The Emakoko is the concept of lifelong Kenya residents Anthony and Emma Childs, realizing their vision of an atmospheric safari lodge close to Nairobi yet offering a refuge from the city’s hustle and bustle. This elegant new lodge is artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River bordering Nairobi National Park, a mere 20-minute transfer from both airports in Nairobi City. Five rooms share the same level as the airy main dining and lounge areas, while five more are positioned on top of a cliff with spectacular views over the valley. All rooms have en suite facilities and are furnished with contemporary African flair in rich chocolate browns, creamy beiges and crisp white linens. Deep, comfortable chairs nestle around your own stone fireplace. At night, you’ll fall asleep to the sounds of Africa—a lion roaring or the cry of a hyena – in stark contrast to the traffic, fire engines and barking dogs that are the normal sounds of the urban night. Enjoy a cocktail on the veranda, soak in the pool by the river, or browse the boutique for Kenya-made handicrafts.
Nat Hab's Private Mobile Camp–Ol Pejeta
Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
Natural Habitat's Private Mobile Camp offers one of the most exclusive and authentic safari experiences available. To sleep beneath canvas in the depths of the African wilderness, under a Milky Way so thick with stars that it looks like clouds, listening for the roar of lions in the distance...well, it's pure magic. Because our camp is mobile, we're able to locate ourselves in pristine areas where wildlife viewing is best. You'll savor thrilling wildlife encounters and intimate moments in nature that you simply can’t get at a typical safari lodge. Yet while our remote tented camp may evoke the ambience of a vintage safari era, it doesn’t mean you sacrifice modern-day comforts.
Immersing our guests in a setting reminiscent of an Africa of bygone days, the camp provides a refined experience in the bush. Each spacious tent has a full bed with deluxe bedding; bedside table and floor rugs; an attached en suite bathroom with wash basin, toilet and safari-style shower; and a private covered veranda for personal relaxing. Imagine Ernest Hemingway or Teddy Roosevelt (though we surely do not hunt) perched on the porch of their own private tents, scanning the savanna for game, and you’ll picture what it's like to stay in our classic mobile camp.
A crew of experienced safari hosts sets up the camp in anticipation of our arrival, establishing a surprisingly luxurious base from which to explore key wildlife areas. They are on hand to provide for your every need and comfort, whether it's a hot bucket shower on demand, or a hearty meal artfully prepared over the campfire. When it's time to move on to the next destination, the camp is broken down and packed up, leaving no trace of our presence in the remote wilderness.
Nat Hab’s Private Mobile Camp–Maasai Mara
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is the northern part of Tanzania’s vast Serengeti ecosystem, and there's no better way to experience it than from our deluxe mobile camp. To sleep beneath canvas in the bush, under a Milky Way so thick with stars that it looks like clouds, listening for the roar of lions in the distance…it's an iconic safari experience! We place the camp in the very best wildlife-viewing areas, where seclusion in nature prevails. Yet while a remote tented camp may evoke the ambience of old, it doesn’t mean you sacrifice modern-day comforts. Natural Habitat's Private Mobile Camp in the Maasai Mara National Reserve is a most refined way to experience the wilds of Africa. Inside the roomy canvas tents, you’ll find proper beds with high-quality linens and attached en suite bathroom. Your own veranda, shaded beneath a canvas awning, has classic director’s chairs for surveying the savanna. Kerosene lanterns lend an atmospheric glow at night. Evenings in camp are magical, with dinner served on a white tablecloth under the stars, and nighttime stories around a roaring campfire.
Our remote setting means we are far from tourist crowds based at large commercial lodges, and we follow animals on our wildlife drives, not other Land Rovers. The Mara's herds and predators are legendary, and rightly so: one of Africa’s most famous safari destinations, these vast plains in southwest Kenya are known for their large herds of hoofed game, abundant lions and the rich culture of the Maasai people, traditional pastoral herders who have grazed cattle here for centuries.
Ole Sereni Hotel
Conveniently 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. The hotel offers all the conveniences you 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, a well-lit desk, LCD flat screen TV and mini bar. The Big Five Restaurant serves meals on a 300-foot-long veranda with a view over Nairobi National Park. The Waterhole Snack Bar offers 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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