SABUK LODGE, LAIKIPIA
Sabuk sits perched on a cliff overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro river valley below, cascading beneath the lodge all year round. Perfect for families, Sabuk offers six unique open fronted cottages and a private cottage with a plunge pool overlooking the river below. Staying at Sabuk is all about ‘slow travel’, exploring Laikipia on camels, with fly camps or with bush walks accompanied by your seasoned and experienced local guides eager to share their deep knowledge with you. For bookings:
ELEWANA ELSA’S KOPJE, MERU NATIONAL PARK
The rugged and remote Meru National Park was rescued from oblivion thanks to this spot, which is today a haven for rhino, elephants and birdlife. Unabashedly romantic and beautifully styled, this space is sculpted into Mughwango Hill, above the site of George Adamson’s original camp where he raised and released orphan lions, long before conservation became fashionable. Each cottage is crafted around the rocks, with a large bedroom, open sitting room, veranda and spacious bathroom, each with breathtaking views. For rates:
CHE SHALE, A LITTLE PAST MALINDI
This kitesurfing hub is private and secluded and blends lowkey luxury with surrounding natural beauty and a stunning beach. All the charm and quiet of nature is captured in nine uniquely designed, castaway-chic style beachfront bandas. Fresh seafood by the beach, an organic crab farm and a tempting array of experiences to choose from – including biggame fishing, dhow sailing, kayaking and more – will keep you as active or as chilled as you wish to be. Rates available on enquiry.
MIKE’S CAMP KIWAYU, LAMU ISLAND
For two decades, Mike’s business has thrived on this fishing island as visitors seek ever quieter coastal hideaways, and the amiable host has attracted a mix of celebrities, sports fishermen as well as guests from all over the world, including Kenya. There are seven private and spacious bandas set on sand dunes under tortilis trees, all with magnificent panoramic views of the mangrove creek or sea. Listen to the bird calls from your hammock or marvel at the star studded sky from rooms where blinds are optional. Rates on request.