Situated in East Africa with a beautiful coastline lapped by the Indian Ocean, Kenya encompasses a diverse range of spectacular landscapes that are home to just as varied fauna and flora. From the rolling grasslands of the magical Masai Mara and it’s traditionally dressed Masai tribesmen to the Great Rift Valley’s breath-taking lake system whose glassy bodies of water teeming with crocodiles, hippos and a myriad of birdlife.
1.Maji Moto Eco Camp
© Maji Moto Eco Camp
Nestled on a hilltop deep in Masai lands an hour’s drive from the Sekenani Gate of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Maji Moto Eco Camp is an intimate, environmentally-sensitive retreat run by local Masai people from the nearby Maji Moto village. Surrounded by the spectacular natural beauty of the Loita Hills and the ancient culture and knowledge of the Masai, the tranquil retreat offers panoramic views of the surrounding savannah plains, eco-friendly accommodation, and all-inclusive day trips and activities. Safari tents are furnished with comfortable mattresses and premium bedding and shared outdoor bathrooms. The Masai prepares meals which boast a blend of international and traditional Kenyan flavors. Guests can enjoy excursions to a local village school, walks with a Masai warrior, bathing in a nearby hot spring, and guided night game drives.
Keekorok, Masai Mara, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-24-73-54-18
Perched on the Loita Hills, overlooking the vast plains of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Olarro is a luxury safari lodge with an outdoor swimming pool, a deluxe spa, a renowned restaurant, and panoramic views of the African savannah. Elegantly decorated accommodations have chic white and earthy décor, en-suite bathrooms with showers and soaking tubs, and spacious living areas with mountain views. The Northern Lounge restaurant serves signature dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients and bush dinners under the stars. The Olarro Spa has a relaxation lounge overlooking the pool and offers a range of treatments and massages, and other activities include guided nature walks and game drives, and hot air ballooning over the savannah.
Ngoswani village, Inakara Road, Kenya, Phone: +97-15-66-03-27-83
3.Keekorok Lodge-Sun Africa Hotels
© Keekorok Lodge-Sun Africa Hotels
Located in the heart of Kenya’s fabled Maasai Mara National Reserve, Keekorok Lodge is a historic lodge set on 700-square miles of lush, sun-drenched plains and rolling grasslands teeming with wildlife. Opened in 1962, Keekorok Lodge is the oldest property in the Masai Mara Game Reserve and offers guests an unrivaled safari experience. Accommodations include stone-built bungalows with private verandas, standard rooms, and safari tents, all of which have en-suite bathrooms with constant hot water and striking views. An onsite restaurant serves delectable, freshly prepared meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and freshly brewed complimentary coffee and tea or local Kenyan beer and other drinks can be enjoyed at the full-service Discovery Bar. Other facilities include a luxury lodge that offers pampering massages and body treatments, unique venues for special occasions and weddings, and a modern conference venue.
Masai Mara, C14 -Masai Mara Natl Reserve, Keekorok, Kenya, Phone: +25-42-04-45-06-36
4.Entumoto Safari Camp
© Entumoto Safari Camp
Commanding breathtaking views over Kenya’s Masai Mara, Entumoto Private Safari Camp offers an intimate and luxurious African safari experience. Spacious verandahs shaded by layered canvas provide breathtaking views of the vast Mara plains. Follow in the footsteps of Livingstone on a guided walk through the wild with a local askari or discover Africa’s nocturnal creatures on an exhilarating night game drive. Enjoy a welcome escape from the heat of the sun in the cool, tree-shaded pool or take in an aerial view of migrating game in a hot air balloon over the sun-baked savannah. Sink into a plush sofa with a book from the fully-stocked library and relax in the glow of a crackling fire. Designed for luxurious comfort and privacy, eight stylish tents are spaciously situated amidst the surrounding indigenous wilderness. Private verandahs promise spectacular views with cozy fireplaces offering romantic appeal. Savor superb Pan-African cuisine served in spectacular surroundings. Lunch on organically-grown salads and vegetables in the shade of a thorny Acacia tree or dine al-fresco style under the vast African sky.
Siana Conservancy on Masai Mara Reserve, Masai Mara, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-13-40-09-03
5.Fairmont Mara Safari Club
© Fairmont Mara Safari Club
Embraced by the breathtaking Mara River, which teems with crocodiles and hippo, the Fairmont Mara Safari Club is a luxury Masai Mara resort hotel in Kenya that offers an outdoor heated pool with bar, deluxe massage tents, a rustic restaurant serving local cuisine, and guided game drives. Spacious safari tents feature romantic four-poster beds, private outdoor showers, furnished verandas, and modern amenities such as minibars. A relaxed restaurant with wooden roof serves a buffet breakfast and lunch, and a la carte dinner of typical African cuisine, accompanied by music, and against a backdrop of beautiful river views. Guests can enjoy guided game drives, and nature walks through one of the world’s most abundant wildlife reserves, hot balloon safaris or champagne breakfasts on the savannah.
58581, Mara Safari Club, Aitong, Kenya, Phone: +25-42-02-26-50-00
6.Julia's River Camp
Resting on the banks of the Talek River in the heart of the Masai Mara Nature Reserve, Julia's River Camp is an exclusive tented camp with comfortable accommodation with private verandahs, an on-site restaurant, and communal areas where guests can relax and soak up the spectacular surrounding views. Deluxe tents feature comfortable beds, seating areas, en-suite bathrooms with hot running water, and solar powered lighting, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with a selection of fine wines is served in the restaurant overlooking the river. Activities at the camp include guided game drives and nature walks and excellent wildlife observation and photographic opportunities.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Narok, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-22-44-48-08
© Angama Mara
Balanced on the rim of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara is luxury safari lodge with spectacular views of Kenya’s Masai Mara. Inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air,’ Angama Mara features luxury safari tents with 10-meter-wide floor-to-ceiling glass fronts that embrace the amazing views of the Mara Triangle. Two private camps boast fifteen tented suites with Old World décor and charm, polished parquet floors, stylish furnishings, sweeping canvas, and private decks overhanging the Mara below. Deluxe facilities at the camp include a swimming pool, a fully-equipped fitness center, a curated gallery of African craft and art, clothing and jewelery, and an artist’s studio where local Maasai women create beautifully beaded artworks. Activities at Angama Mara include guided game drives and nature walks, night safaris, local village visits, and hot-air ballooning.
Transmara / Olorien A1, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Phone: +25-42-06-60-60-00
8.Mara Leisure Camp
© Mara Leisure Camp
Set along the banks of the Talek River on the northern boundary of the Masai Mara Game Reserve at the confluence of the Masai Mara's four wildlife viewing areas, Mara Leisure Camp is a luxury tented camp with luxurious facilities that offers an unrivaled safari experience. The tented camp offers comfortable lodgings in safari tents with safari-style décor, comfortable beds, and private bathrooms with baths, showers, and complimentary toiletries. Delicious local cuisine is served at the restaurant against a backdrop of beautiful views, and other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a manicured garden, a stylish bar, a bonfire setting for relaxing beneath stars and complimentary wireless Internet.
Talek River, Maasai Mara National Reserve, 00100 Talek, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-29-30-45-61
© Sekenani Camp
Set at the source of Sekenani River, Sekenani Camp is a comfortable safari camp that offers an authentic bush experience. The camp provides well-designed safari tents with wooden floors, en-suite bathrooms with full-length bathtubs, and private wooden decks with spectacular views. A suspension bridge across the Sekenani River connects the tents with the restaurant and bar where guests can enjoy sumptuous cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and a communal canvas tent-like structure and bonfire area offer a comfy spot for guests to unwind. Activities at Sekenani Camp include guided day and night drives, ranger-led nature walks, bush dinners, safari picnics and sundowners, and hot air balloon safaris.
Langata, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-22-14-78-10
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10.Governors II Moran Camp
© Governors II Moran Camp
Governors II Moran is a small, intimate and ultra-luxurious tented camp in a forested area of the Masai Mara that offers an unforgettable safari retreat. Widely regarded as the premier camp in the Masai Mara, Governors II Moran features ten deluxe safari tents tucked beneath ancient trees along the banks of the Mara River. Ideally located to provide the best game viewing, spacious canvas tents feature king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms with large showers, bathtubs, flushing toilets and hot and cold running water, and private verandahs with spectacular views. Dinner is served by candlelight on the open deck under the giant evergreen trees, overlooking the Mara River. Activities include guided day and night drives, ranger-led nature walks, bush dinners, safari picnics and sundowners, and hot air balloon safaris.
Governors Il Moran Road, Mara Rianta, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-33-61-62-05
11.Ashnil Mara Camp
© Ashnil Mara Camp
Overlooking the Mara River against a backdrop of Kenya’s most beautiful wildlife reserve, Ashnil Mara Camp is a luxury safari camp with 30 furnished canvas tents, an outdoor swimming pool and a large restaurant with breathtaking views of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Ideally placed to watch the Great Migration, tents have king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms with showers and hot running water, and wooden decks overlooking the wildlife-packed plains. The restaurant serves an array of globally-inspired cuisine with traditional African flavors, and an open-air bar offers a wide selection of craft beers, fine wines, and handcrafted cocktails. Bush picnics can be arranged on request, and other activities at the camp include guided nature walks and game drives, hot air ballooning, and in-house cultural activities.
Maasai Mara National Reserve, 00100 Talek, Kenya, Phone: +25-42-04-97-12-00
12.Oldarpoi Mara Community Camp
© Oldarpoi Mara Community Camp
Oldarpoi Mara Community Camp is a basic safari camp located just outside the gates of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Keekorok. Solely owned by the local Maasai community, the camp features offers comfortably furnished tents with two single beds and en-suite bathrooms with solar-heated showers, and some have seating areas and patios. There is also a campsite where guests can pitch their tents and a communal ablution block with flush toilets and hot showers. A full English or vegetarian breakfast is served in the restaurant every morning and guests can relax around the bonfire in the evenings. Nestled on a gentle slope within Nashulai Maasai Conservancy, the camp offers a variety of activities, including nature walks with a trained Maasai tracker, Maasai village visits, and hot air ballooning.
20213-00100, 00100 Keekorok, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-21-73-19-27 or +25-47-38-01-86-62
13.Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Set high on a bushy hill in the heart of the Mara Triangle with beautiful views over the plains of the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Mara River, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is ideally situated to watch the ‘greatest wildlife show on Earth’ – the Great Wildebeest Migration. The lodge features well-appointed guest rooms with comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms with showers, and modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, and coffee machines. Deluxe facilities at the lodge include a highly acclaimed restaurant serving local and international cuisine, a luxury spa and fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool. A lobby and a terrace boast breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness and guests can enjoy guided game drives, nature walks, and hot air balloon safaris.
The Mara Triangle Conservancy, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Narok, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-32-12-33-33
14.Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara
© Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara
Nestled in a grove of riverine woodland on the banks of the Ntiakitiak River, Olare Mara Kempinski is an exclusive eco-friendly safari camp with sweeping canvas tents, large wooden decks, a restaurant and a bar, and an outdoor swimming pool. Luxurious, spacious tents have private entrances, parquet floors, seating areas with full sofas, en-suite bathrooms with showers, and balconies with river views. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served every day beneath a large canvas tent, next to the swimming pool or on a private deck overlooking the Mara plains. A variety of activities can be enjoyed by guests, including swimming, massages, guided nature walks and day and night game drives, a complimentary shuttle service is available.
Oloololo Gate, Masai Mara, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-03-04-90-00
15.Mahali Mzuri - Sir Richard Branson's Kenyan Safari Camp
© Mahali Mzuri - Sir Richard Branson's Kenyan Safari Camp
Mahali Mzuri is Sir Richard Branson’s 12-suite tented luxury safari camp in the 13,500-hectare Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Meaning ‘beautiful place’ in Swahili, Mahali Mzuri is a minimal-environmental-impact resort that features luxurious accommodations, a 40-foot infinity pool, a luxury spa, and plenty of exciting activities to enjoy. Twelve stylishly-appointed tents are designed for comfort with premium beds, en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs and showers, and private decks with spectacular views of the game-filled plains. A high-end restaurant serves sumptuous pan-African cuisine in the dining tent, in the open bush, or on wooden decks beneath the African sky and bush BBQs and champagne picnics are included as special treats. Exclusive experiences at Mahali Mzuri include spa treatments and massages, guided nature walks and day or night game drives, and excursions to local Maasai communities.
Motorogi Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya, Phone: +44-20-86-00-04-30
16.Royal Mara Safari Lodge
© Royal Mara Safari Lodge
Located in Aitong in the heart of the Maasai Mara Kenya, the Royal Mara Safari Lodge is a luxury lodge in a private conservancy that offers deluxe accommodations, local cuisine and guided game drives. Eight luxury tents have canvas sides that can be rolled up for all-around views; hand-carved king-sized or double beds, en-suite bathrooms, colonial antiques, Maasai carpeting, and spacious sitting areas. Private terraces look out over the plains and on which guests can enjoy intimate alfresco meals, and a restaurant and bar serve international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guided game walks, ranger-led day and night game drives, and relaxing by the bonfire are some of the activities that can be enjoyed.
Mara North Conservancy, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-05-33-33-33
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17.Sand River Masai Mara
© Sand River Masai Mara
Resting on the banks of the Sand River in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, Sand River Masai Mara is the newest addition to the elegant Elewana Collection. Replicating the classic Kenyan safari of the 1920s, this tented camp is situated on a secluded and picturesque site in the heart of the Masai Mara plains and offers exceptional year-round game-viewing. Ideal for family and friends wanting an exclusive and intimate safari experience, sixteen luxurious tents are beautifully decorated in contemporary-colonial décor, with polished wooden floors, deep-set armchairs and comfortable four-poster beds echoing the bygone era of African adventurers. Enjoy a buffet breakfast, or picnic lunch in the heart of the bush served by your guides after an exciting morning game drive, with delicious snacks and refreshing drinks being provided throughout the day. Sip sundowner cocktails by the roaring campfire in the evening before a romantic candlelit dinner for two under the stars, accompanies by a choice selection of fine wines from the camp’s well-stocked cellar. Enjoy exceptional year-round game viewing of leopard, lion, and elephant, to name but a few. Follow expert field guides and trackers as they take you on exhilarating morning and evening game drives and guided bush walks into the surrounding wilderness or see Africa from the air as you hot-air balloon over the Masai Mara plains.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Masai Mara, Kenya, Phone: +25-52-72-50-06-30
18.Kicheche Bush Camp
Set within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy on the border of the Masai Mara Reserve, the Kicheche Bush Camp is a luxury tented safari camp with high-end accommodations, deluxe facilities, and world-class game viewing. Six luxury tents are spread out beneath large acacia trees and feature traditional safari-style décor, spacious bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms with bucket showers, and elegant common areas are available for relaxing with other guests. Lunches can be enjoyed beneath the shades of the trees or as picnics in the bush, and dinners are taken beneath the African sky. Activities include guided day and night drives, ranger-led nature walks, bush dinners, safari picnics and sundowners, and hot air balloon safaris.
Olare Orok Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve 00502, Kenya
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19.Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp
Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp is a high-end safari camp located in the heart of the Mara North Conservancy in the north of the Masai Mara National Reserve and overlooks the Mara River which is home to crocodiles and hippos. Luxury tents are set on wooden platforms with private viewing decks, spacious sitting areas with safari-style décor, comfortable beds, and en-suite bathrooms with showers and twin basins. Delicious buffet breakfasts and à la carte dinners are served in the Acacia Dining Room, while al fresco lunches are served around the pool and special evening barbecues feature Masai dancing. Daily activities at the lodge include guided nature walks and bird-watching, invigorating massages and pampering body treatments at the Mvua African Rain Spa, and guided game drives in the reserve.
Masai Mara Game Reserve, Masai Mara, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-88-26-26-66
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20.Little Governors' Camp
© Little Governors' Camp
Surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Little Governors’ Camp is nestled in a beautiful corner of a dense forest with breathtaking views over a marsh where big game wade and drink. Luxury tents have safari-style décor, spacious bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs and showers, and private patios with outdoor seating and charming views. Delectable international cuisine with local flavors is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner against a backdrop of striking savannah views, and activities at the camp include ranger-led game drives, hot air balloon safaris, guided walking safaris, and visits to local communities and villages. Day and overnight trips to Lake Victoria can be arranged.
Masai Mara National Reserve, 00200 Talek, Kenya, Phone: +25-42-02-73-40-00
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21.Mara Ngenche Safari Camp
© Mara Ngenche Safari Camp
Overlooking the point where the Mara and Talek Rivers come together in the Masai Mara, Mara Ngenche Safari Camp is a luxury retreat with an Old-World charm and spectacular views over a watering hole. The intimate camp features ten well-appointed tents ideally placed to experience Kenya at its very best with four-poster king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms with bathtubs, outdoor showers and hot and cold running water, and private verandahs with partially enclosed plunge pools. Breakfast and lunch are served alfresco under the trees, and a four-course dinner is offered in the mess tent or privately on verandahs under the stars. A communal dining and lounge area overlook the river, a spa offers massages and body treatments, and guests can enjoy day and night game drives as well as safari walks with an experienced Maasai guide, and hot-air balloon safaris.
Masai Mara, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-15-55-53-22
22.Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp
© Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp
Boasting a spectacular location in the world’s best-known wilderness, Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp is based at the confluence of Mara’s four game-viewing areas with beautiful views over the Talek River. The camp features elegantly furnished tents on raised platforms with four-poster beds draped with mosquito nets, private bathrooms with showers, flushing toilets and hot and cold running water, and coffee machines. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sun-loungers, a terrace with a bar, and several small, riverfront dining areas where breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be enjoyed against a backdrop of African wilderness views. A library has plenty of reading material and board games, and there is a playground for children, and other activities range from guided game drives, and nature walks, and hot-air balloon safaris.
Masai Mara, Kenya, Phone: +25-42-04-44-79-29
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23.Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge
© Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge
Boasting unfettered views of the surrounding wilderness, Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is a luxury tented safari camp that offers an unforgettable African experience. Nestled in a ravine forest and surrounded by trees, the camp features spacious tented suites with balconies overlooking the ravine forest, en suite bathrooms with waterfall showers, double vanities, slippers, and bathrobes. Meals can be enjoyed in the camp restaurant, al fresco in the bush, or the privacy of the suites, and bush breakfasts and sundowners can be arranged. Activities include guided walking safaris and game drives, quad bike safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Masai Mara, and Maasai village tours, along with a Maasai naming ceremony for younger guests.
Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment, Masai Mara, Kenya, Phone: +44-77-79-11-06-62
24.Sentinel Mara Camp
© Sentinel Mara Camp
Sentinel Mara Safari Camp is a small owner-run tented eco-camp that offers intimate, personalized African experiences in a beautiful setting. Located on the banks of the Mara River, luxury tents feature comfortable king-size beds draped in mosquito netting, safari-style décor and private bathrooms with showers, and hot and cold running water. Delicious globally-inspired meals are served in the well-appointed dining tent at the center of the camp, and there are two lounge tents where guests can relax around a bonfire in the evening. Activities include guided day and night drives, ranger-led nature walks, bush dinners, safari picnics and sundowners, and hot air balloon safaris.
Maasai Mara National Reserve, 00502 Talek, Kenya, Phone: +25-47-22-70-00-77
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25.Kicheche Valley Camp
Overlooking the Enniskeria River region in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kicheche Valley Camp is an exclusive and luxurious tented camp that offers a sustainable safari experience. Nestled in a secluded valley dotted with acacia trees, the low-impact, eco-friendly camp features six spacious tents, elegantly furnished with colonial-chic décor, double beds with billowing mosquito nets, and en-suite bathrooms with outdoor showers and modern flush toilets. Delicious international cuisine with a touch of local Swahili flavor is prepared by expert local chefs and served in the dining and lounge tents, and picnic breakfasts, bush lunches and sundowner drinks can be arranged. Activities include guided day and night drives, ranger-led nature walks, bush dinners, safari picnics and sundowners, and hot air balloon safaris.
Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya, Phone: +25-42-02-49-35-69
25 Best Masai Mara Hotels
- Maji Moto Eco Camp, Photo: Maji Moto Eco Camp
- Olarro, Photo: Olarro
- Keekorok Lodge-Sun Africa Hotels, Photo: Keekorok Lodge-Sun Africa Hotels
- Entumoto Safari Camp, Photo: Entumoto Safari Camp
- Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Photo: Fairmont Mara Safari Club
- Julia's River Camp, Photo: brunelma/stock.adobe.com
- Angama Mara, Photo: Angama Mara
- Mara Leisure Camp, Photo: Mara Leisure Camp
- Sekenani Camp, Photo: Sekenani Camp
- Governors II Moran Camp, Photo: Governors II Moran Camp
- Ashnil Mara Camp, Photo: Ashnil Mara Camp
- Oldarpoi Mara Community Camp, Photo: Oldarpoi Mara Community Camp
- Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Photo: 18042011/stock.adobe.com
- Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara, Photo: Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara
- Mahali Mzuri - Sir Richard Branson's Kenyan Safari Camp, Photo: Mahali Mzuri - Sir Richard Branson's Kenyan Safari Camp
- Royal Mara Safari Lodge, Photo: Royal Mara Safari Lodge
- Sand River Masai Mara, Photo: Sand River Masai Mara
- Kicheche Bush Camp, Photo: bohbeh/stock.adobe.com
- Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp, Photo: xy/stock.adobe.com
- Little Governors' Camp, Photo: Little Governors' Camp
- Mara Ngenche Safari Camp, Photo: Mara Ngenche Safari Camp
- Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, Photo: Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp
- Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge, Photo: Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge
- Sentinel Mara Camp, Photo: Sentinel Mara Camp
- Kicheche Valley Camp, Photo: bbourdages/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Grispb/stock.adobe.com