Kenya can be described as “the whole world in a single country”, a land of extremes and contrasts; from deserts, to open plains and savannah, snow on top of mountains, indigenous and exotic forests, sun-swathed fine sandy beaches and ultra-modern cosmopolitan cities/towns scattered all over. In all, it is internationally recognized as a tourism paradise, a once in a lifetime must-visit; standing out with over 48 game sanctuaries, each being unique of the other. The supporting infrastructure is well developed and the peace that prevails gives a boost to its hospitality.
The country is located on the eastern side of Africa, covering an area of over 581,300 sq. Km, and astride the equator with different climatic zones due to variation in altitude.
With English and Swahili as the official languages, the lovely people of this equally lovely country (over 42 indigenous and migrant tribes) with their diverse cultures all live in harmony. The average Kenyan tends to be very hospitable, warm and welcoming to visitors, saying “Jambo” every so often with a smile only made in Kenya. Some tribes that have maintained their traditional and cultural ways of life include the nomadic Maasai and Samburu, Turkana and Pokot. Most of the other tribes also have show-cases of the same despite the western influence.
Passport, valid for travel 6 months beyond intended visit. Visa is required for most nationalities and can be acquired either in advance or upon landing at the international airport. (For visa exempt countries, please refer to the Kenya high Commission website).
Yellow Fever immunization is also needed for clearance of entry.
Kenya Shilling is the local currency; abbreviated as Ksh or KES, US Dollars (must be versions from 2003), Euros and major international credit cards are acceptable for transactions by larger stores, National Parks and Hotels.
All major towns have Banks (open from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm local time, Monday to Friday) and Forex Bureaus. Most ATMS accept Visa and Mastercard Credit Cards
Mara remains one of Kenya’s best loved reserves, its sheer beauty of wide savannah, rolling hills, meandering rivers and forests with huge grazing herds, bountiful bird life and the largest population of Lions.
As the rains bring the grasslands of Mara to life between July – October, the vast plains rumble with approaching hooves as millions of wildebeest accompanied by zebra’s arrive from the Serengeti in search of pasture.
The greatest bird spectacle on earth as millions of flamingo’s flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, the park also offers 450 different species of birds.
The park hosts one of the largest black rhino Sanctuary, whereas substantial numbers of white rhinos have also been introduced.
A fresh water lake where hippos are residents and the day can be spent relaxing or boating around, nearby we have the Hells Gate National Park which is cleft deep into the floor of the Rift Valley providing endless biodiversity and spectacular scenery like the Fischer’s Tower, Central Tower and the Njorowa gorge.
It’s a breeding ground for eagles and vultures and also 103 species of birds have been recorded.
This atmospheric park offers a mist wreathed realm where elephants roam through lichen hung forests, spectacular waterfalls plunge into pools and have trout filled streams. Home to rare bongo species.
Kenya’s highest point rises from thick forests to a spectacular pointed peak and stands at 5,199m; the tropical ice forms a series of glaciers and screed around the summit. Trekking is like a dream come true and it’s easy to customize a hike through a range of different altitudes and panoramic views.
Arid wilderness where the waters of Ewaso Nyiro River attract a profusion of game such as leopards, reticulated giraffe and herds of elephants.
The desert plains occasionally rise into highlands like loroghi hills, lesiolo escarpment and Matthews range where activities like camel treks is a worthwhile experience.
Amboseli is dominated by the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Here you get to see some of the country’s largest elephant herds and at the same time it’s a photographers paradise.
Kenya’s largest National Park and is divided by the Nairobi – Mombasa highway, offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush, emerald hills, liquid lava flows and savannah.
Tsavo is well known for Aruba dam, Mudanda rock, and longest lava flow in the world, Yatta plateau, Mzima springs, Chyulu hills and Ngulia hills.
Shimba hills offers a unique blend of wood – cloaked downs, wandering elephants, breeze fanned hills, plunging waterfalls and its one of the last remaining coastal rainforests on earth.
It’s also famed as the only Kenyan habitat of the rare and magnificent sable antelope.
Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 5km from Wilson Airport and 5km from the bustling central business district. In addition, there is easy access to all key Government offices, corporate, diplomatic missions and industries. It also has easy reach to the city’s main attractions, eateries and entertainment venues.
Sarova Panafric boasts of a rich history. When the quest for Africa’s independence raged in 1960’s, the hotel hosted many of continent’s nationalists under the umbrella of Pan Africanism, hence the eventual name, Panafric. Over the years, our name has come to signify the finery of cultural creativity. Our suites are a tapestry of rich neo-African splendor. Our Superior and Standard rooms are stylish masterpieces, while our conference rooms are beautiful, modern and technology-laden. The hotel flagship restaurant, The Flame Tree, offers a wide range of local and international cuisine. It is an intimate, quiet location that is perfect for business lunches, meeting with friends, having a few drinks or simply taking some time out to think and ponder the world.
With the stunning greens and golds of Nairobi National Park’s landscape punctuated by giraffe, zebra, antelope and buffalo lounging near our waterhole, the views alone make Ole-Sereni one of a kind. Add to that the convenience of our location, between Nairobi’s International and regional airports, and our world-class restaurants, conferencing facilities and spa, and you get a hotel that perfectly complements the experience of East Africa, whether you’re enjoying the area’s natural beauty or vibrant business environment.
SAMBURU SOPA LODGE
Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop raised ground allowing panoramic views of distant Samburu hills to one side and El Ndonyo Keri on the other. Game drives and bird-watching safaris are extra special at Samburu as the nature reserve is renowned for a range of rare game – Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, the long-necked Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx. There are also over a hundred species of birds including the Somali ostrich. Samburu Sopa Lodge is situated 325 km from Nairobi, in the middle of the park, next to the new Oryx airstrip. It is accessible from the main Isiolo – Moyale road at both Ngare Mara as well as Archers post junctions.
SAROVA SHABA GAME LODGE
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is located in a natural oasis in the heart of the Shaba Game Reserve or “Born Free Country” that Joy and George Adamson called home for many years. The lodge is 314 km from Nairobi, a 45 minute flight from Nairobi to Shaba or Samburu airstrip or a picturesque 5 hour drive through the curving roads around Mt. Kenya crossing the equator at Nanyuki. It is set along the bank of the Ewaso Nyiro River laid out around the natural springs that flow into the river. The Lodge has a virtual mini forest of indigenous trees, a fish pond and a large free form swimming pool.
OL TUKAI LODGE
Ol Tukai Lodge is one of the best spots in the world to watch elephant with the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Ol Tukai is an Eco-rated lodge having excellent outdoor and indoor facilities with its unique collection of African art. The property receives overwhelming response from the international and local tourism market. There are 80 luxury chalet-style twin rooms, all with an uninterrupted view of the wetlands or Kilimanjaro. Stylish and comfortable, the rooms have private bath rooms and individual terraces. There are rooms allocated for special needs visitors. The beautifully appointed rooms provide quality, comfort and attention to detail. The presence of the wilderness can be felt in the silence of the night. Lunch is served out on the veranda and on most occasions elephants, zebra and buffalo can be spotted meters away from the fence. The restaurant serves al a carte menus as well as set buffets. Theme nights are held throughout the week and include barbecues and Swahili fish menus. In addition the kitchen has an in house vegetarian and Indian cuisine chef. This open-air bar serves a wide selection of beers, cocktails, liqueurs and fresh fruit juices. Above the bar a roof level deck offers a splendid panorama of the marshlands and Kilimanjaro
AMBOSELI SERENA SAFARI LODGE
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, the glittering Mount Kilimanjaro, the luxury Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park. Secluded within a grove of acacia trees, the safari lodge looks out over the golden savannah plains, with uninterrupted views of the mountain itself. Close by are a series of emerald green swamps, which are fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. These, the only sources of water in this otherwise starkly beautiful but arid park, attract huge numbers of wallowing elephants, hippos, buffalos and plains game. Meanwhile, from the prehistoric site of Observation Hill, the sunset over Kilimanjaro is magnificent.
AMBOSELI SOPA LODGE
Set in 200 acres of private land, and with a rustic charm all of its own, the lodge nestles in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at almost six thousand metres, is Africa’s highest and most famous snow-capped mountain. It was this region of Kenya that, in the 1930’s, inspired Ernest Hemingway’s unforgettable stories ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’ and ‘The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber’ which were turned into more than successful feature films in the late 1940’s due to their renowned actors. All forms of wildlife still abound in this wilderness which continues all the way to the Amboseli National Park, an easy twenty minute drive away from the lodge.
Hotel Lamu House is made up of two houses that provide the perfect holiday / vacation getaway on Lamu Island, Kenya. This luxury accommodation caters to both those holiday makers and business travellers to Lamu who require a room or rooms to rent; or to a holiday group or family who wish to book out the entire hotel. Both houses have been restored and adapted for western-style living, and preserve all the charm of traditional Swahili architecture but are designed to satisfy the needs of clients and travellers that choose to stay in the historic centre of Lamu for their business or holiday.
Carefully restored and modified in 1998 the historic Tower has five double bedrooms and a large yoga hall. Included behind the same compound wall is the Sand Castle with its ground floor family apartment of three double rooms. In the surrounding gardens, the Garden Cottage has two double rooms both with bathrooms. The ten double rooms are all furnished with local antiques and fabrics in a simple yet elegant style to recreate the atmosphere of a fine Swahili house. No two rooms are the same and the cool, airy spaces retain an informal feel while several shaded balconies provide comfortable areas for avoiding too much sun and generally enjoying the peace and fresh air. The peaceful gardens have been recently “enlivened” by the refreshing sound of a fountain splashing over coral rocks into a small plunge pool.
THE MAJLIS RESORT
The Majlis hotel is a privately owned luxury beach hotel on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago, off Kenya’s Northern Coast. With a superb beachfront location and breathtaking views over the bay and Lamu Island, it offers the perfect setting and the ideal accommodation for barefoot luxury and informal pampering on your trip to Kenya. The boutique hotel offers 25 exquisite deluxe rooms and suites divided into three beachfront villas.
BOABAB BEACH RESORT & SPA
Located on the world famous Diani Beach, The Baobab Beach Resort and Spa is set within 80 acres of tropical gardens, overlooking the Indian Ocean. An oasis of tranquility and serenity, the Resort’s picturesque location is nestled on a coral headland overlooking vast stretches of golden beach. Shaded by indigenous coastal vegetation and exotic coconut palms the resort stretches over 500 meters of golden beach front offering the ultimate luxury beach holiday.
SOUTHERN PALMS BEACH RESORT
Southern Palms Beach Resort consists of 298 air conditioned rooms, set in almost 10 acres of beautifully tended tropical gardens. We have two enormous free form swimming pools, probably the largest in Eastern Africa, adding a unique feeling of space and majesty to our Resort! You may choose to simply relax on the resort, enjoying the warmth of the African sun and the soothing sound of the waves, or you can explore Diani and Mombasa, an island rich in history and culture. Southern Palms Beach Resort is an escape from the norm with endless options and all the comforts of a full-service hotel, ideally suited to couples and families alike. Relax, unwind and fall in love with all that makes Kenya and Mombasa uniquely unforgettable.
LEOPARD BEACH RESORT & SPA
Leopard Beach Resort & Spa has a reputation for excellence. As well as enjoying prime position on Diani Beach on Kenya’s South Coast, the resort has extensively upgraded accommodation and facilities making it the preferred destination for holidaymakers and business travellers alike.
The Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa is situated north of Mombasa on one of East Africa’s most stunning beaches. Palatial grounds, Arabic architecture and wonderful facilities make it simply ‘the’ place to stay on the Kenyan coast. Currently, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa has 335 rooms in the various room offerings; the Standard, Sea front, Palm, Premier, Acacia, and Presidential suites.
VOYAGER BEACH RESORT
The Voyager is a vibrant, ship-themed resort famous for hosting some of Africa’s finest family Entertainments and animation programmes, including unique themed journeys across the seven seas, culinary extravaganzas, and special music, fashion, comedy and acrobatic shows. Moored ten kilometres north of Mombasa city centre along Mount Kenya Road in Nyali, Voyager Beach Resort’s convenient ‘berth’ gives guests’ easy access to a huge variety of historical, sporting and cultural attractions, including Africa’s largest crocodile farm and the world-famous Haller Park (formerly Bamburi Nature Trail).
SAROVA MARA GAME CAMP
The rolling plains around the camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras during the migration months, and the camp is situated right in the center of their migration path. A wildlife safari puts you right in the middle of all this action. Get a first-hand account of this epic phenomenon and live to tell the tale. A safari also helps you acquaint yourself with the landscapes of this beautiful African setting. By virtue of its location and layout, the camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from luxury tented living to bird-watching, mini golf, sport fishing and a unique insight into the Maasai culture at the adjoining Maasai village.
SAROVA SALT LICK GAME LODGE (TSAVO WEST)
For decades Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge has been one of Kenya’s flagship lodges, famed for being among the World’s Most Photographed Lodges. A favorite amongst travellers in search of luxury accommodation, Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge is a luxurious safari escape set in the heart of the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary overlooking a waterhole and the vast Tsavo plains. Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge’s charm is evident from the outset. Here you will savour uncompromising high standards of Service, efficiency and personalised attention.
TSAVO EAST & WEST
Kilaguni serena safari lodge (Tsavo west) superbly situated in the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro and sheltered by the volcanic splendour of the Chyulu Hills, this classic stone-built safari lodge overlooks its own water hole, which is visited daily by elephants, buffalos and a wide variety of plains game. One of the first safari lodges ever to be built in a park in Kenya, the lodge is cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-viewing. It is also ideally placed for visits to all Tsavo National Park’s prime attractions.
MARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE
Located at the very centre of the famous ‘Mara Triangle’ in the world-renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill with long views over the savannah and down to the winding coils of the hippo-filled Mara River, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas, providing our guests with a ringside seat to the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’, the legendary migration of the wildebeest.
TIPILIKWANI MARA CAMP
This uniquely situated luxury camp on the banks of the Talek River overlooks the mottled plains of the Maasai Mara, where vast herds of wildlife co-exist with the colourful Maasai people. Tipilikwani Mara Camp offers an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the African bush.
SAROVA TAITA HILLS GAME LODGE (TSAVO EAST)
Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge is located at the main entrance to the Taita Hills Sanctuary in South Eastern Kenya, 400 km from Nairobi and 200 km from Mombasa. An hour flight from Nairobi or 30 min from Mombasa by private charter lands at the Lodge’s own airstrip. The sanctuary is a 3 hour drive from Mombasa and a 6 hour drive from Nairobi on tarmac roads. Located at the main entrance to the Sanctuary, Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge is an inviting stone building of 60 spacious rooms and two suites, all with their own private viewing balcony.