The Emakoko is a twenty four bed, luxury lodge artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River, on the border of the Nairobi National Park. Great care has been taken to incorporate the beautiful fig trees which grow on the cliff where the lodge is situated. All rooms look straight over the river and into the Park. The Emakoko allows people to start and finish their safari in the wildlife environment they have travelled so far to enjoy. Within 20 minutes of clearing customs they can now be viewing game in the amazing Nairobi National park. The only “transfer” delays likely to be encountered en route to or from The Emakoko are the natural pauses to watch a pride of lions or waiting for a Rhino or journey of Giraffe to cross the road. Whether you are enjoying an Emakoko cocktail in the viewing area or simply a coffee by the pool overlooking the river, relaxation is assured. There is also the chance to see the resident hippo, who also likes to keep an eye on you. He can be seen grazing on the lawn outside the rooms in the early evening or the morning.
Staying at Tortilis Camp, there is one thing that immediately captures your attention: the stunning views of towering Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Yet there is so much more that makes this 17-tent camp just outside Amboseli National Park so enchanting. Each of the tents is en-suite, featuring elegant bathrooms with hot-water showers and modern flush toilets, as well as tasteful décor that will have you believing you are in an elegant auberge. Sheltered from the sun by a mukuti (thatched) roof, your large stone verandah is a perfect place to wile away the hours, as is the cozy, lantern-lit main lounge and the refreshing swimming pool. And as the scents of the home-style North Italian cuisine waft through the air, you’ll no doubt find your way to the dining room as well. Outside of camp, the wildlife of this renowned park is impressive– lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal, and especially the 1,000 elephants that call the area home—yet you can also connect with the deep cultural roots here by visiting the local Maasai village. Tortilis is also a camp that takes the term “family friendly” seriously, offering a family tent and a family house as well as the option for early mealtimes and babysitting service if needed.
Lewa Safari Camp has a stunning location within Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with outstanding game viewing and views of Mt. Kenya to the south and the arid lowlands to the north. Each tent has a thatched roof, verandah and full ensuite bathroom, very much in the ‘Lewa’ style. The central areas have cool gardens with a sunny verandah and swimming pool to enjoy during the day, and cosy log fires in the lounge and dining room during the chilly evenings. The camp is based within the private 62,000 acre wildlife conservancy. The conservancy is home to about 10% of Kenya’s black rhino population, and the single largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world. Lewa reinvests all the profits generated from tourism into its core programs. When you visit Elewana Lewa Safari Camp, you contribute to helping thousands of people from different backgrounds and cultures to improve their lives, and give their children a future, at the same time as ensuring Africa’s wildlife has a stable home. You’ll enjoy outstanding game drives with plentiful rhino, elephant, buffalo, the rare Grevy’s zebra and resident predators, to a backdrop of beautiful views of snow-capped Mt. Kenya. Lewa Safari Camp’s walking guides are trained wildlife rangers from the Conservancy. Apart from their knowledge on rhino conservation, they are also knowledgeable about the tracks and botany.
Located in the Mara North Conservancy, the heart of the Masai Mara ecosystem, Elephant Pepper Camp is the perfect 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. 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.
And when those plains call out to be explored, you can do so in one of the camp’s Land Rovers, or on foot with an expert guide on fun, intellectually stimulating excursions. Whether it is days in the bush, evenings by the campfire or dinner beneath the stars, Elephant Pepper is a perfect place to become one with nature.
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