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Hiking in the Footsteps of the Maasai

Macushla House

Surrounded by indigenous bushland in a quiet suburb of Nairobi, Macushla House offers a peaceful retreat. The contemporary estate feels like a private home, with a relaxed ambience...


Macushla House

Location
Nairobi, Kenya

Surrounded by indigenous bushland in a quiet suburb of Nairobi, Macushla House offers a peaceful retreat in close proximity to popular attractions such as the Giraffe Center, Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Karen Blixen Museum. The contemporary estate feels like a private home, with a relaxed ambience amid warm, African-themed décor. Gardens, windchimes and a swimming pool enhance the restful atmosphere. Featuring a collection of original art and artifacts from Yemen to Australia, this intimate guesthouse still exudes a distinct African identity. Owner-run Macushla House has the feel of a vintage B & B and receives wide acclaim for its warm, personalized service.

Singles, doubles and triples are accommodated in six individually decorated en suite rooms. Two lounges with African animal décor and high beamed ceilings have open log fires to create a cozy ambience in the cooler months. Enjoy a gin and tonic in the bar, or select a book from the well-stocked library to enjoy over afternoon tea and biscuits on the covered veranda. Hearty breakfasts and fine dinners are prepared from fresh local ingredients. If your tastes run toward serene settings away from the standard tourist experience, Macushla House is a pleasant and affordable choice. Facilities and amenities include a restaurant and bar, two lounges, study and library, and swimming pool.

Loita Hills Wilderness Camping

While trekking in the Loita Hills we camp in roomy, walk-in nylon dome tents furnished with cots and bedding. A shared toilet tent and bucket shower with hot water on request are adjacent...


Loita Hills Wilderness Camping

Location
Loita Hills, Kenya

While trekking in the Loita Hills we camp in roomy, walk-in nylon dome tents furnished with comfortable cots with full bedding. One long-drop toilet is shared between two tents (effectively two toilets total). Two 20-liter bucket showers are provided, filled with hot water upon request for enjoying a shower at the end of the day. There is no power in the camp, which means there is no facility for charging camera batteries—guests should bring extras, plus plenty of memory cards, etc., for the 4-day duration of the hike. The camp is packed up and moved to a new site daily by the crew; guests do not need to assist with erecting or taking down the camp. 

Encounter Mara

Set in the private 50,000-acre Mara Naboisho Conservancy, award-winning Encounter Mara offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa all year round from the understated yet lavish comfort...

Encounter Mara

Location
Maasai Mara, Kenya

Set in the private 50,000-acre Mara Naboisho Conservancy, award-winning Encounter Mara offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa all year round from the understated yet lavish comfort of this superb eco-camp. The innovative conservancy model is a partnership between landowners and tourism companies in an effort to protect the precious ecosystem while improving the lives of the communities in the area. At the same time, it provides guests with an exclusive and uncrowded experience of one of the most renowned slices of wild Africa. 

Sheltered under the canopy of an acacia forest, Encounter Mara blends so seamlessly with its natural surroundings that it's not unusual to see zebra or giraffe wandering through camp. The camp enjoys glorious views of the sprawling savanna, while at closer range a salt lick attracts a range of animals throughout the day, from plains game to big cats. As a result, guests may be inclined never to leave camp! Though of course we do, taking advantage of superb wildlife viewing on 4x4 game drives in the region. Species frequently seen on the camp doorstep include lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hippo, Nile crocodile, klipspringer, striped polecat and pygmy falcon. Because of Encounter Mara's location on a private conservancy, guests can also enjoy activities not available to visitors in the adjacent national reserve, such as bush walks and night drives in search of nocturnal hunters like serval and caracal. 

This classically styled safari camp offers 10 spacious, comfortable and airy tents, furnished in neutral tones, and each with en suite bathroom with flush toilet and hot-water safari bucket shower. Outside, private verandas open out to the limitless plains: relax here on a day bed and soak up the inspiring views. Enjoy delicious, freshly made cuisine in the canvas dining tent in the center of camp, against the sensory backdrop of the bush. Meals are also served outside whenever the weather allows. Picnic-style breakfasts are an option during a morning game drive, and packed lunches are available for full-day outings. Sundowners and snacks welcome you back to camp at the end of the day as the sky slowly turns to orange, followed by a gourmet dinner in camp. Retreat to the cozy lounge area, furnished in a simple yet contemporary style that allows views of the Maasai Mara to take center stage—or gather round the campfire beneath a sky crowded with stars. 
 

Ole Sereni Hotel

Ideally located between Nairobi's domestic Wilson Airport and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (the latter is less than 15 minutes' drive), Ole Sereni also offers a taste of wild Kenya, overlooking the bushlands...

Ole Sereni Hotel

Location
Nairobi, Kenya

Ideally located between Nairobi's domestic Wilson Airport and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (the latter is less than 15 minutes' drive), Ole Sereni also offers a taste of wild Kenya, overlooking the bushlands of Nairobi National Park. Hotel guests frequently see giraffe, zebra, antelope and buffalo lounging near the nearby waterhole. This business-style hotel offers all the conveniences one might need upon arriving in Kenya or before flying home. Each en suite room is equipped with the most modern amenities, with complimentary Wi-Fi, well-lit desk, LCD flat screen TV and mini bar. The Big Five Restaurant offers a 300-foot-long veranda with a view onto Nairobi National Park. The Waterhole Snack Bar hosts the same vista, while Eagle's is a fine-dining steak house on the fourth floor. Relax with a drink at the Ngong Pool Bar after a swim in the infinity pool. The Duma Health and Fitness Club features a full gym, salon, steam room and sauna, as well as massage facilities.

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