offers power from a solar inverter system, while kerosene lamps provide a romantic glowing atmosphere.
Activities offered from camp: Game drives; bush picnics; guided safari walks and hot air ballooning.
There are nine spacious tents at Naboisho Camp. And because it’s based in a private conservancy adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve, Naboisho is one of the best camps for your safari in the Mara, known for its amazing guiding. A safari here goes beyond the usual game drives. Explore the Mara on foot, keep your eyes peeled on a night drive or spend an unforgettable night camping in the bush for a real safari adventure. With 266 species of birds to spot, there are also ample birdwatching opportunities.
Designed to take full advantage of its wilderness surrounds, Naboisho is superbly comfortable. At the main communal area, the thatched lounge and dining room provide a splendid vantage point overlooking the open plains in front of camp, allowing for meals to be served to sights and sounds of the Naboisho wilderness. Guests can enjoy high levels of personalised service from a team that has worked together for many years, creating the warm yet understated hospitality that is the hallmark of Naboisho. The nine generous tented suites offer comfortable king-sized beds (twin beds are available) and private facilities with fully plumbed indoor showers (plus an outdoor bucket shower) and flushing toilets. Each suite is furnished with a private veranda, complete with day bed, for the ultimate in post-game-drive relaxation.
Activities offered from camp: Game drives; night drives, guided walking safaris; fly camping; cultural visits; hot air ballooning and the opportunity to learn about various research projects in the conservancy.
Ololo Safari Lodge, owned and run by an Australian farming family, offers the warmth and comfort of a home with effortless style and personalized service. Originally an old Kenyan homestead and since converted to a small lodge, Ololo is perfectly situated, on the beautiful banks of the Mbagathi River which forms the southern border of the Nairobi National Park.
The lodge is a mere 45-minute drive through the park from Nairobi and both main airports, yet the lodge’s secluded location feels like a world away. Set on a productive 20 acre working farm Ololo offers the joys of delicious ‘paddock to plate’ fresh ingredients. With their established and secluded gardens, guests can settle in and soak up a unique safari experience.
Ololo’s rooms are unique and diverse, each tastefully appointed with attention to historical detail. The accommodation at Ololo ranges from the farm’s old, converted stables, tented cottages under Makuti thatch and to the original suites in the main house of the lodge.
Activities offered from Camp:
Excursions into Nairobi; game drives into the park; visit Ololo farm and the furniture workshop; Spa; excursion to the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage.